Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oriental Trading in December

Can you guys even believe it is December?!?! This year is flying by! So in November I searched the Oriental Trading Christmas Website. (click here to see the amazing goodies) I wanted to find something that I could use for behavior management. During the crazy holiday seasons, I like to change up my behavior management strategies. For October, I used eyeball stickers, for November, I used Turkey feathers. SO I needed something for December. I found these amazing gingerbread house scenes. Each student will have a gingerbread house. When they are caught doing something good or following directions, they will receive a piece of their house to decorate! You can find these adorable houses here!




I recently posted on The Primary Peach about a behavior management strategy that I use these paper strips for. This year, I decided to get the paper chain with the stripes. I love it! We just started writing positive things on them, to promote kindness in our classroom. It is cute decoration that has a purpose!

The BEST thing about Oriental Trading is that you can buy ALL kinds of things. When I needed a cute activity for the last day before break, I found these awesome Christmas Favorites wheels. The students can decorate them and write about the best gift, why they love Christmas, and decorate a cute tree! This activity is a perfect addition to a Holiday Party or Morning work! You can find them here!



I also found this ADORABLE pin the nose on the Snowman game. I think I am going to use that as a behavior incentive as well. Every little bit helps, right? This would also be a great addition to a holiday party.



Lastly, we are going to use this adorable washi tape to create Christmas trees. We are learning about measurement, and the students will have to measure lengths using centimeters to create this Christmas Tree. You can find the washi tape here. Who knew that Oriental Trading had washi tape?!?! Now that I know, I may have several orders of washi tape ready to go!




How do you keep the kids learning during the month of December? What behavior ideas do you use during the holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

Looking for a deal at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.

(Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading Company in exchange for a review, however the review is my own honest opinion.)


Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Behavior Management

Hey Friends and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This morning I whipped this up super quick to help with on the spot behavior management. Halloween on a Monday is no joke friends! This was probably the best behavior I have seen out of these 25 second graders. They wanted these eyeball stickers something fierce! You could use any sticky eyeball or eyeball stickers. I found some here at oriental trading if you don't have a Target close by.



You can grab these FREEBIE here!




Sunday, October 2, 2016

Oriental Trading in October

Happy Fall Friends! I am back to share some new items I found on Oriental Trading's website.  I have some fun things my students are going to do this month. Last month, I shared how you can create a wishlist. If you haven't read my post, you should check it out! It is so easy and helpful!

So this month we will study bats, and read my favorite book, Stellaluna. We are going to use these cute bats to practice our spelling words that week. There are SO many ideas that you could use these for, but I wanted to make it functional for my classroom. Oriental Trading has a TON of these in all kinds of fall shapes.


This past week, we used these Pumpkin Stickers to help our creative writing pictures look amazing. Our prompt was, "Imagine something in your room came alive." The students did GREAT and they LOVED these stickers! I bought two packs for my 24 students and it worked out perfectly.




I also found this pumpkin game that we are going to use with addition and subtraction. I may use it in my small group teacher time. The kids are going to go crazy for this one! How cute are the bean bags?!?!?! 


I also found these great stampers. There are Halloween ones and Fall ones, in case you have littles that can't participate in Halloween! I love these for so many things, but we will use them for a skip counting review.

Yall, my kiddos are going to be so excited about this Zombie Bowling Game! I used a dry erase marker to write sight words or addition problems on the bottom. You could also use stickers or labels! 


I also loved these "Fall" about me papers. They are large, and have plenty of space for my students to write and decorate. I think this will be a great home project for my parents to spend time with their kids. We can talk about these in our morning meeting! There are 30 in a pack, perfect for most classrooms!



You should definitely head over there and check out all of the awesome things. I saw a cute candy corn bowling set, so many things for your treasure box, and learning crafts. And don't forget, you can put these items on a wishlist. Better yet, start your wishlist for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Looking for a deal at Oriental Trading? Visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.

(Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading Company in exchange for a review, however the review is my own honest opinion.)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Bad Case of the Stripes

Hello Friends! We are working our way out of the second month of school and it has been a whirlwind! I have moved from first to second grade, changed schools, and abilities of students. I love my new school and my kids, but let's be honest moving is hard work! If you see a lull in the blog, that is why. My new kiddos are my TOP priority, however I still want to share with you what I am doing. It may just be behind by a few weeks. (Halloween in December, anyone?!?!) ;) Meanwhile, you can follow my journey on Instagram @theelementarydarling.

So, I decided to bring back an oldie that I loved using in first grade, A Bad Case of Stripes. There are so many great things about this book. An interesting character, teaching students to be themselves, sequencing, and so many more!

Last year, I had a little more time to create anchor charts and cute things for my classroom.  Here is the first grade anchor chart I made.


This year, my second graders needed to know sequencing and the 5w's. My kids LOVED the book this year,m however I have had no time to make my anchor chart "pin-worthy" and that is ok! The students told me what to write this year and they learned just as much from this anchor chart as the students did last year. 


Day one, we worked on reading the book, discussing the details, and creating this chart. Day two we reviewed the details.Then they completed the 5w worksheet. They really worked hard on this because they knew that they were going to get to color their faces and that I wanted to display them in the hallway for everyone to enjoy!


They turned out so cute!


So then I took the students' pictures, wrote their names on card stock and printed the pictures in black and white. The kids LOVED coloring their faces, and they all colored differently. I glued them on different color construction paper to make them pop. 


Have you read this book? What activities do you do with it? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! If you would like to do this activity with your kiddos just click the pictures below and download it for free! Happy September!






