**FREEBIE** Printable Desk Tags - Bumblebees

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This year I printed my own desk tags.  It was pretty easy once I made the template.  I printed on cardstock and then laminated.  Since our kids move from room to room for different classes we chose to put velcro on the back of the name tags.  The font I used for the names is Penmanship Print.

For those of you that want to print and hand write your names here you go!
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Place Value

Anyone else find place value to be a VERY difficult concept for kids?  Here are some activities I created when I couldn't find good matching games with base ten blocks.
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There are 4 pages of matching cards in this set.

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This one also has 4 pages of matching cards.

NOTE:  I keep my printables simple!  Colored ink is expensive and we're not allowed to print in color from work computers.  I find it easier to make an attractive activity through font than to try to dress it up with clip art and color when most likely it'll end up being printed in black and white. 

Multiplication Matching Game

One of my first attempts at using the computer to make a classroom game was Multiplication Matching.  My second graders LOVE matching games and this one helped them make connections between vocabulary and numbers.

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Each multiplication table is listed separately on Teachers pay Teachers.  Do you think I should combine them into a unit?  I have 2's through 10's. 

**FREEBIE** Classroom Supply Labels

Last fall as I got my classroom ready for the school year I decided we needed some colorful labels for our supplies.  One of Project CHILD's essential components is to keep materials accessible to students.  I searched high and low for matching, attractive labels with no luck.  So I made my own! 
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There are 2 pages of labels including:  glue, scissors, markers, crayons, pencils and erasers, colored pencils, rulers, watercolors, and expo markers.  If you would like any other labels just let me know in comments and I'll email them to you.

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HINT:  Our school laminator was out of film when I printed these so instead of printing on cardstock and laminating I printed on glossy photo paper I had laying around.  I hot glued them to the baskets and they've held up ALL YEAR! 

Project CHILD

For a little insight into how our school works I should explain the program that we follow.  We adopted a program this year called Project CHILD.  In this instructional model students are grouped into clusters of grades K-2 and 3-5.  The classes within a cluster rotate through 3 teachers that teach the core subject areas of Reading/Social Studies, Writing/Science, and Math.  Our students stay with us for a total of 3 years between the 3 grades.  A key part of the model is our station time (similar to centers) that students participate in during each class.  It's easier to explain by looking at a sample schedule.

My schedule as a K-2 Math teacher:
8:00-8:30     Morning Meeting with homeroom class
8:30-9:15     Specials
9:15-10:45   Math instruction for Kindergarten
10:45-11:30 Recess/Lunch
11:30-1:50   Math instruction for 1st grade
1:50-2:30     Math instruction for 2nd grade (homeroom class)

Here's an explanation from their website:
Project CHILD (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered) is a research-based teaching and learning system for grades K-5. The emphasis is on reading, writing, and mathematics. Science and social studies topics are incorporated throughout.
CHILD is a three-dimensional model that differs from the one-dimensional traditional model designed around a single teacher in a single grade. The CHILD triangulated design changes the traditional classroom in several dynamic ways.
Three teachers form cluster teams -- one teacher for reading, one for writing, and one for mathematics. Clusters teams work across three grade levels - K-2 for a primary cluster and 3-5 for an intermediate cluster. Teachers work with the same students for three years.
After direct instruction from the teacher, students work independently at three types of learning stations within their cluster. Students rotate to the three classrooms in their cluster. Each classroom has a Computer Station for technology-based work, a Textbook Station for paper/pencil work, and three Activity Stations for hands-on work. There is also a Teacher Station for small group tutorials and individual assistance.
The original research began in 1988 at Florida State University. Dr. Sally Butzin is the senior author. Since then there have been annual updates, along with numerous independent studies that document the effectiveness of the CHILD instructional system. CHILD students have significantly higher academic achievement and better behavior than their peers in traditional classrooms. Parent support and enthusiasm is also very high.

Good teachers borrow, Great teachers steal!

I'm pretty sure the most important thing I have learned since I started teaching is to stop trying to reinvent the wheel!  So many brilliant teachers out there have so many great ideas.  Being able to tap into all that experience while still putting my own twist and teacher style into it is what teaching is all about!

Blogging has been a huge asset to me this last year in finding more and more great lessons and activities.  I hope that being able to share some of my own creations I'll be able to help a few fellow teachers along the way.