One of the best things I ever introduced to my students were picture direction icons! As I verbally give directions for an assignment, I put up a picture icon so that my students know exactly what to do. It really eliminates mistakes and the "what do I do now??" question!
This pack includes the fol
Do your students have trouble writing complete sentences? Do they write in fragments and run-ons? Perhaps they write with complete sentences, but their sentences are short and choppy. Sentence Go Round is a simple and fun cooperative learning strategy to teach students how to write longer, more comp
Do you need a little help with Classroom Management? This resource is packed full of classroom management tools that will have your classroom running smoothly in no time.
NOTE: This unit is a few years old. CHECK OUT THE
Using stations on the first day of school sets the tone for the year. Show students that they will be out of their seats, engaged in learning, and collaborating with classmates in your classroom. These six stations, some group tasks and some independent tasks, are intended for completion within a 45
If you're looking for a highly engaging activity that will teach your students how to distinguish between fact and opinion, this is it!
With this fun literacy center, kids become observant text detectives. They will read each story along with the witness statements to determine which clues are fac
Need an idea to end the day? The End of the Day Jar has 24 questions to ask students to get them talking about their school day. This helps build community in the classroom. You can call on students to answer the questions or have them talk with a buddy. Included in the download:
This packet includes all of the resources you will need to start a Morning Meeting in your classroom, including a 30+ page E-BOOK to walk you through the entire process!!
**To see a quick flip-through of the e-book, click HERE.
Simile and Metaphor Activity Bundle
This *NEWLY UPDATED* simile and metaphor activity bundle is just what you need to supplement your unit! The activity pack includes the following Simile and Metaphor Resources...
• 2 Options for Simile and Metaphor Interactive Notebook Notes
• 4 Differentiated S
These Activities & Games for Morning Meeting are the perfect go-to for your classroom! Print, laminate, and put on a binder ring for convenient access.
85 activities, songs, and games are included and are divided into sets for the beginning, middle, and end of the year.
Includes the following:
This packet is designed to help you successfully build a community of children who genuinely care for one another. It teaches students how to be a good friend and how to accept other students. It includes many different activities that you can use in your classroom at any time of the year.
Give your students hands-on practice with literacy devices with these 8 figurative language puzzles. Students will read “Grandma’s Garden”, identify types of figurative language in the story, and then, define the literacy devices.
Included in this freebie…
Student Center Directions
Looking to start your year with a BANG? These ten activities (and really there are much more than that included!) will kickstart your year in the right direction! Your students will get to know one another, play cooperative games, learn information about their classmates, complete STEM projects, f
Some kids make friends naturally, but for others, making and keeping friends is not so easy. Studies have shown that having even one friend significantly improves a child's emotional health and school performance. Some children may struggle to make and keep friends because they do not intuitively kn
Character education is so important, but it can be difficult to fit it into to an already chock-full schedule. This resource is a year-long character education program that will impact your students in big ways - but won't take up tons of valuable class time. In just a few minutes each day, you can
This bundle of reward coupons can be used repeatedly for years of classroom management and includes a variety of reward tools. These tools can be used throughout the year or as a bonus end of year reward system for a well behaved class!
BUY ONCE, PRINT LATER, USE FOREVER!
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Use these discussion starters as part of morning meeting, a writing center, work on writing, partner work, morning work, or as writing prompts.
Included are 108 discussion prompts, as well as 9 blank cards that you can use to create your own. There are 9 prompts per page.
I recommend printing on c
This product is designed to help build the community in your classroom while practicing number skills and concepts.
Using the 120 number chart, students will practice number sense, recognition, 10 more/10 less, 1 more/1 less and more!
This packet includes 3 different version of number cards that
The Great Desert Island STEM Challenge is a set of 5 different activities centered around the story of a shipwrecked traveler stranded on a deserted island. After hearing the story of the shipwreck, students will read 5 of his diary entries. Each one will challenge them to design something to help h
Escape room style team building activity - perfect for back to school! This escape room will help students learn to work together at the beginning of the year. This interactive escape room requires technology. Students will need to access a Google Form, so any technology that allows them to access a
Class Dojo changed my classroom management and increased my parent involvement for the better. Are you thinking about trying Class Dojo? Come see Class Dojo in action on my blog and read the "Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Class Dojo this Year!" Click
Behavior Beads!!! So what is a behavior bead? Well, these are a MUST in the classroom!!! Students LOVE earning and collecting these colorful tags/beads. If you want to call attention to your students for a varieties of reasons such as good behavior, when it’s their birthday, or when they master thei
Manage behavior with style! My Behavior Expectations Charts were created to align with CHAMPs Behavior Management Program created by Randy Sprick. Within this file, you will receive a brief explanation of CHAMPs acronym.
Please see my preview for all that is included in the updated Shabby CHAMPs
Implementing Bucket Fillers has never been so sassy! Provided in this 30 page file are several print options to meet your classroom needs.
The file contains a single page of colors with 4 buckets per page.
Colors include Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Blue Green, Bright Blue, Dark Blue, Purp
Oral language is the foundation to which students learn! Speaking and listening skills and standards are often not given enough priority within the classroom, and yet your students’ communication abilities are a vitally important component of their success in this world. This pack helps you intentio
Assigning students table numbers, as well as, a partner letter (A or B) is an easy management tool. These editable desk labels allow for simple material distribution, an easy partnering tool, as well as, an effortless way to call on groups of students.
