Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Organize Your Files for the Week!

If you liked last week's post about organizing your life with technology, you'll love this week's post as well!  The winner of this week's poll is how to organize your files for the week, using technology of course!

Here's the poll:

Before I go into organizing your files for the week, I'm going to talk briefly about organizing your files digitally.  I know it's a wordy tutorial but I promise I have lots of good tips included!!!

Now for the tutorial... you definitely need to download Dropbox if you don't already use it! If you already use it, keep reading anyway because I have some little trick you still might enjoy!

You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

The next Technology Tuesday post won't be until August 6... because I'll be vacationing with my hubby in Alaska celebrating our TEN YEAR anniversary (technically two years married, but 10 years since we started dating). How crazy is that? 

Now, as for the poll... I'll be adding how to give any picture a moving/talking mouth!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How to Organize Your Life With Technology!

First things first, let me say that I am writing this post specifically for my lovely friend Katie, who just started her own blog!  Katie - you're going to love this app! :)

Kdot's Learning Spot

Katie teachers 3rd grade in the same school as me and she is absolutely fabulous!  I've considered changing grades just to be able to teach with her! lol!  She teaches 3rd grade and I teach Kindergarten... yet we can swap ideas easily and adapt them to our own grades.  And... she's great with technology, so you know she has my heart! LOL!  Be sure to check out her blog and follow her! 

Now... for this week's technology tutorial, which I'm sure everyone is going to LOVE... how to organize your life with technology!

This option was incredibly popular on the poll!

Do you ever have that moment (of course, when you're in the shower or driving) where you say to yourself, "Oh I really have to remember to send that file to so-and-so." or "I need to remember to print that worksheet for tomorrow?"  That always used to happen to me... until I got this app!  (Okay, it still happens, but not if I use the app diligently!)

So... go download the app right now and start loading it up!  I promise you that it will help you feel more organized!  I swear to you, i even put things in the app like "Swap laundry." because I'm so guilty of totally forgetting that I have a load running!

You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's poll, I'm going to add a similar option to this week's poll: how to organize your files for the week to make life easier at school!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Kindergarten Problem Solving Skills! (Freebies!)

A while back I wrote about a routine that I do in my classroom called "The Problem of the Day."  I use this to help develop problem solving skills from the beginning of the school year!  I just finished making the set for the beginning of the school year and bundling it!

The Daily Routine:
I pick a student to be in the problem, and replace the name in the story with their name.

Then, I have the students turn to their partner (I have assigned partners in the classroom which change monthly.)  I tell the class this little poem:

I'll pick a partner to go first (perhaps the partner with longer/shorter hair).  That partner has to tell their partner the answer and explain their reasoning for it.  For example, "I know the answer is two because I started with five fingers up, then put three fingers back down.”  I count backwards from five so the students finish up their answer.

Next: it's time to see who was listening!  I call on students to explain their partner's answer to me!  This really improves their listening skills!  I then repeat visa-versa and have the other partner explain their answer.

The kids just love this routine... they really love hearing their names in the story and sharing their answers/explanations with their partner.  And the best part... it really improved their listening and math skills and it made a major difference in my IOWA Test scores!!

Scope and Sequence:

Here's a quick preview of how cute the questions look... and they're super easy to cut as well!

To see the bundle for the whole year, click any of the pictures above.  To see each individual month, click the pictures below!





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How to Print on Envelopes

This option has been on the poll for a while and I am so excited to finally blog about it!

I am SOOOO excited to write about this tutorial because I love to store my sentence strips (cut into words) inside laminated envelopes!  Be sure to check out my two previous posts to see how I did that!


Here are the results from the poll!

 Now... onto the tutorial!


You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

As for next week's poll... I have about 50 options I'd like to add because they're all so great!  A while back (eek... almost a year ago!) someone had asked me "How can I get technology to work with me and not against me?!"  I really wondered how I could even write up a post about that, but I finally figured out how!  So... for next week's poll, I'm going to add "How to use technology to organize your life!"  I'm not even kidding about that one :)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Magic Y Video Lesson, Poems, and Visual!

I have been hard at work on this Magic Y video for what seems like forever.  I kept changing and updating it but I love the final result (as do my kids!)  Just look at how cute it looks!

Head over to TPT to check it out... for 20% off tonight only!  Or be the first person to leave me a comment and I'll send it to you for free!

Be sure to check out the preview and let me know what you think!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Daily Worksheets for Kindergarten Students Entering First Grade!

I know, I know... most of you are already long into your summer break... but my school hasn't ended yet!  This Monday will be the 176th day of school... and the final day for my kiddos!

As such, I've been putting together my summer vacation packet for them and I decided to go with a day by day packet! The worksheets included follow a day by day pattern:
  • Math Monday
  • Tell Me About Science Tuesday
  • Writing Wednesday
  • Sight Words Thursday
  • Phonics Friday

The following skills are addressed:

Math Monday
Addition, Subtraction, Problem Solving, Numbers 0-20, Patterns, More and Less

Tell Me About Science Tuesday
Summer, Autumn, Five Senses, Seeds We Eat, Winter, Animals in Winter, Keeping Healthy, Spring, Butterfly Life Cycle

Writing Wednesday
Telling a story using first, next, and last

Sight Words Thursday
away, about, around, any, beside, boy, could, come, came, close, does, down, every, eat, first, from, funny, find, gave, going, help, how, inside, into, just, jump, knew, know, look, little, make, many, new, need, once, open, please, put, ride, run, said, says, them, there, thing, this, under, up, want, went, where, with, your, you

Phonics Friday
Beginning Sounds, Middle Sounds, Ending Sounds, Blends, Digraphs, CVC Word Families

Here's a preview of all of the pages... or you can check out the preview at TPT by clicking the picture!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How To Add a "Grab My Button" Code to Your Blog!

Oh my... the bloggers have united again!  This week's poll winner is how to make a "grab my button" code for you blog!

Here is the poll for this week!

For this tutorial, we're going to use this awesome website:

You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

As for next week's poll, I'm going to add another blogger-ish tutorial: how to see what's been pinned recently from your blog! 

Don't forget to use the "Technology Tuesday Request" form at the top to request specific tutorials!  My list is always growing and I promise I'll get to everything eventually!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hollywood Themed Job Chart!

One of my lovely followers requested that I redesign my job chart based on a black and gold glittery hollywood theme... and I love how it came out!  My students love that I have jobs for each and every student!  This mega set of 62 jobs is sure to have enough jobs for all of your students.  And... if it's missing a job that you want, just email me at aturntolearn@gmail.com and I'll add it for you!

Here's a preview of some of the jobs... the little space on the edge is for you to clip a clothespin.  Each and every job has a picture to go along with it, and the picture has a crisp, white background.

I hope you enjoy it!