"Many people are wanting to know where they can send care packages and letters. Here are a few addresses where you can send things to comfort the people affected by this senseless crime." @ http://geekalabama.com/2012/12/15/my-thoughts-on-the-sandy-hook-shootings/
Sandy Hook Vol. Fire and Rescue 18-20 Riverside Rd/Po Box 783 Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 77 Main Street P.O. Box 344 Newtown, Ct. 06470
Newtown Police Department 3 Main Street Newtown, CT 06470
Newtown Public Schools/Superintendent’s office: 3 Primrose Street Newtown, CT 06470
In honor of such a cool event, Stacy over at Simpson's Superstars is hosting a 12 on 12th Linky Party. Those interested in joining the party will be posting 12 random pictures from the 12th day of the month. Pretty easy and fun!
I'm posting during the middle of a school week! I didn't think this was humanly possible.
And yet, here I am blogging and sharing with you some things I've whipped together lately.
I'll start from the beginning. This year my district has gotten on board the Common Core train. Full Speed Ahead! At my level, we have been strongly advised to dump our reading series (somewhat) and plan for more nonfiction texts. Like, A LOT more nonfiction texts.
We haven't had much training, so I was really at a loss with what direction I should teach these texts. I had heard that providing prior knowledge and building background knowledge before reading was now a HUGE no-no. I had heard that I needed to dig DEEP into the text. However, I really wasn't sure what to do with my littles.
Then, a few weeks ago, we had a good training session where they showed us what a week's worth of lessons should look like. Yippee! This is what I needed. Some direction. Just a little training, helps so much I tell ya!
I've made two week's plans based on the themes my partner and I have been teaching: the moon and reindeer. These lessons are about 20-30 minutes in length and I teach during my Shared Reading time before reading groups.
Feel free to download and use them in your class and let me know what you think.
I know I have been a stinky blogger, but it's not my fault!
My schedule is a nightmare, and I never have any time to take pictures of the kiddos.
Plus, my kinder class has grown by 6 ESE students. So, we have 21 K's (11 ESE) and 18 First graders (8 ESE.) Oh boy, it's a labor intensive situation I can assure you. I mean gen-ed Kinders are so needy anyways.
Maybe next year, I'll get the handle on all of this. Maybe...
I am happy to return to do my Currently for the month. Yeah!