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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Salutation Slips

Begin your day OR end your day with a bit of structure.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Stock Up

Welcome to Lory's Page!!
I'm excited to participate in the SUMMER STOCK UP this year with so many darling friends, teachers and examples. I can't wait to stock up on many new products for my own 2nd grade classroom.

Today, I'd like to share one of my classroom favorites...
"Teacher, I'm Done!" Task Cards

We all have those students that seem to excel at their class work and look forward to a challenge.  As a teacher...it is a fabulous 'situation' to have... 
if you are prepared with a proper activity.

A few years ago... I had 6 boys that were tremendous students.  They were hard workers, kind kids, patient, motivated and independent (dreams!!!).  
They always finished quickly and I wanted to give them something 'more' than...
"Go silent read." or "Go help another student."

So..."Teacher, I'm Done!" Task cards came to be.
I created this peg board with 12 silver hanging pegs.
Each month the cards change (Back to School, Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving etc)... offering my top students a variety of skills to master.

Along with the cards, I created a simple student booklet for the kids that were going to be working on this challenge.  I actually invited this handful of students out into the hall and expressed my admiration for their hard work and academic achievements.  I also told them that I had a challenge to offer them... that is when I handed out the booklet, showed them the peg board (with cards) and gave the instructions.

The instructions are simple...
whenever they have completed their classroom requirements, they are invited to take out their booklet, take a set of task cards off the peg board, head back to their desk to complete the task and challenge their mind.

There are 12 sets of task cards each month...  6 Math and 6 ELA.
Each are designed to be complete independently without the student interrupting the teacher's schedule.   

The students have all the materials needed to complete the challenge on their own.
Sets do not have to be completed in a particular order... so if the one they were looking for is being used by another... no problem... they can grab another set.

To help them stay organized and recognize their progress...
each time they complete a set... they use a hole punch to punch the back of their booklet... when all the sets are punched, their booklets should be complete and all the task cards have been used and mastered.  
At this point they have accomplished their challenge!

They earn "extra credit", feel a sense of accomplishment, recognize their leadership and often times earned a treat from Mrs. Evans.

The cherry on top was the additional kids that worked hardER to get their hands on a task card booklet...
  They wanted the challenge also!
 They focused and completed more in the classroom, so they could participate.

It was a win, win for all of us.
I wasn't faced with the dreaded "Teacher, I'm Done!" phrase anymore...
my top students were excelling on their own...
and... overall each of my students tried harder in the classroom.

I was so happy with the first month...
I created additional sets for each month!!

The following year, 
I accepted the challenge (from teachers around the country)
 to create task card sets for 1st grade also.
I'm happy to say... I completed my challenge, too!

Right now, I'm offering a set of task cards FREE for you try out in your classroom. 
It is a FAIRY TALE theme so it can be used any month.
Just click the top picture below to visit my store and download your copy.

 Enjoy your summer break!!

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All You Need for Term 1 40% OFF!!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Plural FREEBIE #tbt

Looking for some fun freebies this summer... 
each Thursday search #tbtFREEBIE on Facebook or Instagram
 to snag freebies from many bloggers.
This week I've linked my MAKING SINGULAR NOUNS PLURAL.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Math Scope and Sequence

I have been asked to post my scope and sequence for my
MATH HOMEWORK a few times this week...
Here is it... it's not fancy but breaks it down for the year.
I hope it helps!!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

3rd Grade Spelling Activities

okay, third grade friends... I heard you!!
Spelling/Vocabulary homework activities for Units 1-6
for the McGraw Hill WONDERS series.  xo

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bright Ideas - Management

It's been awhile since I joined in the BRIGHT ideas Blog Hop.
Now that summer is here, I'm finding a bit more time...

I wanted to share something very simple that I used last year in my classroom.

We begin the year reading No David books and discuss his behavior... 
then list behaviors that are ABOVE THE LINE (great behaviors)
 BELOW THE LINE (needing improvement) and 
BOTTOM LINE (requiring serious attention ;)

After the initial discussions.... I created this chart to hang on one of my boards.
Each student has a magnet (labeled with their special number).
As a class you can decide what the consequences for each is...
My class decided that if you move down to
BELOW the LINE... you must stay in at recess and think about how you need to improve your classroom work and behavior.
BOTTOM LINE requires a call home to mom and dad.

We all start ABOVE THE LINE each day... if behavior requires attention
I just simply say ... "Max go move your magnet" and continue on without interrupting our lesson. It's simple and easy and EFFECTIVE.

It worked so well... I'm going to do it again...
Maybe next year I'll make it look a bit nicer ;)


If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me
 on Facebook for more great ideas.

For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!  

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wonders 1st Grade Spelling

Don't just give your students a spelling list...
give them an activity to complete!!

2nd Grade available, also!!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2 for Tuesday

Hey everyone! 

For those of you who are off on summer break, I hope you're having a great one.  For those of you still in school, I hope summer is coming soon!

 2 for Tuesday

I'm linking up with Cyndie over at Chalk One Up for the Teacher for a bit of summer fun.
Each Tuesday we will be spotlight 2 of our favorite products for 2 for Tuesday.
NOT that I'm ready to think about it.... but
Back to School came to my mind first.

That first week back is always so hectic and crazy and stressful.
I have used this packet for the past 2 years and it has been SO helpful to have on hand when we needed a break or quick activity.
The pages work out great for a portfolio page and the kiddos LOVE the Cootie Catchers.

The Old Lady is always a win!!!
This file focuses on the standards below... 
fun to do in smaller groups during rotations or whole class.

and this week they are both 50% off for 2 for Tuesday!!

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