Having a hard day at school can mean a lot of things. It is emotional, it is crazy, it is so stinking busy but today when I was totally spent there was a ray of light. This is my 4th year at my school and for the first time I have a group of students that I taught graduating from 5th grade. I received a letter in my mailbox today from a former student. I made the mistake of reading it out loud to my class. Tears then followed. It is so easy to forget the impact that we as teachers make.
I know it is hard to read so I blew up the section that turned on the flood gates:)
Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!
Thank YOU Lizze in 5th grade. You truly made my day!
Teaching Friends. As the school year comes to an end and our "Labratories" classrooms close we must think to the future...SUMMER! Many hours of blog reading are ahead of us as well as digital creations! My friends at My Memories have contacted me to offer my followers a FREE GIVEAWAY of their software. I have just spent the morning playing with their incredible My Memories Suit and have created several of my FIRST scrap booking pages for my family. I don't know about you but I have tried several times to start scrap booking for my family and have failed due to time and cost. Well...with My Memories I will be able to keep up with our memories easily and afford-ably. You have got to check this out!
One of the best things is that my graphics work beautifully with My Memories!
Also I have played with the scrapbook software to create a few items to help with organizing supplies next year. Check out my glue sign below. I plan to mount it, laminate, and place on a spring to label where I want all of the glue to go when my kiddos are unpacking on the first day!
A wonderful way to say thank you to your classroom volunteers is to say it with a sweet umbrella! I found this idea in The Mailbox magazine years ago and made it my own.
I head out an snatch up all of the black umbrellas at the local Walmart. I pick up some paint markers in white and black. I letter them up with thank yous and the year. Each student comes in and decorates their head with their name.
I also add a tag that says...Whatever the Weather, we think you shine!
Since we have had such a huge response to Blog Buttons Gone Wild...Mrs. McCumbee and I have decided to start the LINKY PARTY Now! Please print your blog button out, mount it, and then take a photo of it in the most UNSUSAL place you can think of. Feel free to use Photoshop too:)
Check out this video of a simple Cross Pollination Station for all. Students will love the science, art, and response elements of this exploration.
Introduce this center by playing this video and tell them it is from Mrs. Schroeder's 2nd Grade Class!
Make this center your own. Take a picture/video of your students participating in this center and link back to The Schroeder Page. Fill us all in on what you did to make this center work in your classroom or grade!
Talk about group planning!
Find more fun Butterfly activities in Butterfly unit below!
Like I needed any more butterfly ideas! Well, yesterday we made the most adorable caterpillar thumbprint heads and that means today we need to make some fantastic butterfly heads. I was racking my brain when I came up with these!
One colored sentence strip, one pipe cleaner, one strip of paper, a few circular sponges and paint. We drew in the other parts and labeled in crayon. The class totally loved them.
Just a few shots of the steps:)
I taped instead of gluing the parts.
Also you can just bend the pipe cleaner and tape. I cut before I thought of that.
Check out our Insect Song...we have been singing it for transitions:)
Here are a few shots of the thumbprint caterpillar heads too!
Add a copy of my butterfly unit to your files!
Be sure to check out my Butterfly Business and Learning!
Teaches...Finally a Newsletter ALL for Us! Check out The Schroeder Summary at www.theschroederpage.com to get your month off to a great start. It is filled with monthly ideas for all areas, websites, and more.
Download one at a time or the whole school year at once. Sometimes parents are not the only ones that need reminders of what is up ahead.
Each newsletter is 2 pages and it lists prep ideas as well as donation lists. Check out the peek into next month to keep your planning in gear.
My class has run my calendar all year with our SMARTboard. They do such an amazing job. They are very independent during this time and their independence allows me to meet with students, take attendance, check agendas and more. Click the video below to see it in action! I am so super proud of them!
See...I told you I was contagious. Mrs. Stephie is my teammate in 2nd grade! She has FINALLY started her own blog after spending many hours helping me. Click her button above to visit her blog...don't forget to follow her too! She has amazing teaching and learning going on in her room! I know ~becasue she is my classroom neighbor!
This week in class we are studing the life cycle of the butterfly. We have created a Tree of Life bulletin board. We posted the egg on the tree last week and we have now studied the larva stage and our "gummy" caterpillars are proudly on display outside our classroom. Check out the pictures below for a close up!
BIG News Friends! I just found out that I was excepted into the SMART Exemplary Educator program. I have been waiting on pins and needles since I filled out the application a month or so ago. I was so nervous because I had to video myself and show my SMART expertise. I freak in front of the camera so I was worried that I looked foolish. (Thanks to my team mate and assistant for helping with the video and for cheering me on...you both are the best!) I am so thrilled that I will have to opportunity to connect with other SMART educators, share ideas, try out new software, and attend a variety of trainings.
YIPPEE for SMART!
Stay tuned for more scoop about all of the new SMART stuff I get to check out!
Robyn...You are the winner of my Hip, Hop Frog Unit and Frog Life cycle from www.insectlore.com. Please contact me with shipping and email information to claim your goodies:)
Check out my new Hip Hop Frog Unit for some end of the year fun! It is filled with hands on centers as well as the life cycle of a frog!
I am doing a free give away until Friday May 6th! In order to be eligible you must be a follower of my blog & TPT account and also create a blog post about this give away on your blog please link your post back to my website. Anyone who copies and pastes my button to their blog will get a 2nd entry.
Check out my Classroom Management Manuel at www.theschroederpage.com!
It is filled with tips for creating a classroom of independent learners that can manage their own behavior. No more pulling cards, moving sticks, or time outs. Spend less time putting out fires and more time teaching.