Sunday, October 19, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 20 - 24

How was your week?  Mine was busy, as always.

Reflections on last week

We were able to get through most of what I had planned, except the Stellaluna project.  So, we'll continue that into this week.

This week

This week has a teacher professional development day on Monday.  It is also the start of our assessment window.  Luckily, our district doesn't make us do too many assessments.  They actually have a good balance.  We have to give a writing assessment, a math automaticity assessment and STAR reading and STAR math, which are both computer based.

I choose to give additional assessments to my lower students to target their reading during guided reading groups.  They're basic sight words, phonics, and one-on-one reading assessments.  Although not required, I find them very helpful in targeting instruction.  I basically assess all my kiddos on some of the assessments at the beginning of the year and then only assess those who need it as the year progresses.

Anyway . . . here is this week.  As always, click on the picture to download the PDF with clickable links.


Reading Comprehension

We're in the middle of our Stellaluna close reading project.  This is the second time I've done close reading with my students, where they've had to read a text over and over.  Actually, I'm reading it to them.  I plan on doing more work with nonfiction texts on bats next week, as a follow-up.  That also transitions us to working with nonfiction text, which we will start doing more and more throughout the winter.

Math

Last week, I was met with a lack of planning time, so I'm pulling some math worksheets from our program.  I generally don't like our math program as it doesn't promote conceptual learning.  However, now that students have a good grasp of two-digit addition, I feel comfortable using the worksheets for practice.


I've changed out most of my math stations for more complicated addition problems.  I finally finished my Two-Digit Addition Games and Activities product.


This is full of math station activities that teaches students how to think about two-digit addition.  Except for one activity, it's not about students generating numbers and adding them together.  The activities give students directions on how to use a number line, how to break apart numbers and how to add tens to tens and ones to ones for each problem.  The activities are also repeated throughout each of the four levels so that students understand the process and can apply it to more complex problems.  Also included are a pre-assessment and quick assessments so you can target instruction based on what a student needs to work on.

Here are two of our math stations, one using a number line and the other breaking apart (ungrouping or expanding) the addends.  Answer cards are given so students can check their work.

My students have enjoyed using these activities this past week and they are so easy to print, laminate, and cut apart.  I was able to prep a new station during our lunch recess time this week!

Writing

Our writing time this week is full of our district writing assessment.

Science

We are also switching over to science this week.  Our grade level chose to focus on Physical science this trimester.  We'll use our textbook, a few resources I got from TpT and some wonderful STEM Science stations from Lakeshore.

So, how is your week shaping up?  Want to see more lessons?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten for more plans!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Name Writing - PK & K

I don't teach kinder anymore, but when I did, I always had younger students who came to school not knowing how to write their name.  We did all sorts of practice, but one of the best things we did was write their name in highlighter and have them trace over it.

My son is four-years-old.  He will enter kindergarten next year.  He knows how to spell his name, how to recognize it and is beginning to learn how to write it.


I've printed his name with a dotted line font, but the dots confuse him and he doesn't know where to start.  So, I reverted back to my highlighter days and printed his name in yellow for him to trace.  He can see the letters, but the lines don't get in the way of his lines.  The thing I forgot to include was starting points.  I drew them in for him, but will go back and add those into my printed copy.  Probably in gray, so they don't distract too much.

He got through his name two times before he was done.  That's okay.  I don't want to force the issue of him writing his name at this point.  But, if I can get him to write his name two-three times a day for the next several months, he will become an expert at writing his name.

Doing a little bit of practice each day is better than doing a lot of practice only one or two days.  The same is true for math facts or any other skill that you want a child to learn.  Less repetitions at more frequent intervals will help their brains retain the information and their body build the memories.

This is also a great tool to send home with parents.  Once a week, give the parent a print out of their child's name.  Have the parent work with the child and write his name three times every night to help reinforce the skill.  Within a few weeks or months, the child will know how to write his name.

Do you have any name writing tips that have worked for you over the years?  I'd love to hear more that I can use to help my son learn to write his name before kindergarten!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 13 - 17

October is a crazy time of the year!  We're nearing our assessment window and I don't feel like I've gotten nearly enough time with my students and enough taught!  Isn't that always the case?  We do the best we can do!

