Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lesson Plan Notebook Makeover

  Hope you are all having a FABULOUS summer!  It hasn't been much of a summer around here yet, it's been one rainy June around here!  We decided it was time to makeover our lesson plan notebooks and we though we'd share with you all what we keep inside of them.

 Our lesson plans make up the "bulk" of these notebooks and are located at the front.  
We have a master that we copy and fill in weekly.

 We have 5 divided sections with tabs labels for:
School Schedules:  
Here we place schedules from learning specialists, library/PE schedules, computer labs schedules, etc...
Assessment Scores:
All of our district/classroom test scores are stored in this section.
Student Information:
This section contains the student info sheets that we have parents fill out on open house.  These sheets contain student info, bus/pick up info, important phone numbers, and email addresses.  
Emergency Informations:
This section contains allergy information & other school wide student information forms.
Important Notes:
Here we keep notes from parents regarding bus/pick up changes, or any other notes that are important to hold on to.

Behind each tabbed divider is a section cover page (see below for examples).  Behind each cover page is where we keep the important papers and information.  At the end of each section, behind all of the papers, is a pocket folder that can easily hold small notes or other small papers.
If you'd like a copy of these pages, just click below the picture for your copies!

{Click HERE for notebook cover and section cover pages}
****WE'VE UPDATED THE COVER WITH 2013-2014****

Hope you all have a fantastic rest of the week!  
We're definitely hoping for some sunny weather to head this way!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Cleaning


Hope you are all having a great week! We've been so busy with our families, but its been so nice to have the week off and actually RELAX!
Our first graders just LOVE math and literacy games and storage and organization have been an ongoing issue for us, until recently. Its taken a few months, but after some spring cleaning and organizing, we FINALLY feel that we are organized and have a system that works for our game storage.

We store all of our games in labels storage boxes. Our seasonal math and literacy game packs and our other math and literacy packs can be found in our TpT store.
We found some great storage boxes that hold our games perfectly. We've organized our games by month and have them
easily accessible with our other manipulatives.
We print our games on 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and tuck the game boards and playing cards right inside storage baggies.
The little ones pieces that came with our place value manipulatives
work perfectly for playing pieces.

Our daily lessons in our new math program pretty much follow the same format everyday. After our students finish the "on my own" pieces, they can choose a math game, math flash cards, or go to a laptop and play one of the math games (our new math program has a FANTASTIC online component with games and virtual manipulatives).

If our first graders choose to
play a math game when they are done, they grab a game
(out if the choices that we've provided) off of the table along with a bowl of cubes. Then they find a place to play their game
with 2-3 others.
They take the cubes out of the bowls
and place the playing cards inside the bowls,
then grab a card (or 2 cards depending on the game)
from the bowl.

This routine works well for us and also allows us time to meet with small groups of students for extra math practice if needed.

Our first graders play our literacy games during Daily 5 as part of word work. The games are placed with our other word work materials and our kiddos can easily access them as well.

We just love how these games fit so nicely with all of our other
tubs & totes!
These labels that we've sized and outlined
to fit these boxes can be found {HERE}
Our April math journal prompts are up in our TpT store! Just click the picture below if you'd like to check them out!

We'll be back in a few days with an April word sort freebie!
Have a great rest of your week!

Clipart courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles




Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome to room 4!

Happy Hump Day friends! We have officially made it through three days with our little people, and we are STILL tired! Man these kiddos have some energy! Our classes are as big as they've ever been this year, and we both have 28 first graders! We continue to teach, model, practice and teach again. We've done some really fun stuff so far, and will share some of that later. Right now, we'd like to share some classroom pics, FINALLY! These are from Erin's room. It's never going to be cleaner than this, so I had to share now. Leslie's pics will come later... So grab a treat, and relax as you join us on our classroom tour!

Welcome to room 4! As a first day treat, I made these signs for all of our pod members (K-1). Our school is separated into three areas, or pods. We have the earth pod (K-1), the water pod (2-3) and sky pod (4-5).

Window with my student's names.

To the right of the door as you walk in, take-home folders, Eagle Eyes (school-wide behavior recognition system), box tops and bathroom passes.

View from the doorway.

Moving to the left, view from the left corner. My room is square shaped.

Colored tubs hold math activities, will eventually be math tubs. Behind my attendance chart is storage for supplies, and math materials.

Colors and shapes cards from our Colors and Shapes Pack. More storage, and filing cabinets inside.

Left corner, science area. Eventually this will have science themed posters and such based on the unit. Meet Mikeriley, our classroom guinea pig. Under the table is storage for science materials.

Classroom library. This is the first time I've had the books under our white board. So far I'm loving it! Shelve seem safer and more protected from little hands, and it freed up a lot of space in our calendar/group area. Books are organized into themes, and boxes are labeled. Our labels aren't the cutest yet, but they work. We made them before we entered the blogging world. We'd like to redo them, but it's not to high on our priority list. :)

Front of the room. Number cards are from our All About the Number Pack. SOOOOOOO jealous of all of your smart boards! Just last year they finally replaced our chalk boards so that we had 2 white boards. Someday....

Calendar area to the right of the calendar. Like our calendar set? Check out Pocket Chart Calendar Cards. The green, turquoise and pink squares (which are glitter paper btw, WAY too cute! I have it all over the room this year, and it makes me so happy!) will have our weather chart, weekly sound focus, and our poems of the month. Not starting those until next week.

