Category Archives: Alphabet Chart

Oriental Trading

I was given the opportunity to be a Community Blogger for Oriental Trading Company. I got a gift card and could buy anything I wanted to use in my classroom, so here’s what I got!  (I’m SO excited!!!)

This is the Awesome Alphabet Pocket Chart.  I’ve wanted one of these for a long time!  I’ve seen these on different sites and they were always so expensive so I kept waiting.  Now I have one and it didn’t break the bank!  I love this chart because it comes with the pocket chart which can be hung on a garment rack with a pants hanger or book binding rings.  It can also be hung on the wall with some of those 3M Command hooks (love those!)  I also love how I can use this pocket chart over and over with a variety of activities:

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The pocket chart comes with all these different cards.  IMG_5158

The kids can put the picture cards in the appropriate pockets on the chart. IMG_5159

Each picture card is labeled with the word on the back–I’m thinking how great this would be later in the year during Writer’s Workshop.  How do you spell raccoon Mrs. Poindexter?  The kids can go get the picture card!IMG_5160

Also included are the lower case letters so the children can match lowercase letters to the correct pocket. IMG_5161

And of course there are uppercase letters as well! :)IMG_5162

I also got these Center Organizing Charts.  I didn’t know that Oriental Trading carried Carson-Dellosa charts, but they do! :)  These are going to be great next year for my Literacy Work Stations.  Sometimes there just isn’t any room to put a center activity in my already crowded class room, so these will hang wonderfully from the wall or door!  IMG_5163

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Each chart (there are 3 in the package) has two larger pockets on the top and a smaller clear pocket on the bottom.  I’m thinking that any materials for the activity will go in the top two pockets and dry erase materials or small items like dice will stay in the smaller pocket.  They are super strong too!  They will hold up to 5 year old use! :) IMG_5165

You get three charts in each package, green, blue, and yellow. IMG_5166

The next item are these dry erase stars.  (They also come in apple shapes too!).  I’m going to use these at my small group table next year so my kiddos can write down their work and not have to waste anytime getting out paper and pencils.  The stars are removable and reusable!  I hung this one on my wall to try it out and it was super sticky and took a little effort to pull off, but the paint wasn’t harmed! :)  IMG_5167

I took this picture after I erased the words just to show how cleanly they erase. :)IMG_5168

I also picked up this 100 Days of School Countdown Banner.  It was a steal at $1.49! :)  I’m going to hang this up in my classroom and we are going to have some fun counting up to the 100th day of school next year! :)IMG_5169

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I can’t ever have too many dice! :)  I got a dozen of these foam dice (1 1/2 x 1 1/2) so my kids could play some math games.  We always loose the traditional sized dice so these will be great and easier for us to find!  I also like them because they’re foam.  That means they will be quiet! :)  I liked that there are two of each color, making them easier to put 2 in a center and to figure out what center is missing a die. IMG_5171

I got these Laser Smile Face notepads because I had a great idea about how to use them!  I watch my kiddos when we are out and about collecting information in our science notebooks and although those are wonderful, they are sometimes really bulky to carry around.  I thought we could use some of them as travel sized notebooks! There are 6 dozen in a box–that’s 72 of them in all, so they will last me a few years!  When we are done writing down information, the kids can tear out a page and put it right into their bigger science notebook.  IMG_5172

I also thought I might order some more notebooks with the spiral biding and use them to respond to math questions.  I’m thinking I could write and number on each page and the kids could flip to the correct number that answers my question. :)

Did you also know that Oriental Trading offers FREE shipping on orders over $25 until August 24, 2013?  That’s a great deal!  I’ve already got a wishlist going there! :)

What are your favorite Oriental Trading products?  I’m always on the hunt for more! :)

Kristen :)

The opinions expressed in this blog post are entirely mine and were not influenced by Oriental Trading in anyway.  I was provided with a gift card by Oriental Trading Company. :)

Poster Markers

I’ve been using the Mr. Sketch scented markers for a few years now to write on my chart paper.  They were fine for awhile, but they dried out quickly from too much use on the paper.  I found these Crayola Poster markers at Jo-Ann’s a few weeks ago and I’ve been using them ever since!

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They have a wide tip, but if you turn it around, you also have a small tip you can use.  The colors are really bright and the kids can see them all; even the yellow.  They are more of the “Brights” colors than the primary colors, but I really like using them so far and they haven’t started to wear out yet–and I use them a lot! :)

Kristen :)

The Winter Olympics

Will you be teaching about the Winter Olympics?  We will be!!  All day my team brainstormed ideas; we wanted to do outdoor Olympics, indoor Olympics, and we just kept getting crazier and crazier!! Finally, as I was talking with my assistant, we both had this idea to bring our Wii’s to school in a few weeks and have the kids try their hands at skiiing, curling, ice skating, and the Penguin Ice Berg game (love it even though it frustrates me to no end!!).  We thought this would be a great way to tie our theme of Healthy Bodies together with the Olympics.

We will also be sharing information about Canada and track the journey of the torch across the world.  In addition, as fate would have it, we started reading Magic Tree House #16 today: Hour of the Olympics, so we will be talking about the differences between the Olympics now and in Ancient Greece.  We will also compare the sports in the Winter events to those in the Spring Olympic Games and those in the Para-Olympics.  I will also be completing an ABC Time chart to assess what the children are learning and what interests them about the Olympics.

Do you have any ideas??  Share them here (post them in the comments below).  I’ll pick 3 random posters to receive a copy of my Farmer’s Market Snowflake theme.  You have until Monday, February 15th to post your comment! :)

Kristen ;)

Leaves 2009

This week, we are learning about leaves and trees:

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I copied several pages from the back of Leaves!, Leaves!, Leaves! and Leaf Man and the children compared the leaves they found on our leaf walk to them and tried to identify what kinds of trees we have on our school campus.

 

The Alphabet Chart that you see in one of the pictures is something I learned at a workshop I attended today.  I’ll share more about that and several other things in a few days–need to review it and process it a little more! :)

 

Kristen :)

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