Friday, August 31, 2012

If You Take A Mouse to School:Rules and Procedures

If You Take a Mouse to School


At the beginning of year, I always read the book "If You Take a Mouse To School." At our school we have a  staggered entrance for kindergarten.  The first day of school we have all the parents come in and we have a meeting with them.  The meeting is to let the parents know what is expected in kindergarten.  It is also a time to answer any questions that they might have.  The staggered entrance starts on the second day of school.  We have a third of the class come the second day, a third come the third day,  a third come the fourth day, and all of the students come the fifth day of school.  During the staggered days I read the book and introduce the mouse stuff animal.
After reading the book, we talk about what the mouse did at school in the book.  I pull up a mouse without whiskers on my smartboard and have the students tell me things that he did.  I draw the whiskers and write down their answers. 

We discuss the rules of the classroom and talk about how we never leave without the teacher.  We talk about how we should line up and walk in the hall.  After we have discussed the rules we practice how to walk in the hall.  As we go in the hall to practice my assistant hides the mouse where the students can't find it.  When we re-enter the room the students notice that the mouse is missing.  We talk about how he wasn't suppose to leave the room without the teacher.  We look for him in the room and come across a clue at the bathroom.  As the students read the clues they have to think about where the mouse might go next.  The clues will lead us to the library, office, gym, cafeteria, computer lab, and playground.  When we get to each location we talk about the rules and procedures in each places.  This really helps the kids learn where everything is and how they are suppose to behave.

While I take the students to the playground my assistant goes back to the room and puts the mouse back at the front of the room.  The kids learn the rules of the playground and figure out that there is not a clue left outside and decide to go back to the classroom to see if he came back.  When we get back in they are excited to see him back.  They always tell the mouse not to leave the classroom without the teacher.  

Last, we have the students use picture cards to sequence how things happened in the book and retell it to us. 



This is one of my favorite book activities I do with my kids at the beginning of the year to help with learning rules and procedures!!!




Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Our Classroom Pictures Kindergarten Jungle Theme and High school Classroom + a video (mine and my husbands)

First of all, what a pretty day! I really enjoyed looking at the sky while driving home.  Just look how pretty it was...

It has been that time of year where we have been getting our rooms all set up!!

I am going to share with you some pictures from both mine and my husbands classroom. I will first start with my husband.

Mr. Craven's High School Biology Classroom





Mrs. Craven's Kindergarten Classroom










Here is a Video of the Room! video



Friday, August 24, 2012

Owl Binder Covers



Owl Binder Covers


This is an owl PDF which includes the following:

Open House/any meeting sign in sheet
Transportation Sheet

Teacher Binder Dividers:

Lesson Plan Cover
Parent Communication Log Cover
Student Information Cover
Student Data Cover
Reading Groups Cover
Common Core Standards Cover
Meeting Notes Cover
Monthly Calendar Cover

If you need it customized just let me know.


Check it out here



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

An Awesome Giveaway!!!

Here is an Awesome giveaway from Crayons & Curls



The giveaway is for a Laminator and a paper cutter.  I have been wanting one of those things forever. It would make life as a school teacher so much more easier.  Go on over to her blog and enter this wonderful giveaway!


 Here is the link to the actual giveaway.







Friday, August 10, 2012

DIY: File Crate Seat for the Classroom

Seats for my classroom!


have been wanting to make them but haven't found the time.  I have been seeing them all over pinterest. With the inspiration from Pre-K Pages I decided to try it since the plactic chairs I have in my room at the kitchen area are broken. Surprisingly, It did not take that long to make.  It took me around 10 minutes to do both seats!! I am so happy that I made them. Here is how I made them. 


I went shopping!!!

First, you have to get a piece of wood. I got mine from Lowes Hardware. I carried my crate in with me and the guy measured it and cut it for me! Wasn't that so nice? The guy said that I was like the fourth person this week that has came in with crate and asked for boards to be cut to fit. I guess I wasn't the only one that was making them for my classroom! (they must be popular) After I left Lowes Hardware I went to Walmart.  At Walmart I got the foam and fabric.  
 

After I got all my supplies I took the foam and cut it to fit on top of the board. The picture below shows one piece of foam cut. I actually cut two pieces of foam for one crate because I wanted my cushion to be more thicker.

After I cut the foam, I put the fabric out on the floor.  The fabric I got was actually a fabric shower curtain.  (I was too lazy to drive to hobby lobby to get fabric cut) My husband told me that I would be the only one to do such a thing.  I cut the fabric where it would be large enough to fold over the foam and the board. 

After you placed the foam and then the board on the fabric start pulling the fabric around the board and use a staple gun to staple it tight. 

After you have finished stapling the fabric then it should be ready to place in the crate.  It is as EASY as THAT!! YOU should definitely try it! I am super excited about this new chair for my classroom.  The kids will love it and I can store things inside it ;) I was going off the wall with excitement when I finished.  My husband thought I was a crazy teacher. 





Monday, August 6, 2012

Freebie!!

The school year is ALMOST here!!! Every year I always try and make all the birthday bags for the students ahead of time so when a birthday comes up... I am ready!! Here are some the gifts that I have been working on and putting together.  I made the labels that I used for the silly straws.  The Happy Birthday Labels will be the Freebie plus the School Notes shown Below the birthday day bags.



I am giving this away as a FREEBIE... Note for school, Zebra birthday labels, polka dot/plaid birthday labels.

Click (Here) to download

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Zebra Binder/dividers cover and beginning year information sheets


New Item on TPT.. Had a request for Zebra Covers.

This is a zebra theme PDF which includes the following:

Open House/any meeting sign in sheet
Transportation Sheet

Teacher Binder Dividers:

Lesson Plan Cover (two: one for outside of notebook and one for inside tab)
Parent Communication Log Cover
Important Information Cover
Student Data Cover
Monthly Calendar Cover
Meeting Notes Cover
Reading Groups Cover
Common Core Standards Cover

If you need it customized just let me know.

Amazing Website!!! Check it out!

Hi Everyone! So I have this cool website that I use that I wanted to share will all my followers! If you are an online shopper you will LOVE it. The website is great is pays you cash back every time you shop online. Yes, I said it ... they
pay you! You can get up to 26% back from what you buy. All you have to do is go the website and click on the store your purchasing from and it will bring up that stores website and you buy as normal. They will send you a check in the mail will all your money back. Being a teacher I like to get as much back that I spend on that classroom. I use it every year! I just got a check for over a hundred dollars for what I spent for the classroom. I would highly recommend it and its totally FREE! The website is called Ebates. Click on the link to take you to the page. :) you wont be disappointed.

http://www.ebates.com/referral/default.do?eeid=23306&AutoLoginID=aW4g1x5LOEJAfP8CL5t%2B8Q%3D%3D





Thursday, August 2, 2012

Polka Dots :)

Here is a new product I just uploaded to Teacher Pay Teachers.  


Teacher Binder Dividers and Beginning Year Information Sheets: Polka Dot Theme



This is a Polka Dot theme PDF which includes the following:

Open House/any meeting sign in sheet
Transportation Sheet

Teacher Binder Dividers:

Lesson Plan Cover
Parent Communication Log Cover
Student Information Cover
Student Data Cover
Reading Groups Cover
Common Core Standards Cover
If you need it customized just let me know.


You can find this on my TPT Store. Click (here)

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