Brag Tags - Everyone that uses brag tags in their classroom knows prepping those little guys is a big job! I worked on these tags last week. My students loved them last year, I hope my new students will like them also. I love the tags that Primarily Speaking by Aimee Salazar has in her TpT store! She also has a set of editable tags, as well as, color tags. I like using her black and white tags and print on color card stock.
Word Wall Words - I updated my word wall rings. I added family words and number words this year. Read about how our word wall is used here.
Procedure Task Cards - In case you missed it, I have a free set of Procedure Task Cards ready to the first day/week of school. Read how I use the task cards in my classroom. Visit my TpT store to get your free copy.
I had this out last week but there wasn't a linky party so I'm just adding it for this week. So glad you visited today! Stop again! Judy
Procedures, habits, routines, rules - fill the first days of school. It is necessary to lay the foundation for a successful year for your students and yourself. Don’t get caught in the trap of teacher talk, talk, talk. After a little while your students will only hear wah, wah, wah. You don't want to be Charlie Brown's teacher! To make teaching classroom habits and routines more interactive, enter Procedure Task Cards. The cards have a wide array of procedures and routines necessary for a smooth start to the school year. The product includes: 40 task cards and a blank set (to make your own, if desired).
Prior to the first day of school I sort the cards into categories, for example: entering the classroom, going home time, hallway behavior, etc. On the first day/week of school, I keep the cards in a prominent place so I won’t forget to go over each one. When I'm ready to talk about our procedures and routines, I randomly (I make sure everyone has had a card at some point in the day) hand out the stack of cards that I want to cover at that particular time. Now it's time for the kiddos to get involved. One student will read a card, we talk about the routine for that card. Since I teach 2nd graders, they have been in school for a few years so many of them already know the procedures. This makes our discussions move a little quicker. Also, if there are "new to the district" students I can adjust our discussions. The student who just read the card will select the next person to read their card, and so on. This continues until all the cards have been read in my pre-chosen stack. As a follow up to our task card routine discussions, we play a game. This may happen on the same day or whenever it fits during the first week of school. To play the game, I read a card, the students tell the procedure/routine. If they are correct, they get a point. If incorrect or not complete enough answer I get the point. Usually they win! Well, you get the picture. The reward is usually a brownie point on our classroom brownie pan. I hope you enjoy this freebie! Pop over to my TpT store to get your Procedure Task Cards. Thanks for visiting! Stop by again, I love your company! Judy
Happy Monday, Friends! I love visiting all your blogs to get a glimpse into your classrooms and projects. Thanks for inspiring me and I'm sure others!
Spelling Choice Board - You can read about my journey to use a choice board here. I really like my second graders to take ownership of the classroom. If they have ownership and leadership in the classroom, I've found that things run smoother when there is a sub.
Temperature Afghan - I put the final border on this crocheted afghan, that was a year in the making. To give you the background on this incredibly large afghan (approximately 5'x9'), it all started with Phill, my son-in-law. He challenged my daughter and I to make them. Each row represents a day in the past year. You can see the variety of colors of rows. The color is based on the high temperature for the day. My daughter lives on the west side of Wisconsin and I live on the east side so our afghans have turned out somewhat different. She is still in the process of finishing her afghan, otherwise I would love to have a side by side picture comparison.
Search Pinterest for a wide variety of ideas. That's where I found my inspiration. Oh, be prepared to have a wide variety of yarn left over! Now I'll have to find another project for the leftovers! It is quite a cycle, isn't it? The afghan will take up residence in our guest room. It will be perfect for guests that need an extra cover for the night! I love summer time to finish projects that seem to get set aside during the school year. Have a great week! Judy
Spelling word practice - essential, important, but sometimes hard to manage. We know that students need to be able to apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills when they decode words. How can classroom teachers manage this important time of the day? In the past I would decide what spelling activity I wanted the students to complete. This procedure was okay but I wanted my second graders to take more ownership in the classroom. I did some Pinterest searching and found that many of you are using Spelling Choice Boards. Using all of you as my mentor, I created my own Spelling Choice Board. I printed on white cardstock with astrobright border, laminated it, and will hang this up on my ELA board. To use the board, I will have a class helper select a spelling task for the class to complete. In our class we do not have time to do a spelling task everyday - probably three times a week. To make the selection, will probably have the helper toss a squishy-type ball at the board. This will eliminate the helper selecting the "easy" spelling tasks. I can also blindfold the helper, spin them around, and make the selection - pin the tail style. I hope the kiddos will come up with some other ways to select the task.
Once the task has been chosen, they will mark the selection by clipping a clothespin to the task. That way the students will be able to check back to the Spelling Choice Board if they forget what they need to do. The clip has a front and back so it works with either side of the board. Hopefully, the students will take ownership by using the Spelling Choice Board. Judy
Tara, a big thank you from everyone who enjoys visiting your weekly Monday Made It!!!
New Substitute Folder - When I have a planned absence I write detailed lesson plans. However, there are those days when I don't want to drag myself to my computer to write lengthy, detailed plans for my teaching partner to print off and deliver. You know as well as I do that those plans don't get followed to the extent you thought they would.
To take care of this I redid my sub folder. Everything is included for the sub to have successful day. Here is a list of the pages I included:
Morning & Afternoon Routine
Substitute Lesson for each class
Each of the pages is written with bullet points so it is easy to read.
The folder is 3-prong vinyl folder with a cut out cover. Each page is slipped into a page protector.
I plan to set the folder on my desk each night before I leave school so it will be ready if a substitute will be called.
Sparkly Pineapple - Look what I found on a visit to my favorite Dollar Tree! A sparkly pineapple!!! The quote came from a kitchen towel and also from Pinterest search. I created my classroom coordinated quote to hang alongside my wonderful pineapple. I'm thinking Molly Lou Melon books during the first week of school.
Sewing Project - Just in time for the 4th of July, my daughter and I made these fun table runners. I did a quick search of my fabric stash and found enough red, white, and blue fabric to make these cuties!