Monday, September 30, 2013

Words, numbers, patterns all in one calendar plus a fun game!

This is our ELA calendar which has October words for each day.  The calendar pieces are in a pattern. There is a student version and a fun vocabulary scoot game or use it as a word center.  Students will have a great bank of words to use for writing with this.  Great for ELL students!

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Great Motivator!

These are our Quentin Dollars that I use in my classroom.  I can't believe how successful they have been in getting my students to behave as well as doing work.  I started giving them out for getting 80% to 100% on Accelerated Reading tests.  My students are constantly reading during any free time they get and asking me if they can take a test.  So, now I have students wanting to read and write more.  I am looking forward to seeing how well my students progress this year.  Half my class is ELL level 1 so we have a lot of work to do, but my students are motivated!
Freebie at our TPT store.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

So, one of my first graders asked me if she could get a "Quentin Dollar"(freedownload at our store) if she did some extra writing.  This is what she wrote: part of our MP3 Quality Student song.  This is what each letter of Quality stands for.  WOW!  It is so exciting to be a teacher!:) She got 2 Quentin Dollars.
And this was written by one of my ELL students, also from the Quality Student song.  She just wrote this on the back of another paper that she completed.

Whimsy Workshop: Entire Store Giveaway! (and a Freebie!)

Whimsy Workshop: Entire Store Giveaway! (and a Freebie!)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This is Quentin the Quality Penguin.  He goes home with a quality student every night and the student writes about what he did at their house and reads it to the class the next day.  This is his read aloud book that teaches students how to be quality students.  It is just one of the items that are included in our back to school bundle.  It also has a fun and upbeat MP3 song that our students love to sing and dance to.  Our Sept. calendar pieces have his picture on them and our students got excited to see him on them.  He is really helping us to be "Quality" students.  My students also love earning the Quentin dollars for good behavior and doing extra work.  They are a freebie on our TPT store.  If you would be interested in buying a stuffed Quentin the Quality Penguin for your class, just let us know. 
This is Quentin dancing to his new rap about bully prevention.  Check it out at our store.
This is a book that your students can illustrate as they learn to be quality students.  My first grader did a great job illustrating her book.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Already making connections!;)

My students have been singing our Quality Student song and learning vocabulary on our calendar pieces.  Today our word was understand and one of my students said,"that is u understanding towards others from our song!"  It was so exciting to see them already making connections after just singing the song a few times.  Calendar pieces and song can be found in our TPT store.  We will have vocabulary words on all our calendar pieces for every month.  October will be out next week.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Wade into First Grade

Quentin the Quality Penguin is waiting to welcome my first graders.  I am going to take their pictures on the first day of school and  glue them on the ice floes.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Our Reading Corner

This is our reading area with our books in baskets and animals to read with.So excited to have a real Quentin to go with our book about Quentin's first day at school!  Quentin the Quality Penguin will watch over the students everyday to see which "Quality" student he will go home with.  He has a journal that the students will write about their adventures with Quentin at their homes.  We read these journal entries everyday.  My students even put toys and things in the bag for Quentin.  Quentin has helped our behavior improve 100%.   If you are interested in having your own Quentin let me know.  You can get his book at our TPT store.