Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I'm in LOVE with this book, so I came up with an idea to incorporate it into the first day of school. It's the perfect get to know you book. If you are like me, that beginning of the school budget is getting tight, so I'm including two videos that you could show in place of reading the book. If you can't show YouTube at school, click the cover of the book and watch the video from Amazon. When the budget allows, you will want to  grab a copy of this book because it is so cute. You could also use it to teach memoirs. The voice of Marcel is Jenny Slate a Saturday Night Live alum. After you  read the book or show the video, let students write about themselves using the printable. Click on the picture for your free copy. Enjoy!
Good luck as you create a year full of Classroom Magic!


Monday, August 6, 2012

A Picture Book, Homework Policy, and Freebie!

Have you seen this book? It's about a girl named Beatrice, a nine-year-old girl, who has never made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework!  In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. I plan to use this book during the first week of school. You know you always have a student like this in your classroom. I know you also have students just the opposite of this, too. I think it's important to have policies in place for both types of students.
I believe in giving kids a second chance, so I've created these Chance Cards. Each student will get one of these every nine weeks because we ALL make mistakes. These are not a homework pass but simply a day late card. After reading the book, I will go over my homework policy and give each student a card. This will also help eliminate the no homework excuses. No excuses will be excepted, even good ones. Click on the picture for your free copy. I print these on peach paper (like the Monopoly cards).
I can't wait to show you my classroom theme. It is almost ready, and I will post pics when it's done. Talk to you soon!