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Last year, one of my little guys described the butter as "Red Lobster butter," which made me laugh, because it did look just like that ball of butter they put on the baked potato. Yum.
I explained that each person would have a clipboard, paper, and marker. Our job was to go around to each person, and ask each friend to sign our paper as we signed our friend's paper. We would only be writing our own name every time, once on each paper. We would collect all of our friends' names. I modeled this with a few children. I said, "Would you please sign my paper, and I will sign yours?" We switched boards, signed, said, "Thank you!" and moved to another child.
For this activity they practiced gooooood manners when they asked friends to sign their paper and then said, "Thank you," afterward. We also practiced name writing about 18 times in half an hour-and had fun! Not too bad!
If you want a copy of the simple sheet I used for recording, just click the picture below.
Feel free to make a "fancier" sheet! I liked this simple sheet, because I told the children that the paper would be so colorful and pretty after they each wrote their names with different color markers. The minute they got the paper, they started reading, "I like, I like, I like..." so even that was great!
Speaking of names, can you tell from our sign in sheet that we've been working on noticing and trying to use periods this week? I just love when the kids play with punctuation marks.
Last week I sent home my 5 Week Reports to parents. I like to send home some things that parents can work on with their children at home. This was the first time I printed out and used the flashcards from ESGI, and I LOVE them!
I printed them for each student, cut them apart, and put each child's in his/her own baggie, stapled with a note to parents with different ways to use them. Thank you, ESGI! I started using ESGI last year toward the end of the year, and I am so glad that this year I was able to start using it right away. They offer a 60 day free trial, which is how I started using it and loving it. If you would like to buy ESGI (or have your district buy it for you- even better yet!), you can get $40 off the first year's subscription using this PROMO CODE: B1119. ESGI has really made assessments so much easier, faster, and more useful for me.
Here they are!
It's simple, but gives the children a chance to be creative, draw with detail, and begin to learn to label pictures. You can print out and use only the pages that you want- you don't have to use all of them! I made quite a few- I think 19, but I chose six pages, and we did three each day for two days (another Common Core math problem just for you...). I made it so you can just double staple the side and cut in the middle to have two books. Here were some pictures I thought were pretty clever!
HERE is my post with a fun Halloween poem that I had the children make into a book. I put a link to download the book or just the poem on a single sheet of paper if you'd rather have it that way. My kids loved it, so if you need something to do in the next couple of weeks, there you go!
Happy, Happy Weekend!