Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mon-Star Behavior

The school year has gotten off to a great start and I love my sweet class, but right from the start I noticed something else about my little lovelies...they are extremely CHATTY!!! My usual systems of behavior management just weren't doing the trick for this group.  I really don't like whole group consequences. It's fine if they sit out from recess a min. or 2, but this group would have been sitting out far longer than that, and it's really not fair to the ones that are quiet. I mentioned my dilemma to my bloggy buddy Tonya at Tonya's Treats for Teachers, and she shared this blog post from last year.   I loved her ideas and it really got my brain gears turning!

My classroom theme is monsters, so my chart definitely had to have a monster or 2 (or 4) on it.  I really liked Tonya's tally chart, and went with a very similar idea.  I decided to go with check marks and added the amount of recess they would lose at the top.  The recess time at the top is really just  a reminder for me during recess.  During the day, I simply put a check mark every time I have to redirect them for talking.  I keep it on a clip board, so it's handy during the day.   I like that the chart also provides me with an additional form of documentation. I also like that it's more private than a clip chart in the classroom.  The chart really seems to be doing the trick.   We also keep a citizenship chart in our Daily Folders, so this makes it easy to mark folders accordingly at the end of the day.  I simply write in how many check marks they received during the day.  If they manage to turn their behavior around, I do cross out checks on my chart.

Here is a pic of the chart.  It is editable, so you can add your students' names and even change or remove the recess time from the top. The blue portions show the editable fields.

I started with just the chart last week.  This week I knew I wanted to reward my students that didn't receive any check marks.  I decided to go with a mon-star punch card.  I will simply initial a monster at the end of the day if they have no check marks, Once the entire punch card is filled, they will receive a NO Homework pass.  I will probably give them a color changing pencil when they get 5 monsters complete.  The star counts as the 10th spot.

If you are in the same boat as me and want to give this a shot, they are both freebies.  You can click either image above to grab the documents.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Early Finisher Calendars

This year is off to a great start, although I must admit it's hard for me to believe I'm already getting ready to start week 3!!!  Time just seems to fly by.  This year, I seem to have several students that finish before the rest of the class.  They do a fantastic job of getting a book from my Book Nook to read, but I believe my class is ready for me to introduce my Early Finisher Calendars.  I created these calendars this summer with exactly these students in mind.  I have already created August, September, and October.  They are already packaged together in my TPT store.  But, with time flying by as fast as it is, I better get a move on creating the next 3 in the set!  By the end of the year, I will have the entire year complete.

I'd love to give these away for free to the first 3 people that leave a comment.  PLEASE do not forget to leave your e-mail.  Now, off to grade a few papers before bed.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Year at a Glance Calendars

Oh my, it has been quite awhile since my last post.  I will definitely get better about posting once I get settled into this new school year.  My days are so busy, by the time I finally get home, I'm down for the count!  I'm sure things will settle down once we get through our Open House next week.  I have so many things I'd like to share, but I NEED to take pictures.  I've also been neglecting my poor Instagram over the last week :(

I shared my Year at A Glance Calendars on Instagram, but never got a chance to share them on my blog.  I thought I'd do that tonight with this super short post.  I love to use them for lesson planning, but I also use one at home to keep track of my hubby's fire fighting schedule.

They are FREE on TPT, so grab them if you haven't already :)

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

More Monsters...

I am getting ready for the new school year, so I have had monsters on my mind!!! My theme is monsters, and I'm really excited to add to what I already have.  I've had the same word wall headers forever! Okay maybe not forever, but 10 years is a really long time.  When I packed up my room at the end of  last year, I think I may have accidentally tossed a few of my old headers.  I thought for sure I had them saved on my computer, but apparently that wasn't the case.  So, it was time for me to make some new ones!!!  Here is how they turned out:

I will definitely be back to post some pictures when I get them up in my classroom.  I also made a cover for my spelling dictionary which is included with the word wall cards.


If you love monsters as much as I do, you can check them out in my store by clicking here.

Even if you don't have a monster theme, they make adorable alphabet flashcards.  You could also hole punch them and place them on a ring.  Students could use them in a station with a variety of different topics.  They would work really well with grammar.  Students could list nouns or verbs that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

As always, I'd love to give it away for free to the first 3 people that leave a comment. PLEASE don't forget to leave your e-mail.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monster Toolbox Labels and a Spelling FREEBIE

I wanted to share a couple of freebies tonight.  Some of you probably already know I'm obsessed with monsters (not the scary kind!).  My classroom is monster themed and I love all things MONSTER!  I've wanted to make a teacher toolbox ever since Create Teach Share first shared this fantastic idea.  I've seen so many gorgeous teacher created toolboxes on Instagram this summer, I just couldn't resist any longer.  I knew that of course, it was going to have to be monster themed.  I searched far and wide for monster labels and couldn't find any anywhere!!!  Lucky for me, I found this super adorable monster paper on Etsy.
I am sooo excited to get this into my classroom.  I have absolutely no idea where I am going to fit it, but it will have to find a home somewhere in my crowded classroom!

