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PD in your PJs

PD in Your PJs

So, this is stepping out of my comfort zone just a bit - but I've started making video tutorials to help teachers.  My first one was with my job, although I created the entire class at home because I was too self-conscience for my co-workers to hear me... I know, I know... But I've finally decided to create more and put them up on TPT to sell.  I'm in several FB groups and the questions are continuous.  So many schools are starting to use GSuite, yet the teachers aren't real comfortable with incorporating this into their classroom.

So the first class I created for you is Google Classroom.  With these tutorials, I will go over everything there is to know about Google Classroom.  But here's the real kicker!  I will update my videos any time Google changes something... and let's just say - they do this often!  Once you are part of the class, I will not kick you out.  You can always come back to rewatch the videos or download the new handout.

For Google Classroom, I will cover:
  1. An overview of Google Classroom
  2. How to invite students and guardians to your class
  3. How to create an assignment and the different options you have with that
  4. How to create questions (multiple choice and short answer) and the different options
  5. How to create announcements
  6. The About Section
  7. Students Commenting
  8. How to grade within Classroom
  9. How to create saved posts and bring to top
  10. Archiving Classes and deleting
If there is something else you need covered about Classroom, you can ask questions through the site, and I will respond as fast as I can! 

My next tutorial will be Google Forms and Quizzes!  That's one of my favorite Google tools! 

Here's the link to my online tutorial through TPT.

Community Helpers/Career Day

Community Helpers/Career Day Craftivity

This little craftivity was a huge success in our classroom - it took a bit of "set up" time, but well worth the final outcome.  Here's a snapshot of one section of our outside wall with student work!  Cute, right?

How to set it up, you ask?

OK - so, because this comes in six different pieces (head, bottom, cover, 3 writing sheets) - we found that the best way to organize was to create a binder with sheet protectors.   We only needed one binder for my entire team - and then we just shared the binder throughout the week.  

We read several different books about community helpers and allowed time for student discussion.  I also sent home as homework that parents talk to their child about some possibilities.  After several days of discussion, it was then time to start the process of our activity.  

Each student has a writing folder, so once they decided on what they wanted to be, I took my handy-dandy binder to the copier, and made copies of what I needed.  I used a sticky note and put it on top of the sheet protector to say how many I needed.  (Example:  all of the "Veterinarian" pieces were in one sheet protector - so if I had 3 kids that wanted to be a Veterinarian - then I had 3 on that sticky, with their names...)  As I copied, (and I actually copied the writing section twice - because they are first graders... and well - I'd rather have an extra copy, than not incase of mistakes.)  Then I wrote their name on the top page and stapled their section together.  We then placed their entire packet into their red writing folder.

Now we were ready to begin!

Your choice what you do first, but...

So, obviously it's your decision on how you guys work, but we did the writing part first!  As we all know, some kiddos are really fast at completing, but some... take their time.  And that's perfect!  All my kids were working at different paces, and it was nice that once they were done, they were able to go straight to the coloring part without my help, since I was still working with students on the writing part.   

This was done in many steps, as not only do they write and color, but then they needed to cut out everything, and then glue.  No matter where they were in the process, we kept everything in our red folder.  Now - to be honest... I had a few students who I KNEW would lose pieces, so for those kiddos, I actually put their items in a zip lock and then in their folder.  


So, If I'm completely honest with you - I'm a bit OCD.  Even though I KNOW I should have let them glue their community helper all by themselves, I just can't seem to allow that to happen.  So, as they finished, they came up to my guided reading table, and we did it together.  I let them put the glue, and start to place the images - but I also helped if it wasn't quite lined up!  I know... I know... but I just can't help it!  Dot Dot Not A Lot - becomes, "Here - let Mrs. Juneau help a little bit!"

Community Helpers

After all of first grade had their Career Day craftivity up in the halls, a kindergarten teacher asked for something a bit different to help with her K curriculum.  So, we changed it up a bit, and made the writing activity fit her needs.  


I have had many requests to add certain careers.  If you happen to purchase, please email me if there is something that you want, but it's not in the packet.  I was lucky - I was the one creating, so if a kiddo wanted to be something that I didn't have - I went home that night and made it.  I don't mind adding to the packets- I just need a few days to get it done. :)  I've tried to add as many boy/girl options as I can, but not all graphics lend themselves to having each.  I WISH I had the talent of drawing like Educlips, but God didn't give me that gift.  ;)


I would love to see photos of these activities if you happen to do this with your class.  You can email a photo to me at scjuneau@yahoo.com.


