July 17, 2017

Tracking Class Dojo Behavior

W O A H.
It's been a hot minute since I've posted. 
Now that I'm officially over the mid point of summer, I've started thinking about the new school year.
On my mind lately has been how to update my behavior system in my classroom.
So let's talk behavior management.

Over the past six years I've tried many different things.
I started with the clip chart. Hated how the same kids always moved their clip...never making a difference. Visual smisual. Didn't work. Same kids always visited the treasure chest blah blah.

So I came up with a ticket and folder system. Students earned different value tickets for daily behavior. They saved the tickets and cashed them in on Friday's. Much better than a clip chart and treasure chest but still hasn't been doing it for me. The "put your folder on my desk so I can sign it" was doing nothing.

I decided to try something completely new this year. Class Dojo. I've had a few coworkers try it and LOVE it.  They praise how involved the parents are in communication to their child's daily behavior. So this year we are giving it a try. 

I decided I wanted kids and parents talking about their behavior daily, whether it be good or bad. Here is the freebie that came out of my vision.

Each student has a folder they take home. In it they will keep a Dojo Behavior tracking chart.

Each night, they will discuss their points earned and record them on this tracking chart.
I have set a goal for them to obtain 12 points by the end of the week.

Here is a parent letter I am going to send home explaining the point "system".

If they reach their goal of 12 points by Friday, they will get to pick a pass.
{Passes are in the works and will be released in my TpT store soon!}

Students will also have the ability to reach a long term goal of obtaining 100 points! On Friday, we will spend 5 minutes of our time coloring in our weekly points on this tracking chart. 

Once students have hit their 100 points, they will get to pick an "exclusive" 100 point pass!

Have you used Class Dojo? Do you have any ideas, pointers, cautions?
Please share below, I'd be happy to hear from you.

Don't forget to grab the freebie which includes all the examples from this post by clicking -----> HERE

June 1, 2017

End of Year Beach Party and Awards

Well, we finished up a week ago. Another close to another year.
We had a great end of year celebration and kick off to summer.
Completing 1st grade is a HUGE accomplishment for a 7 year old.
They don't realize it, but there is SO much we throw at them in this year of their education.
Celebrating their hard work is always an emotional roller coaster, for this teacher, and their parents.

So to "lighten" the mood, this year we decided to turn our buckets into an all out beach party!

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Everyone had a part in decorating for our awards ceremony and celebration.

During writing, the kids wrote about what they saw themselves doing this summer.
They illustrated their writing within the glasses and drew their faces.
They were our "summer eyes". I used this to cover our whiteboard. 

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I also buy buckets from the dollar store every year. Inside, each student gets the following:
Scholastic book (I use my points)
Ready Made for 2nd Grade pack (find it HERE)
Extra supplies (glue, crayons, pencil)
Candy bar (from candy award)
Pillowcase keepsake (read more HERE)

My room moms were a great help in getting things together!

We had plenty of food for our beach party.

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We had these precious cupcakes (Pinterest inspired) and put our drinks in an inner tube.

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More beach party snack food...

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I purchased and had several blow up items donated including 2 blow up palm trees, dolphin and a parrot. The kids LOVED these!

For our awards, I made a boardwalk for them to walk down to receive their awards and bucket, similar to a 'red carpet'. It was simple to make out of colored butcher paper. 

Table skirt for their buckets and awards was found at Hobby Lobby.

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We had a great time celebrating all of their hard work! 
Time to enjoy summer!

May 16, 2017

End of Year Gift Ideas and FREE Tags!

Are you trying to put together some quick and easy end of year gifts?
Need a cute gift tag to attach to your gift?
I've got you covered.

Included in this freebie are gift tags for parent volunteers, classroom helpers, substitute teachers, staff or team members. Please click on the picture below to be taken to my TpT store to download.

But don't leave yet, here are ways I have used the sayings included on the tags in gifts I have given out in the past. 

