Category: classroom idea

First day of school!

Phew!  I know that all of you can sympathize.  I get so tired of hearing myself talk at the beginning of the year!  I always forget how many things there are to teach my new cherubs!  I no sooner start explaining one procedure, when I realize that I have to teach another one!  It’s exhausting!So, let me share with you one of my favorite things to do for the first few days of school.  Playdough!  Now, I know that I am not the only one who does this, but giving the kiddos a small tub of playdough for morning work has been

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Bright Ideas: Boasting Box

Welcome back!  I am so excited to be linking up with other amazing teacher bloggers to bring you so more “Bright Ideas!” We are a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports).  I am always looking for ways to point out Positive Behavior in my classroom. One way that I do this is in my weekly newsletter.  I have a “boasting box”.  Each week a few students are recognized for something positive.  I call it my “Shout Out” box.  The kiddos love seeing their name on our newsletter!  It assures me that at least that part of my newsletter is

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Bright Ideas! The New Book Box!

I am so excited to be linking up with such a great group of bloggers to share ideas!  Isn’t this fun?I am a huge buyer of books.  I do a monthly Scholastic Reading Club order.  My husband gets me children’s books for gifts, I shop at the book sale room at the library.  Consequently I have a lot of new books every month.  The new books always seem to be the most popular ones, plus I want the kiddos to get familiar with them before I put them out into the classroom library.  So, the New Book Box was born!

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Shout Outs!

Hello all!  I am sharing an idea that I have been using in my classroom this year that I love!   Shout Outs! A few years ago our school implemented a school wide Positive Behavior Plan.  We are trying to catch the kiddos doing good stuff.  When I read about this product on Teacher to the Core, I knew it would be perfect in my classroom!  (You can find her original post here). This has become part of our classroom routine.  The very last thing that we do at the end of our school day is gather together as a class

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Book Picnic with a freebie!

I have a problem.   I am addicted to children’s books!  I love children’s books.   I believe that I have a pretty good classroom library (it wraps most of the way around my classroom).  But, with so many books, some of the best ones sometimes get put away and never get read because they aren’t as easy to get to, or not as visible as others.  So, how do I get those great books out and noticed?  Of course I read aloud, every day, several times a day (I have a blog post about how I distribute those books

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Happy Birthday to you…

Hello!  I wanted to share how I celebrate birthdays in my classroom.   This year in our building we have made a “No edible treats” policy because of all the kiddos with food allergies.  So, not a whole lot of the kiddos are bringing in class treats anymore.  But, I still want to make their day as special as I can! The birthday kiddo gets a birthday pencil and a birthday sticker,  but they also get to keep a paper copy of the morning message written on their birthday!  They LOVE this!  I have the rest of the class sign

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Partner Pickin’ !

This is one of those, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that moments!”   Thank goodness I work with brilliant people! I have my kiddos work with “Thinking Partners” in class.  A LOT!   I used to have them just “Turn and talk to someone sitting close to you”.  Of course then Johnny, Susi,e and Tommy don’t have partners  and they have to cross the whole room to talk to each other! So, my wonderful colleague and friend Kelley came up with a simple yet amazing idea! Every morning as part of our “Morning Business” the kiddos choose a partner for the day.

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Lesson Planner!

I am linking up this week at The Teacher’s Chair to share my lesson plan book.  I change the way that I plan lessons a lot!  I never print out too many pages because I like to tweak things!  I have a lesson plan template that I print that has all of the important and repeating times: specials, lunch, recess, switching for different subjects… Of course, each month the theme and color scheme changes…I still like to handwrite my actual lessons though.  I keep all of my plans (for now) in a binder.  I plan to streamline it a bit by

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Last Week…The Kids Took Over!

Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire! I am officially on Summer Vaca!  Hurrah!That being said, our last week was a lot of fun!   My wonderful teach colleague had done “Teacher for A Day” a couple of years ago, so I thought that I would try it this year!  It mostly went really well.  There is a few things I would tweak, but the kiddos came up with some great ideas!  They had a great time learning: How to play Chinese Checkers. About Rocks and Minerals. How to draw a bird. How to make a pet rock. No cook s’mores! We

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Area critters and whatnots… and I want to give you stuff…

I most definitely cannot take credit for this adorable idea, I saw it on Pinterest, then remembered to do the activity from my wonderful teaching friend.  Area Critters!Well, some critters and other whatnots. All you need is: 1 in. graph paperConstruction paperpencils and crayonsImaginative kiddosMy kiddos had a great time with this activity. Here’s what some of my darlings came up with: Aren’t the turtles cute? T-Rex Snowy Owl not a critter, but a birthday cake! I thought that they were pretty original! Oh Yeah, don’t forget I’m trying to give away some great stuff!  Click on the picture to check

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Coffee House Poetry!

Program I have mentioned in several of my previous blog posts about Coffee House Poetry and a few people asked me to tell them more!  So, here we go!  We did our Coffee House Poetry Celebration today and it was a hit!  I have to say that this in not an original idea it comes from Debbie Miller’s wonderful book Reading with Meaning.  (She has since come out with a second edition that I haven’t read yet, but it is on my wishlist!)  As soon as we get back from Christmas vacation, we start our poetry writing unit.  This is

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Naked Turkeys!

Spider Turkey! Cheerleader and Opera Singer (pencil is for giving autographs) I love this project!  I have been doing this project my entire teaching career (all 12 years of it)!  I am sure that you know what I am talking about…Disguise a turkey so it won’t get eaten for Thanksgiving.  I am not sure where I got the the current template I am using (if it’s you, let me know I would love to give you credit!).  The whole second grade does this a family at home project.  The kiddos are to disguise their turkey and use the bubble to

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