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Fidget Spinners in the Classroom (with a FREE Download)

Fidget spinners in the classroom? 

Eek! Does that question make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Allowing fidget spinners or fidget cubes in your classroom sounds like a nightmare! BUT what if I told you that I have a resource that will help you start the year off on the right foot with fidget spinners in the classroom!

To summarize my video below, I do three things that help me manage fidget spinners in the classroom.

1. The first thing that I do is start the year off with clear guidelines and expectations. I love giving all of the students the opportunity to have a fidget spinner during the school year because I mean, come one...they really are addicting to play with! The first thing that I do is lay the ground rules and talk with the students. We have 5 fidget spinner guidelines that we use.

Using fidget spinners in the classroom can be a nightmare for teachers, but with this FREEBIE you'll have a great starting point to keep them used responsibly. Ask your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom or home school students to sign this contract. Plus use the FREE download on the first day of school to get students engaged. They'll love having such a fun back to school activity that allows them to use their fidget spinners and fidget blocks. Grab your FREE downloads today!

2. After we have all talked as a group about what the expectations are, I require that each student sign a fidget spinner contract. They sign it with the understanding that if they don't follow the classroom guidelines, that their fidget spinner privilege could be taken away.

Using fidget spinners in the classroom can be a nightmare for teachers, but with this FREEBIE you'll have a great starting point to keep them used responsibly. Ask your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom or home school students to sign this contract. Plus use the FREE download on the first day of school to get students engaged. They'll love having such a fun back to school activity that allows them to use their fidget spinners and fidget blocks. Grab your FREE downloads today!

3. Once we've gone over all the 'serious' stuff, I start the year off by playing a fun 'gettin to know ya' game using the students' fidget spinners. The students use their fidget spinner as an arrow, spin their spinner, and then ask a fellow classmate/friend the question. They record their classmates answer on the response sheet and continue the activity until all of the responses are complete.

Using fidget spinners in the classroom can be a nightmare for teachers, but with this FREEBIE you'll have a great starting point to keep them used responsibly. Ask your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom or home school students to sign this contract. Plus use the FREE download on the first day of school to get students engaged. They'll love having such a fun back to school activity that allows them to use their fidget spinners and fidget blocks. Grab your FREE downloads today!Using fidget spinners in the classroom can be a nightmare for teachers, but with this FREEBIE you'll have a great starting point to keep them used responsibly. Ask your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom or home school students to sign this contract. Plus use the FREE download on the first day of school to get students engaged. They'll love having such a fun back to school activity that allows them to use their fidget spinners and fidget blocks. Grab your FREE downloads today!




You and your students will have a stress free year with fidget spinners in the classroom now that you have these expectations in place from day one. (And it'll be a FUN year too!) 

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Classroom Organization - Centers, Bulletin Boards, & a FREE Download!

Hi teacher friends! It is back to school season and I am knee deep in classroom organization! Which is why today I want to share with you this....

Classroom Organization FREEBIE

Have you seen those AWESOME Iris bins from Michael's yet? If not, RUN to your nearest store! I snagged them on sale AND used my 15% off teacher discount and bought enough bins to kick my organizational buns into gear! I ended up spending about $3.00 for each bin and got 3 bins for each month. As you'll see in my video below, I use one for math, another for ELA, and the third one for other items each month.

Click on the link below to snag the Iris Bin FREEBIE that I talk about on my VLOG.


In the video I also share the awesome bulletin board organization bags I bought through Amazon. You can grab them using my affiliate link by clicking here

I also show you some great little pocket bags that I snagged at Wal-Mart. They seem to be on the back to school shelves each year, so make sure to keep an eye out. 

And every teacher knows that part of organizing great centers is making sure everything is laminated to hold up well in storage for use year after year! That's why I recommend you grab my favorite laminator and stock up on plenty of laminating sheets as well!

Classroom organization may take a little bit of time to get started, but I promise you it will be worthwhile! You'll find yourself much less stressed during the school year because you are easily able to locate everything you need in a timely manner. Plus your entire room will look put together, professional, and organized. You, your students, their parents & families, and even your administrators will love that!

Need to get your classroom organization under control? Your centers and bulletin board materials will look great in no time with this FREE download. It's great for primary teachers to get all of their math, ELA, and other centers or stations organized for the entire school year. Use it in your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade classroom to keep everything organized and running smoothly. Grab your FREEBIE and get organized today! {preK, JK, TK, first, second graders}


Stop dragging your feet and get going on your classroom organization today! You won't regret it!!

The Ultimate Phonics Bundle

How to use a word wall in your classroom

Word walls seem to be a staple in elementary classrooms. They are not only a great tool in the classroom to help build vocabulary and reinforce concepts like ABC's, blends, diphthongs, digraphs, etc, but they are a great reference point for students if they are within eyes reach. 

Creating meaningful experiences for our kiddos is so important, and one of my favorite ways to do that with a word wall is to incorporate the student's names on the wall. Actually, this is a great way to start the year off! During your morning meeting, pull a name word wall card and introduce the student to the class. Have the student put their name on the word wall under the letter that their name starts with. This is a great way to build classroom community AND squeeze in some learning. 

All of this to say, I want to share something that will help you create these meaningful experiences with your students, and will also give you some print and go resources to help reinforce phonics concepts.
This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!




Deanna Jump and I have created the ULTIMATE PHONICS BUNDLE! This bundle includes several activities that will help you create those meaningful experiences with your students. 

First up, let's talk about what phonics concepts are covered.
This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!

Each concept has several activities. First up are these easy, print and go booklets. These can be printed front and back on an 8.5x11 piece of paper and then folded into a booklet. The students will work on tracing, basic sentences, and a fun word sort. 
This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!

Next up are the pocket chart activities. Each concept has a pocket chart activity like this one. These are great for carpet times, independent work, or centers!
This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!

SPACE SAVING AND INTERACTIVE WORD WALL
 If you are limited on space in your classroom, then you will LOVE this option! You simply small ring binder clip each letter and the vocab words together. You can hang these on hooks or put them in a container. And best of all – there is an editable portion as well so you can type in your own words to add!
This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!

We've also included a cute poster set and wall cards. These are great for classroom decor and act as a quick reference for students during the school year. 
This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!

Each concept has cards that can be used for pocket charts, small groups, and more! Everything coordinates in theme and is a perfect addition to your classroom d├ęcor!

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This resource is FULL of great phonics materials for your Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom or home school students. You get an ABC word wall, CVC short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs, diphthongs, double consonants, long vowels, vowel teams, R controlled, and word families. You're going to love these phonics activities, games, worksheets, printables, and more. Everything you need for an entire year with your Kinder or first graders is included in this 600+ page resource. Grab it today!





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