Border Trim Pumpkin Lantern Tutorial

September 22nd, 2014 by TC Bear

Border Trim Pumpkin Lanterns - Teacher Created Resources

Have you started thinking about Halloween decorations for the classroom yet?  If you have leftover border trim around, this easy hanging pumpkin lantern is a great way to transition your classroom into October.

(3) 36” Orange Border Trim
(1) Green Border Trim

Pumpkin Lantern Tutorial - Teacher Created Resources 

1) Cut your orange border trim into the following strips:
-13 inches (x2)
-11 inches (x2)
-9 inches (x2)
-8 inches (x1)

2) Stack the border strips altogether. The 8” strip would be in the center and then sandwich them from shortest strip to longest strip. Push the stack of strips down to make the pumpkin shape and staple. Push the bottom strip up and staple.

3) Draw or trace two leaves using green border trim and secure to the top of the pumpkin with glue.

4) Attach a piece of ribbon (brown burlap ribbon looks great) and hang a bunch of pumpkins lanterns from the ceiling.

These border trim pumpkin lanterns are also a great craft for students. Each student can make their own pumpkin lantern so you can use them to hang them above their desk or students can take them home to their parents. For more Halloween classroom crafts see our Halloween Classroom Ideas Board on Pinterest.

3 Classroom Behavior Management Tools for Success

September 9th, 2014 by Erin B.-Guest Blogger

Erin here, from Creating & Teaching! Today I’m going to share some classroom behavior management tools and strategies for success that I use in my classroom. Don’t worry, these behavior strategies don’t have anything to do with a color clip chart.

I use a color clip chart in my classroom and I went one year without one, then it came back, but there is so much more to management than a simple clip! I know, you’re a teaching pro—you don’t need me to tell you that! BUT, I hope that I can share some new ideas and strategies with you.

1.     Use Footprint Guidelines to Establish Boundaries

Classroom behavior management tools - Teacher Created Resources

One of my most favorite ideas that I started a few months into my first year teaching is taping down footprint accents to the floor at the sink. Most likely you’re anxiety levels are slightly elevated just like mine and most likely you want your students to have great sensory experiences in pre-k, so you let them finger paint. Then the moment comes when they have to wash their hands. You’re sweating bullets hoping no one decides to give a “love tap” to the person in front of them to hurry up. That’s where the footprint accents come in.

By taping the footprint accents down in front of the sink you give your students behavior management guideline and boundaries while they wait. They know where they need to be. Not too close to the person in front of them and not standing next to the person who currently is using the sink. For my classroom, three sets are the magic number. Maybe your number is four, or five.  Footprint set one will typically need to be replaced about half way through the school year. Then a little before the end of the year, maybe set number two. Set number three always makes it to the end—for me.

2.     Spot Markers with Student Names are Ideal for Lining Up

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Up next are spot markers. Most commonly found amongst your P.E. teachers or hanging out in your gym, but these babies are more than welcome in my classroom!

I add each student’s name and I use spot markers for lining up. If you don’t have spot markers you can easily use circle accents and add double sided tape on the bottom. Now, I teach a small class size of special needs pre-schoolers so I’m not dropping (and then later picking up) 20+ spot markers every time we leave the room. At max, I’m probably picking up 8. Again, these have the same purpose as the feet. They provide boundaries. The students know where they are supposed to be while they are waiting for the rest of their friends to line up. I discussed a little more in detail our line-up procedures over on my blog, {here}.

3.     Sand Timers are Perfect for a Smooth, Quiet Transition, without Alarming Students

Classroom behavior management tools - Teacher Created Resources

And last but not least, sand timers. I know you’re thinking—“Lady, do you live under a rock? Those things are digital now!” That is true. I use digital timers a lot, even the ones that only vibrate. However, I also have students who get alarmed pick up on the sound of the vibrating timers. There are times when I don’t want the students to hear the timer. Only I, or my classroom paras need to know when time is up. That is why I love sand timers to help with time and behavior management. They are perfect for just that! This particular one is jumbo in size and is for 1 minute. I splurged on this big one, but quickly realized I needed more of them in other time increments.

Do you use any of these classroom behavior management tools in your own classroom? Or have similar ideas we all need to hear about? Leave a comment; I’d love to stop back by to read your ideas! If you want to stay up to date with MY classroom ideas, don’t forget to follow my blog, Creating & Teaching.

