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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Folder/Binder Insert

Thank you to Brooke Perry for inspiring such a neat idea. Click here to check out her post:

In the past, I have printed out a generic binder or folder insert on printed stationary with the child's name, my room #, and our school. I have also attached a little reminder to return it to school each day. After reading Brooke's post, I was inspired to create this little organizational tool.
Hammett Folder Insert

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Math Stations Binder

Thanks to Kristen at LadyBug Teacher Files! I started my own binder to help me organize my favorite materials and ideas that were shared by all of my wonderful bloggy sisters during the Debbie Diller book study. I've only made it to Chapter 4. I will upload Ch. 5 this week. Here is a link to my LiveBinder. Please leave me a comment and become a follower if you're not already following.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Stuart J. Murphy Downloads

Becca over at Simply 2nd Resources blogged about using Stuart J. Murphy's math books, which I also love. If you have ever used his books in your math lessons, you may have noticed the extensions in the back of each book. Last year, I hopped over to his website and found these wonderful downloads. I'll post some of the materials I have used with them later this week.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Postcard Exchange and giveaway

If you live in the following states: Washington, Oregon, Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Loiusiana, Indiana, West Virginia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maryland, Deleware, Rhode Island or Massachusets - stop right now and head over the postcard exchange that Primary Graffiti and Techy Teacher are hosting.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Calendar Math vs. Promethean Board Linky Party

Our district implemented Every Day Counts calendar math many years ago. I can admit that I resisted using the program for a couple of years, but saw the benefits of daily instruction after only a few weeks. The problem was having only three small bulletin boards to use. Then the questions - which one do I use? What do I include? What do I leave out? How can I keep the kids attention? How can I design it so that everyone can see? Then, I was blessed with my BOARD!!! It took me a whole summer to create my first flipchart, but thanks to my IT lady, the following months became easier. I love using the board for calendar math because it gives the helper for the day the opportunity to teach the class. I also have an opportunity to assess on several standards at once. I have posted a few of them here on my blog. Sorry that I slacked off. I'll redo them for the whole school year and post them in the next couple of weeks.

April Calendar
March Calendar
February Calendar

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Positively Rewarding Linky Party

My principal asked us to contribute a list of possible positive rewards to include in our behavior plan for the fall. We are using PBIS and looking at a possible "Honey Pot" (our school mascot is a bear). I submitted a list, but still want some input from teachers who have implemented PBIS. If you have a great idea, join in the fun. My principal and I will submit the entries to our staff for a vote and choose a winner - PRIZE!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Daily Schedule

This is my schedule for this past school year when I implemented Daily 5. I only did two rotations. Next year, I plan to incorporate writing workshop into this routine and use three rotations. My planning/special period, lunch, recess, and computer lab times were set by the principal. We are allowed to schedule content areas, but have criteria regarding instructional time set by the district. How much of your schedule do you have control over? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Daily 5 Response Forms

I created these for a fellow PTer. These are meant to be used in a three prong folder. If you would like for me to adjust this format to fit your schedule, leave me a comment and I'll work on it for you.

Crawl over and see my new blog design

I have been inspired by all of your creative sites since school ended. I wanted to try to develop my own design and finally had time to give it a whirl. Thanks to Hadar for pointing me in the right direction. Thanks also to Kristen at Ladybug Teacher Files for all of her tutorials! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think. Stay tuned for the grand opening of my TPT store in a few weeks and a giveaway!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Future Builders of America

Our first grade class participated in the Lowe’s Build and Grow clinic in the classroom. Ms. Kimberly teaches the free how-to clinics two Saturdays a month at Lowe’s in Gaffney. She taught the students how to use the safety equipment, follow a written set of directions, and safely use a hammer. The boys built a table top basketball game complete with stickers and score board. The girls built a see through planter adorned with flowers. The children received a free work apron, safety goggles, merit badge, and completion certificate from Lowe’s. We had a busy morning as the children hammered away. What a delight to watch classmates join together to ensure that each project was completed in time. We are fortunate to have a wonderful and supportive community at Limestone-Central Elementary.
 If you are interested in this program, visit your local Lowe's store and speak with their coordinator. You can visit their website by following this link:

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Desks and tables classroom

Several years ago I had only tables in my first grade classroom in effort to appease my principal's experimental whim. We kept them until Christmas and converted the classroom to desks over break. The thought was that the children would transition from the kindergarten Montessori classroom setup to a more traditional first grade setup. I struggled with student supply storage during that time. I used drawers for the chidlren, but wasn't happy with that solution. The chair buddies would have been wonderful, but we couldn't afford them. Now I have a table for small group instruction and one for the writing center. The students sit in desk groups. Here is a picture of the groups.