Reflections on Last Week

Last week, we pretty much got through what I was expecting to get through, except for our Read Aloud.  We did finish Lulu and the Brontosaurs, but didn't get to start Officer Buckle and Gloria.  In fact, I'm going to put it on the back burner for a couple weeks while we dive into Stellaluna and some nonfiction texts about bats afterward.

This week

This week is a bit calmer than past weeks, except that we have our Walk-a-Thon on Friday!  So, basically, I'm fitting everything into Monday - Thursday.  As always, download the PDF below to have access to the clickable links to the resources I'll be using this week.


 Math stations are the same as they were last week.


How is your week shaping up?  Go to the link up on Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten to see other lessons.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Did you know . . .

that TpT sellers often revise products and you can download the revised, updated version?

If you click on My Purchases, under the My TpT drop down menu, you will see all of the products you have purchased.  Some of them may have big red writing at the bottom that says, Newly Revised Re-Download.  That tells you that the author has uploaded a revised document.  You can see what has been changed, if the author included that information, when you click on Description of Revision in green.

Unfortunately, there is no other notification system, like an email, that tells you when products have been revised.  You actually have to go and look for them.  Every once in a while, I'll scroll through my pages and pages of purchased products and see which ones have been revised.  Often I'll download a revised version.  Sometimes I won't.  It depends on the revision.

There are a ton of reasons why I revise products.  Simple reasons, like typos that I or another user has discovered, to more complex reasons like adding more content and activities to a product.  It's good to know that sellers are constantly thinking about how to improve their products and make them better for their own classroom and yours!

If you haven't visited your My Purchases on TpT lately, go check it out and see if anything you're using in your classroom has been revised and updated.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 6-10

How was your week last week?  Ours was crazy!  I'm super tired and two days is not enough recovery time!

Reflections on Last Week

We had a couple of oddities last week, so we didn't get to finish our Social Studies descriptive paragraphs.  Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I had meetings and Friday we had an assembly that thew everything off.  We did get to do some good things, though!

Friday we talked about our character trait for October, responsibility.


On Friday I was also able to pull students for some one-on-one help adding tens.  I gave a quick assessment (two problems) that was similar to the pre-assessment I gave last week.  Looking at this quick assessment, I realized that many of my kiddos needed more help with adding two-digit numbers that I was able to provide whole group.  So, I pulled a three small groups and targets a few kiddos.  I'm hoping they retain what we did!  Most of the kiddos have problems counting by tens over 100.



Basically, I had students draw sticks for each number in the problem.  As they counted the sticks, I had then cross off each ten and stop when they got to 100.  When they got to 100, they wrote 100 and then counted the remaining sticks.  A couple of the students had difficulty adding 100 + 30 and wrote 103 or 10030.  We talked about and corrected those problems.  On the quick assessment, these were the same kiddos who were writing sums less than one of the addends.

How do you help students who don't have a good grasp of quantities?

This week

Well . . . it feels like another crazy week, time-wise.  Do they ever end?  We have early release on Tuesday for our Teacher Learning Afternoons.  We have one a month, generally.  We also have a new program that will be starting for four weeks, Second Steps Social Skills, which is for an hour every Wednesday afternoon.  That leaves me two afternoons of teaching this week.


This week we are finishing much of the work we started last week.  We will move into more difficult addition problems mid-week and {hopefully} a new writing piece on Wednesday.

Here are our Math Stations:


Station Number 9 is part of a new product I'm working on.  It's about halfway done, so, soon!  My goal with this product is to have activities that help students learn how to add two-digit numbers, not just practice adding with fun games (although there are a couple fun, add the two numbers type of games).  For instance, when students are creating number lines, there are directions that give them steps on where to start and how many jumps to make.

How is your week shaping up?  Want to see more lessons?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis Kindergarten!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop ~ Student Data

Happy October!  Are you ready for some tricks of the trade and some treats just for you?  Welcome to the Tricks & Treats Blog Hop! My trick and treat are not Halloween related, but I'm sure you'll find it useful, nonetheless.


Trick

How do you keep track of all the data? Do you have a system?  My system tends to change each year as I shape and refine what works for me.

