Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interactive Student Notebook - Numbers to 5

Wow I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I last posted.  Time flies by when you are having fun.  I had a fun month of heading to the Brevard Zoo, Busch Gardens, and Gatorland.  Maybe I'll share some pictures in another post.

Today, I wanted to share what I have been really busy working on.  My new Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) for Numbers to 5.  It is geared toward pre-k (VPK) and Kindergarten students.  It would also be ideal for struggling 1st grade students.  I do still recommend a lot of manipulatives to practice counting groups to 5, determining 1 more, comparing objects, etc.  The ISNs are just more fun than the boring worksheets after doing the fun hands on things and incorporates coloring, cutting, and pasting.

Check out my previous post on what is an ISN by clicking HERE and if you want to check out my addition ISN click HERE.  Clicking on any of the pictures should take you to my store to buy newest ISN Numbers to 5!


1 to 1 correspondence to 5.


Counting to 5


Counting Objects NOT in a row


Writing numbers to 5


Ordering Numbers to 5


Counting Backwards 5 to 1


Counting On - One More


Comparing Numbers

This product will be on sale 50% off through Tuesday July 22nd for only $2!  Grab it while it is on sale before the price goes up.  Your kids will LOVE ISNs and beg you to let them do them daily!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings!  Keep on smiling!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Educents Deal!

Educents contacted me and offered a deal for new members!  By clicking on the picture below and signing up for Educents in July you will receive a $5 credit!  You can't beat a deal like that!

What is Educents?  Educents is an awesome store with resources for teachers and parents of children who homeschool their children.  They have worksheets, centers, books, magazines, etc.  Everything is always heavily discounted so your $5 off can go a long way!  Currently you can save $10 on Zoobooks, which I absolutely love.  My Kindergarten and 2nd grade students have always loved looking through those magazines.  They currently have some neat author study lapbooks, a brown bear literacy bundle, as well as some free items, among other things!  Check them out by clicking on the picture!

As an added bonus for 4th of July weekend, you can get 10% off and FREE SHIPPING from Educents by using the code JULY1HOPKINS   This deal is good for anyone even if you are not a new member!  Click the picture will take you to Educents.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Addition Unit: Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) - The Right Way!

If you missed my last blog post Interactive Student Notebooks that explained how to do them correctly click HERE to go read all about it!

This addition unit includes the Preview, Interactive, and Process pieces that make Interactive Student Notebooks (ISNs) useful for you and your students.  By using all 3 components you can see what your student's already know, guide them, and find out what they have learned.  As explained in an earlier piece you can take give them a grade on it!  It would work well as a formative.

Click any of the pictures below to check out my ISN Addition Unit in my TPT store.

Adding, ISNAdding, ISN, Fluency to 5

Addition Fluency to 5

Adding, Doubles, ISNAdding, Doubles, ISN

Addition Doubles

Adding, Doubles Plus 1, ISNAdding, Doubles Plus 1, ISN

Addition Doubles Plus One

Fluency to 10, Adding, ISNFluency to 10, Adding, ISN

Addition Fluency to 10

Adding, Make 10, ISN Adding, ISN, Make 10

Find the Number that Makes 10

Adding, Decompose Numbers, ISN
 Adding, Decompose Numbers, ISN

Decomposing Numbers to 10

Which activity is your favorite from my addition ISN?  The cute graphics I got from Mel at Graphics From The Pond.

As always thank you so much for Hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on hoppin'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fun Times In Kindergarten in Hopkins' land!

I was so busy teaching the little ones all year that I just didn't have as much time to blog as I had hoped I would.  Here are a few of the fun things we did this year that I remembered to get pictures of!

Here are our snowmen with rhyming words on them!  I love how no two look exactly alike.

These are the amazing bean plants my student's grew.  They really took off!  I had them take them home at spring break.  If they really planted them in the ground like I told them to do, I bet they have beans!  

