Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Ideas For Your Classroom

Open House is on the horizon and quickly approaching.... and so is Spring Break! I saw these cute pop art bunnies all over Instagram and Pinterest and knew I had to squeeze them in before Open House.

The original bunny template can be found at this website. I simply made a copy for each student on white paper. Next, I modeled how to make the vertical lines in each section of the bunny.

When the vertical lines were completed, the students cut around the bunny and glued it onto Astrobright cardstock. 

For the glasses, I used clip art I already had and copied it on bright colored paper. You can also find a pattern for free if you Google "eyeglasses" or "sunglasses".

One of my favorite activities to do with my class are these cuties with sunglasses. I gives the students an opportunity to reflect on all the learning they have accomplished throughout the year. AND it makes for an adorable bulletin board that is a great conversation piece. Click HERE for the templates.

To continue the theme, I give each student a pair of their own sunglasses with this tag attached. It is placed on their desk as a surprise when they walk into the room with their parents. You can grab these free tags from Molly at Lessons With Laughter.

We also are finishing up our unit on time, and I wanted a way for my students to show off their skills. The kids created these sun clocks. Thanks to Smitten In First for sharing the idea.

We also wrote autobiographies to share with our parents at Open House. The kids loved Amy Lemons Write On Unit and felt like movie stars without a doubt.

I hope you were able to get some new ideas for Spring that you can use in your classroom.


Monday, March 6, 2017

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Have you ever been in a jam and needed a quick skills assessment to give your students OR realized you had 102 degree fever and needed to create sub plans so you could stay home and rest? We have all been in those situations at one time or another.

I LOVE creating materials to use in my classroom, but there are those times when I have used my own self-created resources and those of my colleagues and I need MORE. That's when I turn to Scholastic Printables! I love everything Scholastic and these resources are no different!

Just last week, I was reviewing cause and effect with my second graders. I had used my cause and effect task cards in a game of Scoot, created flap books, played a matching game of cause and effect. BUT I needed more. I wanted to assess their knowledge during morning warm up. I didn't have much time, so I turned to Scholastic Printables. I quickly typed in the topic I needed, the grade level range and up popped this fabulous page. I printed it out and used it to assess my kiddos. What a time saver!

Later in the same week, I wanted to go over contractions with my students. Once again, I used Scholastic Printables. They read this adorable story about Humpty Dumpty and needed to put the underlined words into contraction form. The kids loved the story and easily completed the printable. Win-win!

Whenever possible, I like to give things a try before I jump in with both feet. Here are few samples resources for you to look out and download so you can get an idea of what Scholastic Printables is all about.

Have your students make a rain gauge to measure daily rainfall with this template and easy-to-follow instructions.

This fun-to-make paper project is a creative addition to a unit on American arts and crafts or a great way to target early learning concepts of patterns and symmetry.

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*Disclaimer: This post contains information about products that were given to me by Scholastic for review. However, all opinions and ideas for use are my own.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine's Day Ideas for the Classroom

It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner! As teachers it is difficult, at times, to find the academic link to spread help spread the love. I am here to share a few ways to integrate Valentine's Day and academics in your classroom.
My students and I LOVE task cards! What better way to integrate Valentine's Day but with math? We just finished learning about adding and subtracting three digit numbers. And word problems always seem to be a challenge for my kiddos. Now they can be engaged in their learning with these word problem task cards! I use these cards at an early finisher activity, whole class game of Scoot or as partner work. The best part... they will be reviewing their math skills all while getting extra word problem practice with some Valentine's Day flair!

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I also love to challenge my students with multiple choice task cards problems. These Valentine task cards force my students to show their work before choosing their answers. This allows me to see their thinking and help them to correct their errors when regrouping. You can grab this set of task cards for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This craft is full of hearts, love, and academic fun! I love to use it because it is so adaptable for any academic area. I used it with my students to review their math skills but it can be used for compound word practice in language arts, grammar practice and much more. All you have to do is provide your students with different colored hearts of various sizes and the sky is the limit. 

I just love these adorable bookmarks to give to each of my students for Valentine's Day. I printed and laminated them. Then I hole punched each one and tied a ribbon to the top. These are from Primarily Speaking and are part of her Love Bot Writing Prompt Packet. This packet is full of great ideas!

What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn't love emojis? Well, I know I do and so do my own children. I fell in love with this idea as soon as I saw it! I ordered plush emoji key chains at Amazon and had them shipped to me the next day (gotta love Amazon Prime). Then I printed out these adorable tags from Molly at Lucky To Be In First and had my son signed his name. Ready to make your own set? You can grab these tags for FREE by clicking HERE.