Friday, August 5, 2022

Calm Down Corner Printable Cards

We all know that SEL is important in the classroom; teaching students to recognize and manage their emotions has become more important than ever.

Most classrooms have a "Calm Down Spot" whether you call yours a safe place, the cool down spot, the break place... whatever it is, they serve the same function: providing students a place where they can get away from what is stressing them and focus on returning to a place where they are ready to learn.

In my classroom, I have a desk off to the side where students can go when they need to remove themselves from emotional frustrations.  With some modeling and explicit teaching, they do use this place and it does help!

I like to have "distractors" in my Calm Down Spot so that students can calm their minds by focusing on breathing and something positive, rather than the stress of the moment.

This year I am adding some "Calm Down Cards" to my spot.  These are laminated cards with different types of activities that students can do to refocus.  The activities promote concentration, breathing, and are fun too!



Activities include using senses like hearing and sight to visualize different locations in "Picture It!", guided breathing in "Just Breathe", finding the odd one out in "Spot the Difference", concentrating to solve a maze, finding hidden objects, and a set called "Blow" which will have students doing deep breathing without realizing they are doing it!

This is one example from the "Find It!" cards.  I know students will enjoy the opportunity this provides to refocus and chill so they are ready to learn.


This pack with over 40 printable cards is available on TpT for just $4!



I hope you'll click the link and check out the preview to see all that is included.  Feel free to leave a comment sharing how you promote emotional regulation and/or about your calm down spot!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

A Whole YEAR of Digital Morning Meetings... YES!

Do you morning meeting in your classroom?  This is one of my favorite times of the day.  We greet each other, we learn, we laugh... what a way to build community!

In an attempt to streamline my meeting, keep consistency, and ensure students are engaged, I have created an entire year... 36 weeks of digital Morning Meeting activities.  Simply add kids and you are good to go!


Each week follows this format...

On Monday, students memorize a picture and then answer three questions about the details in the photo...




On Tuesday, students will travel to another country to learn more about our world.  Each "Travel Tuesday" lists facts about the country.  Teachers may want to look at these ahead of time to tell more about the famous person or the foods.

Wednesday is full of "Would You Rather" goodness as students choose between- sometimes very silly- options!

Thursday is all about character building.  Each week presents either a quote (odd weeks) or a scenario (even weeks) that allows students to think about social-emotional situations and their responses.


And, finally, Friday ends the week with a laugh.  Each Friday is a silly joke and its answer...

I tested these out on my 2nd graders the last week of school and they LOVED them.  We had been following a similar format during the year, but having the visuals displayed on the board for the activities instantly increased engagement and excitement.

We start each meeting with a class greeting.  And... I have those for you too!  Twenty-five different greetings... means you can do one a day for a month and never repeat!  


For myself, I opened the Morning Meeting file in Slides and then added a greeting slide in front of each day.  This way it's all in one place!

When you buy the Morning Meeting slides, you actually get the greetings FOR FREE!!!!!!

So, what are you waiting for?  Jazz up your Morning Meeting, be prepared for the entire year, and start the day off building community every single day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Celebrating Student Success With "Shout Out Tags"!

No matter what you call them, students love getting these dog tags they can wear to show off their success!

These are so easy... all you need is a little bit of time to prep and then you're set for the year.  I make mine all ahead of time and store in a pocket chart.

Come see how it's done...

Print and then laminate.



Get ready to cut with your paper cutter... or scissors if you're more patient than I am!

Chop chop, lollipop!

Time to hole punch!  I have this gigantor hole punch from my old scrapbooking days and I can cut about 15 of these at at time!

I put them on a binder ring until I get to my classroom.

These are some of my favorites from today...



Ready to take the plunge?  This huge (and growing!) pack with over 70 tags is just $4 on TpT!


Saturday, July 16, 2022

Tips For Getting Organized {Wonders Units 1-6 Organized In a Snap plus a 2nd Grade Wonders FREEBIE!!}

How is your summer going?  Mine has been busy!  I have a 4-year old nephew that I'm *slightly* obsessed with and I've gotten to spend a ton of time with him.  I've spent my fair share of time in the pool, walking the dogs, and quality time building up my island in Animal Crossing!  😂

I've also been working on getting organized for school in the fall.  We are getting a new reading program this fall and I've been creating and printing everything to run my centers.  I have structured my reading block using a Daily Five format since 2007... (which just makes me feel old!).  That was my 2nd year teaching and it transformed my classroom.

My students do four activities each week: write the room, work on writing, high frequency word practice, and vocab practice too.  (We do read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, and Lexia too.)  I am still a "paper person" so I like having all of these things printed ahead of time so I don't have to pull up digital copies during the year.