Our district has an electronic system where we can access data, but I don't use it much.  It not as user friendly as I'd like.  I have excel files filled with data, but, again, I don't use them much, either.  I'm usually so techy, but there's just something about a piece of paper with all the student data right in front of me.

This year, I created an all-in-one cover sheet for student data.  Each student has their own sheet and I record different pieces of data, depending on student needs and the assessments I give at different times of the year.  Not all boxes are filled out at the end of the year for every student.

Here's a look at it:


I've created categories for our district assessments as well as other assessments I give in the classroom to see how my students are progressing.  For my lower students, I give more assessments to really target instruction with phonics, sight words, and Fountas & Pinnell.  My lowest student needs to work on most letter sounds, too.  For the phonics and spelling pattern, I record the actual pattern the student is working on at that moment.  For instance, some of my kiddos are working on "long vowels" so I record "lv".  Others are working on blends, so I record "bl".

Here's a couple examples:


 The above students was reading at level I at the end of first grade, scored a 1.2 on STAR reading and needs to work on consonant digraphs and his / her sight words!  But . . . he/she is good at math.


This little one is different from the above in some areas, but quite the same in others.  Such a good way to see where students are on their pathway through your classroom!

For my higher students, they have only STAR Reading scores and spelling pattern right now, since they don't need work in phonics (decoding) and I'm moving through the guided reading levels with them.

At the end of each month for math, I take a "snapshot" of each student and record where they are at in learning math facts and our computerized math program.  I'll also jot down other notes as needed to keep track of a student's learning.

I don't record information on the cover sheet all the time.  Only during assessment windows and at the end of every month, or if I notice something that needs to be noted in the notes section.  This form helps me see trends and is a great sheet to pass along to the next teacher.

Trick

The other tool that has been super helpful has been an app called Three Ring.  It has a web based interface, in addition to the app, so you can sort and find student data on your computer.

What I love about this app is that I can give my log in information to my student teacher and she can record observations while she works with students.  It all goes to the same place.

Here's an example of the kind of notes I take with this app (student names removed):



I can see what I need to work on with each student, and it saves me from having a million sticky notes floating around my desk!  I still jot notes on sticky notes, but I try to use my phone as much as possible.

I can even take photos and attach the student work to students in ThreeRing.  I've done it a few times with key pieces of work.

Treats

I really wanted to provide you with a copy of the Student Data Cover Sheet to use with your own students, but I also know that you have different assessments that your district requires and that you use in your classroom.  So, I came up with a better plan.  Here is a copy of the PowerPoint file.  It is fully editable, which means you can change the rows to match your assessments.  Enjoy!

Want to see some more tricks and treats?  Click on the links below to see what other bloggers have to offer you!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Currently - October

I'm linking up with Farley for October's Currently!  This is going to be a quick post, and then I'll come back and add more later!


Listening - One boy woke up early.  I convinced him to crawl in bed with papa.  The other is still asleep.  I need to get ready for work, but the only sound is my fingers on my keyboard.

Loving - In reflection, life is good.  I don't have any major problems.  I have things that I don't like and don't want to do, but they aren't major things, just changes I want to make.  I have a good job, we are good financially, health is good.  Life is good.

Thinking - Which gets me thinking about finances and changes.  We are trying to get my husband to go back to school for nursing.  We have two littles at home that he takes care of.  At this point, we're trying to figure out how I can stay home next year, but I'm not sure if the numbers work out.  We're looking at it now, trying to plan for next year.  I love my school, but I'm ready for a change, too.  I'm not sure what that change looks like, yet.  Maybe it's one more year in the classroom.  Maybe it's going out next year.  I just wish I knew now!  I hate not knowing what I'm doing.  Don't we all!

Wanting - That leads me to the wanting part.  I want freedom (i.e.: not tied to a classroom schedule so that I can be part of my kids' lives more), but we also need the security of having ends meet and not being in the hole financially.

Needing - Yeah . . . my computer died.  It's at the apple doctor.  I'm hoping I have it back on Saturday, but working off another computer is not so fun!

Trick or Treat - It's a trick!  Save your really good anchor charts and reuse the graphics.  Cut then apart and reuse it.  I've done it a couple times now and it saves so much time!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 20 - 24

How was your week?  Mine was busy, as always.

