Sunday, September 11, 2011


These students are amazing!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cup Stacker!

 Happy 1st day back to those of you who begin after Labor Day! Just wanted to share a lesson with ya'll that I did with 3rd & 4th graders. So when I taught Kindergarten I saw a video by Mr. Smith on Teacher Tipster . com about using bathroom cups for stacking. He suggested putting sight words or addition facts on the bottom of the cups and storing them in a pringles can. I took this idea and went with it!

   1) I started with dividing the class into 6 teams or 7 teams of three kids each. Then they were given a list of authors and they had to alphabetize them on our whiteboard wall... yes you heard right! Whiteboard WALL (the wall was painted with whiteboard paint and it's amazing)

2) Then after everyone had a turn, I gave the teams a stack of paper bathroom cups and they had to sort them alphabetically as well. Once the group finished they could try a couple arrangements of stacking ups.

3) Last I tested their skills by giving them each a book (in the Fiction section) to file back on the shelf. They did awesome! So many of the students would jump in and say to each other "no no no Anderson goes AFTER Anders.. otherwise we'll NEVER find it". I love that they feel a sense of ownership about our library!

Oh and I can't resist sharing these pictures!!!