Monday, September 29, 2014

Classroom Pics... Better Late Than Never!

So... we've been in school for four weeks now... how crazy is that?!  What's even crazier is that it's taken me four weeks to do my classroom reveal post!  Yikes!

Welcome to room 108!

View from the door...

Ok, so it's now September 29... but this is proof that I had this pics on my iPad and was ready to do this post a few weeks ago!  Every day students read a "Did you know" fact that ties in to the number of days we've been in school.  This is for day 6!

At this time, we were reading "The Chocolate Touch" and making predictions before each chapter... you can find an extension unit for this book in my TpT store!  Click the pic for more info.

My Homework Club display... so far, we're still all in for the month!  Kids will get their awards on Wednesday!  Click pic for more info.

Our writing center...

More of the writing center...

Work on Words activities...

Our meeting area and part of the class library...

BRAG TAGS!  Click the first pic for some bag tag freebies!


This was the welcome BB in the room...

Area for students to check out books to borrow...

 Three years ago, I went deskless and LOVE IT!  This is my little nook and where I meet with kids.

More of the board and library...

Listen to reading stuff...

And our table caddies with supplies...

Phew!  Welcome to Room 108!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Football Sunday Funday Freebie!

Happy Football Sunday, friends!  My Lions are playing at home today and I'm hoping for a win!

Next week we'll be working on types of sentences and end punctuation and I've got a fun football themed freebie for you!

The freebie pairs PERFECTLY with "Scoring with Subjects and Predicates", which we'll be doing the week after next!

Click the pic below to head to the freebie and please leave some lovin' if you enjoy it!  The freebie allows you to do a group sorting activity, which is what I do, or use it as a center or classroom/hallway hunt.  There's even a follow-up worksheet that asks students to both identify the sentence type and add the correct end punctuation!
Enjoy... and GO LIONS!!!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Celebrating Students with Printable Brag Tags {Freebie Alert!}

I've blogged before about passing out awards on Friday in my classroom... but I also pass out Brag Tags on Friday too!

In the past, I've ordered Brag Tags from School Life and I love theirs!  But I decided this year to try printing my own.  I bought some great ones on TpT but also wanted to customize some of my own, especially to give as holiday gifts along with the other goodies I give my kiddos!

My Brag Tag board displays everyone's necklaces and kiddos can wear them at any time during the school day.  We also earn beads for things like hitting AR point milestones and making it to the top of the clip stick!

Here's a peek at the board and a close up of one of my sweetie's necklace.  I made both of the tags hanging here!


I wanted to give my kiddos tags for a few holidays, so I made a set.  Here is the set of holiday printable tags I made- I just printed on regular paper and have a parent volunteer working on cutting them out along the large rectangle, laminating, and then cutting them individually and sorting them.  So far, this has worked perfectly for the other tags I've passed out to my students!

If you print this out and enjoy it, I'd love some comment lovin'!  It's been quiet around here lately... mostly because I've been slacking off in the blogging department!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Take Your Favorite Book Anywhere... On Your Wrist!

I was so excited to receive this package in the mail last week...

And, when I opened it up... this was inside.  Seriously.  When someone takes the time to make the wrapping of the product look this good, you KNOW something wonderful is inside!

I was excited enough just by that amazingly cute wrapping job!  But the amazingness did not stop there.

I carefully ripped untied the string and gingerly tore peeled off the paper to reveal this:

A set of beaded bracelets made by the Trashy Crafter!  The beads are made with pages from one of my FAVORITE FAVORITE book series: Harry Potter!

Kimberly (aka The Trashy Crafter) has amazing jewelry made with pages from your favorite books... all are hand-crafted and allow you to show off your love of reading with a flair!

She's generously offered all of my bloggy friends a 15% off discount on any orders this week too!  Just use the code tc2014 when you check out.  It's not too soon to scoop up some goodies for Christmas... I know these would be a hit!  Click on any of the pics above to check her out!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Don't Run Out of Copies... Quick and Easy Idea!

Happy *almost* Monday, friends!  Tomorrow starts my first full week of school (we had 3 1/2 days last week) and I'm so ready!

I spent last week getting my kiddos acclimated to the rules and routines of my room and getting things we'll use all year set up with my little friends.

As we were setting up our RRJs and passing out our nightly reading logs, I just ran tons of copies of the reading log so kids can easily get a new one when their old one is filled.  I have a spot in my room with a pile of these copies and my kiddos are trained to take one from the pile when needed.

What makes me so sad though... is when someone takes the last copy and I don't know about it!

So, I have a quick solution!

The last piece of paper in the stack has this on it:

Last copy!  Do not use... give to Ms. Bainbridge!

