Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another Chance to Win!


HANG ON! 
You get another chance to win!

My friend, Delena, at Learn with Me in Grade Three is has reached 100 FOLLOWERS and is having her first GIVEAWAY.

She is giving away 2 copies of Monkey Math or Froggy Facts. Click over for your chance to win!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to School Winners

The winners are...



THANKS to everyone for stopping by to enter!  

If you are a winner, please contact me to let me know if you want the addition or multiplication sets.

To show my APPRECIATION to everyone...

Click the picture below to grab your own copy of Froggy Facts Doubles Game.


And spinners to go with it, just in case you don't have 10 sided dice.







P.S.  My friend at Learn with Me in Grade Three is getting ready to celebrate 100 FOLLOWERS with her first GIVEAWAY.  I have joined with her to give away more of these game sets.  If you didn't win here, be sure to stop by to get more chances to win. She's a little nervous so let's all support her. Good Luck!





Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back to School Giveaway

I'm taking a break from Classroom Management to...



having 700+ FOLLOWERS with a Back to School GIVEAWAY of some NEW games for your math tubs.


Monkey Math Cover Up Games


Froggy Facts Addition Cover Up Games

These computation practice game sets have just been posted on Teachers Pay Teachers! These sets include 11 game boards to practice basic addition facts 0-9.  I have also created Multiplication versions of both games. All you need to do is add a 10-sided die or playing cards, game markers, and friends to play.

I am giving 5 winners their choice of the addition games or multiplication games.  

All you need to do to enter for your chance to win something for Back to School, is to leave a comment! Comment about anything? Yes, it's that EASY!


If you would like more chances to win, you can...

* Become  a FOLLOWER or leave a comment that you are a faithful follower already.

* Add First Grade a la Carte to your Blog Roll, or tell a friend and leave a comment.

      AN EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to EVERYONE who already has...I really appreciate you sending your friends my way!

*  Become a FOLLOWER on Teachers Pay Teachers and leave a comment. SALE will be August 1st-8th!

*  Choose LIKE on my FACEBOOK page and leave a comment.

*  Blog about this GIVEAWAY or tell a friend and leave a comment.

Winners will be randomly selected. 
GIVEAWAY ends at midnight on Friday, July 29th! 

Classroom Management 101, Part 3


Here's another activity you can do with parents at registration.

I print the note above on bright colored card stock to get attention.  Parents read it and sign up on the chart below to send in a treat. It lists the last day of every week of the school year.


They take a reminder note with them.


I also put a little note in the weekly newsletter to remind parents when it is their turn.


Parents may send in anything they choose.  In the past we have gotten pencils, stickers, bubbles, bookmarks, silly bands, and snacks.  I leave it up to the parents.

The best thing about this is that it is done for the year! If it doesn't get filled up, I bring it out at curriculum night. If a parent chooses not to sign up, they usually send in a note some time during the year asking when it is their turn. They don't want to be left out. Very rarely do I supply a treat.

The next question is...what about the students that don't earn their stars?  They do not get a treat.  They quickly learn how this system works.

In 23 years, I have only had one parent did not send in a treat because the child would not get it because he didn't earn it.  I was okay with that.

Come back tomorrow to find out how this ties into the happy/sad face.


P.S. You can grab a copy of my sign and reminder notes by clicking on the pictures.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Classroom Management 101, Part 2


Another activity that I have my students do while I talk with parents at registration is to write their name on a precut laminated sentence strip and put a magnet on the back. These last all year long. Then they will place it on the board under the happy face for being a friend to Miss Law by following directions..

Parents get to see their child's name under the happy face. Then when students come home and tell them about their day, parents know what their children are taking about.

Above are some examples of the happy and sad faces that I use. I have one for every theme, holiday, and season.  I change them frequently.  I print them on colored card stock or I have colored them.  I laminate them and put a magnet on the back to attach to the whiteboard.  

In my classroom, students earn their names under the happy face by doing what they are suppose to.  This is how it works:

Each morning students come in, take their backpacks to their desk to unpack, put homework books in the basket, and go to the bathroom. Then they begin working on what is on their desk for morning work. It is always something they can do on their own. I begin calling student names to put their names under the happy face for doing what is expected.

THEY LOVE HAVING THEIR NAMES UNDER THE HAPPY FACE!

Before morning announcements, everyone's name is under the happy face.  What they do with it from there is up to them.

As the day progresses, one can take their name off the happy face.  It then goes back to the basket until they earn it back under the happy face or under the sad face.  This goes on throughout the day. A student can make a bad choice, put their name under the sad face, and earn it off for turning the behaviors around.  I'm always looking for students making good choices!

The students are the ones who move their names because they are the ones who make the choices about their actions.  I am all about CHOICES!

Every time a student moves their name, I relate it directly to a rule.

Come back to find out how this helps me, what happens with the names at the end of the day, and SUPERSTARS.

DON'T FORGET to check out The Lesson Plan Diva's Linky Party to find other ideas for classroom management.

P.S. No, clip art doesn't come this way.  I MAY have done some editing.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Classroom Management 101


Let's start by saying...

Everyone has different philosophies and styles and should DEFINITELY do what works for them in their own classroom! In my classroom, there are no clips, slips, rainbows, or pins. My classroom management style is a little different.  So I thought I would share a little of what I do in my classroom here. It ABSOLUTELY works for me!  Maybe as you read along in this series of posts you can find a little something to take with you to try out in your classroom.

My classroom management begins the week before school starts when I meet parents and students at registration.  While I talk with parents, students are coloring and cutting out the glue bottle above. It is an exact replica of the poster that hangs in my classroom.  They take it home with them and put it on their refrigerators at home.  I ask parents to review the rules at home with their children each night the first week of school.

