Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tried it Tuesday

I'm linking up a quick post today with Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried it Tuesday!  

For the past couple of years I have tried to make displaying learning targets a habit that I can stick to on a daily basis.  Last year I even had the most adorable Snoopy bulletin board that I created on which I planned to hang learning target mini posters for each subject.  I found that I still wasn't making it part of my routine to find the posters I needed and change them every morning.  

I realized I needed to find a way to tie it in with something else that I already do on a daily basis.  Every morning I type up what the students need to bring up to me in terms of homework along with the day's lunch choices.  If I could just prep my learning targets each morning on my computer at the same time, I would be all set!

So I created an editable learning target using PowerPoint on which I type the targets for each subject.  As soon as planners are checked and homework is turned in, I switch to my learning target page.  The best part about using PowerPoint is I can use the slideshow mode and it takes up the whole screen!



If the principal walks in and asks one of my kids what the learning target is for the lesson, they better be able to tell her!  

You can get this fully editable Learning Target Poster at my TPT Store for free!

This year my school has switched to standards based grading and eliminated the traditional A, B, C letter grades.  Instead we are reporting grades based on a 4 point rubric.  This has been a huge adjustment for both the teachers and the students.  I created some mini posters to display on my front board to help my students better understand what the numbers mean.  


This is another freebie at my TPT Store!  

Be sure to check out Tried it Tuesday at Fourth Grade Flipper for lots of great ideas!







Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday Made It

I'm finally getting around to linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for a Monday Made It post I have been meaning to do for weeks!  These made-its were done back before school started but back to school this year is kicking my behind!  Does anyone else feel like the number of hours in a day shrinks to 10 once school is back in session?  It's the third week of school, and I still have not caught up yet...


I am all about covering up clutter and polka dots both so my mom helped me make some great new curtains to cover my new "desk" and open shelves.  Okay, it was more like me helping her with the few sewing tasks I am capable of...ironing and sewing in a straight line.


We got them all done Labor Day weekend, the last time I was able to head up north to the cottage.  Thank goodness mom has her antique sewing machine up there!


Here are the ones I put around my desk area and these are back in the reading area...



My second Made-It was inspired by Pinterest, of course!  I saw a couple of pictures that made me say..."I have to have those!"  The first was this picture from Simply 2nd Resources...

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and the second was from Booky 4 First...


They both showed a great way to organize student file boxes.  Lucky for me my handy husband and father-in-law were willing and able to take on this project and even add a great new twist!  


They put in slots so the file boxes sit down inside these holes and don't move!  


I slid the shelves in the middle of a group of six desks...


A place for all the file boxes where they don't move...where they stay perfectly straight all day long?  It's my ocd dream!


Everything the students need right at their fingertips...love em!

Check out the rest of the Monday Made Its at 4th Grade Frolics!





Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for the First Friday is Done!

It's been a crazy, hectic first week of school, but I'm going to try to squeeze in a quick Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!





We talked today about the jobs that we all have in our classroom and created this cute anchor chart.  Love the teacher clip art, though I hope that is not what I look like yet!



We also did an activity this week that I added to my First Week of School Activities Bundle called Classroom Rules Do's and Don'ts.  The students had to really think about what each rule means to list the things they do when they are following the rule and the things they don't want to do in order to follow it.  I quickly discovered that my students didn't understand what it meant to stay on task!  You can find my First Week of School Activities at my TPT Store.



Once again, my reading area is my favorite part of my room.  It takes forever to put together, but it's so worth it!



The best part though is seeing kids reading in it!




We are already off and running with our 40 book challenge!  I've had book conferences with about five students who have finished books this first week.  I'm loving the bulletin board where we will keep track of everyone's progress!



You can check out my Camp Read-a-Lot Reading Journal and 40 Book Challenge Bundle in my TPT Store.



I'm feeling like maybe we are on the home stretch with the house.  I'm hoping we are anyway because mom and dad came home from Petoskey today and we are officially living in the basement!  I'm sure it won't be long now and in the meantime I'm going to enjoy some fine cooking!

The columns on the porch were finished this week and I think they turned out beautifully!


Lots has been going on inside too including the tile in our foyer which turned out to be a fantastic mistake!  Our bathroom tile was accidentally added to this checkerboard rather than a cream one we had chosen, and it was unanimously decided that it was meant to be!


Once again I am just getting this in on Friday by the skin of my teeth!  Enjoy all the other Five for Fridays at Doodle Bugs Teaching!