Friday, November 30, 2012

Chalkboard-Labeled Storage Containers

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Confession: I am a teacher and I absolutely can not write with chalk. I loathe the feeling of it. Therefore, I love that I teach in a world of Interactive Whiteboards and dry erase boards. Yet I do love the old-school look of chalk on a chalkboard.

Bonus: They are created with a CHALK INK MARKER {Have you seen these? They create writing that looks like chalk, but without the mess...and it won't smudge, but comes off with water}.

It's for that reason that I thought these would make a fun storage addition to a classroom. I am not an advocate for glass in the classroom...at least not where little kid hands will touch it. Therefore I would use plastic jars or use these for teacher storage only.

I'm thinking I may use Crystal Lite Containers and Chalkboard Spray Paint because it adheres to plastic and is super easy to use.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

How I Made Nouns Fun...

When I mention the word "science" in my classroom, 22 little faces all light up with excitement. I accidentally left a bag of bolts on a shelf in their view the other day and when I was asked what they were for and casually replied, "we'll be using them in science later this week" the room went nuts! They spent the entire day trying to get more details out of me and demanding to know the specific date and time they would be using them.

In all my years of teaching, I have never seen joyous excitement like that when I teach grammar. 

I mean it's grammar. How much fun can it be?

And not for nothing, but I know my colleagues down there in grades K-2 have told them about nouns and verbs and adjectives before and yet my 3rd graders always insist it is the first they have heard of such a thing.

So this year I have set out on a mission to make grammar more memorable and engaging.  I am a realist and I understand that they will probably never hoot and holler for adverbs the way they will for magnets and electricity, but I'm pretty darn excited about what I've been coming up with.

Oh, and there was actually lots of hoots and hollers and begging for more when I did one of the activities in this pack so take that science!

{Click to access and download: Nouns-Project Based Activities, Crafts and a Game}








{Click to access and download: Nouns-Project Based Activities, Crafts and a Game}

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Organizing Your Charts {Coffee & A Clever Idea}

I typically make new anchor charts with my students each year, but there are some (like my Schema Charts) that I use year after year. Storing charts can be an issue and is a question I often get asked about.  So when I came across Amanda's  method for organizing them I knew I had to share.

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The concept of using hangers to store charts is not new, but she has two things added that I thought were great...
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#1 She uses rings instead of pinch-style hangers to hold the chart and then uses the rings to hang them.

#2 She attached a label to the top of the hanger to keep things more organized and make it easier to find...I heart efficiency! 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Are You Ready To Get Organized?

With 2013 fast approaching, the start of a new year is always a great time to get organized. I'll have a much more detailed post and a related video soon, but I wanted to make sure I uploaded my latest organization tool product before the 28% off Everything in My Store Sale ends tonight (use Code: CMT12 at checkout)...which meant uploading it at 2AM, but it's up. :)

I have been working on these for over a year and have used them with much success throughout 2012. If you are considering starting a teaching blog or online store for teachers (or if you already have one) you'll want to snag one of these products to help you stay focused and efficient.


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Speaking of getting organized in 2013, today's sale is a great time to stock up on all of my products that were designed to help you organize and manage your classroom.

I know the holidays are a super-hectic time. I would recommend taking advantage of today's sale to save the 28%, enjoying the chaos that is December and then download and print them over the break.

I'll be posting lots of tips and ideas at that time to help you get organized for 2013!

Below are some of my popular classroom organization and management products including my ebook which was a #1 selling product on TPT and links to the tips/products from last summer's Teacher Tip of the Day Series.







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