Kindergarten Common Core

Wow, what a month it has been! Our school, along with all the other Georgia schools, is implementing Common Core standards this year and we've been working hard to figure out what methods and materials to use to support the Kindergarten Common Core standards. That means a lot of brand new lesson plans! With me being in Grad School starting last month, I need all the help I can get on lesson plans. That's where resources like this book come in!
 It gives you worksheets and activities aligned to the Common Core standards - I am so excited to see and use it! With 600 activities in one book, I am sure I will find many helpful ideas. Learn more about it here: Kindergarten Common Core 

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-Mrs. Cobb

Monday Made It 5

4th Grade Frolics!
Wow, it is hard to believe that today is the first day of school in my county! Last week was a busy week of finishing up my classroom and planning for the year ahead, and now it is time to begin. Then, next week I start my Master's coursework. >.< 
With all the work at the school this week, I wasn't too crafty. I did make a pretty pennant banner for my student work bulletin board though! It is now my "Wall of Wow!" I used the same big fat scrapbook paper stack that I have done several crafty projects with to cut out the letters on my cricut and glue them on triangles. Then, I laminated it, punched holes, and strung it on to pretty ribbon. It turned out very nice looking!

In other news, Rosco the pug has been struggling with fleas and trying to eat his hindquarters off, so he has been wearing a cone a lot. Smokey has been getting adventurous and tolerating being in the same room as the pug. We're a little in shock at this behavior development.

Have a fantastic week and wish me luck as I get to know my new class!
Thanks for visiting my blog!
-Mrs. Cobb

Thank You Giveaway - from Calendar Dilemma

Here is how I have decided to tackle revising a Kindergarten tradition, Calendar Time, in light of the Common Core Standards I will be teaching this year. I am renaming it "Math Talk Time." 

Thank you to everyone who gave me ideas for this area!  If you commented on my "Calendar Dilemma" post, enter the rafflecopter indicating that you commented with a tip for me. From that, I'll get a random winner of a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers giftcard to thank you for helping me out! 

"Math Talk Time" 15 minutes - TOPS!

  •  First we will go over the date. We will tell what the number should be and what the picture will be, based on the pattern for the month. We'll also add another stone to the ten frames for the date (below the calendar). Now that the date is known, we'll say it properly:
    Today is Monday, August 13th, 2012" Then we will say, "Today is Monday (or whatever it actaully is), Yesterday was Sunday, Tomorrow will be Tuesday - and put cards in those calendar pockets. This language will be modeled and echoed for awhile, then I'll start having the kids say it. Below are pictures of the portions of the calendar area used for that:

  •  Next is the number of days we have been in school. First, we will update the  place value straws pocket chart for number of days of school and say it like 23 is two tens and three more. I have a shapes and colors pattern where we add another for each day, with the next number on it, that circles the room: we will put the next shape up for that.

  • After that, we will count on the 0-99 chart however I feel like it for the day: by ones to a certain number, or skip counting. There is a "today" card for that, so we will move that along.
  • We will grab the week's graphing question, and pull 4-5 kids to velcro on their vote (simple little laminated cards with their names on the back, so after it is up we cannot tell who said what). By the end of the week we will be ready to analyze our data.

  • I am also going to download Kim Adsit's calendar pack off of TPT, and try to use some of those activities on the ActivBoard. I just don't have enough copies to do Calendar Books, boo. :( I still haven't bought it, holding out for a sale soon!
  • Then, we will do a number talk! This might involve dot cards, ten frames, numerals, rekenreks, fingers...all sorts of fun!! This leads right into my math lesson for the day.

Other items on the "Math Talk Time" board...

  • The bags on top are for the months - I put names and pictures on a popsicle stick in the bag of their birth month. That month, their sticks go on the calendar.

  • This may not be daily, but I put up a ribbon and clothespins number line at the bottom, so I can pass out numbers and have the kids come attach them to the number line. 

  • The big red pocket chart is where I will put the week's sight words to review. This gets used over and over throughout the day.

  • The bear is the Helper Bear - the students decorate a shirt with their name on it, when the bear wears their shirt they are the Helper Bear! I got that idea from Heidi at HeidiSongs.

Remember, if you commented on the Calendar Dilemma post, enter the Rafflecopter below. If not, don't...but please comment with the comment form and tell me what you think of this routine!

