Sunday, December 20, 2015

Alternative Sub Plans

We all know that as a teacher, taking a day off is often harder than just going to work. BUT we all need a day off every once in a while either because we're deathly ill, need a "mental health" day, or just need a day to do what normal human beings do. Taking a day off just because is not something we are used to doing because sub plans can be a bit of a pain.

Well, last week I just had to take a day off. I needed to go to a few doctors appointments and I was willing to do anything to get in, so that meant writing sub plans. As I was typing up my plan I realized how long it was really going to take me to type every detail of how to do my reading group routines. So, I had the grand idea to just do what I was typing and record myself doing it. I maneuvered a device to hold up my Ipad, put what I needed up on my interactive board, and just went straight through the lesson. I even called on students during the video and gave them time to share their answers. My students LOVED it! So, next time you're writing sub plans and its taking FOREVER, don't! Record yourself teaching instead.

A word of advice, after recording myself, the video was about 15 minutes, which is way too large to e-mail. So I would recommend sending your sub the link to the video via Drop Box. This was the easiest way I could find to get it to her. Happy sub plan recording! :)


Sunday, December 13, 2015

TPT Reminiscing & GIVEAWAY

I remember the day I decided to start selling products on TPT. It was a Sunday, and I was visiting my family in Kentucky. I randomly remembered how much my firsties struggled with double-digit addition with regrouping and thought, "Why not create a bingo game to help my kiddos practice?" I started out in Word, and for those of you who sell on TPT, you know how AWFUL Word is to create in. I wrote out a bunch of double-digit addition equations on pieces of paper and put them in a hat. I drew out a card at a time and typed it on the bingo board. It took me hours, but I finally made 30 bingo cards. I remember being frustrated that Word wouldn't let me maneuver things how I wanted. I finally finished creating my first product after a good while. After this experience, I thought, "Why not create things for my classroom?" So, ever since that's what I've been doing.

I remember back when I had 12 followers on TPT. I thought it was pretty sweet that 12 people
thought I was worth following. Now that I'm at 100 followers, I feel like a rockstar. I know that's not near what the top sellers on TPT have, but you've got to start somewhere, right?? When I hit 100 followers this week, I may have jumped for joy and giggled like a school girl. So, to celebrate this victory of mine, I'd like to give back to you!

Enter below to win a $10 TPT gift card to help me celebrate this joyous occasion! The giveaway starts tomorrow and will end next Monday. Good luck, and thank you for your help and support on my journey! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Candy Cane Graphing

In my opinion, graphing can be a tad boring. So, when you tell your students you're graphing AND there's food involved, their ears are bound to perk right up!

For this lesson, I bought three different kinds of candy canes. You only need one box of each kind because you break the candy canes into smaller pieces. Each student gets a SMALL taste of every kind of candy cane. (There isn't a kid out there that needs to eat THREE ENTIRE candy canes, ESPECIALLY this time of year!) Another thing I'd suggest, is buying candy canes that look different. This makes it easier for the kiddos to remember which kind is which.

Once your students have sampled the three different types, they color a candy cane (shown in the picture above) to look like the candy cane they liked most out of the samples. The students then put their masterpieces under the correct category written on the board. I like to write the brand name to look like it does on the box, but that may be a little much.

Each year I try to predict which candy canes the students will like the best. I am usually dead wrong, and this time was no exception. This year, our winner was Sweetarts. Not my first choice when it comes to candy canes, but I'm also not six years old!

Once all the candy canes are placed on the board, pass out the paper that says, "Candy Cane Class Graph." This is where you graph the results of the data that was collected, and answer the questions pertaining to the graph.

The students will also get to do this with a small group, but when it comes to the questions they will probably need some assistance. 

This helps your students not only become pros at "gathering and interpreting data," but who doesn't love to devour an edible treat?

Want to try this with your class? Grab the FREEBIE from my TPT store by clicking here. Enjoy!