Saturday, January 17, 2015

Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases, and Objects of the Prepositions

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I thankful to have Monday off in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

My fourth graders and I spent some time on prepositions, prepositional phrases, and object of the prepositions.  I would like to share some of the things we did in our classroom.

I read Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions by Ruth Keller and The Preposition Pony Show (One of the books included in Scholastic’s Parts-Of-Speech-Tales) written by Justin McCory Martin.
I had my students help identify prepositions in the text.  We listed them on chart paper and later each student selected a word to use in a 7up sentence and included an illustration. 
We used the prepositions page from my Grammar Interactive Notebook Flaps to define prepositions, prepositional phrases, and objects of the prepositions.  The resource comes with the notebook flaps and definitions.  The students and I come up with the example sentences.  We worked together to circle the prepositions, underline the prepositional phrases, and draw an arrow from preposition to the object of the preposition.  If you are interested in having this resource, it can be found HERE.
I love the PowerPoints created by Teachers Unleashed.  I used their “The Smelly Truth about Cause and Effect” and “The Smelly Truth about Cause and Effect 2 The Stinkquel” to give my students more practice with prepositions.  They really enjoyed interacting with both resources and it helped them to gain a better understanding.  It also came with an excellent activity where students wrote sentences that included prepositions, to describe a picture. My students never get tired of playing scoot and so I try to include it in our lessons two or three times a week.  Here they are playing scoot with my prepositional phrases task cards.  They are part of my All About Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases, and Object of the Preposition resource.  You can see more from this resource HERE.
They can also be found in THIS discounted bundle that includes sentences, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and prepositions.

During the week, I also had my students make a list of prepositional phrases that they noticed in their independent reading books.  At the end of the week, they shared their sentences as a way to review for the assessment.
I like to change things up a bit each year and I am always in search of new activities, books, and resources to use in my classroom.  What are some of the things you do with your students while teaching prepositions?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Warm Up to a Good Book!

It is SOOOO cold here in Maryland.  I see that many of us are dealing with below freezing temperatures.  My Christmas vacation ended on Monday and I returned to work for one full day.  Tuesday, school was closed due to snow.  Wednesday and today I had two hour delays due to snow and below freezing temperatures.  My students and I are trying our best to maintain some type of schedule at school, but we sneaked in 20 minutes to decorate our classroom door. 

On Tuesday, I participated in the Pinterest Pin 3 linky.  I posted a picture of a bulletin board titled “Warm Up to a Good Book”.  I have just been waiting for the weather to get cold so that I could duplicate that board for several months. 

Here are classroom door!  What do you think?

This is a list of the items I used to decorate our door.

This is the pin that I found on Pinterest.  Unfortunately, it is a dead link.  I would like to give credit to the teacher who thought of and posted this picture! 

Is your classroom door decorated?  I would love to know what you have on it.  Please leave me a comment and let me know.  I am always looking for good ideas!

I will be back soon to share how my students and I have been working on prepositions in our classroom.  If you want a sneak peek. HERE are some of the resources I used.

If you missed my post that included my FREE fractions center task cards you can find them HERE.

I am trying my best to keep my promise to blog regularly.  I am truly thankful to you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pinterest Pick 3

Hello!  Here in Maryland, I am home relaxing on my first SNOW DAY of this school year.  I decided to catch up on reading and commenting on some of the blogs I follow. 

I came across a linky being hosted by Inspired Owl’s Corner and PAWSitively Teaching.  It is called Pinterest Pick 3.  I went through the blogs that are participating in the linky and have found some fabulous pins that I can’t wait to try out in my classroom.

Below you can find my Pinterest Pick 3.

This one is only a picture, but it is simple enough to complete without directions.  I know my students will enjoy working on this cute yet simple craft.

I have been using this system in my classroom since late September and I must admit I have seen some improvement in the way my students “check” their work.  Occasionally we need to review our chart, but overall I am very happy that I found this blog post.

This one is only a picture, too.  I plan to place this one on my classroom door this week.  I will post a picture of the door when it is complete.

If you are looking for some Pinterest boards to follow you can find me at
Do you have a winter Pinterest board?  I would love to follow it, please leave me a comment with a link to your board.
Enjoy your day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, Winter Math Centers, and a Small Thank You Gift!

I hope you enjoyed a safe New Year’s Eve.  I promised that I would be back soon and here I am!

My Christmas vacation is coming to an end and I am going to miss being home and having time to relax.  I return to work on Monday so I have begun getting things ready for my classroom.  My goal is to have everything finished by Friday.  I don’t want to work on anything school related this weekend.

I needed some review materials for math.  We have mid-year assessments coming up very soon and I know my students will benefit from some review after having two weeks at home.

I created 11 math centers with a winter theme.  Eight of them are for review and 3 of them focus on fractions, which I will begin teaching next week.
Each center contains:

·      a student direction page

·      18 task cards

·      a student recording page

·      an answer key

I created the following centers:

Place Value Students are asked to write the standard, expanded, or written form or a given number. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NBT.A.1)

Comparing Whole Numbers Students are asked to read and compare both numbers. Write >, <, or = to compare each pair of numbers. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NBT.A.2)

Number Patterns Students are asked write the numbers missing from the pattern and the rule for each pattern. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.OA.C.5)

Rounding Whole Numbers Students are asked to round the number to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, or ten thousand. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NBT.A.3)

Add or Subtract Whole Numbers Students are asked to Add or subtract to solve the equation. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NBT.B.4)

Multiplication Students are asked to align the given numbers correctly. Then, multiply the numbers to find the product. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NBT.B.5)

Division Students are asked to align the given numbers correctly. Then, divide the numbers to find the quotient. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NBT.B.6)

Word Problems Students are asked to decide what operation is needed to solve the problem. Then are required to solve the problem on their recording sheet showing all their work. (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and Fractions)

Equivalent Fractions Students are asked to write the equivalent fractions, find the missing number, and use equivalent fractions to rename one fraction or more in each pair. Then, add the fractions. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NF.A.1 and N.NF.C.5)

Comparing Fractions Students are asked to read and compare both fractions. Write >, <, or = to compare them. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NF.A.2)

Add or Subtract Fractions Students are asked to Add or subtract the fractions and be sure to reduce to the lowest terms. (Aligned with Common Core Standard N.NF.B.3a)

If you are interested in having this winter math review set, just click here.

I would really like to THANK YOU for returning to my “no longer abandoned” blog!  I would like to share this FREE fraction resource with you.  I hope that you and your students find some value in it.
Happy New Year to you and your family!

I will be back in a few days.