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Thursday, May 21, 2020

BLUE & GREEN - SO SERENE - CLASSROOM DECOR

It's about time, teachers, to consider your decor needs when schools reopen (hopefully) in the fall. Many teachers are shying away from the over-the-top, Pinterest-worthy, busy decor and opting for a more subdued style. With that in mind, I have created a line of products that feature a coordinated blue and green color scheme. These 11 coordinated products will yield a cool and serene classroom.

Start with a welcome banner.  Included are:
•  32 alphabet pennants (capital letters only; 2 of each vowel)
•  spacer flags
• ordinal number grade level flags (1st6th)
• appellation flags (Mr., Mrs., Miss. Ms)
• punctuation flags (comma, period, apostrophe, exclamation point)
• “TO” pennant, for WELCOME TO 5th    GRADE
•  word wall headers with upper and lower case letters on each
This product also includes these editable components:
•  48 rectangular frames useful for word wall words
• 28 editable, medium size pennants (suggested use = student names or photos)
      
Posting classroom rules is always a good idea.  This set includes 23 classroom rules and 5 bathroom rules.  Thus, you have plenty of directives from which to choose. 






Display these alphabet and color word posters. Provided are:
• 52 alphabet posters (26 each of 2 sizes/styles)
   • 8.5” x 11” portrait posters include the upper and lower case letters, an illustration aligned to that letter, and a word describing the picture.
   • 5.5” x 8.5” posters use the same font and illustrations, but do not include the picture label. They are formatted 2/page, requiring you to cut them apart.
   • The vowels are presented in blue, while the consonants are green.
• 11 color posters 5.5” x 8.5”


These sight word cards are the perfect accompaniment to the word wall headers (included in the welcome product). The complete list of Dolch Sight Words are included, as well as editable cards for vocabulary you wish to add. The cards are labeled and color coded for each grade level.



Everything you need for daily calendar work is provided in this unit. 
• 4.25” x 11” month placards (12)
• 3.2” x 3.2” days of the week headers (7)
• 3.2” x 3.2” date cards (1-31) in 5 designs (155)
• 3.2” x 3.2” special day cards (28)
• Interactive signs – Today is…, Yesterday was…, Tomorrow will be… (3)
• Day of the week placards for the interactive signs (7)
• Days in School interactive sign (1)
• Number cards (0-9) for the Days in School sign (21)

These number posters provide:
• 21 cardinal number posters (0-20) with visual representations
   • numerals
   • number words
   • tally marks
   • ten frames
• 20 ordinal number posters (1st –20th) with visual representations
   • numerals
   • numeration words
   • ten frames


This blue and green number line supplies:
• 71 color posters of the numbers 1-120 in landscape orientation
   • posters have 2 numbers per page for 1-98; 1 number per page for 99 – 120
   • odd numbers are green; even numbers are blue



Create a math word wall with these elements:
• 26 alphabet headers
• 242 vocabulary word cards
• 12 editable word cards




These 43 math concepts posters provide visual reminders of math concepts in numbers and operations, geometry, and measurement. Each poster includes a graphic representation of the concept, as well as a brief, written description. Add them to your math focus wall.

Hone higher order thinking skills with these classroom quotations posters. They provide:  
• 45 letter size, quotation posters in a blue and green color scheme
• Quotation Quest task card activity
   • 1 direction placard
   • 12 task cards
   • 1 Quest Grid master



Create a well behaved class by combining the behavior clip chart with a vast array of kudos cards. Supplied are:
• 7 clip chart signs
• editable name badges for the chart
• 3 types of kudos cards
   • behavior
   • academics
   • event 
• 3 editable kudos cards masters



 If you are as excited about this decor theme as I am, you can save money by purchasing the bundle!










Sunday, May 17, 2020

IT'S WHIRLYBIRD TIME!

I awoke this morning to what I thought was hail hitting my skylights.  Odd since it was sunny, calm, and beautiful outside.  Then I realized --

Watching this seed dispersal is fascinating and inspired me to write a little poem.
If you follow me, you know that I love poetry and use it extensively in the classroom.  I give focus to poetry elements and appreciation, but I use poetry primarily as a vehicle for teaching an abundance of other subject matter.  

My nod to poetic elements for this poem would be to discuss the theme.  Obviously, the theme is whirlybirds, but more importantly, it's about their movements.  I establish this through discussion.

This leads naturally to an exploration of present participle verbs.  Students are directed to highlight the present participles on their copies of the poem.  Then I challenge them to write a present particple, or -ing poem.  The most intriguing of these poems are composed almost entirely of these verbs.  Thus, I present just such a poem -


We compare the 2 poems; feeling, rhythm, flow, etc., before I launch my young poets to do their writing.

There is an obvious correlation to the science of seeds.  So we study nature's methods of seed dispersal, collecting seeds and classifying them.   

There are so many more lesson possibilities for this poem....
  • fluent reading
  • punctuation
  • alliteration
  • rhymes
  • rhythm
  • syllables
  • parts of speech
  • phonics
  • and so forth

Enjoy!



If you would like more poetry possibilities, you may like
POETRY UNIT Spring Poetry Activities Spring Poetry Writing Poetry Forms

POETRY UNIT: Summer Poetry Activities Poetry Elements Poetry Devices Writing

Thursday, May 14, 2020

CORAL & NAVY CLASSROOM DECOR

During this time of sheltering at home, I've used my time to create resources and refresh existing ones.  It's about time to consider your decor needs when schools reopen (hopefully) in the fall.  Many teachers are shying away from the over-the-top, Pinterest-worthy, busy decor and opting for a more subdued style.  In respect for that, I have created a line of products that feature a coordinated navy and coral color scheme.  The products also boast unBEARably cute teddy bear graphics, all from Alice Smith at Clipart4resale.  

