End of the Year Adjective Posters



Hey Ya'll! It's been awhile since I've been able to participate with my Weekend Warrior gals. I'm so excited to be back with them this month. We have some great ideas coming your way. This months theme is all about End of the Year Activities. I'm here to share with you one of my favorite activities that requires very little prep and you can use materials your already have on your hand. What do you need? 
Construction paper
Crayons
Photos of kids (optional)


The EOY can be such a crazy, hectic time. The kids are tired and worn out. The teachers are tired and worn out. We run around trying to come up with fun activities to keep the kids entertained so that we don't have to make copies. Surely I'm not the only one who does this right?!? 

At the end of each year, I love to review adjectives with this fun peer review activity. I have them write something nice about each student in the class and I give the final product to them as part of their EOY gifts. 

First, we brainstormed adjectives on the whiteboard that would describe our friends in our class. I made sure that we came up with nice words to use. 

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what you've learned throughout the year. This peer review adjective activity is a great way for students to describe their friends. They make excellent end of the year gifts too!

I printed off pictures that I had and they glued their photo in the center of colored construction paper of their choosing. At the top I had them write "All about ____ as described by classmates in 2nd grade" at the top. 

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what you've learned throughout the year. This peer review adjective activity is a great way for students to describe their friends. They make excellent end of the year gifts too!

Afterwards, the kiddos rotated to each desk and they had to write something nice about the person shown in the photo. 

Here is what the final product looks like. I was afraid they would run out of room so I had them write one or two words rather than a sentence or a phrase. 

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what you've learned throughout the year. This peer review adjective activity is a great way for students to describe their friends. They make excellent end of the year gifts too!

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what you've learned throughout the year. This peer review adjective activity is a great way for students to describe their friends. They make excellent end of the year gifts too!

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what you've learned throughout the year. This peer review adjective activity is a great way for students to describe their friends. They make excellent end of the year gifts too!

I laminated them and gave them to the kids on the last day of school as part of their EOY gift. It makes them feel good to read nice things about themselves from their classmates. They always love them! 

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The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what you've learned throughout the year. This peer review adjective activity is a great way for students to describe their friends. They make excellent end of the year gifts too!

If you are looking for more EOY ideas, check out my EOY Pinterest Board!





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Focus Walls

Have you heard of focus walls? Do you have one in your classroom? Today's post is all about how to set up a focus wall in your classroom and how to incorporate it on a daily basis. Lets start with the basics...

Focus Walls are a display to use in your classroom to show the skills you are currently focusing on. They are to be used as tools in your classroom. This blog post shares how to set them up and get started using them in your classroom.


What is a focus wall?
A focus wall is a bulletin board or tri-fold display that shows specific skills you are currently focusing on.  They are mainly used for reading and language arts but can but used for any subject. I wish I had the wall space to include all subjects. If you don't have wall space, create a tri-fold display with the same concepts to display when needed. 

Here is what the focus wall in my classroom looks like. I didn't have a huge space to work with so I tried to make it as informational as possible with what I had to work with. I'll go into detail about what I've included on my wall in a minute. 

Focus Walls are a display to use in your classroom to show the skills you are currently focusing on. They are to be used as tools in your classroom. This blog post shares how to set them up and get started using them in your classroom.

What is the purpose of a focus wall and what are its benefits?
1. Focus walls keep your classroom up-to-date on the concepts that your students are learning about. All the academic vocabulary they are learning that week is displayed for them to see at all times. Most focus walls are changed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. 

2. Focus walls are beneficial for students AND the teacher. All of the information you are teaching/working on is in one place. 
- Student benefits: If students have a question about a strategy they can simply walk  over the focus wall and take a look to help them figure out the answer. They are great for developing student independence. Mine is displayed right behind my small group table so students can easily see everything we are working on.

I did display vocabulary and spelling word cards to pull when doing small groups to make it interactive.

