I recently wrote THIS post about my new Common Core Math Journals . This thing has been a HUGE hit! But there was a suggestion made that it would be nice to have these prompts made into task cards. This would make it easier (and use less paper) for students to complete the journal entries during math centers. Well I listened!!! I made the first 38 prompts into task cards! They include ALL the standards in the Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain. (The others are coming soon!) These task cards do not just ask students to solve a problem. They also ask them to explain their thinking, defend their answer and explain the steps they used to solve the problem. The kit includes 38 cards, an answer sheet for the students and a cover to make a journal. You could just use a spiral notebook if that is easier! These task cards can be purchased HERE in my TpT store. You ready for a FREEBIE?!! My students don't have a ton of experience defending their answers and explai...
I have been having the best time decorating my Sports Themed Classroom!!! I took some sneak peak pictures of the bulletin boards and I am going to be sharing them with you VERY soon!!! But in the meantime...I have a FREEBIE for you!!! A set of 5 motivational posters for your classroom! Here are 3 of the posters that you will find in this free file... I printed these motivational saying and put them on clip boards. Then I attached the clip boards to a wall in my classroom! They look CUTE and they are great reminders for the students! You can download your FREE copy HERE ! They coordinate perfectly with my EDITABLE Sports Theme Bundle !!! AND my Sports Theme First Day of School Activities ! And don't forget that EVERYTHING in my TpT store is 20% off this weekend! That is a great deal! Be sure to follow my blog so that you don't miss the classroom pictures and my next FREEBIE (which is already in the works!!!)....
It's summer break and that is as good of a reason as any to have a sale!!! EVERY item in my store will be 20% off on Saturday and Sunday! Yay! This is the perfect opportunity to get one of my many classroom theme kits such as Sports, Beach or Hollywood! (My theme kits will all be editable very soon and you will be able to download the updated file as soon as I finish it!) Or maybe you have your eyes on my new 3rd grade common core math journal! Maybe some fun team building first day of school activities are just what you need! Check out my full store HERE ! Happy shopping!  ...
I had such a great time creating my Hollywood Theme Bundle that I decided to make some fun activities for a red carpet first day of school!!! And the best new...they are FREE! Yay! Inside this FREE unit, you will find 6 fun activities to help students get to know the classroom and their peers. Download them HERE in my store. It coordinated perfectly with my Hollywood Theme Classroom Bundle !!! More big news...I started a Facebook page! Become a fan so you can be get Facebook explusive freebies and join in on the teacher discussions! https://www.facebook.com/#!/DiaryOfANotSoWimpyTeacherBlog I have some more big news tomorrow! Be sure to tune in via the blog or Facebook! Have a great night!...
UPDATE: This kit now includes a 23 page EDITABLE PowerPoint file!!! Now you can type additional labels, type student names, change teacher binder covers, add different jobs, etc!!! I think that the Hollywood classroom theme is super cute! So I was excited when a teacher from my school announced that she wanted to use the theme and asked me to make a bundle for her! I love it so much- that I couldn't stop making things!!! In the end, it turned out to be 141 pages! Let me show you some sneak peaks! The kit includes 12 different desk name tags that feature both actors and actresses.  I love this fun behavior clip chart!  I made homework binder and folder covers for both boys and girls. I just LOVE having an acronym on them! So this is the Movie STAR (Students Taking All Responsibility) Binder! I LOVE the class jobs!!! You can use it like a clip chart. I like this because I often want more than one student on a particular job! But I also included stars that you...
I depend on parent volunteers in my classroom! Without parent volunteers I am guarenteed to spend the entire weekend copying, grading and prepping. Not fun! Plus parents volunteers are able to pull students into the hallway for one-on-one practice. That makes a big difference! Last year I did not get much parent support. Most of the parents had full time jobs, small children at home, etc. I guess some years are going to be like that! I wanted to have a way to thank the volunteers that do help in the classroom. I gave them a gift at the end of the year..but it just didn't seem like enough. I wanted to be able to thank them all year long! And so I made THESE candy grams!!! They are cute thank you cards that you can attach a fun size candy bar to! I plan to make lots before school starts and have them ready to send home! Gosh, I am going to be so organized this year!!! The file contains 16 cute cards to attach to a particular candy (and a list that tells you which candy to att...
I have been searching for the perfect 3rd grade math journal that covers the Common Core Standards. I wanted one where students would need to solve a problem but also be able to defend their answer.  I couldn't find the perfect one-so I made my own !!! And I am IN LOVE with it! The journal includes 100 prompts that are all aligned to the 3rd Grade Math Common Core Standards !!! Every single standard is covered!!! This journal is so much more than a collection of word problems. These journal prompts ask students to defend their answers, list the steps they took to solve the problem, make their own problems, draw pictures, etc. Writing about their math thinking will help students to prepare for standardized testing and show a true understanding of the math concepts rather than just test if the student gets the right answer. This product could be used so many different ways in the classroom. Here are some of my ideas: Independent center work during math Group assignment du...
I have been teasing you all week about an upcoming FREEBIE and today is the lucky day!!! I redcently made THIS Super Hero Classroom Theme Bundle for a co-worker. And today I made schedule cards that match! I have ones for my classroom that I use to write our objectives underneath! It also works well just to show the order of your day. And it can be your's for FREE!!! Download it HERE in my TpT store. And don't forget to check out the entire bundle that matches! Have SUPER night!...
I had a circus theme last year and I had lots of compliments on it. But I decided to have a more "grown-up" theme this year and will be switching to a sports theme. But I have a sweet friend who will be teaching Kindergarten next year and so I gave her all my circus stuff. I offered to send her my Circus Theme kit . And then I opned it....YIKES! It was my first lesson that I ever made for TpT. And it looked like it... So I gave it an over haul! I added a bunch of new stuff including labels, a welcome display and a calendar set. Check out some previews. Check out the new and improved kit HERE in my TpT store! Enjoy!!!...
As soon as I wrote THIS post, I began getting requests for Writer's Workshop Clip Charts in different themes! Many of my classroom theme bundles include these clip charts!!! ( Polka Dots , Beach , Sports , Super Hero  and Star Wars .) But for some reason, I didn't include one in my Stars Classroom Theme Bundle! Well that is fixed now! Check it out! You can find this unit HERE in my TpT store. ...
How fun would a Star Wrs themed classroom be?!!! Your classroom could be the Jedi Academy! I guess that would make you Yoda. :-) I made a kit that will get you started !!! It's fun! Here are some previews of this 94 page kit! A STAR (Students Taking All Responsibility) Wars Homework binder!  The job cards could be used as a clip chart is you give each student a clothes pin and rotate them. You could also put the jobs on the wall and give each student one of these stars. The stars can attach to the job cards with Velcro dots. Fun!  I got CRAZY with the labels!!! It is my OCD for sure!  A fun begavior clip chart. (I also included a Writer's Workshop status of the class clip chart but it isn't pictured here.) A welcome display! You put the students' names on the yodas. I made signs for grades 2-6.  Lots more in the kit, including Star Bucks class money! Contents Desk Name Tags: Pages 3-8 Student Homework Binder Covers: Pages 9-10 Clas...