2014 - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom
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As the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to take a look back on the best blog posts of the year! Despite not being the greatest blogger as of late (sorry about that!!) I had some really fun posts this year, if I do say so myself! I have ordered these by the number of views on each post.
Annotation Tips with Ideas by Jivey
With Ideas by Jivey
Organizing Math Stations with Ideas by Jivey
Organizing Math Workshop Stations

Two voice poems with Ideas by Jivey
Two Voice Poems

With Ideas by Jivey
I hope you enjoyed this look back, and maybe even found a post you might have missed!

I can't believe that December 7th was my last post. I have been a very bad, bad blogger!! One of my goals for the new year is to take more pictures in the classroom and blog more- so hopefully, this blog will get more love! :o)

I'm linking up today with a fellow Georgia Peach- Teachery Tidbits, to share my Top 10 Insta Pics!
To get this information, I visited a website called Iconosquare (only because you have to pay for the app on your phone to get all access, plus, I blog from my computer) - it takes a few minutes for the site to gather all of your statistics but then, it gives you more information than you could probably ever want to know! LOL 

(You follow me on Instagram, right? @ideasbyjivey)

So, without further ado, here are my top 10 pics based on likes and comments!
With Ideas by Jivey
1/28/2014- Tagged by @collaborationcuties - I'm trying to GET HOME!!! We didn't release early and the traffic is insane. I have a good inch of snow on my car! that is #widn - how about you @pinkadotselementary and @elizabethsupan?
Oh yes, that was the start of Snowpocalypse, 2014!
With Ideas by Jivey
6/15/2014- Sooooo excited to unveil this in the VERY near future!! It's been a work in progress for a long time! #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #tpt
I started this product during the school year and finally finished this summer! You can get it here if you haven't already!
With Ideas by Jivey
4/3/2014 - I mean really. There's just no need to be ugly and rude. #tpt #netiquette #nastygramshurt #feedback
Feedback is soooo important to sellers- we want to make sure what we've created is helpful and useful... but there certainly is a way to leave constructive criticism without being hurtful and nasty! I sure do appreciate all of the wonderful, supportive, loving followers that I have gained this year!
With Ideas by Jivey
7/12/2014- My first wedding shower was in Vegas with 9 of my best bloggy friends!! How awesome is that?! Thanks to @headoverheelsforteaching and@collaborationcuties for coordinating such a fun time!
As if being in Vegas wasn't awesome enough, I had my first wedding shower, too!! :o)
With Ideas by Jivey
11/9/2014- So excited to share the big news- and technically, it's now Sunday so I can share it! I reached a new #TPT milestone! To celebrate, I'm having a sale on all of my mentor sentence products AND a daily exclusive freebie! #celebrate #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo
Reaching a milestone in 2013 was awesome- reaching yet another milestone in 2014 was something I never dreamed would happen! I had so much fun celebrating this one, too!
With Ideas by Jivey
10/26/2014- Look who is in the #tpt newsletter?! Yippee!!  #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #ideasbyjivey
Totally awesome! It was a great surprise to see myself in the TPT newsletter! You can still download this freebie!
With Ideas by Jivey
9/26/2014- #todayisaid ...was there a full moon?? Becauuuuuuse whoa.
What a day. #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
Ha! Yeah, this one was a treat. We had been learning about explorers and the reasons they explored... so she decided to spread her own treasure.......
With Ideas by Jivey
7/30/2014- Treats for Meet Your Teacher Day tomorrow!  #smarties #byesummer #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
My kids loved their little treat- you can download this freebie from my store to use in your classroom, too!
With Ideas by Jivey
7/23/2014- Well, at least I made a dent... Also, I just got rid of my teacher desk. It was just a catch all for crap anyways!! So now I need to redo shelves and I suppose I'll have to get a teacher toolbox!!! #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
You know teachers love seeing other teachers' rooms- guess that's why this pic was #2!! 
With Ideas by Jivey
1/1/2014- It's been QUITE a magical trip!!!! :) #disney #foundmyprince
It's really no surprise that this picture was my #1! :o) Our wedding will finally be this year, probably late spring!

You can go link up with Natalie and see other teachers' top 10 pics, too!

I really enjoy making visual plans, it just takes a while to do them this way... for this reason, I haven't posted any since October! But here they are for this coming week... click here or either of the images to download the PDF with all of the clickable links! There are quite a few freebies in this week's plans!
Visual Plans Including Freebies with Ideas by Jivey
Visual Plans Including Freebies with Ideas by Jivey
Yes, this week is the week of the dreaded interims... my students will be tested out by the end of the week! We have four district assessments (interims) and they also will have their End of Unit Colonies Test!

We have been reading The Sign of the Beaver for the last couple of weeks. This is one of my favorites to read with the kids, and they love it, too!
With Ideas by Jivey
I was able to get a class set of the books through Donors Choose a couple of years ago. We read each chapter together and then they work on the activities from my Novel Unit with their partners. I love having a class set because they all go back and find evidence to prove their thinking! It's GREAT!!

We are using the book, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, for the mentor sentence and writing mentor text this week. It is a mentor sentence freebie in my store! It actually happened after World War I, so it's not a colonial Christmas story, but it still lends itself to our historical fiction writing unit, as well as being a sweet seasonal story.