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UPDATED 1/15/17: This product now includes 44 questions instead of 28. I have also added cut lines based on a buyer's suggestion!! You can simply re-download if you already own this product!
At the end of the day I gather my students in a circle on the carpet for our closing circle.
Are you looking to teach your students yes/no questions and extend their understanding of basic concepts and simple questions? This set is perfect for that! This set includes 54 yes/no question cards that all begin with "Is this a...." and uses real photos and basic daily vocabulary.
Are you looking for challenging math problems that keep your students engaged, apply the math you have taught, and meet the standards of the Common Core or other rigorous math standards? Looking for a short, ready to print "project" that can make for a meaningful math lesson?
This resource is for
Mystery Vocabulary Detectives is a cooperative learning and critical thinking activity for reviewing vocabulary. You can play this vocabulary game as a whole class, or students can play it within cooperative learning teams. Included are two sets of game directions, playing materials, and a variety o
This grade 2 Common Core aligned place value resource includes thirteen self-checking write and wipe games for independent or guided practice! These are perfect for math centers, math workshop, and early finishers!
The following games are included in both color and black and white versions (th
Looking for a way to help children follow the rules? Need to curb tattling in a healthy way? Hoping to get your kids to use their words more?
These citizenship lessons are designed to support your success in those areas! :)
Lesson 1: Following the Rules
Use anchor charts I've provided to lead a
Looking for poetry lessons and activities? This Poetry Lessons and Unit Bundle is a growing bundle that includes 7 of Laura Candler's products for teaching kids how to read, write, and LOVE poetry. Exploring Poetry: Teaching Kids to Read and Understand Poetry will help your students learn how to rea
Create and embrace a growth mindset in your secondary classroom with these classroom resources and activities. Begin teaching your students with a survey, help them understand a fixed v. growth mindset, and more.
This Growth Mindset Pack includes more than 40 pages of useable resources specificall
These stems are used in the math block when students are explaining, justifying, and critiquing other students' math problem solving work. Students use them to help formulate conversations about math concepts while looking at other students' strategies.
These questioning stems are aligned with the
This product features printable cards with discussion/reflection questions that teachers can ask to promote each of the CCSS math practices, plus prompts that tie all the math practices together!
Looking for a version that students can use during their conversations? Check out my
Collaborative Problem-Solving - 6th Grade Math Common Core
Stick-It-Together Collaborative Problem-Solving
This resource is a collaborative math problem-solving activity for small groups in your classroom. Each page contains a different math problem (one question for each standard in the 6
Common Core 4th Grade Math Task Cards Mega Bundle - All Domains and Standards - Help your students master the 4th grade Common Core Math Standards with this bundled set of task cards. This 325+ page resource includes a set of task cards for each of the 4th Grade Common Core Math Standards.
Drama Circle Bundle
In this zipped resource, I have bundled together 6 of my popular any-day Drama Circles. I have also included my Free Fairy Tales drama circle for a total of 7 drama circle activities.
Drama Circles have a similar format to the "I Have / Who Has" game. They are a fun, any day a
While I explicitly teach root words through our vocabulary program, my 5th graders still need more practice. I created these 40 root puzzles to use during the ‘Word Work’ section of literacy centers. I choose 7-8 puzzles for students to practice each week.
Real Jobs for Real People
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It's never too early to start teaching children about financial responsibility! My students have a BLAST with our classroom economy
Do your students know how to have REAL discussions where they actually listen to each other and link their ideas to others in the group? If not, Discussion Connections has the tools you need to foster effective cooperative learning discussions. This product includes five lessons that make it easy fo
Back to School Super Start is all you need for a super start to the school year! The first week of school is the most critical week of the year, and it's important to get your class on the right track from the first day. Spending a little time upfront to create a caring classroom community will pay
Golidlocks and the Three Bears takes a slightly different twist: a hands-on STEM twist where your students will have to design and create a new bed for Goldilocks. ! STEM tales are a series of STEM challenges that are accessible for your youngest budding engineers; they use a fairy tale that your st
Use these 39 What to Do Task Cards to help your student learn classroom procedures for greater independence throughout the year. Each card focuses on a common procedure or desired behavior. Use as discussion prompts, bell work, at a center, or as journal prompts.
Does lesson planning take you HOURS?
Are you spending way too much time thinking up or searching out a creative, engaging way for kids to practice what they’ve learned?
Have your students lost interest in school because you're forced to give them so many boring test prep worksheets?
I have created a very structured routine for my students during work centers.
To view a video preview of my work centers, please click HERE!
*Each student receives a working card and chooses a reward they are working for.
*Each student carries their worki
Help your student master identifying patterns and rules with this set of self checking task cards. This set focuses on CCSS 4.OA.5.
The set includes -
* 24 Self checking pattern cards that are designed to practice CCSS 4.OA.5
* A task card recording answer sheet and key
* A bonus game show template
CHAMPS is a wonderful behavior management system that allows you to set clear expectations with your students.
My school requires that we post our CHAMPS for certain activities, however I do not have time to search for cards to hang. I don't use posters because my "whole group" and "independent wor