Friday, July 20, 2012

Newbie Blog Hop & Helpful Websites

I'm excited to be joining all the other newbie bloggers out there by linking up to Grade Three is the Place for Me's Newbie Blog Hop!


I'm happy to be joining this blog hop to share in the excitement and fears of starting a blog with fellow new bloggers!

Here's what we have to share:

1. What state you are in
2. Your current teaching position
3. Your teaching experience
4. When you started blogging
5. A blogging tip

* I live in Missouri
* This year I will be teaching second grade
* I have taught first grade for four years and start new in second grade next year
* I started my blog in June
* Tip - turn off the robot commenting thing, it can get really annoying when you're leaving multiple comments in a day; also Megan's Blog Baby Blog has great resources for new bloggers

Are you a new blogger? Do you want to support the new bloggers?  Go check out the Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop by clicking on the picture above :)


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I've also been meaning to post about these websites that are super helpful to me, but I got sidetracked by all the great blog hops, linky parties, and awards!  So I'm squeezing this in with my blog hop!!



*Scholastic's Book Wizard - This website is great if you are organizing your classroom library and need to label some of your books for your leveled part of your library.  Like, last year in first grade, my leveled library was organized by Guided Reading Levels.  Each student knew their "level" and chose just right books from the baskets.

Book Wizard
You can choose the Reading System you use - I use Guided Reading 
Type in a book name, like Junie B Jones is Not a Crook,
 and voila - it shows you what reading level is is!



*Storyline Online - Great website that shows clips of actors reading aloud picture books!  Sometimes it's nice for the kids to hear someone other than their teacher read a book!

Storyline Online
Choose a story from 3-4 pages
Who doesn't want to hear Betty White read a story??



I'm sure there are a TON of other great websites out there that teachers use often..... maybe there will be a linky party for it some day!  These are just some of my faves!!




30 comments:

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    1. I know Heather, isn't is great?! The only bad thing is that they aren't putting any new read-alouds on there!

      Cyndi

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  2. I love it too! It's one of their choices for Computer workstation. :) Thanks for following...your blog is precious. I'm so happy to hear you post recipes too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Haley! I steal/borrow recipes and change them to meet my needs! There's a recipe linky over at TGIF (Thank God it's First Grade) I want to try to link up with!

      Cyndi

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  3. I found you through the newbie linky and am your newest follower. I also taught first grade for awhile, but I am moving all the way up to 4th this year! I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime.:)
    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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  4. Thanks for the tip about the 'robot' thingy!!! Will have to check (somehow) if my one is on, or off...

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    1. Thanks for visiting! You can go to http://teachingsuperpower.blogspot.com/p/blog-baby-blog.html to check out how to change the robot thingy or just click on the link I had above in the blog hop. She has a lot of great newbie resources on her blog!

      Cyndi

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  5. I can't wait to check out the Scholastic website!! I am knee-deep in organizing my classroom library of over 500 books...eekk!!! I'm your newest follower!!!
    -Abby
    Mrs. Saunders' Lovelies

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    1. Ugh, I need to go through my books and level some more too! Thanks for visiting my blog!

      Cyndi

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    1. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I'm gonna head over to your blog to check it out in a bit!

      Cyndi

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  7. I also taught first grade for four years!! It is such an amazing age. (In more ways than one! LOL)

    I am glad to have found you through the newbie blog hop! I am your newest follower!
    Leah
    Learning 4 Keeps

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  8. I am your newest follower from the blog hop - I love the Scholastic book leveler!

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  9. I'm your newest follower. Come on by for a visit at my blog.

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  10. Hi Cyndi,
    I'm your newest follower through the blog hop. I was just in Missouri this week for the WBT conference! Thanks for sharing Scholastic's Book Wizard.

    Hop on over for a visit at my blog.

    Kathy

    http://kathyscoordinatedclass.blogspot.com

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  11. So many people are giving the same tip as you, but I'm still getting the robot on every other blog. Normally it doesn't bother me too much, but during a blog hop? oh yes!

    I'm your newest follower.
    Mrs.D

    Reading with Mrs. D

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    1. I know!! I've seen this tip on a lot of blogs too and then on every one I have to be confirmed as a human! Haha! That is when it's annoying, when leaving lots of comments or blog hopping! Thanks for visiting Mrs. D!

      Cyndi

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  12. Thank you for the tip about word verification! I turned mine off just now! The Blog Baby Blog link was also helpful! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Mrs.T
    Teaching Mrs.T

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  13. Thanks for following my blog :)I am now following you too.
    So how do you feel about moving to second grade!? Excited, nervous?
    Enter in my giveaway when you get the chance!--->Enter in my Giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for coming by! I'm actually really excited to be moving to second grade next year!

      Cyndi

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  14. Hi Cyndi,
    I’m your newest follower! I am also a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Hop over my way when you can.
    Corinna
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

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  15. Hi! Just found your blog! I use the story online a lot in my 2nd grade classroom. I am now a follower and I hope you will check out my blog.

    Teresa

    2nd Grade Pig Pen

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  16. I just found your blog through the newbie blog hop and I am your newest follower!! It is so cute!! I would love for you to visit when you have a chance.

    Jess
    Mrs. Wood's Class

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  17. Hi! Found you through the newbie blog hop! I'm your newest follower! I hope you can check out and follow my blog soon! :)

    Elizabeth
    Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog!! I'll be sure to check out yours too!!

      Cyndi

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  18. Found you through the blog hop! Can't wait to rad your posts!

    Your newest follower,
    Stephany
    primarypossibilities.blogspot.com

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  19. hello,
    I found you through the Newbie Blog hop and I love your blog. I have nominated you for the one lovely blog award. Please visit my blog to accept.
    Chelsea
    Life in Room 406

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  20. I found you through the Newbie Blog hop and I nominated you (too!) for the versatile blogger award. Hop on over to pick it up!

    Stacey
    A Ray of Kindergarten Sunshine
    http://rayofkindergartensunshine.blogspot.com

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