Saturday, May 31, 2014

Crayon Sorting

Being OCD and a Kindergarten teacher can be tough sometimes. I needed something to easily find certain color crayons in the classroom. I am also an avid Crayola person. I do not give my students any other crayon brand.
These are three tackle boxes from Walmart. Each one is sorted to old 8 different colors. So the three are a full pack of 24 crayons. Here is a close up of how they are sorted.
When a crayon is lost a student goes and puts it where it goes. So when a student needs a certain color all I have to do is go and get it out of the tackle box. I love it, saves me so much time!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Data Binder

It has been so crazy these last few weeks. Between my brother getting married, my best friends brother getting married and the end of the school year I have had no extra time. So in the middle of getting things ready for report cards, I thought about my trusty little friend. My DATA BINDER!
This binder is always by my side. I do not know what I would do without it. I have everything in there from student information, to grades, to sight word information. Anything and everything. Everything I need is always in one place.

I started using this system last year and have gotten really good about how to organize the information that I put in there.  My dividers that I have are student information, BOY assessment, MOY assessment, EOY assessment, FAIR/FLKRS, Discovery reading/math, Waterford reading/math, sight words, reading data, math data, science data, social studies data, writing data, Kindergarten students check list, and letter data. It is a lot of things to keep up with but when I get called in for an RtI meeting and I can quickly find the information that is needed it is an awesome feeling. If I did not have my binder I would be a disorganized teacher.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Creative Generators!

Random Generators

These are Welch's and V8 containers

We are working on making addition and subtraction sentences in my classrooms. To make it fun we are using these... we call them my 'Random Number Generators'. Inside I have two sided counters. My kids get to shake them up and shake out the counters. My students then use the counters to make a number sentence. Currently we are working on the number 20. My students use these to create as many different ways to make 20 as they can. They love it! I got the idea from a First Grade teacher, and she used just regular milk jugs, I wanted to jazz it up a bit. Below I made instructions on how to make one yourself. The one below I am creating for next year to use at the beginning of the year for a 'Random Letter/Sound Generator' and a 'Random Sight Word Generator'.

How to Make the Random Generators

First thing is to clean your container and take off the labels.
I used Goo Gone to take off the labels... it works awesome, just look how shiny!

The next step is to cut up your tissue paper. I did lots of different sizes to make it fun. I went ahead and cut up all my tissue paper and saved what I did not use for other projects. After that get yourself a paint brush and some Mod Podge!
I use the Mod Podge Matte for these. It does not really matter which one you use. 

After you have everything together the fun begins. I like to apply a layer of Mod Podge then apply the tissue paper and then put more Mod Podge on top.  Once you get started it will start to look a little like this:
Be creative and just do what looks good to you.

Just keep on going until everything is covered. For this container it took me a little over a day because it is so big. After you cover the whole thing I like to apply Mod Podge over the whole thing again, just to had some extra protection to it, since my little Kinders will have their hands all over it!
Here is the finished product:!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sight Word Chart

This year I was moved to a new classroom. It had less wall space than my last classroom and I could not fit my sight word wall no where. The walls either had bulletin boards or they were in an awkward location. My brain went off and I had an idea. So here it is...

So let me explain exactly what I did. I found these wonderful ABC's on teachers pay teachers (, and I put command hooks underneath. I hole punched my sight words and put it on a ring. Each sight word is a different color. This way students can take the sight words off and use them and when I introduce a new word I can take it wherever I want. My kids this year loved it. They loved seeing me adding more words, and loved being able to manipulate the words.