Teacher benefits: Every skill you are teaching that week is there for you to see. Ex. I display my weekly vocabulary and spelling words. Instead of keeping up with a list, I can easily look over at the wall to see what words we need to work on. 

Use it as a teaching tool, I refer to our focus wall daily. 

3. Everything your learning is on display. I am not required to display objectives in my classroom. I'm not even required to have a focus wall but I have gotten several compliments from my administrators and even parents when they walk into my classroom because they know exactly what we are working on.

What do I include on a focus wall?
They sky is the limit when it comes to this! It all depends on how much space you are working with. My space was limited so here is what I included: 

I use small pocket charts and clear plastic page protectors to display my information. You can click here to purchase them on Amazon (affiliate link). 
  

Focus Walls are a display to use in your classroom to show the skills you are currently focusing on. They are to be used as tools in your classroom. This blog post shares how to set them up and get started using them in your classroom.

Weekly vocabulary words: Our weekly words and displayed so they can easily be seen from our small group table. I can easily access these cards during small groups when I need them. I don't display the definitions only because that is my personal preference. I have my students create their own definitions when we are talking about the meaning of each word. You could easily display definitions if you'd like. 

Weekly comprehension skill: I display the comprehension skill we are working on in plastic page protectors. I can easily slide an anchor chart and we are ready to go. 

Story Elements: This is another personal preference. We work on story elements weekly throughout the year on various stories in small groups. After discussing, they are displayed on our board. At the beginning of the year, I write on the sentence strips that will be displayed. Once students are comfortable, I'll assign a different element to a student during small groups for them to complete. 

Weekly spelling words: To display our spelling words, I use index cards and cut them in half to write the words on each week. Again, I can easily pull the cards during small groups when needed. I use them a lot in my small group warm ups. I might have a group put the cards in ABC order or sort the words by syllables of number of letters. This makes the wall interactive and teaches the kids that they can access the information at anytime. 

Weekly grammar skill: I normally spend two weeks (or more) teaching a particular grammar skill. I display another anchor chart in a plastic sleeve for easy access. At the time the photo was taken, we were working on verbs, if someone forgot what a verb was, I could easily direct them to our focus wall to find the answer. 

Focus Walls are a display to use in your classroom to show the skills you are currently focusing on. They are to be used as tools in your classroom. This blog post shares how to set them up and get started using them in your classroom.


The skills listed above were all I had room for. 
Here are some other things your focus wall can include:
sight words
phonics skill
genre
word of the day
writing strategies
essential questions
objectives
letters and shapes for primary grades
question of the week
math vocabulary
science vocabulary
social studies vocabulary

How to keep up with a focus wall?
Keep it SIMPLE! I use the pocket charts and plastic sleeves so that I can easily change things when needed. 
My weekly vocabulary words are kept in a file folder and organized by story. I pull them each week and quickly change them out. 
For spelling, I used index cards that are cut in half. I write them as I'm introducing them each week. I also store these in a file folder and they are organized by week. 
As for my story element board, I keep sentence strips from Dollar Tree on hand at all times. I cut them in half or into pieces to make them smaller to save space on our chart. 
My comprehension and grammar skills are displayed in clear plastic sleeves (I don't always have time to laminate them so it is great to have them protected). Each week, I place our new skill over the old one so that all my anchor charts are in one place and I can easily access them when needed again. This saves me so much time. It takes me about 5 minutes to change out and set up our focus wall for the week. 

Do you want to get a focus wall started in your classroom? Grab these headers in bright colors here! They are just like mine shown above but with a white background instead of zebra print so that you can easily use them in YOUR classroom. 

I hope this post gave you a better idea about focus walls and how to implement them into your classroom. If you have any other questions just leave me a comment below and I'll get back to you. I'd love to hear from you! 

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We {HEART} Teachers Day 2

It's time for day two of our We {HEART} Teachers Event 


and that means more fun stuff for you to win! 
But first, I am sure you are anxious to see if you won one of those 2 TpT Gift Certificates!





and the winners are...