[Note: They are not the same gift tags as the ones included in the product. Pictures are from years past]



Grab anything ORANGE (lip gloss, gum, Sunkist drink, etc.) and attach the tag.
This is my go to last week gift for my team just to help get us through to the end!


I went to Walmart and found pots, packages of Thyme and a package of mints. I glued ribbon around the pot and stuck everything inside. I used this as a gift for my parent volunteers and room moms.


In the past, I have attached a similar tag to a bottle of hand soap or sanitizer from Bath and Body Works and given it to my classroom volunteers who help out throughout the year. 


You know there are those subs that make sub plans and being out that much easier.
Thank them for helping you out this year by attaching the tag to a subway gift card.

Happy gifting and end of the year!

May 1, 2017

Head Hunters Sight Word Game

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me post this picture.

It's nearly the end of the year and we've learned all our sight words.
Here's a fun and easy way we practiced them!

We played a game I named "Head Hunters" to review our sight words.
It's super easy to make and did I mention it's loads of fun too!

To Make (Labels):
Type up sight words onto labels (I used Avery 5160 template in Word).

To Make (Recording Sheet):
Simply type up a class list with a blank space beside each student's name.

To Play:
Now that you have your supplies, stick one label to each students head.
Yes, stick it to their head!
{They may have thought I was crazy when I walked up with one on my head.}

Pass out recording sheet. Students will walk around and read the sight words on each classmates' head. They will read the word to person and then record it on their paper.

Once completed, they may take their sticker off and place it next to their name.

Here we are in action!

This game can be made to fit any list of words or any class size.

Happy word hunting!

April 19, 2017

Grab the Egg FREEBIE

If your kids are still talking about hunting eggs then I've got another freebie for you!
I mean, who gets tired of egg hunts anyways!?
So if you still have a bucket of eggs laying around, grab them and fill them!

First find this FREE activity in my TpT store!

Second, fill the eggs with the double digit addition and subtraction problems. 
Next, hide the eggs and unleash the hunters.

Last, have them open the egg, solve the problem and record it on the included recording sheet.

You can used this as practice or a pre/post assessment.

In case you missed my last post, it had A N O T H E R free egg hunt activity.
Find it HERE!

April 17, 2017

Got Eggs? Turn them into a Game with this FREEBIE!

Do you have a few extra eggs floating around your room now that Easter is over?
Great! That's all you need to throw together this quick and easy grammar review game.
I'm sure your kids have perfected their egg hunt strategies and will love this activity.

First you will need to download this FREEBIE <------click here

Then you will need to find 3 buckets/baskets/cups (whatever you have) and label them: noun/verb/adjective

Cut out each word and stuff it inside an egg.
Hide the eggs around your room.
Students will have to find one egg, open it and read the word inside.

Gather together as a class once everyone has found an egg and read their word.
Students will take turn reading their word and placing it into the correct "Easter basket".
If their word is a noun...it goes in the noun basket.
If their word is a verb....it goes in the verb basket.
If their word is an adjective...it goes in the adjective basket. 

We are going to use this as a review before we take an assessment for report cards.
I have also attached the assessment if you would like to use it as well.

Hope you have some hippity-hoppity fun!

April 7, 2017

Flashback Friday: Look at That Cute Bunny!

We are hopping into a lot of fun learning next week!

The cute story, Bunny Trouble, lends itself greatly to the discussion of plot, specifically problem and solution. 

We got a little creative with our response to reading, because who doesn't love to decorate eggs!?
Especially when it was such an important part to the story.

What you need:
1 sheet of manila
1 sheet of white paper

How to make:
Fold manila into fourths and trace one egg.
With paper still folded, cut on traced line, making 4 eggs.
Fold the white paper like a book.
Add title to the cover.
Write problem and solution on 2 manila eggs and glue inside the white paper.

Students will summarize the problem and solution from the story under the correct egg heading.

Just like the bunnies decorated eggs in the book, students will get to decorate the 2 remaining eggs and glue them to the cover.

Monitor comprehension and allow creativity at the same time!