Keeping track of absent student's work throughout the day can get time consuming! I found these absent student folders on TPT and love them!! Basically, it is just a laminated folder that all of the papers that the student would have gotten throughout the day goes in. Instead of the student coming back to their desk covered in papers, they all stay contained until they complete the work. Once the work is complete, the students turn it in in the folder. I made about 8 just in case a few disappear. Here is the link for the absent folders. If you are not into the owls, there are several others to choose from!
I don't try to cut the pockets, I just lay the work inside.
Here is another design I used before I found the owls:
At the beginning of the year, I helped my students brainstorm reasons why we write. I keep this chart hung up in the room so that whenever they say, "I don't know what to write about" I just point them in the direction of our chart. It was also a great into to author's purpose.
Each year I decide to do something different and I wanted to find something that I could use year after year. My friend actually whipped these tags together and I printed them off and bought Valentine's pencils at the dollar section in Target. A pencil does not fit through one hole punch, so I had to punch four holes together. I find it easier to not write their names on these so that I can easily pass them out.
When working with guided reading groups, there are certain things that I need readily available so that there are no interruptions or distractions as I am teaching. In my guided reading basket, I have everything that gets me through all 5 groups and even my math small group!
Items (from back to front): (behind the white board) Reading Conference Binder and Guided Reading Binder
2 sets of reading comprehension spinners
Daily 5 CAFE cards
Writing prompts flip book
2 sets of task cards that fit with any book
Tin Cup: markers, pens, pencils, highlighters, and dry erase markers
Story comprehension dice (the kids love these!)
Reading Comprehension task cards that fit any book.
Reading Comprehension Spinners (can be found at United Art and Education)
After reading, "Martin's Big Words", the students summarized Dr. King's dream and then created their own. It warmed my heart to read some of the things they wrote for their own dreams. They never cease to amaze me!
Brown construction paper
Lg. black construction paper
White paper with a tie drawn down middle and "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream on one side and "My Dream" on the other.
Do you spend five minutes each day pushing the student's desks back in their place? I don't understand why, but their desks are always in a new spot by the end of the day! I found a great Pin about zip tying their desks together to stay put! I tried it and it is amazing! They stay put and I gain a few minutes in my day!
Are you getting the winter blues and wanting to wear your summer clothes already? Well, I am!! This post is all about how to wear your summer clothes in the winter. All you need is a cute cardigan or jacket to pair with your tanks. I have different shades of neutral sweaters so that I can mix and match them with multiple different tanks, a blue jean jacket, and a neutral colored light weight jacket. These are some essential pieces to layering and maximizing the use of your summer clothes.
I like keeping my nails painted and I do not like to spend money on getting a manicure professionally done. I got the Gel Manicure Kit (Sally Hansen) from Target and I fell in love! The starter kit is $65.00 and each polish is $11.00. Over time, it saves you money doing it at home instead of at a salon. It is so easy and takes much less time than waiting for regular polish to dry. The best part is that it stays on for 2-3 weeks! The only reason why I ever need to take it off is because it grows out with my nails. After reading the instructions, I was worried about the removal, but they peeled right off without any remover! I picked at a corner and was able to peel the entire thing off! Super easy! I highly recommend this product!
This is what the starter kit comes with.: cleanser pads, filer, UV drying light, 2 sets of clear polish, and a color.
Here is the finished product! It looks just like regular polish, just feels a little thicker.
Ladies: My Pandora bracelet is my favorite accessory. It goes with everything (casual or dressy) and matches every color. The best thing about this bracelet is that it's personalized to what I like and each charm means something special to me. My favorite charm is my owl I got from my mom when I got my teaching job. It reminds me of how excited and thankful I was for my job and brings me back to that moment.
Men: This is the best gift you could ever give that special lady in your life and you know why... because it takes the gift giving pressure off of you for years! Every anniversary, Christmas, birthday, or Mother's Day all you need to do is get her a charm. No matter what you pick out she will love it! There are so many meaningful charms you can get and it takes the guess work out for you!