What an Exciting Week!

I know I have been promising this blog post for a few days now and I am finally getting the time to sit down and do it! I have had such an exciting week and I have so many awesome things to share!

First of all, I am ecstatic that my Instagram page is growing as rapidly as it is! I have decided to do a HUGE giveaway when my page reaches 1,000 followers so if you're not following, make sure to head over and follow to be eligible for the giveaway! My Instagram name is fourthgradefab.

Secondly, I received the sweetest package EVER from my generous blogger buddy Lindsey at Thriving In Third.  I mentioned to her that I loved her Mrs. Frizzle costume and wanted to know where she got it.  She had it specially made and offered to send it to me so that I could borrow it for "Favorite Book Character Day" at school! Thank you, Lindsey!!! I promise to take good care of it.  If you're not following her blog, you are seriously missing out! Make sure to check out her page! The costume is adorable and fits like a glove!!

Now, I want some serious feedback on the next subject at hand! My school is going to begin implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at some point this year and I have this obsession with QR codes.  I want to know how you guys use QR codes in your classroom? With BYOD it should be easier because I currently have no iPads/tablets/etc. that I can have the students use.  I am thinking that once BYOD is implemented, there will be a way for students to use their own devices but I have to wait to find out for sure until after our BYOD training next week (so excited!)  Of course there are many rules that have to be followed in order to do it properly so I will not begin doing this until my school allows it! Do any of your schools use BYOD? Here is how I am THINKING about using them (this is just me thinking and I would love to hear from all of you!) During Guided Math, there are usually three rotations in my classroom.  I am so lucky that I have a co-teacher so we are able to have TWO teacher groups during Guided Math and one independent work round.  During that round, I would love to have the QR code activities set up so that students can work on whatever Math we are currently doing and check their answers with their devices using QR codes. Math seems to be such an ideal time to use these for self checking because it is so important for the students to understand if they are doing the work correctly.  Do you use QR codes for other subjects? How do you use them? Does your school use BYOD? If so, how? I'd love to hear all about from as many people as possible. Isn't sharing ideas what this whole blog thing is about anyways?! Here is a picture of the activity I'm going to use for long division practice next week (hopefully on a borrowed iPad that belongs to the school). You can find it for FREE here at Tanya Villacis's TpT store.  

Lastly, before I hop off of here and go to bed, my primary friends just started a TpT store.  Head over to their store Aplus Primary and follow! I'm sure that some amazing activities are in store :) 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Sunday in order to get ready for this crazy Halloween week.  I hope to hear feedback from you.  As always, please check me out on Facebook and TpT.  Also, don't forget to head over to my Instagram and follow! Thanks for stopping by!

Reading Group Discussion Cards

Is it possible that I'm really finding time to squeeze in a blog post?? Working on making sure I blog more often because there are so many amazing things going on that I would love to share! 

I am beginning my regular reading group rotation this week now that all of my conferencing and goal setting is complete! Goal setting is one of my favorite things.  I love watching the students get excited about reaching their goals in order to grow as readers.

I love reading group time because it allows you to discover so many things about the students through discussion.  In order to ensure discussion takes place, I created this product to use during group time.  These Reading Group Discussion Cards cover many reading comprehension strategies and activate deeper level thinking to keep students engaged.  These cards could be used in many different ways and I plan to put them to action in all of these ways in my own classroom:
1.  Teacher led group discussion
2.  Student led discussion with peers
3.  Resource for parents to use at home to monitor comprehension with nightly reading.  
4.  Communication tool to assess learning both at home and at school. Parents can communicate with teacher which cards students struggle with and vice versa.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this product! You can find it here at my store!