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November 15, 2015

Great Ideas for your classroom in November and December

Welcome to “The Chalkies” Turkey Trot! We hope you enjoy a jog through our blogs gobbling up freebies, ideas, and recipes for some holiday joy!
Slide1 - Copy This is my absolute favorite time of year! From Halloween right through New Year there is magic in the air. You can feel it ! The magic is tangible in all the music, songs, get-togethers, parties, and the frenzy of shopping. The kids can feel it too! They get very excited and lose their minds a little. We have the super-charged task of teaching them while keeping them from morphing into Santa-crazed kids. #WeCanDoThis
Here is one of my strategies and a freebie for you:
elf You can also use this little happy vs sad tracker to see how the day went and if they have more nice moments than naughty, then they earn an elf.
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After earning 10 elves or having 10 great days they can earn a reward.
Behavior Management Freebie
A table behaving like angels? Give them a container of “eyes”. Eye like what I see. That table lines up first or gets a candy.
Freebie for behavior management around Christmas
Is there and extra special student you would like to shout out?
Use these little notes to shout out great behavior! There are 4 to sheet.
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Slide1I know that this is such a no brainer but sun-shine calls during this busy and hectic time of the year can literally make a parent’s day. I make it a point to contact 1-2 parents a day. I keep the call sooooo short that it takes a total of minutes. In class,  I make a big deal about calling Little Liam’s mom. It is really a double dip too. Liam feels great, kids who are naughty know I am calling moms, and it make other kids hungry for their sunshine call. I keep track on this sheet.

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Friends nothing says Thanksgiving and Christmas like Cranberry fluff. Listen, it might look strange. I don’t think so, but my husband’s family thought it was totally weird when I brought it 13 years ago! They each took a teaspoon full of this delicious dish to be polite. They tasted it, again being polite, but asked for the dish to be passed again and again and again! This dish was empty at the end of the meal. Everyone loved it. Sweet from apples, sugar and marshmallows, tart from the cranberries, fluffy from Cool whip. I mean come on! What’s not to love! Plus, you make it the day before!!!! 
You need:
  • 3 apples cut into chunks (no need to peal them)
  • Bag of Cranberries
  • Sugar (1 cup)
  • Small Marshmallows
  • Cool Whip the big tub
The day before:
Zip- zap some apples and cranberries in a food processor, dump into Ziploc bag add sugar and mush around. Put in fridge. Also transfer the Cool Whip from the freezer to the fridge to defrost it.
The day of: Fold Cool Whip, marshmallows, and fruit goodness in a bowl. Then put into the serving dish. HEAVEN
Enjoy! If you want the recipe click the “download” button below.
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slide 6This winter I am getting my babies ready to ROCK and ROLL. This is what we are going to be doing in for our 2 minute fluency buddy reads, writing, and reading!
Slide2 Some fun supplemental pages to help kids understand how big the changes have been in transportation, communication, cooking, and entertainment.
I am lucky that my admin lets us support Santa. It makes December just a little more fun!
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In December we are going to rock out this fluency-reading, writing, and art.
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Here is a glimpse into January!!! January!!!! It will be here in the blink of an eye! I have this prepped and on my desk when I leave for Christmas break, so that I am not stressed about school over the holiday!
Click here for to go to Teachers Pay Teachers.


You are going to want to visit this smart lady! 
Trot on my teacher friend, trot on.

November 3, 2015

Watch, Think, and Color- An alternative to showing a movie in the classroom or a great center activity

It’s genius I tell you! Absolute Genius! Do you have Power Point on your computer? Yes?!? Me too! Then you are all set to have your students engaged in solving math problems for 20 minutes and you are not giving direct instruction!!!!


I am not a lazy teacher, nor am I encouraging anyone to be lazy. BUT there are times you cannot do direct instruction. For example:

  • Small group time
  • Helping a child with the math test they bombed (bless)
  • Giving a running record reading test
  • Out of the room for an IEP meeting (substitute for 30 minutes)
  • Weeping quietly in the corner (not really), but we have all had a moment where we put in a Magic School Bus video because the day was getting the better of us.

When you use one of Autumn’s activities, you are hands-free and not saying any words. Does that ever happen in the classroom and include the words academically engaging??? It does now with Watch, Think, and Color activities from the Primary Techie!


OK so here are some tips.

1. Do the first 5 slides with the kids on your first time doing this. For this activity I gave them a 100’s chart and a candy corn to help them mark their answer.

2. Show them how you do not color in the square all the way. Sloppy is fine. If they have extra time during a slide they can color in more neatly, but seriously sloppy is best.

Slide1 3. Explain the they need to listen for the “chime”. This tells them to stop coloring and look up! If they don’t look up they will miss out on time to solve the next problem.

4. Adjust the time for transitions: I liked 13 seconds. Fast paced, but doable. You can go longer, but the more time they have “extra” means goofing off and chatting. At 13 seconds they were silent.


4. Explain that once you press the go button, you won’t be pausing, stopping it, or listening to anyone beg you to pause or stop the slide show. This is a REAL shocker to any children being raised at home like pampered pooches. They are used to the world stopping for them and they are used to making the classroom run at their pace if at all possible.

5. Allow them time at the end to color in neatly and add details.  This is ESSENTIAL. A picture goes from a messy-mess into a masterpiece with about 4 minutes of tidy coloring.


The picture above is after 4 minutes. Before it was…. well a wreck. He thought it was awful, but then once all the black squares were filled in and touching the picture appeared.

6. Get ready to be amazed at:

  • The intensity and the effort your student exhibit
  • The time you have to do a small groups or do something pressing
  • Student stamina increase
  • Critical thinking skills become sharper
  • The screams of delight when you tell them you have another WTC (Watch, Think, and Color) for them to do!

Slide3 Here is my next purchase! This will be for an intervention center!


Big hugs and kisses and happy teaching sweet friends!

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