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What to do with All Those Papers!


No matter how we go about it, there are always papers at the end of the day. Once they're all corrected, what do you do with them all?
What to do with all those papers? After you have corrected a pile of student work, what do you do with it? This blog post has a suggestion.

I used to give them back at the end of the day, but I found they'd get lost in backpacks. The kids wouldn't even look at them, and they'd never get home to be seen by families.

Then I decided to file them, and send the paperwork home in an envelope once a week. 

The work got home successfully! The parents got to see it and anticipated the work coming home every Wednesday!

But then, the kids never got to see their own work! 
That means they never got feedback on their written work!

We all know feedback is what feeds learning. 

If the children don't know if they've done well, how do they know to keep doing it?

If the children don't know they've made mistakes, how do they know to stop doing that?


Here's how it's organized: 

 
1.  I write notes on the children's papers, letting them know what they're doing well, or what they need to fix. (Gently, of course!)

2. They find the previous day's papers on their desk in the morning. They take a few minutes to look them over and see their feedback.

 What to do with all those papers? After you have corrected a pile of student work, what do you do with it? This blog post has a suggestion.
 
3. They file their own papers to be saved for the week.
What to do with all those papers? After you have corrected a pile of student work, what do you do with it? This blog post has a suggestion.


4. Those papers are sent home weekly in an envelope for the parents to see.
 
What to do with all those papers? After you have corrected a pile of student work, what do you do with it? This blog post has a suggestion.


What do you do with student papers when you're done correcting?

Baseball Fun and Learning!

I'm so excited that baseball season is finally here! Baseball means spring! After the toughest winter I can recall, anything that means spring is ok by me!
 
Baseball Fun! Books, activities, and resources to keep your sports fans engaged in learning!
 
I've been doing a lot of baseball reading this week, in honor of the opening of baseball season. Here are some favorites: 
 
                                                     

Baseball and April brings another opportunity: It's National Poetry month! What a great opportunity to write Diamantes!

Why Diamantes?  Because they are shaped like diamonds! (Get it? baseball diamonds?)

To add to the fun, I've found a great website where the kids can make their own diamantes online! (HERE!)

Speaking of shapes... a baseball diamond could be called a square or a rhombus, but did you realize home plate is shaped like a pentagon?

Have you noticed, when we connect learning to sports, all those little boys perk up?  (Many of the little girls do, too!)

I have a resource I'm VERY excited about called Baseball Geography
 
Baseball Fun! Books, activities, and resources to keep your sports fans engaged in learning!

These are all task cards based on the locations of major league baseball teams! I had such a blast putting this together, and so far my students can't get enough! Plus, they're really getting to know the locations on the US maps!

Here are a couple of other baseball themed games I've got:
 
Baseball Fun! Books, activities, and resources to keep your sports fans engaged in learning!

Baseball Antonyms combines a couple of popular games with antonym practice. 

Plus, I have a couple of BINGO games with a baseball theme:

Baseball Fun! Books, activities, and resources to keep your sports fans engaged in learning!
Home Run Two Digit Addition gives the children practice adding 2 two digit numbers, along with a little strategy. 

Baseball Fun! Books, activities, and resources to keep your sports fans engaged in learning!

Home Run Two Syllable Words is a similar BINGO game, but this one gives the children practice reading two syllable words. 

The students LOVE these BINGO games! 

Come to think of it, they love anytime I combine learning with sports!

How do you include sports in the learning process?

Baseball Fun! Books, activities, and resources to keep your sports fans engaged in learning!

Easter Resources and Ideas

Easter Resources: books, ideas, and resources to celebrate Easter in your primary classroom.

I can't believe Easter is almost here! It's barely April, and we still have tons of snow here in New Hampshire!

But it's ok to keep an Easter theme AFTER Easter, too. After all, they'll still be eating chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, right?

Here are a couple of books I've been reading lately:
                 

How about a little Easter Music?

