Today I am linking up with:
So over the past week I have been experimenting with making clipart. I have tried using programs to create clipart, but I find drawing by hand a lot easier. As a result of my experimenting, here is my first ever clipart product. It's four versions of a pencil, just in time for back to school. It's also FREE, so click the pencil preview below to download your copy from my TPT store:
I have always loved to doodle and after seeing so many great clipart products on TPT, I thought "I want to try that!"
I'm linking up today with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It and Primary Inspiration for What's New in K-2 Today I will be sharing something I am really proud of that I made for my classroom to promote reading.
Over the past few days I have been sharing tips for promoting reading in the classroom. If you missed my previous tips click the links below:
Check out today's tip and read how you can get a promoting reading FREEBIE. Enjoy :)
I first saw this idea when I saw some March Madness book tournaments on Pinterest. I didn't get a chance to try it out in March, so I thought it would be perfect for the last couple months of school. I decided to make my own classroom book tournament to expose students to a variety of authors and series.
There were three main stages for my book tournament. During the first stage, I ran one or two mini battles every week or two, depending on the length of the books. I had a total of 6 mini battles for the first stage. During a mini battle an author/book series battles against another author/book series to see which comes out on top as the class favourite. In order to vote, students had to read a book by one of the authors and fill out a reading ballot with their choice. The reading ballots included a retell portion and another comprehension strategy we had learned. The more books they read, the more ballots they got. After each battle was over I counted the ballots and crossed out the "loser" and added the "winner" to the next stage of the battle. In stage two there were three mini battles. Then in stage three I had three author's/series battling head to head...to head I guess to be the ultimate champion.
Contenders for the "Wiley Book Tournament" were based on many factors. I choose authors I thought would interest students and be at their reading levels. It was also important that our school library or my classroom library had lots of these books available. For some of my higher level author's/series I borrowed audio books from the public library so that all of my students could participate. They LOVED listening to the audio books and even some of my high readers wanted to join in and listen too.
Here's how I set up the mini battles for stage one of the tournament:
Students had so much fun during the tournament that I will definitely be doing this again next year. They enjoyed watching our bulletin board update each week. I too found it interesting to see which authors/book series won each mini battle, and a few even surprised me.
Want a copy of my reading ballots? Check out my Facebook page "Wiley Teaching". Please like my page and then click on my Fan FREEBIES tab to get your FREEBIE.
What are your favourites from the mini battles?
Which author/series do you think won?
My first Monday Made It linky party :) Thank you 4th Grade Frolics for hosting. I am sharing my bathroom and drink procedure/poster.
After moving from 5/6 down to 3/4 I found that the little ones love to go to the bathroom. Even if it's really just an excuse to go for a brain break walk and look at the art in the hallway.
I remember seeing similar ideas about bathroom and drink procedures while searching the web. *If you know of an idea similiar to this, let me know and I will link it*.
I made this poster to help my students become more responsible when taking bathroom and drink breaks. All of my students have a number since the first day of school. This helps me organize in so many ways, including for my "Who's Out?" bathroom and drink passes.
Each day students get one morning and one afternoon pass to use to go to the bathroom or get a drink. If they need more than that they get 2 emergency passes per week they can use. When a student has to go to the bathroom or get a drink they write their name under the "Who's Out?" sign and cross off their number for the morning or afternoon pass they used. When they return they erase their name to signify that they are back. If they use an emergency pass they take their clothes pin with their number and pin it to the emergency pass that they are using.
I allow one girl and one boy out at a time. By having students write their name it helps their classmates know if they need to wait to go. If a girl's name is already written, the next girl I give permission knows she has to wait until the other student returns.
There may be times or students who will need more passes in a day. If students aren't feeling well or if they have a medical condition I speak with them individually about bathroom use and allow them to go more frequently.
I am teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada. I have taught grades 2-6 and currently I am teaching grade 3/4. Teaching often makes me smile and think, "I can't believe I get paid to do this!"