Thursday, February 28, 2013

Label Power Cords {Coffee & a Clever Idea}


The Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focuses on organizing your classroom. Each morning I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

Did you ever notice how we allegedly live in a "wireless world" and yet there seem to still be cords EVERYWHERE?! I loathe cords. And therefore I love this idea for labeling them easy-peasy. Simply attach one of those plastic tags that hold your bread shut and label it with the name of the item on the other end. That's the simple way. If you want to get a little more fancy pants you could use some spray paint you may have kicking around and make them all fancy pants. Either way it's a good use for a free item.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Removing Ink From Plastic Containers {Coffee & a Clever Idea}


The Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focuses on organizing your classroom. Each morning I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

Over the years I've written several posts about classroom storage and more specifically, creating your own storage containers out of recycled materials. At one point I collected several Stoneyfield Yogurt containers to use as manipulative containers during Math Workshop. {You can see them in this post.} I spray painted mine. But, did you know that you can use acetone nail polish remover to take off the printed words and images on those plastic containers? Now you do. 

Best of all you are helping the Earth and saving money!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

3.OA.1 TASK CARDS {Meaning of Multiplication}{

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The goal of this bundle is to guide students to understand how multiplication and addition are related. The strategy of knowing that equal groups can be recored as either an addition equation or a multiplication equation will help them to understand the concept of multiplication.

This bundle contains 4 sets of
task cards and a related printable that can be used to document mastery of the skills. 

1) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 1: Students are provided with 3 expressions (example: 5 groups of 3; 3+3+3+3+3 and 5 X 3) and are asked to create an image to represent them.

2) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 2: Students are given a multiplication expression and are asked to draw a picture to represent it and find the product.



3) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 3: Students are shown an image of equal groups and are asked to write an addition equation and a multiplication sentence to represent it.


4) 3.OA.1 MEANING OF MULTIPLICATION CARDS SET 4: The students are provided an equation that shows repeated addition and are asked to write a related multiplication sentence.
5) A printable and a corresponding answer sheet for easy grading that can be used as a pre and/or post assessment, practice page, morning work or homework assignment. It includes questions that are just like the ones used in the 4 task card sets. I use it to document mastery.

This set is ideal for grades 2-3 as well as 4th grade review and for advanced 1st graders.

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DIY Charger Station {Coffee & a Clever Idea}



The Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focuses on organizing your classroom. Each morning I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

In our high-tech world teachers now often find themselves charging ipods for the classroom...or perhaps their own cell phones at times. I have added this to my DIY plans because it is such a cute solution to having cords cluttering the classroom (and admittedly my own house). Check out the site for a great tutorial on how to make a neat charging station out of a lotion bottle.

As an added bonus, you'll be able to make it match your classroom theme or color scheme which always helps to create a sense of neatness and order. 

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Back to Reality


I'm back. 

Did I mention I was going to be in Florida last week? It was a lovely and relaxing week of sun and fun at the beach with the family.  Despite a chilly start the first day, the remainder of the week was perfect...sunny and toasty warm, but not sticky, hot and humid. 

We spent our days playing in the sand in Siesta Key, looking for shark's teeth and shells, and splashing in the pool. We did a day at Legoland, visited the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota and basically just relaxed and enjoyed some quality family time.

I started my teaching career in Florida (at Eastbrook Elementary in Winter Park and Goldsboro Elementary in Sanford...anyone from there?) and always get nostalgic when I drive by Florida elementary schools with the outdoor campuses. I had such a great experience down there and miss the fabulous field trip opportunities

I'm babbling.

I'm trying to get caught up on emails, Facebook comments and Q&A left at my teacher store. I apologize if you are waiting to hear from me. I'm hoping to be caught up soon.

I also wanted to mention that I added word verification and approval checks to the comments on the blog. I apologize. I personally loathe those annoying "prove you're not a robot by typing these words" things. I swear there is something wrong with me because I am NEVER able to get it right the first time...or the 12th time for that matter. I was able to go almost 2 years without needing it, but the spam comments were getting out of control so I had to put these things in place. Hopefully it will be a temporary thing.

Do you have any fun vacations planned?