Do people still know the songs Easter Parade and Peter Cottontail? I sure do!

How about some Easter Printables? This set will keep my kiddos busy for most of next week! It's got math, reading comprehension, word work, and writing activities, all designed for second grade! 






My kiddos aren't ready to let go of the Math Fact Easter Egg Game any time soon. It's a fun way to practice those all important basic addition and subtraction facts!
Easter Resources: books, ideas, and resources to celebrate Easter in your primary classroom.

There are several ways to use these Easter Egg Fillers, but the most fun way I've found is to put them inside those plastic eggs. Once there's no more candy in those plastic eggs, bring them to school and let the children match past and present verbs or singular and plural nouns! 

Easter Resources: books, ideas, and resources to celebrate Easter in your primary classroom.

Or perhaps try this freebie with 2 digit addition practice: 

Easter Resources: books, ideas, and resources to celebrate Easter in your primary classroom.

Here's another freebie: click the image for this variety of writing paper for Easter stories!

Easter Resources: books, ideas, and resources to celebrate Easter in your primary classroom.

Still looking for more Easter ideas? Check out my April Pinterest Page!

Here are a couple of Easter post that you might also find interesting:






My Plans for April Fool's Day

The laughter of children is one of my very favorite sounds! That's why I go out of my way to hear it on April Fool's Day in my classroom!
 
My Plans for a Productive (and fun) April Fool's Day! Here are a couple of resources to help learning happen on April Fool's Day (Including a math freebie!)
 

These are my plans for April Fool's Day!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/April-Fools-Day-Math-and-Literacy-Activities-1175492?utm_source=April%20Fool%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=April%20Fool%20Printables


This set has more than enough to spend the day on fun, silly activities, yet still squeeze in a little learning and skill work!

For math there are story problems (with silly situations, of course!), three digit mental math (adding hundreds) math fact review, and balancing equations-second grade style!

For word work, there's a great list of April Fool's day words, sentence writing, alphabetical order, compound words, and spelling practice.

There's a April Fool's themed writing practice.

For reading, there's prediction and visualizing.

This should keep those little guys busy, and happy, too! You'll be hearing that delightful laughter!
Just see the image for the link!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/April-Fools-Day-Math-Story-Problems-226758?utm_source=April%20Fool%20Blog%20Post&utm_campaign=Math%20Freebie


See this link, for this math freebie, too!

Looking for more April Fool's Day learning fun? 
Check out these other blog posts.



My Plans for a Productive (and fun) April Fool's Day! Here are a couple of resources to help learning happen on April Fool's Day (Including a math freebie!)


What Does a Non-Athletic Girl Learn From a Football Coach?

It hardly seems there is much of anything that a non-sports type like me might learn from a football coach, but I'm living proof that a football coach can teach plenty that has nothing to do with the gridiron.
I've been thinking a lot about my dad today. He would be 97 today if he were still alive.

My dad was a football coach. I never had much luck with sports, although I was expected to participate back then. (It was very frustrating, since I was downright awful!) 

However, I learned a whole lot about life from my dad! So did his players!

Optimism! My dad taught his players to believe in successful outcomes. "I can, and I will!"

Empathy! My father taught his players to show empathy for the losing team, and on rare occasions the winning team. (Our team rarely lost!)

Creativity! Although football players learn drills and plays, there are plenty of times on the field they need to think for themselves and create their own path. 

Grit! Playing football involves courage and strength of character. He taught them to work hard to attain their goals. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"

Self-Control! Football players need the control and discipline to perform as a team. It takes willpower to push personal emotions and impulses to the side and focus on the task at hand!


Resilience! No matter how many times they were tackled, they got up and tried again!

Wait... those qualities: optimism, empathy, creativity, grit, self control and resilience, aren't those important skills for all kids to learn?

Although they're not actually part of the curriculum, don't you think these are important for children to learn?



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