Sunday, August 5, 2012

Errands! Overheads!, and a FREEBIE.. Oh My!

Today I am off to CostCo to pick up my student binders.  Costco has the best prices and the binders seem to last all year.

While I am there, I am going to meet up with Chrissy from Read, Write, Sing.  She is sweet and fun-ny!   In any event... we are doing this parking lot meet up where I am bringing her these.

She had my Overhead Unit... but needed an overhead. While I was at school last week I nosed into a conversation that was taking place between our tech guy and my principal. Apparently he was sending a bunch of these to the recycling center.   I yelled out,  "NO!" in a rather dramatic way and explained that these were wonderful. I don't think he agrees with my overhead valuation, but he did say we had more to give out if anyone was interested. I need to hear from you this week though.

So here is your invitation.  If you live in the Missouri area and are willing to drive a bit.  I can HOOK! YOU!    UP!   Just email me. I live near Rolla, but I go to St. Louis a few times a month.
owens65066@gmail.com

Next... Brace yourself, I am going to talk about Vegas again.  When I was in Vegas I sat in on a few AMAZING sessions. In one of them, Deanna Jump mentioned that she had one learning notebook for her kiddos.  
Wait!  
I have 3!  
I have a Poetry Notebook, Math Journals, and Thinking Notebook.  
Deanna has her students use 1 and she puts tabs in the book  (one for each  section).  When the book fills up, it goes home and she starts a new book for them. I love this idea!
 These are the labels I used. I just folded them over to make the tab. 

 My students will use the first 3rd of the book for their poetry notebook, the yellow tab will be for their math journals,  and the green tab will be for their thinking journals (small group stuff).

I made two covers for you!
Click for your FREEBIE
or
Click for your FREEBIE
If you need math journal prompts you can find mine

How do you organize your journals?


16 comments:

  1. I was in this session too. I wonder if you/she cuts paper and glues down forms or do you have your student s write on these lines? Any advise would be appreciated.

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    1. I do both. The poetry part is student-glued paper, math is student-glued, and thinking is a combination of both.

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  2. That's such a great idea for using the notebooks!! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. That is so smart! I was just curious what type of things your students put into their thinking notebook. Also is the poetry part for color word poems and sight word poems? Sorry for all the questions - I am still trying to figure out how I want to work all of this this year!!!

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    1. You are right on the poetry journals. Whatever our poem of the week is...

      Thinking journal is brought to my small group table. We can do reading responses or word work in them. I hope to use them in readers workshop too this year...more on that later:)

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  4. Omg, that is a genius idea. I also had 3 notebooks and it just frustrated me. They had way too many things in their desk so having one notebook where they can put it on top of their table tub would be AWESOME!

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  5. Thank you Deedee! I was thinking about doing 1 notebook but maybe have a different topic a day. Maybe today would be math and tomorrow writing? Do you think they can flip on their own? I don't think I would mind the 3 mixing together?

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    1. Yes, they can totally handle flipping their notebooks. I also have them check their neighbors to make sure they have it right too. Then they can help each other.

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  6. Hi Deedee. I was just curious if you purchase the notebooks and binders for your students with your own money. This is always a debate with husband. Thanks!

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    1. I totally understand the debate. This year I bought them myself. I wanted everyone to have the same one. The ones with the plastic covers are a nightmare and I did not want to deal with them.

      Plus... these are only .17 at Target!

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  7. Love the notebook! What a great tip! Thank you! :)
    I was going to get rid of my overhead until I saw your unit! :) It is in my cart! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  8. Love the Journal ideas. Last year I used two journals for my Firsties- one was a stations journal and used for both literacy and math actvities. The other was a breakfast journal-- we have breakfast in the classroom and I didn't want to have to collect morning work. I would put work on the SMARTBoard and they would work in their journals while they ate. (And I didn't have to deal with food-covered papers!) My team asks for three composition books from our students and most bring them.

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  9. I just use one composition notebook for all of our journaling needs! Doesn't matter what subject, but we used it for reading, writing, and math journaling activities. I don't have them divided up or anything and it works out much easier because they can just turn to the next empty page. They love using their "special notebooks"! :)

    Caitlin
    The Kinder Garden

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  10. Don't ya just hate when admin tosses out the things we treasure most! When we got SmartBoards installed our principal cleared out so many good ones. But I managed to rescue a couple overheads and stashed them in my secret little closet {insert evil little laugh here}. Mind you they're from like 1975 but they do the job for now. I love and use your journal prompts...the kids love them!!!
    Enjoy your day my friend!
    ❤Tanya
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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