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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So Sad... :(

Hey, friends!!  Just wanted to let you know that my blog used to be Miss Tinsley's Bees.  When I got married I changed it to Mrs. Black's Bees.  When I went to make the change on Bloglovin' it caused me to lose 93 followers.  :(  So sad... so, if you were following me on Bloglovin' would you be so kind to add me again? :)

Thanks!  Just look for the icon on the right.  :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Editable Bee Binder Covers

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  In just 2 weeks I will be back to work!  Crazy!!

Today I went to work on Bee Binder Covers that I will use to insert inside of my students 3 ring clear view binders.

Here is a look at them.  They come in 4 different colors and all of the text is editable.





Grab yours here!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Bee Clip Chart

I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics

to share my new Behavior Clip Chart.

Each morning the students begin on "Ready to Learn".  Throughout the day there are opportunities for the kids to move their clips up or down based on the classroom/school rules.  


At the end of the day if students are on "Make Better Choices" or higher they earn a sticker on their incentive chart.  

Once the student's beehive is filled with stickers, the student earns a trip to the treasure box!  I have found this is a fun way to manage classroom behavior.  These beehive incentive charts are included with the Bee Clip Chart packet.

I am going to use these incentive charts this year.




Now I just need to print, laminate, cut, and hang! :)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bee Themed Incentive Charts

Busy bee... that's me!  I decided to change my Alphabet, Word Wall, Shape Posters, Color Posters and basically everything in my classroom.  :)  I think the room is going to look so much better!  I will post pictures soon!  I'm just so ready to get in there and get to work.  My room was used for Summer School and it just ended on Thursday, so I haven't been able to work in there.  Now that summer school is finally over, the carpet has to be shampooed and the tile has to be waxed so it may be another week or so... :(

Here is a look at some new Bee Incentive Charts I made.  I left a little space above the bee so that there is room to write their name.  You can simply print them and write the child's name with a sharpie, or I also made them editable if you prefer to type the student's name.



Click here to find them in my store.  :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bee Name Plates~ Editable

Today I created Bee Name Plates that I am going to use to label my kid's cubbies.  They are editable.  All you need to do is download the name plates and then click inside the box that says "name", and type the child's name. I am going to laminate them for durability.

Here's a look:




To see them in my store, click here.

100 Book Challenge Reading Log

At my school we use the 100 Book Challenge Reading Program.  The goal of this program is for every student to read on or above grade level.   Students are leveled and then choose books based on their level. Each night, Monday through Thursday, students take home a book that is on their level to read.  I keep a notebook that lists all of the children's names.  By the names, my aide writes down which book they will be taking home.   If the book is returned the next day, the students may take home a new book.  If the book is not returned, we wait to see if the book will come back.  I keep a record of who takes home what books because they are expensive and if I have a record of which books are missing, I can send home a reminder of what books need to be returned.

 Here is the reading log that we use.


This reading log stays in the student's binder.  There are 100 bees on the reading log.  Each bee represents 15 minutes of reading.  Every time a child reads for 15 minutes, parents can initial by the bee and students can color the bee.  Students have the opportunity to read at home each night and at school during the day.  

Every time a student reaches 25 bees, they are allowed to go to the treasure box.

To see the reading log in my store, click here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made It and My Mega Giveaway

Hello, friends!  I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics to share my Monday Made It.



 If you remember last Monday, I made a burlap wreath. While making the wreath I ran out of burlap. My husband had to run to Wal-Mart to get new windshield wipers so I asked him to pick me up some burlap if he saw any. He was so sweet to get me some, however, the color he brought back did not match the color I had been using to make the wreath.  Sooo... I figured I would use his burlap for another project... a garden flag. We have 2 garden flags in our yard. So far, I have just created one, but maybe I will have time to create another one. Here's how I made the flag:

1. I traced a B onto paper.  
2. Then I cut the B out and traced it onto burlap.


3. Then I painted the burlap.

I used a sharpie to color the 2013.

I was not happy with how the flag looked.

It just looked too BLUH.

4. SO, I bought a black paint marker and some green ribbon.  I traced the B with the paint marker and also colored in the 2013.  I hot glued the green ribbon around 3 sides of the flag.  I also just bent down the top of the flag and hot glued it in order to make a flag.


Here it is all finished.  I already had the chevron ribbon at home so I added it as well.  I still don't think it's the cutest flag.  I could've done better... but it's a start.  ;)

If you have not entered my Mega Giveaway, you should!!  The prize count is up to 25!  Make sure to check back often!  You never know... there may be new prizes/chances to enter! :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Happy Thursday!! I am linking up with Mrs. Carroll for Throwback Thursday.

It won't be long before school will be back in action! I start back in less than a month. With back to school on the brain, I thought I would throw it back to how I manage behavior in my classroom.

  Originally posted on February 24, 2013

Each morning before the school announcements the students recite our school pledge which states, "I promise to be a respectful, responsible, honest citizen, and do my best at all times." Our classroom goal is to "bee" exceptional everyday. To manage behavior, I use this Clip Chart. Each student has a clothespin with his or her name. All of the children's clothespins begin each morning on "Ready to Learn". Throughout the day there are many opportunities for children to move their clips up or down. At the end of the day, if students are on Exceptional, Way to Go, Great, Ready to Learn, or Make Better Choices I give them a sticker to put on their Beehive Incentive Chart (see below). Once all of the black circles on the beehive have a sticker, children earn a trip to the treasure box.
Just for fun, our class works very hard to move their clip past Exceptional, to the "tippy, tippy top" or even off the chart. At the end of each day, the students that have moved their clip to "tippy, tippy top" or off the chart earn a trip to the treasure box in addition to a sticker for their beehive. Students love working hard in order to pick out a prize! Click here for the Clip Chart and Beehive Incentive Chart or here for only the Beehive Incentive Chart.

