Monday, February 18, 2013

Daily 5 in the Upper Grades

The Daily 5

In the Upper Grades (6th grade in particular) 

Iam looking for some advice and help about using The Daily 5 in my 6th grade classroom for next year. My afternoon is spent with spelling, English, and reading (90 minutes total for all 3). I feel like I will make our time more well spent by doing The Daily 5, but I have no idea where to start! I have read The Daily 5 book and loved it. 

So I am looking to you, my fellow bloggers, for some help. Please tell me:

1. How you introduced the Daily 5?

2. Do you do all 5 or slim it down to 3 and which ones do you use?

3. How do your kids like The Daily 5 or 3?

4. What activities do you use?

5. How much time do you spend on The Daily 5?

6. Do you do it everyday? 

7. Do you incorporate your English? 

Thank you so much for all of your help in advance! 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Teacher Desk Linky!

I am linking up with Clutter-Free Classroom's Teacher Desk Linky!

Only because I JUST organized my desk! haha!

Here it is, the newly organized desk! You can now actually see part of the desktop! AH-MAZ-ING!

My desk is in the back of the room. Because 1. I like to be able to make sure my students are working and 2. I had no other option because the computer hook up was back there!
I'm interested to see how long I can keep my desk this organized! We will see!


Other news, I am 6 months pregnant! Only 3 1/2 more months to go! :)
I sure can't wait to meet the little guy! :)

Have a great week! And if you get tomorrow off like I do, I know you will have a great Monday!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Calling all experienced teachers!!


Word of the week.

I am beyond stressed right now. I am a first year 6th grade teacher. My class has been pushing my buttons lately. Very rude, disrespectful, and plain mean to each other. What do I do? 

Seating charts have been impossible. I am working with ADHD, autistic, talkers, and bullies in my class. Yeah, imagine putting all those in a civil seating arrangement! Ha! I have been searching online and found this website: 
I think I am going to try the second seating arrangement. What do you think? 

I think my kids are just ready for spring break (so am I!) 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Quick Update!

Wow it's been a long time!!

This is going to be short and sweet!

Here is something we have been doing in Reading class. Through December we divided the 6th grade class into 5 reading groups. They read either Skipping Christmas, The Nutcracker, Merry Christmas Mrs. McConnell, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, or A Christmas Carol 

Once they finished reading their books they were to work on a book report and a pringles character can.

Here are some pictures

Can you guess who some of these characters are based on the books we read??


In other news,

We have found out what we are having!!

I first polled my students to see what they thought it would be (they have been so excited about my pregnancy!)

Drum roll, please!


We are beyond excited!!