Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Classroom Reveal and SALE!


As part of Teacher Week 2014, I'm sharing my classroom with all of y'all! :) Join in the fun and share your classroom pics. Link up over at Blog Hoppin'! Don't forget about TpT's big one day sale! Click here to shop :)


Here's where we store our Google Chrome Books. A friend gave me this great idea of buying two shoe shelves at Walmart and putting them together. Works great! :)

This is part of my Dollar Store Challenge with Teacher Created Resources. It's where I store all my CCRS lessons for the week. You can read more about it here. 


These great book bins came from Steps to Literacy this summer :)

These dollar tree containers are IDEAL for storing task cards and it is so easy to organize them by skill







Aren't these mini pocket chart stands great? I found them at Wal Mart last year for $5 each! They came with an ABC sort activity, but they work so well for everything!

Last year I did away with my teacher desk, but I kinda missed it. I found my small group table becoming messier and messier so I added the desk back this year. :)


















Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dollar Saving Teachers (Part 1)

We all know how valuable dollar stores are to teachers, right? I LOVE hitting up the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and the dollar spot at Target. So when Teacher Created Resources contacted me with a challenge of combining their learning resources with my fav dollar store finds, I was more than happy to accept! I'll be sharing several of my projects, but I wanted to start off with my favorite.

CCRS, Common Core, whatever you want to call it, we know it's important and most of us have to have our lessons aligned to it. Each week I have a number of standards to teach and it can be overwhelming at times. I needed a place to easily house all my activities that are aligned to that particular standard. When I discovered that TCR had these fabulous target accents, I knew just what to do with them. I simply grabbed a container from the Dollar Tree (okay, who am I kidding? I grabbed the container from my cabinet where I horde them, but originally they came from DT) and placed the target accent piece from TCR on them. Super simple, but it helps me see how many activities I have for the week. I need a visual, y'all. I can now easily tell when I need to create or search for more.  Simple, but it has made me much more organized, which is great when we have a million other things on our mind, like taking up money for special school events and collecting forms. 




You can find these fantastic target accents here. Want to check out some other amazing dollar store creations? TCR has made a Pinterest board where you can find lots of ideas! Check it out here. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The First Days of School...

Whew! We started back to school on Wednesday and I am beyond tired! It's been a smooth first few days, but they have nevertheless left me exhausted. We have packed a ton in during the past three days and I wanted to share some of it with y'all :)

We did one of my favorite activities the first day of school, which was a self portrait. We displayed these on my student work display boards. You can grab a free copy of the activity here.




I was lucky enough to attend a two day workshop this summer and received a class set of chromebooks this year. We've been setting up Google accounts and learning how to use these neat devices these first few days of school. The kids are LOVING them! We learned how to use QR codes yesterday and I bet they scanned each card a million times :) I did an easy little activity using the online story of The Potato Chip Champ. When the students scanned each card, it opened to a question about the story. If you want to know more about this activity and a copy of the QR codes we used, just let me know and I'll post them :) 



We also did my Harris Burdick activity that we did last year. You can grab a free copy of the graphic organizer we used here





That's all for now y'all! :) Happy Weekend!