Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Music in the Classroom!

Well....Here goes on my first music post. I use MUSIC everyday in my classroom. I use music mainly as a transition from the floor and back to their seats. It helps students to get their blood pumping before we go on to the next thing. I download all the music on my iPod and then set my iPod on the (speaker) tower pictured below. I do let kids listen to different types of music while writing...If students can't handle it, I turn it off. You might ask WHY? Well, I have 4 kids of my own, and I have noticed something strange and different in my older kids.  When they are working they have lots of stuff going on in their room. They may have the TV on,  music playing in the background, or earphones in listening to music ~WHILE THEY STUDY!!! This disturbed me because I grew up studying in a quiet room, and BY GEORGE, if it's not quiet, how can someone study? My kids explained to me over the course of many years and tears, that that's how everyone does it NOWADAYS. Both of my sons have been very successful  in school, and after listening to several people present about the digital world we NOW live in, and how kids can multi-task, I AM a believer! Music also works well with themed lessons. We are writing a pirate story in 2nd grade right now, so of course I downloaded a bunch of pirate songs for students to listen to while they work. They are very appreciative, and it makes school FUN! As Emeril would say it~~~ Let's Spice this up a bit -   BAAAAM! 
(in the classroom)

This tower even comes with a remote so you can adjust it from a distance. Looks like I need to dust my tower! HA HA
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Friday, February 24, 2012


I saw this somewhere many years ago. It is very useful to help guide your students through the writing process. Get your freebie HEREPin It

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

High 5 for Reading

I use this for our response to reading. I use the hand as a rubric and it's easy for kids to check themselves because they have their own hand to check as they go along.  Click on the link to get the freebie. HERE
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Monday, February 20, 2012


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2nd Grade Freebie HERE

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Friday, February 17, 2012


This is the hamburger our school uses. Please join my blog, make a comment,  and include your email address. I will send you a lesson I created on PowerPoint that teaches how to use the hamburger. It is very kid friendly! Please get freebie HERE.Pin It

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Indent Poster

I have this poster hanging on my door! My neighbor teacher saw it at another school, took a picture with her cell phone, and WALA, I created my own.  Boy, this saying is so true. Get freebie HEREPin It

Friday, February 3, 2012

Writer of the Week

This is our first week displaying Writer of the Week. Students have their AMAZING work framed all week for everyone to admire. To make it extra special, calligraphy was done by our talented secretary, Miss Connie. What a great way to recognize students!

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