The Rafflecopter opens at 12:01 AM on August 9th. 

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-Mrs. Cobb

Monday Made It #4? Check out my Classroom Pictures!

4th Grade Frolics!
It's Monday (almost)! And what a busy week it has been! I am actually having to write this on Friday while waiting for my car to be worked on, because I know this weekend is going to be too busy!
Last week was another fun and productive week in terms of making things. This post has three sections:
1. Crayon Art Party with Friends
2. Crafted for the Classroom
3. The BIG classroom Reveal!

1. Crayon Art Party with Friends

I invited some friends over to explore making melted crayon art with me. We all scoped out te many ideas on pinterest (click the link to see my top 8 inspiration ideas) first, and then gathered to make beautiful art! We tried both the hot glue gun and blow dryer methods. They are both equally messy and equally productive! Also, note that if you try this and need peeled crayons, GRAB A RAZOR! Crayons are terribly difficult to peel otherwise. 
Melted crayon coated glue gun!

Blow Dryer Method, and our terrific MESS! Woohoo!

Here are our masterpieces:
Danielle, "Tartis in Time Warp" 
She is still pondering how to accent the Tartis more. This melt effect was made by laying crayons like rays coming out of the Tartis, and hot gluing them just enough so they wouldn't fly off the canvas when she started melting them with the blow dryer.

Carrie, "I'll Follow the Sun"
This Beatles song inspired artwork had red, yellow, and orange crayons melted from the top down over carefully taped lettering. 

This is what Carrie's crayons melted on to. Interestingly, some crayons are stubborn and just would not melt!! Weird, huh?

Leigh, "Mickey Mouse"
Leigh LOVES everything Disney, so it was no surprise that she ended up with this! She just put crayons all over the canvas and blow dryed them where they were laying. She went over the silhouette of Mickey's head with black paint, if I remember correctly. I love the colors!

Carol, "Standing Pug at Twilight"
This is installment 1 of a Pug series, I have decided! I made this with a glue gun dripping blues and purples from the top over a big pug sticker, then greens from the bottom. After it cooled and hardened, I pulled off the sticker, hot glued back some extra that chipped off with sticker removal, and it was complete! Next I want to do "Sitting Pug at Dawn" and "Running Pug at Noon". 

Terri, "Kara's Crayon Art"
Terri hot glued peeled crayons across the top and blow dryed them. I like the three sections it made! Her crayon art is on spray painted black cardboard.

So, that was the crayon art party! have you considered making some crayon art?

2. Crafted for the Classroom

My one and only project for my classroom, besides setting it up (next section) was these files for materials! I immediately had to have them when Clutter Free Classroom gave away the labels earlier this week. I don't know how much longer she'll be giving away a product a day, but if you don't follow her yet, you need to!
I really didn't want to spend any money buying the file boxes, so these were made with Medium Flat Rate shipping boxes from the Post Office. Learn how to make them into file boxes at Craft Therapy.
I spray painted them black, then covered them with scrapbook paper. I am trying to use this same pack of scrapbook paper all around my classroom, in keeping with my new color scheme. The file organizer will go on my desk, and is not there yet in the classroom pictures below. No more digging through a stack on my desk for materials, hopefully! It is a tad bit uneven, but ih, I LOVE it!

3. The BIG classroom Reveal!

I love it when I get to see the classrooms of other teachers, I hope you'll enjoy seeing my classroom. I did a post last year about my classroom that you may also want to check out, I kept a lot of things the same. I have just been beautifying things this summer!
This is my whole group meeting area, with my new crate seats and revamped bulletin board/ calendar area.

Small group meeting area. In designing this space, I wanted materials easily accessible, minimal distractions (so the students face the board and I face the whole classroom), and I wanted to be by my whiteboard so I could write on it as needed. Above the whiteboard is the sight word word wall. The shelves hold assessment binders, games, and books. The red pocket chart under the board has a folder for each child, sorted into four pockets for my four guided reading groups. On top of the shelves: by the door is the "Write the Room" Center with clipboards and cool glasses to wear, the other shelf with that blue basket - the blue basket is the "Word Work" basket which I put different activities in that can be used for exploring letters and words. There are icons on these that match the icons on the Workstations assignment pocket chart, below. One side is Literacy Workstations, the other side is math. I put the kids pictures with names in the empty areas, and rotate the icon cards to show them where to go. Make sense? Oh, the pocket chart is one of the bigger "Hundreds Charts"

New curtains! Thanks Grandma! These hide a bunch of materials and games. The material is the same material used for the crate seats.

