Monday Made it, Winners, Classroom sneak peak!

First off...I am SOOO tired! I got up at 5:30am to get my behind to the gym! Yes, I said 5:30am! While I was working out, this lady came and got right next to me on the elliptical who rolled herself in deodorant this morning to cover up her B.O. It just made it worse! I toughed it out but the smell was unbearable! And to top it off...she was not wearing a bra...YUCK! Then I saw an 85 year old man on the treadmill rocking out with a TAPE player! HAHA! Way to go!

So please excuse any randomness and misspelled words today...because I.am.exhausted!
My Monday made it is, well...not that elaborate this week! So so sorry! But maybe it is a management plan you can use:) For the past, oh 3 years or so, I have used a ticket system in my class. I buy raffle tickets from Walmart or wherever they have them the cheapest...like this and use it as part of my classroom behavior management plan.
Students earn toad tickets as I call them for FROGtastic behavior! At the end of the week, I pull a ticket out from my frog...he is a ribbiting frog trash can from Target a few years back. The kids just LOVE him! One time his "voice" was not working and all the kids would rub his head and tell him to feel better since he had a frog in his throat! HAHA! All I had to do was replace the battery!
I would put the tickets back in and at the end of every quarter I would pull a few for a bigger prize. Again, I would put them back in and at the end of the year I pulled two out and gave the winners a gift card! They loved it. So I will be doing this again this year.

So here is my Monday made it part. The kids LOVE the tickets so I decided to do it with my homework too. Last year I did homework bingo and it was great, but I think I will like this better. 
I bought this bucket from Michaels for $3.00. I plan on having the larger compartment in the back to hold all the tickets. The front two compartments are for Literacy(reading) and math homework. Since I collect homework every day, if they turn it in, they get a ticket. they write their name on the back of the ticket and put it in the appropriate side. On Friday's I will draw a winner from each side to get a prize. These tickets I will throw out each week. 
If you have any questions about this system, please ask! Make sure you link up with Tara over at 4th grade frolics!

Another thing I have been working on and I am almost done is my monthly spelling homework packet. I am creating a tic tac toe game board where students have to choose what spelling homework to do each night! Students will place the monthly board in a clear sheet so they can check off the ones they completed, wipe it off on Friday's and start over the next week. They must complete them in a tic tac toe pattern. I have August/September and October done:)
I would LOVE to give one packet away just as soon as I am done. So...here is the deal. 

To win a packet...
1. be a follower
2. In the comment box, guess my birthday! It is a Fall birthday:) You must guess the month and the date.

If no one guesses it by this Friday, I will pick the person who came the closest!

Speaking of giveaways...here are my winners of my 300 follower giveaway!

First prize gets a $5.00 Starbucks gift card...all the way from Hawaii thanks to Terri from The First Grade Princess and $30.00 credit to my store.

Second prize is a $20.00 credit to my store.

Third prize is a $10.00 credit to my store.
I will be sending you three an email here very soon! 


So why did I get up soooo early to go to the gym? I went into work today to start common core planning with 12 other teachers. I will be there every day until Thursday. While I was there, I was told my room is cleaned and I can get in it to start setting up! YEAH! So I just had to walk upstairs and check it out. It looks SOOO clean and nice! I love it. I also am loving the fact the tech department took my noisy, airplane sound making computers out of my room...I am getting new ones:) YES! So I leave you with a few pictures of my empty clean room! It won't be like this for long now knowing I can get in it and set up!
Toodles!  
this is when I first walk in

Walking in a bit more

a view from my office...Yes I have an office:)

A few from the corner of the room...ugh...they had to go put all of my stuff up so high:(

41 comments:

  1. That room looks huge, and you have an office?! Wow. By the way, there's nothing worse than working out really hard in the midst of someone's strong perfume. It makes me almost nauseous.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Yeah, I have an office. When I interviewed at the school a few years ago I was in shock! I LOVE it:) That is one huge reason I got rid of my teacher's desk. No need:) My room is pretty big! I do love it:)

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  2. I am a follower & hmmm...this is a hard one. I'm going to say your birthday is October 19th.
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  3. I'm a follower & I think your Tic-Tac-Toe pages look great! My guess for your birthday is October 7th.
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  4. Love your spelling ideas. I'm going to guess October 26th for your birthday.

    Learning With Susie Q

    susieqsclass@gmail.com

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  5. I'm a follower and I am going to guess October 17th.


    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  6. I'm a follower and I guess November 8.

    Rie
    Hiphophurrayreading@gmail.com

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  7. I'm a follower and I guess November 5. I like your idea for tickets, too!


