Thursday, March 5, 2015

Classroom Library Organization!

Hey bloggers!

This is my 5th year in my classroom. When I took over the room, the library was set up a certain way and I just left was way too big of a job at the time (I was hired about 2 weeks before school started). This year, I have a student teacher so I have some extra time to finally organize! It was originally set up with fiction books in green, yellow, and red tubs. They were supposed to be easy, medium, and hard respectively. I found that they were not actually organized that way, which made it hard for my students to find "just right" books. So, I organized the books by their reading level!

I used the app "Literacy Leveler" that I purchased on my phone. It was $2 or $3..and SO worth it!
I started by printing colored labels. I printed colored rectangles on regular Avery labels.
Then I decided what levels the colors would represent.
Then, I used the app to start leveling the books! The app was great because I could scan the ISBN number or type it in and it would give me the info! You can also search for books by title, author, etc.
It took awhile, but eventually I got the books all leveled! I put the labels on the spine of the books so that they are showing when the books are on the shelves. I debated whether or not I would put the books right on the shelves or in the tubs...I decided to put them in the tubs because the tubs can be pulled out so that the books can be looked at easier.

I used to have my nonfiction books organized by themes in these tubs, so now I need to figure out how I want to arrange those in the shelves. I'm just glad to have the fiction books done though!

How do you organize your classroom library?!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Valentine's Craft, Dr. Seuss, Dental Health...Oh My!

Hey bloggers!

It's been awhile since I have posted so I have a lot to talk about today! It has been a busy February!

1. Adapted Valentine Love Bugs from First Grade Blue Skies
There are also some cute snowmen in the pic above! They had a circle for each letter in their name and then a circle for the head! :)

2. Dental Health Art
We spent the last week in February reading books about teeth & oral hygiene for dental health month! This is the chart we came up with after reading the books and the art project that we did at the end of the unit! They turned out super cute! :)

3. Dr. Seuss Week
We are celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday with theme days this week! We also have books to go with each theme.
*Monday: Hat Day (Cat in the Hat & The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins)
*Tuesday-Stuffed Animal Day (Put Me in the Zoo & If I Ran the Circus)
*Wednesday-Wear Green Day (Green Eggs & Ham)
*Thursday-Crazy Sock Day (Fox in Socks & The Foot Book)
*Friday-No School, PT Conference
I also found these at Walmart, if you are looking to pick up some new books!

4. Student Quote
I had to share this student quote. It was just too cute :)
He really thought EVERYTHING used to be black & white.

5. Citrus Lane Review
We have been subscribed to Citrus Lane for a year now! We have loved all but one of our boxes. February was another great one! As a teacher, I love the ABC flashcards for my little guy! And he loves taking baths and playing ball so the Hoops for the Tub are perfect for him! He hasn't mastered drinking from a straw yet but I love the Skip Hop brand so I can't wait to use the cup! Looking forward to the next box...we were able to personalize an item so I know we have a cute little bow tie on the way! :)

They also offer mystery boxes like the one above. I knew the Cloud B Octo would be in there, but everything else was a mystery! I love this box! We use the Octo every night at bedtime. Little man loves the maracas and truck, and I love the Tea Collection shirt! The bath toys are a little old for him but they will be put to good use later! So I'm happy with this box too! :)
I have to get the little man ready for bed now...but I will be back later this week with a post about how I reorganized my classroom library!
We were off school today because of hazardous roads due to ice. So it's a short week for us.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Five For Friday...Valentine Edition!

Hey friends!

I'm back with another Five for Friday!

This Friday was Friday the 13th...& our Valentine's Party! That's scary enough itself...
Every Friday, a grade level set of teachers takes turns bringing in treats. It's just another great thing about Fridays! How adorable are the treats that our third grade teachers brought in? And they were delicious!
Red Velvet Brownies, Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies, White Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, White Chocolate Covered Pretzels, & of course Candy Hearts.
Here are a few of the Valentine Party games that we played! These were some cute "minute to win it" games that I found on pinterest.
1. Heart Stacking: One minute to stack as many hearts as you can!

2. Marshmallow Toss: One minute to get as many marshmallows as you can into your cup!

3. Chopstick Hearts: One minute to move as many hearts as you can onto your plate using chopsticks! (I left them attached-it made it a little easier!)

4. GoNoodle Dance Party!
The kids LOVE GoNoodle. So we danced to a few of the videos on there at the end of the party.

Valentine Math Stations!
We also completed some of our Valentine math stations this week!
1. Valentine Bump-from Sunny Days in Second Grade
2. Addition & Subtraction with Erasers & Ice Trays

My TpT Store is on sale this weekend-everything 20% off! :)

Valentine's Day with my Babe!
Last weekend I took a few pictures of my baby for Valentine's Day! They turned out pretty cute :)

And my gifts from him (& his daddy!) A "mom" charm for my bracelet and an "I love you to the moon & back" necklace! The necklace is the same color as the charm, the lighting was just bad in the second picture! :)

I've recently become "Kinderpack" obsessed. I used to carry my baby when he was really little when we would go to parks and stuff, but he got so big so fast, that he didn't fit in the carrier anymore! I would love to carry him still and started looking into bigger carriers. I decided on a kinderpack from kindercarry. I got the monster mash pattern. We LOVE it. My little guy has been sick a lot since December (RSV, flu, cold, HFMD, cold teething!) so it gets used a lot when he isn't feeling well. This is a pic from when we both were down with the flu :(
Anyway, I was really excited because this weekend the drool pads that I ordered for the KP straps arrived! They are 2 sided-monsters on one side & chevron on the other. Love them!!

One last thing...Have you heard of Shop Kick?!
I just learned about it! It's fun & a little addictive. You earn "kicks" or points fot going to stores & scanning items in stores (with your phone). The points that you earn, can be saved up and used to earn giftcards! So far, I have earned a $5 giftcard to target! Awesome, right?! If you want, check it out!

Have a great weekend!

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