Making Mother's Day Special!

Need an easy gift idea for Mother's Day?  Your kids will enjoy this special project that you can make as simple or as fancy as you like!

Start out by having your students write Cinquain poems about their moms.  Click here for instructions on how to write one of these simple, five-lined poems.  Here's an example of a Cinquain that one of my students wrote:

Mommy
Considerate, creative
Caring, loving, laughing
To moon and back
Mom

Type up the poems and copy them onto colorful scrap-booking paper.  I put a border around the poems to dress them up a bit.  You can turn this into a thoughtful card for mom or frame it for a special keepsake.  I picked up frames at the dollar store and had my students make tissue paper flowers for another little special touch.


I've had my students make these beautiful tissue paper flowers before and turn them into Mother's Day corsages!  You can watch my instructional video on how to make these flowers by clicking here.  

What a sweet gift for mom's special day!






Swat the Vocab!

Need an easy game to play with your students to review academic vocabulary?  Swat the Vocab is the perfect game.  It's easy for you and a blast for the kids!



Materials needed: 

1. A list of vocabulary words and definitions
2. A board to either put word cards on or just write them on
3. Two or three fly swatters




Directions:

1. Divide your class into two or three teams (depending on how many fly swatters you have).
2. Have one person from each team come forward and take a fly swatter.
3. Read the definition of one of the words.
4. The first student to Swat the Vocab word wins a point for their team!



Sun, Sand, & Savings Summer Sale - More $1 Deals!

Another day of $1 deals is coming your way!


My $1 deal for today is my editable version of my Classroom Signs & Labels!  I use these all over my classroom every year.  Here are a few ways I use them.  Student name tags...


Name tags for my student book racks...


Labels for bins with math manipulatives, social studies games, etc...


I'm sure you could find all kinds of uses for them too!  Pick them up today for just $1 in my TPT Store!


Be sure to take a look at all the other $1 deals by clicking here.


Sun, Sand, & Savings Summer Sale - $1 Deals!

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It's $1 deals week, and I'm starting out with my newest product!


You can create a one of a kind birthday cupcake display for your classroom or hallway that your students will love looking at all year long!  Here's the one I created for my students last year...


Today only you can grab this for $1 in my TPT Store!  Check out all of the other $1 deals today by clicking here.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next $1 deal!


Sun, Sand, & Savings Summer Sale!

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For the next four weeks, I'm teaming up with all kinds of other fabulous TPT'ers to bring you loads of summer savings!  The fun starts this week with $1 deals!  Check back tomorrow to see my first dollar deal of the week!



Show & Tell Tuesday - December


It's the most hectic time of the year, so this will be a very quick Show & Tell Tuesday for me.  I've got a honey bun cake to make for our ugly Christmas sweater breakfast tomorrow!



We got the nicest surprise a couple weeks ago, when our neighbor kids brought us this beautiful wreath (with the card below attached) announcing, "This is just a random act of kindness!"  It was a wonderful way for us to begin the holiday season!





My mom was in the holiday spirit too when she was creating festive kerchiefs for all the dogs of the family.  I don't know how much Emmitt appreciated the gesture as Barnaby tormented him by pulling his kerchief until he was finally able to rip it off then run around the house with it!



This goes under the heading, "Why didn't I ever think of that?"  I have been using Words Their Way for a number of years now, and I really think it has been beneficial for my students, especially since I created my own note-taking forms and quizzes (Words Their Way Note-Taking Guides and Quizzes - Derivational Relations).   One thing that has always driven me crazy is how long it takes for my students to cut out the sort and the inevitable piles of words that end up all over the floor all week long.  One of my colleagues told me that she has her students sort them by color instead, which has been working out perfectly for me this year.  It is much quicker and doesn't make a huge mess, and I still send home extra sorts for my students to cut out at home.

Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!





Show & Tell Tuesday - November


I can't believe it's already time for the November edition of Show & Tell Tuesday!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the year goes by!


This year I wanted to create a bulletin board for the basic facts test results.  Our report card has a section under math where we have to report how well the students have mastered each of the four basic facts tests.  They have to complete one hundred problems in a limited amount of time.  I have my students keep graphs of their personal results in their math folders, but I also wanted a place in the room where they could see their growth.  So, I added ledger sized graphs to my Basic Facts Bundle and created this bulletin board.  


I didn't want any student names on the graphs, so I just numbered each column.  I give my students a number based on our alphabetized class list.  


I wanted the graphs to be reusable from marking period to marking period, so I laminated them and bought some bright washi tape.  I use the tape to show each student's progress.



As the students' scores go up, I just add more to their column.  At the end of the year, I can just peel all of the tape off and use the charts again next year.  




I was so inspired by a post I came across last summer from Diane at Fifth in the Middle about using drink mix containers for a name stick holder!   You can see her original post by clicking on the picture below.


I put my spin on the idea and now have name stick holders, sharp and dull pencil cans, mystery motivator cans, and a coin drive can!










Grab this freebie to create your own!




Have to end with a picture of the doodles of the house.  Wish I could be as relaxed as these guys while watching Michigan football!  They aren't even bothered by all my yelling!



Now here's what you need to know to link up and share your Show & Tells!

Linky Information:

1. This is a monthly linky.  The idea is to “Show” up to four pictures of things from school, home, etc. and “Tell” us all about them.  Created the most amazing bulletin board ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Have the best seats at a Red Wings game, right next to the bench?  Show & Tell us about it!  Play the best game at a party with your class?  Have a pet that just got the worst haircut ever?  Show & Tell us about it!  Only have one thing to Show & Tell about?  Not a problem! 

2. Product promotion will be limited to one and only if you are introducing a brand new product or sharing pictures of how you just used a product in your classroom.  The focus should be on sharing, not pushing things to sell. 

3. Please choose one of your Show & Tell pictures as your image for the thumbnail and type your blog name to go below the picture. 

4.  Use the main Show & Tell Tuesday button and link back to my post.  Use the numbered Show & Tell buttons in your post to share your pictures.

5. Please leave comments on at least three other posts, including the ones before and after yours.  It's always nice to get feedback from your blogging buddies!