Good Behavior Rewards Cards

August 27th, 2014 by TC Bear

Good Behavior Rewards Cards
Need a way to reward good behavior in the classroom? Use a rectangular accent piece or thick card stock to make a rewards card for each student. Write each student’s name in the middle of the rewards card and use a hole puncher to give hole punches to students when they are demonstrating good behavior. Keep the rewards card in a visible place on the student’s desk. This way, you can check to make sure that you are not missing a student or unfairly giving one student too many punches on his or her card. Randomly reward good behaviors such as the following:

-Completing work assignments
-Following instructions well
-Studying with another student
-Attention to task
-Helping another student
-Showing kindness to fellow students

Set a time limit on the card’s use, such as a new good behavior reward card every two weeks or so. You will find that students will count the number of holes they have earned. This makes the card a constant reinforcer of good behavior. If you are a preschool on kindergarten teacher, have students thread a string around all the holes when their rewards card is full. Threading is a great way to strengthen fine motor skills.

Have a special reward or treat when each student has earned a set number of hole punches. Students must know they are working to attain a goal.

Back to School Dollar Store Crafts & Tips

August 12th, 2014 by TC Bear

 Dollar Saving Teachers - Teacher Created Resources Blog

Saving money in the classroom is a top priority for teachers. There are many educational lessons and activities to put together for students, so money saving tips are always welcome. These 5 Dollar Saving Teachers created budget-friendly dollar store crafts using Teacher Created Resources classroom decorations and supplies from a dollar store.  They offered up tips on stretching your dollar for classroom projects and organization, and also pinned all their projects and ideas on our Pinterest board.

Erin Blecki_Creating & TeachingErin from Creating & Teaching

Erin is a Preschool Special Education Teacher and is in her 5th year as a teacher. As a special education teacher she is always making classroom activities and lessons herself to help differentiate instruction. She posts tons of teaching ideas on her blog, Creating & Teaching. Because of this, she also tries to find ways to save money when shopping for the classroom. There are tons of items I pick up at the local dollar stores to help in the classroom. She always shops them mid-end of summer to stock up on classroom bins.

Erin’s Dollar Saving Tip: A huge money saving tip I stick to is “shopping a year in advance.” I buy seasonal supplies on clearance and save them for the following year. This helps me get items for 70-80% off! And lastly, never forget you can always re-purpose. It might just take a simple ribbon you already have on hand, or a can of spray paint to spruce something up!

Leslie Ann Rowland_Life in First GradeLeslie Ann Rowland from Life in First

Leslie Ann is a former 1st grade teacher, and is currently teaching reading and language arts in 5th grade. She posts about her classroom in Life in First. One of her absolute favorite things about teaching is designing and creating her classroom each year. She loves finding different ways to cozy up a space that she spends a ton of time in!

Leslie Ann’s Dollar Saving Tip: I’m always looking for ways to save a little money while still creating cute things. One way to do this is to stock up on cheap containers and decorate them! There’s no need to break the bank on fancy containers when you’re going to label them anyways! Save the containers after you are done with them and reuse again and again!

Nicole_Teaching With StyleNicole from Teaching with Style

Nicole is the teacher and blogger behind Teaching with Style! She has taught grades Pre-K through 3rd for eight years in Oregon.  She is currently starting her third year in the beautiful state of Hawaii and is moving back to her first love: first grade! Nicole loves to read, craft, and play at the beach with her family and dog, Bruce!

Nicole’s Dollar Saving Tip: Learn to be creative with ways to save money and stretch your dollar for creating inviting spaces and fun activities for classrooms by reusing items you already have.

Lori Rosenberg_Teaching with Love & LaughterLori from  Teaching with Love & Laughter

Lori has been a primary teacher for 20 years. She writes Teaching with Love & Laughter Blog. Lori has taught everything from Pre-K to 5th grade. Although she loves all grades, kindergarten and first grade are her absolute favorite! She is a laid back, casual teacher. She quickly earns the respect of all her students by treating them fairly. She teaches each day with love and laughter.

Lori’s Dollar Saving Tip: Buy plastic tablecloths at the end of seasons and holidays on clearance to use to cover tables for art projects and to cover your classroom furniture for the summer, instead of wasting bulletin board paper. You can also get inexpensive cards and stationary on clearance to use at your writing station.

Jennifer Brown_KinderdamaJennifer from Kindedrama

Jennifer teaches Kindergarten in the California desert. She is the owner of Kinderdrama blog. Jennifer is in her sixth year and is excited to start the year off organized in a newly decorated classroom! She loves shopping, crafting, decorating, and most of all my teaching the little ones at home who inspire her daily.  Teaching Kindergarten is not my job, it is a way of life!

Jennifer’s Dollar Saving Tip: Glue sticks can be so pricey and in Kindergarten we use a ton each day. In order to save money on glue I purchased the UPPTÄCKA bottles from IKEA and use them for white glue. You get 4 small bottles for .99 (member price) and they come with 4 different colors in each pack. I fill them 1/2 way so they glue does not come out to fast. They are perfect and DO NOT clog!