Second Grade Nest: July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs

Yay!! I love crafting! 
Here is a blog post on how I made my reading corner tree. 
Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
I started with my tree trunk, which is just bulletin board paper that my school supplies from the art room. I pulled about 8 feet of it off, drew on the tree with pencil, then cut the tree out. 


Here is a little tutorial on making pom-pom puffs....
You will need:
*Tissue paper of your choice (6-8 sheets) (I only used 3 here because I was running low and it is apparent that my puffs aren't thick enough....)
*Bobby pins
*Scissors 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Lay your 6-8 pieces of tissue paper out flat. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Fold the piece that is closest to you up about 1 inch and crease it. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Take the folded sheets and flip them over so that the piece that is folded up towards you is now face down on the opposite side. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Then, at the top, fold the tissue paper backwards about an inch (including the piece that is already folded under). Crease it. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Flip the two folds upside down so that the folds are now closest to you and upside down. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Continue for the entire set of sheets until you have a fan-like rectangle. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Some people use twist-ties or rubber bands, but I've found that Bobby-pins are the easiest way to fasten these puffs together. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Trim the edges off. (Optional- this makes for a rounder puff.)

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Stick your fingers into the base at the middle (where the bobby-pins are) so that you can get the edges as spread out as possible. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Start peeling the layers of tissue paper apart so that each individual piece is fluffed on its own. 

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
Then, I took each puff, tied a string to the bobby-pins in the middle and attached it to the ceiling. 

Update: 
 My school is currently closed and getting waxed, but once I get in, I'm going to add a couple more puff to make it look more full- but you get the idea!! 

I also make these for my table labels. 
I attach the table number to the puff and stick it on the ceiling! 
Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs

Making My Reading Corner Tree w/ a Tutorial on Pom-Pom Puffs
These have a few more tissue paper sheets than my skinny tree leave puffs, so you can see the difference between using only 3-4 sheets and 6-8 sheets. 
These owl table labels are found in my owl/chevron/chalkboard pack



Friday, July 26, 2013

Classroom Reveal- Photo Post

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
My reading corner for the kids! 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
ABC line up top, homework/targets on left side of white board.
Jobs, check-in chart, spirit points, and Daily 5 schedule in the middle white board. 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Teacher corner! 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Back of classroom 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Behavior Management/Table Management for the year.
Check out the post here.

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Back corner of the classroom

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Teacher bookshelf

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Small group area for guided reading/daily 5
(Please ignore that line of desks in the back in front of my calendar area- I'm waiting on those to get taken to the storage!) 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Calendar/birthday area
Ignore these desks- they'll be gone soon! 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Behavior chart (found at my TPT store here)
Computers
Word Work station

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideasClassroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Overhead table signs
(can be found in my chevron/owl pack here)


Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
View from the back of the classroom

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
View from the front door 

Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas
Guided reading books
Math games
Book display
Cubby area

All of my classroom is decorated with my Owl and Chevron Decor pack
Classroom Reveal- classroom decor ideas


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library



 Anyone else in this situation? 
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
I wanted to cry when I got into my classroom and remember that all my books were shoved into boxes in my back corner. It took me a couple hours to organize all of these books into their correct boxes. 

I used this FREEBIE from my store.
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels

Look at the bottom of this blog post if you need a different classroom theme! 

I also used Rubber Maid boxes that I found for $1 at Big Lots! 
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
I left several of them blank so I could write in options that I add on throughout the year, or book bins I need multiple of! 

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
I laid my book bins around the perimeter of my book stack and sat in the middle and tossed them in as I sorted through the huge pile. 

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Then, I alphabetized the book bins on my library shelves. FREAK! I know, OCD....


Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Here is a close up of one of the book bins for the students to learn to categorize the books. 


Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Finished! 

Organizing Book Bins in Your Classroom Library with tubs and bin labels
Then, you can spruce up your library with decorations, like tissue paper puff trees or 'READ' signs! 

ALSO! 
I have THEMED book bin labels! They aren't free like the ones above, but they're included in each of these classroom decor packs! 


Monday, July 22, 2013

Bird Cage Behavior Management (Monday Made It)



Linking up a little late for 4th Grade Frolics Monday Made It! I usually try to post this in the morning, but I've been unpacking my new apartment all weekend! 

Check out my new behavior management system! 

I bought these darling bird cages at Hobby Lobby. I had to buy two pink, though, because they only had these four colors. But I had a plan...

Spray paint fixes ALL! 

 
So now, I have a red, yellow, green, blue, and purple bird cage! 
This matches my tables in my classroom perfectly. 

 
These are two examples of the way that I label my sets of desks. They have a tissue paper puff and a table sign. I am going to match my bird cages to these puffs so the students know which cage is theirs.  

I am labeling each table with a number, too. My table labels also have numbers on them, too. That way students can identify their bird cage by color and number. 

  

I think I will fill them with colored Poms each time a student does something positive:
-turning in homework on time
-fills their buckets
-moves up the clip chart
-etc.!! 

Tiny Pom-Poms
(Pic: Oriental Trading)

Poms will be placed in their matching bird cage!