Monday, December 16, 2013

Close Reading: Comprehension Focus

At our school we are really focusing on students' comprehension of text while integrating the "Close Reading" process. In light of that, I am sharing with you my "Close Reading Graphic Organizer: Comprehension Strategies." You can get your FREE copy here. There is also a backside to this sheet containing space for students to draw a mental image and to write a summary.

Please be sure to share with me how you are using it and what grade levels are benefiting from it. Can't wait to hear from you all.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Close Reading: Comprehension Focus

Hello to all my fellow educators!

This time of year always seems to be so bonkers, doesn't it? We are closing in on the end of the first semester and the Christmas break is around the corner.

Today I have a FREE printable for you to hopefully make your life easier! This is a Close Reading Graphic Organizer that focuses on comprehension as opposed to my other Close Reading Graphic Organizer that focuses on text features. Get your copy here!

Many blessings and prayers to you! Thanks for checking out my blog!

Monday, November 4, 2013

OLA Board

This document is something I use to explain the layout of my classroom's whiteboard. Each day, I write out each class period's OLA! When I want the students to know what is going on or why I am asking them to do something I direct them to the OLA Board. This is a reference sheet for them so they know what O, L, and A represent. Get your copy here!

Observation Log

Many things happen in our classrooms daily that we don't want to forget. Sometimes it is something funny. Sometimes it is something sad. Sometimes it is even something critical to record. That's where this form comes in!

I have a binder I call my "Observations Binder." This binder has a tab for each of my students and behind each students tab is this sheet. I don't use it daily, just when I feel there is something I need to remember about that student on a particular day.  I can use this information later for report card comments, IEP planning, or phone calls home. It also makes it easier to notice patterns.

I hope it is helpful to you! Click here for your copy!

Communication Log

We all need a way to keep track of the number of times and methods we use to contact parents, especially in the world of special education! This is a log I use to document such and to use as proof when meeting deadlines for IEPs. I hope you can make use of it! Click here for your copy!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Close Reading Graphic Organizer

Recently, our district did a professional development session on "Close Reading." This is a graphic organizer I created to support a close reading session in the classroom. I hope you find it helpful. You can find the graphic organizer here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tic-Tac-Know Boards for Word Work

Here is the link for my Tic-Tac-Know Board #1

Here is the link for my Tic-Tac-Know Board #2

101 and Out!

101 and Out is a game from Marilyn Burns. It was featured in the March/April 2009 issue of Instructor.

My students love this game because it is combination of luck (roll of the die) and strategy (choosing whether to put your rolled number in "tens" or the "ones" column.

I love it because it is quick to teach students how to play, requires minimal materials, and helps to reinforce place value and well as problem solving. It works well with multiple levels of students. It is also quick to play and can be adapted to include more dice and more columns. Students can also play this game in larger groups or individually.

I like to play this game as a class first to introduce the rules and concepts. Then I allow the students to play in groups of 2-4 students. After that, it can be used as a station/center or for individual practice and reinforcement.

Below you will find the game board and rules that I have copied front-to-back on cardstock and laminated. This allows the game to be used multiple times and also allows for dry/wet erase markers to be used. It saves time so students do not have to draw the board for each game they play. However, I do teach and encourage students to draw their own boards so they can play when they do not have access to the classroom set of games boards.

I hope you find it useful and fun in your classroom! Enjoy!

101 and Out!
Procedures & Rules

Supplies: one six-sided die, game board
Players: 1 or more players

  1. Draw a game board or use one of the provided 101 and Out! game boards.
  2. On your turn, roll the die. Record the number in the “Tens” or “Ones” column of your game board, but not both.
  3. Repeat this process for six die rolls for each player.
  4. When each player has completed six rolls and recorded each of their rolls in the “Tens” or “Ones” column, fill in the empty spaces with zeroes.
  5. Add up your score, starting in the ones column. If needed, carry your ones to the tens column.
  6. The person with the score closest to 100 without going over, is the winner!

6th Grade Special Education Math "I Can"

I know I am inconsistent about posting at this point in my life, but I really love to share things that have proven very useful to me! Here is a rubric I use to keep track of a student's progress on their "I Can" statements.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Social Skills Lesson Plan Format

When I, or my students, lead a social skills lesson, this is the format that is used.

Here is the link to the GoogleDoc that also includes a grading rubric, a social skill list, and a simple instructional guide:

Leveling System | Privileges and Restrictions

These are the restrictions and privileges for my students on the Leveling System in my classroom.

Leveling System

Here are some documents I use to incorporate a leveling system into my BD Classroom. I hope they help you as you intervene with students and their behavior. I hope the documents are self-explanatory in their implementation. Feel free to comment if you have questions!