This is a simple motivator that I have used during the month of December. I made a Christmas tree out of construction paper and cut out colored dots (ornaments) from construction paper and a star for the top. I laminated everything so I can use it again next year. Every time the class is doing what they are suppose to be doing, they earn an ornament. They can also lose an ornament. When they earn 10 ornaments and the star, they earn a reward. So far we have watched a Christmas movie and had a popcorn party. It’s been a great visual for keeping behavior in check during the Christmas season.
I just completed a unit on my absolute favorite book, The Polar Express. I got a lot of great ideas from http://www.teachingheart.net/. One of the ideas was matching nouns and adjectives from the story. I typed this up and laminated them to construction paper. I put the nouns on dark blue and the adjectives on light blue. Then I had the students match them in the pocket chart. This was a wonderful vocabulary lesson.
I also printed out the sequencing sentences from http://www.teachingheart.net/ and laminated them to train cut-outs. We put these in order as a class and attached them to string with clothespins to make a train.
I have just recently been introduced to the blogging world. I have found SO many wonderful blogs lately whether they be crafty type blogs or 1st grade blogs. I am a little obsessed with the teaching blogs because I have found so many amazing ideas that I can use in my classroom. So, after going back and forth on the idea, I finally decided to try it out! I know I am not as creative as many of my favorite blogs, but if I can get a new idea out there every once in a while, that’s good enough for me 🙂