4 Years Down!

So I am completely obsessed with teacher Instagram.. I can’t even deny it. I have an addiction! But it’s such a great one to have- I am constantly inspired. An awesome teacher (exceptionalelementary) shared three things that her first three years of teaching taught her. SO I wanted to share my own ‘fab four’ things…

End of Year Reflections

I saw this idea floating around on teacher Instagram stories but couldn’t quite find a printable so I just had to make one for myself!! I have since been asked by others to have a copy, etc. I think this tool is so useful so I wanted to upload it on here for any teacher…

Substitute Tips

I am THAT teacher that truly & honestly HATES being absent!!! It does not matter what the reason is for.. I just hate being out. Over the years I have two incentives that I always stick with when I have a sub and I wanted to share those with you! My first tip is to…

Testing Celebrations

I truly feel students that work hard deserve rewards! My class had exceptional growth this year on their DIBELS state reading assessment. We celebrated in multiple ways! First, I made growth badges for students to wear. They are free in my TPT. We also had donuts and GENIUS juice (Sunny D) for breakfast one morning….

Race into Second Grade!

With all of the test prep my class has been doing lately, I knew I needed to reward them with some type of fun review! I created this very low-prep racing theme for my students to ‘race’ into 2nd grade and prep for our reading assessment! Materials: Cones- borrowed from my PE dept Referee shirt…

Glow Day

I have wanted to do this for years and I am so glad I finally did! Besides the black lights this is actually not expensive. Many teachers borrow black lights from family friends. I was able to purchase some rather well-priced ones linked below. Materials: *Blacklights *Glowsticks *Black Tablecloths to cover windows *Highlighters *Manilla envelopes…

Math Egg Hunt

Last year was the first time that I tried a math egg hunt and it was SO great that I have planned even more for this year! I just updated my own Egg Hunt product but this post will be beneficial for setting some ground rules so your classroom egg hunt is successful! I got…

Contraction Surgery

This is one of my favorite classroom transformations!! It is a popular one and I love the endless possibilities! We completed this contraction surgery in my classroom. Here are the details! Supplies: White Tablecloths Velcro Dots Gloves- Donated by my classroom parents! Masks- Donated by my classroom parents! YouTube Video of Heart Monitor Name Tags…

Starbooks

This has got to be the BEST transformation ever! I was inspired by Vanessa on instagram and knew I had to make this work for my first graders. This could be used for ANY grade- trust me. You can use whatever skills you want. I will explain what materials I used and what content I…

Place Value Bootcamp

Place Value Bootcamp has been one of the best transformations EVER! To me the best part of a bootcamp is that it can be about any content.. I have seen bootcamps for reading, writing, and math! This particular bootcamp is content-wise perfect for 1st grade (or review for 2nd grade) BUT will also lay out…