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Classroom Awards & Google Reader

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It's the end of the year and time for Classroom Awards! How do you recognize your students at the end of the year? Last year, I wanted to recognize my students for their individual efforts and unique personalities. I created my Classroom Awards & Certificates for Primary Students and they are available in Chevron, Stripes, and Polka Dots! I love having the families join us as I give out these awards. I always describe the award and tell why I have chosen the particular student who is receiving it. The students LOVE trying to guess who is going to receive each award! This year after our awards ceremony, I had the sweetest grandfather thank me for doing individualized awards. He said he knew it meant so much for his grandson to be recognized as the "Marvelous Mathematician" and he could … [Read more...]

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Summer Bucket List!

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I am so excited that Summer is almost here! I'm joining in with the Summer Bucket List linky party hosted by A Cupcake for the Teacher, Miss Kindergarten, and A Modern Teacher. The most important item on my Summer Bucket List is to spend time getting to know our little girl. I am almost 9 months pregnant and have a c-section scheduled for June 3rd! We are so excited about welcoming our baby girl into our family... most of my time this summer will be spent navigating the waters of new motherhood! My husband and I have a lot to learn, and thankfully we have all summer to figure it out! As soon as I can, I want to begin running again. I continued running up until week 26 of my pregnancy and then my feet began to swell. For the past 3 months I've only been able to fit into one pair of … [Read more...]

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Classroom Awards!

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Every year I look forward to recognizing my students unique abilities on Awards Day! I  have the students nominate each other for awards and then I use their suggestions when choosing awards for each student. It amazes me how the students put a lot of thought into their nominations and they usually match up pretty well with the award that I had in mind for each student. I also give out an award for Perfect Attendance and the top 2 AR readers in our classroom. This year I decided to create my own awards. I made these on Sunday and I LOVE how they turned out. I can't decide which set I like better... the chevron pattern or the stripes? This packet includes 33 awards including Perfect Attendance for grades K-3, AR Super Star, Marvelous Mathematician, Handy Helper, Peer Teacher, and many … [Read more...]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother's Day to the wonderful mom's that have shared their children with me this year in my First Grade class! We have had a wonderful year and I can't believe I am about to send my sweet students off to Second Grade! For Mother's Day, the students created a self-portrait of their mom. They had SO much fun creating these and loved when I gave out the "diamond" earrings and "pearl" necklaces! On the bottom of their self-portrait each student wrote why they love their mom. Happy Mother's Day to my Mother and my Nana! … [Read more...]

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Awards Day!

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Countdown Chain

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The end of the school year is such an exciting time for the students. I often hear "How many days do we have left until summer?" To answer this question for the students I have them make a "Countdown Chain." When we get down to about 20 days left, I have the students use construction paper strips to make the chain. On one side of the strip they write "There are ____ days of school left!" On the other side they write about their favorite memory from the school year. Each day one student gets to share their part of the "Countdown Chain." I love hearing about all of their favorite memories! … [Read more...]

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