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1st Day of 2015/2016

Monday, August 24, 2015

What a great first day of school!  I absolutely loved getting to know my kiddos.  We had a busy day, full of routines and expectations, but we managed to squeeze in some All About Me time.  I loved sitting at the tables reading their information and talking with them.  Their enthusiasm and excitement was contagious.  I look forward to a great year, packed full of fun, adventure, and loads of learning!

I forgot to upload my classroom reveal pictures before today, so here they are.  I'm super excited how great the room turned out.  Enjoy!


Classroom library/writing stations






13 comments:

  1. Hi,
    Can you explain the reading beads? I think my students would love that.

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    1. Our school uses Scholastic Reading Counts (similar to AR). As students complete a book, they take a short quiz on the computer and it provides them with a score. If they pass with an 80% or higher, they will earn 1 bead for every two points. Each book has different point values, based on the program. I actually found this on Pinterest a couple of years ago (sorry, cannot remember who originally posted it or I would cite). I bought reading charms (bookworms, books, etc) and bead chain and the beads kiddos use in the craft section. The necklaces stay up all year and at the end of the year students take them home. It is a lot of fun to watch the necklaces "grow" over the year. The best part is that the class celebrates each other, regardless of how many beads they have earned. Enjoy!

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  2. Hi! I love your classroom! I am new to third grade this year and I wanted to know where you got alot of things :-) Where did you purchase the 6 traits for reading/writing
    and your 7 habits. I know you are a fan of Amy Groesbeck in TPT. Thank you so much! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have one more question. Where did you get the class jobs set and I see you may believe in less in more with the jobs. Does this work for you? Actually that was two questions :-)

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    2. I made the class jobs and have them on my TpT store. The jobs are set up so that students have to apply for the job and interview with me. This is a real world application. I advertise jobs monthly. Once I explain that not all students have jobs and that it is an interview process, they accept it and take it seriously. It has worked very well in my room.

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    3. Oh my goodness, I didn't know you had a store. I will definitely be purchasing from you.

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  3. Thank you so much! You are going to LOVE 3rd grade! This will be my 9th year teaching 3rd. Wow! That makes me sound so old! LOL I purchased the 6 Traits posters on TpT from Shelly Rees. They are so cute and can be hung anywhere.

    As for the 7 Traits canvas signs. I designed them, with the help of a former parent, who also painted them for me. They are on 12 x 12 canvas so that they were easy to hang using Command hooks. I am very blessed to have artistic and amazing parents each year! Thank you for your sweet comments and have a FANTASTIC year!

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  4. How did you attach the bulletin border to the board/frame? Many teachers staple it and have the metal frame of the board show but you don't.

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    1. All my boards are hot glued up. I do this so you can't see staples. I also do not use paper on my boards. I use flat sheets from Walmart and hot glue them so that they are pulled taut, with no bulging.

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    2. Thank you for your response! I'm about to set up my boards this week and am going to try hot glue. I love how smooth and flawless your boards look; thanks again for sharing.

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  5. Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for your quick responses and all your help. I was wondering about the class schedule. I downloaded the editable schedule from Amy Groesbeck. I see you have the blank cards that you have the time range on. Did you create those on your own? Also on a another subject, do you do B.E.E. books for the kiddos or simply agendas.

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    1. I made the time cards myself, using shapes in Word. I'm not sure what B.E.E. books are, so I guess it's safe to say I don't use them! LOL I am anti-homework, as you can see from my Homework page on this blog, so I have no need for students to use agendas or logs. My students do keep a binder for all of their reading and math work that we do in class. This year, I switched to a 2" binder to keep both subjects. I'm in the process of finishing my classroom now, so hopefully I'll have the 2016/2017 room reveal pictures up soon. I did not change too much, but there are some changes.

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    2. Thanks so much! I am praying about getting out of homework and just doing the 20 minutes of reading like you. My school has homework as 10% of the grade but I still will keep this loosely. B.E.E. stands for Bring everything everyday. It's more like a parent communication folder. I can't wait to see the reveal!

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