Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Participation Signs

Encouraging others and praising others' ideas is a big part of my classroom, so I'd like to share an easy way I promote this: PARTICIPATION SIGNS!
 
 
I designed these signs because these are "common sayings" I use in our classroom every day!
Now I have a prop!
I love audience participation and these signs take it one step further. (Plus, the kids think they're fun!)
 I like to use these signs when I introduce something new to my class or to highlight a student's deep thinking. I actually used them at open house too when I showed our parents some of the features of our classroom! :)
 

They love holding the signs to praise each other too! They presented their biographies this week and they wanted to give each other recognition.
Applause Sign=Happy Student!

Let's be honest...who wouldn't feel good after getting a "WHOOP WHOOP" after being nervous about presenting in front of your entire class??!!

These signs make everyone smile!
I leave them on the chalk tray of my board for easy access to use at any celebratory moment!



I created these signs as posters and cut them in half and glued them on foam board. They are reversible, so I can flip the OOOOOH and AHHHHHH signs over.
You could make them on legal sized paper or poster board for you classroom.
**You'll get a very exciting response! :)

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Spirit Sticks!

Spirit Sticks on Saturday for Spark Student Motivation! I love alliteration!
 I made these spirit sticks this summer and now have introduced them to my class! This is probably one of most favorite additions to my classroom!!
So bright and colorful, these sticks just scream celebration!
We celebrated our accomplishments for Reading Counts this week! Reading Counts has been up and running for about 3 weeks now and my kids are LOVIN' it! We cheered for each student as they earned their certificate for each point club.


I added these certificates this summer to my Reading Counts posters bulletin board pack and I'm so glad I did! I had a few texts from parents to tell me their child's certificate(s) were already proudly displayed on their refrigerator!
I plan to recognize point club milestones once a week. Once a week to make the certificates and pass out the spirit sticks will be the least disruptive and give my students something to look forward to.
I give incentives/certificates for every 50 points, except the first point club in my class is only 25 points to get them started. I have a reading machine who hit the 200 point club this week!!! He's going to be off my vertical point club board my Christmas!! (I only made mine to go up to 500 points!)
Spirit Sticks will get ANYONE & EVERONE excited! I even used them for our faculty kickoff at preplanning!

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Reading Organizers, Reading Counts & Accelerated Reader Bulletin Board Kits, Prime & Composite Numbers Scoot, and a FREEBIE

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New products, an updated product, and a FREEBIE!

I present to you my new Fall Reading Graphic Organizers! These 30 organizers can be used with any text! I know it's the simple things that get our students excited and for some reason, themed organizers do just that! :)



If you already own my Reading Counts & Accelerated Reader Bulletin Board, please go to TPT under your purchases and download again for the added goodies!
***I've added certificates (several styles and for different occasions), parent weekly & monthly progress reports, bookmarks to keep track of minutes read, books read, future reads, and more!
I now how this set available in different colors too! This is perfect for a vertical bulletin board! I made this for my class a few years ago because I wanted spotlight my students, but we had limited space in our classrooms.
 
It's now available in colored polka dot and chevron.
Click HERE for POLKA DOT.                             Click HERE for CHEVRON
 
I also made a cute white stitched black banner for under your chalkboard or under your window!
 Click HERE to check out this addition that will match all classroom d├ęcor!

 
And, we how have two more Scoot Games added to our collection:
Prime & Composite Numbers-I like this one because it's super quick and an easy way for me to assess my students' learning.
Click HERE!
  
I love to incorporate Scoot at least once a week in our classroom because the kids love it and I love it! It gets the kids moving, EVERYONE is engaged, quick and easy assessment tool, can be used as an introduction, review, or assessment. If they "scoot" individually, it's SILENT! {insert happy face}
 
Are you a "Scoot" fan? Or, maybe you want to try it out? Here's a FREEBIE for you!
Please leave some love if you download. :)
Click HERE.


