Monday, 17 August 2015

Scholastic Instructor Magazine

I'm excited to share this article from Scholastic Instructor Magazine.

50 Organization Tricks for Teachers 

Creative ways to keep your classroom in tip-top shape until the last bell rings.

Some fabulous classroom organization ideas are featured, including my very own iPad dish drainer storage.

You can check it out here:

Friday, 22 May 2015

Classroom pictures

Today I am sharing a look inside my grade 3 classroom during set-up this year.

I built student mailboxes with cube shelving and it has been fantastic! I can see clearly when there is mail that still needs to be taken home and it makes handing out items a breeze.  My desk organizers are also pictured. They are $10 laundry carts from Wal-Mart!

 Magnetic daily puzzles.
 Paper and other storage.
 Magnetic Word Wall.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Back to blogging!

I've taken quite a break from blogging!  I am now nearing the end of my year in Grade 3, and what a year it has been. Tons of fun, and really awesome kids to spend my time with.

As I get back into the swing of blogging, here's a memory of October. Our school had a door decorating contest and we went with a candy theme!  Trick-or-treat, BIG time! I used the Cricut to cut out all of the M&M circles. One of my students decorated the big box candy that are at the top of the trick-or-treat bag.  I covered a big piece of cardboard with an orange vinyl shower curtain to make the bag.  It turned out pretty great I think!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Lego Centers in Kindergarten

What a wonderful week of working with Lego!

We had so much happening! Designing minifigures, making minifigure masks, building all sorts of creations and even using Lego at our math centres.

Here is a picture of students using a Lego page to create patterns.

I made up picture cards for students to use as a template for creating numbers!  They really enjoyed this activity. I also created these Lego picture cards for the alphabet and we used these in our morning literacy centers.

This picture shows our measuring with Lego page.  At this center students measured a variety of common classroom items with Lego and recorded their findings on the page.

Here is the estimating page.  I laminated these to be used with dry erase markers. Students estimate how many pieces of Lego might fit into the shape, and then they fill the shape with Lego and find out how close they were.  This also went over very well!  I think I finally have the majority of my class realizing that an estimate does not need to match the actual number :)

All of these centers and photo cards can be purchased in my TPT Store!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Learning Story Documentation in Full Day Kindergarten

I have recently finished a template that I am using to write learning stories for my students. Learning stories are a form of observation/documentation that are written to the student in the form of a story about the learning experience.  This template is a fillable form, with a place write a story to the students.  The best part about the template is that it includes all of our Ontario Curriculum expectations in the form of a clickable list.  I am selling the template on TPT here:

I was so thrilled to read feedback that someone wrote after they purchased the template...

"Danielle, This is a fantastic product! I love that I can create a "learning story" for each student in my Kindergarten. Wonderful for evaluating with an ECE partner, and for sharing with parents. Great that it relates directly to our Ontario curriculum. This will be a real asset for report card writing. Thank you for making this available!"

Wow...what a nice comment to read!!

That just made my day :)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Kindergarten Moon Party

It was a party week! My class has recently been learning about space and the moon, and was thrilled to learn about Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield this past week. We decided we needed a party to celebrate all of our exciting spacey learning! There was a full moon on a Tuesday-so we went for it! We had a song and dance prepared to show our parents and the kids all came ready for bed in their PJs! I will have to get some more photos to post - but here is a shot of the room before the excitement began.

Not a great photo - but you can kind of see the big felt planets hanging by the windows.

 I made some chocolate star suckers for the students to enjoy after their performance.  
Rockets that the students made hung from the ceiling...  
We also had a couple of awesome space bulletin boards too...  
 Here is a close-up of that craft. I used a picture of each student with a Cricut astronaut (Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge). The astronaut is inside a styrofoam bowl covered up with a clear plate - to look like a UFO. The students decorated their spaceship with craft gems and sparkles to simulate lights, and added an alien for a spacey touch! They loved making these, and you can hardly look at them without smiling. So cute! They had to write a sentence about what they wonder about space to accompany their spaceship craft. This one says I wonder what the moon looks like. Love it!!