Oh my gosh y'all it's SPRING!!  Finally!!  It's hard to believe that this is our last semester of school but I'm so excited for the next few months of learning with my kiddos.

Today I'm joining some amazing teacher bloggers to share about the Spring season in my classroom.  Make sure you stick around till the end of this post for a FREEBIE and an awesome GIVEAWAY!!


Spring is such a fun time in my classroom.  The kiddos and I are starting our bird research unit next week and on Friday we got ready by checking out some bird books from the library.  They just learned the numbers in the nonfiction section of our school library, so they were very excited that they could find them and pick them out by themselves.

My teammates and I have a huge surprise for the kids too!  Our instructional coach got some chicken eggs and an incubator for them to observe.  I can't wait for them to see it next week!


Here are some pictures from my kids' bird research from last year.  I can't wait to share pictures from this year!  I've learned so much since last year and I'm really beefing up my research unit.



Spring is also a time that I love to work on and refine my kids' problem solving skills.  We've learned more and it's time to start working on harder word problems.  I finished these Spring Word Problem Cards a few weeks ago and my kids are really loving all of the word problems.

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You can check out these Spring Word Problem Cards HERE.

My kids are also enjoying my Spring Fix It Up Sentences.  I have a First and Second Grade version and I use both of them in my classroom to differentiate.  The kids love choosing sentences that are just right for them to edit.  You can click on the preview pictures to check out both of these packs.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Themed-Fix-It-Up-Sentences-First-Grade-Edition-1136269

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Since we are learning all about birds this Spring, my kids from last year really enjoyed this Spring Cinquain Poem and Craft from The Learning Junction Depot.  Click on the product cover or picture to check out this FREEBIE.

Spring Cinquain Poem and Craft Freebie

Here's how ours from last year turned out.  The kids wrote a poem based on the bird that they researched.  I think they turned out pretty cute!!

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Spring is also a great season for Poetry.  You can also grab my Poetry Freebie by clicking on the product cover below.

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Don't forget to check out this AWESOME Spring giveaway!

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Howdy friends!  Today I wanted to share with you how I use QR Codes in my classroom to help remind my students to respond to their reading.  They have been a simple way to help my students remember to respond before, during, and after reading.


I know, I know...QR Codes are nothing new and they have been around for awhile!  I hope you stick around with me though because I want to show you how you can use QR codes for more than just listening to books in the Listening Center.

Here is a sample of the Reading Response Sheets that I use.  You can click on the pictures to grab the freebie and try them out for yourself.  They will only be free till March 31st, and then I'll have the full product version posted.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/QR-Codes-for-Reading-Responses-1773768

I laminated the reading response sheets and put them in my Library Center.  After my students read a book, they select either a fiction or non-fiction sheet to match their book and then they scan and respond to the voice prompt in their reading journal.  It really gives my students an authentic way to respond after reading to text.  Anything to keep them writing and responding....right?!?!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/QR-Codes-for-Reading-Responses-1773768

I'm also trying to teach my students that readers write and answer questions while they are reading.  I cut out the QR Codes and tape them inside certain books, so that my students will stop and respond during reading.  They LOVE finding the QR Codes, it's like a hunt.  I also like to tape the QR Codes to the back of the book, so they remember to respond after they finish a book.

The Reading Response QR Codes include main idea, summary writing, author's purpose, most important detail, and MANY more.  Make sure you grab the freebie and try it out in your class!  Let me know how it goes.

 


I'm super excited to be participating in the March Blogger Match-Up that was set up by The Creative Classroom.  I'm not much of a college basketball fan but I'm super competitive (who isn't?!?!) and I couldn't resist signing up.

I'm totally cheering on the underdogs ... But it's all good fun right?!?!


 

Now, it's your turn to win!  You can win one of two great prizes...

You can win my Reading Response Flap Journals or a $10 credit to my TpT store!


Make sure you cheer on your favorite bloggers and the teams that they are cheering for!!