You can grab a copy of my rule chart, as an example, by clicking on the picture above.

Come back tomorrow to find out another activity we do at registration to begin classroom management.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Something for Everyone!

THANKS to everyone who participated in my SLIDES AND LADDERS GIVEAWAY!!

Winners are...



Please forward your email address to receive your games. Congrats!

Just in case you did not win, here are two sample games for everyone just for participating. I am using these games at the very beginning of the year to practice naming letters for those who may need it. ENJOY!

Click the pictures to grab your own copy of SLIDES AND LADDERS--Upper and Lower Case Letters.


*Next GIVEAWAY is only 50 FOLLOWERS away!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Games GIVEAWAY

Check out the new games I have been working on ...


SLIDES AND LADDERS has just been posted on Teachers Pay Teachers! This set includes a game for short, long, and r-controlled vowels.  All you need to do is add a die, game markers, and friends to play.

THANKS to my 600+ FOLLOWERS, I am giving away this set of games to five people! 

All you need to do to enter for your chance to win, is to leave a comment! Comment about anything? Yes, it's that EASY!



If you would like more chances to win, you can...

* Become  a FOLLOWER or leave a comment that you are a faithful follower already.

* Add First Grade a la Carte to your Blog Roll, or tell a friend and leave a comment.

      AN EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to EVERYONE who already has...I really appreciate you sending your friends my way!

*  Become a FOLLOWER on Teachers Pay Teachers and leave a comment. Check out the sale while you are there! 

*  Choose LIKE on my FACEBOOK page and leave a comment.

Winners will be randomly selected. 
GIVEAWAY ends at midnight on Tuesday, July 19th! 


**DON'T FORGET every item I have listed on Teachers Pay Teachers is still on sale for $1.00 each through July 19th!  The deadline has been extended 24 hours.  I have been adding new items daily.  You may want to check it out!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Just like the Dollar Tree


Everything in my store at Teachers Pay Teachers is on sale for $1.00 each.  
Sale ends Monday, July 18th. 
Stop by and check it out!

Just for stopping by...

Click the picture below to grab your own copy of Money.


It's a book from my classroom library that I use when teaching money. ENJOY!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

At the Finish Line

We've reached the FINISH line for my math computation race games. But I gotta warn you, I have lots more of these games!

Click the picture below to grab a copy of DIVISION RACES. ENJOY!


I'm excited about the next GIVEAWAY that is only 16 FOLLOWERS away

Monday, July 11, 2011

Snack Math


I'm going to start with my "snack" philosophy.  If we are going to "do" snacks, everyone needs to have one and we all need to be eating the same thing. I have this philosophy for two reasons...

1. Some parents may overachieve for their children in the snack department. 

2. You never know who may be hungry in your classroom.

Thus, SNACK MATH was born!  Parents are asked to send in a countable cereal.  We do it everyday. A box usually lasts a week. I don't do a sign up or anything like that. I just put a small note in my weekly newsletter when we need more and parents send in boxes as needed.

At the designated time of the day, we pass out tissues for counting mats and everyone gets a scoop. It makes a GREAT math manipulative that everyone loves! We sort, group, count, share our numbers, and eat. I walk around while we share our numbers and get a quick check on the skills we are using that day.

In the beginning of the year we start with grouping in 2s doing odd and even numbers before we even count the cereal.  Then we progress to counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. 

*Trix works best for tens and place value because the pieces are smaller.  This really is the best real life manipulative I have found for place value! Because as we all know, items don't normally come in nice and neat rows of ten.

We also use the cereal for adding, subtracting, story problems, and math journal writing

It is a hands-on, active, and engaging learning activity that the students enjoy!

The RACES Continue


Here's a race game for my upper elementary friends.  I especially made this game for my neighbor last year who is moving up to third grade.  Good Luck Delena! Be sure to check out her blog...Learn with Me in Grade Three



Just print, cut, sort cards, add game pieces, and friends. Ready, set, RACE!   

Click the picture below to grab your own copy and ENJOY Multiplication Races!


*Stop by tomorrow to check out Division Races.

Friday, July 08, 2011

It's not NASCAR ...


... but still fun for those who need subtraction practice.


Another race game in keeping with our work on math stations and building computation skills by mastering basic facts. 

I've included game cards for all the basic subtraction facts. Just choose the game cards for the skill I want them to practice. It might be doubles, zero rule.one less, ten less or just practice all the facts. 

Just print, cut, sort cards, add game pieces, and friends. Ready, set, RACE!   


Click the picture below to grab your own copy of Subtraction Races.


Come back tomorrow to check out Multiplication Races.

Off to the Races


In keeping with our work on math stations and building computation skills by mastering basic facts, here is my original race game to practice addition. These games were definitely a favorite in my classroom!

I recreated the game cards to include all addends to 12.  Now I can just pick out the game cards for the skill I want them to practice. Maybe doubles, zero rule. adding onto a certain number, or just practice all the facts. This is a GREAT way to differentiate for my First Grade friends!

Just print, cut cards apart, add game pieces, and add friends. Now you are Off to the Races!

Click the picture to grab your own copy of Addition Races.

Stop by tomorrow to check out Subtraction Races!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mother Goose WINNERS are...




If you did not include your email, please send it my way and I will email the Nursery Rhyme games to you.

THANKS to everyone for entering!!

DON"T FORGET everything in my store at Teachers Pay Teachers is still on sale through tomorrow for only $1.00. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

*Next GIVEAWAY is only 46 FOLLOWERS away...I can't believe it!
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