PIN TO WIN ONE OR ALL! Pin ANY of the images for each product. I will give away one of each product! Winners will be notified/announced on Wednesday! You can enter all pin URLs in one comment. Be sure to include your email if you aren't a blogger so I can send you your prize if you're the winner!
ONE WINNER WILL GET ALL NEW THREE PRODUCTS!!!
1-Fall Graphic Organizers, 1-Reading Counts/Accelerated Reader Kit (Your choice of color) and 1-Prime & Composite Numbers Scoot Game!!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Student Medals

Happy Saturday Friends!
I have another simple idea for you!
 I posted about these medals before, but I wanted to share an idea that I shared with another teacher who wanted to use the medal idea too.
 
I bought my medals at Target a few years ago, but I found some on Amazon here if you're interested. 
You customize the circles the same size as the medal and insert them in the plastic case. I changed my ribbons last year from the red, white, and blue stripe to the black with white stitching (my favorite ribbon for everything!).
I told my students to try their best on their big math test and anyone who scored an A, B, or C could wear the medal for the day. This little incentive excited my students!


**(Wait...do you see the newest addition to our classroom? Yes, that high heel chair behind that proud student!! Isn't it fabulous?! One of my students gave it to me!)
They couldn't wait to wear them to lunch to show off!
Good news...my class did very well on their math test!!!
What could've been bad news...two students scored a D. I couldn't have 19 students wear a medal and leave two out, so I had a private conversation with those two students. I told them their score.
Me: Did you try your VERY best?
Student: YES, Mrs. Miller, I did. I promise.
Me: Ok, then I think you should wear a medal too! As long as you tried your hardest! {Insert big smile from student!}
Sometimes we have to make exceptions. I do know those two tried their hardest, but they struggle in math, and really, a D is still great for all the concepts tested on that math test! I want my students to feel proud of all their accomplishments. I know these medals will motivate them for next test too!
 

If you don't want to purchase the plastic medals, you can make your own medals on cardstock and laminate them. Tie a decorative piece of ribbon on them and they'll be perfect!

You could use them for attendance, homework, cooperation, teacher helper, lots of possibilities!
Simple idea that can be used all year! :)

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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Late breaking news...my Fall Reading Graphic Organizers are finished! It includes 30 organizes and  can be used with any text! Check it out here! :)
 


 

 

 
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Pencil Toppers

Happy Saturday Friends! This is the last weekend in September! Can you believe it?
I'm going to share an easy and inexpensive way to bring personalized incentives to your classroom!
Simple and effective ideas are the best, right?
I purchased these straw toppers at Hobby Lobby and used them to customize my pencils!
You can use them for anything! The black ones can also be used with chalk.
 
You can have several made up ahead of time and pass them out as needed or customize as you go!
As I was typing this post I thought of a topper I need to make...
Teacher Pencil and Reading Group Pencil!!!
My group pencils always seem to wander off-I've gotta add these!
That's it! Told you it was simple! These little toppers will dress up (or as I like to say, "accessorize") any pencil! Students will love using one of these pencils!

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Open House

What a busy week! We had Open House this week and it's fun, but exhausting!
I want to share some Open House ideas that get my students, parents, and me excited! :)
If we get everyone excited, you'll have a great turnout! I had 21/21 parents come this year!
Even if you've already had your Open House, maybe you can use it for next year.
LOTS OF FREEBIES!
 
 
 Make your event light and fun! Keep it positive and share a glimpse of the happenings in your classroom and exciting things planned for the year. What are your expectations and goals for your students? How can your parents help? I like to have a whole group presentation to assure one parent doesn't monopolize my time. I have conference sheets available to discuss individual students.
 
First, I like to make an invitation to invite my parents. I LOVE my invitation this year because it's also a keepsake! I thought of this late at night when my brain wouldn't turn off!
 
