Monday, April 16, 2012

Dinosaur Centers, Digraph Anchor Charts, & The Green Lantern

It’s Monday, which I’ve kinda sorta been looking forward to.  I know – weird, right?  It’s because I started taking this aerobic dance class at the gym and it. is. awesome.  Except for the mirrors.  Which are constant reminders of how gangly and awkward I am.  Also, apparently I never really looked cool dancing.  Which is in stark contrast to what I thought about myself when I went out in college.    Who knew?

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So, this week we’re all about dinosaurs in my classroom. I actually chose it because dinosAUr has one of our spelling patterns in it.  It’s a stretch, I’m aware.  Especially since it’s pronounced dinosOR.  Whatever.  We’re using Deanna’s amazing pack, which I prepared for last week…


And then I did this to our reading center on Friday which just set the class abuzz since I told them they’d have to read from their book bins instead until Monday…


Nothing like inducing a little anticipation in your firsties :)

I also made a whole bunch of math and literacy centers to go with our unit, which I’ve been tediously cutting out all day.  This pack is my newest upload to TpT, too.  Twelve math and literacy centers. Check them out by by clicking the preview pic below.  Oh yeah, that’s Becks’ t-rex face.



And here’s a little freebie from the pack for you.  It’s an I love dinosaur books! response log.  Click below to download.  I modeled how to complete it today after we read a dino book, and then will add several copies to our reading center tomorrow so the kiddos can complete it independently. 


Hmmmm.  Oh, yeah.  Digraph anchor charts.   Nothing life shattering. I have a few kiddos that need a constant reminder, so I whipped these up while my ST was teaching.  {PS.  When I student taught, I was left alone in the classroom.  Now, it’s a law in KY that the collaborating teacher has to be in the room.  I totally get why, but I’ve had to give my students the “I’m invisible!” chat so that my ST could take complete control.  Is this a law where you are, too?}


And, lastly, my Green Lantern.  Or so he says. I asked him to get dressed over the weekend and he came downstairs dressed as Green Lantern.  Green Lantern obviously has a penchant for striped Baby Legs, whale-embroidered green cords, a green thermal…and Toms.  I love it.  Obviously, I pick my battles.  And I wasn’t prepared to go up against Green Lantern.  So he rocked this all the way to Walmart and back. 


Happy, happy Monday!!!!!!!


Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

I actually JUST put this in my wishlist for next year - I do dinos in the beginning of the year - can't wait! :)
The Teacher’s Cauldron

Mrs. Cupcake said...

Your dino centers look great!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Alessia Albanese said...

Your new dino unit looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the freebie! (Oh, and your little guy is too cute in his ensemble!)

ΡΌ Alessia
Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

Busy Bees said...

Love the dino unit. The look on Beck's face is totally priceless on a couple of those pictures. You have got to save those for his senior scrapbook!

kimcollatos said...

So cute!!!

Andi said...

Oh my goodness!! He is so cute! It makes me remember when my little brother couldn't decide which Underoos set he wanted to wear - so he put on ALL of them! My mom was shocked when he took off his oversized winter jacket to remain very much OVERSIZED!

Mrs. Plum said...

Yep, it's a law here too. I'm on the student teacher end, and boy... it is so difficult to command complete control at this point in the year when your CT is still in the room -- invisible talk or not!

Jodi said...

The charts are amazing and the centers look great!


Anonymous said...

Love the outfit! My 3 1/2 year old clashes almost everyday!

Sarah said...

Hey Abby! I was just reading about your student teacher comment. I just finished mine last year and our college told us we couldn't be alone, but my cooperating teacher left me alone a few times towards the end of my experience. I loved it! It felt like the class was mine and I had to really use all my teacher skills to teach them and keep everything under control.

LYNDSEY said...

Hahahaha! Becks looks totally awesome in his Green Lantern attire. HILARIOUS!

Those anchor charts are amazing! Student teachers are not allowed to be "in charge" in Maryland. Teachers are allowed to make copies, go to the bathroom, etc., but they must always be in the building.

I'm loving your new dinosaaauuur pack! LOOKS AMAZING, little lady. How do you do it all? I mean, REALLY!!!

