Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I am so NESTING!

Friends~If you are like me you treat your classroom like it is part of your home!  I know that the end is near and that I am going to have to pack and store everything in my classroom but I can't stop myself from NESTING.  The urge to organize and make better for the New and Up and Coming BUNCH.  My kiddos laughed at me today as I put up my new classroom job icons.  "Why did you not do this earlier ?" they asked.  Well, I finally had time to make them:)  Even though we only have a few days left they were still excited to check them out.

I used to use a job board but I found that I need my bulletin boards for more interactive centers like my Overhead Center and my Phonics Dance Board.  I have found that by posting my classroom jobs above each student's cubby,  they are more apt to be away of their classroom responsibility.  It is a great visual reminder every morning!

Here are some of the jobs that I use in my classroom.  Every student has a job everyday.  I like all my students to be responsible for running our classroom from day 1!
My Table Captains are responsible for keeping our tables nice and neat, collecting papers and checking for names, and organizing our caddies of markers & crayons.

The Materials Expert passes out supplies to students for lessons.  This allows me a minute to prep or just breath:)

My Table Busser cleans our lunch table after we eat.  They also sweep the floor in the cafeteria. 

Board Magician is in charge of cleaning our many wipe boards in the classroom.

Attendance pulls down our smartboard calendar attendance pieces and announces the attendance to me so that I can record it into the computer.
My students love this job because my calendar is done entirely on the smartboard.  Click the link above or the calendar below to see my smartboard calendars.  Remember you can now us a Purchase Order from your school on Teachers Pay Teachers!

If you are interested in reading more about my classroom jobs you can check out my You're Hired printable that I just added to my TPT store.
Just click the image below!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Top Teachers SALEabration!

Friends~It's Top Teachers' Memorial Day SALEabration time! I'm having a 20% off Memorial Day Sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store No promotion code is needed!  Just CLICK HERE to grab some of my fun end of the year activities or think ahead to the new school year!

Be sure to check out my SHARK! and Wacky Watermelon Fun units!  They are a great way to end the school year.  If you are looking for a week of special memory making with your kiddos check out my End of the Year Festivities! 

My Summer Writing Journal has been a BIG hit in  and now is a great time to snatch up this 42 page download of fun!

Remember to click away below to find more great sale items from my Blog Buddies!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Friends~I really don't need help but I wanted to get you attention:)  I am super excited that I just finished my Shark Unit and I can't wait to share it with my kiddos.  I love sharing this fun learning experience with my class right before they head off on their summer beach vacations.  They are always totally memorized by the world of sharks.

Check out some of the fun activities Room 331 will be taking part in!  Below you will see our Mermaid Purses...which are really shark egg sacks.  I was super excited this past summer when I found some egg sacks on the beach and I am planning to put them at a center for my students to observe.  Ours is going to look pretty close to the real thing right?  Click my Mermaid Purse craft image below to download a FREE template! 

Another favorite is Shark Teeth Measuring!  I have been collecting shark teeth forever and I buy little cases of them each time we head to the beach.  I set each little case on a tray with diagrams of different shark teeth and have my students measure them and guess which shark they might belong to.  Don't forget the little magnifying glasses too!

You may also want to ask for a donation of BUGLES.  They make the very best Shark Tooth Snack!

I just added my 36 page SHARK Unit to my TPT store and it is filled with sheets to supplement the activities above and many more!  You can check it out by clicking the image below.  Buy this product in my blog store above and enter this code to get 15% off until July 18, 2013!

Check out this fun video from my recent trip to the 
Georgia Aquarium

Sunday, May 20, 2012

There is NO Place like Room 331!

Friends~My kiddos are in for a treat this week!  We are about half way through The Wizard of OZ by Frank Baum and we are going to climb into some super fun centers this week!

We have been reading it for about a week.  I copied my Character Webs for my students to have during our reading so that they could record their thoughts about each character.  They love having them on their clip boards and it makes it super easy to discuss the chapter after.  They are included in my Return to Oz unit.  You can preview some of the unit by clicking the image below!

On Friday in Social Studies we talked about Wants and Needs so I though it was the perfect time for my kiddos to think about The Emerald City.  Dorothy and the Gang were just getting started on their journey and we learned that The Great Oz would not grand just any wish.  It must be a wish of true importance so we decided it must be a wish of NEED.  So, I create a giant Emerald City and my kiddos made a T-chart of their wants and needs. 

I am so excited for our Exploration Station (Center Time) because my friends will be making Emerald Glasses to wear into the Emerald City!  Download a FREE copy of my center response sheet below!  I had one of my kiddos try them out on Friday just for a size check.  I have lots of green glitter glue for them to line the rimes with!

