Thursday, November 29, 2012

Getting over the Christmas slump with centers

I've already heard teachers saying their kids are getting the Christmas slump.. I refuse to let this happen in my room. I'm really trying to find a lot of themed things to keep up busy this month but also keep us on task. One of my biggest struggles as a SECOND year teacher is finding the time to laminate and keep centers. I'm always printing them but (1) I don't have access to a colored printed this year.. which STINKS and (2) I don't have helpers to laminate and cut for me and I don't want to laminate black and white centers anyways. Ugggg-lay. So with that in mind I save a copy to my Google Doc Drive (for the future) and just print a copy in black and white. Then I know if I like it I'll take the time to laminate and make a color copy next year---and if I don't like it then well, I never wasted any time! Check out some of my newest favorites! I know you and your students will love them too. Some of them cost but they are worth it.

Classroom Game Nook
If you haven't found out about Classroom Game Nook head over there quick! Her work is amazing and extremely thoughtful.
We did this today! I sat the cards up around the room and we walked around and answered each card. I'm sure the game way is great too! I like how they had to really think about each card and what makes since.. HINT: when laying out the cards please note they are numbered.. I didn't realize that then our cards were out of order! :)
Kid tested.. Teacher approved!
Possessive Nouns are the pits but dressing nakie Santas makes it a little bit more fun! I printed 5 copies and broke my kids into 5 groups of three. I grouped them by levels! They loved it.

The Christmoose centers are great for reviewing. I also own the Halloween edition!

We hung up our hand tree today! I'm looking for some kind of present craft to put under it... Do you have any fun stuff planned that we could do!?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Door.. Check

One down...ten million more things to go! Happy Hump Day! Can't wait to share what we have done this week on Friday

Saturday, November 24, 2012

TPT Sale!

I only have two things in my TPT store that actually cost.. but they are both 20% off on Monday! Head over to my TPT Store and check out my multiplication test and my even and odd mazes!

See you then!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Directions for Subtraction With Regrouping

We made this together today to help us do three digit subtraction with regrouping. It is great if you can blow it up for a poster or print it off for math notebooks! We put ours in our math notebooks! Good luck! Any other teaching tools I should know about?
Click to download FREE on TPT

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas in the Classroom!

So many districts nationwide don't allow Christmas! But guess what? We do! And I'm all for it. With this in mind we are going full force right after Thanksgiving Break! Here are some ideas that we have hidden in our stockings so far..
  I want to hang these cuties inside our room from the ceiling

Great Review for synonyms!
This never gets old

I can't wait to decorate my door!
  I want to decorate outside with these gems. How fun is this?
These will come up just in time to teach cause and effect!
I'd really like to take on a project like this for my class party.. Not sure if I'm up for all that mess though..

Something like this may be more doable!

 Look at all these Christmas in the Classroom Pinterest Boards  for pretty nifty classroom ideas
 Not in the Christmas spirit just yet? Download your own door sign HERE

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Verbal Reading Rubric

One of my biggest goals is to make my students not only good readers but good verbal readers and speakers! Right now to practice verbal speaking we are doing group plays.
Here is how I grade it!
Download your own here on TPT