I totally hear you (and understand) about the dance class. I am taking a zumba class and I often catch myself doing a move that I THINK I look really cool doing, and then catch myself in the mirror, and I actually look very special.

Love ya, sweet Abby!

A Year of Many Firsts

Miss Squirrels said...

Hi Abby~
We can only leave ours alone if they are assoc members (through ST) or if they have separate insurance to be in there.
I have only had the observation- teach one or two lesson college students- maybe I'll get one next year!
{Oh- I started the Pop Rockin' Writing Unit today- I opted for the box, they are dying to see what is in there!! I'll post pics}

Going Nutty!

Lelia Wendel said...

So I'm a first year teacher...and I think I live in your area! Absolutely LOVE your blog and am just praying that I get to teach first grade next year so I can use all of your amazing things! Between you and First Grade Parade I'd be set :) Just wanted to thank you for gives me hope for the future and some extra excitement! Totally dramatic :) But thanks!

Allyson Butler said...

These are all so cute! Also...I'm right there with you about dancing; I'm no good, but I love to think I am!


Erica said...

I student taught in 2007 in KY and we were allowed to be left alone then... wonder when things changed? Even a few years ago, one of the other teachers in our school had a student teacher and she left her in the room alone. Granted, she was literally in the room next door, but that was only 4 years ago?

Sarah Cooley said...

this is all DARLING! As usual! I sure wish I could buy your posters, like big sized ones. You should make them for teacher stores! You have the best drawings and anchor charts! :) Sarah

Laura Boriack said...

Love your dinosaur unit! AND your charts :)
Over the 1st Grade Rainbow

Kristin said...

We can leave our student teachers alone . . . which is really nice!! :)
CUTE dinosaur stuff and anchor charts!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Lacey said...

Love love love the anchor charts and all your dino charts!! :)
Wild about Teaching!

Sprinkle Teaching Magic (Sheila) said...

The anchor charts you create are always spectacular! The dinosaur pack looks like a lot of hard work and great activities. Love the charts on your whiteboard. Such fun colors for the kids and great ways for them to organize their dino learnings!


Sprinkle Teaching Magic

Becky said...

Just added it to my wishlist!! Looks great!
Teaching, Learning, & Loving

Mrs. Anderson said...

Love the digraph posters! The dinosaur units looks great, too!
Thanks for the freebies. You are awesome!

Traci said...

We are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to leave our student teachers alone during the soloing block.
Your anchor charts are adorable.
Dragonflies in First

Deanna Jump said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! I appreciate you so much. Your little Green Lantern is ADORABLE!!!

EmBellish said...

I love the digraph posters too! And I'm teaching a week-long Dinosaur theme summer school class - I'll totally have to pick that up! Fantastic!

Tangled with Teaching

Reagan Tunstall said...

Hope your Wed. wasn't too bad!
The good news is that it is over now.

About green lantern....One time I found my son in the closet (literally) wearing a snow white dress and painting his nails. Now his favorite clothes are whatever is closest to him dirty or clean-matching or not- and showers are optional.

I say embrace the green lantern while you can! :)

Kristen said...

This is one of those many times I wish I taught a younger grade so I could use it with my guys--I always love seeing your work, it is so creative!!

Kristin Young said...

Thank you! I just came back to grab your link because I posted about our use of your Pirate Mark unit today...LOVED it! :)

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Tai Patrice said...

love love love your digraph anchor charts!!!

Jenni said...

so wish your anchor charts were for sale ... love them!! (and everything else you do!)

Jenni said...

love, love, love the digraph charts ... wish those were in your your tPt store. :)

Laura Wanke said...

I love your blog! I have been inspired by so many of your ideas and anchor charts. I am new to the blogging world...I recently posted to my blog a lesson that was inspired by you. Check it out if you have time!

Anonymous said...

When will you be posting your Kentucky Derby unit? The anticipation is killing me! =)

Raina said...

Your son is ADORABLE! How cute is he! I wouldn't argue it either :)

LuLu said...

I just student taught last fall in FLA and as long as we were certified to substitute (which I was) it was OK for the CT to leave us in the room & after we took over 100% we could sub for the day which helped even more!

LOVE the dino unit! OF course I didn't see it until after it matched with my unit this week! There's always next year!!!