I started by making a spreadsheet of everything going on each week.  And... if you're using 2023 2nd grade Wonders, you can get it for FREE here!

I have it tucked in the front of my crate and also keep a copy at my desk to make lesson planning simpler.

For me, organizing in file folders is my jam.

Come and see how I got everything ready so I just have to pull and print each week!  Because my centers are similarly formatted each week, students learn the routine early and I can have smooth centers which means I can have quality small group time.

I brought this crate home and filled it with all sorts of organization goodness...



Each week has a folder.  The folder has a sticker so I can see at a glance what we are working on.
  

Inside are the printed recording sheets for all of the weekly activities.  Some weeks I have specific books or games and those are included too.  Having everything in one place saves me so much time!

Write the room- these pink cards are hung around the room and students find them and sort them according to the phonics skill on the recording sheet.  Each week is a different color... unit 1 is always pink.  That helps me stay organized.

Word work (vocab)


Word work (HF words)


Work on writing (connected to the essential question each week)


Fluency reading and grammar for homework

  

I also have my focus wall cards ready to go.  Each unit is the same color, so all of Unit 1 is purple.  I got this pocket chart this summer and I'm obsessed.  It makes it so easy to pull out the cards each week, put in the new ones, and display our "I can" statments!

How do you stay organized?  Am I the only one holding on to paper copies of stuff?  I just need my hard copies!

Saturday, June 4, 2022

36 Week of Digital Morning Meeting Activities!

Happy "almost one year since I blogged anniversary"!  Seriously.  How was this school year filled with more challenges than the last one when district was fully remote?!  Somehow it was.

Don't get me wrong.  I am SO glad we were back in-person this year.  I loved being with my 2nd graders in person and was lucky to loop with my whole entire 1st grade class that I had virtually the year before. 

On one hand, it's hard to believe the school year is just a week from being over... on the other, it's been a long year!

BUT... that hasn't stopped me from already planning, thinking, and prepping for the year to come.  My kiddos don't know it yet, but I'll be teaching a 2/3 split and looping AGAIN with some of them as 3rd graders!

So, that means I have to spice things up and do new things.  This year we had a great routine for morning meeting and I've decided to turn it into a virtual routine for the coming year.  This way everything I need is prepped and ready for me every single day.  And, the good news is, I am making it available on TpT too!

You will get THIRTY SIX WEEKS of digital Morning Meeting fun (or transition time or PM Wrap-up or after lunch chill time or whatever you need a few minutes of engaging activities for...) and I promise your kiddos will love it.  Mine especially looked forward to "Travel Tuesday" this year.  We went around the globe learning facts about different countries.  I'm excited to share the other fun days with them too... such as...

"Memorize it Monday" where they study a picture and answer questions about it.
"Travel Tuesday" where you will explore the world.
"Would You Rather Wednesday" where students can justify their choice from sometimes very silly choices.
"Think About it Thursday" where you can discuss a quote or scenario to build SEL skills.
"Funny Friday" where you can read some fun (and some corny!) jokes.


It is not yet finished... but I'm hard at work and actually have 18 weeks done (just not all 18 are uploaded)... so that means it is currently only FOUR DOLLARS.  It will increase to $12 when all 36 weeks are added.

What?!

Yes, you heard that correctly.

You can spend four little bucks now and access all 36 weeks by the time you roll back in to school in August!

Check out the preview file to see the first week!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Retelling Path Summary Freebie

I get to go back to school tomorrow!!!!!  The last time I taught kids in my room was March 12, 2020.  Then, covid.  We were fully remote for all of the last school year but we're going back at the end of August.  Tomorrow I get to finally get back in and work in my room and I'm seriously giddy with excitement!

I thought I'd share a new freebie with you to get you excited too!  I just posted this "Retelling Path" summary freebie and have it all ready for my 2nd graders.  I created a digital version of this for last school year and we used it often for summarizing... but now we will be able to have out own hard copies too!

Please download and enjoy... and let me know what you think!

Happy back to school!



Friday, June 25, 2021

No Prep Phonics A-Z Alphabet Bundle NEW!... and a FREE letter!

Did you see my freebie last week for a compound word NO PREP printable, PDF, or slide deck?

Well... I've been hard at work making them for each letter of the alphabet!  Perfect for kindergarten, 1st grade review, or even intervention.

You can get letter D for free by downloading the preview on TpT!


Introduce the letter...

Read a repetitive passage and search for the sound...

Find words with the sound in a seek and find... this is also GREAT for vocabulary building and oral language because every picture on the page has the anchor sound!

Read or spell FIVE different words with the sound...


Identify the picture that does not belong...


I am so proud of these and hope you will love them too!  Click the pic at the top to download the freebie for letter D!

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