Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tried it Tuesday...Nailed it!...

Today I'm linkin' up with my buddy Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday.  I've been thinkin' it was Monday all day, so I seriously thought I had another day to get ready for this one.  I guess I'm just happy we are one step closer to Friday because I have an awesome weekend planned!

So, you know how you always see those pins on Pinterest about "nailed it" or "failed it"?  Well, I'm so excited because I totally NAILED a pin.  Well, not me, but my nail girls did.
I present to you...my football toesies!  Nailed it...pun intended!  Football season is upon us and these football toesies just make me HAPPY!

My next inspiration comes from Jivey at Ideas by Jivey.  She blogged about this here.  Check out her #4 idea.  I went on the hunt for over-sized sunglasses at Dollar Tree, but could not find any.  I settled for the guitars since it goes with our Rockstar theme.  The day of Orientation, I had my parents fill out a Google form that stated the top three goals they had for their child this year.  I decided to have the kiddos write their top three goals on their sunglasses.  It will be interestin' to see if the parents and students had the same goals.

My next inspiration comes from Joanne at Head over Heels for Teaching.  She blogged about this here.  These are her Interactive Character Analysis Posters that she has in her TpT store.  Joanne has them hangin' up in her classroom.  I decided to try mine in a binder for when I am meetin' in small readin' groups.  I can always switch to posters if this way doesn't work out for me.  I'm SO excited about usin' these with my kiddos!  The best part, I get to use POST-IT notes!


My next inspiration comes from Kristina at Mrs. Z and Company.  She blogged about this here.  Her All About Me Banners actually include a survey for the students to fill out.  It is three pages long and I LOVE it!  At the end there is a section that the students fill out to ask the teacher questions.  Yesterday I had a great time answerin' those questions by writin' back to the students on their surveys.


My next inspiration comes for me.  Every year I have the students draw a self-portrait and then do an All About Me writin' to go along with their drawin'.  This year I had the students use the above mentioned survey to help organize their writin'.  I think they turned out GREAT!  One of my tech savvy students is in the process of callin' over each student to create a QR code with a little blurb about each student and a picture that we took at the beginnin' of the year.  I have not glued on the QR codes yet.  We were havin' a little bit of technical difficulty because the site was cuttin' off half of their pictures.


This is a sample of the pictures that are goin' in the QR codes.
I got this frame on sale this summer at Michael's and painted it black.  

The next inspiration comes from an item I scooped up this summer durin' The Hot off the Press blog hop from The Teaching Tribune.  This activity is called Tee-rific News All About Me by Teresa Williams.  The students used newspaper pictures to help describe them and glued them on the t-shirt design.  The students then wrote why they chose the pictures they did to go on their t-shirt.


Last year I purchased these Instant Personal posters from Scholastic with my bonus points.  I sent this home for a home-task last week.
They turned out pretty nifty!  One of the boxes asks the students to write a news article about an important event in their life.  So far, they have been pretty creative!

I'm lovin' the way my hallway has turned out for Open House next week.  I think the parents will like it.  It's definitely very bright and cheery!

I hope everyone had a great first day back to school today...whether it was your very First day or just your first day back from the long weekend.  Be sure to head over to Holly's blog to check out everyone else's Tried it Tuesdays.

35 comments :

  1. I love all of the things you have tried this week! Your toes look awesome!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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    1. Gracias, Bethany! I love going into my nail place and giving them another Pinteresting idea to work with! :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm just thinking that I'm glad my hallway doesn't have LOCKERS...I'm still in shock after reading your post.

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  3. Wow, you have been busy!! Love the idea of putting the traits in the binder. Your idea for the QR codes is awesome. Your toes are just too cute! Great post!

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    1. Why thank you, thank you very much! I'm having fun with the QR codes. Just about every morning someone(one of the students) comes up to me and tells me that they loaded an app on their device for QR codes.

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  4. Your hall is so bright and wonderful! I love how you are still making it fun and craft in 5th!
    Love it!
    Rambling About Reading

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    1. Thank you. 5th grade would be completely boring without a little crafitivity here and there!

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  5. Soooo much greatness! L*O*V*E your toes! They're "toe"tally awesome! Thanks so much for the shout out! I like the binder idea for small groups-so clever! I may just steal your idea for using my idea! haha
    Your hallway should win some kind of contest! Gorgeous! You and your students should be proud!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. I should've written that the posters are in a pink binder because it reminded me of you. I'm even going to use pink post-its. I'll send pics when I get going. :)

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  6. Alison...the toes are adorable...the craft is adorable...your hallway is adorable...and you're adorable. I love it all darling!
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  7. Dang girl! Come send your 5th graders down. You have really out done yourself. You have been a busy busy bee. LOVE it all.
    Miss you

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    1. Only if you give me one of the chairs and the MACbook. Final offer.

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  8. Loving your toes...again! Those glasses are too fun! Your hall is super colorful and long. I've got two little bulletin boards and sometimes I have problems filling them up. Hoping to gleam some creative ideas from you this year. Teaching with Giggles

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    1. Aww..thank you! I can send my 5th graders clear across the country to help you fill your boards! :)

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  9. Goodness gracious your hallway blows me away. I wish I had the time before back to school night to transform my plain brick walls. I had tons of pinterest ideas for the first week but I can pretty much say 'failed it'.

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    1. Psssh...I have 4 billion Pinterest ideas I want to do too...there is NOT enough time in the day!!!!!!!

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  10. Man, you have been busy. the wall looks great with a info about the kids--that is pretty sweet. I LOVE the idea of taking the QR codes to the About me section of the kids.

    Nice work,
    Matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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    1. Thanks, Matt. I printed out your QR Adventures today and the kids were looking over my shoulder wanting to know what it was. They are all about the QR codes for sure this year!

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  11. Lovin' it all....but especially your toes and your hall display! What an adorable pedi! Your hall display is awesome....your parents will definitely love it! So many great projects on display! Have a great week and weekend! Sounds like you have a fun one planned!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Keep Calm and Imagine

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    1. Thanks, Vicky! I hope I get some great snapshots in New Orleans this weekend! You have a great rest of your week with your Kinder kiddos!

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  12. Love the toes! I just discovered how much fun painting toes is (I don't know why I never made time for it before). My 10-year-old and I had a pretent home spa a few weeks ago and we had a blast : ) Found you at Serena's blog.
    ~Lucy
    Kids Math Teacher

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  13. Your hallway display is amazing! All of the student projects look so neat and well done!

    Stephanie
    Forever in Fifth Grade

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  14. Your hallway display is amazing! All of the student projects look so neat and well done!

    Stephanie
    Forever in Fifth Grade

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  15. Your hallway looks adorable, and I love the QR code idea!
    The Wild Rumpus

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    1. Thank you. We finally got the QR codes situated and they have been glued onto the All About Me Writing.

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  16. WOWZERS!!! Sorry I am so late to the party (that I am hosting!) but this post is amazing!! I am totally pinning these ideas! I am SO impressed with how much your students wrote for the "all about me" writing! What a great idea to have the character posters in a binder when wall space is slim too! Thanks for linking up!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Thanks, Holly! They were probably ready to clobber me when I kept sending them back to add more details, but the final product was so worth it!

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  17. WOW! Your display looks AWESOME! :) Your students are lucky to have you!


    Lauren
    The Sweetest Thing
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    1. Thank you so much, Lauren! We had a great time making everything for Open House.

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