    Mary

    teachermom79@gmail.com
    Teaching Special Kids

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  8. Man, I am jealous of all the wall real estate! One of my walls is covered in cabinets, one wall in windows, and a third wall in a huge white board with my promethean board in the middle! I literally have one little crappy wall to hang stuff! And the wall is even a full wall! Part of it sticks out and I can't use it! lol

    Ginger Snaps

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    1. I do have a ton of wall space:) I have an active board too but it is a bright link! So it doesn't take away from my whiteboard:) You can see the only part that sticks out in the second pic!

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  9. I love the spelling tic tac toe idea. I am going to guessssss november 12th!

    Adventures in Room 5

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  10. I was going to guess November 5th but since that is taken I will say November 4th.

    Christina
    prec0ci0us@bellsouth.net

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  11. Great ideas! I'm going to guess October 1st.

    Courtney
    3rd Grade Sprinkles
    courtneyice1@gmail.com

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  12. Great idea for the tic tac toe homework. My guess is September 25th for your birthday. I am getting a little antsy to get back to set up my room, too.

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  13. I am a follower and I love your blog and great ideas! I am guessing....September 17th!

    Nichole

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  14. I've been doing tic-tac-toe spelling for a few years now and love it. I also enjoy learning about new ideas for activities. I change it up every so often, but I love your idea of using the plastic sheet protector. Although, I do print out their spelling words for the week on the other side of the tic-tac-toe. I'll have to think about that for this year ...

    I am already a follower. As for your birthday, I'm gonna have to say November 19th.

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  15. i used to go to the gym at 530 also it would energize me for the rest of the day....is your bday october 22? hope i win =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

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    1. I am trying it now to see if it is doable when I really go back to work! haha

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  16. I love your HUGE classroom! My first thought was your shiny floors look fabulous~that's my favorite part of getting back into my room! :)
    My guess is that your birthday is November 5.

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    1. My room is pretty big:) The shinny floors are so nice. Too bad it will last a week...if that!

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  17. Oops, now I see someone else said that. I will say November 6, then.

    sunflwr508@yahoo.com

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  19. November 5th? Super jealous of that huge classroom...and the office!!
    tania
    My Second Sense

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    1. ummmm Tania...your class is SOOOO much bigger than the one I have now. I miss that classroom I used to have when I worked with you:( BUT, i love having an office!

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  20. I love the idea of tickets for doing homework. I should add that to our "family store" somehow this year. If I ever get a new computer I will be loading some of my items for that and sharing on my blog but that will be a while.

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    1. The first year I did it I added it to my class store. I just don't any more

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  21. I'm a follower and I will guess October 27th. I love the raffle ticket idea.

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  22. October 15, because that is when my grand baby is due, lol. Plus, that is the only date that popped in my mind

    Terri
    thefirstgradeprincess.blogspot.com

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  23. As much as I love my summer birthday, I've always wanted a fall birthday! Fall is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E. I'm going to guess... October 17?

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  24. Hey there! I love your ideas for spelling help. I sure hope I win them. I will guess that your birthday is in October, like mine, but probably NOT on the same day as me. ... I'm the 29th. So my guess for yours is October 28th. Pull my name please!!!

    Patty

    Second In Line

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    1. October 29th is my Husbands birthday!!! But who knows, it might be mine to;)

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  25. There are a lot of great guesses out there:) I can't wait to reveal my birthday on Friday:)

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  26. Tonya, I'm your newest follower and have a little surprise for you. Come on by my blog to pick it up!
    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

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  27. I am a follower. I am going to guess your birthday is November 10th. I hope I am right as I would love to win your spelling tic tac toe.

    Cindy
    CL14Mentor@oh.rr.com

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  28. I do a similiar ticket system in my classroom! Each Friday I roll the dice on my Smartboard. The # on the dice is how many tickets I pull. Whoever's name I pull gets to pick out of the treat box. My kiddos love it!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway
    -Courtney
    2ndgradesnapshots.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh...I like the dice idea:) This way, I may pull one or two or 6 tickets out!

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  29. Seems like a great system to use in the classroom. For your birthday, I am going to guess September 28.

    Shar W.
    jandcangelscents@sbcglobal.net

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  30. Your classroom looks huge!!! Wow! Love your ticket idea and that frog is just too cute!! Thanks for linking up and sharing;) Sorry about the bad gym experience....uggg!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  31. Thanks for all the guesses! I posted my birthday on my new post this morning. My birthday is november 5th! If u guessed nov 5, please email me at tonyastreatsforteachers@gmail.com to get your prize

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