Monday, June 3, 2013

Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings Of the bluebird as she sings. The six o'clock alarm would never ring. But six rings and I rise, Wipe the sleep out of my eyes....

I'm afraid it's going to be a short post for tonight. I wore myself out today trying to get my room prepped for EOG testing. The next two days will be spent outside of my little room as it will serve as a 1:1 room. In trying to get anything that could possibly get knocked off or thrown, I ran across some very old articulation cards. I've used these a few times on my cart but usually I stick with my Giant Webber books. 
 The other reason I avoid using these card decks is the ever popular, "What is that???!," from my students. I have no idea what year these are from but my guess is between 70-80s judging by the looks of the record player.
The second thing I want to share with you tonight is another dollar store craft that really doesn't involve much crafting. It's a conversation tree to target staying on topic/turn-taking. The EC teacher who works with 4-5th graders found the idea on pinterest and created one just using simple squares of construction paper. I fell in love with the idea but decided to buy these neon die-cuts from Dollar Tree. They come in packs of 30 and appear to be intended for yard sale signs. I like the fact that they're in different sizes/shapes so students can earn bigger pieces for initiating topics vs. maintaining. All I had to do was get them laminated. The branches (for when they break off topic) and tree topper had to be made by hand using construction paper. It took about 45 to make those due to my need for details.
The result of one session. I can honestly say I know more about snakes now than I ever want to....ugh.


  1. I HAVE THOSE SAME CARDS. OMG! And yes, they are awesome and awful at the same time.

  2. Love this idea for staying on topic-what a great visual!
    Allison's Speech Peeps