If you have a monster classroom and are interested in these labels, you can click the image below to get them for FREE.

I also wanted to share a spelling printable that I am excited to use this year.  Okay, I'm about to jump from monsters to superheroes.  But, this page is perfect for Mondays when you are introducing new spelling and vocabulary words.  Click either image below to check it out or grab this FREEBIE.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Open House Goodies

It's 12:00am and I can't sleep, so I thought I'd hop on my blog for just a bit.  My back hurts so bad right now I can barely walk, it probably wasn't such a good idea to try the highest incline on my treadmill for the full time.  I was so proud of myself, and now I'm feeling like a dummy, because I'm in total agony!

Aside from hurting myself on the treadmill, I have been working like crazy trying to finish up a few projects.  I'm really excited about this little Open House set of goodies.  It should help eliminate some of my pre-Open House stress.  I'm always scrambling at the last minute, but that WON'T be the case this year.
Here's a peek at what's inside:

The flowers make an adorable display for Open House.  Before putting the flowers together, I love to read aloud the book, Planting A Rainbow by Louis Ehlert.  This is an activity I've done for many years, I'm glad to finally put it together digitally. 

This resource also contains a welcome sign that students can color and place on their desks for their parents.

Inside this resource you will also find student information cards.  I love to put them on a ring, so I have them with me on the go.  You just never know when you're going to need them.  There are also little tags that go along with a snack size Mounds bar.  They should make a sweet treat for your students or their parents during Open House.

And don't forget the All About Me page.  Open House just isn't complete without an All About Me activity!

If you are interested in any of these activities, you can check them out by clicking HERE.

As always, the first 3 people to leave a comment will get these goodies for free. PLEASE don't forget to leave your e-mail.  Thanks bunches and I'm off to bed. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Author's Purpose Posters

I'm in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and thought I'd sneak away to my computer for just a bit (it was actually way longer than a bit, hopefully my hubby isn't timing me!)  I was looking through my files and realized that I had totally forgot to share something I had made a few months back.   I created these posters as a cute little visual reminder for my students about Author's Purpose.  Here is what it looks like all put together with some polka dot ribbon.
I have it hanging next to my smart board at the very front of the class.  That's a sure way to be sure it won't be missed. I decided to use ribbon to tie the pages together, so I can easily grab it and take it to the carpet with me for our read alouds.  I also put a clothespin on the side, so we can mark the correct author's purpose for the story we are reading at any given moment. 
 If you'd like to check it out in my store, simply click HERE.

I also added a new set of desk name plates.  The new set has a notebook paper background.  Both the notebook paper and red versions are available for FREE in my store.  Click the images below to head on over to grab them.
As always, I'd love to give the first 3 people who leave a comment the Author's Purpose resource for free. Please don't forget to leave your e-mail. 

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Plenty of Parts of Speech

I can't believe how fast summer is flying by.  While my hubby has been working hard in this Texas heat to build a playground set for Greysen,  I have been inside (where it's cool) working on a few school projects I had for this summer.  I'm trying to get them done sooner rather than later,  because we have a big bathroom remodel we just started that is going to keep me SUPER busy.

I am happy to say, I can cross this project off my list.  I finally uploaded it to TPT and I'm super excited to use it next year.
This resource is designed to help students identify the different parts of speech. The cards can be laminated and placed on a (large) ring.  The cards can be used as a quick review throughout the day.  It is also a great way to practice on the go.  You could take them with you and even do a quick practice while waiting in the hallway.  It's a great way to seize a down time and make it a fun instructional moment.

I have been using this idea for years, I just finally decided to make my cards fancy.  Up until now, I have been using handwritten cards written on sentence strips.  When you're putting together the ring, make sure you mix up the cards really well.  Then,  you can turn them over and have a student randomly choose a card.  You could also just pick a card yourself.  The student has to give the correct part of speech.  If they choose a card that has the name of a part of speech, then they must come up with their own word for that part of speech.  If they get it correct, then they write the part of speech on the class game board.  I also usually have a small reward for them like a sticker, stamp, or eraser.
If a person is able to get the 3rd part of speech in a row, Then I usually give that student a larger reward like a pencil, homework pass, etc.  Once the class completes the entire game board, then I generally have a class reward.  I like to do a Go Noodle break for the class reward.  I like to stop and practice several times throughout the day.  They really enjoy playing, and are usually the ones to remind me that it's time to play.  I usually start the year with all the parts of speech on the ring, but you could add them as they are introduced in class.
This review page is also included, so students can refer to it throughout the year.  They  will probably only need to refer to it in the beginning.  They will soon be little parts of speech experts.

If you are interested in this resource, please check it out in my TPT store by clicking HERE or by clicking the image below.

AS always, I'd love to give this away for free to the first 3 people that leave a comment.  Please don't forget to leave me your e-mail.
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