More Classroom pics for 2013 and Freebies!

We had Back to School Night on Wednesday.  It was nice to meet everyone and they were very excited.  This year I have 18 kiddos.  I took these pics last weekend but no time to post them!

Looking at the back wall.
These are my two new Focus Boards!
I have one for reading and math.


Currently my plan is to add all the vocabulary words to the black pocket chart.  The yellow pocket chart is an old calendar pocket chart that I have changed into my Math Tub schedule.  I have 9 tubs but I'm going to start with 5.  

Pretty blank!  I am going to be getting the Focus on Reading pocket chart from Lakeshore.  It's part of my Donor's Choice project that was just fulfilled!  

Sorry it's fuzzy!  I had purchased a Bubble Gum Timed Test unit last year and this is where I put what level they are on.  I made bubble gum machines with circles on it and when they pass a level they put a round sticker on it.  Of course they get a gumball too!  I'm going to add a pink balloon to the monkey's mouth!

Students bring in family photos and they stay up all year!  They love looking at it!  I added mine first!

This is my Daily Five rotation board.  I'm going to have to adjust it because I don't have time for four groups.  So I'm going to have 3.  I'm hoping my gifted students will be able to get some support.  The D5 cards are from Lyndsey Kuster and they were free!  She has great posters too!  

I've had this pencil for many years!  Too many actually!  I added the idea list from The Teacher's Wife!  Get it for Free!  I love free!

My Writing and Word Work Table!  I have Parent Volunteer packets on it right now.  I had a few parents take some home at Back to School Night.  I'm so happy!  Click here to read a previous post on Parent Packs and pick up the cover page for free.

These are my sight word cards.  I have three sets of each unit.  
They correlate to the Treasure's Reading Series.  If you want a set click here!  Download the preview and you can get unit 4 for free.  Each unit has a game to go along with the words.  Students can work at their own pace that's why I have them all out.  If they pass unit 1 (bowling balls), they can go onto unit 2 (footballs)!  Such fun!

Updated my vowel posters!  Thanks to the TpT sale!

These are on our door.  I loved using these last year.  The kids got to look at the digital and analog.  It also let visitors know where we were.  Click here to get yours for Free!

I have a student assistant help me change the schedule every day!  They love know what is coming next.  They help keep my on track!

Any of you use Math Expressions from Houghton Mifflin?  This poster is ridiculous!  It's huge and it doesn't flow correctly.  The first one goes to 120 and the next one picks up at 121 to 240 but you can't read them left to right all the way across and you can't put them under each other because they don't line up that way either!  What to do?  Any suggestions?  This is my first year with the program.

I store my math tub activities in this bin system.  I have them labeled with the CCSS.  
You can get your copy here.  I need to get another bin - this one is full!

Book Hospital!
Here's the label if you want it!
Click here!

I am most excited about how much I have thrown away this summer!  I feel free!  I filled these numerous times!

God's Blessings to you all this year!  



Donor's Choose Project and Freebie Friday

I am so excited about my Donor's Choose project!  I only have $31 to go!  
I hope it gets fulfilled before school starts.  I've had a lot of generous people!  It amazes me!

Can't remember who's blog shared the idea on these cute birthday bags but I just thought it was a great idea and a money saver!

Print these out on paper and fold in half.  Fold down the baggie a bit put the paper over and staple.

I used the portion control baggies from Walmart (Great Value brand) - a lot cheaper than velum bags.
  I put a 1/4 cup in each one.  I made 20 bags and didn't quite use 2 bags of Skittles!  
Click on a picture to get a copy.  Obviously yours doesn't say Love, Mrs. Moldenhauer!

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Freebie Fridays


Giveaway Winners!

Sorry I didn't get to picking the winners yesterday but I spent a glorious weekend with my parents.  We had a fantastic time canning dilly beans!  Yum!

Now for the Winners!  Randomly chosen by Rafflecopter!

Thanks to everyone who tried for the giveaway!  I will contact the winners by email!  Have a great year!


Classroom Management


I like to use sticker charts to reward student behavior.  I use it in correlation to my clip chart.  Students can earn 1 to 3 stickers a day.

1 sticker = Stayed on Green
2 stickers = On Blue
3 Stickers = On Purple

When their chart is full they get to go to the treasure box or pick a certificate.

If you'd like a set go to TpT for $2.00


The Big One!! My Giveaway! and Tips and Tricks!

Thank you Traci from Dragonflies in First for the adorable button!!

Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway!
Ends Tomorrow!!

Parent Take Home Packs!
I just blogged about this August 1st but it is a life savior!
Click picture to take you to the original post and the freebie!

New Student Supplies

You never know when you are going to get a new student!  Could be tomorrow could be the week of Christmas!  To make my life easier I put together a book bin with all the nametags, books, folders, Parent Handbook and notes, etc. I will need for the student.  I make up two of these.  It has really been a life savior for me when they show up that morning to my room!


Organizing for Instruction Linky Party

This week Blog Hoppin' is hosting a Linky Party!  Make sure you stop on by!

Being organized is not my strength - ask my friends and family! But it is something that I have been working on very hard.  This summer I went digital!  I emptied my file cabinets and scanned the papers into my computer.  

After I scanned them in it was time to save them to my laptop.  I have a folder labeled first grade and then I made additional folders inside that one.  Some of these folders were made a long time ago so they are not in the spot I want them.  I am working on this.

Let's take Math as an example.  Once you open the math folder you will see these folders.  It seems like a lot but it helps me keep organize so I can find what I want again!

When you open the Addition folder you will then find all these folders.  This is even more specific.

When you open the Timed Test folder you will find this.  In this particular folder I have power points, excell documents and pdfs.  

If you click on the thumbnail view you will be given a preview for some of the files and then you will know better that you are opening the correct file.

Hope this has been helpful a little.  Good luck with your file organization!

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Back to School Excitement!

I am so excited to go back to school!!  I miss all the kiddos! 
I'm hosting a giveaway for all my wonderful followers!
Check out the prizes!

1st Prize
I'm going to giveaway my Name Unit that I use at the beginning of the year! 
 I've added activities for the last name to step up the skill level.

2nd Prize
Great Works Certificates
So many different kinds to get you to the end of the year!

3rd Prize
My Newest Unit
Life Cycles for Insects, Frogs and People

You can see these all on TpT!
Good Luck to All!

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