What Works for me Wednesday! #2

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Hope you are having a great week! We are exactly 7 school days away from our Spring Break! Unbelievable! This year has flown! I don't know about y'all, but this time of year makes me a little nervous for my kiddos! I want them ALL at a second grade level NOW!

Our first grade program was today! Too cute! Have you ever seen BUGZ?? Our kiddos do it every year, and it's precious! We've been working on it for a couple of weeks, so it will be nice to get back to normal!
My little bugs in very bad lighting!

So, on to what works for me...I just have one today because it's pretty lengthy!

***I wish I had more pics for this post... 

I have tried a dozen different ways to manage helpers in my classroom.

What works best for me:
1 Daily boy helper and 1 Daily girl helper
Everyone has a 9 week job.

Let me explain. Each day, one boy and one girl are the class helpers. They are responsible for monitoring the restrooms, alternating leading and caboosing the line, running errands, passing out papers, etc.

This works well. No fancy chart needed here! And...another glare!
9 Week Jobs
ALL students have full-time 9 week jobs. Below is a list of the jobs in my classroom. I marked the number of students who hold each position for a 9 week period.

**Note: Because some jobs are much easier than others, some students have more than one job. For instance, the student who changes the Daily Helper chart clips also helps make sure the closet is clean.

1) Gathering and sharpening pencils at the end of the day (We just received a Classroom Friendly Sharpener! Love!) (2 students)
2) Putting all the behavior clips back to green (We use clip up/down chart.) (2)
3) Setting up and taking down class store on Friday afternoons. (3)
4) Changing the clips on the Daily helper chart (1)
5) Making sure the student staplers and tape dispensers always have staples and tape (1)
6) Changing Date Stamps daily (1)
7) Straightening the Reading Center (2)
8) Straightening the Daily Five Table (2)
9) Straightening the Math shelves (2)
10) Making sure the closet stays clean (This includes letting classmates know when their bookbags or jackets are on the floor, etc.) (2)
11) Turning on and off the SMARTBOARD (1)
12) Turing on and off overhead lights and lamps (We have quite a few lamps.) (1)
13) Throwing away teacher trash at lunch (They came up with this, not me.) (1)
14) Recording lunch count-marking trays or boxes. (We use magnetic name cards to choose lunch box or tray.) They're actually very good at this job! (2)
15) Taking down magnetic names from the lunch count board at days end (1)
16) Taking sidewalk chalk and other playground "stuff" out to recess (1)
17) Taking the trash cans to the custodian when she walks to the door (We have 4 trash cans.) (2)

  Pencil Sharpener-#1 above                      Behavior Chart-#2 above

Our lunch check-in names-#15 above

All students are responsible for keeping their areas neat. Everyone gets to use our mini brooms to sweep!

My tips for you:
I have students fill out an application stating what jobs they are interested in and why. I "hire" students according to these job applications.

We add jobs as the need arises. Very often, a student will say, "That should be a class job," and we just make it one.

Do students ever get "fired?" I am sorry to say, "Yes, they do!" Some students also quit if the job is not everything they dreamed it would be. When that happens (just like the real job market) the student has to take whatever is out there.

I hope some of this makes sense to you! Implementing our 9 Weeks Job Program has made my life SO much easier! AND- the kiddos love having the responsibility of a "real job!"

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What Works for me Wednesday

I've been wanting to do some type of weekly post, something fun but also useful. 

Midweek seemed right for this, and since I love seeing what works for others in their classrooms,  I thought I'd share a few things that work for me.  Seriously, seeing other classrooms never gets old to me!

Since this is my first "What Works for Me" post, I'm going SIMPLE! 
We really don't need a drum roll.

1) The Take Turns Bucket
I'm sure many of you use this or something like it, 
but in case you don't, let me share. 

Students' names are written on clothespins and placed in a container. 
I use a little pail. 

When we do ANY activity that requires taking turns, the bucket comes out! 
The rest I think you can figure out. 

The first time I tried something like this, I used popsicle sticks. The problem with those was there was nowhere to put the sticks once they came out of the pail. Clothespins easily clip onto the pail. 

My Tip for you: (What I learned the hard way!)
*I paint my clothespins first so the ink from the Sharpie won't bleed. Actually, this year some other teachers' children painted them for me. They loved it!

Side note: One of my sweet girls should NEVER buy a lottery ticket but should ALWAYS enter a draw-down because her clip is consistently pulled last. She's a really good sport, though!

If you don't use something like this, I encourage you to try it! 
Makes my life much easier!

2) Mini Brooms and Dustpans
The next things that work for me, and I truly could not live without, 
are my mini brooms and dustpans! 

That may sound nuts to you, but they are an enormous help in this classroom. 
My kids LOVE using the little brooms and can share the workload with a friend. 

I promise, they all use them without being asked! 

I hang my brooms on 3M hooks behind my classroom door. 
You can tell there isn't much room back there.

My Tips for you: (Things I learned the hard way!)
*Make sure the plastic is thick enough to withstand little hands that aren't always gentle. 
*I also suggest angled brooms. They're easier for the little ones to handle. My current brooms are straight and not as easy to use.
*Make sure you hang the brooms where all kiddos can reach.

