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Sunday, July 31, 2016

TpT Back to School Sale!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having their huge back to school sale starting tomorrow! My entire store will be 15% off and if you enter the code BESTYEAR at checkout you will also receive an additional 10% off. 

Have fun shopping!

Don't forget I also have a selection of "Where is the Classroom signs!" Please let your classroom teacher friends know! 





And my new theme this year is Color Me Bright!





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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pin the Tongue on the Josh

I love all of Julia Cook's books, they are just awesome! I recently read A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue with my upper elementary boys during summer camp. In this book Josh, who is a perpetual tattler, develops a case of Tattle Tongue in which his tongue gets longer and longer and becomes yellow with purple spots! The Tattle Prince teaches him about tattling and reporting and he is soon able to get rid of his Tattle Tongue and make friends at school too!

We then played a game I called "Pin the Tongue on the Josh!". I came up with this idea from a lesson in Youth Light's Classroom Guidance Games called Pin the Face on the Tattle. However, I decided to make it more directly related to the book we all just read. So I copied 2 faces of Josh out of the Bad Case of Tattle Tongue: Activity Book and colored them in. I then hand drew some tongues and colored some in yellow with purple spots and others in pink or red. 



For the game I read the situation cards from the Youth Light activity and the students had to decide if the scenario was tattling or reporting and choose the appropriate tongue. I then blindfolded them and spun them around a couple times and they needed to find the appropriate Josh to pin the tongue on. I would always tell them that the tattle tongue is on the left and regular or reporting tongue is on the left.


I also had the students complete this FREE worksheet I found on TpT from Bringing Back MayBerry. The students had to recall a tattling scenario from the book and draw it and then draw a tattling situation that happens in school.

The kids loved this activity so much we did it for 3 group meetings!!! I LOVED it too, such fun and they were still learning about the differences between tattling and reporting.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Can't Imagine Life Without ...

I was trying to find a fun get to know you activity for the first day of our summer camp here at school and was lucky enough to stumble across Jenna Smith's blog Musings from the Middle School. She had a writing activity that I easily was able to make into a fun and low key get to know you activity. I drew a cloud like shape in the middle and then rays out from it. In each ray the students (and staff because it was so much fun) wrote or drew the things in life that they can't imagine living with out. It was a great way to see what each kid (and staff member) loves and is important to them.


We then pinned each group's artwork up on my bulletin board and the kids took turns guessing whose was whose based on what they already knew about each other. I then had the kids tell us a little more about what they wrote or drew about.


One suggestion I learned along the way of doing this though is I would have the kids first write their ideas in pencil and then go over them in marker. I originally just used marker but one or two students got frustrated when they made a mistake and couldn't change it.
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