“Snow”vember?

We are half way through November at it is officially snowing in New York! (But no snow day yet!)

On a day like today I love to switch up my Google Classroom header to my animated ginger bread man theme. Although the weather outside may be frightful, I’m inside grading papers, dreaming of baking cookies and that makes me so delightful!

Have you switched up your Google Classroom header this week? Tell us what theme you chose!

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Thankful For YOU!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and its the perfect time to encourage an attitude of gratitude in the classroom!

The week before Thanksgiving I hand out student superlatives and “kudos” certificates to show each of my students how grateful I am for THEM! I also do a Thanksgiving potluck and ask students to bring in nut-free goodies to celebrate the holiday.

The celebration and festivities are helpful to keep students motivated as we move into the holiday season. Check my kudos certificates out here and brighten your students Thanksgiving weekend!

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Kudos Certificate 2

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The Great Pumpkin Challenge

The end of October is the perfect time to weave in “The Great Pumpkin Challenge”. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to “boo”tify a pumpkin into a historical figure, event or place! Students can use pom poms, feathers, glitter, googly eyes (all the supplies you already have in your classroom) to decorate a pumpkin. The best pumpkin decorator wins!

If you are in a virtual classroom you can simply animate it with our banners in our TPT store! 

Happy decorating before Halloween!

Back to School Icebreakers

Going to back to school tomorrow??
Here are some easy ways to break the ice!

Classroom introductions. The ICEBREAKER! The moment your students (and YOU!) have been waiting for all summer. But the butterflies, they are in the pits of your students stomachs. How do you make it effortless for everyone? Well, here are 5 different ways to break the ice and say “hello!” the easy way. Start by breaking your students into groups and then have each group introduce their team members via a game. Here’s how:

  1.  Pictionary:  Have each group or student come up to the front of the room and draw on the whiteboard one fun fact about themselves. The class has to guess what it is based on their drawing.
  2. The Toilet Paper Roll Trick:  Pass around a toilet paper roll. Have students take as many pieces as they want.  Each student must take at least one! Once they have selected the pieces tell them they have to provide as many fun facts about themselves as toilet paper pieces they ripped off.
  3. The M&M Trick: Similar to the toilet paper roll trick, have students take as many M&M pieces as they want.  Once they have selected the pieces tell them they have to provide as many fun facts about themselves as M&M pieces they selected.
  4. Have them design a Meme. Always a favorite.
  5. Have them “Toothpick” an Icebreaker out of a hat. Pre-select up 35 different questions for students to answer (Here are a few questions  to make your life easier!) Cut them into strips and tape them to toothpicks. Then toss them into a hat. Have each student pick one out of the hat as they enter your classroom. Make them introduce themselves with their background AND answer the question from your hat.

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For Labor Day – a 9 month bundle of joy!

Happy Labor Day weekend! Have you visited your classroom yet? What about your virtual classroom? This labor day weekend we are offering you a MEGA bundle of animations. 9 Months (wrong labor day perhaps? 🙂 ) Of animated themes are included in this bundle and 45 animated banners. Fall, Winter, Spring – you will be ready!

Very easy to use and on sale this weekend!

Check them out here! 

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