First Grade Bell Work – Freebies

grab1Bell work sheets are a must in elementary grades. They allow everyone to easy into the day of learning, attendance, lunch count, you know the drill. Here is a week worth of free bell work for get your first graders started.

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Florida Dep. of Edu Doesn’t Care About Education

board-413157_960_720Every school board in Florida is experiencing teacher shortage. The reasons are many, but for the most part it is not because teachers are underpaid and hardly appreciated. The reason we are having teacher shortage is the fact that the new Florida Department of Education teacher certification test fails 50% of new teachers. The new teaching certification test is created to be “rigorous”, which means that it is created unreasonably hard, it doesn’t test what it means to test, but Pearson and the FDOE get to make millions on test fees for takes and retakes.

As a Florida parent, I admire the pursuit of “rigor” in the classroom. I want my kids teachers to be knowledgable and up to par. However, instead of providing our kids with best teachers our kids are now going to be in the hands of substitutes, who don’t need to have any certification. The lack of permanent teacher alone will create chaos in classrooms and disrupt education. How can Florida Department of Education say that they care about education if this is the outcome of their actions? This is the worst possible scenario.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-teacher-shortage-harms-florida-20170228-story.html

Best Elementary Language Arts Apps

coverPrepositions and their directionality are quite difficult for students to learn. This holds true for students in primary grades, ESL students, and even advanced learners of English. What makes Prepositions Builder by Mobile Education Store LLC, perfect is that students get to connect the visuals with written word and read one sentence at the time while building their reading fluency and comprehension. This app also builds students’ vocabulary and writing skills.

A must have for grades 1-3 and ESL instruction.

The Preposition Builder App builds students’:

Knowledge and use of prepositions
– Reading Fluency
– Reading Comprehension
– Vocabulary
– Writing Skills
– Grammar

Perfect for daily incorporation of language arts and technology.

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark – by Debbie Levy- lesson plan

Unknown“I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy is a perfect biography for elementary students. Students learn about our first Jewish woman Supreme Court Justice, who persevered through many obstacles to sit at the highest court in the land. Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg is a real American hero and she becomes well loved by kids after reading her life story. If I was to take one thing away from primary classroom, it would be their sense of fairness and/or its pursuit. Justice Ginsburg is everything we want to inspire in our students.

5 Stars!

Happy Reading! 

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed. 

For the lesson plan, click here.

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I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! by Julia Cook

61qQz7oYhKLI Just Don’t Like the Sound of No by Julie Cook is one of the highly effective social skills picture books. Perfect for elementary school students. Younger students instantly connect with the story, since they deal with daily frustrations when it comes to hearing ‘no’. Cook skillfully connects with the reader, then productively offers a step-by-step plan to which students quickly buy in. As younger students have a hard time considering others’ perspective of ideas, Cook’s “Say to Yes to No” club serves as a productive habit forming tool, useful for all students.

Perfect class management tool book!
5 Star 🙂

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

Lesson Plan

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Hillarious Picture Books

415Ce-XktvL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“Chicken Big” by Keith Graves – No one knows that to make of the giant baby chick. It might be an elephant, a squirrel, a sweater… Whatever it ends up being, “Chicken Big” brings a clever and super funny plot. Creative illustrations only add to already great plot. This picture book is perfect for grades K-3. In addition to the standard reading comprehension and writing skills, it includes elements of fairy tales. See if your kids can find the story number pattern.

 

“Chicken Big” Lesson Plan – Click Here 

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

13642600“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” by Jen Bryant is a beautiful story about Horace Pippin, a self-taught African American painter, who from an early age drew and held on to his art despite numerous life obstacles. This is a perfect read aloud for elementary grades. I had many, many students, who made amazing drawings on every test, assignment and spelling practice; that never got them into trouble :). This is a perfect read to teach biography genre, reading comprehension skills, American history, character analysis, content specific vocabulary, etc.

An absolute gem.

“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” Lesson Plan- click here

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

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