And... problem solved!  When the kiddos get to the end of the pile, I know right away and can quickly copy more!

To check out the RRJ pack that this page comes from, click the pic below!  Now is a great time to get this routine established in your classroom... mine could NOT wait to get their RRJs set up and were so happy to know they'd get to start taking them home tomorrow!  I even had kiddos do RRJ entries on notebook paper at home last week and bring them to me the following day... they were so pumped!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friendship Friday... Fun Idea & Freebie!

First week of school = finished!  It was only 3 1/2 days, but I have a GREAT group of kiddos and I'm so psyched to be working with them this year!

Today was FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY in my classroom.  We played lots of learning games with different partners, read together, and made the ultimate friendship snack mix!

Each student brought in an item that is special to them and talked about their item to the class.  Everyone also brought a baggie with their favorite snack item inside... check out this messy desk with all of the snack items...

Each kiddo got to come up, tell us what they brought, and then pour it into the container.  The container on the table is the one I brought from home to mix this snack mix in... I quickly realized it would not be big enough!

After everything was mixed together, each kiddo got a cup of the mix in the baggie they brought their item in.  Then everyone got a second baggie to give to a friend... thus keeping Friendship Friday alive and well after school was over!

You can snag a copy of the letter I sent home explaining Friendship Friday by clicking the pic below!  I'd love to hear what you think if you use it!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's a Party... and YOU'RE Invited!

Hey bloggy friends!

Wanted to put out an invitation for you to buy some super cute Jamberry nails at my online party!

If you haven't heard of Jamberry nails, they are super cute nail wraps... that last for about 2 weeks and are simply adorable!

I keep pretty short nails and am really hard on my fingers.  Polish chips off pretty easily for me, but these Jams are super durable.  I've tried other nail wraps (from Kohl's and Avon) and they just don't have the staying power that these Jams do.

They're super easy to put on and just so dang adorable!

Here are two of the Jams I've rocked lately...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE using Jamberry as accent nails!  The purple is polish and the others are just plain CUTENESS!


This is one of the full Jamicures I did recently... and got LOADS of compliments on!

The great news is...


These are just some of the amazing new designs that have just come out!


If you're interested in joining my online party, you can click the pic above to get your Jam on... just be sure to choose my party (Christina Bainbridge) when you check out!  :)

Thanks for Jamming with me... I hope you'll try some!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Phonemic Awareness with Bigger Kids {AKA- What We Did in Summer School}

Holy last weekend of summer!  How did this happen?!  As shocking as it is, I'm really ready to get back into the swing and be with my little people!

Last week, I wrapped up teaching summer school.  I had a small group of 3-5 graders who needed some extra phonemic awareness and phonics practice so I wanted to share what we did.  We met for 30 minutes each morning and did lots of activities to help us develop our awareness of sounds and vocabulary too...

Read on to see each item in the basket and find out a bit about how we used each one!

First... we did a daily phonemic awareness practice.  I LOVE THIS BOOK and I cannot stress this enough.  I used this when I taught 1st/2nd grade and it was amazing for my kiddos.  This quick, daily practice covers so many phonemic awareness skills and the kids enjoy doing it... even the bigger ones!  The book I use has the yellow cover.  You can find it at this link.

We also did some of the activities out of this book.  There are some fun phonemic awareness stories, which we enjoyed!

We LOVE doing 'making words'.  I have the book by Patricia Cunningham.  I have pulled out the pages and put them in this binder.  This is a GREAT way for students to practice building words using sounds and they love trying to figure out the mystery word!  Click HERE to check out the book on Amazon.

One way I make this easier is to have a set of laminated index cards that have been cut in half.   Students can quickly use a dry erase marker to write the letters they need for the making words activity on the laminated card halves... this way I don't have to have sets of letters that need to be sorted after each use... instead, we just write each letter on a card and erase when done!  Easy peasy!

We used white boards daily to do counting sounds activities.  I would give students a word, we'd count the sounds, and then make one line on the board for each sound.  Students then used their "hunks and chunks" knowledge to spell the words- being sure to place one sound on each line.

Speaking of "hunks and chunks", do you Phonics Dance?  Even my big kids at summer school got into the phonics dance!  That's what the little sheep pic is from in the basket below.  There's also a 3rd grade Vocabulary Power flip book.  We got one new word each day to build our vocabulary.  You can find 3rd grade Vocabulary Power on Amazon!  They have 1st as well.

Last, we did a page from my "100 Days to CCSS Success" each day too.  That's the blue "book" in the front of the basket.  I have those available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in my TpT store and have put them on sale for 20% off for today only!  Click HERE to check them out!

And there you have it!  Fun, engaging, and still important for bigger kids to get phonemic awareness practice!

Happy long weekend to everyone!
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