Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tackling the Task Card Tragedy

Picture this… you've got bins of ziplock baggies full of task cards and card games to use for stations, and while you're working with a small group a student comes up to you saying, "Miss Woodward, I can't find the match to this card!"  Or, "Miss Woodward, I found this card under my desk… which set does it belong with?"

We've all been there.  Do those situations make you want to pull your hair out?  As I start to collect more sets of card games and task cards, I was having trouble keeping them organized.  But I've got a solution!

I was cutting for days….. I always like to cut out the cards first and then laminate.  I feel the lamination stays on better.  (Teacher OCD?  Maybe.)

I used different stickers for each group.  One set has all green stickers, one has red, and so on.  That way, if a card gets misplaced, students know what set to return it to.  It works like a charm!

For the sets above, I used colored dot labels that I cut in fourths or halves.  It worked great to label each set.  Especially since I only had so many star stickers.

For playing cards, I just numbered each deck and labeled each card.

To address the ziplock baggie situation… I found these gems at the Dollar Tree.  Two envelopes for $1!  They are flexible plastic, with a snap closure.

It's very helpful that students can see which game they're picking up.

And they fit perfectly in a bin I already had!

Task Card Game crisis averted!  How do you organize your task cards?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Five for… Monday!

Happy Monday!  Today was my first day back after spring break.  Whew!  I also totally missed the mark on Five for Friday, so I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching today!

1. Songs in the Key of Life
I started out my spring break by going to the Stevie Wonder concert in Minneapolis.  It was amazing!  He played his album "Songs in the Key of Life", and had probably about 30 people on stage with him- vocalists, orchestra, horns… And he played for just about three hours!  He is such a talented musician!

2.  Art in Bloom
Every year, Macy's downtown store puts on a flower show around a central theme.  This year they recreated famous works of art using flowers.  There were such beautiful blooms, and the whole 8th floor smelled heavenly!

3.  Pocketful of Sunshine
I even picked up my own little plant to take home!  It's called a "calceolaria", or pocketbook plant, and it's brightening up my classroom now.  We'll see how long I can keep it alive.  :)

4.  Buttercream Basics
Recently, I bought a cake decorating kit from Michael's and I finally got around to using it!  I started by practicing my buttercream skills.  It was SO fun!

5.  Huh?  What papers?
So…. I brought home a whole stack of papers to grade over break.  And I really had every intention of grading them…. But I literally forgot I had them until Sunday night.  Whoops!!!  I guess you could say that I had a restful break and really got my mind off of school!  :)

Be sure to link up and share your top five!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Currently

It may be April Fool's Day, but it's no joke that the last time I posted was for MARCH Currently!  Whoops!  Well, today I'm linking up again with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade for April Currently!

Listening:  It's the first thunderstorm this spring and I LOVE listening to thunderstorms!

Loving:  Spring Break!  My week off is about halfway over, but I have enjoyed not being on any schedule.  I've done a lot of relaxing and catching up on Food Network and HGTV shows.

Thinking:  I've got oodles of pictures from school that I just need to turn into some new posts.  I should use this time off to catch up and get some scheduled!

Wanting:  I have been practicing my cake decorating skills using a practice mat.  I just scrape the icing off and re-use it for more practice.  But I'm itching to make a cake or some cupcakes so I can do some REAL practice.  I'll definitely be making some pretty cupcakes for Easter this weekend.  :)

Needing:  Of course I would get a cold during spring break.  What a lovely way to spend a week off… I am needing to get rid of this cold!  Just an excuse to sleep more!

EGGS-plain my name:  My grandma's sister's name was Eleanor.  At family reunions, she was 'big Ellie' and I was 'little Ellie'.  When I was younger, I wasn't a huge fan of my name.  Always having to correct teachers when they call me 'Eleanor' (it's 'Ellie'!) was a pain.  But now I can understand and appreciate the origin of my name.  :)

Be sure to go check out Farley's linky to see what everyone is currently up to in April!


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