Saturday, August 31, 2013

Favourite Pins Friday {Sight Word Learning}

Here are some pins that show fun and engaging ways for students to practice their sight words!
click the pics to find out more
SECRET CODE SIGHT WORDS
Students pick a sight word and then figure out what the secret code for it would be by using the keypad.
NEWSPAPER SIGHT WORD HUNT
Students scour the newspaper looking for sight words, and print any they find onto this sheet.
DIGITAL PICTURE FRAMES
Students read and record the sight words that flash across the screen on the digital picture frame.
PLAYDO SIGHT WORDS
Students form the sight words using PlayDoh. This is also a great way to highlight letter placement {above the line, below the line, etc.} 
SIGHT WORD 'TATTOOS'
How fun is this? Stamp the sight word of the day/week onto your students' hands so they know what word to practice when they go home.
For more sight word learning fun click {here}

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday {Ideas for the Beginning of the Year}

Here are some Pinterest finds that I'm loving that are perfect for beginning of the school year learning!
 
click the pics to find out more
 
GO ON A LETTER HUNT
Make some alphabet pointers using magnetic letters. Use them for a letter hunt around the classroom! Students have to find the letter that's on their pointer.
 
 
 
GO ON A COLOUR HUNT
Print some colour words on paper bags and have students work in groups to hunt around the room for things that are that colour.
 
 
 
LETTER RECOGNITION/SOUNDS
Pass a bag full of letters around the circle. When the song ends, whoever is holding the bag picks a letter and says its name. {They could also say its sound, a word that begins with that letter, etc.}
 This pin has no link to its origin...if you made it please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due :)
 
LETTER MAZES
{FREEBIES}
My students love this activity! Starting at the top, they highlight the path of uppercase & lowercase letters until they get to the bottom.
 
 
 
NAME PRINTING PAGES
{FREEBIES}
These free, customizable pages can be used to teach your students how to print their names properly. It can be part of a writing centre at the beginning of the year, or can even be sent home for extra practice!
 
 
Find more beginning of the school year activities on my Pinterest page!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Daily 5 I Pick Charts {freebie}

I just had to order the book The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence In The Elementary Grades and I've been reading over the summer break.
If you do the Daily 5, and even if you don't, I have a freebie for you!

FREE Daily 5 posters
These classroom posters will help your students remember how to choose books that are a 'good-fit' just for them!

The posters may be used in conjunction with the Daily 5 program. But even if you do not do the Daily 5 program, these posters make perfect anchor charts to be used as guidelines as your students choose books to read.
FREE Daily 5 I Pick Posters
I have to add this legal disclaimer: The Daily 5 and CAFE are trademarks of The 2 Sisters, Joan Moser and Gail Boushey. The sisters do not authorize or endorse these materials.
Click here for the free download.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

GINORMOUS BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!!!

It's FINALLY here!
 
 
Here is a sneak peek of some of the items that will be on sale for 28% off!
 
Click on the pics to take you to those sections of my store
or click {here} to head to all categories.
 
Add your selected items to your Wishlist.
Then, on sale day, you're good to go!
 
 






 
 
Don't forget to check out my 22 FREE items too!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday! {Teacher Tips}

We're getting closer to beginning a new school year! Here are some of my favorite Teacher Tips that make life so much easier in my classroom:
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
WHISPER BELL
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
When the class noise level starts to get a little loud, whack on the 'whisper bell'. The students hear the DING! and instantly stop talking and whisper together in unison "Whisper Bell". Then they go about their work quietly. Seriously works like a charm!

NAME ON PAPER
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
 I snagged this great idea from Jessica. Students have to highlight their name on their paper before they put it in the finished work paper tray. If there is no name to highlight, they know that they need to write it!

BOOK HOSPITAL
I don't know why, but students think that you need to drop everything and fix the little rip in the book they're reading. RIGHT AWAY.
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
When this happens, I just have them put the book into the Book Hospital, and assure them that it will get fixed up!
{Eventually}
Idea from Kindertastic.

TIARA
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
Another tip from Jessica. When the teacher is working with a small group she is not to be disturbed! When the teacher is wearing the tiara, it means that you may not talk to the teacher or interrupt  their small group UNLESS one of the 3 B's is occurring: you need to barf, you're bleeding, or you need to go to the bathroom. 

WASHROOM PASSES
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
I hung a magnetic board on the wall next to the class washroom, and added my students' pics using adhesive magnetic tape. Whenever someone needed to use the washroom, they just put their magnet on the door. This made it easy to see that the washroom was occupied, and who was in there!
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!

MAIL
I used to use this pocket chart for my students' mail. I labelled the openings with my students' names...but they could NEVER figure out which pocket of mail was theirs! They always took the mail from the one below their name...frustrating!

So I purchased these crates to use instead! They fit file folders, and I labelled the folders with my students' names.
Blue=boys' mail.
Pink=girls' mail.
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
Much easier! No messed up mail!
And they're stackable too!
A post with lots of teacher hacks for the classroom!
Check out more teacher tips {here}


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Collaborative Class Pennant Freebie

One way to begin the school year is to talk about what your students would like to achieve. This discussion can then be turned into a fun craftivity that you can display in your classroom. It will also serve as a visual reminder of what their goals/aims/hopes are for the year!


You can download the pennant freebie {here}.

If you'd like a version where students draw self-portraits and label with their names, you can find that {here}
Collaborative classroom pennant made up of student self portraits!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday {Teacher Humor Pins}

I love to laugh. And, thanks to Pinterest, I occasionally come across a pin that I can relate to and it cracks me up. Here are some of my favorites for What I'm Lovin' Wednesday!





Click here to find more Teacher Humor Pins!


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Back To School Word Search FREEBIE

I know that some of you are starting back to school soon.
And some of us have a month to go. But, no matter when you head back, this little freebie may help you fill a minute or two as your students settle into routines or need a little extra to do.
FREE Back to School Word Search
Just click on the word search picture to download!
Find more Back to School goodies {here}
Back to school activities for primary grades
Happy school planning :)
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