Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ninja Math Fact Brag Tags

This year I have been using Amy Lemon's Ninja Fact Masters as my math fact fluency program and it has been AWESOME!  My kids are really kickin' those math facts (see what I did there?)  Ha!  They love moving up and earning a new belt for their ninja.
But.. one thing was missing--- BRAG TAGS!

I implemented Brag Tags into my classroom this year and they have been a hit.  Brag tags are a wonderful way to reward positive behavior and academic achievement in the classroom.  I use brag tags every single day and I wanted to use them with the Math Fact Ninjas so I created a set for both addition and subtraction facts.  There are math fact brag tags on TpT, but I really wanted to maintain the ninja theme.  If you are looking for ninja themed brag tags you can find mine {here}.


If you are new to brag tags, keep reading for some tips and tricks!

My students keep their brag tags on these chains.  I purchased mine from Amazon, but I'm sure you could make them if you are crafty.  I have seen the chain in bulk form at craft stores.  You can find my specific chains {here}.

I have my students choose a bead when they earn a brag tag.  The students love choosing beads and it helps to make the brag tags pop on the chains.

We keep our brag tags hung up all week.  The students only get to wear them on Fridays!
I have bunches and bunches of brag tags made up ahead of time and I store them in these containers.   Which you can see a better view above with the ninja tags.  Amazon sells these for $11.00 and I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 here.  They also have 1 large compartment to store the beads if you decide to go that route.  PERFECT!
Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy Brag Tagging!!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Get 'er Done!


Sometimes my kiddos just need the some extra time to finish classwork and I find myself writing notes on assignments and I wanted a quicker way to communicate with parents why their child was bringing classwork home.  So I created this form with the help of my teaching friend Mrs. Stewart.  If you want a free copy of the form for your classroom just click the photo!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Trump Presidential Advice

There is no doubt about it.  Most of our country has a definite opinion about our last presidential election.  But, I was curious what my second graders thought and what they were hoping for.  When it comes right down to it, they aren't looking at party lines, agendas or even public opinion.  7 and 8 year olds have their own code of conduct that everyone should abide by and the president is no different.  As the inauguration approaches I thought I would gather my kiddos bits of advice for the new commander in chief.  I normally would do an anchor chart of some sort to get the ideas flowing.  I didn't do that for this activity.  I wanted to really get inside what they were thinking without any influence from peers and I am glad I did that.  They came up with some very valuable advice.  They are pretty excited that I will be sending these to our new president.  I love how they believe in their heart of hearts that their advice will help him in his new job.  I just hope he listens.

If you are interested in doing a similar project with your class you can grab this activity {here}.



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year's Resolutions and Google


My kids were able to complete their New Year's resolution activity in Google Classroom today and they loved it.  We still have a lot to learn and baby steps are a must, but for 7 and 8 year olds they are ROCKIN' this Google Classroom thing.  It is so amazing to see them just open it up and get to work.  Today I kept the slide show open on my desk and monitored all the projects at once.  I felt a bit like a mall cop watching surveillance monitors.  It was amazing.  I could see immediately if someone had forgotten a period, font was too big, word was misspelled or picture was not on the page and I was able to have the student fix it before they ever exited out or I could call a student over and we could work through a challenge together as they were experiencing it.  Not after they have turned it in and I have sent it back and they have totally forgotten what they were trying to do in the first place.