Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reminder Bracelets and Positive Notes Home

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I'm not huge on giving my first graders food treats, or anything treasure-box related, but I'm a big fan of positive praise and good old fashioned love and attention!

I give my students certificates when they show exceptional leadership, I draw big stars on their papers when I think it is their best work, and I love using these easy-to-prep bracelets to remind kiddos and their families of important events or simply to share successes from that school day!


Since I give out certificates to my students who clipped up multiple times, I use the bracelets to randomly spotlight great behavior and if I'm using one of the reminder bracelets, like the picture day one for example, I typically will ask my students who wants to wear it and who wants to just take it home.

I try to always make things a choice in my classroom, but about 95% of the time, my firsties like the novelty of being able to wear their note home! :)


To make my life easier, I have my reminder/positive note bracelets already printed on Astrobrights paper and cut out ready to go.  This saves time for those last-minute reminders, and it allows me to be able to send more of the positive ones home on a regular basis.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gingerbread Sentences Literacy Center

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Even though my first graders have come such a long way since the beginning of the year, there is still so much room for them to grow their little literacy brains!

I wanted to help my kiddos practice their reading and also take notice of the features of print-- AKA sentences start with a capital and end with a period!  That may seem simple, but I feel like I need to constantly remind my firsties of it!


To keep things new and fun, I whipped up this Gingerbread Sentence Literacy Center!  It includes 6 different sentences, but my students can chose how they want to play it.

They can try to figure out the original sentences or they can mix them all up and make silly sentences!

To prep the center I simply printed out the sentences, laminated them on my new personal laminator (which I'm completely obsessed with by the way) and then cut them apart!  It was quick and easy to get ready and I love that my kiddos are working on reading and figuring out which pieces are beginnings, middles, or endings!


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