I hope you all have a great week this week! :o)

This week was a bit crazy, but it was so much fun for me and my kids in science!! We have been learning about the solar system, and this week, my kids got into inquiry circles to learn more about a space topic. My kids have never been more excited about science, so of course, I'm linking it up with my BBB Joanne for Sparking Student Motivation!

My students gave me their top three solar system topics that they were interested in... I put them into groups of 3 or 4 students based on their choices. Then, they came up with three questions that they could research. They used books I had checked out from the library, and they got on our district's Online Research Library to find the answers to their questions.
Inquiry Circles with Ideas by Jivey

Inquiry Circles with Ideas by Jivey
What makes inquiry circles so great is that the students are so engaged because it's a topic they chose and want to know more about! EVERY kid was totally involved in researching and finding answers. It was amazing!

The fun part of inquiry circles is that the students get to be creative and come up with a plan as a group to present the information to the class. Some groups made posters, some made models, some wrote a play, and one even wrote a song!
Inquiry Circles with Ideas by Jivey

Inquiry Circles with Ideas by Jivey
The students came up with these ideas all on their own, and even brought in supplies from home! Their motivation to do these projects is unbelievable! If you've never heard of inquiry circles before, check these sites out: Prezi Overview / Video Showing Inquiry Circles.

My students will present on Monday, so I don't have any finished products to show you today, but I will be back next week to share. :o)

Oh and PS... I'm super excited to share something with you on Sunday (and you should be, too!!)... but you have to wait til tomorrow to see what it is!! :o)
With Ideas by Jivey

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs just a little late this weekend to share some things we did this week!
Honestly, the work week was difficult to start because I was returning from a long weekend in Orlando! I got to see my BBB, Joanne, and went to Hollywood Studios, Universal, and Sea World. It was a jam-packed, awesome weekend!
BBB Joanne and Jivey
With Ideas by Jivey
With Ideas by Jivey
So even though I would have loved to have stayed with Joanne and the minions and the dolphins, I put on my big-girl britches and had some fun with my kiddos! We are building up to writing about/describing a planet next week (we are currently studying the solar system) using precise language, so this week, we practiced describing food, amusement parks, and monsters! First, I displayed five pictures of hamburgers on the board and told them, "Last night, I ate the most delicious burger! It was so yummy I ate it all... do you know which burger I ate?" Of course, they all looked at me like I was crazy. So then, I showed them which one I ate:
With Ideas by Jivey
...and they had to help me write about it so that someone would know what burger I had eaten. We just finished working with sensory details last week, too, so they immediately started using that language. It was perfect! I told them I didn't want a list of things on my burger. We needed to describe it so well that someone would want to eat it when we were done! They came up with sentences like, "As I sank my teeth into the humongous juicy grilled burger, some of the sesame seeds from the bun got stuck in my teeth. It was a good thing I had a napkin because there was so much ketchup, it dripped onto my chin. The lettuce added the perfect amount of crunch." I was seriously impressed!

I wanted them to write on their own, too, so the next day, I set up "stations" around the room with sets of pictures. I divided the class into four groups, set my timer, and they rotated every five minutes to each of the sets. They would choose one of the pictures to write about in detail, and do the same type of writing we did with the hamburger. You have never heard a class so quiet!! They absolutely loved this activity! There were pictures of sandwiches...
With Ideas by Jivey
 ...pictures of amusement parks... 
With Ideas by Jivey
 ...pictures of ice cream sundaes...
With Ideas by Jivey
...and pictures of cakes!
With Ideas by Jivey
Stay tuned next week to see the final product of this writing activity!
We spent the week doing some fun activities with the book, I Need My Monster, by Amanda Noll. I love using this book the week of Halloween! You may remember the monster writing activity we did last year- well it fit perfectly with using precise language, so we had to do it again! :o)
I am linking this activity to Head Over Heels for Teaching (Joanne!) for her Sparking Student Motivation linky, because my kids seriously loved this! The students had to write about the monster they created well enough that someone else could draw their monster without seeing it. It took us two days to do the activity in its entirety. The first day, they drew a monster and began writing about it. We have recess right after writing, so when it was time to go, I told them to wrap up the sentence they were writing and we would finish tomorrow. Usually, that is met with an immediate slam of the notebook closed and everyone jumping up to get in line... well not that day! No one stopped writing! I had to tell them to stop! I guess writing about monsters is better than recess?? :-P

The second day, they finished their paragraph and revised to make sure it was descriptive enough. Then, they got with a partner and read their paragraph while the partner drew- never showing their monster to their partner. Here are just two of the many successes from this year's class!
With Ideas by Jivey

With Ideas by Jivey

We finished up using the paired texts for epidemics and germs this week (a freebie!). I explained a couple of weeks ago about how and why I have students annotate during close reading... I updated the post to also include this activity that I have my students do after annotating:
Freebie paired texts for epidemics and germs with Ideas by Jivey
I have the students turn knee to knee and share their thoughts, what was important, and their questions with each other. This often prompts new thinking for the students when they hear each others' thoughts. It is a great way to promote conversation in the classroom!
We have Book Character Dress-Up Day for Halloween at my school. My grade level team dressed up as Magic School Bus characters- I was Ralphie! :o)
Character Day with Ideas by Jivey
So much fun!!

Everyone have a great weekend! Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour tonight! WOOT!

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