Hope you enjoyed today's Throwback Thursday! And don't forget, I am having a Mega Giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers on my TPT store. Please enter here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday Made It~ Burlap Wreath

This is my first time ever linking up for Monday Made It!


I LOVE anything burlap!  

I decided to spice up our front door by adding a wreath.

It's really easy to make and cost less than $20, which is way cheaper than if you were to buy a wreath already made.

In order to make the wreath you will need:


1. a foam wreath (I used a 12 inch)
2. burlap (I bought it on a roll that was about 4 inches wide and 3 yards long.  It took me 2 of these rolls... I had to go back and buy another roll).
3. a wreath hanger for the door
4. large straight pins
*I bought white and gray chevron ribbon that I was planning on using to make a bow, but on my second trip to buy the addition roll of burlap I found a cute flower that I decided to use instead.

I bought all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby.

The first step in making the wreath is to cut the burlap. 
 I measured 4 inches across and then made a cut. 


 Once you have all the pieces you are going to begin folding them.

For the first fold, you are going to want to fold diagonally, making opposite corners touch in the shape of a triangle.


Then fold the right point to where your fingers are touching.

And then fold the left point to where your fingers are touching.

You now have a "bubble".

You are going to want to use the large pins to pin all the "bubbles" into the foam wreath.  Keep pinning until the entire wreath is full of the "bubbles".  It took me about an hour and a half.

Once I was finished pinning all of the burlap, I hung the wreath on my front door and added the flower.


What do you think?!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Black and White Word Wall Cards

It's Saturday... and my husband had to work.  So... what am I doing?  Cleaning house and working on school stuff.  Today I created Black and White Word Wall Cards.


I wanted them to be black and white because they are going under My Bee Themed Alphabet Posters that are on a yellow wall.

I included the 80 words that I work on with my Kinders.  There are also blank templates included.  Check them out here!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Pins Friday

I am linking up with Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade to share some of my favorite pins from the week.


Last week, I shared some new recipes I had tried.  This week I cooked some more!  Just click the picture to go to the original source.

Baked Ziti:
I made this last night and it turned out so good!  Can you believe my husband had never tried it before?!


Corn Pudding:
My husband has never had corn pudding either, so I tried this recipe.


I made this as one of our sides one night, and it turned out okay... wasn't the best in the world, but it was decent.  The only time I've ever had corn pudding is from this really good restaurant, so maybe I was just disappointed in mine because it didn't measure up.

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes:


These turned out to be a flop, but it was all my fault!  I probably shouldn't even tell what I did... not so smart...  The recipe says to cook on low for up to 4 hours, well I thought it would be smart to cook on high for 2 hours...  The poor potatoes did not get done AND it took FOREVER to clean the mess I made in the crockpot!  At least I learned you probably shouldn't cook vegetables on a high setting...

And this pin is just funny...


Eric's mom drives us crazy because she will only drink decaf coffee, so I thought this was funny!

And now I'm going to share some of my favorite classroom pins that I found this week:


This idea comes from Miss Kindergarten, and it is such a great idea.  Every year I get new students after the school year has began, so bagging everything they will need together in one place is brilliant!

I love organization, but sometimes I just need a little help getting started.  I love this idea.


Seeing this all nice and neat makes me want to go back to school shopping.  I am so ready for the school supply sales to begin!

And I will leave you with this pin, it is my favorite pin from the week.


Who doesn't love chevron and FREE?

Chevron Number Posters~ Bee Themed

Don't you love how those that are not teachers think that we have the summer "off" and that we don't do "anything all summer"?

I have been working so hard... but I really enjoy it! :)

Here's what I've been working on tonight.  New number posters for my classroom.  Of course they had to be bee themed!


The posters review numbers 1-20.  To see them click here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I am linking up with Cara Carroll for my first ever Throwback Thursday.  I am throwing it back to my first blog post ever.

Originally posted January 13, 2013

Welcome to Our Classroom Blog

I am very excited about starting our classroom blog.  I hope to keep you up to date on what is happening in our classroom. 

We are currently learning about Arctic Animals.  Here is a look at some of the fun activities we have done in our classroom.

Students worked with a partner, taking turns rolling 2 dice.  They added the dots together and then covered the sum.  The player that covered the most numbers before time was called won.

"Now" is one of our new sight words.  The students had to find and circle all of the words "now" and then count and write how many they found for the walrus and polar bear and then decide which animal had the most.

We wrote our subtraction sentence after looking at the pictures.

We practiced saying the names of the following arctic animals and then colored ice cubes to match the number of syllables we heard.


We practiced one of our sight words.


We used the sight word race during our literacy stations.  Students worked with partners, taking turns using a spinner.  Whichever word they landed on, they colored on their recording sheet.  The first one to get their Eskimo to the igloo was the winnner!


This is a counting book that the kids used to practice feeding the penguins fish.


And lastly, this is a look at our emergent reader we used to practice one of our sight words.


For more fun Arctic Activities Click here.

I am looking forward to another great week!  I am so relieved that testing for Report Cards is finally finished!!  Now to enter all the grades...

Have a great Thursday!