Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating 2,000 with Brinca into Bilingual (Mrs.Nicolau)!

                                                 




Hi friends! I am very excited to help my friend Brinca into Bilingual (Mrs.Nicolau) celebrate her exciting news. Check out below how you could win some really neat prizes!



GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
ALL GIVEAWAYS WILL RUN FROM SATURDAY 18TH (6AM CT) UNTIL TUESDAY 21ST (12AM CT)


Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO RAE DUNN MUGS!
These cute mugs are very hard to find (depending where you live) and everyone is going CRAZY for these!









Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!








Who does not LOVE TARGET?! We ALL do!!  So let's do a giveaway for a $25 Target gift card!






Since we are going crazy with prices, why don't we get even crazier?!... Let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!




Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this amazing event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual K-1 teachers!


Next is the 2-3 Bilingual Bundle!

Last is our K-2 Grades Bundle in English!



Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)



































Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Attendance Incentives

                                              


Recently at our school, we have started to have a problem with kids coming to school! So each grade level team was to collaborate and think about different ways we could encourage students to come to school and boost our attendance numbers.

Our team decided to go with a popcorn party. Simple and easy enough for sure. So I made this display that we hung up in our first-grade hallway
                                 
So each day a class had all their students present at attendance time got to add a popcorn sticker to their class ten frame. It was so fun to see how each class was progressing. I also began to notice how my students would really cheer for students when they showed up each day.  We have been doing this contest for a few weeks and last week WE filled up our class ten frame!!
                                                  

Our class was so excited and the other first grade classes were really jealous! All the teachers kept saying that it is so important to be at school each and every day ( unless your sick).

My class enjoyed some popcorn and a movie last Friday and also got some tags and certificates
                                                   

Now that we reached our 10-day goal, we are trying for 20 days! I will be adding another ten frame to the board in hopes we can fill it fast!

I have had other people comment on how well this would work in just their classroom or even as a behavior chart. All great ideas to promote student success.

You can click this link here or the cover below to see it in my TPT shop.

                                    

What do you do to promote attendance in your school?



Sunday, February 12, 2017

How to Store those Mini Erasers

                                           


Hey there! If you follow me over on Instagram you KNOW how much I love those target mini erasers! They are used for everything in my classroom. So you probably have them too but, HOW the heck do you keep them all organized???? Don't you worry friends I have a really CHEAP easy fix for you!


                                   These ziplock extra small square containers are PERFECT!!!
                                            


                                                Each square holds one bag of erasers.
                                               


The best thing about them is they are clear so you can easily see which one you want to use!
                                           

Now I took my storage a step further. Once I put them into the square containers I then organized them by season with these craft storage boxes I had from Michael's
                                         

I could fit 16 sets into one box. Then until I got some more I had to stack some on top.
                                           

Having them stored this way makes is really easy for my kids to use during our activity time. They can just grab a container and go.



                                        Here are some of the ways we use them in my classroom



           Make sure to check out my eraser activity pack for TONS of hands-on engaging activities!


                                       


Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to pin this image so you can remember where to find these ideas
                                            



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Secret Santa Gift Tags

Hey, Friends! I wanted to share with you some cute holiday tags I made. Do you do a Secret Santa gift exchange? This year I wanted to make some super funny tags to attach to my gifts.



I decided to get smart this year and get everything ready to bring to school all at once. Here is a close up of the tags I made



I made sure that the tags somewhat matched the gifts I had inside. I also got all my admin and office gifts done before hand too! I LOVE Bath and Body works and all the sales they have during this time of year! Here is what I came up with to give them all

I really love how they turned out! I am impressed with my creativity sometimes....hahaha

You can grab a copy of these tags just by clicking HERE!. I hope it helps you spread some holiday cheer and laughs!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mini Eraser ideas

If you follow me or just about any other teacher on Instagram I am sure you have seen those mini erasers. I may have developed an OBSESSION with them. LOL

 I get asked a lot what I use them for so I want to share with you some ideas that I had.
 There are so many different ways you can use these. My students favorite is when I use them for math manipulatives.


One station my kids LOVE to do is sort and count. I just put a bunch of different erasers out for them and they go to work. Simple and really NO prep!



Another very popular math station my students love  is Roll to 50.   2 students roll a dice, then put that number of erasers on the grid. When it is all filled up they count and see who had the most. This activity is great for addition and counting. I also made the frames for rolling up to 20 for some students and those who are looking for a challenge can roll up to 100!

Just print the frames on colored paper, add dice and done! Another really easy math station.

Since there are always a few different seasonal eraser styles out at a time, another activity students can do is creating patterns. On this sheet, the students are given the eraser to start with. What they come up with at the end is up to them. You could have them create any kind of pattern they need to work on. I even left 2 rows blank for students to show you how they can create their own kind of pattern.
Graphing is another way students can work on those math skills. For this activity, students use a paper clip and pencil to spin the clip. Whatever picture the clip lands on they add that to their graph. Students can play against each other and see which eraser will reach the top first.



One last math idea I had was to use the erasers to help build number sense.
As you can see students need to put that number or erasers in each circle. Perfect for those students who still need help with this skill. I also made these sheet with the other erasers but, left them blank so teachers could write on them for whatever their students' needs are.


You can click here Activity Sheets to get a copy of the sheets. Also, feel free to pin the picture below so you can save these ideas for later.


**** I have now created these activities for ALL the erasers that are found in the Dollar Spot!

Just click the picture to see them in my TPT shop.


 Leave me a comment and tell me how you would use these erasers in your classroom. I am always looking for more ideas!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Election Day


Election Day is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to teach your students about what election day is and who can be president. Here are some fun ideas you can use in your classroom to help teach about this event that only happens every 4 years!

Over the years I have collected some books that cover this topic. Here are a few that we are going to be reading.



In this book, a student thinks his teacher would make a great president. His teacher loves white  houses, is used to being followed around and attends lots of meetings. Sound familiar...haha

After reading this book we create a chart about the job a teacher has and compares that to some of the jobs a president has to do too.

We then complete this sorting activity in a pocket chart



This gives the students a good idea about ALL the jobs a president has to do. The students also complete a sorting page so I can check for understanding

Another great book to read is

This book is really great this year with a woman trying to become the first female president! After we read this book we come up with ideas about what WE would do if we were president. We then write about all our ideas on this sheet which will be displayed for all to see.


To understand more about what Election Day and being the president means we take information from these charts and fill out our bubble maps.




The students also will be creating this flip book where they can write about all the learned about the election and what a president does.



Of course, our literacy centers will have an election theme too. Here are a few of the activities they will be working on


                                   Building and writing sentences with this sentence scramble activity.




word work activities and write the room cards too


You can find these resources in my TPT shop.  Click to see covers to see them.


You can also pin this image to save these ideas.

Whatever you do in your classroom hope your students have fun learning!