Main Idea Fun!

It's Sunday...already??? Man, why do the weekends go so fast? It's going to be a crazy busy week with Halloween but I am really looking forward to it!

Before I begin, I wanted to announce the winner of my milestone giveaway!
Congrats Mandy B
Please check your email!

Over the past week I have started teaching main idea! I just wanted to share a few things that I did which really helped my kids start to understand how to find this very difficult concept!

The first thing we did was watch a BrainPop video! We just love Tim and Moby over here in E3!
This main idea one is actually free:)

The second thing I did was use my unit What's the BIG Idea to introduce what main idea is and how to find it!

The kids really like the main idea wheels! 

Next, I used Christina Bainbridge's Main Idea and Details Race!

This was awesome! The kids were able to quickly identify the main idea. They did have a harder time with one of the sets, but once we talked it out, they got it!

Then, I used these 5 main idea passages

I split the class up into 5 groups and they each got the same animal. It was a great way for students to work together with finding the main idea. 

Next week is spider week! And I plan on adding some spider main idea passages in there! 

We have a long way to go for being main idea masters...but at least we are getting there!

What do you do to teach main idea? I am always looking for more ideas!

Have a great week!!!

Time to Celebrate with a freebie,sale, and a giveaway!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It's been a rainy few days as Hurricane Ana just missed us! We were so lucky! I am taking advantage of the rainy weather today to work on lots of things! Trying to get caught up mostly!

Today I wanted to celebrate my first ever TpT milestone!

I can't say thank you enough! 
Every single one of you has helped me make this milestone! I couldn't have done it without you!

To say thank you, I would like to do a few things for you!

First, my TpT store is 20% off today through Wednesday!

Second, you can grab my attention grabbers posters/cards for FREE this week only!

Third, I want to do a give-a-way!
I would like to give away 5 items from my shop for free and a $10 gift card of your choice! 
All you have to do is leave a comment WITH your email and I will pick a winner on Wednesday! 

Thanks again to every single one of you! I really appreciate it! TpT has been such a blessing for me personally and my family! The friendships I have made wouldn't have been possible without TpT! I am so very thankful. The money has helped my family get through different times of need, especially our big move to Hawaii! 

Enjoy your week friends! Let's make it a great one!

Class DoJo meets Super Improvers Wall~a Bright Idea

Welcome to another bright idea blog hop!!! 

I am so glad to be back! I missed you all! 

Today I am bringing you a bright idea I just started this week! 

How many of you use Class DoJo?
 My kids love earning points throughout the day! But since I don't keep my projector on all day their points are not always up on the board. So many of my kiddos have no idea how many points they have unless they ask me or their parents tell them.

Then that became a problem! I kept hearing, "How many points do I have Mrs. Roller?" over and over and over ALL DAY LONG! That had to stop!

So I made a simple little recording sheet for them to use! At the end of the day, I project the points up on the board and they put their number in the box! That's it!

In my class, students have to earn 15 DoJo points to go up on the Super Improvers Wall. So when a student reaches 15 points, they circle that number and I know they get their certificate, star on the wall, and their SIW prize. Then I reset their DoJo points back to 0 and they start all over again! 

It really has worked wonders! The kids no longer ask me how many points they have!

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Happy Weekend:)

I'm here...

Just a quick hello and also an apology! I have been so absent from e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g and I am sorry! 

Other parts of my life have really taken priority. They will be settling down soon...I hope! Who knew buying a house and getting all moved in was such work! 

We just had fall break this week and all I did was work on unpacking boxes,and getting our new kitten settled in! It sure has been a busy week!

I will be back later this week with some awesome news! 

Have a great week everyone!


Dot Day:)

Happy Dot Day!

Did you do anything for Dot Day?

We first watched the book The Dot

Then we got started on making our own dot, but without making a dot!
It was so much fun!

Character Traits Activity Using Google Presentations and Word Clouds

WOW! I am blogging! It's been awhile! Life has been crazy and it hasn't calmed down, but I wanted to stop by and tell you all about something super cool my kids have been working on!

Our main focus the later half of last week and this week was character traits. From my experience, this is a hard skill for kids to understand right away! 

I wanted to do something that used 21st century skills and was super engaging! I nailed it! I have never seen my kiddos so engaged then they were during these activities! Remind you, I looped this year so I have some of my same kids:)

To begin with character traits, we talked about ourselves! We made a poster of words that could describe a person! 

Then we picked 5 words that described us and made an accordion mini me:)

Next, we did a class study on Tacky the Penguin! As a class, we came up with some traits that described Tacky. They LOVED him! We made a super cute poster for the board. 

I set uploaded a Google Presentation in their classroom Hapara accounts for each student to access. Do you have a Hapara account for your students? Our school has it set up for us by the tech coordinator! Every student 3-5 has their own email through gmail! 

I have taught the kids how to log into their email, access their Google Drive, and get into their folders set up through Hapara. 

From there, students open the assignment to open! Students worked together in their pairs to type in their presentation. Next, I had students create a word cloud in ABCya. They LOVE this! And they caught on SO quick. 

Once they were done with their word cloud, I taught them how to take a screen shot by holding down command, alt and 4 at the same time. About 90% got the hang of it right away...a few needed to practice.

After they took a screen shot we learned how to insert a picture and how to just drag it in! They amazed me with how fast they got all this and how well they were all on task and working. 

Finally we added our names by inserting a text box!

I put day 1 and day 2 pictures in a flipgram! Check them out below!

Day 1

Day 2

  Here are some slides from their final group Google Presentation! I am so proud:)

This took two days! I really wanted to see what they could do next! So we did almost the same thing this week.

On Monday, I broke the class up into 6 groups. Each group was given a Kevin Henkes book!

First, they read the book

Second, they made a group character trait poster

Third, they reread the book to see if they were missing anything

Fourth, they each decided which character trait they wanted to write now it became an individual presentation!

That is where each student now individually logged into their email, accessed Google Drive, their Hapara folder, got into Google Presentation, found their slide, typed their work, made a word cloud, took a screen shot, and dragged it in! WOW...I am tired just saying all of that!

Funny side story...I was helping a little boy today with his picture and it wasn't working. He looks at me and says, "Having a hard time with that picture? #pictureproblems" YES...he said #pictureproblems! SOOOOO FUNNY! I died laughing!

Anyways! This part took all week! And that was OK! Here are pictures from this week!

At the end of the day I showed then how to make their slide pretty:) Adding color, transitions, fun things! We will do that next week!

If you are interested in the sheet I used for kids to write on first, I got it here for free from Workshop Classroom! It was perfect!

This weekend I am working on something so cool with technology! I have big plans for my kids to be using technology to do their literacy centers/Daily 5 activities! I can't wait to blog about it and show you all my plans! 

As you can see, my focus this year is to incorporate into technology into a lot of my teaching! I love the comment my school's librarian made on our schools G+ community in regards to my post I made with these videos!

"Love how the technology isn't the focus of the lesson, the character traits are!   Your kids were successful because you walked them through character traits--from identifying their own traits & sharing them through art and then moving into a class discussion of Tacky the Penguin.  Who doesn't love Tacky?  Thanks for sharing!"

This is my goal:)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Labor Day FB giveaway!

Happy Labor Day! I am having a little giveaway over at my Facebook page! 

I hope you all are having a great day!