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Wishlist Wednesday - Math with a Deck of Cards


For this Wish List Wednesday, it's one of my favorite packs (well, actually TWO of my favorite packs!); 
Math with a Deck of Cards

I seriously use cards for EVERYTHING math related. I don't think a math concept that goes by without us busting out the math cards.

Here are some activities that we've used them for...






I had more pictures, but with the great computer crash of October 2014, I lost them :( boo! But as you can see, I use them in centers, small group teaching, partner activities, and fast finishers!

If you want to see how I keep them all organized, check out {THIS} post. I'm normally not a binder girl, but for certain things, I am... and this is one of those things!


I have one for 1st Grade and one for 2nd grade and up!








Click {HERE} to see the original Math with a Deck of Cards and {HERE} for the 1st grade edition!


Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway



Monday Motivation: Classroom Libraries


This week's Monday Motivation is all about your classroom library.

I have a SERIOUS love for children's books... it was an addiction for a lot of years... so I have TONS of books...and I've even purged my books a few times every since being in 1st grade! yikes! haha

So, let me show you how I organize all these beautiful books.

I know there are TONS of ways for your classroom library to be organized.   Some have their books all organized by levels...or by theme...

But for me? I really had to think about this. I really wanted my library to be functional. And it's a different kind of function when you teach different grades. But for the most part, no matter if I've taught 3rd, 2nd, or (now) 1st, I've kept it the same pretty much the whole time.

I've decided to organize my library the same way a REAL library organizes.

Fiction books by authors and Nonfiction by "theme" (or rather they dewy decimal system, but I wasn't going to THAT extreme. lol).  BUT, I do have my monthly books pulled out and organized those by monthly bins.

I decided to do this for a few reasons.  Most importantly, because I use my books all the time. So I wanted to be able to find them easily, just like in a real library, by the author's last name.  And I know if they aren't where they are supposed to be, then they are in my monthly bins. I also did this so that the kids have consistency when trying to find books in my room and a library. So they learn to look for books by authors' names....or by nonfiction theme.

So, here is a look into my classroom library.

This is the "fiction" side...and to the right, you can see the foundation skills bins... like grammar and phonics...I also have my math literature books and my "fairy tales" type books over there. 






Notice the stickers on the top? Wonder what are those are for??  Well, all of my books are leveled. Because when I taught 2nd and 3rd grade, we took A.R. quizzes, so I leveled all my books so my kids would know which level they were reading so they could take a quiz on it.  I also now have my books F & P leveled.



Check out {THIS} post to read more about how I level my classroom library.


Here's my nonfiction bookshelf - it doesn't look like I have a lot (or maybe it does??) but most of them are in my monthly bins for when I teach certain science/social studies standards, since I always teach those with certain themes.




I usually keep the books I'm using, or that go along with our theme, in my book stand, so the kids have visual and quick access to them if they want to read them.


What about student book baggie books that they take home to read on their level??

Wellllll... our school has lots of books that we use to send home. MOST of them are old series books, or some Reading A-Z books. But they are all leveled. and then I pull out the ones that fit my students' levels. I usually only bring out 4 levels at a time and either round up or down the kids to match the levels. I put little sticky notes on the front of the basket (I know...so hi-tech, right?!) of the level of books that are in those baskets and their student numbers on the one that they can choose from. I usually relevel the kids every month or so, so that keeps them moving. I also have a few bags (gallon size bags) of books for each level, so that helps when I need to change them out.


How do my kids borrow books from me?? Especially since I have kids in the {Chapter Book Club}.

Well, it's very simple, and on the honor system.  They use a stick with their number on it!
Yep - that simple. They keep the book as long as they like and return it before they can get a new one.


Read my post {HERE} on my borrowing system.

Check out other bloggers' classroom libraries below!

(If you want to link up, just grab the picture at the top, and put it in your post and link up! But please, not product covers or previews. Thanks!)




Monday Motivation Blog Series

This summer, I'm bringing another link-up party to you! This one is going to bring you all kinds of ideas, tips, and tricks.

Each Monday, I'll host the link up, and anyone who's a blogger is welcome to join! I think it will be great to see how everyone does it differently, because not every teacher is the same! Different things work for different people...and even each year (because we all know that what might work one year doesn't work the next year).

Here's the schedule of what's to come - this will start THIS Monday!!


Make sure to come back each week for some great ideas!



Wishlist Wednesday - Family Projects


This week's Wish List Wednesday is one of my favorite things - Monthly Family Projects!

This is such a great way to get the family involved. Every month I send home the project for the month for the families to do together. Each month is a different project, to go with the "theme" for the month. There is also a writing component that goes along with it.

Here are some pictures of some past projects from my students.





Here is what's included in the pack....


There are different versions of the writing paper - regular and handwriting lines as well as half sheet and full sheet.

Enter below for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will announce the winner on Thursday morning - if you don't win, you can grab the pack for 30% off until Friday night!!


Wishlist Wednesday is coming THIS WEEK!

Hi friends!!

It's been a a few weeks since we had our {last few days of school}, and I've been jam packing the fun in with the kids so far.

With trips to Sarasota and Lido Key...


Trips to the Sebastian inlet...



lunch dates with our friends at our favorite places after the beach...

and reading whenever I get a chance (you can follow me on GoodReads HERE)


Now that I've had a few weeks of "taking a break," I'm coming back for ya with a few weekly series...

First up...

Wishlist Wednesday is coming back!!


I'll be going through my product listings and seeing which ones are "wishlisted" the most by YOU.
Each Wednesday, I'll be giving one away AND if you don't win, you can grab the product of the week on sale for 30% off through Friday!! Make sure to come back each Wednesday! I'll be doing this each week through August.

I have another weekly series I'm thinking of - more to come on that! 

Make sure you come back each Wednesday to enter the giveaway!!



Last 3 Days of School

Whew! The last 3 days of school... what a whirlwind!  It's always so much fun, though.

Here's what we did...

Monday was Bubbles and Popsicles day...

I love having my big girl in my grade and on my team... I got to see her a lot this year.





We also read the book, Ish, and they got to paint for the last time this year...making their Ish drawings.




And we also read outside - "Sea You Next Year" theme... so beach-y!




Tuesday.... was autograph day. 

Each team went outside and all the kids got their friends' autographs in their Memory Books. Someone brought this giant emoji pillow and I really liked it. I think I need it next year for a photo op! ha!!


Then we went inside and had our classroom awards.

I usually do a red carpet, lined with stars with their names on it (like the Hollywood Walk of Fame), and this year I got the idea to do a backdrop... 


The pictures turned out SO cute. I'm so glad I did that.




After they got their awards, they took their pictures next to their stars.


After the awards, we finished up our Memory books... I LOVE how these always turn out! Check out the whole book HERE



Wednesday... the last day. 

We spent the morning playing Minute to Win It games...









Some of these ideas came from Tonya's Treats for Teachers, some from Tunstall's Teaching and some I came up with. lol 

We ended with our Summer Treat while watching Finding Nemo.



And that's a wrap!! Man, what a year!

Make sure that you check out the super awesome First Grade Rocked! guitars and pictures we did last week. I absolutely love them!








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