Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas - Reminder Bracelets!

Don't you just *love* these Bright Ideas?!?

Reminder Bracelets - Have you used these?  Seriously, I had a principal recommend them to me when I taught 3rd grade.  So fast, easy, and effective - and I use my leftover construction paper scraps, so it's even environment-friendly.

When I first started teaching, I called home about everything.  Really.  "Hello!  I'm Pumpkin's teacher.  Please send in..."  Ick.  What an awful impression that makes, especially around the beginning of the year.  Reminder bracelets are fast and free.

They aren't necessarily cute, but they really don't need to be.  Students don't particularly like to wear the construction-paper fashion statement, so I just make them while everyone is packing up. Viola!  The permission form/picture money/fund-raising/random paperwork gets returned.  I keep a little checklist to keep track of what the reminder bracelet is for, and record it neatly stuff it in my "communications" binder.

I use these all the time with grades 2-5.  Let me know what you think.  :)  For more bright ideas, please browse through the link-up below. Thanks for visiting!  For additional resources, consider following me on Pinterest and Facebook.  I appreciate your support!

by Jen Sykes

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Go Back Into The Text {Freebie!}

My kiddos always have trouble remembering to go back into the text for evidence to support their reasoning.  Here's a quick little poster I created to remind them to "GBITT."  Click the picture to download free from Google Drive.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Cleaning - Closets, Graphics, and TpT

Spring is a wonderful reminder to freshen up and begin anew.  At home, I'm working on closets...  My closet, my kiddos' closets, and the dreaded hall closet.  {{Why does everything end up in the closet??  I found a jump rope next to the paperwork for the refinance of our house...  both in the hall closet for some reason!  Uggggggh.}}  

To avoid dusting, scrubbing, and putting stuff where it belongs, I am also "Spring Cleaning" my computer.  My graphics files needed some attention, so I spent 30 minutes reorganizing.  Love how it turned out!!  It's so much easier for me to find the clip art I need when they are organized by artist!  :)

Also, I'm making sure I left feedback on my Teachers Pay Teachers purchases to earn my TPT credits.  They add up quickly, and are easy to redeem for free resources!!  Log in to TPT, click on the "My TPT" tab, then select "My Purchases."  It will show you a list of all of the purchases you made, along with the opportunity to leave feedback.  It's also a great place to see if you need to download an updated version of your purchases for free.

Next step in Spring Cleaning, clean out your wishlist!!  I'm throwing a 20% off sale on all items through March 31.

Here's a peek at my newest resources... No worries, they are on sale, too!
More Context Clues: Task Cards, Scoot, and Assessment
Inference Set 2: Task Cards, Scoot, and Assessment

More Compare and Contrast: Task Cards, Scoot, and Assessment
Happy Shopping!!  Tons of Teacher/Authors are participating in the Spring Cleaning sale.  Here's a quick link to participating stores on TpT:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Academic Word Wall Freebie, Bundle, and Discount!!

By popular request, the Academic Vocabulary Word Walls are together in a discounted bundle!  As a special thank you for followers who already bought one of the Academic Word Walls, this set is available for an additional discount - only $8 for the set through March 31! 

Had an ice day last week, and began printing/laminating small copies of my new Academic Word Wall Bundle (grades 2-6).  I printed them with 2 pages per page (one of the options you can choose when printing), to create smaller cards to use during word work activities with my 4th graders - decoding multi-syllabic words.

***Confession time:  I actually finished this bundle last week on a crazy ice day... and fully intended to post the Bundle last week... and then the weather became beautiful again, so I went outside instead.  :)  I'm sure y'all understand...  

Want a freebie to try in your classroom?  Here's the link on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Amazing Resources!

Here's a round-up of some more of the best free resources online for teachers and their students.  Enjoy!!

Google Scholar - Quick!  Need a quick bit of research about why kids need to limit their time watching TV?  Want to find relevant articles for your Graduate Studies class?  Google Scholar is a fabulous resource to do a quick search for articles, citations, and even case law! - daily news content for students to hone their critical thinking skills using current events!  I truly can't say enough good things about this site!!

Time For Kids - They aren't just for classroom magazines...  Check out their website for free informational texts, and be sure to visit their mini-sites page - tons of resources organized around a single topic!

Science In the News Archive from - I love the rigorous vocabulary and high-interest passages in the Science in the News!  I used to use these as an occasional special morning work, with the instructions: read Science in the News with at least 2 different people.  Discuss where you would look for additional information about ocean trash (or whatever the topic is...)  

Did I forget to list your favorite Amazing Resource?  Let me know in the comments!!  :)  Be sure to check out the archives (by clicking the button below) for more Amazing Resources.

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