Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Liebster Award, Compound Words, Contractions and more…

As a new blogger it made me feel extremely special last night when I received a very nice comment on my blog from Tammy at  It is wonderful to know that somebody finds my blog interesting and worth commenting on, so MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS Tammy!
 Maybe I’m the only one, but I wasn’t sure what Liebster translated to – so I checked it out, because I’m a language nerd…it’s German for “favorite”.   
Part of the Liebster award’s awesomeness is that I now need to nominate other bloggers with less than 200 followers.  
Here are the rules to the award:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog – see above (thanks again Tammy!) 2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you – (just in case you missed it, here is Tammy’s link again..
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog  - see above 4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to up to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed  - see below 5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.  On my to do list!

Here are 4 great blogs that have wonderful resources on their site.  Be sure to swing by their blogs and check out all the amazing things they have going on!

Ms. Apples at Elementary Apples
The Bilingual Teacher Clubhouse
Jennie at JD’s Rockin’ Readers
Kris at Teaching With Love 

Onto other things…I wanted to share some fun images of what we’ve been doing in class.  I found some cool activities through pinterest for compound words and contractions – which I’m sure you all have seen, but I’m still a proud teacher and want to share!

We used the dowloadable compound word sort from the first grade parade.  Unfortunately I was out the day my kiddos did this, but based on the sub report they loved the activity and were experts by the time they did the flippy book.

We’ve also just started working on contractions.  Contractions are hard for native Spanish speakers, because they don’t exist in Spanish.  For example, my husband is studying English and big time dislikes contractions! I think they seem like a lazy way of speaking to a nonnative speaker and it's not always obvious how to make a contraction or how to decide which two words made a contraction – but either way my kids need to learn them!

They LOVED doing the contraction surgery.  I found this activity on pinterest and on different blogs, I'm not sure who thought it up, but that person is brilliant! 

We talked a lot about how the two words change to become one.  I modeled how to conduct surgery on the words and had the students work in partners.  We had superhero and princess band-aids for apostrophes, very exciting stuff!

Unfortunately, after the whole activity about half of my class was struggled to identify what the original two words were that made the contraction…so our final contractions are now posted on the wall with the two original words – so my kids have a reference…otherwise they can’t transfer back and forth from two words to a contraction and vice versa…English is HARD!  My kids understand the concept but just can’t make the leap between the two forms without a reference…baby steps!

I previosly alluded to a grumpy cat activity we've been working on and I'm worried because I cannot find the kids' final draft of their writing anywhere!!!!  I'm giving it one more day and then I might have to make my kids redo the writing, because we have the artwork with no writing at this point - where could it have gone?!?!  Honestly, this is a wonderful example of why my room needs a major clutter intervention!

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  1. Laura, Thanks for finding my website and nominating me for the Liebster Blog!! I am so excited. I will have to find some blogs myself to pass it on tonight!! I am your newest follower and love the ideas you have shared on here!! Thanks!

    JD's Rockin' Readers

  2. I remember reading this when you posted it but I just now reread the ending and I totally can relate to not being able to find kids' work!!! We are doing a tiny research project right now and one of my kids swears that she turned her rough draft in.... and it is nowhere to be found. Ay yi yi!!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  3. Hi, I am a new follower of yours. I teach in a small south west Michigan town where we have about 36% Hispanic kids. Your blog will be a help to me. I also teach 2nd grade. I have some freebies on my site that might help some of your kids too. Check it out! I love your contraction surgery project!


    Second In Line

  4. I did a post on a very cute book to teach compound words. Stop on by my blog and look under my compound words category.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

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