I am FINALLY linking up with Blog Hoppin' for their Friday Freebies for Teacher Week. I know, I know! What a loser I am for missing the other 4 days! It has been SUPER busy this week for some reason!
Today I'm here to talk to you about Calendar time. Do you
Let me walk you through my routine...Disclaimer: I am one MEAN teacher and I don't let anyone lead it but ME! I know, gasp in horror, right? I just do not have that much time (or patience) to let my little ones lead the calendar time. I just gotta plow through and GET 'ER DONE, FOLKS!
Because we have Math Wall to do (see here for that post) and Accelerated Math to get to (another one of my
Obviously, we count how many days we have had in the month, talk about Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow, and sing the months of the year and days of the week (Dr. Jean is my best friend!).
We also count the days in school and add straws to our place value chart to represent the days...blah, blah, blah. See?? I'm bored just thinking about it!! Sigh...
One thing I DO actually legitimately LOVE is my Magnetic Flip and Learn...
Just gaze in awe and wonder for a minute...This thing is AMAZING, Peeps! But, not cheap. I think it cost me $100, but it has been well worth every penny! You can flip over the numbers to show different counting patterns and it is a FANTABULOUS visual for the kids to see, especially for odd and even, counting by 2's, 5's, 10's, even 11's (they especially LOVE counting by 11's!!) Counting backwards, adding on 10, it does it all, and the sound that it makes when I flip all of the numbers back to their original place is AWESOME!! My kids are enthralled every time!
Anyway, onto your FREEBIES~the one thing I DO let my star of the day do is tell us the weather, using my...wait for it... microphone! oh yeah, I said it!! I also have this little baby, and it is EVEN BETTER that my Magnetic Flip and Learn Chart!
This thing is THE BEST-Super loud, wireless microphone, tape player (what the heezak?? Why? Who uses tapes anymore!), and my kids can hear me from any place in the room! Best part is, only $129 on this website: www.wireless-microphones.net. Well, my little star of the day gets to use this to tell the class the weather, and it is a HIGHLIGHT of their day, let me tell you! ESPECIALLY if the weather is anything other than sunny, which it is 90% of the time in So. Cal!!
After my weather reporter does his or her job, we graph the weather and keep the graph up the whole month long. I am sure many of you do this! My old monthly weather graphs were fugly, so I made some new ones that are good for the entire year! Even July, but who is really teaching in July? That's just plain WRONG!
Click on the weather girl to get your own set via Google Docs!!
We also keep track of the teeth we have lost (Did you know I am an expert teeth puller outer?? It's true! Which is weird, since I have a horrible fear of my teeth falling out and recurring nightmares that it is actually happening! Anyone else have that weird dream??)
Here is a little graph that I keep up all year long to track the teeth we have lost. I think Lindsay actually made this one, and I just prettied it up a little! Click on the tooth to download!
Alrighty, I'm off to Soup Plantation with the fam!! Yumminess! Hope you can use these FREEBIES in your classroom. Let me know how you feel about Calendar time, teeth falling out, OR accelerated Math! Thanks friends!!