Time Tutor Unit in Action

I was able to assess my students on Time yesterday and I thought I would write/reflect about how the unit went.

My students loved the posters above because they were able to refer to them throughout our unit!

The first time that I taught a.m. and p.m. I was shocked how difficult of a concept those middle of the "night" or early "morning" hours were to grasp.

We used the above center as a whole group activity to clear up any confusions about he difficult concept!

My cuties LOVE anything hands on.  Our analog clocks stayed on our desks for two weeks straight.  Lots of times throughout the day we stopped, dropped, and showed the time! :)

We also found that quarter after/quarter until was VERY hard when we first encountered it. 

Lots and LOTS of practice helped us get ahold of this tricky one!

Crack me up! I also discovered that a student struggling with any time concept was more than happy to  try once they were able to use the Judy Clock! Apparently it has magical powers!

Last year when I put this unit together, I included a review booklet to use the day before our assessment.  My kids always love a good mini-book! 

And just for giggles- check out this illustration! I LOVE that she understands how her mother portions her dinners.   ***Just in case you can't tell that last one says "carbohydrates."  What a smartie!

If you follow me on instagram (queenof1stjungle) or fb, then you know that I had an INCREDIBLE weekend in Atlanta at the Ron Clark Academy.  I will be blogging about my experience this weekend.  My thinking on the delay is that I want to make sure to highlight the impact that the experience is already having on my classroom.  

My Secret Weapon and a Teacher Hack

It was time to bring in the BIG guns.  My kids were proving to be less than thrilled about having to use text evidence to answer questions post-passage-reading. 

Meet highlighters.  I am sure most of you have highlighters out in your room or let your kids use them.  I didn't intentionally leave them out of my supplies this year...I think it just slipped my mind.  BUT it worked out for the best, because today when I let them choose an oober special bright neon highlighter...oh my goodness you would have thought I told them they could eat a mountain of brownies. 

They were SO excited. Excited but calm and focused at the same time!

Now that I have their attention and we are super focused on reading closely and finding text evidence... here is how it worked in my room today!

1.  We read the passage as a class on the SmartBoard.  We discussed the passage and what we noticed.

Then I released them to read the passage a 2nd time without picking up a pencil or highlighter at all!

After the 2nd time reading, they read the questions and FINALLY went back in with their precious highlighters to find their answers. 

My kids LOVED this and couldn't wait for me to see their answers!

And y'all it worked!  Their answers were SO on point.  P.S. I know I am not a genius for doing this.  I am just so proud to get over the reluctant hump!

I decided to separate these Winter Fluency Passages into their own packet.  You can find them by clicking on the picture below.  I will be adding several more passages by February 1st, BUT the price will go up too.  So if you like to save and want these, buy now :)

We also have been using the rest of ELA portion of my Winter Fun packet (which the passages are already a part of).  I have really bumped up my expectations at my centers, and my 2nd graders are definitely rising to the occasion!

Now this Synonym/Antonym Center is a beast. I will admit it.  BUT I also think we need to push our students so they GROW.  This "Teacher Hack" is super simple and one I learned from a veteran years ago.

When you are prepping the centers, make your students completely independent by coding the correct answers using matching letters on the back of the cards. 

Will you have kids that cheat--- ABSOLUTELY.  Will they still be exposed to the higher level skill on the front- YES.  They are still learning.   Once again, I know this isn't rocket science either, but if a veteran teacher hadn't taught me... I might not have ever figured it out! 

Have a wonderful evening friends!