Classroom Decor Sets

Classroom Decor Sets

       Are you looking for a cute way to decorate your classroom?  How about Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland or Tiki?  

Every decor set includes:
Lesson Plan book cover
Name plates -two styles
Name tags –four styles
Treat tags
Alphabet bunting
Numbers 1-10
Months of the year (large and small)
Days of the week (large and small)
AND Pencil top pennants for birthdays and rewards
I also included blanks of each style- just the frame and art in case you'd like to use them in a different way. The zip file has jpgs, png's and a pdf to suit your needs. Enjoy!

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Picture book units or emergency sub plans

Picture Book units

       Do you love picture books?  Here are some great picture books to read to your kids!  I also linked some units that can be used as sub plans or picture book units!

This book is about Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for equal education in California.  It came before Brown vs. The Board of Education.

We are all dreamers to different extents.  Sometimes it can even get you in trouble.  What type of dreamer are you?

Great book exploring the artist within you.

Every community has beauty.  Join CJ and his Nana as they travel through their neighborhood and see the beauty around them.

Frida Kahlo had a beautiful soul.  This book helps you explore her art and life.

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Building Number Sense





It's so important to build number sense. The best way to do this is through daily routines.

Here are some examples:
Counting collections  

This is where kids are given large groups of items and they count them.  You see their number sense developing more and more deeply.  If you want a more detailed description, visit this blog post

Choral Counting 

Here is an example.
3   6   9   12   15   18   21   24   27   30
33 36 39  42  45    48   51  54   57  60 
63 66 69  72  75    78   81  84   87   90

Start at the 3.  Have kids count chorally.  Chart them.  What patterns do you see?  If that is the count thirty times,  what number would be the 36th?  What patterns do you see diagonally?  Vertically?

Do this with many different numbers.  Start at different points.  Try this with time, decimals, and fractions.  The sky is the limit!

True/False sentences 

Chart this:   26 = 14 + 13
Is this sentence true or false.  This is a mental exercise.  Use hand signals to indicate true, false or still thinking.  Have kids explain their thinking whether it is right or wrong.  Then put up another related problem.  Maybe, 
26= 14 + 12 or 14 + 14 = 26.

Mystery Numbers 

What number is odd?  Is the same two digits?  Is a multiple of 3?   33!  That's how mystery numbers works.

How many ways? 

Think of a number.  For example: How many ways can you make 106?  Think addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems.  Can be place value blocks, money etc..

Here are just some of the things you can do to get started on number sense.  If you need a little help, try my CGI Math Number talks package!



How to close read a novel with your whole class

How to close read a novel 

with your whole class

Choose wisely
Start with a great novel with a topic that your kids are interested in. If you want to build empathy, try reading Wonder, Rain, Reign or A Fish in a Tree.   
Are your kids excited about learning about WW2? 
Try reading The Cay.  
Do you want your Latino students to relate?  
Try reading Tequila Worm or Esperanza Rising.  
Animal lovers?  Read The One and Only Ivan.  
Do you want to talk about the refugee crisis? 
Read aloud Inside Out and Back Again.
How about building an appreciation for the classics?  Read Alice in Wonderland. 
How many do I need?
A class set is preferable but it's not necessary.  
Ten would be fine and kids can share.  Or buy ebooks and have kids read them on digital devices. 

Read together
Bring your kids together on the rug to read.  I
t's a great way to build community.  
I have pillows and kids are allowed to lay down or sit. 

Read with passion
 Read with passion!  If you're bored, so are they.
Read it loud and powerfully.  Make the kids feel the anger, the sadness, the intensity the author intended.

Pivotal Parts only
Close reading happens about once a week.  
You do not want to do more than that.  
Let the kids have a love of the literature. 
As for the close reading, 
after we've read a pivotal part of the book, 
I have the kids close read a small part.  
We read it aloud together.  
Then they discuss it with a peer before they annotate.
 Make sure your focus question is meaty 
and makes the kids think.  
I like to copy the text on the left 
and have kids annotate on the right.  
Do the first ones together so they understand what a 
good close reading of the text looks like.  
They need to see good ideas clearly supported with text evidence.

I hope this was helpful.   
Do you need more help?  
Check out my close reading guides!  
I've already chosen the most pivotal parts 
and created the focus questions.  
 It's all done for you to make it easy 
to get deep with the literature. 


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