Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Freebie:)

Hey everyone!  It's Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper!  
Today I am bringing you Tonya's Friday Freebie!  

It seems like I signed up for this chance ages ago.  Tonya is one of the first blogs I started following and has the best ideas!  See the form here to sign up to be featured for her Friday Freebie.

I just made this freebie on Wednesday after I was thinking about how I plan on implementing CAFE this year in my fourth grade classroom.  Last year I implemented Daily 5 for the first time and knew I would revisit CAFE the following year if I loved Daily 5.  
Let's just say, I LOVED it (I think the students did too:).

Of course, I need wanted a cute bulletin board to display the CAFE strategies and have been searching for the perfect colors that will go with my owl theme.  Being a little OCD, I finally decided to just make my own CAFE letters and header to match the Owl Chevron Book Bin Labels I recently created.  
It was perfect timing since I can now offer you these CAFE letters as a freebie today!
If you love the owl theme, I hope you can use this freebie in your classroom!  I think some educators  underestimate how a catching header or theme can transform their classroom and motivate students. Sure, it "looks cute" but I know my upper elementary students really do appreciate it!  
How do I know?  
  • Students choose the activity at a center that looks appealing and colorful.
  • Students ask about a new bulletin board the moment they walk in the room.
  • Students give me little gifts that go with my classroom theme.
  • Students reference the "cute display" when discussing a topic or strategy.

Yep, you know what I'm talking about! :)  
Embrace the cuteness and know that your hard work in making your classroom "just right" makes a difference!  It not only motivates your students and adds to the learning environment, but the work you put into making the space "just right" shows that YOU care!

3 comments:

  1. Hi Tonya. I've been following your blog for a while, too. I can't believe you live in Hawaii - just like Oprah - she has a house there, too. Is it really paradise to live there?

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  2. The link to the freebie takes me to the book bin labels. I have an owl themed classroom and I'd love to be able to update my CAFE header with yours. They're very cute!

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  3. Sorry the link is wrong for the freebie! Here is the correct link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Owl-Chevron-CAFE-Letters-and-Headers-FREE-802992
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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