Start with a warm welcomeIncluded are:  

• alphabet flags (capital letters only)
• spacer flags (some with bear illustrations)
• ordinal number grade level flags (Kdg – 6th)
• appellation flags (Mr., Mrs., Miss. Ms)
• punctuation flags (comma, period, apostrophe, exclamation point)
• “TO” flag, for WELCOME TO 5th  GRADE
• word wall headers with upper and lower case letters
This product also includes these editable components:
• 10 flags
• 16 fancy frames
• 16 oval frames 
• 20 rectangular frames 




      Displaying your classroom expectations is always a good idea.  This set includes 23 classroom rules and 5 bathroom rules.  Thus, you have plenty of directives from which to choose. 

Use classroom signs to provide information, procedures, and general decor.  The contents are:  

• Travel plans clip chart (dismissal plans)
•  Birthday clip chart
• North, south, east & west direction placards
• 10 table signs
• 2 bathroom passes (boys’ and girls’)
• 2 library passes
• 2 office passes
• 2 nurse passes
• This is a nut free classroom
• A dot is a lot (glue use)
• Fire drill procedures (editable)
• Storm drill procedures (editable)
• 2 name badge masters (editable)

Display these alphabet and color word posters.  Provided are:
• 52 alphabet posters (26 each of 2 sizes/styles)
• 8.5” x 11” portrait posters include the upper and lower case letters, an illustration aligned to that letter, and a word describing the picture.
• 5.5” x 8.5” posters use the same font and illustrations, but do not include the picture label.  They are formatted 2/page, requiring you to cut them apart.
• The vowels are presented in coral, while the consonants are navy.
• 11 color posters 5.5” x 8.5”

These sight word cards are the perfect accompaniment to the word wall headers (found in the welcome product). The complete list of Dolch Sight Words are included, as well as editable cards for vocabulary you wish to add.  The cards are labeled and color coded for each grade level.

Everything you need for daily calendar work is provided in this unit.   

• 4.25” x 11” month placards (12)
• 3.2” x 3.2” days of the week headers (7)
• 3.2” x 3.2” date cards (1-31) in 5 designs (155)
• 3.2” x 3.2” special day cards (24)
• 3.2” x 3.2” editable day cards (6)
• Interactive signs – Today is…, Yesterday was…, Tomorrow will be… (3)
• Day of the week placards for the interactive signs (7)
• Days in School interactive sign (1)
• Number cards (0-9) for the Days in School sign (21)

Coral and navy number posters provide: 

• 21 cardinal number posters (0-20) with visual representations
• numerals
• number words
• tally marks
• ten frames
• 20 ordinal number posters (1st–20th) with visual representations
• numerals
• numeration words
• ten frames

This coral and navy number line supplies:  
• 71 color posters of the numbers 1-120 in landscape orientation
• posters have 2 numbers per page for 1-98; 1 number per page for 99 – 120
• odd numbers are coral; even numbers are navy

Create a math word wall with these elements:
• 26 alphabet headers
• 242 vocabulary word cards
• 12 editable word cards




These 43 Math Concepts posters provide visual reminders of math concepts in numbers and operations, geometry, and measurement. Each poster includes a graphic representation of the concept, as well as a brief, written description.  Add them to your math focus wall.

Hone higher order thinking skills with these classroom quotations posters.  They provide:

• 45 letter size, quotation posters in a coral and navy color scheme
• Quotation Quest task card activity
• 1 direction placard
• 12 task cards
• 1 Quest Grid master


In case you are as in love with this d├ęcor as I am, you can score all 11 products in this economical bundle.


Stay safe and healthy!






Friday, March 27, 2020

Distance Learning Pinterest Board


It's about time, teachers, for distance learning.  These historic times have us all scrambling to find teaching material appropriate for our students while they cannot be in our schools.  To help with this, I created a collaborative Pinterest board dedicated to distance learning resources.  

If you would like to join this board, send me an email at: itsabouttimeteachers@gmail.com



Monday, March 9, 2020



It's about time, teachers, to snag your March freebies!



ST PATRICK'S DAY HINK PINKS HINKY PINKIES HINKITY PINKITIES Critical Thinking GT
  • syllables
  • vocabulary
  • rhyming
  • critical thinking
  • brain exercise
  • differentiated
  • kiddos beg to do them


CREATIVE THINKING PROJECTS St. Patrick's Day Activity GATE HOTS Enrichment
  • creative thinking
  • holiday fun
  • fluency
  • flexibility
  • enrichment
  • gifted/talented




HOLIDAY MATH and LITERACY CENTER St. Patrick's Day SCRATTLE Differentiated

  • word work
  • verbal fluency
  • differentiated computation
    • addition
    • multiplication
    • mixed operations
  • individual effort
  • competition






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CRITICAL THINKING PUZZLES St. Patrick's Day Brain Teasers Differentiation GATEPOETRY UNIT March Activities Poetry Elements Poetry Forms Writing

TANGRAMS TANGRAM PUZZLES MARCH St. Patrick's Day Math Center Critical ThinkingMARCH THEMATIC UNIT March Activities Math Literacy Critical Thinking



MATH COMPUTATION TASK CARDS: St. Patrick's Day Riddles, Multiplication