Beginning of the Year Handouts for Better Classroom Management

I report to in-service one week from today. After finishing the post, I’m heading to school to work on my room. I usually have it done by now, but I have had a jam-packed summer.
This past weekend I worked on a few of the handouts that I will have in my students’ ELA Folders when they come to class on the first day. I usually purchase each student a paper folder when I can get them for .10 and under. (I have over 90 kiddos) Each class has its class color. There are two sides in the folder, one is returned to the teacher, and the other is a notebook. The items on the notebook side will stay in the folder until, as a class, we set up our class binders. The first handout I have is the student Reading Notebook Requirements.

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This handout tells them what materials they need and what order everything goes in. They keep this handout under memos in their notebooks if something happens and they need to reorganize. Click on the picture to download the editable version. 
Each year I provide a syllabus for my students with an overview of class expectations, policies, rules, and curriculum. You can download an editable version of mine by clicking on the picture!
Beginning of the Year Handouts for Better Classroom Management
Lastly, I’m going to share my Reading Class Important Information handout. This sheet contains their log-ins, passwords, and web addresses for classes. Click on the picture to download an editable version. 

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Let's Celebrate 100 Followers On Facebook with a Giveaway!

        To celebrate the milestone of reaching 100 followers on my Oodles of Teaching Fun page, I am having a giveaway. You can enter to win a 10.00 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers just in time for the start of the school year. Please share with your friends!

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Back to School Freebies: Point of View Pronoun Sort

I am joining Teacher’s Take Out for a Back to School Linky Party! I’ve created a Point of View Pronoun sort. I laminate the sorting mat and cut and laminate all the pronouns. I use these in small group. I time the students and then they try to beat their time. They really enjoy it.  Click on the image to download your freebie. Then head over to the linky to grab some more freebies! 
I have reached 100 followers on my Facebook page. To celebrate I’m giving away a 10.00 Teachers Pay Teacher Gift Card to enter click here


Freebie Friday….Contraction I Have…Who Has Cards

 Freebie FridayTeaching blogs share freebies all the time and at Teaching Blog Addict, we give you the place to find them all in one spot! Be sure to come back each week to see what's new! Find free downloads and teacher resources for kindergarten, first grade ,second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade.
      I am joining Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday. After you finish grabbing my freebie from my blog be sure to head over and check out some other great blogs. Also, I’m always looking for new freebies to create. If there is something you need, feel free to comment below! 
My freebie is a contraction I have…Who has set! Click the picture to download!


Student Data Tracking with a Freebie!

      I am a data nut and I try to share that love with my students. My students track data for various activities in our classroom.

Students take a weekly 10 question ELA quiz. The quiz covers various skills from that week and previous weeks. After we discuss the quiz, students then record their data. Click on the picture to download an editable data tracking sheet. This is a great visual for students! 

After students have colored their graph to get a visual of their growth, they then record their score on this sheet. Then students compare their score to their previous score and then set a goal for the next quiz. We talk about setting smart goals at the start of the year. Students understand they need to set attainable and reasonable goals. Click on the picture to download an editable ELA Data & Goals sheet. 
    I would love to hear and see how your students track their data and set goals in your classroom. Please feel free to share links below. 


Sunday Smorgashbord

          I am joining Fabulous in First for Smorgasbord Sunday! I love this linky, because you never know what great ideas or resources you’ll find. 
        I love how-to posts from bloggers who are old pros at blogging. I always learn something new. Miss Kindergarten has a great post on how to add a watermark to your blog photos. You should click head over there and check out the great post. 

         I also have been following all the Close Reading Book studies that are going on right now in the blogging world. I was really lucky and won a copy of “Fall in Love with Close Reading from Elementary Antics. I can’t wait to read it. You can enter to win a copy here


Show & Tell Linky: Literacy Design Collaborative


      I am joining Rubby Slippers for her weekly Show and Tell linky. I’ve had a lot of great opportunities to grow as an educator this summer. Today, I started my journey as a curator for the TN Gates Curator project. A great resource I was introduced to today was Literacy Design Collaborative. The site has modules, tasks, courses, and mini-tasks and they are all free. These lessons are created by teachers for teachers. 

The site is user friendly. You must sign up for an account, but it is free. You can search  based on grade level, activity duration, discipline, skill, and type. There is something here for ELA, Science, and Social Studies teachers. If you haven’t checked it out….you are missing out. 


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