Today's prize is one for the #techieteachers... AND the not so techie teachers ;)


Yeah... you're reading that right! Here's an official run down of this totally awesome prize pack!

IPad Mini 2- Now you can bring technology to your classroom (or just keep it for yourself, we won't tell! ;)) with your own tablet. The miniature size makes it ideal for smaller hands or stowing away in a purse!

Chevron Stand Case- How cute is this case? Protect your newest accessory with this easy to find cover! The built in stand makes it ideal for video viewing while you're jet setting to Vegas this summer! (You are coming to Vegas, right? Can't wait to see you there!)

$10 Itunes Gift Card- Buy some educational apps, download a few books, whatever you want! You've got $10 to spend to help fill up your new toy, I mean educational resource, with new apps! 

Planbook Subscription for you and a friend- Ok, I shared yesterday that I LOVE Planbook because of how user friendly it is AND you can share lesson plans with your teammates. Now you and a teammate can enjoy easy planning for the year! You can check out more on Planbook.com   

Ready to get your #techieteacher on? Enter the Rafflecopter below! 


I am also excited to share with you that TeachersPayTeachers decided to join in on the Teacher Appreciation week fun!  They are having a site wide sale today and tomorrow as a way to say thank you for all your hard work this year!


Thank you Deana from Primary Punch for creating this cute graphic! 

So, from May 5th through the 6th ALL our stores will be on sale! Combine that with the coupon code THANKYOU and you can save up to 28% off your must have resources! Grab up some products to get your through the rest of this year or stock up for next year! It's all good when there's a sale! 

...And because we know your feet are tired at the end of a long day (and your brain!), we made it easy to shop! All your favorite stores all in one location! 

Don't forget to use the coupon code: THANKYOU!











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Second Annual We {HEART} Teachers Event!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Eve!



Teachers are some of the hardest working, caring, and passionate people I know. You never hear a teacher say, "I'm in this for the money, fame, and fortune".  Teachers teach because they have a passion for learning, sharing, and changing lives one lesson at a time.



So this week, my fellow teachers, is about you! Let's celebrate those little victories that never find their way onto a standardized test, like that one student who actually grabbed a copy of your favorite read aloud book for some quiet reading at their desk!



This week, in honor of you, I've joined forces with some of your favorite bloggers and teacher companies to bring you the 2nd Annual We {HEART} Teachers Event!





You thought last year was good... wait 'til you see what we've got for you this year!


This event will run from Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th and I promise you won't want to miss it any second of it!



Over 40 of your favorite teacher bloggers and teacher companies have joined up to bring you some amazing prizes, freebies, and deals!



 All my FAVES!







Here's a peek at what's up for grabs this week!



 I want that Alex and Ani bracelet!



 Get your shop on!



 Yeah... that's an IPad Mini... WHAT?!



No for real.. .like $10,000 in prizes more...



So, be sure to check back each day to enter for your chance to win HUGE prize packs, grab up some FREEBIES, and see some amazing deals.



If you don't already, I suggest you like my page or Leigh's page on FB!







 Then click "Get notifications" under liked so that you'll be the first to see each day's prize packs, products, and FREEBIES!





ANNNNDDDD... because I am just soooo excited about this event, I've got THREE  TpT GCs up for grabs today and tomorrow!





This will be the PERFECT thing to help you clear out that wish list during the TpT Sale this week!






YEAH... That's right, TpT is hosting a two day sale to say THANK YOU for all your hard work too! (I convinced them for ya! ;)) I'll have my ENTIRE store on sale for 20% May 5th and 6th, and you can save and additional 10% off by using the code THANKYOU at check out. That's a total savings of 28% off! #WIN



Want to win?! Enter below!



a Rafflecopter giveaway







I'll be back tomorrow with MORE prizes, goodies, and fun! XOXO!






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