Reflections on last week

We were able to get through most of what I had planned, except the Stellaluna project.  So, we'll continue that into this week.

This week

This week has a teacher professional development day on Monday.  It is also the start of our assessment window.  Luckily, our district doesn't make us do too many assessments.  They actually have a good balance.  We have to give a writing assessment, a math automaticity assessment and STAR reading and STAR math, which are both computer based.

I choose to give additional assessments to my lower students to target their reading during guided reading groups.  They're basic sight words, phonics, and one-on-one reading assessments.  Although not required, I find them very helpful in targeting instruction.  I basically assess all my kiddos on some of the assessments at the beginning of the year and then only assess those who need it as the year progresses.

Anyway . . . here is this week.  As always, click on the picture to download the PDF with clickable links.


Reading Comprehension

We're in the middle of our Stellaluna close reading project.  This is the second time I've done close reading with my students, where they've had to read a text over and over.  Actually, I'm reading it to them.  I plan on doing more work with nonfiction texts on bats next week, as a follow-up.  That also transitions us to working with nonfiction text, which we will start doing more and more throughout the winter.

Math

Last week, I was met with a lack of planning time, so I'm pulling some math worksheets from our program.  I generally don't like our math program as it doesn't promote conceptual learning.  However, now that students have a good grasp of two-digit addition, I feel comfortable using the worksheets for practice.


I've changed out most of my math stations for more complicated addition problems.  I finally finished my Two-Digit Addition Games and Activities product.


This is full of math station activities that teaches students how to think about two-digit addition.  Except for one activity, it's not about students generating numbers and adding them together.  The activities give students directions on how to use a number line, how to break apart numbers and how to add tens to tens and ones to ones for each problem.  The activities are also repeated throughout each of the four levels so that students understand the process and can apply it to more complex problems.  Also included are a pre-assessment and quick assessments so you can target instruction based on what a student needs to work on.

Here are two of our math stations, one using a number line and the other breaking apart (ungrouping or expanding) the addends.  Answer cards are given so students can check their work.

My students have enjoyed using these activities this past week and they are so easy to print, laminate, and cut apart.  I was able to prep a new station during our lunch recess time this week!

Writing

Our writing time this week is full of our district writing assessment.

Science

We are also switching over to science this week.  Our grade level chose to focus on Physical science this trimester.  We'll use our textbook, a few resources I got from TpT and some wonderful STEM Science stations from Lakeshore.

So, how is your week shaping up?  Want to see more lessons?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten for more plans!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Name Writing - PK & K

I don't teach kinder anymore, but when I did, I always had younger students who came to school not knowing how to write their name.  We did all sorts of practice, but one of the best things we did was write their name in highlighter and have them trace over it.

My son is four-years-old.  He will enter kindergarten next year.  He knows how to spell his name, how to recognize it and is beginning to learn how to write it.


I've printed his name with a dotted line font, but the dots confuse him and he doesn't know where to start.  So, I reverted back to my highlighter days and printed his name in yellow for him to trace.  He can see the letters, but the lines don't get in the way of his lines.  The thing I forgot to include was starting points.  I drew them in for him, but will go back and add those into my printed copy.  Probably in gray, so they don't distract too much.

He got through his name two times before he was done.  That's okay.  I don't want to force the issue of him writing his name at this point.  But, if I can get him to write his name two-three times a day for the next several months, he will become an expert at writing his name.

Doing a little bit of practice each day is better than doing a lot of practice only one or two days.  The same is true for math facts or any other skill that you want a child to learn.  Less repetitions at more frequent intervals will help their brains retain the information and their body build the memories.

This is also a great tool to send home with parents.  Once a week, give the parent a print out of their child's name.  Have the parent work with the child and write his name three times every night to help reinforce the skill.  Within a few weeks or months, the child will know how to write his name.

Do you have any name writing tips that have worked for you over the years?  I'd love to hear more that I can use to help my son learn to write his name before kindergarten!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 13 - 17

October is a crazy time of the year!  We're nearing our assessment window and I don't feel like I've gotten nearly enough time with my students and enough taught!  Isn't that always the case?  We do the best we can do!