Here are the links of the products in my TPT store!  
Community Helpers Craftivity    
Career Day Craftivity


Thanking parents for a wonderful year!

Great ideas to make your students' parents feel appreciated.  We love this day more than most, because it's a time to show our love to our parents.  The kids are so proud of all the items they've created.  It's truly a wonderful way to say, THANK YOU!!

We Sure Appreciate YOU!

So, every year we invite our moms and dads to our classroom to say, "THANK YOU" for a wonderful school year.  We started off just moms, and then when my youngest son was in first grade, he asked why we didn't invite dads. So, the tradition changed, and I'm so glad it did!

We decorate our sweet little classroom, and have two different times for parents to come.  Students create a book for mom and a book for dad.  We also do a small craft for mom (the flower with their cute little thumb prints as bees) and we (I) create a video of our year together for dad.  I always make extra DVDs for families that are no longer together, so that mom will get one as well. Obviously the DVD is treasured for many, many years.  I show a shortened version (about 8 minutes) during our Appreciation Day, but I give them the extended version (usually about 30-45 minutes long).  


The parents come in and the students direct them to their spot. Then they read their special little book to their mom and then their dad.  The poster board (on their chair) is full of their writings throughout the year.  Usually the students decorate this on the first few days of school, as a time filler, but this year I'm waiting until a few weeks before our appreciation day.  I think they will come out a little better now that they've had a school year to grow and take pride in their work. Yep - just a little OCD.  Students also serve their parents punch and snacks (usually mini-muffins), while parents enjoy our school-year video.  **Show the video several times to the students before this day - or else they will be shouting out something about every.SINGLE.picture. (Learned that the hard way! :)  They just can't contain their excitement.

Last year we did flowers, but this year we are going to do a candle inside the mason jar with their thumb prints in yellow.  We will attach a saying, "You light up my life".  


Here's the craftivity that we create as well. (I'll put the link to TPT once product is complete with new clip art.)  This year my mom and dad faces will look a little different.  I have a new clip artist that is creating a mom and dad specifically for this product.  I can't wait to see how they turn out.  Suggestion:  Always read the final written product (even though you've read the "sloppy copies" many times!)  One of my students decided to change up the wording on their final copy.  Need I say more?

Here's the new craftivity for this year.  A sweet friend designed these faces for me.  I'm working on the instructions, and then I'll post to TPT.  (Click on the picture to see it in my store.) Here's the real reason we've decided to switch
images - check out dad's teeth.  I didn't realize that until the child's mom brought it to my attention many years later.  The student that did the above is now in 7th grade, and I had her little brother last year. (That's when mom commented on the teeth... YIKES!)  


Here's our 5-page booklet.  Many moons ago we did a 10-page book.  HAHA!  I still laugh when I think about that.  We are now down to 5 pages, and I'm sure a few co-workers would like it to be The Best 3 things! ;)  Even though this book takes a while to do, I know that this is a keepsake for many years to come.  I still have mine.  Anyway - this booklet has a cover, then a poem for the inside cover (A poem for a girl to give to dad, a poem for a girl to give to mom, a poem for a boy to give to mom, and a poem for a boy to give to dad).  There's also a back cover that has some funny things to write about mom and dad.  (height, favorite foods, weight...) Yep, weight is on there, and that's always priceless!!

Anyway - I hope you've enjoyed my little SHOW-N-TELL Appreciation Day Celebration!  You can click on the picture to see these two products in my store! (Five page booklet and craftivity are sold separately!) 

Spot that Word Games

It's all about the GAME!

So, seriously... do you want to find the most addictive game to play in your classroom, that has the kiddos learning the entire time?  If so, you seriously might want to try out my Spot that Word games.  Ya'll - I've never seen anything like it!!  All of the first graders absolutely LOVE playing this game!

How do you play?

  • Put the deck of cards in the middle (face down)
  • Each kid picks one card 
  • Turn the top card in the middle over
  • Each kid tries to find their one word match with the middle card (the coolest thing ever... each card has ONE match with every other card)
  • The player who says their match first takes the middle card and their card and puts it to the side.
  • That player takes another card (the other players keep their card)
  • Flip the middle card and do it again.
  • When the deck is gone - players count to see how many cards they accumulated
  • That player wins
  • Shake hands
  • Play again!

What comes in the deck?

  • There are 55 cards in the deck (but... dun dun dun... even if you (the kiddos) lose one, the game can still be played... I know, right???
  • There are two different decks in each set (one A set and one B set)
  • You can actually split up the deck and just play with any amount of cards - the game still works!

Here's a SAMPLE for you to print and play!  Let me know if you like it!!
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