Friday, August 3, 2012

Classroom Projects: About Me Big Book and Knight Behavior Chart

I start my new job (!) on Monday, and I have been focusing a lot on little things I can use in my classroom.  

If you remember, I created a mock-up for a 'Racetrack' behavior chart which was perfect for me, but then I decided I wanted my room to have a fairy-tale theme and the race car behavior chart wouldn't work.  I had to create something new... so I created something that would work for boys and girls and corresponded with our school mascot... the Knight.

So I created this:

The idea in creating it was that general education students would start every day at Page, and would move up throughout the day, or down if necessary.  If they spend a certain amount of days on 'Knight in Shining Armor' (tracked by a sticker chart, eg) they would get to pick out of the treasure box.

After reading a few IEPs and BIPs, my old internship supervising teacher helped me with a design that would use it in a different way.  Now, I am going to use it in conjunction with a point sheet.  The students will start every day at 100 points, with their clip at 'Knight in Shining Armor'.  For every 10 points they lose, they will move down a level.  For every 10 bonus points they earn, they can move back up.  Depending on what level they are at at the end of the day, they will earn certain free time activities.

I am also going to glue pictures of the students to clips instead of the knight so they know which clip is theirs.

The other project I completed for my classroom was a Big Book All About Ms. Spears to use to introduce myself on the first day of school.  I found this idea on pinterest from Yeehaw Teaching in Texas and loved it so much that I 'used' almost all of her ideas to make my own.

The book has a cover, a table of contents, and quite a few pages of facts about me including text features.  Some of the pages are below:

Cover Page: Simple, could be more colorful.  I don't have a cricut so I had to hand write my titles :(  I also used ribbon on this book, but would like to trade it out for binder rings eventually.

Table of Contents: Good for teaching students about text features.

Childhood.  The kids are going to love all of the pictures!  Notice the captions on the pictures.  I typed, printed, and cut these.

Middle school, all about England with a picture of my pretty school.

Favorite activities, including things I did as a child.  Great way for students to learn about me and connect with me. "Hey, I do that, too!"

All my pets... see my adorable hedgehog?? (My potential classroom pet-to-be)

Travelling is a huge part of me and I have been a ton of places.  I printed all of my pictures out (I tried to do only one or two from each place, and only of the well-known places) and I realized I would need a whole book just for my travels! So I split up the pictures and made each one a little flip book according to where they were taken.  I have one from London, one from Europe (misc) such as Germany, Belgium, etc, one from Paris, one from Italy, and one from the United States (New York, Colorado, Hawaii, etc).

I loved this page from Teaching in Texas.  It's such a great way to connect with the students and set a good example.  This is a picture of my favorite books.

Just random fun facts... more ways to make connections!

That's my big book! I thought of a great idea to do during the first week of school instead of a boring interest inventory would be to share my big book, then have the students make their own 'About Me' books.  For my kids, I will probably have to have a fill-in-the-blank templates that are really simple ("My favorite color is: _____________.  I have ___ brothers and ____ sisters.  I was born on ______ in ____________")  and allow them to draw their own pictures.  Older kids could make their own books.  They could draw pictures, bring in pictures, or use magazine cut-outs.

So excited to do this!!!

1 comment:

  1. if you ever need to use a cricut you are more than welcome to come use mine!!!! I love all your class ideas!!!!!!!!