Calendar area. Rug hasn't been brought back from summer yet. I've been busy, and it really needs to be shampooed. Green bin hold math journals (and after today apparently our special carpets, and reading comprehension beach ball).

Calendar/group area. Saw these chairs at Target, and had to have. Kids LOVE them! And of course my Oregon State pillow sits on my bench at all times. Go Beavs!

CAFE board, again with glitter paper. Download these HERE. (That border really isn't that crooked. It would drive me crazy. The picture just makes it look funny.)
Update 9/6: There was an error on our Accuracy poster, it had the same definition as the Comprehension. Oops, make sure to re-download it. Sorry for the inconvenience. :)

Saw these Daily 5 posters at KinderTastic (How cute is her blog design? Great blog!) and had to copy to make some to match my CAFE posters. Find these HERE.

Maybe my favorite part of my room this year, is my new word wall. I used our alphabet cards from our All About the Alphabet pack instead of just letter cards, and I love the way it turned out! I can't wait to start adding words. Above will go our Reading Strategies Posters, which I'll add after I introduce them. That picture to come later.

Word wall

My listening table. These bins hold my 5 iPod shuffles for Listen to Read. Read more about that in this post. Under the table stores stuffed animals, and pillows for Daily 5 reading.

My desk and small group meeting table.

Finally decided these needed to stay on my desk. Check out this post to see where I found these glitter gems. Glitter makes everything better! That's sort of my motto this year. I just wish ya'll could really see the glitter paper on my walls. It's amazing the difference it makes!

View from listening center.

New this year, our Hall of fame. Each child has a colored square (glitter of course!) that will display their work for the year. First grader's names are on the little black ribbons in the corner of each page.

My version of the behavior clip chart. Found the words HERE at Teaming Up To Teach. Aren't they cute? I just added some glitter paper on the background.

Here's Leslie's version of the behavior chart if you don't want to use ink. She just printed it on colored paper and it looks awesome. Click HERE for her posters.

Word work activities and games.

More word work, and writing bulletin board. Still waiting for a few anchor charts to be added later.

Writing center, storage underneath.

Back to the door.

Cubbies, and baskets. Like the labels? Get these and many others HERE and HERE.


Thanks for visiting! Hope you found some freebies or ideas that you can use. We'd love to hear and see how we helped you!

All clipart courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles.






Monday, July 18, 2011

What To Do With All Those Jars?

Well, I admit I kind of have a problem of keeping jars and always have intentions on using them for something. So I finally got around to it and I am excited to clean up my classroom desk with them. My family eats a lot of pasta and we tend to have a lot of these jars around. My picky daughter enjoys her pasta sauce from these jars, which are a little smaller than the ones mentioned above. Finally, I buy a lot of pesto that and it comes in these jars,which are the smallest in the bunch. After they've been emptied, I scrub the labels off and run them through the dishwasher. Then they usually collect somewhere, like on the top of the refrigerator, until there are too many and I must find something to do with them. So, I decided to paint them, add a few bows (to cutesy them up), and use them as storage containers for my pencils, pens, scissors, and all kinds of other things that collect at my desk. I think it's time I get rid of the coffee mugs and cutesy the desk up a bit. So here is how I started:
I began by adding primer to the outside of the jars which added a nice base for the paint to stick to. Then once the primer dried, I added the cute colors you see above: Watermelon, Pistachio, and Blue Ocean Breeze. After a few coats and some ribbon, here's what they look like:


And here are all of the items I painted, I just couldn't stop at the jars:
The large jar in the back is an old sauerkraut jar, and the wooden box was my $1.99 Goodwill find. Don't ya think these will look so much cuter than old coffee mugs? One more thing, we will be choosing a winner tonight for our giveaway. If you haven't had a chance to enter and would still like to HERE is the link. We also have a few freebies there too! Hope you all have a terrific week!





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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Daily 5

We've noticed that many bloggers have been talking about Daily 5 lately, so we wanted to share a little tip that we have. This is our second year doing Daily 5, although our first doing all 5 components. We are constantly re-working things to make it work for us. We may not do it exactly how the sisters would prefer, but it works for us.

Listen to Reading was one of the hardest parts for us to implement. We worried about how much we'd have to spend to get books with cds, how would we keep track of all those books, should they be separate from our classroom libraries? The first thing we did was invest in some iPod Shuffles. These are very reasonable, you can find them for $40, and at times they are at the Apple Education store under the refurbished section. Same warranties and everything!


We then decided to keep things organized, we'd also get matching color bins to keep the ipods and books in, so that it's easy for the kids.


The kids now know them as the "blue iPod," "pink iPod," etc. We also decided that instead of just letting kids choose listening, it would be a rotating schedule. If they didn't want to listen on a particular day, fine, but they had to wait until their name comes up again. Each ipod has different books according to theme, holidays, or whatever we feel like at that time.

The last part was fairly simple, after sitting in a Daily 5 class for a few days. We have Macs, and they come with Garage Band. We didn't need to have every cd, we could just record ourselves reading. Maybe many of you do that already, but the idea seemed genius to us! It really helps because we aren't limited on the books we can choose. Now of course the cds that come with books are more fun, so we include those as well. iTunes is also a great place to get the stories, and those are pretty cheap. We have a master list of books with cds that we all share. It is actually working great! We asked the kids to bring in ear buds, so they don't have to share.

Hope this helps anyone who is wanting to implement Daily 5 in their classroom. What other tips do you have?

Don't forget our Daily 5 record sheet. Click HERE to get it!