Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Storing Stations

Teachers are always looking for ways to store things. I have had a few teachers ask how to store their math stations for the year. Here are a few ideas to help you get organized for the new year!
These storage tubs are my favorite! Several teacher in my building have gotten them through Donor's Choose.  After you have prepped and cut all of your stations, you can place them in these tubs.  
 The only drawback to this is they will take up some space.
 I use packing tape to keep the title on the top of the tub.
But when it is time to change out stations, just grab the tub you need and put the other one back on the shelf.  Click here for the boxes on Amazon. But don't forget, try www.donorschoose.org!
I LOVE these envelopes! I use them A LOT :)
I use packing tape and tape the title page on the outside of the envelope. If I don't do this the kids pull it out with the other items, then we don't know what station it is!
I keep the pieces and recording sheets in the envelope along with what is needed for the station. 
Click here to get plastic envelopes on Amazon. 
One of my fellow teachers got these carts on Donor's Choose. They are great for so many things in the classroom. They are great for storing math stations. I put a small label on the front. Then the directions, pieces, and supplies in the drawer. 

Click here for the cart on Amazon.
If you are a teacher, you have binders everywhere! Grab some page protectors and put your stations in these when not in use. 



Here are the math stations:
These have 1 math station for every Common Core Math Standard in each grade level. All for less than $1 a station! 
The possibilities are endless!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Grinch Goo!




Ingredients:
*1/2 Cup Liquid Starch
*1/2 Cup Water
*1/2 Cup Clear Glue (White glue will work but clear glue makes it more transparent for the hearts to show through.  I bought my clear glue on Amazon.)
*Green Food Coloring
*Red Confetti Hearts

Directions:
1.  Combine the glue and water.  Stir until it is mixed well.
2.  Add a couple of drops of green food coloring and mix. Stir well.  (Add more drops if you want darker slime.)
3.  Add confetti hearts and stir.
4.  Slowly stir in the liquid starch and mix.






The slime will set up quickly.  I made two batches and it was more than enough for all of my students (18) to have about a half full condiment cup (which are 2 oz.).  

I let them play with the slime on sheets of wax paper so they didn't pick up pencil shavings and dirt in their Grinch Goo.  When we were done they put their lids on and took it home.

Here are a couple of free printable downloads to use with your Grinch Goo to link it to some learning standards!  Click here to download them FREE!

 

Next week we will be having a Reindeer Fuel day!  You can grab up that packet by clicking HERE!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!







Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spiders, Bats, and Halloween... Oh My!

This past week, my students discovered spiders and enjoyed every minute of it!  We used Stephany Dillon's Spider Unit.  I think spiders are so cool..... but also super creepy!
These are some of my favorite spider books to read during spider week.
The Spider Unit was perfect for my kindergarten students learning about labeling.  This spider diagram was included in the unit!



I just love this time of the year.  There are so many nonfiction topics to teach!

Stephany also has a nonfiction Bat Unit.  I also have purchased it and plan to use it next week!

If you are looking for a fun Halloween emergent reader, check out this one in my store!


Happy Teaching,