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We, as teachers, are always stopping while reading to ask students what is going to happen next.  We want students to be able to stop and monitor their understanding of the text.  This will, in turn, help with their comprehension of the story.  I wanted to stop in today to share some new resources I am using in my classroom to help students with this strategy.

making predictions

I always like to start by introducing the strategy of the week with an anchor chart.  Did you know you can print poster-size anchor charts from Adobe??!!  This anchor chart is in my Making Predictions Pack, along with the directions on how to print posters from home or school.  I also print mini-anchor charts for my students to put in their reading journals.  We, together, create our anchor chart for the week.  I usually use a read aloud as an example to add to our anchor chart so that I can model using the strategy.  Students complete their own little anchor charts with me.  This, my friends, is such a powerful tool for my students to anchor their thinking and take ownership of our anchor charts.  :)

making predictions

I also have this little poster I hang as a reminder during read to self and partner for students.  

Students can be very apprehensive about making predictions.  We know that they do not want to guess the wrong prediction, so it's important to have that conversation with them that it's okay to not always be right.  We want them to feel comfortable using clues from the text to make their best predictions, along with their schema.  Sometimes it's fun to be surprised by the author!  I know that this book is perfect for encouraging students to make predictions in that safe environment.

making predictions

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is a darling book that not only is perfect for practicing the strategy of making predictions, but it also teaches the importance of kindness.  I like to stop during the reading and ask students what they think is in Enemy Pie?  Do you think he's really going to give it to his enemy?  I have students record their prediction on top of the pie in the craft below.  You may want them to write their prediction with a pen, marker, or crayon, because they often want to change their prediction after finding out what actually happened. ;)  

making predictions

making predictions

After reading, they record what was actually in the pie underneath the flap.  It's such a cute story and fun little craft that your students will love!

making predictions

At the end of the lesson, I showed this Pixar clip of Ormie the Pig.  I stopped at 2:38 and asked students to predict whether or not Ormie was going to get the cookies this time.  I gave them the option of a picture or words. 
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They recorded their prediction on an exit ticket and placed it in the Prediction Pail.  I found this idea at Kindergarten Boom Boom.  It was just adorable and super fun!

making predictions

You can click the image below for this freebie label for you and your teammates.
making predictions

These are the exit tickets I used throughout the week.  I switched it up each day and we threw them in the prediction pail or clipped on our round up clips.

making predictions

making predictions

I also have students participate in a cooperative group activity.  If time is an issue for you, you could have them do this during small group instruction or even during centers.  It would also be a great early finisher activity students could easily grab and work on.

I create 3 or 4 case files like the one below and fill each with graphic organizers and a book or passage.  

Students read the book or passage inside and complete the graphic organizer together.  The first time I do this unit, I like to use all picture books.  When I do this unit again, I might vary it with other books and passages.  The great thing about my predictions pack is that you can use it over and over throughout the year.  There are too many activities to fit in one week.

I like to give them a page to stop at with a prediction question in the file.  It gives them a purpose and keeps them focused.  It's the "CASE" they have to solve!  After reading, they record what actually happened.  

making predictions

making predictions

I also use this graphic organizer all throughout the week.  I love to stick them in a Smart Pal to reuse again and again.  

making predictions

Another day, just to switch it up, we used this interactive notebook template to record predictions about If You Took a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff.

making predictions

The following day, we read If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff focusing a little bit more on the clues students use from the text or illustrations to make predictions.

making predictions

making predictions

making predictions

These little mini-booklets are great to throw in a Read to Self tub for students to practice the strategy independently.

making predictions

And finally, my littles LOVE bookmarks!  Like, can't get enough!  These will help them remember to stop and predict while reading independently.  

making predictions

You can check out this unit by clicking the images below.  You can also check out my Interactive Anchor Charts below if you think that is something that might benefit you.  It makes it much easier for me to have my anchor charts ready to print and go each week.

making predictions 

making predictions


making predictions

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  Have a great break!

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Welcome to my farmhouse inspired classroom!  I have been wanting to post a classroom reveal since school started, but things just got crazy.  I moved to a new district and new grade level this year, so I felt like I needed to take that time to get readjusted.  Sadly, this poor little blog suffered because of it.  But I am so excited to be back and share my home away from home.  That was the feeling and look I was going for with this classroom.  I am a huge fan girl of Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines and the farmhouse style, so I wanted that to be reflected in my classroom.  But I also wanted it to be a fun, inviting place for my first graders, so I blended the two.  Let's go on a tour around my classroom!

Farmhouse Classroom Decor

This is the view as you walk into the door.  I wanted to use a mostly black and white color scheme, but I have lots of yellow, green, and blue supplies and storage pieces so I had to incorporate those colors, as well.

Shiplap Classroom

The first thing that catches everyone's eye is the classroom library.  It's the most coveted area in the classroom for my students.  They are in LOVE with the teepee!  And so am I!  I picked it up at Target on clearance.  I have my books sorted by guided reading levels in this area.  There are also some other tubs with themed books.  Students keep their own book bins in this area, too.  

Shiplap Classroom

Shiplap Classroom

I loved that this classroom still had the original chalkboards.  They went perfectly with the theme, so I had to keep them.  They are magnetic and great for hanging my anchor charts.  I picked up these clips from Target and hot glued them to magnets.  These posters are from my Reading Ready unit.

Shiplap Classroom

There is no closet in my classroom, so I have fabric around all of the tables to hide stored items.  I just hot glued the fabric to the edges of the tables.  I also hot glued the hems.  Hot glue is my best friend!  