Reflections on Last Week

Last week, we pretty much got through what I was expecting to get through, except for our Read Aloud.  We did finish Lulu and the Brontosaurs, but didn't get to start Officer Buckle and Gloria.  In fact, I'm going to put it on the back burner for a couple weeks while we dive into Stellaluna and some nonfiction texts about bats afterward.

This week

This week is a bit calmer than past weeks, except that we have our Walk-a-Thon on Friday!  So, basically, I'm fitting everything into Monday - Thursday.  As always, download the PDF below to have access to the clickable links to the resources I'll be using this week.


 Math stations are the same as they were last week.


How is your week shaping up?  Go to the link up on Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten to see other lessons.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Did you know . . .

that TpT sellers often revise products and you can download the revised, updated version?

If you click on My Purchases, under the My TpT drop down menu, you will see all of the products you have purchased.  Some of them may have big red writing at the bottom that says, Newly Revised Re-Download.  That tells you that the author has uploaded a revised document.  You can see what has been changed, if the author included that information, when you click on Description of Revision in green.

Unfortunately, there is no other notification system, like an email, that tells you when products have been revised.  You actually have to go and look for them.  Every once in a while, I'll scroll through my pages and pages of purchased products and see which ones have been revised.  Often I'll download a revised version.  Sometimes I won't.  It depends on the revision.

There are a ton of reasons why I revise products.  Simple reasons, like typos that I or another user has discovered, to more complex reasons like adding more content and activities to a product.  It's good to know that sellers are constantly thinking about how to improve their products and make them better for their own classroom and yours!

If you haven't visited your My Purchases on TpT lately, go check it out and see if anything you're using in your classroom has been revised and updated.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 6-10

How was your week last week?  Ours was crazy!  I'm super tired and two days is not enough recovery time!

Reflections on Last Week

We had a couple of oddities last week, so we didn't get to finish our Social Studies descriptive paragraphs.  Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I had meetings and Friday we had an assembly that thew everything off.  We did get to do some good things, though!

Friday we talked about our character trait for October, responsibility.


On Friday I was also able to pull students for some one-on-one help adding tens.  I gave a quick assessment (two problems) that was similar to the pre-assessment I gave last week.  Looking at this quick assessment, I realized that many of my kiddos needed more help with adding two-digit numbers that I was able to provide whole group.  So, I pulled a three small groups and targets a few kiddos.  I'm hoping they retain what we did!  Most of the kiddos have problems counting by tens over 100.



Basically, I had students draw sticks for each number in the problem.  As they counted the sticks, I had then cross off each ten and stop when they got to 100.  When they got to 100, they wrote 100 and then counted the remaining sticks.  A couple of the students had difficulty adding 100 + 30 and wrote 103 or 10030.  We talked about and corrected those problems.  On the quick assessment, these were the same kiddos who were writing sums less than one of the addends.

How do you help students who don't have a good grasp of quantities?

This week

Well . . . it feels like another crazy week, time-wise.  Do they ever end?  We have early release on Tuesday for our Teacher Learning Afternoons.  We have one a month, generally.  We also have a new program that will be starting for four weeks, Second Steps Social Skills, which is for an hour every Wednesday afternoon.  That leaves me two afternoons of teaching this week.


This week we are finishing much of the work we started last week.  We will move into more difficult addition problems mid-week and {hopefully} a new writing piece on Wednesday.

Here are our Math Stations:


Station Number 9 is part of a new product I'm working on.  It's about halfway done, so, soon!  My goal with this product is to have activities that help students learn how to add two-digit numbers, not just practice adding with fun games (although there are a couple fun, add the two numbers type of games).  For instance, when students are creating number lines, there are directions that give them steps on where to start and how many jumps to make.

How is your week shaping up?  Want to see more lessons?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis Kindergarten!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop ~ Student Data

Happy October!  Are you ready for some tricks of the trade and some treats just for you?  Welcome to the Tricks & Treats Blog Hop! My trick and treat are not Halloween related, but I'm sure you'll find it useful, nonetheless.


Trick

How do you keep track of all the data? Do you have a system?  My system tends to change each year as I shape and refine what works for me.

