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Things to Do with Receipt Tape in the Classoom

Today I came across an unexpected find.  A local grocery store had ordered the wrong size of till tape, so they were throwing it away.  I scored a box of 50 rolls!  Immediately, I thought about using it for number lines, comic strips, and flip books.  But, I have 50 rolls.  What else shall I use it for?

After a Pinterest search, I came up with these ideas:

Breaking apart numbers. You could use the till tape for one portion, and construction paper for the other.

This is a crafty one! It would look lovely on the front of a poetry book or Mother's Day card.

Have you seen all those large quote of the day boards? This might be cute for a mini version!

Art journals or bookmarks.

This run on sentences activity looks like a ton of fun!

Teaching space? The pin uses toilet paper, but receipt tape would be the same.

Even the centers have a use! Great for a clay unit in the art room.

I also found this blog post.... no pictures though.  They suggest using it for timelines (duh!).  I can't believe I didn't think about that.  Adding to my explorers unit for sure!  They also suggest making roads for cars - cute!

Have another idea that isn't listed?  Leave it in the comments.  I'll be using this stuff for a while!

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Sub/TOC Binder

I'm slowly working on things to get ready for next year.  Yesterday, I printed out labels for the front of all student duotangs/notebooks.  Today, it's updating TOC folder.  (Teacher on Call.... you call them Sub's in the States).  Of course, before I could update my own, I decided to make a generic one to put on TpT.  So many teachers I speak to don't have one of these binders.  It makes my life so much easier and I'd like to think it makes the TOCs life easier too!

An easy, customizable way to keep your subtitute teacher informed.

This package includes colour and blackline masters of:
* Sub Binder Cover
* TOC Binder Cover
* Thank you for Coming
* People You May Need to Know
* School Procedures and Places
* Class Procedures
* Class List
*Students with Allergies or Medications
* IEP at a Glance
* Discipline
* Where to Find it
* Help!
* Schedule
* Contact Me
* Sub Notes
* TOC Notes

SMART Reading

One school related summer goal was to create some SMART reading lessons with picture books I had purchased.  If you don't know about SMART Reading, click on the logo to the left.  I'm sure you'll see that you use many of their strategies already, but it's such a great way to integrate reading and writing, hook your students and encourage them to think on a deeper level.
There is about 14 books in that pile....
Many of these books had been purchased because I saw them on Pinterest, but I hadn't read them to students yet.  What a waste!  So, my dear friend and I set out to create some awesome lessons.  I went through my cupboards and selected some books I had "Pinterest Plans" for and some others I have used, but not to their full potential.  I brought home way too many books!
She had been doing the same, so we have about 20 books to create lessons for.  We decided to prioritize and started with some social responsibility books we'd use at the beginning of the year.  We chose:

We plan on teaching these in the order I've shown to help set up our class agreement. Click here to see a previous post about that.  I really like "David Goes to School" so I'll probably still sneak that into the mix also. 
Of course, you've gotta keep your stuff organized.  I'm keeping all my SMART lessons (including some pre-existing ones) in this cute pink binder.  I had to make a cover page that matches my other things.  (I may have borrowed that owl.... shh!)  I've labeled tabs for every lesson and then I included pockets for any lessons that include task cards or partner cards.

Speaking of partner cards... I couldn't write all this and then not post a freebie!  I created these partner cards to go with our lesson for "Have you filled a bucket today?", but honestly, they could be used to create partners in any situation!  I was lazy, and didn't create a cover and credits page for this (partly because it's not on TpT, you have to get it from reading my blog!) so I'd like to give a credits shout-out here.  The scalloped bubble I used is from www.mycutegraphics.com - I didn't make it!  So, here they are.  Just click the picture to download 5 pages of free partner cards!
5 pages in this file! FREE!
Thanks for reading!  Leave a comment if you download these, and tell me how you plan to use them.

Speckles update

I didn't know he could climb up here!
I'm not sure if any of my past students parents read this blog.... but just in case!  I wanted to let them know that Speckles is doing well.  He has gone through all his medication and is back to being active and eating again.  I know we ended the year with him starting to be on the mend, so if you were wondering - he's doing awesome!  Here are a couple new pictures of him also.
Escape Artist!

What Would You Get?

Oh Boy 4th Grade posted this great question.  She is able to give away $100 gift certificate to a lucky winner, and I want it to be me!!  What would you get with $100?  I would surely get some sort of organizational something...  however, she posted a sampling of coloured masking tape.  I have no idea what I'd use it for... but I sure do want it!!

Head over to her blog by clicking the photo above for your chance to enter!


In September, I will be teaching at a new school.  I'm moving to Upper Pine Elementary.  It's about 20 minutes out of town.  I'm so excited to be teaching with one of my closest friends - Mrs. Nowell!  Should be tons o' fun with the two of us in the same building.
It should be mandatory that classrooms are left spotless.  This is me cleaning out the only cupboards in the classroom.  Why is there an old box of Fruitloops?  Why?
It took me about 8 hours of tossing/recycling/returning to the book room to get all the extra's out of the room.  As much as I love to clean and organize, it wasn't really that joyous.  I spent a lot of time saying "Oh my god!" or "Why is this in here?" or "What is that even for?"
Here's a shot of my classroom standing in the doorway.  The shelving at the back is for my teacher resources.  I HATE open shelving.  I fixed that right away!  I went to the local fabric shop and picked up some beautiful fabric and sewed a curtain to go on a tension rod.  I think it will tie in quite nicely to my theme this year.  That's all I was able to do so far due to some unforeseen circumstances (aka I locked the keys in the foods room.  Yeah, I'm awesome that way.)

My lovely curtain fabric.
I'm super excited to get in at the end of August and decorate and unpack.  :)