Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 9 Goodies and a Grab!

Don't want you to miss out on Day 9 of The Primary Chalkboard's holiday celebration.  It's my day, and I've got some free goodies for you! Click on the image below to check it out :)


Monday, December 1, 2014

A Season for Gifting!

Happy Holidays! I just wanted to let everyone know that The Primary Chalkboard is celebrating this month with our own Advent Calendar. 

Each day we will have a little treat for our readers from one of our authors/bloggers. You can only get the treat on that day, so make sure you check back often. Click on the button above to take you over now, and find out which blogger has your special gift today!

So in yesterday's post, I was lamenting about how hard it can be to keep our little darlings focused at this time of year.  I shared my plans for mixing festive fun and academics together, to get through the month.  Happy teacher, happy students, and happy admin.  Should be "all good"!  I thought I would share something else that I will be using during the month of December. 

This month I will continue to reward my students for making good choices and keeping their eyes on the prize, by using my Differentiated Behavior Cards.  But, I be using the Holiday/Winter theme!  My kids love these!

You might want to check this out!  It is on sale today and tomorrow, along with everything else in my store!  Click on either button below to take you to my store :)

These cards a cute way to acknowledge students who are working hard everyday!  Half of them are decidedly "Christmasy" in theme.  But, the other half are winter-themed (Just in case "Christmas" is a no-no where you teach.) They are also EDITABLE (in case, you are not a fan of my silly little sayings - lol)  and include 3 class-size POSTERS, too!

All you do is give each child a card (there are four to a sheet) or let them pick their own design.  Then, as often you like, punch, sign, or stamp each student's card, if they have made good choices for the day.  (I collect cards at the end of the day, and they are tied into our classroom behavior chart.  But, these are completely flexible!)  When the child fills up their card, they can earn a small reward!

  I hope you will give them a try.  I know your students will like this novel way of saying "good job". (If you want to find out a bit more about these cards, I have a set available in my store, for FREE !)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Holiday Study, Fables & Folktale Fun, and Freebies!

First off, I wanted to let you know that I will be participating in the TPT CyberSale going on Monday, December 1st thru Tuesday, December 2nd!

But, come on!  We're teachers!  We like to get our things on Sunday, so we can be ahead of the game!  So, my store is on sale today, too!  Click the sale button below, to go to my store :)

Ok, with that being said.  I only teach for about 3 weeks in December, but let's be honest.  It can be a tough 3 weeks.  It can be hard to keep students engaged at this time.  So, today I am sharing some of my plans for the month.

This month my district's unit of study is on folktales and fables, so I will definitely be on the hunt for some fun things to put into my cart during the sale.  But, I already have some other ideas ready to go.

I just made this fun unit on Holidays Around the World.  This 120+ page informational text unit will whisk your around the world as they learn about Las Posadas (Mexico), Diwali (India), Chinese New Year (China), Hanukkah (Israel), and Kwanzaa (U.S).

So, my thought is that we will be spending some time going through this unit, and I found some great picture books to tie this in with our Folktale/Fables unit.  Here are some of my favorites.

When we are reading about Las Posadas, we will read these Mexican folktales…

When we are studying Diwali, we will also read…

When we are learning about Chinese New Year, we will read…


Finally, while we are learning about Kwanzaa and its African origins, we will read…


When we are reading about Hanukkah, we will enjoy…

I think this will keep us busy!  Don't you think?  Here are a couple of December-ish Freebies!

Have a great week!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Roundup!

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link-

This one is a special one! Over the past 10 months, we have shared thousands of great ideas through our monthly Bright Ideas event. This month, we’re re-capping all of those great ideas, just in case you missed any! Below you will find some of my bright ideas from the past several months:

My first Bright Ideas blog post was about tips for getting your students to have meaningful discussions in the classroom, and you can read about it here:

My next post was about 4+ Ways to Use Old Calendar Math Cards.   I stopped using them awhile back because my wall space is filled with anchor charts (See first post above!  haha), and I moved everything to digital.

Next up was finding more instructional time by creating smoother transitions in your classroom.

Need an easy way to manage learning resources that you use on a consistent basis?  Check out this post:

Finally, my most recent blog post was about using Symbaloo in the classroom.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these bright ideas, and that you have found an idea that you can use in your own classroom.  Please join me on Facebook or Pinterest for more great ideas!


Be sure to check out the link up below for tons more bright ideas from my friends!


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