Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Canadian Blogger Meet Up!

Last weekend 11 bloggers/TPT sellers had the pleasure of meeting in Southern Ontario!
l-r back row
Nicole Brown @ Brownie Points
Tammy @ Teaching FSL
Kristy @ 2 Peas and a Dog
Bryn @ The Primary Patch
Kate @ Kate's Classroom Cafe {who came all the way from Buffalo NY to meet up!}
l-r front row
Libby @ RclassroomsRus
Heidi@ Secondgradealicious
Tina @ Tina's Teaching Treasures
Beth @ Thinking of Teaching
Kerri @ My Idea File
Anita @ Mrs. Bremer's Class

Hosted by Tina Miller, it was a great afternoon of socializing and sangrias :)
It was so great to meet everyone!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Anchor Charts {How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!}

Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
Anchor charts are great learning tools!
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
I had made a few over the years. They were underused, and most were located in my storage closet...obviously this is not a great way to use them :) So I thought about how I could incorporate them more in my teaching, and use them as a learning tool.

I'm sure you know what anchor charts are, and what they are for, and that they can be used for any subject and for a variety of purposes, like following directions,
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!

as a sort of rubric or exemplar,
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!

Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
or for learning about a topic.
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!

Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!

MY 3 BIG TAKEAWAYS ABOUT ANCHOR CHARTS:
1.  When possible, I want them to be interactive. It means more to the students when they are involved in the process. Some ways I have been able to involve my students is by using velcro or sticky notes.
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!

Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
{character pic and sticky notes can be pulled off, so the anchor chart is reusable!}

2. I want to make them permanent, to save time and money, so the charts are covered with mactac or laminated and they can be reused over and over again.
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
3. I want my charts to be accessible, because they are learning tools.

The charts get switched out regularly as learning changes, but the skills I teach on those anchor charts are things that students need to remember, so the charts need to be accessible.
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
I use a chart stand/clothing rack to store them. It takes no space & students can flip through to get the info they need or I can flip to a chart for review.
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
Another way to let students have access is with an anchor chart binder, where there are small anchor charts, or smaller versions of the charts for students to refer to whenever needed.
Anchor Charts: How to make them Interactive, Accessible, and Permanent!
Find the FREE binder cover {here} to start your own anchor chart binder.
FREE anchor chart binder cover to make your anchor charts accessible!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Idea: The PERFECT Task Card Holders!

You have introduced your class to task cards. They are made, organized, and stored in wonderful accordion style holders. But how do you store the holders so that students have easy access to them?
The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!
I have looked everywhere for bins that were the right size. Then I saw these, lying around unused in my basement storage area, and I had a light bulb moment!
The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!

The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!
These plate holders are the perfect size for the accordion files. If you're using the longer style files, simply put 2 side by side!
The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!
The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!
They are strong and sturdy and will be able to withhold lots of use. They won't fall over. And, if you have wooden ones, you can paint them any color you want!

Here's another little tip: put the labels for your accordion files on the BACK. This will still allow your students to find what they need, without covering the pattern on the front of the accordion files :)
The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!

The perfect way to store task cards and task card holders- genius!
For more Bright Ideas, check out the link-up participants below:




Thursday, August 07, 2014

She's Baaaack! {Mrs. Wishy-Washy!}

No, not me. I'm not back yet.
But I am so excited that Mrs. Wishy-Washy is!
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm book study companion activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
I put together another book study, featuring this beloved character by Joy Cowley.
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm book study companion activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
You can find it {here}
And, because I didn't have it posted on time for the Back to School Sale, it will be discounted for today and tomorrow only {Aug.7 & 8, 2014}
Better catch her, quick!
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