Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Anchor Charts & Organization

As a dual language teacher, language is being built every day.  At a training I attended last year, we were encouraged to create designated spaces in our classroom to hang anchor charts from each subject area for the students to refer to.  While this strategy is excellent for second language learners, it would be valuable in any classroom.  I used laminated butcher paper, die cut letters, and borders to create these  spaces in my classroom.  Here is what it looks like:

This has also helped me to organize my classroom, which I love because I am a type A personality to the max.  What do you have on the walls of your classroom?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

V is for Valentine

Valentines Day is tomorrow, and we have been celebrating all week using activities from my Peace, Love, and Candy Hearts Unit.  {You can find it in Spanish here}  As a bonus, this unit is half off right now in case you need some last minute ideas for tomorrow!

We started off the week with our Kindness Craftivity & writing.  After making the craft, the students wrote about how they can show kindness.  The writing turned out really great since they planned it with a graphic organizer.  I have been forgetting to take pictures as of late, so this is my sample of our craftivity.  Their work turned out super cute, & the teacher next door told me that one of her students even added armpit hair to his globe person.  Wow, talk about imagination!

We also talked about the sequence of mailing a letter yesterday.  We put the steps in the correct order together, and then the students wrote out the sequence on their own paper.  Tomorrow, the kids are going to write letters to their parents and we are going to send them in the mail.

Today, we read Clifford's First Valentines Day {in Spanish}.  Then, the kids filled out a graphic organizer about what Clifford saw, did, thought, and felt.  This is such a cute story and the kids laughed and laughed.  

I wish I had taken more pictures, but this is all I got.  We also made bags to collect our Valentines in, and will be doing some of the Valentines math activities tomorrow as well.  In case you are needing some Valentines card ideas, here is a link to some Valentine's Card from you to your students.  Just attach them to some cereal in a baggie and you are good to go!  I also found these SUPER cute Valentines in Spanish from Spanglish Baby.

I hope you & your students have a FUN day tomorrow.  I would love to know what you are planning to do in your classroom!  Happy Valentines Day :)