Thursday, January 22, 2015

Easy Peasy Classroom Jobs

Well, this is the 2nd ICE DAY we've had in a row!  I'll admit it... I was psyched!  I am gearing up to move (yay!) to a new house and spent the last two days packing.  Sure, I'm not even moving until the end of February and now my house looks like someone broke in and stole all of my things, but I was so productive this week!

I did want to pop on and share with you how I'm doing class jobs this year.  I used to change jobs on a weekly basis and had a job for every student... but, when I would rush out on a Friday, I'd forget to change the jobs and then kids were bummed when they came in on Monday... so it was a mad dash to quickly change them.

Then, some of the things I had jobs for were not as grand or desirable as others... which left some of my friends feeling like they never got to really DO anything on those weeks.

So, now we do this:

I whipped up this chart during my planning period one day, quickly assembled it, laminated it, and we started using it that very day!

The GREEN clip is the "main kid" of the day... they do everything... line leader, answer the phone, file papers, run messages, carry the lunch basket, write tomorrow's lunch up... all that good stuff.

They choose a friend who will be their helper for the day and that kid puts his/her ORANGE arrow on their number.  At the end of each day, the kid on green moves the clip down and reminds tomorrow's helper to choose a friend.

I just used a clothespin!  Tacky glue and hot glue could not hold the laminated arrows on, so now they're on with velcro and it works perfectly!

We LOVE this and my kiddos love that, for one day, they are THE kid!  They get so excited when they know their day is coming too... and I don't have to remember to change jobs for 30 kids every Friday!

(Oh- and I used Wikki Sticks to cross off 11 and 14 as I don't have students with those numbers this year!)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Highlighting Favorite FREEBIES!

Happy Sunday, bloggy friends!

I'm gearing up for next week and wanted to highlight some of my favorite FREEBIES that you can download and use INSTANTLY in your classroom with no fuss or muss!

Try them out... just click pics to download!


Teach your kiddos to use the question in their answers using FLIP IT!

My next favorite...

You can find some ready to use free assessments in this pack!  If you click the pic, you can find the 1st grade pack too!

My kiddos LOVED doing this "Main Idea and Details Race" freebie!

Click the button below to head to my TpT store and check out ALL of my freebies!

Have any favorite freebies of your own?  Feel free to post a link in the comments!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tons of Pics Tuesday... {Come See!}

It's been too long, bloggy friends!  I've been busy watching "Breaking Bad" obsessively and just finished the series... I LOVED it!!!!!  Any other BB fans out there?  I'm looking for another good series to start now.  I've watched "Orange is the New Black" and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

So... I'm a little late to the party, but here are some pics of what we made our parents for Christmas.

This one is a pin my colleague found on Pinterest... not sure who to credit here, but THANKS to whoever came up with this CUTE CUTE project first!

We also made these ornaments out of cupcake wrappers... I LOVE how they turned out!!!  Super cheap and easy... just fold the cupcake wrapper in half and glue, then fold it in half again and glue.  Stack, glue, hot glue a popsicle stick on the back, hole punch, add pipe cleaner hanger!

So cute!!!

We also made cinnamon/applesauce ornaments, a reindeer thumbprint ornament, and a handprint tile... but I forgot to take pics of those!

One of my BFFs and I went to the last Lions home game in mid-December.  We had SO much fun!  We even made Lions cookies and took them to pass out to fans in Detroit!  You can totally tell which ones she made... she's a great artist!

I love this girl... we had so much fun!  I lost my voice from screaming too much!

Last... it's time for my FAVORITE writing unit... personal narratives!!!!!  We started this week and already have an anchor chart, additions to our Writer's Notebooks, and have read some amazing mentor texts by Patricia Polacco and Donald Crews!

I can't WAIT to dig deeper into this unit and see what my writers come up with!

Check out the Writer's Notebook pack for more info!

It's the new year!  I hope 2015's amazing for you all!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cause and Effect... And Doing GREAT!

We're wrapping up cause and effect, ya'll.  This is a skill that used to give me fits.  It's so difficult!  I don't know what I did differently this year, but my kiddos SO get it!

We read passages from and then found cause and effect relationships.  Kiddos wrote them on their dry erase circles, which they LOVED!  {Find them here!}

I was one proud teacher!  And, if you haven't checked out, rush there and sign up for your free membership!  It's great!

We've also been using these monthly cause and effect passages.  Last year I used them whole class, but I've been using them in my small groups.  The kiddos enjoy them and we get lots of practice with this tricky skill!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Around the World... {Goodies and Freebies!- Blog Post Rewind!}

Click the tape to rewind and check out old posts featuring Christmas Around the World products in my shop and links to freebies in my TpT store and my class website!  Trust me... it's a treasure trove!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

We're Proud of OurELF! {Freebie!}

This is actually more of a re-beeie, than a freebie since it's one I've shared before.  BUT, it's one of my favorites and we use it all year long!

I have a Zip-lock Baggie quilt in my hallway and every month, we add a photo and a bit of writing to our quilt to make a festive display...