 A few days before Open House, I send home a survey to find out some information and to help me plan my evening better. This survey serves as a reminder, allows me to find out if parents want more information about a specific topic, what they like about our classroom, and whether or not they're attending. You can pick up a copy of here.
I have the desks all set up before the parents arrive. Tickets for the big drawing and goodie bags for students and parents, handbook, water bottle, and scratch off ticket for parents.
Water bottles are found here.
I have a PowerPoint with different bulleted lists to guide my presentation, and in case parents have more questions, my handbook has lots of information about our class they can refer to. It includes information about conferences, expectations about each subject, goals for the year, field trips, a list of websites, samples of rubrics, multiplication timed test.
 
When I talk about my reading expectations and goals for my students I show them some statistics on independent reading. I think this slide is very eye-opening to the parents.

To encourage my students to read at home, I give them a goodie to take home and hang on their door. I tell parents they're not allowed to make them do chores or go to bed when they see this sign hanging on the doorknob! LOL! (My students love this! It's a great way to get them excited about reading at home!)
I had these printed several years ago from a printing company, so they were kind of pricey, but I have a set here that I use all year long for a variety of occasions!
 
 
These mints are just a special treat for the parents to enjoy!
Pick up a copy of these note cards here.

 
Can't leave the kids out! I picked up Skittles on sale this week and created this cute topper for them! You can pick up a generic one here.
 
Parents want to help, so I set up a table with wish list items ranging in price starting at $1. Of course, the students are quick to grab one, but I explain during my presentation that it's for parents to decide if they'd like to take a helping hand. (You know I drum up business for that table by saying things like, "I wish I could see my table, but it's covered with hands, " or "Who will be the first to grab a hand to help our class?" This gets parents moving toward the table! :) )
Pick up a copy of the wish list labels here.
 
Also during my presentation, I want those parents involved and engaged! I make them take a multiplication timed test just like my students do every day! (I tell my students in advance that I'm going to make their parents do the 12s and not to tell them-they love it!)
It helps the parents realize how quickly their child needs to be able to recall their facts to be successful in math in fourth grade. (I don't grade them, it's just for fun!)
I have a whole multiplication incentive program to get everyone excited about multiplication!
I have Scratch to Win tickets for the parents too, except they don't win a trip to the prize box, free book, or use pen all day. Their prizes are rewards from their children: wash the car, vacuum the house, wash the dishes, breakfast in bed! My students aren't super happy about their parents collecting on these prizes, but they're good sports! The happy students belong to the parents who scratch "sorry, try again!".  (We all can't be winners!)
 
At the end of open house I have a drawing for the parents and students. Both the parent and student won this year, no zonks! (I forgot to get pictures-there was a lot of action in my packed classroom!)


Along with the conference sign up sheet, I have a sign up sheet for science experiments. Like I said, parents like to help, so I ask parents to sign up to bring in the supplies for a science experiment. This gives parents a chance to be involved and helps with the teacher's wallet!
Grab that here.

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Quizlet


Happy Saturday! I think most everyone is back in school now and I hope you're getting settled and enjoying your new class!
 
I want to share a simple review game this week. Quizlet! Have you heard of it? It's so user friendly, so quick to set up, and easy it's a simple review game for a unit of study.
I use it a lot for a quick vocabulary review. It's the perfect five minute filler!
 
It creates flashcards too! It has an audio feature so the cards can be read aloud. This is going to beneficial for some of my struggling readers.
There's a test feature too! Students can practice with different types of questions: multiple choice, matching, written, and true/false.


Scatter is a game that requires some keyboarding skills because you have to type the matching word in the space bar before the matching word gets to the other side of the screen. I've played this whole group and just have my students all call out the word together.



Scatter is our favorite whole group game. The words disappear as you match them up. They try to beat the best time...lots of cheering!


 


I have my students say the words aloud as they match them, allowing for a review for everyone who isn't playing too.
 
Just a quick way to incorporate some technology, review, and fun all at one time! My students love Quizlet! I use the free version, which offers so much, but there is a paid teacher version I'm considering. You can set up your class and keep track of their progress, and it offers even more features.

 
I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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