This is my small groups table in the corner with my teacher desk.  I store all of my small group materials in the shelf to the right.  

Shiplap Classroom

There is a bulletin board directly behind the table, where I hang small anchor charts related to what we are working on at that time.  I also hung this reading strategy banner above to refer to during guided reading.

Reading Strategies Posters

This area is my calendar and number of the day board.  I also hang the interactive anchor chart for the day here.  This is from the first day of school, so it looks a little different.  The board on the right is covered with wrapping paper.

Shiplap Classroom Calendar Number of the Day

Calendar

Shiplap Classroom

Here is a little snapshot of our mailboxes.  I like filing student work in a crate because it's portable.  I picked up the hanging file folders from Amazon.

Student Mailboxes

This is one of my favorite areas!  I love the alphabet banner on the polka dot ribbon and that my number line looks framed.  I put my number posters and alphabet on the floor for easy student access.

Shiplap Numbers Shiplap Alphabet

I use this laundry basket from Target for anchor chart storage.

Shiplap Classroom Anchor Chart Storage

This metal shelf was just not cute.  I was running out of time and energy to paint it.  I ended up just hot gluing burlap to the sides and border around the edges.  I also added some washi tape to the shelves.  It made all the difference!

Shiplap Classroom

Shiplap Classroom

My new teacher friend made this print for me.  It was customized to fit with the farmhouse decor.  I am just amazing by her hand lettering talent!  And the quote was just perfect!  You can check out her Facebook page Paper Dot Ink HERE.

Shiplap Classroom

My word work area is up front in this area.  I post the words of the week in a pocket chart.  They have different options of how to practice those words, play dough, typing, games, magnets, and more.  It's a super easy center to manage for me since I just change out the words each week.  I use the clips to hang the anchor charts we make related to the rule that week.

Shiplap Classroom

This pocket chart is what I use for learning center organization.  I took this pic before I put my rotation cards up.  I am in LOVE with the black anchor charts!   The storage drawers below hold my math tubs.  I lined the drawers with scrapbook paper.  If you cut a piece in half, it fits perfectly in the drawers. :)

Shiplap Classroom

My windows are lined with bulletin board border.  It really ties the whole room together!  The curtains are actually fadeless paper that I doubled up.  I outlined them in border, too.  I found the little burlap bunting at Target on clearance.  

Shiplap Classroom

This is my writing center.  I love the peg board from Target Dollar Spot!  It holds prompt cards (from The First Grade Parade) and crayons in the cute little buckets.  I covered this table in fabric, too, for extra storage below.  I am hoping to go to Ikea soon to pick up some stools for this table.  

Shiplap Classroom

My word wall and computer center are at the back of the room.  The word wall letters are in my Farmhouse Decor Pack and the black burlap ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.  The little Mason Jar numbers below the word wall hold student work.  

Shiplap Classroom

That was a little peek into my farmhouse classroom!  Pretty much everything printable you saw was from my Farmhouse Decor Bundle.  I am slowly breaking it apart and selling items separately.  You can click on any of the pics to take a look at it if you are interested in redecorating your room for that farmhouse, shiplap look.

Shiplap Classroom

Shiplap Classroom

As always, thank you for stopping by!


how i get home chart

I don't know about you, but student transportation has always stressed me out!  It's the most important piece of information I need for my students on that first day of school.  I learned early on that I needed a system to save my sanity!  So, I just wanted to drop in to share my system and how it has helped me.  You may have a better system.  If you do, I would LOVE to hear about it!  The more ideas and ways to do it, the better! 

how i get home chart

This is the note I will have parents fill out on Meet the Teacher night.  I have a checklist that they will have to complete that night and part of it is filling out this form.  I tried to cover all the bases for the year in which transportation information from school is needed.  These are the options at my school this year, but I have included an editable letter in my pack for you to customize to fit your schools' needs.

how i get home chart

After they fill it out, they place the form in this basket on my teacher table.  I want them all in one place!  After I add the info to a spreadsheet, I file these in my student information binder for easy access throughout the year if needed.

how i get home chart

I have each student's name on a card ready for this pocket chart.  This is my Transportation Station right next to my classroom door.  As soon as I know how students are getting home the first day, I move their name under the corresponding header in the pocket chart.  Our buses are by number, so I will write their bus number as soon as I find that out under their name.  I will write each bus number in its own color and sort the names by buses.  That way I know how many kids are getting on each bus.  

This pocket chart system is great.  If I have a substitute teacher, they can easily refer to this chart at the end of the day.  It's great for me, too, especially at the beginning of the year when things can be really crazy at the end of the day!

how i get home chart

And another lifesaver for me has been backpack tags!  I print out several pages of each way students go home on card stock.  After I fill one out for each student, I laminate them.  There are always those students who you don't know how they get home until that first day, so I take my Scotch laminator to school with me.  That way I can easily make their tags, too!  Once I cut them out, I hole punch them and use a rubber band to tie them onto their backpacks.  Everyone will thank you for adding these to your little ones' backpacks!  

I would love to know how you organize your transportation!  I am always looking for new, easier ways to do things, especially during the back to school season.  If you are looking for a way to organize your system of getting students home, you can see below everything I use to do just that.  All of the notes, tags, and headers are completely EDITABLE so that you can customize them to fit your classroom needs!

how i get home chart

I hope this makes your back to school time a little bit easier!  Have a great weekend and enjoy these last few days of summer!