Thursday, May 31, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching

I've not used Whole Brain Teaching in its full capacity YET in my classroom, but after finding this motherlode of resources I think I'll invest time this summer adding more of the strategies to my classroom.
The one tried and true piece I've done so far is the Class....Yes. Love it.

So on to my motherlode find:

Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching

 Every Wednesday, Miss L's blog has a post dedicated to WBT.
Her most recent post has tons of other links to other Whole Brain Teacher blogs.
Can you say jackpot?

Are you a Whole Brain Teacher fan? Join Misty's linky party and add your resources and finds!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Task Card Freebie

Just prior to school ending I received a nice email via my school inbox from a fellow teacher, in a different district, who had run across a popular task card freebie I created called Seven Up Sentences. She was on the search for the author and wondered if it was me, as she wanted to add to her collection. I promised her I planned to make an additional set of Seven Up Sentences this summer. The idea is to take a short and simple sentence and expand it into a sentence with 7 or more words. I encourage use of descriptive adjectives, as well as adding the how or why details.  Grab it {HERE} If you haven't yet picked up the original set you can grab it too!

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Read about it {HERE}

Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer?? What's That?

I'm lucky to have a whole room at home dedicated to stockpiling my "To Do's" for school.
At the moment I have piles all over the place and I'm telling myself to tackle as much as I can while I'm still in "school mode". This is my 3rd day of summer vacation and here's what I accomplished today.

I organized all my game goodies for math and language. I added labels (from LadyBug Teacher Files) to these colorful tubs to help with organization and sorting.

The Before:

The After:

I'm afraid I need some more tubs now. I'm down to one leftover and I got them at Target months ago in the dollar section so I know they don't have them now. Shucks!

Be sure to check out my Educational Insights Fraction Game Giveaway.
You can enter to win through May 31st.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Solar System Goodies

I ended my school year with a science focus on the solar system.
Take a peek at some of the great songs, videos and media I used in my lessons.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Last Day of School

I'm officially off the clock! It was my LAST Day of school!
I kind of felt like this mom as she sang a celebration wake up song for her child.
For those of you still hanging in there. Save this video and play it for yourself on your last day.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Bubbles of Summer Fun

It's my last weekend of the school year before....Summer Vacation.
2 more days of school for me...and I'm glad they are BOTH minimum days.
To send my sweet students off for summer I'm busy prepping my "Bubbles of Fun" gift.

Perfect, simple, and fitting, as we all know that in the last days of school students show "Bubbles of  ENERGY!"

Grab the "Bubbles of Fun" notes {HERE}

Do you have an end of the year gift idea to share?

Join Courtney's linky party.

Find more great ideas on my Pinterest page or TPT store

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Teachers Rule

Want to get your student's candid thoughts of you?
This is the writing to do: My Teacher Rules
Even my "pulling teeth", get to write student loved writing about ME and was the first one to want to share his thoughts aloud.
I posted about this last year, but my blog was just starting, so many of my now wonderful followers missed it. Check my original post for a read aloud I use with the writing.

Grab it {HERE}

Love the illustration too!

My countdown is on....7 more school days.
Hope this writing activity will pull you through your last few school days too!

Find more great ideas on my Pinterest page or TPT store

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Appreciation Shown!

How is appreciation shown to you for Teacher Appreciation Week?
Let me share the special ways I was spoiled.

I always look forward to receiving these letters from past students.
My coworker has her class write letters to their last year's teacher to show appreciation.

I also adore my gift from a parent, a Brighton necklace.

Typically, at our school, teachers are showered throughout the week with lots of heartfelt notes, flowers, gift cards, and sweet treats. Our wonderful PTA also provides snacks and lunches every day of the week.

How are you celebrated?
Come join the 3-6 Free Resources Show Me Sunday linky party.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Open House is....Over

Last night I had my Open House.
What a LONG, but fun evening.

Here are some of my favorite highlights.

Mini Me Students
This is my signature Open House project I do every year. You can find my original post about these cuties {HERE}

Name Wordles

Equivalent Fraction Kites
Read more about this activity {HERE}

Litterbug Lounge

Read more about this activity {HERE}

Work of Heart Suitcases
A holder for their work over the school year
Go {HERE} for original post

Now I'm ready for an extended nap.
I always forget how exhausting Open House is.
It's over....until next year!

Link up your fun projects here

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