Things are about to change, I'm moving from 5th grade to 1st grade this fall! There are so many differences between the way a 5th grader and a 1st grader works and thinks, am I prepared? I'm moving into a (gorgeous and huge) new classroom, which means the cabinets are empty (a blessing and a curse).
During this past school year we celebrated Read Across America Week. The first day had a theme of "Bring a Book Buddy" for D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read). I was surprised of the amount of 5th grade friends that brought a stuffed animal or baby doll from home to read with during D.E.A.R time. Sometimes teachers forget that, as big as our 5th graders are, they are still children. I want to bring play and fun into my new classroom as much as I can, Book Buddies are an easy way to incorporate reading and fun at the same time! Here are some Book Buddies that I found at Kohl's this week. The proceeds raised benefit children across all of our communities (which is a great reason to explain why I needed ALL of the Mo Willem book characters). I also lucked out by finding some of the old Dr. Seuss Kohl's care line at a clearance price!
Bulletin boards are great way to encourage community and school spirit. They can be educational, motivational, or just pure decoration. Either way, when the kids see something new they get excited (especially when their name or face is on it)!
It is no secret that teachers spend their own money on the little things to improve their classroom and student learning. For me, if I have an organized classroom I am better able to adapt to the various surprises in any given day. These are just a few ways The Dollar Tree helped me prepare for the school year.
Snack Pack Containers
These great two pack snack containers can be used for anything! In early August I was given a surprise when I went to pick up just a couple more, that they ended up being a three pack for $1!
You'd think these boxes were designed for our leveled readers! I scored these book bins in our three leveled colors. Before the books were in a wash basin, bound in rubber bands. The rubber bands kept snapping, the boxes squeezed the books in awkwardly, it just wasn't a fit. The only downfall of these bins is that we have a fourth reader series for building background and vocabulary support, but they didn't have a fourth color bin! If you have seen bins like this please let me know! They are the perfect fit for the books and my classroom, and at $1 each who can beat that?!
Small Group Instruction
Back to School or End of Year gift giving can be expensive. I love using the water bottles and my Cicut to personalize a quick and affordable gift. These water bottles were used as birthday gifts to my team members. I have also bought the tumblers to personalize at the end of the year for students in my classroom.
Target Dollar spot had some great teacher finds this summer, however by the time most teachers are looking the best treasures are gone. I will certainly keep my eyes peeled next summer since the early bird gets the worm.
I was able to get my hands on this great pencil banner, for just $3!
My 5th grade team has three teachers that are new to our team, I thought it would be a great way to surprise and welcome them to the team. I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut their names out on brown vinyl (I used the Cricut Font Chloe). Then, instead of using the pencils along the intended banner, I used ribbon to make each pencil a door hanger.
Where did summer go? If you are anything like me, it was spent on Pinterest, Amazon, and at the local teacher store (maybe a little Netflix time too). Throughout summer I found great sales and ideas to change things up in my 5th grade classroom for the 2016-2017 school year. A decorated classroom does not equal quality education, but taking pride in your environment is an important step within a classroom community.
Current 5th grade teacher and former middle school educator trying to be techy, Reading Specialist, Science Coordinator, Student Government Coordinator, life long learner, and avid reader