Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Made It...2 in a row...impressive!

Today I did something that I haven't done
in a long time...
I went back and read over all of my posts
that I have ever written.

I never really considered my blog
to be an online diary, but that
is exactly what it is.
I laughed, I cried, and I smiled.

If you are a blogger and you haven't done this
in a it!
If you are a blog follower and you haven't
done this with your favorite it!

It's inspirational.

I'm pretty proud of myself for makin' it to 
Monday Made It with 4th Grade Frolics once again.

This week I'm writin' about somethin' that I actually made in the past,
but never blogged about how I display and store my 

I used Fact Family Behavior Beads to motivate my students to 
become fluent in their multiplication facts at the beginnin'
of the school year. 
This could be used with addition, subtraction
and division as well.

The followin' pictures I posted on my Instagram 
as we were workin' on our facts.

This year EVERY.SINGLE.ONE of my students
successfully mastered all of their
multiplication math facts in less 
than a month after school started.

Each day I would present the students 
with a facts quiz starting with 0's
and ending with 12's. 
I printed quizzes off of
As students completed each quiz, I would give
them the Fact Family Behavior Bead to keep.
It's amazin' what a little piece of laminated
paper can do to get students excited about their
multiplication facts!

Each Fact Family Behavior Bead has a different
graphic for a surprise Ice Cream Sundae party
at the end.
These sweet parents brought in all the supplies and helped with our 
Ice Cream Sundae party.
As you can tell, my awesome students enjoyed their yummy reward!

Behavior Beads are kept on binder rings and displayed
usin' Command Hooks that are attached to a white board.
I ordered a box of binder rings on Amazon, but picked up the
little Command Hooks at Walmart.
I attached the hooks and the numbers to the board
usin' Blue Sticky tack (it's the only kind that I use).

The numbers are from my 
that I wrote about HERE.
They are scoop them ice cream!

I use clear, plastic thread organizers to store all Behavior Beads
that I have created and hand out in my classroom.
You can find these at most craft stores for fairly inexpensive.

I can't wait to meet my new group of kiddos
to start Fact Family Behavior Beads with them.

Tomorrow I head out to California for my yearly summer
trip to visit the parental unit.
I haven't seen them since Christmas break.

Happy Monday, friends!


  1. You were very busy! Looks like you are one of those turbo organized teachers that I am so jealous of! :)

    1. I'm always a work in progress...always, but thank you!

  2. I think I need to use an incentive like you do to motivate my students. That's amazing they learned their facts so quickly! Thank you for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks for sharing all YOUR inspirational organizational stuff!!!

  3. I'm sure kids love them!! I think my 6th graders might be a little old for it (??) but I love the idea. Visit me at PJ Jots!

    1. I bet 6th graders would still love it. I think about my 5th graders moving up and they would definitely dig something like this to start out their middle school career!

  4. I love this Alison and I love that all your students mastered their multiplication facts. Great ideas!
    Teaching and Much Moore

  5. Great ideas! Have fun at your parents. I'm sure you are all ready to see each other. Prayers for safe travels. :)

  6. Have a safe trip! The fact beads look like a great motivator!

    Primary On The Prowl

  7. Have a safe trip! The fact beads look like a great motivator!

    Primary On The Prowl

  8. You are on a ROLL!! I love the idea of behavior bead motivators for facts! I gotta do something different... that's for sure! I remember my 3rd grade teacher did the ice cream party. Each time we mastered a new line, we got to add a topping to our sundae on the bulletin board. For me (a girl who loves ice cream) it was just the motivation I needed haha! Your organization is on POINT! Feel free to create a system for me and my never ending pile of laundry. ;)

  9. Absolutely love this idea!!!!! find the time to get my butt in gear and get it done!!! Thank you so much for linking up:) Safe travels friend!!! Enjoy!!! xoxo

  10. These are fabulous. I use these with my kinders to help motivate them to learn their sight words.

    1. It's truly amazing what a little piece of laminated paper will do to motivate kids!!

  11. Love how you organize and display everything! That's AWESOME that they mastered their facts so quickly!

  12. Congratulations to your class for mastering their facts, and congratulations to you for finding such an organized way to motivate them! Having everyone master their facts is amazing. I love how you have everything organized. Thank you for sharing!

    Elementary Engagement


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