Every year we teach the Iditarod to our students. They LOVE it! It is so much fun teaching them something they have never heard about, their engagement is so high!On the first day, I decorate the classroom in lots of snow! I buy cheap snow packs when they go on sale after Christmas. Then, I pretty much just put in everywhere! I also try to make sure that I have some sort of "Igloo". You can make that Igloo with milk jugs or you can throw some snow around your reading center!I also like to hang ... Read More about The Iditarod in the Classroom
We LOVE Polar Express Day in our classroom. Even in upper elementary you can take this week and engage your students in rigorous content! Setting Up for the Week You don't have to decorate your classroom to make this week memorable, but it doesn't hurt! First, I set up a train in my classroom. All I did was put my tables in a long row and line my table with black paper. Then, I cut out a red and yellow circle and a black steam/smoker! Then, you have to tape it to a ruler unless you ... Read More about Polar Express Day
This is the easiest Christmas Tree you will ever make! All you have to do is give your students one square green piece of paper. Make sure it is square! 12 x 12 would be best! Then, they fold in half and cut until they have 4 triangles! When they are one they glue the triangles from greatest to least! After that you can decorate! (feel free to just show them the video to do it in your classroom) Academic ways to use this: 1. Have the students write a vocabulary word from the Polar Express ... Read More about A Quick and Easy Christmas Tree!
For the longest time I struggled with how to make sure that I had meaningful interventions in my classroom. I wanted them to be organized and I wanted them to be purposeful. Now, I feel like I am an intervention pro! I get through 10 students with 10 different interventions and I feel like I successfully meet their goals each week. Go through these quick steps to create meaningful interventions!1. Create a Quick, Easy, and Cute Documentation FormFor me, I use Mrs. D's corner free ... Read More about 5 Tips for Interventions in the Classroom
Tracking goals has become a huge part of my classroom this year. Students have proven that they are more intrinsically motivated when they set goals for themselves and attempt to reach them. We set goals for everything and so far it has changed the look of my classroom.We use a data binder to keep track of all the goals. In our data binder there is the following sheets:1. A fluency graph so that they can graph their cold, warm, and hot reads.2. A math graph so that they can graph a goal score ... Read More about Data Binders in the Early Elementary Classroom