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Monday, August 22, 2011

Rock star calendar numbers

I've been a busy bee (like all my other teacher friends out there) getting things ready to go for school. Here are the Rock Star calendar numbers I created to go with my Rock Star theme!
Find them at TpT 


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Few Random Freebies...

Hello bloggie friends! Just wanted to share a few things with you. I'm finally getting into this back to school thing. I'm going to school again tomorrow. My goal is to finish up by Friday so I don't have to go back next week (We don't start until the 31st with students and the 29 in-service).  My Facebook status tonight says....
Tonight a teacher somewhere in your neighborhood is getting ready for your child's new school year, writing lesson plans or writing your child's name in their grade book, while you are watching television. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are using their "free time," and often investing their own time & money for your child's literacy, prosperity, and future. 
So true! Cheers to all my teacher friends out there! :)  
Anyway.... on with the sharing.... I've had quite a few people inquire about the labels I used for the ROCKSTAR binder. I have attached them for you. :) (click on each pic to download).
Note: I didn't write this. I simply adapted it to fit my classroom. I believe the original version came from Christina Bainbridge. (LOVE HER!)
 I'm in the process of reorganizing my classroom (cleaning out shelves, closets, filing cabinets, etc.) While doing this I decided to relabel all of my "special bins" that hold my holiday and seasonal goodies. I don't know if anyone can use them, but I am including the file just incase there is someone out there!  The file below is like 50 pages long. The latter pages are for my copy paper organization. After my copies come back from the copy lady (we send everything for the whole year) I organize everything by story and unit. This is so helpful so when I am preparing for a unit or week, I simply grab the stack of papers and go. I put all of the copies in the plastic filing bins. (Click on the pics to download the freebies! :)

  Now Playing...Cool Kids on Tour Poster (freebie!)
I also added a few little treasures to my TpT store... check them out!
Manner Banner
Place Value Chart
Book Bin Labels
Rock Star of the Week

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Freebie, ROCKSTAR Binders, and organizational idea

Back to school...back to school.... As much as I LOVE my profession, I am not really looking forward to the early mornings, staff meetings, and paper grading. Although reluctant, I headed back to school again today to get things organized and ready for my kiddos. I was able to check a few things off of my growing "to do" list.

First and foremost, I have been trying forever to find a way to organize all of my activity cards, vocab cards, and vocab dominos for each reading story. Last year I found this great bin at Ollie's. However, once I started putting all of my cards and resources inside, it was A.MESS! I bought all kinds of things to put inside to keep it organized even better....butter dishes turned upside down (not too bad, but not perfect), Tupperware containers (terrible...too big). I FINALLY found these drawer organizers at the Dollar Tree. I put six containers in one drawer. There are five stories in each unit in the Treasures series. Each container was dedicated to a story. The sixth container is for the review at the end of the unit. They work perfect!

Before....what a mess!

The containers that fit inside. organized!

Another unit

The outside

Next, I’ve been working on putting together the organizational binder that my kiddos use. This year I am doing a Rock Star theme. The binder is called ROCKSTAR (Really Organized Children Keeping Stuff Together And Ready). Here are a few pics. Obviously, it doesn’t have any papers or anything in it yet.

Finally, I put together the students’ progress pocket. We do addition and subtraction timed tests on a regular basis. The students chart their progress on graphs. We also do fluency checks. To help me stay organized (and to have the charts in one place for conferences), I put together a progress pocket for each child. I simply took a folder with the three clasps inside and clipped the three graphs inside. I am considering putting other progress charting materials inside. Here is the fluency graph that I created. Enjoy!

Click on image to download
Happy Weekend!!!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back to School Magic Confetti Freebie

Last year I sent out the Magic Confetti poem. Thanks to Pinterest, I recently came across a cute way to display it. The idea came from Sunny Days in Second Grade. I recreated her idea to share. :)

I'm also planning on tying the brochure together and attaching a little bag of confetti on the inside. Click on the picture below to download.


Back to School TpT Sale!

So I've hopped on the TpT bandwagon sale! My whole store is on sale 30% off! My products are all 20% off from Aug. 1-4. The additional 10% can be redemed by using the code B1T1S during your checkout.

Happy back to school!