Learning with Mrs. Langley cheering on Belmont
Second Grade Stories cheering on Indiana
The Neat and Tidy Classroom cheering on UC Irvine
Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten cheering on Coastal Car.
Miss Johnston's Journey cheering on Maryland
The Creative Classroom cheering on San Diego State
Fifth in the Middle cheering on Wichita State
Lessons with Coffee cheering on Arkansas
The Kinder Garden cheering on Notre Dame
Exploring Elementary cheering on NC State
Inspired Owl's Corner cheering on Oregon
Frampton's Fundamentals cheering on New Mexico State
Learning in the Little Apple cheering on Michigan State
NC Teacher Chick cheering on Utah State
A Tall Drink of Water cheering on Baylor
Sara J Creations cheering on Oklahoma
ELA Everyday cheering on Duke
The Blessed Teacher cheering on Lafayette
Mrs. 3rd Grade cheering on VCU
Rock & Teach cheering on Albany
Create Teach Share cheering on North Dakota State
One Happy Teacher cheering on Gonzaga
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! cheering on Iowa State
First Grade Roars! cheering on SF Austin
The Learning Chambers cheering on Hampton
Teaching is Sweet cheering on Eastern Washington
Sounds Like Fun cheering on Louisville
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie cheering on Cincinnati
Year2tastic cheering on Kansas
Sparkling in Second cheering on Wyoming
Making Meaning with Melissa cheering on Purdue
One Sassy Teacher cheering on Villanova
Brittany Kiser cheering on Texas
Coach and Teach 24/7 cheering on St. John's
Hardcore Teacher Resources cheering on LSU
The Whole Wheat Class cheering on Oklahoma
Mixing It Up In The Middle! cheering on Mississippi
Teaching Maddeness cheering on UAB
Its Elementary My Dear cheering on Ohio State
Live Love Serve Teach cheering on Providence
 Education Kingdom cheering on North Carolina
A Dab of Glue Will Do cheering on Dayton
Learning to be Awesome cheering on Kentucky
Technology Timeout cheering on Harvard
Kovescence on the Mind cheering on Butler
Blossoms of Blue in 2 cheering on North Eastern
Mrs. D's Corner cheering on Robert Morris
Where the Wild Things Learn cheering on Buffalo
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers cheering on North Iowa (UNI)
A Trendy Teacher cheering on Valparasio
Lucky to Be In First cheering on Wisconsin
O-H So Blessed! cheering on Virginia
Tales of Teaching with Tech cheering on Woffard
Very Perry Classroom cheering on Arizona
A Kindergarten Life for Me cheering on Georgia
First Grade Buddies cheering on Iowa
Miss Case's Classroom cheering on Georgetown
A Grace-Filled Classroom cheering on West Virginia
Third Grade Cupcakes cheering on SMU
The Class Couple cheering on Xavier
More Time 2 Teach cheering on Georgia State
Owl-ways Learning cheering on UCLA
http://theelementaryentourage.blogspot.com/2015/03/technology-tip-using-google-slides-to.html

Hi y'all!  Are you staying warm today?  It's not super cold here in Houston, but it's in the low 30s and that is pretty cold to me!

Today I'm super excited because I'm sharing some technology tips on The Elementary Entourage blog.  Here is a quick sneak peek of what tips I'm sharing.

http://theelementaryentourage.blogspot.com/2015/03/technology-tip-using-google-slides-to.html


Make sure you click on the blog button below to go read the rest of the post.

http://theelementaryentourage.blogspot.com/2015/03/technology-tip-using-google-slides-to.html



Happy March 3rd y'all!  I'm linking up with the wonderful ladies from PAWSitively Teaching and Inspired Owl's Corner for their monthly Pick 3 Pinterest Linky.  I've had so much fun picking out my top 3 pins and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Here we go...


I absolutely LOVE this pin from Sturdy for Common Things.  Since March is known for March Madness, how fun would it be to have a tournament of books that the kids vote on.  I know that would encourage so many kids to read more and to enjoy reading! 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27514247699920986/
Click on Image to View Original Pinterest Link.


I'm always looking for fun crafts or hands on centers that help support my instruction.  This month my second graders will be learning about coins, adding groups of coins, and exchanging coins.  I think this would be a great center for practicing those concepts.  Plus it ties in with St. Patrick's Day!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27514247699920928/
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And of course, no March Pinterest Linky would be complete with out sharing a pin related to Dr. Seuss.  I love March because we get to celebrate his wonderful reading legacy that he left behind.  I love this pin from Fun in First.  I love discussing college and their future with my students.  This will be a great way to have them write about where they want to go once they graduate high school.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/27514247699920964/Click on Image to View Original Pinterest Link.


Where did February go?!?!  Did it fly by for anyone else?  Well....since it's the first second of the month, its time to link up with Farley for her March Currently.


Listening - I'm home with my littlest man, Maddox, today.  We both have a nasty stomach bug!  My husband had it on Saturday.  So far it's (Stomach Bug - 3 and Chambers Family - 1).  I'm hoping those numbers stay the same and Mason doesn't get the same bug.

Loving - Spring Break is just 2 weeks away!!  YAY!!

Thinking - This morning I was looking at all of the wonderful teachers that I follow on Instagram post their super fun Seuss pictures.  I'm sad that I'm missing this very special day!

Wanting - I hate when either one of my boys are sick!  I just want to take it away from them!  Although, I do have to say that both of my boys have energy even when they are sick!  Maddox was climbing things this morning and then a few minutes later he was laying on the floor because his tummy hurts.  Silly boy!

Needing - My new addiction is Sweet Leaf Raspberry Tea.  I had it a few weeks ago when I was in Austin for the TCEA conference and now I'm addicted.  HEB was sold out though :(.

Spring Break Plans - My husband always works on Spring Break, so I always try to make fun plans with my two little boys.  This year I know a trip to the zoo and the train will be on our plans.  Oh yeah, I forgot I have Jury Duty on the Monday of Spring Break :(.  I so hope that I don't get picked because Jury Duty on the week of Spring Break was not in my plans!!!

Thanks for reading my March Currently!  What are you up to currently?

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