STEM and STEAM Posters

Is your school heading to the land of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or STEAM (Same, but add art)? Last year, our school committed to becoming a STEM+A (plus Art) school. So far- I'm loving it!!! It has really got me thinking outside of the box for sure. I'm excited to share with you some ideas that I have with STEM in the future. For now, I've got some posters that I made for our 1st grade STEM+A Intro Day!

For our STEM+A Intro Day, we rotated all of the first graders (split into 5 groups) through our classrooms. Each teacher took on one of the letters and taught the students about the meaning of that letter and how we use it in every day life. We want our students to know that STEM is everywhere! Then, we did an activity based on the letter we had. I had Math and we played Pokemon Go Addition (totally made the game up...haha). 

These posters are great for my students to refer back to.

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Management Monday: Math Boxes

Organizing and managing (passing out) math manipulatives can be a PAIN! It takes extra time during the lesson to get them out, pass them out and then to put them away at the end. I like to save time with this tip that my team at my last school used.

My most used manipulatives are stored in little tupperware boxes that each of my students have inside of their desks!

They keep these boxes right inside of their desks. The tupperware/Gladware boxes are the kind that are "disposable" and found near the Ziploc bags. These boxes have lasted 7 years! Whenever we use a certain manipulative, my students can quickly grab it out and be ready for our lesson. 

Inside of their boxes I put the most used math manipulatives that we have. It took me a few years to accumulate all of the manipulatives that I wanted in their boxes.

If you'd like the number cards, you can click here. (Tip: copy the number cards on various colors of card stock to keep them from mixing up their cards with other students at their table)

Management Monday: Guided Reading Groups

How do you organize your students in their guided reading group and/or guided reading levels? I use a FOLDER!  Just add stickers with each level, laminate, and add velcro.

I just type up my students' names in a small font, copy on cardstock, laminate, and add velcro.

Then, I can visually see my reading groups as well.
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Clipart: Melonheadz (custom clipart)
Fonts: KG Fonts

Management Monday: Genius Awards

Hello everyone! Natalie here and I'm bringing you today's Management Monday idea. As a review, We are bringing back our Management Monday series! It was something Rachelle started about 4 years ago and it ran for about a year. We loved sharing our ideas on classroom management, organization tips, behavior management, time management, and more!

After 10 years of teaching, I've found that positive reinforcement is key to motivating a lot of students. I am personally really motived by positive reinforcement as well. I love getting a little thank you every once in a while and I like to feel appreciated for the things that I do. And guess what?! A lot of our students are the exact same way!

Today I wanted to share with you an idea I've used in the past to help motivate my students to work hard and use higher levels of thinking. It's something I call a "Genius Award" or in the past I've also called it an "Einstein Award" or a "MVP Award."

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What is Genius Award?

It's a classroom incentive idea to encourage students to use higher levels of thinking in your classroom. Any time a student has a bright idea, you can recognize, encourage, and celebrate their accomplishment with a Genius Award!

Students will love these because they will feel special and encouraged to come up with more bright ideas. Parents will love this because they always love to hear about positive experiences their children have in class! As a parent myself, I know that I would be thrilled if my son came home with a Genius Award to show me! 

How can this help with classroom management? Having any type of positive reinforcement system in your classroom will encourage those good behaviors you want to see in your classroom. You can print off a class list and keep track of who wins an award and when. It will give you opportunities to look for greatness even from ALL of your students - even especially from your struggling students. Every child deserves to feel smart and valued. These coupons will give them that opportunity to shine!

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