Thursday, January 29, 2015

Opinion Writing

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First Draft:  Unedited

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First Draft:  Unedited

Meet Remington and Annie, my two dogs. I agree with my students that life is better with sweet, lovable dogs. Don't let their sweet faces fool you  though -- they are puppies and LOVE to get into mischief. A lick, tail wag, and puppy dog eyes usually get them right back out. :)

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Favorite Fourth-Grade Read Alouds

My students love all of these books, but The Man Who Loved Clowns. is our favorite so far. It'll make you cry -- TWICE!, so be sure to read it first before you read it to your class. 

Go Noodle Brain Breaks

Go Noodle is our favorite FREE brain-break site. 
My students' favorites are:  Kitty High Five and Hans van Greedy.They love Zumba too. 


Anchor Chart
Created by:  Miss Brittni Smith

Prefix Re- Vortex Lesson

Students skimmed their books to find words beginning with re-. They determined if each (re) was part of the word or used as a prefix. Then, they created vortex lessons in SMART Notebook for other students to do. I've attached one for you to download if you have the software. Remember, the one doing the most work is doing the most learning. Make sure the students are doing more work than you. :-)

Example:  Reteach:  Teach again. Re- is a prefix.
Example:  Reach:  Ach again?? I don't think so. It's part of the word.

Link to download lesson:

Monday, January 26, 2015

M.A.P. Testing in Missouri

Are you looking for information to help you prepare for the upcoming M.A.P. test? Check back for updates because I've just started researching. :)

There are practice tests that you can view and students can take online. I had to download a secure server, uninstall shared Dropbox, and uninstall SMART sync to access the tests. It's worth the extra time to get an idea of what students are expected to do. The links below should help you.

Achievement Level Descriptors (Students are responsible for info in level 1, 2, and 3 to be proficient.) 

Equation Response Editor Tool: 
"The purpose of this tutorial is to explain how to use the Equation Response Editor tool, and to let you practice using it. You will be using this tool to enter answers that are numbers, expressions, or equations":

ELA Sample Items:

Math Sample Items:

Multiple Sample Items from Different States:

Practice Activities:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Join My Online Class

The January session just started, so it's not too late to join. Click the picture below to access the link. I'd love to have you in class. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Digital Writing in the Classroom

Digital Writing for Web

More presentations from Cheryl Dick

Texas 2nd and 3rd Grade

Texas Friends,

Thank you for being so welcoming in San Marcos last week. I'll try to get everything posted for you this week. Since I don't have Internet at home right now, it may take a few days. Please check back or email for specific content. 


Annie was glad to see me when I got home. Jack gave her a bath so looked and smelled good. :)