Monday, September 22, 2014

'Tis the Time of Year to Stock Up!

September/October is when the dollar stores are stocking up and preparing for the Christmas holiday. Which means their selection is at its best.

This is when I would buy my classroom Christmas gifts. With the holidays approaching, once I got this chore out of the way, then that would be one less item on my To Do list.

Hint: It's also a good opportunity to grab some stocking stuffers for fellow co-workers and family!

Friday, September 19, 2014

5 Ways to Use Stickers in Your Classroom (That You Probably Never Thought Of!)

Here are 5 odd/new ways you can use those stickers you normally give out to your students.

1. Cut in half. Put the half on a sheet of paper or index card, and have them draw the other half. This works both sides of the brain, as well as perception and fine motor movement.

2. Place a whole sticker on paper and have them draw a scene around it. Have them describe what it's about to the others.

3. Pretend their sticker is the cover of their book. Have them write a few sentences, paragraph, or story. Don't forget the title!

4. Have them relate their sticker to a number. Ex: 2 skis, 3 ornaments, 2 squirrels, 12 snowflake points. (Anything BUT the number 1.) Graph the stickers - how many had 2 of something, how many had 3, etc.

5. Make an alphabetical list of the pictures on the stickers. Ex: E = elephant, M = mouse, mitten, S = snowflake, squirrel, snail, skunk, shovel, etc. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Using Pinterest Pictures in the Classroom - Licorice

1. Does anyone want to guess what these are?
2. What do you notice about them? Can you describe them? How big or small do you think they are?
3. What do you think you would do with something that looks like this?
4. Do you notice anything about they way they are laid out?
(A: shades of a rainbow)
5. How do you think these would feel if you touched them?
6. How do you think these are made? What do you think these are made of?
7. Where do you think you could find these?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Always a Good Idea

Sometimes I use these, but I've also been known to leave the substitute a blank sheet of file folder labels, with instructions for them to hand out to each student and let the children write their names on them to aide her with identification.

In addition, and I've learned this from past mistakes, I don't pre-label these with my class roster. The mobility at my school is high, which means there's often students who leave and new students registered, making the pre-done labels obsolete.