We Were Born to Sparkle Bulletin Board

April 8th, 2015 by TC Bear

Student Work Display Bulletin Board

This We Were Born to Sparkle Bulletin Board is the perfect way to display student work, especially as we gear towards the end of the school year.  Your students work hard on lessons and projects every day. They will truly love seeing their hard work displayed on the classroom sparkle board.  This bulletin board displays how students are expressing themselves and is a central spot for student to feel encouraged and motivated by their own work.

To recreate this bulletin board you will need various classroom decorations:

Smart Start 1-2 Story Paper
Glitter Clothespins
Chevron Name Tags/Labels – Multi-Pack
5″ Bling Letters with Jewels
Multi Bright Stitch 4″ Fun Font Letters
Big Bold Black & White Create & Decorate
Black & White Chevrons and Dots Straight Border Trim


DIY Spring Decorations: Paper Bunny Lantern

March 20th, 2015 by TC Bear

DIY paper bunny lanterns

Spring is officially in full swing, and we’ve got a case of spring fever! Time to swap out the winter classroom decorations for bunnies, flowers and bright colors. This Paper Bunny Lantern activity is the perfect project for students to welcome Spring. We used Pink Wild Moroccan Paper Lanterns as the main inspiration for this spring activity.

Wild Moroccan Paper Lanterns
White foam Sheet (1)
Pink felt (1)
Craft Sticks (3)
5” Bling Letters with Jewels
Black Pipe Cleaners (3)
Googly Eyes (2)
Pink Pom Poms (1)
18” of White Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Spring Decorations Paper Bunny Lantern


Bunny Paper Lantern Head & Body

  1. Draw and cut out a bunny head and bunny feet. Big & Easy Patterns: Holidays and Seasons has a great bunny pattern to use as a template.
  2. Cut pink felt to create the inside of the bunny ears.
  3. Glue on two googly eyes using the hot glue gun.
  4. Glue pink pompom as the nose using hot glue gun.
  5. Take the 3 pipe cleaners and cut into 5” pieces. Twist in the middle and glue the center using a hot glue gun.
  6. Turn the bunny head over and glue one craft stick to the bottom horizontally. Glue two more crafts sticks in a V shape. This will help hold the bunny head up.
  7. Add a drop of glue on each end of the horizontal craft stick and attached to the top of the wire on the paper lantern.
  8. Tie white ribbon into a bow and glue at the top lantern.

Bunny Feet

  1. Cut two 4” ovals out of white foam.
  2. Cut two 2” ovals out of pink felt for the paws.
  3. Cut six .5” circles out of pink felt for the paws.
  4. Glue all pink felt pieces onto the white foam.
  5. Glue white foam to the bottom of the paper lantern

Have each student create their own paper bunny lantern. Hang them from the ceiling or create a spring lawn in your classroom using Easter grass, and Easter eggs. Add purple or any pastel colored paper in the background and use 5” Bling Letters with Jewels to spell out “Happy Spring”. It makes for grade spring activity and doubles as a great area to take spring photos.

Want more spring projects and ideas? See how to make these cool Egg Carton Caterpillars.



11 Ways to Spot a Leprechaun & Activity Ideas

March 12th, 2015 by TC Bear

st. patricks day class activity

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Share these fun leprechaun facts with students and pair them with activities to get their creative minds going.

Leprechaun Facts
Would you like to meet a leprechaun? First, you have to find one. Here are some facts about leprechauns that may help. But be careful! Leprechauns like to play tricks on people.

1) Leprechauns are fairies
2) They are old men with beards
3) They are about two feet tall
4) Their job is to make shoes
5) They have pots of gold coins
6) They hide their pots of gold at the ends of rainbows
7) They can be grumpy
8) They wear hats and green clothes
9) They wear shoes with buckles
10) They live in the woods
11) They can do magic

Activity Ideas

Drawing: Use the facts above to draw a picture of a leprechaun. Make sure your picture shows where he lives. Show the leprechaun doing his work.

Writing Prompt: If I met a leprechaun and had three wishes, I would wish for.

Speaking & Listening: Have students listen to Irish Folk Music and Instruments and discuss the different types on instruments.

Shamrock Word Families Activity: Add a St. Patrick’s day twist to this classic fluency activity

Shamrock Potato Print Stamps: All you need is a potato, cookie cutter & paint for this fun art activity

For more St. Patrick’s Day and holiday activities, see Celebrating Holidays: Reading, Writing & Hands-on Activities

Interactive Notebooks & Trivia Assessment

March 4th, 2015 by Staci Schutte-Guest Blogger

Hey all!  It’s Staci from Let’s Teach Something Blog back again. This time, I’m here to show you how I help my students anchor their learning using interactive notebooks and a trivia assessment game.

Interactive Notebooks

Creating Interactive Notebooks

Let me give you a picture of what my teaching looks like. My 2nd graders have 2 interactive notebooks: one math, one reading.  When I introduce a new skill, we always put it in our notebook to anchor our learning.  The students are encouraged to look back in their interactive notebooks if they are unsure of what a skill should look like.  It’s an amazing learning tool that I’ve just started using this year, and I love, love, love it.  I’ve been creating pages as I go, so it’s a work in progress!

Trivia Assessment

Classroom Trivia Game

We’ve become masters at creating reference material for ourselves in our notebooks…and lots of it!  I needed a formative assessment to see how my students understand concepts of these different math and reading skills.  A test of this magnitude would be very time consuming!  So, I decided we were just going to play a good ‘ol fashioned Jeopardy-style trivia game.

To create the trivia game, I used letters from Sassy Circle Letters Pack, wrote some questions on the backs of them, and hung them on my whiteboard, and the game was ready to go.  I also have some student buzzers that help identify which team rang in first.  The students love the game, and ask for it often!

Here’s a twist to the trivia game:  I sometimes put blank letters at centers before and asked the students to come up with a question and then at the end of the week, we put them altogether for a Jeopardy trivia game mash-up.  This alternative really gets the kids invested in creating QUALITY questions!  The rule:  if it’s your own question, you are not allowed to answer it!

Need more teaching tips? Here are 5 Best Practices for Teaching Math and see some great center ideas here.