They will also have the opportunity to visit The Science Center and learn about the human brain and heart.  I grabbed a copy of The Book of Blood from Reading A to Z!  I am going to have them buddy read and then add a piece to a graph telling which body part they think is most important.  I have to grab a couple books about the brain on Monday from our school library! 

Spelling City has a great list of The Body science vocabulary that I am going to have my students visit in our computer center.  I am hoping they will make the connection between what they learn in The Science Center and how the vocabulary words are related!

The vocabulary flash cards are a perfect way to introduce the words, they can then play a game like Word O Rama to practice.  There is even a vocabulary quiz for them to take!

I have more OZ fun up my sleeve so stay tuned to find out how the story unfolds in Room 331!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wacky Watermelon Time!

Friends~Down South it is getting HOT!  Nothing reminds me of summer like a hunk of watermelon:)  In class next week,  we will be working with watermelons for reading, writing, and math.  Check out some of the fun centers we will be using in room 331!

First,  in my Science Center my students will examine a slice of watermelon and locate the parts. Did you know all parts of the watermelon are eatable?  I have a poster mounted for them to refer to.  
Of course they get to eat their sweet snack too!  

Next, they will practice their dialogue with watermelon seed quotation marks! 
I know that a favorite will be our Working With Words center!  I am adding in my watermelon play dough for my students to practice their sight words!
I am pretty sure our room will smell super yummy!

Click the image above to download the recipe on my Facebook Page! 
You can check out more of my Watermelon Unit by clicking the image below.  
This unit is a 36 page download filled with fun watermelon activities to use at home or in the classroom.   Included you will find:
A KWL sheet
A Watermelon Fact sheet
A 12 page mini book with facts about watermelons for your students to make and read.
A watermelon parts diagram
A Brace Map for watermelon parts
Before, Durning, and After reading activities for The Enormous Watermelon
Nursery Rhyme retelling cards
Watermelon song
A watermelon play dough recipe and 24 making words cards plus a blank sheet to use with your own words
Seed Quotation Marks and a Making words sheets
A 4 page mini book How to Grow a Water Melon
Estimating sheet to go along with the book One Watermelon Seed plus a Spitting Seeds Measurement Page
A Journal Prompt and Vegetable Compare Venn Diagram
An acrostic poem
4 Page Small Moment writing packet!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Introducing...Clipart Club 4 Teachers Give Away!

Friends~I am always looking for fun clip art to use in my classroom for new activities & when creating my Smart Notebook files.  A week or so ago I meet a new friend.  Her name is Aisne and she is with Clipart Club 4 Teachers.  She is a newbie in the blog world and she asked if I would be willing to share some of her work with my followers.

Of course I said YES!  The best part is she is giving away a SUMMER clip art pack to The Schroeder Page followers:)  That's You!  You also can be entered in a give away for a 1 year FREE membership to her clip art club where you will have access to her clip art for free all year long:)

Click here to read about her terms of use.  Good news-her work can be made into paid or free products:)

She also takes requests for products so she is going to be a great resource for those hard to find images.

Here is your FREE sample of Aisne's work!  I told her we all have summer on the brain!  Click the image to download:)

Now for the Give Away!  In order to be entered in the drawing you will need to complete the following steps!
You must be a follower of my blog:)
Please head over and follow Clipart Club 4 Teachers  
Follow Aisne on her Facebook Page!
Follow my Facebook Page
Last, leave 1 comment telling me what clip art you would love to see created by Aisne.  

That is IT!  I will choose a winner on Monday, May 21st from the comments posted.  
Thanks so much & GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Attention Teachers...Fantastic Grant Opportunity!

Friends~ I am thrilled to let you in on a very exciting opportunity!  

Learning Resources combined with We Are Teachers is offering an amazing opportunity to gain interactive technology in your classroom.  You all know I love me some technology! 

It is super simple to apply.  Answer this question “How would you use portable interactive technology to create collaborative lessons?”   The possibilities are endless when it comes to learning centers and combining standards with the new Common Core!  Get thinking outside the box and create an exciting way to engage your students with technology:)

After the application process concludes, educators can invite colleagues to vote for their favorite lesson ideas.  This is a great way to get your school involved and also your parents.  


The top vote getters will win three now!Boards and three GeoSafari Tuff Cams one for the prize winner and 2 to share with your colleagues!  Click the images below to check out the prizes:)

This is  a prize package valued at $2,000. Additionally, two merit-based winners selected by a panel of teachers will each win one now!Board and one GeoSafari Tuff Cam, a total value of $700.

APPLY NOW!   Teachers can apply for the grant online through May 22, 2012. 
 The deadline is coming soon...Good Luck!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

We Read and NOW Write Fairy Tales-Plus a Freebie!