Our district has an electronic system where we can access data, but I don't use it much.  It not as user friendly as I'd like.  I have excel files filled with data, but, again, I don't use them much, either.  I'm usually so techy, but there's just something about a piece of paper with all the student data right in front of me.

This year, I created an all-in-one cover sheet for student data.  Each student has their own sheet and I record different pieces of data, depending on student needs and the assessments I give at different times of the year.  Not all boxes are filled out at the end of the year for every student.

Here's a look at it:


I've created categories for our district assessments as well as other assessments I give in the classroom to see how my students are progressing.  For my lower students, I give more assessments to really target instruction with phonics, sight words, and Fountas & Pinnell.  My lowest student needs to work on most letter sounds, too.  For the phonics and spelling pattern, I record the actual pattern the student is working on at that moment.  For instance, some of my kiddos are working on "long vowels" so I record "lv".  Others are working on blends, so I record "bl".

Here's a couple examples:


 The above students was reading at level I at the end of first grade, scored a 1.2 on STAR reading and needs to work on consonant digraphs and his / her sight words!  But . . . he/she is good at math.


This little one is different from the above in some areas, but quite the same in others.  Such a good way to see where students are on their pathway through your classroom!

For my higher students, they have only STAR Reading scores and spelling pattern right now, since they don't need work in phonics (decoding) and I'm moving through the guided reading levels with them.

At the end of each month for math, I take a "snapshot" of each student and record where they are at in learning math facts and our computerized math program.  I'll also jot down other notes as needed to keep track of a student's learning.

I don't record information on the cover sheet all the time.  Only during assessment windows and at the end of every month, or if I notice something that needs to be noted in the notes section.  This form helps me see trends and is a great sheet to pass along to the next teacher.

Trick

The other tool that has been super helpful has been an app called Three Ring.  It has a web based interface, in addition to the app, so you can sort and find student data on your computer.

What I love about this app is that I can give my log in information to my student teacher and she can record observations while she works with students.  It all goes to the same place.

Here's an example of the kind of notes I take with this app (student names removed):



I can see what I need to work on with each student, and it saves me from having a million sticky notes floating around my desk!  I still jot notes on sticky notes, but I try to use my phone as much as possible.

I can even take photos and attach the student work to students in ThreeRing.  I've done it a few times with key pieces of work.

Treats

I really wanted to provide you with a copy of the Student Data Cover Sheet to use with your own students, but I also know that you have different assessments that your district requires and that you use in your classroom.  So, I came up with a better plan.  Here is a copy of the PowerPoint file.  It is fully editable, which means you can change the rows to match your assessments.  Enjoy!

Want to see some more tricks and treats?  Click on the links below to see what other bloggers have to offer you!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Currently - October

I'm linking up with Farley for October's Currently!  This is going to be a quick post, and then I'll come back and add more later!


Listening - One boy woke up early.  I convinced him to crawl in bed with papa.  The other is still asleep.  I need to get ready for work, but the only sound is my fingers on my keyboard.

Loving - In reflection, life is good.  I don't have any major problems.  I have things that I don't like and don't want to do, but they aren't major things, just changes I want to make.  I have a good job, we are good financially, health is good.  Life is good.

Thinking - Which gets me thinking about finances and changes.  We are trying to get my husband to go back to school for nursing.  We have two littles at home that he takes care of.  At this point, we're trying to figure out how I can stay home next year, but I'm not sure if the numbers work out.  We're looking at it now, trying to plan for next year.  I love my school, but I'm ready for a change, too.  I'm not sure what that change looks like, yet.  Maybe it's one more year in the classroom.  Maybe it's going out next year.  I just wish I knew now!  I hate not knowing what I'm doing.  Don't we all!

Wanting - That leads me to the wanting part.  I want freedom (i.e.: not tied to a classroom schedule so that I can be part of my kids' lives more), but we also need the security of having ends meet and not being in the hole financially.

Needing - Yeah . . . my computer died.  It's at the apple doctor.  I'm hoping I have it back on Saturday, but working off another computer is not so fun!

Trick or Treat - It's a trick!  Save your really good anchor charts and reuse the graphics.  Cut then apart and reuse it.  I've done it a couple times now and it saves so much time!