Monday, September 12, 2016

Oriental Trading Teacher Wishlist

Happy Weekend, Friends! I wanted to share something with you that I am currently loving! I am sure you have heard of Oriental Trading. I loved buying things there for my treasure box or parties that I was throwing, but recently they have added so many things for your classroom! They even have a section where you can create a teacher wishlist to share with the parents of the students you teach!


 I mean, it can not get better than that! Wouldn't it be great for anyone wanting to help out your class just click to buy for your classroom? Believe it or not, there are some parents willing to help, even if it is just a little bit. Not only will this help you, but some parents may also buy things they see for their own kids to use as well! There have been so many times that parents have asked me, "Where can I get something fun for my child to practice_____." Well here is your answer! It is so easy to set up an account. You can preview my wishlist for my classroom here. Just set up your account, click wishlist at the top right hand corner, and add to it! It could not be any easier!

I wanted to share some things that I love, that hopefully you will love too!

My school mascot is the wildcat, so we base so much of our PBIS on P.A.W.S. and a paw theme. These precious little paws made my littles WANT to behave. If they get called for a paws card to the front of the school that week, they get to add this flair on their brag tag necklace. Instant excitement!



These hundreds charts have been a new favorite in my math groups. The kids are loving that they can use dry erase markers on them. I also love that I can have them skip count using them too!


The students are using these during Writer's Workshop. They are a sturdy material, but I think I may laminate them to keep them nice and clean. They are on rings so that the kids can use them easily. I love them so much, I am going to order the first grade ones! The words are so helpful, and the students can easily find better words to use in their writing. 


We have used these reading dice probably ten times in the last week! They are perfect for whole group or small groups. I have been using the 5W dice in partners and the large dice in small groups. The awesome thing about the large dice is that you can order the cards you see here to put in the clear pouches on the sides, OR you can create your own! That leaves ENDLESS possibilities! 


I also found these cute pencils with paws on them that match my room colors. I put them in my guided reading container, that way I know they belong to me and if any wander off, we know who they belong to.

 I LOVE these math games! The money one is great! There are a lot of items to choose from and the students have to actually think about HOW to build the number. The chips are also a great deal. You get 600 pieces! I used to have my students use numbered old poker chips and in the past couple of years the students have misplaced them or they have worn out or have gotten broken. I love these because the students can see patterns forming by the colors! I can also make a couple of sets with the amount of chips in the box. I am using these for skip counting, but there are SO many uses!

I made this little freebie for you to use for skip counting. Click the picture or here to grab it! I hope that you have the chance to set up a wishlist for Oriental Trading. I am so excited to share mine! Come back and let me know what you added to your list! I would love more ideas!




(Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading Company in exchange for a review, however the review is my own honest opinion.)


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Come On In To My 2nd Grade Classroom!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year friends! I am so excited to share my new room with you all! This year, I moved schools and grade levels. There are still some spaces that I am looking forward to dressing up, but for now it is working great! 



My mom made me this cute valance for my door, and I grabbed the welcome sign from Target!


This is the view when you walk into my classroom. This room is very square, so there isn't a ton of places to put things. I had to get rid of A LOT when I moved rooms because this room did have a little more build in storage than my last room.  I also have several more students in this school than my last, which means several more desks. I love how clean it looks right now :)


Each group has an organization station. I have used these for several years and I love them! Throughout the years, they have changed and this year I used the Target clear adhesive label pockets to make sure that the students know what goes in the drawers.


I have one window, which I LOVE and I dressed it up with these curtains to keep out some of the hot Georgia sun. I keep all of my word work items and things the kids use under the window. 


Next to this, I keep my students book bins. I get a LOT of questions about my pie pans. I use these to show my students which group they are in for words their way word work without using their names. Sometimes, they forget, and it is easy to keep the numbers up there. I will also start putting the spelling lists up there too!


Also on this back wall is my bulletin board. I use it for our key words, standards, and anything that we are working on. Anchor charts also go there. I like for the students to be able to use the things on the board and for it to be accessible to them.


My whiteboard is still a work in progress, currently it is housing all things Picture of the Day (by Jen Jones),  Mentor Sentences (by Ideas by Jivey), and Math Groups! The storage underneath has all of my math manipulatives and games in it. My math group organization will go in the baskets on top. The frame on the left will house our Writer of the Week, and I LOVE my student created alphabet on top!


On the other side, I have my Code Cards. I use the pencil to point to which code we are currently on. Code Zero is no talking. You can find them here and a blog post about them here.


Next is my author's chair and my desk. Right now, I have two different rugs because I cannot find the perfect rug! My kids LOVE my author's chair, and it is the only thing that I keep that doesn't really match with my colors. I can't get rid of it, because the kids just love it so much!


Behind my desk is a bulletin board that the kids can't really get to, I am not sure how I am going to use it.  I would love to hear your thoughts! I do have our classroom jobs on that board. I also keep the student library back there.



This is my library! I organize it by year and how I use them. 


I also hang the students brag tags on the book bag hooks! My small group table has crate seats that I made a few years ago. They have lasted for a while and I love them!


This is my back wall where my storage is and my computers! I am still not sure what to put there! Any thoughts? I don't want it to get junky. I do keep my paper storage back there and I organize the kids papers in the crate. (That is our mailbox!)


Thank you so much for visiting my classroom, don't forget to visit my friends' classrooms as well! They have some beautiful spaces. Click on the picture to visit the classroom!