Friends~I feel like I have been flooding my blog with fairy tales this month but truly I am amazed at how much our study has developed.  My students are eating and sleeping fairy tales.  We have spent the last week learning all of the elements that make up fairy tale and have shared much loved favorites in class.  Towards the end of the week, we began to add in some fractured fairy tales.  Next week we will be jumping in with both feet by writing our own fairy tales.

I can't wait to see them use what they have learned from our shared reading and apply it to writing.  This week during writing we dabbled a bit in fairy tales with some journal prompts.  You can check them out below.  Click the image to head over to my Facebook page and download your own FREE copy! 

My students headed off with their clipboards yesterday and started their "Practice Prompts!"  They chose a prompt a day and cut out a wand to mark the ones they have used. I copied 4 of the writing sheets and stapled the packet together.  It has been really good practice for writing leads to fairy tales.

Now next week is when the real writing starts.  My teammate introduced me to this fantastic book for writing fairy tales.  

It makes the best connections to the fairy tale elements that we have been talking about in reading.  Throughout the story the author introduces "Tools" which are really the elements of a fairy tale.  The author gives examples using the story Little Red Riding Hood.  

I put together a packet for my students to use as they move through the "Tools."  Included in their packet they will have a planning page for each "tool" and then a writing template to create their own fairy tale. 
 I can't wait for them to get started!  
You can preview my unit by clicking the image below:)

The nice thing about this packet is you don't need the book to use it.  It is pretty self explanatory and is perfect for any fairy tale unit!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Perfect Partner Pairs!

Friends~My kiddos loved partnering up using my Fairy Tale partner cards!  I just knew I had to make a few more sets.  Check out my Fairy Tale Partner cards below.

They are really simple to use.  I print them in color and mount on colored card-stock.  I printed the pictures on one color and the words on another for this set.  I pass out the cards and the students look at the cards and try to find the person in class that has a matching card.  For these cards it is the title of a fairy tale and a picture clue from the story.

Below you can preview some of the cards that I created to use in class.  I wanted them to have educational value as well as classroom MGT qualities so I did some math cards with base ten and $ too.
My Partner Pair Cards come in sets of 24 card. 

I also was super excited when I visited my pharmacy yesterday and found these fun Laser-pops!  Click the image below to grab a set on www.amazon.com!

Now I am not sure what I will do with the lollipop at the end but I am going to use the laser in class to spotlight student work. 
Check out the fun shapes they make!

 I am thinking, "I Love what you are doing!"
"Shooting Star Work!"
"Smile Stamp of approval!"

I also thought about using them in class for read the room.
I would love to hear any ideas you might have about how to us these lasers!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Let the Crowning Begin!

Friends~I am so excited to share with you what is going on in room 331!  We are still in Fairy Tale Land!  This week my students jumped into The Land of Imagination.  My teammate showed me this fun activity where students travel across a fairy tale map.  Writing in books they have read and then completing an activity.  I Schroeder-ized it a bit and came up with this engaging lesson.

This is the map that my teammate gave me.  Basically they are suppose to travel across the land and fill in the books as they go.  The need to fill out a ticket for each book and one for extra places on the map.  I really needed several copies of each book so I struggled following the directions.  That is where the Schroeder-izing came in:)

I wanted to be sure that I taught a few Cinderella versions so I made that my mini lessons for today and the rest of the week.  We started with James Marshall's Cinderella.  I passed out my Cinderella Webs and we created a web about the Stepsisters during my reading of the story!

My kiddos filled that in as their first cloud and they completed their first  response sheet which I called their first Task in partners!  Once they completed the task the got their crown and added their task strips!  Check out how cute they turned out!

Each child got a crown after completing their first Task.  The crowns are simply bulletin board border:) 
I had a supply station filled with items for them to add to their crowns as they completed each Task.  
For the Tasks I used the sheets that went with the cloud graph plus several of my Once Upon a Fairy Tale unit.  Really any retelling sheet would work. 

In the picture above you will see the Task strips that my kiddos glued to their crown.  Then each time they read a fairy tale and completed a retelling task they added a jewel, piece of confetti, or a sticker star. 
 They loved it!
You can download my Task Strips by clicking the image below and heading to my Facebook Page!

I also used my Guess that Fairy Tale card set to partner my students up for the reading.  They matched their picture to the person who had the matching title.  They loved hunting for their partner.
Click on the image below to check out my Unit...the cards are included in the unit plus several of the sheets I used as Retelling Tasks.  

We are having so much fun with Fairy Tales!  We are going to start writing our own tales tomorrow and I know the class is going to be thrilled.  I think I am going to add their stories to the choices for our Land of Imagination.

Just a heads up!  We are finishing our Unit on Fairy Tales with a Bang!
We will be reading the chapter book The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum. 

I just posted my Return to OZ unit on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Head over and check it out.  We are going to have a BLAST!