Unique (and inexpensive) Birthday Gifts for Students

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Want to give your students a birthday gift they’ll use and remember? Check this out! You might recall last winter when I was so excited about my Send Home Science Kits. They have become one of my favorite things to give to students, and EVERY TIME… the kids go nuts for them! They think they […]

Incentive Charts: More than a Marble Jar!

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It is time for another Bright Idea Linky Party and I am EXCITED! This is going to be another great month of awesome teacher tips and ideas! It is no secret that I am a bit of a hoarder and like to pull out ideas that I have used in my  classroom for years. I […]

Tooth Fairy Ideas for Teachers

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Let’s just face it… even though they are gross to most grown-ups, lost teeth are milestones to our little friends. I wanted to find a way to make a lost tooth an exciting event in my class without losing precious instructional time. I was also on the hunt through all of our local school supply […]

Bully- A Great Book About Bullying

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This week I wanted to share another nearly wordless book that speaks volumes. Has anyone read the book Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seegar? If not, you need to put it on your back to school shopping list!!  It is such a great book for teaching about bullies and how the things people say can be […]

Post-it Note Matchbooks

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I wanted to share what I have been working on for the past few weeks… yes weeks, because I am making A LOT of these puppies to giveaway at the upcoming SDE conference in VEGAS!  I am SUPER EXCITED to get to go another year! We made about 1200+ to give away, but I also […]

Using Restaurant Supplies in the Classroom

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I’m so excited for another month of Bright Ideas, and this month’s linky party is a great one! Back in the day, I taught Home Economics for 4 years. We would organize a mock restaurant for the teachers each year where the kids would apply for jobs, cook the food, make the menus… the whole […]

Classroom Job Wheel- Putting Kids to Work

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Woo Hoo!  It is another Bright Ideas Link-A-Roo!  I have blogged a bit about my job wheel a few years ago, but I thought it was worth another share.  I LOVE my job wheel!  I got this idea from my mentor teacher a mere 21 years ago during my student teaching.  I have had this […]

A Bundle of Sticks- Classbuilding

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So my year is off and running and my class did our first close reading activity with Aesop’s fable “A Bundle of Sticks.”  I thought it was a great little story to introduce fables (2.RL.2) and also to bring in a little character education at the beginning of the year. The story tells of an old […]

Dino-Mite Classroom Reveal!

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So, I decided to switch it up a bit and go for something a little bolder in my classroom decor this year! Yep… I did DINOSAURS!! I was so torn, so many themes to choose… but in the end the Dinos won. Most simply because all of my baskets and organizers are green! The dinos […]

Clip Chart Reward Box

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                        I am SO excited!!!  I FINALLY found the PERFECT box to hold all of my clip chart rewards. I have been keeping them in a yucky shoe box.  I wish I had snapped a picture, but maybe it is better I didn’t!  My […]