My internet was down earlier and I felt AAAANNOYED! Grrrr.
But all is better now. :) I just posted over on the First Grade Lounge at Me and My Gang. Woo Hoo! I'm an author! If you haven't checked it out, you MUST. You can grab the cute button on my right sidebar to head on over there. The two lovely ladies and partners, Monica and Mrs. McCumbee, thought up this whole thing to showcase more SECOND grade blogs. And even though they were calling all second grade teachers, I couldn't help myself. I commented. I may even have emailed. I just had to verify that it was only for second grade teachers. If you didn't know, I teach first. AND I SO BADLY wanted to be a part of their gang. I mean, A GANG!!! How cool! I am sure I could dig out a leather jacket from somewhere! (Oh my gosh, I actually need to find the picture of my twin, two friends, and me when we were 14 and dressed up kind of like the Outsiders - except we wore brown trash bag vests that we made and and put bandanas in our hair!!! I have always wanted to be bad. :)) I digress.
Obviously. This is what happens. I go off on tangents but inevitably bring it back around. SO! Much to my surprise and delight, the Second Grade Gang decided to open it up to the rest of us! Yeehaw! And they said I could be a part of it! So please go check it out. :)
Now, onto curriculum. Our district uses Houghton Mifflin curriculum. And on Friday, my team and my principal
It was kind of nice to see how shocked my principal was at how SLOOOOW Houghton Mifflin is in the beginning and what a waste some of the practice pages are. When we pointed out that some of the concepts have no follow up practice, she actually agreed that we could use some of our supplemental materials! This was a big victory for us. STILL - no reading groups allowed during the two and a half hour Language Arts block (I mean, really. Wouldn't that just be dumb? To read with first graders at their level?) And STILL - no daily 5 unless each activity has a Houghton Mifflin emblem on it or I tattoo my kids' foreheads with HM during Read to Self or Read with Others. I wonder if I could get Houghton Mifflin to sponser the tattooing??
So the bottom line is that I can use some of my supplemental grammar worksheets. Or worksheets for those of you who are not a fan. :)
Click the pic to grab them. The first one talks about my special management plan (not a clip chart - oh no, am I in trouble? Will you still like me?) which includes Fun Friday so if you need that document changed, please let me know! I will un-PDF it or whatever so you can make changes.
I hope you can use one of them. :)
One last thing -- a couple of you have left a comment asking me to email you my P.I.N. treat bag tags. But you didn't leave your email address for me. :( So if that was you, I promise I am not ignoring you or being lazy. So just leave me your email address and I will get it to you.
All right, people! Have a great week at work (if you're back to school like me) and I have promised myself that I will blog every night this week. So be on the lookout!
P.S. Big Bro tonight!!! I hope Jeff or Jordan win this HOH. And that only the people I am not a fan of fall down and eat it in the suds. Is that mean?