February 28, 2013

Really Good Stuff Blog Article

Hi everyone!
If you are interested in reading an article I wrote about Smooth and Effective Transitions, click on over to Really Good Stuff.  I am a monthly columnist for them and November's post was all about Transitions!

Smooth and Efficient Transitions

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist
“If only I had more time in a school day…”
Have you ever caught yourself uttering this phrase? You can easily add those instructional minutes to your day by explicitly planning for your transition times. Carefully considered transition times offer the key to maintaining an optimal learning environment, minimizes disruptions and behavior problems while maximizing instructional time. By providing the structure of predictable routines, procedures and behavioral expectations, teachers offer their students, including second language learners and those who struggle with poor attention and impulsivity, an avenue to success during transition times.
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February 26, 2013

Schoolhouse really does rock!

Hi everyone,
I love schoolhouse rocks.  Here is one of my favorites!

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February 22, 2013

12 BEST Children’s Educational Apps of 2012

February 18, 2013

Great site for Common Core Math Vocabulary

Hello everyone,
I was searching the web recently and found an awesome site for Common Core Math Vocabulary.  

Granite School District in Utah has some of the best resources for Common Core Math Vocabulary and they are ready for you to download and print for FREE!

They have a great website that includes vocabulary cards that are kid friendly.  Each word has 3 cards. The first is the word only, the second includes a graphic representation, and the third also includes a definition.

This site is packed with resources for building math vocabulary including
 games such as this one:

Talk a Mile a Minute

Materials: Word lists, timer Instructions:

1. In this game, students are given a list of 6 words that have been organized into categories. One player will give the clue words while the other player tries to guess the word on the screen within a 60 second time limit.

2. Divide the class into pairs. Player 1 and 2 sit together facing each other. One player faces the screen and the other player has their back to the screen.

3. The player facing the screen will be the “talker” and is provided with a list of words on the screen. The talker tries to get their partner to say each of the words by quickly describing them. The talker may not use gestures, rhyming words, or any variation of the word on the list.

For example, in the first list below, the talker must not say the word shape when giving the clues. For the word square, the talker might say something like, “It has 4 equal sides, AND 4 equal angles.”

Rectangle Square Circle Triangle
Right Triangle Trapezoid
Units of Measure
Inches Meters
Hours Square Yards

4. The talker keeps giving clues until their partner identifies the first word in the category. The talker then moves to the next word in the category until all words have been guessed the set time ends.

5. Players change places and a new round begins with the other player now designated as the talker. 

If you are looking to add to your instruction of Math Vocabulary...this great site has it all.


February 13, 2013

February 10, 2013

Thematic Based Picture Flashcards

Hi everyone,
A friend emailed me a great site for Thematic Based Picture Flashcards.  It is so nice to have them grouped by theme. 

Mountain View School District has grouped photos and animated drawing resources from folks at MES-English, their own staff, and more.

This site has:
Student Profile Cards
Animals and Habitats
Body Parts
Seasons, Weather and Outdoors
Templates for ELD lessons

There is a lot here...Check it out by clicking here!
Thanks to:

Mountain View School District    Mountain View Succeeding Together


Happy Teaching!

February 6, 2013

Classroom Labels!

Winter is here and I wanted to spice up my room a bit so I was thinking of replacing the labels in my classroom.  I found some great math labels over at A Teachers Touch and thought I would share them.  I love that they have pictures and words.  Perrrffffect for second language learners.

A Teacher's Touch

I found these over at:
 Linda at A Teacher's Touch created some cute labels with pictures!
Check them out!

Happy Teaching!
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th - EFL - ESL - ELD, Grammar, Math - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Happy Teaching! Lori

February 4, 2013

25 Things

 Hi everyone,
I recently read this great blog post about the  25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently
Successful teacher

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/25-things-successful-educators-do-differently/#ixzz2Jfih1iSi

Happy Teaching!


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