The red seat is my "Safe Spot" where kids can go when they need to reflect on their choices, calm down, or just have some alone time. The cubby shelf next to it holds math manipulatives (picture label on box and shelf spot where the box goes) and on the top two shelves, our math work station tubs (green monster labels). Like Literacy workstaions, the labels match the icons on the assignment pocket chart. Kids can just look at that and know what to get! Oh, I also assign for each pair of kids a "go getter" and a "putter upper" to minimize crowdedness in this area and to stop fighting. 

Books! I went a little nuts about organization last year. The shelf above is for teacher access only. Paint sticks section off the categories, with labels on the ends to match the categories. Those same labels are on the books and on labels that slide on to pockets on the book baskets that the kids can use, below. One basket is a book hospital. The baskets on top of the shelf hold dry erase materials and each table's dry erase morning work (name writing, number tracing, etc.). The blue crates are for Bee Books - my version of homework and communication binders. Each table has a crate to put binders in. This is right beside my para-pro's desk.

Library Center. There is a basket of puppets to read stories with/ to.

This is the teacher area. I put my desk and my para's desk facing each other, so during planning it is easy to talk together. It is also convenient for sharing materials and giving each other papers. My desk is in the back, with a cabinet of teacher books and supplies, as well as my filing cabinets. The wide gray cabinet has a drawer designated for tissues, since the tissue box goes right beside that cabinet. The desks will have laptops for student use on them.

Front Bulletin Board!
Starting on the far left...
The circle, triangle, circle thing is a wooden stand I put clothespins on for behavior. They start on the top blue happy face. From there they can move to the top of the happy head, or down to a question mark, or the bottom red sad face.
Next to that, where the vertical yellow ribbon is, is where science standards and higher order thinking questions for science will be velcroed. Next to that is anohter board with a green ribbon and a blue ribbon - those are for ELA and Math standards and questions. These match the vocabulary board colors (other side of the ActivBoard)
That brings me to my calendar area! I am going to do a mixed approach for now: First we will go over the date and number of days we have been in school, using the calendar, ten frames for the date, place value straws pocket chart for number of days of school, and the hundreds chart. We will count on the hundreds chart, skip counting too. I put up a ribbon and clothespins number line at the bottom, so I can pass out numbers and have the kids come attach them to the number line. I am also going to download Kim Adsit's calendar pack off of TPT, and try to use some of those activities on the ActivBoard. Then, we will do a number talk! I just don't have enough copies to do Calendar Books, boo. :(
Oh, the bags on top are for the months - I put names and pictures on a popsicle stick in the bag of their birth month. That month, their sticks go on the calendar.
The big red pocket chart is where I will put the week's sight words to review. The bear is the Helper Bear - the students decorate a shirt with their name on it, when the bear wears their shirt they are the Helper Bear! I got that idea from Heidi at HeidiSongs.

Thank you to everyone who gave me ideas for this area! I am going to do another quick post just about that (mostly repeating what you see here) where you can comment again for your chance to win a $10 TPT card. You had to already have chipped in an idea on that "Calendar Dilemma" post and then comment again on the calendar decision post to win.

 Looking across the room. See how each table has a different color chairs?

View from the entry door. I have four color coded tables for student seating.

In the foreground is my small group table, behind that are two computers. I have a sink on the back wall and a shelf where I put math notebooks and writing materials. Next to that are student coat hooks and storage space.

Whew! This post is massive! Congrats if you made it to the end! Haha! Now tell me, what do you think?? Favorite part?? Suggestions??

Thanks for visiting my blog!
-Mrs. Cobb

Giveaways week of August 3rd -10th

Anyone interested in a new recorder for your classroom?? This is the first I have seen of this recorder and it looks incredibly versatile. The blogger who is giving it away includes great idea for using it in your classroom, too. Definitely worth taking a minute to enter to win!

