Adventures in First Grade

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ten Pin Linky Week 2

It's time for the second installment of Ashley's Ten Pin Linky Parties!  I was soooo inspired by all the great ideas last week, and I can't wait to see what interesting tidbits will appear!

1.  I loved this idea and actually used it toward the end of the school year.  Groups earned points for good behavior.  Each member of the winning group picked a ping pong ball.  I had a pocket chart with corresponding numbers and prizes.

2.  I know I posted about this pin last week, but I REALLY like it!  Each time the class is doing a nice job, or receives a compliment from another teacher or adult, they get a warm fuzzy added to the jar.  Once the jar is filled, the class gets to vote on a prize.  My son's first grade teacher (who was FANTASTIC!!) used a similar method last year.  Luke LOVED it!

3.  One thing that drives me crazy to the point of pulling out my hair is the dreaded.....pencil!  I discovered The Wise Owl's Winning the Pencil War and am AMAZED at how BRILLIANT an idea this is!  It is a freebie on and look at it!  Go!  You won't be disappointed!

4.  You know how it is when you are in the middle of a project, and you hear, "My glue is dried up!" or "I can't find my scissors!" or "I need a pencil!"?  That's where the borrow bucket comes in!  This teacher has a caddy with extra supplies, all marked with a special kind of tape so everyone know that it belongs to the borrow bucket.  Genius!

5.  Again, I know that I had this in my Linky Party Post last week, but it's such a great idea that I had to share again.

6.  The next management pin deals with new students coming in the middle of the year.  It is a frazzling moment anyway, so it would be so nice to be able to just pull out a bag of everything that my new friend will need.

7.  Another thing that drives me crazy almost as much as pencils is editing student writing.  I ran across this the other day and thought, how smart!

8.  Part of my morning routine is AR (Accelerated Reader).  I love the idea of putting more responsibility on the students.  I usually check their O.W.L. books and see who is ready for a test.  This way, the students sign themselves up for a test.  When they are finished, they remove their number and the next child goes to take the test.

9. Our school focuses on word count with AR.  The goal is to have each child reach at least 10,000 words by the end of the year.  I love this idea for when they reach their 10,000 goal!

10.  My final pin is a book about blurting out in class.  That was a real problem for my classroom last year.  I plan on getting this book and reading it periodically through the year.

I'm excited to see what pins you want to share.  Go link up!

Happy Wednesday!


  1. So happy to have found your blog through the linky & to be your newest follower (on Google AND bloglovin!)

    Love your pins... that baggie idea with all the information that needs to go home is genius! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  2. I loved Rachelle's Borrow Bucket, too. Totally implementing that! Thanks for linking up! :)

  3. I pinned the Volcano book too! Love the pencil war pin.