Here we made Abe Lincon's cabin for President's Day.  This was a huge hit with the children and many teachers gave me great compliments!  

St. Patrick's Day I was sick so I barely got this fun activity in before we spring break.  On each of the clovers are words that rhyme with luck.   

One of my terrific writers who went on place first place in the Young Author's Conference!  I'm so proud of her!.  She wrote on the hearts that she loves me very very very much.  Such a sweet child, who filled my bucket right up to the top!

Our ocean themed t-shirts sure did turn out cute!!!  We used stamps and acrylic paint.  They were a big hit.  I borrowed the stamps from a teammate and hope I can find some somewhere.  I have checked the craft stores with no such luck finding big ones like these.  If you see any around online, let me know!

We ended the year with a fun memory book from Lesson Plan Diva.  I received some great compliments on these too.

I will miss those kiddos.  I look forward to finding a new job with a brand new class of children.  Each of my years of teaching has brought a completely different group of children and I look forward to learning about my new group in August.  I know I'll find the perfect place to teach!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Interactive Student Notebooks - The Correct Way!

My Facebook fans asked me to write a post on how to do Interactive Student Notebooks.  First let's discuss what they are NOT.

They are NOT:

  • Posting word problems and answering them
  • Writing responses to stories
  • Writing responses from a writing prompt
  • Pasting in foldables after completing them
  • Writing in results to science experiments.
  • Worksheets
What are Interactive Science Notebooks (ISNs)?
  • Tools for formative assessments
  • Previews to see what do your students already know?
  • Fun, meaningful engaging lessons to help your student's master content
  • They can take more than a day to finish a lesson, that is okay!
What you need to get started:
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks, Elmer's glue, tape, glue dots, glue sponges, etc. (everyone has their preference)
  • A spiral notebook or a composition notebook.  If using a composition notebook you may want to print 2 pages per sheet to be able fit everything in.
  • Activities for 3 sections: preview, interactive, and process
I was taught my two amazing teachers at my former school how to do Interactive Student Notebooks the correct way.  I had started them earlier in the school year, but only did a fun interactive piece, which is what I had found on blogs, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Teacher's Notebook.  The reality is there is more to it than slapping something fun in the notebook for children to do with you.

On the left upper side of the notebook, children complete a preview piece.  This could be an Essential Question, a few questions for your students to answer, or even a prediction.  This let's you know a very important thing "What do your students know now?"  The top part of the below picture.

Then on the right side, students complete something interactive.  This is where you could put the foldable or something for them to match up.  This is typically done with the teacher and includes a lot of cutting and gluing.  This is the part that I see being done all the time, but the preview and process are important and are being skipped.  In the picture below children have to cut out and reassemble the Popsicles to match the addition facts, thus making it interactive.  This is done with the students, everyone should have the correct answer!

Last, students return to the left side of the notebook for the process part.  Students need a chance to process the information given and to show you they understand what was taught.  This part can be taken as a formative for a grade!  This could be the answer to an essential question, another interactive piece, or a few questions to answer.  They could also reflect on their learning or answer What did I learn?  The bottom part of the first picture is an example.  They are matching the sum with the correct addition sentence.  It is only a few questions.  In the below picture on the bottom they are simply writing the sum on the watermelons.  This bottom picture is not part of the above lesson, it will be featured in a future product.  I just wanted to give everyone another example of the process part.

I suggest having children cut, glue, and answer the questions first.  Let them color using colored pencils, crayons, or markers if time allows.  This is a terrific fast finisher activity!  There are also teachers who let children bring them home to share with their families before bringing them back to school.  They could do the coloring at home and thus saving time in class!

Clicking the first two pictures will take you to my TPT store where you can try out a lesson!  More lessons to be uploaded soon!  Currently you can try the same lesson for FREE if you are a fan of my FB page by clicking the Fan Tab.  I will be replacing it with something else in the future so hop on by soon!

