Can you believe that Friday was my last day with students and yet I am already thinking about NEXT year?! People who know me well, are not surprised. I am a plan ahead kind of person. So sometime around March, I started reflecting on my year and coming up with plans and changes to implement the next year. So when I heard about this link party hosted by Laura Graham from Where the Magic Happens , I knew I HAD to get involved! All summer, we will be digging' into next year and talking about changes we will be making. Check out our schedule of fabulous topics: This week, I am digging' into my very favorite topic!!! Classroom organization!!! I am obsessed with container, binders and labels! Every year my obsession grows. I have most of my teaching resources organized in binders. I have binders for each ELA and math domain, binders for each month, plus a few extras. They make it a breeze find all my great resources! The first shelf is all binders and the second ...
Thanks so much to the AMAZING Amanda Wilp from The Primary Gal for putting together this book study and blog hop! Several of us got together to read the book Guided Math by Laney Sammons. All summer we will be blogging once per week about each chapter of the book and reflecting on how we can implement some of these strategies into our own math instruction. There will also be a giveaway each week! Plus, you are likely to find freebies (like at the end of this post!) and new products along the way! Fun stuff! So let's get started with chapter one! The first chapter included a rational and an overview of the framework of a math workshop style of instruction. Sammons starts by talking about how math instruction was when we were in school--- teacher talks, students listen and then do a worksheet. That is exactly how I remember math! Sammons contends that this type of math instruction does NOT work and the fact that so many people cannot calculate a 10% tip in their head is ...
I have a few fabulous parent volunteers in my classroom. Throughout the year, I have given them lots of my candy grams. But I wanted to give them a little gift at the end of the year to thank them for all the grading, copying, cutting, etc. Here is what I came up with... The bread pans are mini pans that I found in three packs at Wal-Mart for about $2. Then I grabbed a boxed bread mix (Hey! It's the end of the year and I am TIRED!!!). Each box filled two pans. I wrapped the bread with sedan wrap and then taped a belly band on it. Done! Super quick, simple, and cheap. I gave them out today and had several parents already thank me and comment about how sweet it was. Mission accomplished! Would you like the belly band label that I used? Download it HERE for FREE!!...
I have really enjoyed sharing some fun ways to use task cards with you. If you missed any of my posts in the series, you can check them all out by clicking HERE . Now that you are all pumped with with new ideas for task cards, you need some new task cards! How about winning them for FREE?!!! I will be giving away two prizes: a set of ELA task cards and a set of math task cards. You have a week to enter using the rafflecopter and I will announce the winners next Tuesday. Please share the giveaway with others! Here is a look at what you can win with the ELA set: It is a total of 13 sets of task cards!!!! And here is a look at what you can win with the math set: Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway ...
I had the super fun opportunity to use a product in my classroom from a blogger that I admire. I jumped at the opportunity to use a product by Anna DeGilio from Simply Skilled in Second ! I have used her flip books before with my class and I just love the way her products are interactive and outside the box. I was SUPER excited when I received Anna's Traveling Tourist unit ! You probably know by now that I am passionate about teaching Social Studies in my classroom. Plus, it makes for a fun end of year activity! The unit comes with nine different informational passages and foldables about different landmarks and symbols. I printed 8 of the passages and put them in file folders. Anna also included a welcome page with a map for each location. I glued those on the front of the folder. I started off by telling my students that we were going on a trip. They got very excited. We decided that we better pack our bags first. So we made the suitcase together. As they made the s...
We had the BEST time at school today! We had our end of year book auction! We live about 45 minutes from a bookstore and we don't have a free public library. Many of my kids don't have books to read at home. I decided quite some time ago that I really wanted to give each child a new book to get them started on their summer reading. Good books for 24 students can get a bit pricey, so I wrote a Donors Choose project for the books. I was super excited that it was funded in time! So here is how I ran my auction: I have a classroom economy where students earn money for turning in homework and having good behavior. Students usually use the money to buy coupons, but during the last quarter they kept their money. Earlier this week I sold them raffle tickets (purchased from Wal-Mart) for their class money. During the auction, students put their tickets in the buckets of books they hoped to win. Then, I randomly started drawing tickets. I told the students from the begi...