Repurposing: My Newest {OLD} Nancy Drew Books!

 
Old Style Nancy Drew 
 
 My 17 y/o came home from a thrift store with some of the old style Nancy Drew books that I ♥love! Someone didn't want these, I'm happy to give them a new home!

  This is my Nancy Drew shelf at home, my parents use to let me pick one up at the KMart every once in awhile when I was in 4th & 5th grade. I thought we were so rich, Lord we were so poor! :) My daughter read all of mine as she was growing up and now my goal is to get each one in the old style! Hey! 
Everyone collects something right?
What about you? Is there a series you love as a teacher because you loved it as a child? 
I love to hear your comments!
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Repurposing ~ Baskets From A Garage Sale!

$1.00 ~ Three Baskets & a Pot!

Here's Last Saturday's Garage Sale Purchases 
So, it is not the greatest picture in the World, mine never are ~ but with all the rain I quickly pulled into a garage sale Saturday and bought 3 baskets and a pot with the Wal*Mart $2.49 sticker on it! I took them all out into the yard and hosed them off during a brief sunny spot during our Beryl Storm this weekend. The big basket now has our dog leashes in it, along with an umbrella! The open baskets are going to have potted plants, with some of those cheap black pots that plants from the store come in.
Here's another picture for you....
While I was cleaning these, my helpers were not a lot of help!


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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!
From Our Military Family To Yours,
Happy Memorial Day!
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Big Bang's Sheldon's Hey Teacher! Shout Out!

Hey Teacher Memes
 
This is one of the funniest sites I have ever seen, my friend, Ashley, introduced me to this site and I have been cracking up ever since! Someone at our school prints them and posts them in the Ladies' Restroom. If you have never been, it is a site where someone takes ridiculous sayings teachers would love their boyfriend/girlfriend to tell them. Then they put the saying with the good looking star's picture and submits them. 
For example:
Hey Teacher Memes 
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CHAMPS in My Classroom

 
Behavior Board in My Classroom
As the year is coming to an end {15 1/2 days, but who's counting?} I've been very pleased with my group. I'm very pleased with our entire 3rd grade. We had "the group" ~ you know what I'm talking about. The group that the Kinder teachers warned the 1st grade teachers about, 1st ran and told 2nd to watch out, we've watched them as 3rd grade teachers and thought, really? the FCAT with these sweethearts??!!  
Then at the beginning of this year we had two teachers leave and two other teachers move to our grade level from other grades. We then used this time of change to start Teaming. Two teachers taught Math and two taught Reading. I wasn't too sure I wanted to do this, I love the Daily Five, but agreed to do Math and Science. We have a new principal, I adore her, so if it is what she thinks will work, I'm all in! After all this change, it was time to really, really, really work on behavior. We had a lot of "adults" ~ a lot of "leaders" ~ you know what I mean, too many bosses, not enough employees. A perfect example, we would send two children to the bathroom from the playground, after a few minutes, they were not back. Turns out, one wanted a band aid so they went on their own and without permission to the clinic, in addition to swinging by their old second grade room to say hello to their past teacher and the kindergarten building to wave hello to a younger sibling....we really had to crack down on "being a student" and "let me be the teacher" since most of the group really enjoyed talking back and telling others what to do, right or wrong. 
Champs was wonderful in setting standards for EVERYONE, fair, equal and positive. I teach Math and Science for two hours, lunch and then Math and Science to my next group. If you have not heard of CHAMPS, the basic starting point is that it is about telling the students the classroom expectations in advanced. AND...review these standards before every lesson. CHAMPS stand for ~
C = Conversation
H = Help
A = Activity
M = Movement
P - Participation
S= Success!
When you first read the book or go to training, there are a lot of different things for each category, but I found that I only need two choices for each.
C = Conversation
0 No Talking {When I am giving direct instruction.}
2 Inside Voice {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers.}
H = Help
Raise Your Hand {When I am giving direct instruction.}
Ask 3 Then Me {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers, they need to ask 3 other students first, then interrupt me at small group. Very rarely will they have to interrupt the teacher.} This definitely needs to be role played at the start because you will have some that can't wait to "ask 3!"
A = Activity
Listen {When I am giving direct instruction.}
Learning {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers.}
M = Movement
None {When I am giving direct instruction.}
Restroom {When I am working with small groups and the students are in centers, they may not go from center to center, but they may go to the restroom without asking.}
P - Participation
Everyone {This never changes.}
S= Success!
I wrote these on colored sentence strips at the start of the year with the intention of making them on PowerPoint with wonderful graphics, laminate them and having the board look amazing....yep, May 14th and the sentence strips are still there and still working! The pink sentence strips have writing on each side and are in place with two clear thumb tacks. When I am ready to transition from direct instruction to center work, I read/review the chart with the students and then flip the card to the other side. So 0 No Talking turns over to 2 Inside Voice, while I'm reviewing the chart.
Later this week I'll write about the other side, how I use a "Flip Your Card" to be a POSITIVE behavior chart in my classroom.  
Remember, it may be the end of the year for you, but if the kids are getting out of hand and you are EXHAUSTED, it is NEVER too late to introduce a new plan. The students need structure and you need peace! :)
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Guest Post: Unit Tubs to Organize Your Classroom!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas guest post - Mary Amoson of Sharing Kindergarten talks about organization for your classroom.
I'm so excited to share my FIRST guest post! Mary Amoson of Sharing Kindergarten is my super star today! I ♥love organization and she has some wonderful ideas to share with you!
~Fern
HI! This is Mary from Sharing Kindergarten. My school year is almost done and I LOVE to leave the year with organized files and units. I always straighten things up in post planning.
I am excited to get a chance to talk to you all today about how I organize my Unit Tubs for Science, Social Studies, and Holidays. I love to see how teachers store their "stuff" so here is a peak at mine.
The best thing about teaching Kindergarten is how much freedom I have to cover standards. The bad thing is... I have a TON of stuff. I use a Rubbermaid tube for each weekly unit. I use smaller tubs so I can lift them easily and because I can purchase clear ones.
I always label them from the inside, but so I can see them from the outside. Pictures work great as well.
When I open the lid, I have each day labeled when applicable. This is typical for a science or social studies tub since the ideas and activities build on one another. For holidays, these files usually say Math, Graphing, Fun, Readers, etc. I put the books at the end of the files. I use my books in my book baskets long after I teach using them, so I file them away later. This is what works for me.
Lastly, I place them on my shelves. They are all in order according to when I use them. This rocks because I can put one tub on the shelf and grab the next one.

Since I go through them all at the end of each school year, I also take time to put all lost items away, returned items other teachers' borrow, and purge all the items I no longer need.
Do you go through your buns/tubs/storage at the end of each school year too? What unit do you have the MOST items for? I think I have 4 tubs for Christmas alone!

Mary Amoson is a teacher, mother, and an educational blogger. She believes that learning should be fun and natural, and is most often playing games with her students as they discover learning. She is so passionate about her dream job in education and her incredible students and families that she wants to share it all with you.  Visit her blog or at her Teachers Pay Teachers store.
 


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