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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books

I was so excited to find this new OLD LADY book.
Swallowing books is a great one for Back to School...
along with a bit of language and math... this file has a book report, craftivity and BINGO board included in the 70 pages.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Back to School Centers

I ran into my classroom for literally a minute the other day picking my little girl from choir.  The classroom was approximately 185 degrees and it was a complete mess with stacks of purchases, books, papers and materials in different piles.  My poor plant was needing a long, cool drink of water and I was needing an ice, cold diet coke!
I had about 10 minutes before Emma was to be excuse and I looked around thinking surely I could cross something off my to-do list.
One of the stacks in the  middle of my room happen to be my math station boxes... so that was the task.  Within 10 minutes my 12 boxes were supplied, labeled and stacked in the correct spot.  I was so pleased when I received my End of Level testing scores from last year.  The kiddos did really well and I have to say I believe it was the independent, spiral review of math stations.  It had been a LONG time since I took centers on, however, after reading Debbie Diller's book and participating in the summer book study... I was hooked and it paid off! This year I am focusing on the Common Core Math Stations.  They have a bit more meat and challenge to them. September was printed, laminated and cut in the spring so they were ready to land in their boxes and wait for the kids quickly.
One thing on my list (of never ending to do list) crossed off.
I have a feeling I'll be back in the room this week with 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there... hopefully I'll be able to cross a couple more things off before contract days start!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lemonhead Math... FREEBIE

The kids always enjoy a little math review with a treat.                                                  I purchased 5 of these boxes at the Dollar Tree... 1 for each of my tables.
 The assignment is sort of a team activity.
Along with plastic gloves, copies (of the 2 pages above copied back to back... folded in 1/2 and then 1/2 again... accordion folded) and about 30 minutes... they get a fun math review and time to get to know each other better.
Only one more week of summer...

Food Math

10 in a package found at Family Dollar
Filled with Skittles for Skittle Math
 Snap on the lids

Quick label on top

During my many shopping trips for the new school year and new house... I ran into these adorable little tupperwares that I thought we could use with our 'food' math.
After we finish Skittle Math I'll bring them home to throw in the dishwasher and use the little tubs for my next food math.
I've found that smaller, individual packages are harder to find and usually more expensive.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Monsters On The Move & Welcome Banner... FREEBIE

 A sweet follower asked if I'd make her a small banner for one of her boards
If anyone else can use it in their classroom please click and enjoy.
I also added WELCOME!
Just print, cut and staple to ribbon for a bit of easy decor ;)
Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Birthday Chart Freebie

Happy Birthday Chart for the classroom.
I decided my birthday chart needed to be re-sized (smaller... yet still important ;)
So I created this chart as a JPG and had it printed at Costco in an 11x14 (for $2.99).
I placed it in a frame and used a dry erase pen to add my kiddos birthdays for the year. 
I'll take classroom pictures as soon as I can begin to see progress ;) 
If anyone is interested in a new birthday chart... I've shared the JPG with anyone with the link!!!  Happy Thursday!!
My friend Jack informed me last night that November should probably be spelled correctly for a classroom ;)  I apologize for the silly mistake... it is now fixed!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Student Portfolio Freebie

My summer days are dwindling...  
I decided that I had better start thinking about my untouched & undecorated classroom, empty plan book and student portfolios.  My first 7 - 8 years of teaching I use to purchase large cardboard pizza boxes for my students to use as a portfolio.  They were so much fun... large items could easily be added and the kiddos loved to surf through their fabulous projects.  Years later I switched to a 1" white binder with clear cover... maybe to save space??? ( I don't remember why) Each time we complete something for our portfolio the students add it to the BACK of the pages... that way everything is in chronological order. It saves me space from storing assignments and time from binding or filing assignments for SEP Conferences.  That is one of the best things about a portfolio binder... I love that they are ready to go and be shared with parents at SEPs or any parent conference we might have in the year. The kids enjoy looking through them during free time and commenting on their progress.  This year we are asking all of our 2nd graders to bring in a 1 1/2" binder rather than a 1" because we find that our collection is growing.  Each month we add academic growth in math, reading and writing.  I also love to include science, health, social studies activities and art projects.  Each binder holds the kiddo's information sheet (that I send home for mom and dad to complete the first week of school) so I have important information quickly.

I'd love to hear your student portfolio ideas... I'm always looking to freshen mine up with new material... please share with us.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back to School Sale!!

thanks Amy for the darling banner!
It's hard to believe it is that time of year again!!!
If you are in need of any files, units, centers, decor, extras... this is the time to shop.
Tpt is offering 10% off the already 20% off.
Use code BTS12 at checkout.
Write On... September
Write On... Olympics

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Daily 5 Chapter 7 freebies

What a fabulous book... what a fabulous idea... what a fabulous time!!
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, ideas and opinions on the Daily 5.
I met today with my darling co-workers to discuss the who, why, where and hows to begin this new program in a few weeks.  We are so excited!!!
I think we will be able to find great success.  We plan to follow the guidelines from the fabulous SISTERS and hope to create many independent, successful 2nd grade readers this year at Creekside!! I am so grateful to new friends in blogville that offer their advise and expertise... I wish you all the best of luck with the Daily 5!!!