Monday, April 18, 2016

Quick and Easy Tabletop Anchor Chart Stands!

I LOVE PVC! I admit it... I do get a little giddy in the hardware store. There are just so many possibilities, just waiting to be created. While I love the mini anchor chart stand that I created out of PVC, it doesn't travel everywhere with me. You never know when you might require a tabletop anchor chart stand!! The DIY directions for the mini PVC anchor chart stand are here.
I happened to be at a friend's house, when I just NEEDED that mini anchor chart stand. Don't you hate it when that happens?
So, I used the supplies available to create this mini-marvel.

All you need:

  • One binder
  • Shipping tape or duct tape
  • Something to sandwich in between the front and back covers of the binder (I used a box of lasagna noodles- unopened to make it sturdier. When I'm done with the stand, I can pull off the tape and we'll have noodles for dinner!)

This mini anchor chart stand is so easy to create!
#1-  flip the binder open backwards. The front and back cover will be facing each other.
#2- Stick your box or cardboard in between.
#3- Wrap tape around the whole contraption. If you want it to be pretty, you could use decorative duct tape or cover the box with pretty paper. The sky is the limit!
#4- You are ready to go! Simply, snap your anchor chart into the 3-ring binder and stick it on your table.
You can use it to hold word walls in a center, word families, phonics rules, math rules, or whatever you need... 
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Hope that one of these Tabletop Anchor Chart Stands will work for your teaching needs!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Clip A Prefix Freebie!

How can you make prefixes hands-on? Add a clothespin! Try this low-prep activity to get your kids interacting with prefixes and root words.
Gather some clothespins and popsicle sticks to create an interactive center! This activity adds a hands on element to rote practice with prefixes and suffixes. By using clothespins that clip to the base words, you provide students with a visual and kinesthetic way to add a prefix to a base word. By allowing students to engage with prefixes and base words in a multi-sensory activities, you are reaching more types of learners while they are having fun!

I wanted to create a little freebie that would complement this activity! Download the free recording sheet.
As well as, the small prefix cards. You can print out the prefix cards to use as a reference in a center or on your wall. Put them on a ring for an easy reference!
Getting this center started is very easy. Just write your prefixes on the clothespins and base words that will match the prefixes on the popsicle sticks.
Stick the words in a container and you are ready to go! Students will select a base word and add a prefix that will create a new word. They will then write the new word on the recording sheet. After creating all the new words, students will select 5 (or more) of the new words and write sentences on the back.
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I hope that you find some use for this simple activity! Get your free recording sheet and prefix cards here!

Did you love this activity and want to try it with suffixes?

Get your inflectional endings (-s and -es) set here.

Get your free suffix set here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

From Photos to Stories!

Photographs are a great way to grab student interest and curiosity. There is something magnetic in looking at a photograph that brings out creativity. There are tons of ways to spark student interest with photos.

Use Photos of Yourself and Your Students

Using photographs of yourself, you family, or your students is an amazing way to capture your students' attention. Kids love to see themselves in their world. It is thrilling for a child to see their image within instructional materials. By using their photo, you make them famous AND you guarantee that they will pay attention to the activity.

Kids also have a fascination about their teacher's life outside of school. By sharing photos of yourself and your family, you are giving your students a small piece of yourself. That is a powerful thing.
You can snap pictures of your children whenever you think about it and use these pictures for instruction. Bring you camera or phone to lunch or recess and snap some pics. Real life pictures will grab their attention, spark excitement, and bring on the creativity.
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Use Photos From a Magazine

As you get your hair done, wait in the doctor's office, or before you go to sleep; flip through magazines and find some great photographs that may get your kids excited!

Find Photographs Online

You can find tons of interesting photographs online. I created a Pinterest Board just for Creative Picture Writing Prompts. Pinterest is a great place to find educational ideas by the millions!

From Photos To Stories

I have a freebie to share with you!
I wanted to create a set of easy resources that would let me create a reusable anchor chart. In this freebie, I've included two sets of labels that you can use to create an anchor chart with your students. Simply, choose the size that works best for you!

Print and cut out the labels. Use with a pocket chart or affix to a large piece of chart paper. Laminate the chart paper and you have a reusable anchor chart. Students can use post-it notes to identify the story elements from a story that you read OR they can use the post-it notes to create a new story.

I included a silly photo of my cat in this pack. She's wearing a lobster suit and it has so many possibilities for creative writing. There is also a graphic organizer with the photo included. You can use this organizer to help students create their own story.

Get your FREE set of "From Photos to Stories" here.

I am in the process of creating more Photo Writing prompts, so stay tuned!

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