Sunday, September 30, 2012

Self-Evaluation Freebie

Well, we've only been in school 18 days and already it's time to start thinking about parent-conferences! Kind of crazy! Our conferences fall earlier than normal this year (Oct 10, 11 & 18). Report cards (plus the related assessments) won't be completed until after conferences. Kind of interesting!

I love giving the kids a chance to self-reflect and came up with this form this year. There are two sides with academic categories (Reading, Writing, Math) on the front and academic enable categories (following directions, doing my work, friendship actions) on the back. 

I added extra pages without the "Quarter 1 2 3 4" part in the upper right for those of you who go by trimester or semester. 

Hope you find it helpful!

You can have it for free by clicking on the first picture. :-)

There is a typo in the pic, but not on the download. :)




Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Indoor Recess Activity Bags - Freebie!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

We had a last-minute-hadn't-taught-the-kids-yet indoor bus line up when it poured buckets at dismissal time yesterday. All hands were on deck and everyone got home safely, thank goodness.

It got me thinking about Indoor Recess...

During lunch recess, our school offers A.I.R. (Active Indoor Recess), which is wonderful! At our grade level recess, we are on our own.

Last year, my esteemed colleague, Shelley, shared her Indoor Recess Activity Bag activity. Love her for sooo many reasons! This year, I'm all excited about my digital graphics so I'm cuting up the parent note.

The idea is that you send home a gallon sized zip lock (freezer works well) home with each student (labelled with their name) and they fill it with small items that they can do during indoor recess. Our firsties loved playing with their Hot Wheels, Pokemon cards, Squinkies, Polly Pockets, mini-games, mini-puzzles, card decks...etc. Drama free recess practically guaranteed! Bags were kept at school...

Here's the letter. Click right here to download it for free!

Common Core Reading Posters - Black & White Themed

So, our district doesn't require us to post the common core standards we are working on yet, but I am thinking it could be on the way sooner rather than later.

I love Deanna Jump's common core posters (see them here), but I've kinda got a black and white theme going in my room now and I wanted to coordinate so I looked at TpT for black and white ones that worked for me, but I guess I'm too picky. So, I decided to start the tedious process of doing my own.

CCSS in Reading have three components: Literature, Informational Texts & Foundational Skills. My thinking decor-wise is to have three different black/white/gray-ish backgrounds, one for each of the components. Each component would have one-two full pages listing all the standards for it. Then there would be pages fitting 2-3 "mini" versions of the standards which would be displayed on a ribbon (like in Deanna's example) or using magnets.

I plan to have these on TpT sometime soon. I'd consider making them for first grade math, as well.

Pictures below...I would love your suggestions and feedback! Thanks so much for your help...







Sunday, September 2, 2012

Volume Level Charts & A Freebie

Well, my four-year old daughter's 3rd Annual Vomit-Fest is in full session. Let's say that the holiday weekend isn't quite what we expected...on the up side, though...while she's sleeping on a bunch of towels on the floor nearby I've been doing some creating.

I've added two versions of volume charts...one version with bright backgrounds, one version in black and white. Each file has 12 different backgrounds. A few of each are below...







Find the black & white ones here...and the bright ones here...

Here's your cardinal directions signs freebie below. Click either picture to download it. :-)


Hope the rest of your Labor Day weekend is wonderful!