Saturday, June 30, 2012

July 4th SALEabration

Who doesn't love a SALE??? This Sunday though Wednesday all my items in my TeachersPayTeachers store and Teachers Notebook store will be 20% off. I hope you enjoy and start to stock up for your next school year! Have an amazing holiday weekend!

Math Common Core Vocabulary

I have spent this last week diligently working on creating Common Core Math vocabulary cards for my second grade classroom. I had no idea this would become my labor of love for an entire week. I became so focused and slightly obsessed to make sure this project got completed and done the right way. Our district is not officially implementing Common Core Standards until next year, however, I always like to get a head start if possible on anything new. I have my kid-friendly CC standards ready for the beginning of the school year and now I have these amazing math vocabulary cards as well. There are over 150 vocabulary words in this packet. The words are color coded by one of the four math strands. Each word also has a picture, diagram, example or explanation of its meaning/use.

Our current math series in not aligned with the CC standards yet, so I am going to organize these in a notebook by strand (instead of by math topic). Then I can easily access them when I need to for each lesson. This will be on SALE starting tomorrow, along with all the other items in my TpT and TN stores to start the 4th of July weekend off right! I hope you will check it out!

Friday, June 29, 2012



18 Wonderful Bloggers teamed up with me to create a continuous story over the next few weeks. Each day one new blogger will add to the saga. Click the next button to read what happens next...
Make sure to check out the blogs listed at the end of the post.
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

eduClipper and a Giveaway


I was so excited when I saw someone post about this company on Twitter. EduClipper is currently beta testing but essentially it is Pinterest for teachers! You can create clipboards with lesson plans, links, pictures, videos... the options are endless. It is safe for kids and they can create their own educational clipboards and share them with their teachers and other students as well. Pinterest for teachers...BRILLIANT! Click on the link above to see a very short video about the company and sign up today! You don't want to miss out!

I am also super excited to join April over at the Idea Backpack for her 100 follower giveaway!

As part of April's celebration, I am joining her and giving away my All About Me Glyph which is great for Back To School. Check out her blog. She has some great ideas and she is giving away a ton of products!

Luna Projection Camera Giveaway

Here is a giveaway that I am super excited about! Amanda over at One Extra Degree is having a giveaway for a Luna Projection Camera. I had little to no technology in my classroom when this last school year started. It was pathetic. I had one up to date working desktop computer. So, I went on a mission to get it in my classroom. I wrote projects on Donors Choose, pleaded with my principal and parents and technology slowly showed up in our classrooms little by little. This is why I am so excited about the LUNA giveaway! This little device would be so cool to have in the classroom. Elmos are great but not all of us have one because they are SO expensive. I would love to have a LUNA to hook up straight to my projector so I could easily have demonstrations for my kiddos instead of them all crowding around to see what is going on.

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these bad boys! It seems like it would be a game changer in the classroom.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Grade Level Welcome Sign

I have been on summer vacay for exactly 1 week and I don't think I have slowed down yet. There are so many things I want to make and create this summer for my classroom. It just seems like there are not enough hours in the day. The first thing I made was a new welcome sign for my room. I have never found the perfect welcome sign for my door. So, I have decided to make my own. Why not, right? I am sticking with a brightly colored chevron theme this year. I haven't decided how I want to assemble it yet. I'm not sure if I want to use ribbon or keep them separate so I can put it wherever I want. The picture below gives you an idea of what the letters look like. I have included all the grade levels kindergarten through fifth grade so you can make it perfect for your class as well.
You can grab yours at my TN or TpT store as well. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Classroom Behavior Chart

For the last 12 years of my teaching career, I have used the same behavior chart- a color coded card system. Many of you may have used this system as well. Each student gets 4 color cards (green, yellow, blue and red). Each day all the students would start in green. They would either stay on green or move to the other colors when their behavior was not super stellar. The system works, but it is definitely is not perfect. The thing that I disliked the most about it, was that it was always negative. They were changing their cards for doing something wrong and not being rewarded for doing something right. There were years when I would let the kids change their cards back if their behavior improved but it never really stuck.

So this year I have decided to do something different. I have "graduated" to the behavior clip chart. I am really excited to use this system. I made a chart before the end of this school year (see pic below) but I have already made some adjustments and I am going to make another one. I have time, so why not make it perfect?

I am using the same colors and wording. I have changed the background to chevron instead of polka dots because I am going to be using the chevron pattern as much as possible in my room this year. I also want to mount the signs on sturdier paper before I laminate it, so that it will last the entire school year. 
Each student will have a clip with their name on it and start the day in the green section-READY TO LEARN! Now they have the ability to move up 3 spaces to the top for awesome behavior through out the day and 3 spaces below the green section for not so great behavior. I am only going to allow students to move one section at a time. If they have a great morning and move 2 spaces to GREAT JOB, and then have a rough afternoon, they possibly could end their day 2 spaces down to READY TO LEARN. It seems so much more positive than my old color card system. 
Now they next part of my system is what the parents like the best. Each week on Friday their child comes home with their weekly behavior chart. The students color in a circle with the color their clip is on at the end of the day. This way the parents can review their child's behavior throughout the week and discuss what worked or didn't work for the child during the week. The parent signs the form and the student returns it on Monday. When the student returns the signed form I give them tickets, which is what I use as part of my reward system in my class. This provides student and parent "buy in". 
I also have a student form that gets filled out by the student when I want them to reflect on their behavior in class. The student, parent and teacher need to sign it because we are a team that needs to work together. Sometimes I have students draw a picture instead of writing if I think it is easier for them. 
You can grab the clip chart, directions, and behavior forms at my TpT or TN stores.

What behavior systems do you use in your classroom that you really love?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Time For the Summer Olympics!

I just finished my school year and finally became in touch with some things going on in our world. The news usually depresses me so I don't watch it for the most part. But one thing I am super excited about are the 2012 Summer Olympic games starting next month. I decided to make an Olympic medal glyph to use with my kids at the beginning of the year. The Olympics will still be on or just finishing when our school year starts. I think this activity will be a great way to get them engaged with something positive that is going on in our world. What I love about the Olympics is that most of these athletes are not well known super stars. They are dedicated and hard working individuals that have given part of their life to try and be the best at something. What a great example for our students!

The glyph includes templates to make the medals, bulletin board ideas, graphs, glyph key and of course directions and a sample picture. If you would like to have an Olympic activity too, you can visit my TpT store of TN  for your copy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer has A-R-R-I-V-E-D!

It is official...I am on summer vacation! WhooHoo!!! And what did I do with my first day of vacation? I went to my last kindergarten play date - my youngest son starts in the fall. It was bittersweet. I am so excited he will be going to kindergarten in a few weeks and no longer have to pay for preschool! But sad at the same time because it is one of life's milestones that will never come along again. I was reassured today because I know his transition to kindergarten will be easier for him than for me. He blended in beautifully with the other kids.

Also, I finished creating classroom supply labels for next year. I just posted these labels with picture  icons at my TpT and TN stores. There are 30 labels with pictures to help organize your classroom shelves and supplies. You just need to print, cut and laminate and you are ready to go. I hope you find them helpful.
I am in the process of creating monthly thematic glyphs for my classroom as well. Currently I have August (All About Me), September (Apples) and October (Pumpkins) ready for purchase. The rest of the year will be up and ready in the next couple of weeks. 
I hope all of your summer breaks are off to a wonderful start and look forward to creating new and inspirational items for our classrooms.