Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monthly Newsletters

No matter what grade I taught, I have always handed out a monthly newsletter. These notes are my way of communicating what our class is doing for the month. The newsletters begin with a small reflection {what we've done}, then go on to reveal what we'll be learning about/doing for the month.
It includes important dates to remember, class birthdays, and more.
I thought that since ALL teachers could benefit from them, I would create an editable set. This way YOU can type in whatever information you want to!

The newsletters can be printed and sent home with students. They can also be emailed, to make the process quick and paperless. It's up to you!
You can find the editable newsletter pack {here}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bright Idea: How to Make Anchor Charts Interactive

My last Bright Idea showed how I store my anchor charts. You can find the post {here}
Today I want to share with you how you can make your anchor charts more interactive!
No matter what grade you teach, it is important to include your students in creating anchor charts. This will make the charts more meaningful to your students.

I have only taught primary grades, so the way I have my students interact with the charts is using these two things: Velcro and sticky notes!

On these charts, students attach the pieces to the anchor chart using Velcro dots.

Inspiration for two of these charts from Pinterest!

On these charts, students share their answers and I write them on sticky notes to show their responses.

{The pictures for the topics are removable/replaceable, so the charts can be used for any topics!}

More chart inspiration from Pinterest!

The best part about using Velcro and sticky note interactive anchor charts is that your anchor charts can be reused, saving you time and energy recreating the charts every year!

Find more Bright Ideas by checking out the links below!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{FREE} Daily 5 Posters

With my grade change, I am excited for the fresh start it will bring. A new school year, a new grade...and my OWN classroom. And with a grade change comes the daunting task of getting accustomed to the curriculum. But one thing I have always been sure about, and that is implementing the Daily 5. So in September, I am jumping in with both feet. It will most likely be 'my version' of the D5, but I think the kids will LOVE it!

To prepare, I have been creating lots of great activities for each component of the Daily 5. In my last post I shared a little bit about how I have been getting ready for 'Read to Self'.

I have created some posters that will be going on my Daily 5 rotation board.
You can snag them {here}

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