An Engine and a Caboose

Hi Everyone,
   I don't know if you have the same problem as I do, but my students are always fighting about who will be first in line, and also, who will be last in line.  I have some students who could care less, and just get in line wherever there is room, but I always have those couple of competitive students who feel like their life isn't complete unless they are in the front!
  For the past couple of years to combat this issue, I have created a simple line leaders chart.

 
 
I have a boy line, and a girl line, so I write down all of the boy names on my blue and green polka dot paper, and all of the girl names on my pink and purple paper.
 

I hot glued my engine train pieces, and my caboose pieces to clothespins, and I just move them each day to have a new leader and caboose.  This system has solved all of the arguing over line placement in my class, and my cabooses always remember to shut off the lights in the classroom, and close the doors (even when I forget : )

If you would like a free editable copy of this line leader and caboose system, just click on the picture below.
Mrs. B's Beehive - Line Leaders
Enjoy!






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Valentine Bulletin Board

Hi Everyone,
   February just seems to be flying by!  To help us celebrate our month of love and friendship, we created a bulletin board to celebrate our classroom friendships!
 
 
 
I bought foam frames and foam stickers from Walmart for the kids to decorate their frames with.  The foam frames already came with some decorating stickers, but I bought an extra pack to add a little pizzazz and glitter!
 
 
 
The students had a wonderful time making these and they have really enjoyed looking at all of the pictures on our wall from different events throughout the year.  If you would like a copy of the center "Friends in Christ" sign, just click on the link below.
 
Mrs. B's Beehive - Friends in Christ









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Guided Reading Sort Organization

Hi Everyone,
  Today I wanted to share with you the ways in which I organize my guided reading sorts.  I have went through a couple of different systems, but I have finally found one that I like, that is easily accessible, and stays clean.



I purchased these baseball card holder from Amazon:

Mrs. B's Beehive - Guided Reading Sorts Organization

They are pretty inexpensive, but also durable.  I printed out my guided reading sorts pack, and had my wonderful parents cut up everything for me.

Mrs. B's Beehive - Guided Reading Sorts
I organized everything by level.  I taped the little cards that come with the pack that say the level, what the sort is, and the answer keys to the front of the baseball card sleeves.  Now, everything is clear and easy to find, and my students LOVE doing these sorts and showing off their knowledge! I also used my label maker for some of the blends, and some alphabet stickers I found at the Target dollar spot to make things even more clear.  This system has been a real time saver for me when conducting my guided reading groups!






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Valentine's Day! Freebie notes and student gifts!

Hi Everyone!

We are gearing up for our Valentine's day party on Thursday.  I sent out our class list today for the kids to address their Valentine's day cards.

Mrs. B's Beehive - Valentine's Day List

Click on the image above to get a free copy of the editable PDF.

For my gifts to the students this year I decided to make homemade gifts.  I searched around on pinterest and saw these cute labels attached to a bag of cookies.  While grocery shopping this weekend I stumbled upon these beauties, which I was way too excited about : )

Of course I had to taste test them before I hand them out to the kids, just to make sure they aren't poisonous or anything.  Honestly, the regular Oreos are MUCH better, but they get an A for effort on their festive colors.

I attached these labels to the top of the bags.
Mrs. B's Beehive - Valentine's Day

Voila! Cute and easy Valentine's for your class!  Click on the image above for the cookie bag topper!



Enjoy!


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Binder Labels and TPT Faves

Hi Everyone,
   I like everything in my teaching cabinets to be neat and clean and clearly labeled.  Over the years I have gone through a lot of different systems for organization, and have tried a lot of new products from TPT.  To help myself stay organized I like to keep everything in sheet protectors in binders with clear labels.

After trying many products over the past couple of years, I have to say that my favorite are the following: Deedee Wills Assessment Packs: Common Core Assessment Pack for Kindergarten- MathAssessment Pack for Kindergarten- Communication Arts

DeeDee Wills and Deanna Jump's Writing Curriculum: Writing Through the Year Bundle Complete Set 1-8 {Aligned

Kim Adsit's and Michelle Scannell's Reading Workshop: Readers Workshop MEGA BUNDLE by Kim Adsit and Michele Scannell

Babbling Abbey's RTI Packs: Kindergarten RTI: Letter Recognition & Identification

These ladies are geniuses, and have helped me so much in my teaching.  I'm sure many of you out there have the same packs that I do (they are best sellers for a reason : ).  I created some binder labels for these common packs, and some ones for guided reading and guided math as well for you to use.
Mrs. B's Beehive - Binder Labels

Mrs. B's Beehive - Binder Labels
Hopefully these will help you keep your many printables organized and easy to find!
Enjoy!




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5 for Friday and a Valentine's Freebie

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We  had our 100th day this week! The kids were so excited, we made 100th day necklaces that I got from oriental trading, along with some hundred day hats from Kinder Craze.  The kids loved putting these together and wearing them around all day.

2. We practiced our 3-D shapes this week as well, and ended the week creating 3-D shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks.


3. We enjoyed a Super Bowl party on Sunday, and decided to have a fattening dip fiesta.  I made buffalo dip, spinach and artichoke dip, and nacho cheese with beef dip.  My friends also made French onion dip, jalapeno popper dip, and funfetti.  It was a wonderful fatty time, but my poor husband is a die hard Broncos fan, and needless to say he was not enjoying himself.

I am too nerdy with my clip art, and downloaded Super Bowl digital paper for my dips (I obviously have problems!)

4. Favorite recipe
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/zesty-lime-shrimp-and-avocado-salad.html
We had some friends over for the Biggest Loser finale on Wednesday and I made this shrimp and avocado ceviche-ish dish, that I served over some baked tostadas. It was delicious.  I was rooting for Rachel to win, I thought she was a really hard worker, and she seems down to earth, but holy moly did she lose a lot of weight!  I'm hoping that she gains some of it back and gets to a healthier weight soon.


5. I'm getting ready for our Valentine's day party, and while I was out I spied these beautiful pink oreos!


It is taking all of the self control that I have to stop myself from busting into the bag right now!  I am going to add these toppers to sandwich bags, and hand these out to my kids during our party.  Feel free to grab the free copy of Valentine's Day bag toppers by clicking on the picture.

Valentine's Day Teachers










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