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Keep Rolls of Paper Neat {Coffee & a Clever Idea}


The Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focuses on organizing your classroom. Each morning I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

When I posted all about my classroom makeover last summer, I wrote about how I used wrapping paper a lot in my design. I love how it gave me more options for bright colors and fun patterns and not to mention it is pretty cheap. Needless to say, I have some leftover rolls of paper that have been open. This would also work well with traditional bulletin board paper and craft paper that you've set aside for projects.

Simply cut a toilet paper or paper towel tube and use it to secure the rolls of paper closed. In the past I've used elastics which sometimes leave creases. 

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

CFC PROJECT: Get Caught Up


This week's Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge is simple. 

Because I'm not adding anything new for you to do. :)

I built in this week to give you a chance to breathe and get caught up on any of the things you didn't get around to during our previous weeks.

Below are links to all of the prior challenges for you to review and reflect upon.  If you are completely caught up then this is your week to relax and enjoy the improvements you've made in your classroom.

The Clutter-Free Classroom Project Introduction
You'll want to start here!

Challenge #1: Take Before Pictures
Nothing is more motivating than your own progress...before you begin the process you'll want to snap some pics to reflect as you move forward

Challenge #2: Create a Plan to De-Clutter
Links and free printables to help you plan for success

Challenge #3: Make a Clean Sweep
Get things cleaned up on the surface for an instantly improved look of organization in your classroom

Challenge #4: Classroom Storage Solutions
Ideas and links to help you find the perfect way to house the items worthy of keeping in your classroom

Challenge #5: Teacher Desk and/or Workspace
Over 25 tips to guide you to create an area of the classroom in which you can be productive

Challenge #6: Managing Teacher Resources
Strategies for streamlining and storing your curriculum and personal teaching books


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Show Us How You Store Your Teacher Resources Linky



If you are new, be sure to start here to learn all about the CFC Project to Get Your Classroom and Teaching Life Organized in 2013. You certainly can jump in at any time and follow the steps that are being outlined each week.

This week's challenge was to streamline your teacher resources and curriculum and create an organized place to store it.


Now it's time to share what you came up with.



PROMPT(s):
Feel free to use one or all of the following:

Show us how you store your teaching materials.




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Spray Painted Muffin Tin Organizer {Coffee & a Clever Idea}

Last week's Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focused on organizing your desk.  Please visit that post for over 25 tips on creating and maintaining an organized workspace. This week I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

Let's wrap up the week with one last DIY desk organizer. Placing a muffin tin inside an open-space drawer will give you 6-12 little compartments to house all those little desk doo-dads. I'm pretty sure it was the yellow spray paint that had me at hello though.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Magnetic Desktop Organizer {Coffee & a Clever Idea}

Last week's Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focused on organizing your desk.  Please visit that post for over 25 tips on creating and maintaining an organized workspace. This week I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

Yesterday I posted a cute desktop organizer that was created using fabric and a frame so this seemed like a good follow-up. While the version above appears a bit "cluttered" to me, you could certainly take the concept and streamline it a bit to manage your basic needs in a neat and useful manner. 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Picture Frame Desk Organizer {Coffee & a Clever Idea}

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Last week's Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge focused on organizing your desk.  Please visit that post for over 25 tips on creating and maintaining an organized workspace. This week I'll be featuring Clever Ideas related to that topic.

Isn't this a great option for taming all of those little scraps and odds and ends that find their way onto your work surface? This would be especially useful if you use a table in place of a traditional teacher desk.

I'm also thinking this would be great for correcting. You could fill it with colorful markers, stickers and an EZ Grader.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Area & Perimeter Task Cards 3.MD.5 / 3.MD.7 {Task Card Tuesday}

Happy Task Card Tuesday!
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In my neck of the woods we've been busy mastering multiplication, division and area and perimeter...kind of at the same time. I created some Common Core activities with a farm theme to help supplement our curriculum. I'll spotlight those after we wrap up the unit, but for now I wanted to share the task cards I created to provide extra practice.



The cards require them to calculate the area or perimeter of a space when provided with the dimensions. There are also three cards that provide them with the perimeter of a space and they are asked to draw a diagram that would equal that.


The set includes task cards, an answer guide, and student recording sheets. All of my task cards can be easily viewed at my Task Card Pinterest Page.  This set reinforces 3.MD.3 and 3.MD.5.



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