Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Guess the Main Idea


Just wanted to share some of the Guess the Main Idea thinking maps that the students have worked on during stations during the last couple of weeks.  Students have not only loved creating them, they have also enjoyed visiting our main idea wall where they can see the webs created by other students and try to guess the main idea. Fun, fun, fun!
Here are a few of them!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Number Webs


Students have really enjoyed using Google docs to create  "number webs".  We have been working on making different combinations to represent a number.  For this math station, they select a  card from one of the number card buckets that we have in the classroom. Then, using Google docs they create a web, writing different combinations (addition or subtraction) that represent the chosen number.
Students have the choice of working at this station in partners or independently,  They also have the choice of which bucket to choose numbers from (1-10 bucket) (20-40 bucket) or 40+ bucket.  This gives them a change to work with numbers they feel more comfortable with or the opportunity to challenge themselves to work higher numbers.  Try it with your students, they will love it:)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Sentence Flip Book

Hi All!

Just wanted to share this simple activity that has become a favorite during literacy stations in my classroom. It is a simple activity, but still a fun way to practice sentences! Students create a 3 flap foldable: one flap is for a period, another one for question marks, and the last one for exclamation marks.  Students write a declarative sentence, an asking sentence, and an exclamation sentence under the corresponding flap.  When they are done they visit another person who was finished and share their sentences. They simply love this!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Texas and US Symbols

During the past couple of weeks, my students have been working with US symbols and Texas symbols.  They have done research using books and online resources.  They have worked in partners to do research and then individually to make flip books, journal entries, and writing activities about what they have learned. They have produced great work!
So proud of them!
Here are a few pics of what they have done.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Singular or Plural?

This past week, our students in the Spanish classroom worked with singular and plurals. Students went around the room to collect five nouns from our word walls.  They created a table using on Google docs to write their nouns both in singular and plural form.  This next week we will be working on the plurals of nouns ending in Z.

Monday, March 3, 2014

We are back!

We are so excited to be back! We have been working with Kassie at Designs By Kassie and she has completely redone our blog and we couldn't be happier about it.  She had to work with 3 of us and our ideas.  She was so kind and patient throughout the process.  We are very pleased with the way our blog looks now!  If anyone is interested in giving their blog a facelift we highly recommend Kassie! She is amazing!

This past weekend Katia and I went to the BEAM Conference (Bilingual and ESL Education Association of the Metroplex).  It was a great experience for us.  We attended very interesting sessions and got a lot out of them.  We have always admired the work of Candis Grover and we got to meet her in person.  She is on to new, interesting projects and we wish her the best!  If you want to learn more about her work, please visit her blog Blooming Bilinguals.

We are excited about the many resources we gathered from the BEAM Conference.  One of the sessions was presented by Dr. Mandy Stewart.  She explained how to maximize students' language development in both English and Spanish by using Thematic Literature. (Be sure to follow Dr. Stewart on Pinterest -she has so many wonderful ideas!). She read to us a story titled El Mundo Marino. On this Alphabet organizer, she asked us to write nouns or verbs by letter that we listened to in the read aloud.  I am thinking this organizer could also be used as a tool for students to write words they read around the room by initial or ending sounds!  It can also be used as a place where students record new words they learn. This alphabet organizer is from

The possibilities of this organizer are endless!

As a celebration of our new blog, we want to share with you one similar organizer that we have used  in the past.  It is a freebie, so ENJOY!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Community Helpers & Predictions

We wanted to share with you an activity we did about predictions and community helpers earlier this year. Have any of you guys ever read this book? It is so cute! Our kiddos loved it. 

First, we read this book.
 (There isn't a Spanish version, but it has lots of pictures and we translated it as we read it) 
Each page has clues and the students have to predict what goes with the clues. 

After we read this, the students began brainstorming what clothesline clues they were going to create. They came up with some great things. We are so proud of them. A lot of these students are second language learners. 

Aren't these kids incredible writers and illustrators?

Hope you have a great weekend!
The Dual Trio