Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy end of the week for me!  I'm off tomorrow for my daughter's wedding!  As much as she said, "Mom, you don't have to do very much," I guess 'much' is a relative term!

Today's Thrifty Thursday idea... 

3 Great Ways to Use Post It Notes 
In the Classroom

Interactive Notebooks

I've written about using post it notes in my interactive notebooks in previous posts.  The kids think they are great!  No cutting, no mess, self-sticking, and did I say no paper scraps or hundreds of trips to the trash can even when I say hold all your scraps.  Actually, I think some kids just need a walk/break or say a couple words to a friend, so mostly it's okay with me.

Here is a picture from reading and math notebooks last week:

I know we could have completed the notebook pages without the post it notes but the notes add a certain importance to the page.  And the added color is fun!

Notes To Go Home

  Have you ever taken the time to print off reminder notes that need to go home and find several notes on the floor or desks after the kiddos leave?  I have.  As important as I said the note was for their family to read, some kids really don't get it.
One day I forgot to copy a note for the kids to take home, I spied a post it notepad on my desk (insert lightbulb above my head here).  I quickly handed out a post it to each student and proceeded to write the message home on the board.  All the students copied the message and were told to put the note inside their take home folder.  The note sticks and travels safely to each family.  Now, how do I get the families to read the note?!  An added bonus of the students writing the note, they now heard me remind them of the message, they wrote the message, and took the message home.  Hopefully, (fingers crossed) the message seems more important now, than just another piece of paper from the teacher.

Anchor Chart Information

Saving time is a big deal in a teacher's life!  Anything I can do to safe a few minutes along the way is a big help.  So, when I create an anchor chart for a particular topic/subject/skill I will probably be using it again next year.  Enter post it notes!  The kids love writing their ideas/responses on the notes, adding their initials (this ups the quality of responses), and adding their learning to our chart.  When we are finished using the chart, I take off the notes and the chart is ready for the next year.

Have great rest of the week!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Five For Friday

Thank you, Kacey!

I needed a quick birthday gift for my niece.  I had the money counting jar in my stash and stopped at the bank for the rolls of coins.  Then I created the note with some ideas for her and the gift was finished!

The kids and I have been loving using post it notes our reading and math journals.  It saves time since the kiddos are not cutting out pieces, just a couple of students walking around putting the sticky notes in the notebooks.  We did talk about not touching the sticky parts because it will take off the sticky stuff (you know how tempting it is to stick your finger to that stuff).

I love this earth project!  Coffee filters, markers, water!  Messy color and spray.  The kids enjoy watching the colors run together.  Students will use their earth for an Earth Day poem next week.

So much fun!  I've been saving my trash good stuff for a long time.  Today the kids used a lot of the lids and box labels.  I found the inspiration for this project on Pinterest.  Thank you!
I'm sure if I would have asked parents to save these items I would have gotten a bunch of stuff.  It was fun watching the kids select the just right label for their flower.
Once the projects were hung, many students were seen "studying" the projects and picking out various labels they recognized.

Today was our last professional day for the year.  It's hard to think that we were working on some materials for next year!  What!!! Where did this year go?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

Today I want to share this FANTASTIC freebie from The Teaching Oasis!!!  I sure wish I would have found this product at the beginning of the school year.  A huge thank you to Jessica for sharing her creation!

Tomorrow's Friday!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Five for Friday

Thanks, Doodle Bugs for your weekly linky party!
Here is my 5+1 things for the past two weeks...

This week the students in grades K-3 went to see the live performance, "Chicken Dance."  It was fun watching Elvis Poultry perform in true Elvis fashion.  We couldn't believe we had front and center seats!  A fun morning for everyone.

Relaxed worktime - sometimes they just have to work in their very own spot and switch things up a little.  What you don't hear is the Kidz Bop music playing in the background.  Happy kids!

What fun to use so many different post-it notes to make our adjective page look so good!

Here is our finished My Friend writing project!  I shared this freebie project on my Thrifty Thursday post yesterday.  The kites, clouds, and pictures make for a wonderful spring display. 

Wild Weather - the weather across the country has shown a lot of diversity this past week.  In our little corner of the world we had rain, snow, and 65+ degrees all in a few days.

This variety of weather has fit perfectly with our weather unit.  The kiddos had fun catching the huge snowflakes on black paper and observing them using a hand lens.

and +1 more thing

Friday found us in the sun investigating evaporation.  We made puddles in a sunny spot and in a shady spot.  We circled the puddle to mark the size.  We patiently waited (inside) for 5 minutes, then observed the puddle.  We waited another 5 minutes.  When we went back outside, we found that the puddle had completely evaporated.  I love the question, "But where did it go?"  This connected perfectly to the our cloud experiment last week (water turns into clouds).  So forms the water cycle.

And one more thing...

I invite you to check out my Solid Read Aloud product for Earth Day!  The Solid Read Aloud product is designed to be incorporated into your daily routine.  The product includes original poetry, writing projects, anchor chart headings, response cards for two fiction books, original non-fiction book, and art connections.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!

Today I want to share a writing freebie with you!  This week some of our discussions focused on character traits.  To pull in a writing project we focused on friends.

Here is your project freebie.  Check out the rest of the project.  This will be great guided writing project for your students.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday, Friends!

This week I have another Dollar Tree find for you.  I found this recycle activity, perfect for April and Earth Day.  
The activity comes with four cardboard trash cans and two sheets of removable stickers.  To complete the activity, students place the sticker on the correct recycle container.  This activity is self checking by using the pictures of completed recycle containers.

Stop by Dollar Tree for this Earth Day activity!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Five For Friday

Happy Friday, Friends!  
It is always good to celebrate Friday with you and some Five for Friday.  I do enjoy checking out the many talented, interesting teachers across the country.  Here are my five random things for Friday.
Superhero projects - we finished up a project we started before Easter vacation.  Everyone pretended they were a superhero.  Some students got very creative with their writing!  Check out Emily Education on TpT - she has great products!

 Traveling Tourist Activities - Since our week is only three days long, I decided to get in some extra Social Studies time.  I don't know about your classroom but, in mine it seems like Social Studies and Science are always getting cut out when I run short on time.

My students are super engaged with this product from Simply Skilled in Second.  I made presentations to go along with each place we are visiting during our "vacation".  On Thursday, I heard these comments from the class, 
"Thanks for taking us on vacation!"
"This is my favorite thing we have done!"
"I want to go to more places!"
I'm so glad my students are loving the unit.  They are really into making their suitcases look really good.

 Exploring Our Country - This group of boys were so fun to watch as they shuffled through a stack of cards I bought on vacation this past summer.  The cards are small and show a picture and title of numerous places across the U.S.
After they looked at the cards, the boys just had to compare the cards to the map.

 Solid Read Aloud - Earth Day
I very excited to share this new product with you!  My daughter and I have been working on this product for a little while.

Our Solid Read Aloud product is designed to incorporate poetry, fiction, and nonfiction into your daily read alouds.  This packet is all you need to start infusing poetry into your plans.

This is our first packet in, hopefully a series of packets in the Solid Read Aloud series.  In a 15 minute daily lesson you will be on your way to including poetry on a weekly basis.

My daughter, Rachel has included many of her original poems and she even wrote the Earth Day nonfiction book included with the packet!

Hop over to my TpT store to grab your copy!

April Fool's Day treat - I'm always glad when April Fool's Day lands on a weekend.  Then I can just forget about it.  But when it doesn't here is the treat I always make with my students.  They get a kick out of eating burgers and fries!

DoodleBug, thanks for hosting!

Enjoy your weekend!