Sunday, March 19, 2017

Telling Time

Time is a pretty exciting math unit because the kids can immediately apply it to their own life and use it. So, I wanted to make it even more fun.

For this math game, I found that 3 students at a time worked best. 4 was a crowd. I couldn't let just 2 students play at a time because they were so excited about it!

To play, student 1 is the time keeper. The time keeper gets to set the time for the other players. I emphasized that the time keeper must know what they are are setting so they can check the other students. When the time keeper sets the hour and minute hand on the clock, they say "tick tock what time is on the clock?" This lets everyone know they are ready.

Students 2 and 3 are the time seekers. They write down the time on their white boards. The time keeper must check that the time seekers got the time correct. This way, everyone is practicing their time!

I also wrote the minutes on the table with dry erase markers for the first 2 weeks. They wipe right off with a lysol wipe.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Holidays Are Coming

I can't believe it is so close to holiday season! Stores are filling up with Halloween candy and costumes. Once Halloween hits, all the holidays just come so quickly. So, this year I was inspired by a resource I saw a teacher had in her room. She had a holiday word bin that had special holiday words listed. During holiday themed unites, especially writing and centers, I get a lot of "But how so you spell...." I thought this was a genius resource to help with that problem, but I wanted to adjust it just a little. So I created this holiday word dictionary. Each of the holiday words has a matching picture to go with it. So hopefully the kids will get help spelling the words they need, or completing the FUN holiday worksheets, and I hope the visuals of the pictures will help spark their creativity when it comes to their writing during the holidays. I am a huge fan or writing activities during the holiday season to match any craft we do.

I am really excited to use this but it got me wondering, what are your tips or tricks during the holiday season?

Friday, September 2, 2016


Get it before it's gone! This literary elements flipbook will be FREE from 9/2 until 9/9 on TeachersPayTeachers. It is SO easy to use. There is NO cutting and NO gluing of pages. All you do is print, copy double sided, and fold to assemble. Pages will even print in the exact way you need them to be copied. It doesn't get easier! See this YouTube tutorial to see what I am talking about.

What's Inside? 

Student practice identifying literary elements from the story they just read. This isn't going to teach them the skills. It's a fun and interactive way to practice them and apply them to the classroom.

My favorite ways to use this flipbook: 

1. End of the unit review
2. Put in in their reading interactive notebook
3. Perfect for sub plans!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

You know how at the end the of the day, it looks like someone decorated your floor with pencils? And every student that day has probably said "I can't find my pencil!" Eliminate the drama with this easy hack!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HALLS Classroom Management Poster

It's back to school so it's back to refining all our little classroom management tricks. Here is a new FREE poster that you can download. Go over it each time before you leave the room and you will have some hallway HEROS this year!

Friday, August 12, 2016

CHAMPS classroom management posters

CHAMPS is a classroom management system. It's overall goal is to teach students how to be successful in different classroom situations by establishing clear behavior expectation using the chart. The CHAMPS system is actually very new to me, but I fell in love with it right away. 
I like this system much more than the standard color change chart that I have used in the past because it is SO clear about your expectations for the students. This makes it ideal for the primary teachers classroom. 

The posters describe the following... 

C- conversation - what should the voice level be?
H- help - how do I get help? 
A- activity - what are you working on? 
M- movement - how can I move around the room? 
P- participation - how do I participate in the lesson?

It is also very easy to use as a teacher. Buy some circle magnets to put on each poster. Move the magnet along the poster based on what you need the students to be doing for the lesson. I found some HERE that match PERFECTLY with the posters

You can purchase these CHAMPS posters HERE

Friday, July 29, 2016

Back to School GIVEAWAY!!

Hello fellow teachers & friends! 

You will hear it a hundred times these next few weeks but what happened to summer? That flew by. My district actually goes back to school next week and I am in denial. in fact, back to school night is TONIGHT! In honor of going back to school I am going to give away my BEGINNING IF THE YEAR/ BACK TO SCHOOL FLIPBOOK! This is my favorite back to school tool for parents night because it gets the parents doing something AND they remember it. the BEST part about this flipbook? THERE IS NO CUTTING OR GLUING! All you do is print 3, double-sided pages and fold them. CLICK HERE to watch a youtube video to see how to fold the flipbook. 

Giveaway CLOSED! Thank you