Saturday, August 31, 2013

Puzzle Bulletin Board

My 8th year of teaching is officially underway, and I have to admit that I have a fantastic class this year.   I'm so excited for this school year because when you have a great group it's easier to do projects that promote learning when you have students that don't need to be reminded to continually stay on task.  I can't wait to share some of these future projects with you!

Here is one of my bulletin boards that I'm so proud of!!   To start off, I have an orange wall so it's difficult to use a few colors like red or yellow.  I bought a navy blue twin flat sheet to use as my background where most teachers use paper.  I did this as a time saver because the lights in my room always fades the paper.  The cloth can stay up all year long and I don't have to keep changing it as the year goes on.

Then, I started my search for a puzzle piece.  I actually tried to make a puzzle piece by hand but you know how that always turns out...and it wasn't quite what I wanted. So, I continued my search and I found a FREE template on TpT from Creative to the Core.  You can find the the puzzle template here

I printed the white puzzle piece out on different colors of construction paper and then added my students names for a great finished product.  I added my name and my student teachers name so that we show right away that we are all a team and work together!

Do you have a great bulletin board design?  I'd love to hear about them!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

BTS Sale

I'm taking part in Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School Sale.  Here's how it works.  I'm marking everything down in my store 20% (they are actually already marked down).  Once you go to check out you can enter the code BTS13 for an additional 10% savings!!  The reason the button says 28% is because you are discounting already discounted items.  It's kind of confusing....Happy shopping everyone!!  I know my shopping cart is completely full and I'm looking forward to the savings!

Here is the link to my store if you would like to check it out!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

FREE -Birthday Graphing Activity

Here is my newest product at my TpT store....Don't worry, it's FREE!!  I created a birthday graphing activity that I plan to use the first few days of school.  You can head over to my store and find it at this URL

I purchased a new Macbook Air last week and now have Powerpoint!!!  So, I've been playing around and have fallen in love.  First of all, you can make items "glow" so everything that I'm currently making has a glow behind it.  I know, it's not that big of a deal but it has made me so happy!! I'm way behind because most sellers on TpT use Powerpoint to create their products.  I never realized what I was missing out on.  It has made all things easier!

Anyway, here is what I created today.  Do you see how the letters are glowing?  I love it!

Anyway, the first week of school I plan to fill out my birthday chart with the students.  So, I'm going to ask "who has a birthday in January?" "Feb?" etc....

We will fill out all of our birthdays on my month by month chart.  I'm sure most elementary teachers already have these charts in their classrooms. If not there are some great free birthday charts on TpT.

Then, I'm going to hand them this page.

Once they have the page, they will chart the number of birthdays per month.

I will give them plenty of time to use their new colored pencils, crayons or markers.  You could even use pencil, but it will look prettier with color.
We will talk about the titles of the graph and we will notice how the numbers on the left increase by 2's, so if you have an odd number of birthdays then it will be half of the box.

Once this is all complete, then students will be asked to identify the month with the most birthdays, the least and then take notice of any months that have the same.   You are more than welcome to stop here for the younger grades, or if you are out of time.  I've also included one more page (on the right) for students to numerically order the months and identify the minimum, maximum and median.

I hope you all have a great start to the school year!!