We just made our December page.  Each kid's picture was taken, as usual, and then we used an app on my iPad called "Make Me Santa" to elf up our pics.  The kids had SO much fun!  Then I just printed them on the color printer at school and we added them to our "I'm so proud of myELF" page!

You can get a copy of the page we created.  We do one a month and put them in the quilt... at the end of the year, each kid will have all of their pages.  We bind them together to make a great memory book/keepsake!

Click the pic for your freebie on TpT!

Friday, December 5, 2014

12 Days of Christmas HUGE GIveaway!- Day 5

Thanks, Zippy, at Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah Designs for organizing this FABULOUS giveaway!

Enter to win great prizes using the Rafflecopter below!  Hurry... it's just a few more hours!

You can win TpT store credits from Nicole, Molly, and Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah and my new idiom book from me!  Not to mention a $30 Target gift card!  Hurry and enter!
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's a CYBER WEEKEND SALE! {A.K.A.- A few of my favorite things!}

Thanks to Michelle, the 3AM Teacher, for the cute button!

Happy Weekend, bloggy friends!  Today kicks off my sale at TpT and, tomorrow and Tuesday, you can get an EXTRA 10% off by using the code TPTCYBER when you check-out!

I wanted to get my sale started early for anyone who wants to buy today to plan for the upcoming week, so I'm at 20% off from today until WEDNESDAY!!!  Woot woot!


Here are some of my personal 'must haves' for the coming month and all year long too... Click any pic to learn more!

Christmas Around the World!  Powerpoints, flippy books, scrapbook, and loads of freebies too!

SNAPSHOTS!  I have shared about these several times before.  I LOVE THEM.  I use the grammar and comprehension Snapshots every Friday.  I can grade them in about 5 minutes and get a clear picture of where each of my kiddos are at on one standard only.  Make figuring out what and who I need to re-teach a snap!

Writer's Notebooks... these have made a huge impact in the focus of my writing instruction and the engagement of my students.  We LOVE adding pages to our Interactive Writer's Notebooks!  They are available for grades 1-2, 3-5, and have extra grammar add-on packs for those grades as well!

The newest addition to my shop...
This product has 6 different reading passages, written at three different levels.  Teach, assess, assign homework to your kiddos where they can all practice the same skill and read about the same thing, just at a level appropriate for them!

Homework Club!  This is a staple in my classroom and my kiddos LOVE it.  They take it so seriously and love being part of "the club" each month!  Even though it's the end of the year, it's not too late to start!

This is another new one... Idioms!  Twenty-four different idioms to learn in the context of reading passages... colorful posters explaining each idiom included!  My kiddos are now experts at finding and understanding idioms literally everywhere.  They love this!

And... one more... Show What You Know!  We're LOVING this for morning work this year!  Currently they are available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade grammar and 3rd grade math... with other math on the way!  We use the 3rd grade math/grammar copied back-to-back.  Kiddos do each day quickly, we go over it as a class, and they get a spiral review of important concepts all year long!

Happy Cyber Monday sale!  I can't wait to fill my cart too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Leveled CCSS Reading Passages!

Who's on break all week?  NOT ME!  We had class today and a full day tomorrow too... and I'm working away at home as well!

Hot off the presses...

This pack includes 6 different leveled reading passages (actually 12!) because each passage appears at two different reading levels!  Perfect for discussion during guided reading!  Each passage also comes on a page with comprehension questions OR print out the question cards and use them to facilitate group or partner discussion!

This pack focuses on 6 RL CCSS standards... RL 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7.

Grab it for $1 off until Wednesday night!

Friday, November 7, 2014

What We've Been Doing {Idioms, Main Idea, Letters... Oh My!}

It's been a BUSY week in 3rd grade!

We've been working on our idiom books.  This week we learned "You're the apple of my eye".  My kiddos really got the idiom after reading the passage in the book we're making.

We're also working on main idea and supporting details.  I have these file folder readers from Lakeshore Learning and L-O-V-E them!  Two of my groups have been reading the folder about animal adaptations.  We're using dry erase markers to write right on the folders... I know.  Crazy right?!  The kiddos were so pumped!  We're underlining the supporting details and having GREAT discussion!  I have the grades 1-2 set and the grades 3-4 set.

This one was all about animal adaptations.  We looked up pics of each of the animals on the iPad during our small group time.

And we're adding the friendly letter section to our Writer's Notebooks.  I LOVE our Writer's Notebooks.  It's so cool to see kids using them as a resource and it's made my writing instruction so deep... my kiddos are doing so well in writing this year.  I'm one proud teacher!  I can NOT wait to get to the narrative section later on in the year!

We completed some color-coding together via the Elmo projector...

And students color coded on their own in their notebooks.

Last... one of my files got a make-over!  Do you have "Graphic Organizers for Big Kids"?  If so, you'll definitely want to check it out... it's looking much better these days!

Want to find the products we used this week in class?  Click the links below!

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