Saturday, February 15, 2014

Transformation to better Organization

Nine years of teaching; 4 different grades.  I have managed to accumulate a lot of different items, especially centers.  I currently have all my PreK themes and centers stored in a crate in my closet at home.  I have all my 1st and 3rd grade math centers in containers labeled by domain on a shelf in my classroom.  My literacy centers are all combined and they are stored in these bins I got from Office Depot.

I have always stored my literacy, social studies and science centers in the containers above.  I have hanging folders that are labeled and manilla folders for extra worksheets and actual center activities in freezer bags and I just drop them in.

However lately I notice that the plastic is a bit overwhelming.  My literacy container is sooo stuffed and all the plastic kind of frustrates me. Then I go grab a bag, pull it the wrong way and what happens, all the pieces for out.  So frustrating! I have been seeking a new way to store my centers, then I found this:
common core math centers based around math manipulatives

I have about 50 of these envelopes in my classroom right now that was donated to me.  They have a company name on them but once I paste the cover sheet on you won't even see it.  These will fit so much better into my hanging files and they wont require me to look through plastic.   My students can work, put everything back in and when I'm done, I can just file it away.

I search around and found that I can get a box of 100 envelopes from Amazon for $9.99.  This will allow me to slowly reorganize all my centers in a more organized fashion.

I use these file tote containers from Office Depot.  You can usually find them on sale for $8.  They come in colors too.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five for Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's Friday!!!!!!!!!!!  While other people are happy for the weekend. I'm more excited that week is actually ending.  I have been out since Tuesday for snow days.  Thursday and Friday this week were actual break days and we are off Monday. I can't take it!!!!
So no cute Valentine's Day post for us....We missed it but I will make it up and surprise my big babies when I get back to work on Tuesday.

I am linking up this week, for the first time, with DoodleBugs for her Five for Fridays.

Well let's see...It actually did not snow as they predicted on Tuesday but they had already cancelled school.  So Tuesday was out of school for rain day.  I went to the grocery store, Macy's, and just did a little shopping.
Is Macy’s a Good Investment at the Moment? - Insider Monkey

The ice and snow did eventually come....I worked on some unfinished packs that I would need for some upcoming centers.

I look at the blogs and you all classrooms are so large and organized.  My classroom is so small and cluttered.  So I browsed Pinterest for new organization ideas.  I love this one.

I bought these last year to do the grade, file, copy thing. Nope didn't work.  But I could so eliminate some buckets and compile all our supplies.  I do have a cutter so I will go by Hobby Lobby to get some sticky letters.

I finished the classes for my 2nd masters in October 2012.  My degree has not been conferred because of these last 5 portfolio assignments I need to complete.  I am using my breaks to complete them.  I'm making myself be done by summer.

Finally, today I am taking my daughter out the house to Monkey Joe's. A fun house full of bouncers so she can release some of this energy.  They have wi-fi so I can still work, eat pizza and drink coke.  Fun times!
Monkey Joe

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Prefixes Galore

We have been working heavily on prefixes in my classroom.  Whew!  It's such a relief when they finally get a set and learn how to decode and understand the meanings of the words.  Then you see their faces when you introduce a new set. LOL

I created two packs so far to assist my students with prefix understanding.  Set 1:  un, dis, mis, re      Set 2: mid, over, out, pre

Each set comes with a journal entry page, a set of prefix - definition cards for match and task card that allows students to correctly use the word in a sentence.  This pack is great for small group and literacy center learning.  I love it!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Adventures of Paul Revere - WOW Wednesday

My WOW Wednesday.  I'm linking up with Em Hutchison at Curious Firsties for her WOW Wednesday.

My Wednesday is my new found love for Social Studies Centers and actually completing my first pack. Something that I have never done is make center time available during science and social studies.  However, teaching 3rd grade this year has definitely taught me to do that.  The 4th grade and 5th grade teachers at my school are departmentalized.  I talked with the Science/Social Studies teacher to see what she does.  I liked it, so I tried it and guess what?  It works!  I introduce a lesson, vocabulary and skills one day.  I teach the next day or two and I prepare 2 days worth of center activities.
-Vocabulary matching
- Fact/Opinion or Cause and Effect
- Character Traits
- Reading Fluency and Comprehension

Doing this as definitely improved my Science and Social Studies scores.

Here is Georgia we study 9 Historical Figures, which I found out are heavily tested on our state test.  I started making these Historical Figure Center Packs.

Here is my first one:

Georgia Historical Figures Freebie

As we continue to explore the 9 Historical Figures we cover in the 3rd grade Social Studies Standards, they all tend to have one trending theme....Identifying their character traits.

Citing evidence is something we are teaching our 3rd graders to do, so I came up with an identifying character traits activity sheets that allows the students to show evidence that supports it.

The truly enjoy this, especially since they get to color the picture afterwards :-) 

Check it out here on TPT


Has it really been this long since I have logged in to blog.  I have got to do better!  Life, motherhood and the classroom is definitely keeping me busy this year.  I have had some adventures in my classroom this year.  I have finally got the behavior problems under control, finally tackled the struggling readers and finally got things to where the classroom just flows.  This is an interesting class this year....I'm ready for next year.

I'm hoping I can blog more, upload more and share the things that are going on in my classroom.

Cheers to a better year.