Well, that was fun! I hope to keep this midweek post going. That's all for now! 
I'm going to try to remember to snap a pic of our Gumball Math Facts board WITH gumballs! That seems to be working, too! Much fun!

Have you seen these giveaways??
Lisa at First Grade Bloomabilities is having a chapter book giveaway- six whole books that she wrote!  She's giving away set 2 of her Katherine the Great series.  She wrote set 1 a couple of years ago! They look great! I'm super impressed!

Miss S at Just Teaching Kindergarten is having a giveaway with some blogger friends. You could win a gift card, clip art, or some awesome units! Go check it out!

Happy Midweek!!!

TPT Oops!

Two weeks ago, I opened my tpt store and was so excited...that is until today. 

When I make something for others, I like to try it out on my class first. WELL...believe me when I say- that's a really good idea!! 

I posted "I Have, Who Has-Space Race" BEFORE trying it out on my class and guess what? I used the word KITE two times-ugh! 

If you purchased it, please go here and re-download. It has been fixed. If you have already printed your activity, reprint page 6, and you'll be good to go!

I cannot begin to tell you how horrible I feel about this! 
I am a little OCD about proofreading so please accept my full 
apology and don't give up on me yet! 

Here is "Space Race" in all its corrected glory!

Once we realized the Oops, one of my boys said, "Can't we just draw a line through it and write RIDE?" That's exactly what we did, but you don't have to! 

Once KITE became RIDE, we enjoyed the activity! We like to time ourselves each time we use our "I Have, Who Have" games! They do love them! 

I am working on an "I Have, Who Has-10 More Addition."
It will be out this week and will be classroom tested first!!!

Yay for the camera! I'll be back later this week with pics

Happy Weekend!!

What  a week! My kiddos are still sick! Along with Flu and Chicken Pox, this week we had Bronchitis (thank goodness not contagious), and Pink Eye!! I awakened each day wondering which of the said illnesses I had contracted! Thankfully, none yet! You may knock on wood here!

I also had camera issues this week! I wanted to take pics of our Polar Animal unit, but no go! And, Christi from Tales of a Tennessee Teacher was my Valentine Exchange partner! She gave me a precious necklace, some really cool nail polish, peanut m&m's, and a gift card to McDonald's to get some Sweet Tea!! Love their Sweet Tea!! I wish I had pics of her awesome gift! Love it all! Go follow her! 

I did manage to get in a few pics on Valentine's Day!
Both of these activities are from Lindsey at The Teacher Wife. Love her stuff!
Here's our Classmate Compliment table.  
The kiddos have really enjoyed writing sweet notes to one another! We're going to keep it up through February.

We made Coupon books for our parents, too. 

Here are a few of my favorites:
"I will help her clean the toilet." 
Love that spelling!

 "Cleaning the house for 5 minutes." 
A huge sacrifice, I'm sure!

 "I will not fuss when I do not get stuff."

 "A free hug everyday 'cause I love you. You're awesome."

"Taking the trash and stinky diapers."

 "I will be good for a whole week. How good do I have to be?" 
This one cracks me up!

Last week, I was able to post a new item to tpt, "I Have Who Has-Space Race." This one uses CVCE  and CCVCE words. "Sneaky e", "Magic e", "Super e", call it what you will! "I Have, Who Has" is a fun review and truly one of our favorites!
Thanks to all who have purchased this fun game and my other items! 

I have also had a few requests for some other activities using the Monster Sight Words from my freebie last week. One of the requests was for a "Read and Write the Room". I uploaded that to tpt today! This activity uses the same 24 words found in "I Have, Who Has-Monster Sight Words." 
I hope you like my monster activities and can use them! 

I am enjoying our 3 Day weekend! For the last two years, we've lost President's Day to Snow Make-up days! This year, though, no snow! At least not yet! 
This IS Mississippi, but I'm still hopeful! 

I hope you have a long weekend! Have a great one regardless!

My First Currently!

My very first CURRENTLY-so fun! 
And I figured out the linky thing-HOORAY!

Happy Monday, friends!

50 Follower Giveaway, TPT, and Linky Party!

Oh, my goodness! I have 51 followers!! Who would have thought??
I am so thankful to those of you who have chosen to follow! 
I am having a blast visiting your blogs and learning what you do everyday! 
Thanks for sharing and for supporting me!

Let's have a giveaway! I love a good giveaway! 
How about a $10 gift certificate to TPT??
There are 3 ways to enter:
1) Follow my blog and leave a comment. (1 entry)
2) Follow my TPT store and leave a comment. (1 entry)
3) Post my giveaway on your blog or fb page & leave a comment with the link. (1 entry)

I'm so excited about this giveaway! 
I'll use random.org to choose a winner Sunday, February 12.

While you are at my TPT store, take a look at my first items for sale! 
I will post about them later this week, but here they are:

Kimberly at Funky First Grade Fun is having a What Do You Love? Linky Party! I wanted to join but had all kinds of trouble putting a text box on her cute graphic. Go figure! So...I did the next best thing and made one. So much fun! 

If you are watching the game tonight, I hope your team wins! 
Have a great week!