Happy Monday everyone! I don’t know about you, but all the photos from the Vegas TpT conference looked amazing. One year it would be awesome to make it, especially since it’s not too far for me with living in California. It just seems like an awesome opportunity to meet and network with all of those fabulous ladies behind those teacher blogs I follow!
On another note...today I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics yet again for her linkup, Monday Made It. This week I’m focusing all on getting organized for the upcoming year and here are some of my tips, tricks, and resources I’ve used and work amazingly well year after year in my classroom.
One // Classroom Jobs
Classroom jobs are vital for any smooth-running classroom. It helps students learn responsibility and flat out helps you stay focused on bigger matters by having the kiddos help out with the smaller tasks around the classroom. In this download there is also blank cards to which you can edit and create your own jobs!
Line Leader: The obvious and most coveted of all jobs ;)
Caboose: Another obvious but necessary job
Teacher Helper: Need help passing out/collecting papers or materials? The teacher helper is there for you!
Substitute: Is a helper absent? Get a substitute to fill in for any jobs whose kiddo isn’t in school that day.
Scrap Collector: By the end of the day it’s always interesting to find all those little scraps that happen to fall on the floor. Get your scrap collector to recycle those papers!
Safety Monitor: Do you have a safety bag you have to take with you everywhere? Your safety monitor is responsible for remembering that bag during specials, lunch, and drills.
Lunch Counter: Do you have to report a lunch count to the cafeteria each day? If so, this job requires students to take a tally of each lunch choice and report it to the cafeteria.
Lunch Monitor: This helper keeps an eye on behavior during lunchtime and reports to the teacher about what happened. Our school’s lunchroom had a point system for behavior and this job correlates to that system.
Attendance Runner: After taking attendance each morning this student runs it to the office.
Pencil Sharpener: At the end of the day this person sharpens all the pencils and throws out old ones.
Librarians: Our school had a cart that we would deliver to the library of all returning books that week. The librarians would be responsible for delivering the cart as well as making sure our classroom library was organized.
Messenger: Need to run something to another classroom or ask another teacher something? Send the messenger!
Calendar Helper: This student helps out with calendar math every morning and is responsible for preparing the calendar for the following day.
Door Holder: The obvious second most coveted job
Clip Chart Monitor: If you incorporate a clip chart in your room this helper is to put all the clips back to green at the end of the day
Trash Collector: Last but not least, this helper keeps the classroom tidy and takes the trashcans out at the end of the day for the custodians
Two // Common Core Aligned Objective Cards
This is my continuing work in progress and a resource many teachers have loved having in their rooms! I have been working on CCS aligned objective cards that are easily displayed in the classroom and represent the objectives being taught in reading, writing, and mathematics. Almost every school district requires teachers to display, somewhere in the classroom, the focus of each lesson and these cards make it super easy and quick to get those standards up there.
Launching the Daily 5 in any classroom can be overwhelming at first, but the first step is getting prepared and organized. Before the kiddos arrive on the first day it’s important to have your centers established and prepared based on what you’re introducing in each lesson. This download has all the resources you need to get your reading block running and off the ground. Let’s take a peek as to what’s included.
Colorful reading center cards grab your attention and clearly identify each center!
Corresponding posters that you can display around your classroom so students know where each center is located.
These helpful posters are perfect when launching your Daily 5 routines and expectations. They easily accompany your beginning of the year lessons and give wonderful visuals and reminders for students throughout the year.
Everyone knows that anchor charts when beginning the Daily 5 routines are a vital part of each lesson. These posters are perfect for printing or even display and write on them using your smart board!
Last but not least, have students begin charting their stamina as you build up your independent reading time each day! Stamina charts come with both a chart for the whole class or individual student charts!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find these resources to be as helpful as they have been for me!