How do you use Interactive Student Notebooks in the classroom?  What are your preferred materials? Share in the comments.

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Positive Fridays - Week of June 9th, 2014

TGIF Everyone!  This post will mostly be about the past 2 weeks as it has been awhile since I posted a Positive Friday post.  The school year has come to a close so I will post again next school year if I find myself a new teaching job.

The last couple of weeks of school sure went fast!  My last day with the students was last Friday and I worked 2 days this week boxing everything up that belonged to the school and myself.  I am hopeful I'll find a new teaching job.  I will miss my amazing teammates, office staff, administration, students, and parents.  They really made for a great fun school year!

  • Between two schools I had a student who had missed almost 50 days.  When she was here, she learned like a sponge!  She finally mastered all of her letter sounds and all, but 1 of her sight words!  I have no doubt she'll learn that last word over the summer.
  • Two other students were struggling to count orally to 100, but by the last week both of them mastered that skill!  Hard work pays off!
  • Our last week we did so many fun things.  We started off with a fun Field Day in the morning.  This district did Field Day a lot different than I am used to.  Each class all the students competed against themselves and there were 17 different stations.  The children had so much fun!
  • We also had Water Day where the children ate Popsicles,did a sponge relay, cup relay, played with bubbles, shaving cream, and picked up tiny toys with their toes.  I was blessed to have two volunteers help out!
  • The last day of school we made a Father's Day card, cleaned the tables with shaving cream (they wanted to do this all day long!), watched Reading Rainbow and Magic School Bus videos.  We also played several board games.  The children had an absolute blast!
  • I also just had a very kind parent say she would write me a letter of recommendation.  My principal said the same thing.  I can't wait to get these letters as they may help me get a job.  I'll also be using the letter sent me by the father of a wonderful parent that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.  It's great to get positive feedback from parents and administration.
  • I also was just forwarded a kind letter that the grandparent of a child who was so kind to volunteer every week for me (my only weekly volunteer) sent to the principal and assistant principal on my behalf.
How many days of school do you have left or are you done?  Do you have any end of the year positives that you would like to share?

I plan to start working on my next series of teaching products, the real way to do ISNs (interactive student notebooks).  Do you use them?  What subjects?  What grade level?  What do you like about them?  Elmer's glue or gluesticks?  Composition Notebooks or Spiral Notebooks?  I'd love to hear your opinions!

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Back to the Grind

Well I haven't posted a Positive Friday post in 2 weeks due to being super busy.  I will post a final one this Friday to sum it all up as we did some fun things that I want to talk about.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share the sad news today.  This morning I found out I will not be returning to the school I was hired at this school year.  In Florida, we are on annual contracts if you are not already grandfathered in and I was not since I left the school district I was at 3 years ago and ended up in a new district by choice.  So it is up to the principal each year to renew our contract or let it expire.  Mine was let to be expired.  I was told there is not enough room for me.  So the job hunt continues.  Someday I'll find the right place for me.

I do know I made a great difference in a lot of children's lives.  I received one of the nicest notes from a parent that was also sent to administration.  I blogged about this 3 weeks ago.  My toughest behavior student jumped from a level 8 to a level 16 in just 3 months time!  My 2nd toughest behavior child read a level 8 with instruction (level 6 is where we expect them to be, which doesn't match Kindergarten standards, it matches 1st grade).  I just 1 month my lowest students jumped from a rebus to a level 2, 2 jumped from level 1's to level 3's and 1 from a level 1 to a level 4.  Another child who had no clue how to write 2 months ago ended the year writing 3 sentences that I could figure out.

Until I find the job that is meant for me I'll be here a bit more often blogging and making new products for my someday classroom and maybe something you can use too!

I know I'm doing something right and somebody is going to see that and snatch me up.  No picture for this post, share the link on FB, twitter, Google + or e-mail if you want.

Thanks for hoppin' by Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings.  Keep on smiling!

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