I am READY for FALL! And a FREEBIE!

How do you know when it is FALL??
When STARBUCK'S brings out...


It's HERE!
FALL!
My school district is on a "modified" traditional calendar.
What that really means is...
We start in JULY...go for 9 weeks..
& get a two week VACATION IN
OCTOBER!!!!
YIPPEE!
In  approximately 22 days ( and 24 parent conferences)...
I will be on vacation for 2 weeks! YIPPEE!!!
I only have a few things to do...
ELA Benchmark tests to be administered, corrected, & inputted..
Math benchmark tests to be administered, corrected, & inputted..
report cards to be imputted ( no comments needed...)
&  24  Parent Conferences...
WOW!  And keep teaching to keep up with the 
district pacing guide!
OH, Yeah!
AND...It's Johnny Appleseed's birthday!
WE MUST MAKE APPLESAUCE!
(And after all of that...PLAN FOR the 2 weeks of OCTOBER after we get back!)
So, to help with the October stuff..
A NEW PACKET!
Click HERE




















Here are a few more packets to help with ...FALL!!! 




And a FREEBIE for YOU!
Happy FALL!!


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How Do I Let "THEM" DO IT?



How do I let six-year-olds 
take over 
MY  CLASSROOM??

Not HOW...but  WHEN?

NOW!

If you want independence...

YOU have to "TEACH" it!
Be precise. Be Specific. Be Consistent.

Give them the jobs...
you don't have the time (or desire) to do!

CLASSROOM   HELPERS

If you go to pinterest there are thousands of samples of 
Classroom helper cards
in a MULTITUDE of classroom themes!

These are a few I have found on pinterest....





But...putting up the cards 
and
USING THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
are two
different things.

And that is 
THE  OBJECTIVE...

Helper ( JOB )  Cards
are a way for 
student's to take responsibilty
AND
HELP THE TEACHER!

Each morning our  bell rings at 8:20 AM.
We are working at 8:21.

My students put HW folders in the basket,
backpacks & jackets on the shelves,
and get ready for ipads..
(Don't be tardy...you will miss ipad time) 

While they are "working".
I take name cards
and 
change the helpers.

MY JOBS are:
Line Leader
Door Holder
Excuser
Messenger
Clean Up Crew (2 students)
Ball Handlers ( 2 for recess)
Tech Teachers ( 4 students )

They change daily.

They biggest change I have made is..

YOU MUST BE
 "ON TIME AND IN YOUR SEAT"
TO BE A HELPER!

WOW...no more tardies!
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A HELPER!

AND

They can choose their job.

When I turn over the name cards...
(Yesterday's names to the back of the pile,,)
I ask..
"Do you want to be a ____   OR  _____?"
Whatever the next two jobs available are.

They CHOOSE what they want to do.

That choice allows them to take personal responsibility.
AND THEY DO!

Allow the little ones to be a PART of the classroom!
They LOVE IT!

Here is a little "HELPER"
to help YOU get started...


If you would like MORE info
on how I use classroom helpers...

Here is a link to another
 Nibits for Newbies post
on
HELPERS...




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IT'S...SO....HOT!!!!!!!

Quick post...

Can't work on my laptop TOO long.

IT'S  TOO   HOT!!!!



This week  NORCAL  is SCORTCHING!

Over 100  degrees for 7 days!

109  today!

YUCK!

So what's a teacher 
on summer vacation 
to do???

MAKE  CRAYONS!

What????

I made chunky "recycled" crayons 
with no electricity NEEDED!

(NOT GOING TO 
TURN ON THE OVEN
 IN THIS HEAT!)

First, unwrap crayons..
KIDS LOVE to do this!
Better THEM  than ME! :)


Arrange in silicone molds.
I have used hearts, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, and snowmen.
*TIP...the LESS details the better. 
Think CHUNKY...easier to pop out in one piece.


This day.. I made a color mixture. 
I have done some solids.

Set outside on the cement.
HEAT IT UP!


This was at 3:00 PM...too  hot!

HOT, Gooey  MESS! :)


Some were in the shade..redid them the next day!


ALL DONE!

Ready for a tub in my WRITING CENTER!

NO  waste!  NO  inside  HEAT!

SOLAR  at it's BEST!

NOW...How to make dinner the same way??? 

:)  

NO...I think we will go OUT!

Stay cool my friends!

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Pin WHAT???????

Pin what?
Pin where?

PINTEREST!!!

I am a visual learner.
I love PICTURES!





I know...MY FAMILY!

I have tubs, and frames FULL of PICTURES!

Maybe that's WHY my 
next  Favorite LOVE is...

PINTEREST!
I have a pinterest "home".


I pin on about 150 boards.
Some mine.
Some others.


Here are a few of my favorites:






Stop by and say HI!
Other fun PINTEREST LINKS...
Pin a few pins while you are there!

I hope you love PINTEREST as much as I do!
( No one paid me to say that..I just do!)

Here is my board of

Enjoy!  

Happy  Pinning!

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Ooppss I DID IT AGAIN!

Happy Summer!

My BFF's at


are having a
LINKY PARTY!

Each MONDAY we will be focusing on
ideas, tips, & tricks to help
ALL OF US
survive  endure  ENJOY this educational journey!

Link up at

This week:  June 19,2017

CLASSROOM  LIBRARY ORGANIZATION



OOppss   I DID  IT  AGAIN!

WHAT???

Yes ..I  DID!

What  did  I  do??

I redid my classroom LIBRARY! 
 AGAIN!

If you read my last post on my
classroom library...
you know, I TRIED TO INCLUDE THEM!



https://1stgradefireworks.blogspot.com/2017/04/my-lovehate-relationship.html

My ATTEMPT was to allow my first graders to
share the love of my library 
...by HELPING to sort, label, and bookcase the
classroom books.

In the "big" picture..
Good thought.

REALITY...

NO  WAY!
They are seven!

Their idea of ORGANIZATION is 
"if my shoes are tied, then I can go to recess!"

First.....Then...Last!

So...start over!
I need a "redo"... a "mulligan"...
A  MAJOR  DO-OVER!

So..Here I go.

FIRST,

HOW much shelf space do I really have for tubs?

How many tubs will "fit" on the shelves?
How many books will fit in each tub?

This will determine the number of labels for the tubs.

I ended up with 

36... YES! 

 36  LABELS!

WOW!

So...NOW  WHAT?

I labeled ALL of my tubs.
BIG LABELS!




Then..

I printed the SAME labels 

BUT ...smaller...POSTAGE STAMP SIZE!

I printed 9 SHEETS to a page!
WHAT??   WHY??

Because...then I have the EXACT same picture
 on BOTH the TUB 
and the BOOKS!

MATCH the book label to the TUB label.


(Yes..SPOOKLEY is in the PUMPKIN tub! )
* Makes my TEACHER HEART happy!

How do YOU get them?

Take a picture ( on YOUR phone...), OR
 go to PINTEREST, OR
... TPT

:)  


PRINT...

Tape 
( or print on Avery address labels)
to your tub & books...

AND  VOILA!

  DONE!

My NEWEST LOVE!


I got mine at AMAZON!

*I did NOT receive compensation for this. I just LOVE it!

A few of my tubs are seen here ...
 on the bookcases.



More here...on bookcases.

And so...I hope you are ready to
ORGANIZE those BOOKS!

After all...it's about getting books into kids hands
AND THEN...
PUTTING THEM AWAY!

Have fun!
Stop by next MONDAY for MORE!

Leave me a comment...
HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR CLASSROOM BOOKS?

Here are some more posts on Classroom Organization:





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