Classroom Management! I heard it all through college and even after college in courses that you take in all subject areas. Well today I am here to share one of the ways I found to keep my students on task and add a little fun to it as well. Who says classroom management has to be boring right? It all starts with these magical little cards that I run off at the beginning of the year and laminate. These little cards go with me everywhere. To lunch, recess, and down our hallways. The routine goes like this. My students are gathered together and told that each time I spy someone doing the right thing they can earn one of these "Caught being terrific" tickets. I explain they could be down a hallway or coming back from lunch or from any place that I catch someone doing the right thing. They are even told that if another teacher such as our art, gym, or music teacher comes back and gives a compliment to my class then everyone can receive one. They gather them for the week. Once they receive a "Caught being terrific" ticket they place their name on a slip of paper and put it inside a box like this. You can decorate a shoe box or something like that but I took a shortcut and found this box during holiday time for our winter box.
At the end of the week I draw 5 or 6 names from the box...the trick is to get as many slips with your name on it to earn the grand prize. Prizes that I have done are lunch with the teacher, a trip to my prize box, or free ice cream. The next week we start all over. It was a hit and so many teachers have asked how and why my kids are so well behaved down the hallway and other stops during the day....because of these tickets right here. They never know when I am going to notice them or pass out tickets but they know I have them handy at all times. So I created a freebie for you to use in your classroom. I hope you like them. Click on the picture to get your own copy. If you have a great classroom management tool. I would love to hear it.

We have been bitten by the bug....the stomach bug...that is. Not one of my favorite bugs to deal with that is for sure. So this post will be short. I did find a little time to create a little freebie for you on Martin Luther King Jr. He is one of the famous Americans we talk about in kindergarten and second grade where I teach. This little freebie is really meant for second graders to add to their social studies interactive notebooks. They fill in facts about Martin Luther King Jr. that you would talk about in class or after sharing books about him. Here is a little freebie for all of my great followers. Just click on the picture below and grab your freebie.
One of my favorites to share with my kindergartners is "The Crayon Box that Talked." For them understanding treating everyone the same comes really clear to them through that story. There are a lot of great activities to do with that book. What books do you share about Martin Luther King in your own classroom for any grade level? Hope you are staying well.

One can dream right?  Oh well no snow for us once again.  I would have loved to have a long weekend but it was not meant to be.  It is so COLD out there it might as well have snowed. 
I thought I would share with you some of my favorite books to read in January that deal with snow and snowmen.  Two of my favorite things.  I love it so much I plan on creating a snowman tree next year .  Stay tuned a freebie at the end of this post.  Keep on reading.  :) 
  Totally off topic but while I was on my break I also saw something I would like to hang on my door.  I am not the craftiest person when it comes to ribbon and things like that but I do want to attempt to make this.  Have you seen these?  They are ADORABLE.  I can't take credit for this one but I  am going to aspire to make it.  :) 
Alright back to books that I like to use.  Here is a collection of my favorites to share with my own students. 
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I also promised a freebie so here it is.  Click on the picture.  I just added this snowman activity using compound words where the kids make wacky snowman and build compound words.  Fun freebie for you.  Enjoy!
Stay warm,
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