ELA · http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post · K-2 · math · organizing


Yes, I know that’s technically the hash tag that everyone is using on Instagram on Tuesdays, but I just feel like that’s the most connected thread of this little blog post.  I’m just sharing 2 quick things, then I’m going to work on (FINALLY) creating a new product for the ol’ store.

First, this happened today.

We were working on modeling word problems using pictures, and the small group at my table literally couldn’t solve this problem because they did not buy into this “save the cookies for later” idea in the problem.  Finally, I asked them what they thought happened to the cookies.  They said I ate them all!  What?!  So that’s how our picture ended up like this.  Not really the picture I was planning to draw, but hey.  That happens sometimes in the first.  
Secondly, I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and I finally did it.  (victory fist pump here)  
It’s a little hard to tell in this picture, but this is a graph of my student’s current Lexia levels.  Honestly, I had never heard of Lexia until this year, when my school started piloting Lexia for our district.  Basically, Lexia is a research based reading program that hits all areas of reading (except writing).  What I really LOVE about Lexia is that it auto-places kids automatically the first time they log in, so they’re automatically placed at the level appropriate for them, regardless of grade level, so it’s inherently differentiating for each student.  It also highlights kids who need a specific lesson, and it gives you the exact lesson that they should be taught.  I would say the one thing that I love the least about Lexia is that sometimes my students have a hard time with the vocabulary activities, mostly due to exposure.  For example, Lexia will say something like “find the picture that matches ‘enormous'”, and they might choose the wrong picture, but if it had said “choose the picture that shows ‘huge/large/very big” they would immediately know it.  In any case, I’m planning to add this to my Facebook Fan freebie page, in case you use Lexia, too.  (I figure I can’t be the only one, right?)
Okay, friends.  My next goal is to show you how we’re using math binders this year, but that means I have to remember to actually take pictures of said math binders.  Don’t hold your breath, friends.  =)  
Enjoy your night!

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