Space Saving Tip - Hanging Chart Paper for the Year

One of my favorite things to talk about is organization. I might be a LITTLE obsessed with being neat and organized... ha!

In my new room this year, I don't have a lot of space... so I've had to get a little creative on some things.  One of the things I don't have is a place to keep is a chart stand, other or an easel. And I really like hanging our poems and anchor charts for the year in one place, so the kids can flip through them every once in a while.  (You can see my post on what I do with our poems HERE)

I have a door with a window in my room that goes to my "closet."  So, I've started just hanging my chart paper there! I just use two butterfly clips and some command strips, and voila! I can hang my chart paper up. 


I also use this to hang up my posters for the year... you know the mailbox posters and such? Or the laminated anchor charts you make and reuse each year? I have those hanging on the other side of the door! It makes it really easy to go looking through them really quickly!


Hope this gives you some sort of idea for organizing and using every inch of your space.



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Math with a Deck of Cards

One of my favorite tools to use in math is a deck of cards.

Yep. 

They are SO versatile! I can pretty much teach/review any skill with a deck of cards by my side.

Here are few examples of what we use them for.

(my pictures are not perfect...because well, some are old. I've been at this a long time - ha!)

addition war


2-digit war

place value




subtracting across zeros



comparing numbers (this was a fun version during October)

breaking apart ones to add

more and less

sequencing numbers

missing addends - these magnetic 10 frame boards are so cool! I can't find these exact boards anymore, but HERE are a bunch of different kinds


I use them all the time as a random number generator! 

OH! And we love using GIANT cards too! Makes math so much more fun! lol Find them HERE




I have 2 different versions in my TpT STORE: 1st grade and 2nd grade (and 3rd/4th)




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Printing 2 by 1 {Spelling Journals}

Hey guys! I thought I'd share a remake of my SPELLING JOURNALS

I've used these for YEARS. Honestly.  Truly a life saver. I used to send them to our district's print shop to get printed and bound, but over the years, I've started changing how I do them...



Now I print them 2 by 1 and then hole punch them and put them in a 3-pronged folder.

Just in case you need to know how to do it... here's a quick tutorial

First - hit that page thumbnail icon on the top left, so all the pages show up in the sidebar.


Then, hold down the control button and click on the pages you want to print. I happened to only want to print the pages with word banks already on there, but if you wanted both pages, that's cool, too!


Then click on the print icon up top.


THEN... here's where you need to make sure of a few things...
- click on "multiple"
- custom - 2 by 1
- horizontal (or vertical, whichever fits your pages)
- landscape

Then you print them up and hole punch


I print a cover sheet in a different color, so it stands out - since they use their folders for other things too. 


Check out how we use this spelling folder in THIS post. 


Find it in my TPT store HERE





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March, April, May Adult Book reviews!

Hey guys! I'm over at A Splash of Life with the last few months of book reviews! I'm going to try to start back up with my personal blog again and keep this one just with teachery stuff... some come on over and follow me there! 

Click HERE for the last few months of book reviews!


                







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