On a side note, I am so excited that I have won a $10 MPM School Supplies gift card! I got it from Learning is Something to Treasure:
Suggestions on what to buy? I briefly looked and am thinking about these items:
Sand Timer One-Minute 3-1/2 TallOne Minute Sand Timer for Games  
 I Lost A Tooth Stickers 24 pack of stickers
Note Pal Turtle 36 Sheets Non-Stick Since I LOVE turtles, This 36 count notepad would be just lovely!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
-Mrs. Cobb

Poster Giveaway Winners! and Classroom Peek for you!

Last week, I shared a wonderful company that You can use to get posters, or other products, printed. It's called
You can click the picture to learn more about them. 
I offered to buy 2 people an 18 x 24 inch poster. Thank you to everyone who entered my first little giveaway! Today, here are the winners!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am finalizing a coupon code with the company so you don't need to go through me to do the order at this point. When I have the code for you two, I will email it to you. Congratulations!
UPDATE - I sent you the code, holler if you didn't get my email. :)

In other news....
Next Monday will be my classroom reveal post - how's that for a Monday Made-It?? I will show you all my favorite items I made, in their places in my classroom. Here is a sneak peek, I took this picture right before I left yesterday. This is my whole group carpet area, and lovely crate seats!. The room is almost done, now I need to get busy on lesson plans!

Thanks for visiting my blog!
-Mrs. Cobb

Monday Made It #3

Hi everybody! I am so excited by the growth of how many followers I have this month. Ya'll are keeping me motivated to keep making stuff this summer, since my Monday Made It posts have been so popular. This week, I have a freebie included! 
First, I need to send a BIG thank you over to Stacey at , who nominated me for another "One Lovely Blog". She is a new blogger, go check her blog out!
Now for all my projects of the past week. I'll go from the quickest to the hardest, how's that?
Make your own Monday Made It post and go link up! If you like my ideas and free file today, leave me some comment love and feedback please!
 4th Grade Frolics!

1. Blackboard Configuration File: 

This holds standards, essential questions/ HOTS, and vocabulary! Right at your fingertips! The bin came from Target and is tough melamine - hopefully it will hold up for years to come! I have the dividers and all the contents laminated and for the standards and eq's will have velcor on the back to attach them to color coded by content area ribbons - you'll see what I mean when I do my big classroom reveal really soon! School starts in two weeks!
If you are looking for these to print, Deanna Jump has the standards and questions made beautifully- so worth the low cost she is charging. I got the divider labels off her blog, too.
 Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard has cute vocabulary. I haven't printed those yet, I am hoping a lot of my already printed out vocabulary cards will still match Common Core standards! I have bought them just in case I need them, though!

2. Poster to store library cards in

Pretty basic, but isn't it pretty?

3. First Week Name Tags

These clip on their shirts, and each one looks totally different. Got the file from Kindergarten Crayons. Love it! The ID holders came from Walmart, total cost was about $8. I am having my husband heat seal them closed for me, then writing their names with a sharpie on the outside. It's a good, solid plastic and I should be able to clean them off later, right?

4. Goo to write on!

This is simply dollar store hair gel and food coloring in a ziploc bag, heat sealed shut, then packing taped shut too! Like my happy face? 

5. Transportation Home Banner --- and Freebie!
This is not quite done, I need to laminate it and attach to a ribbon. I will have the student's names on clothespins and attach those the the right circle. Transportation changes made easy! I had a good time cutting the flowers and circles with my beloved cricut. Get the file with the text and images HERE

While I was in my craft room making this stuff, I thought I'd show you the hot mess of a room that it is! It is the bonus room over my garage. When we bought our house two years ago, I claimed it as my crafting zone and LOVE having so much room to sprawl my projects out! Maybe one day I can actually make it look good with consistent shelving, cute bins, good lighting...a girl can dream, right?

I have a poster giveaway you should enter! Not too many entries yet, you have a good chance of winning:
And last, My TPT gift card giveaway! Sorry I don't have a cute picture for it, but in a soon to come post I will be sharing my game plan for calendar time this coming up year. I am taking ideas on my Calendar Dilemma post - share a tip and then return and post on the next Calendar post, and you could win a $10 TPT gift certificate! Do it now - CLICK HERE!

Ok, now I think I may be late to have my stitches out of my thumb, BYE!
Thanks for visiting my blog!
-Mrs. Cobb