Do you remember playing around the world when you were a kid? I used to love playing whole class games like this! My class loves it too! This is a fun game I made up called King (or Queen) of the Mountain. But more about that in a minute..... first I want to talk about the downside of playing whole group games like this.

The thing is that only two people can play while the rest of the class just sits and waits for their turn. Now theoretically, you want them paying attention so that they can be practicing their math facts or reviewing for the quiz with everyone else....but is that always happening? How do you keep everyone engaged when playing a whole class game?

It wasn't until I read The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King and read their amazing idea....and thought, duh? Of course! 
In this amazing book Hope and Wade discuss so many ways to keep students engaged! It was here I had my ah-ha moment....now during whole class games, everyone has a white board in front of them or in my class we just write on our desks with dry erase markers. They ALL write the answers as quick as they can! Everyone is practicing even though the two standing up front are the only ones actually competing.

Now...back to King of the Mountain!! Kids love this game. One person stands on a crate or even a chair, the object of the game is the challenger to answer the fact quicker and "knock" the king or queen off the mountain. But they have to watch out for 
Land Slides and Blizzards! 
This is just fun and fast paced. It only takes a few minutes to play but it gets kids practicing their facts!
I have Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication, you can get them in my store here!






I am so excited about my new planner this year! Since I am really trying to go digital and put everything on my Google drive, I decided I need my planner to be on Google as well. I love being able to have everything easily editable in my Google drive and I can update it and print from anywhere. I love taking my computer to my meeting and type my notes right there. 

And I just love how it turned out! Especially now that I have discovered the Happy Planner punch and discs.......take a look:
So I can still keep some docs in my Google drive and I can also print other things like class lists and calendars for my planner.

I got the Happy Planner punch and discs at Michael's

I got the Tab Punch and Stickers at Amazon. (I am obsessed with this thing, I want to tab everything!!)

I made some cute covers that you can get for free! (Yippee!)
I printed my cover and dividers on cardstock. I laminated the cover but did not laminate the dividers. I then used the Happy Planner punch and discs to put it all together.

Then I got my tabs ready. I labeled my dividers Calendars, Curriculum, Class Info, Data, Small Groups, and To-Do List. But the nice thing is you can you can change the labels to fit your needs. I also have the labels free for you! Just click the picture for a link to a Google slide. To punch the labels, you position the punch over the words and cut.
Now, it was time to decided what to put in my planner! I knew I needed calendars, class lists, meeting notes, committee notes, to-do lists....and I made it all editable in Google Drive. I can either type my notes during my meeting and print or just save it there.

The best thing is I can add handouts from staff developments, articles or data print outs to my planner whenever I want. I am so excited to start off organized and keep organized this year!

You can get your hands on my notebook pages for your Google Drive right here:
Hope you have a great start to the year!



I needed to replace my IKEA stools this summer because they just did not make it through my class last year.....so I thought I would make some bucket seats. Kids love to tip and rock and I knew these would probably hold up better but every post I looked at either called for painting buckets or cutting wood circles. And I did not have the time or ability to do either of those things!!!
The first thing I found was buckets at WalMart that were only $2.97 each. They were a nice blue color that didn't have a huge logo on them so there was no need to paint anything. I could totally live with the blue, but if you don't like the color then maybe painting would be something you might want to do. The second thing I decided to do is turn the buckets upside down so that the kids would be sitting on the bottom.

Then I cut out a circle of cardboard and a circle of 2 inch foam. Then I covered the circle of foam with some cute fabric and hot glued it to the cardboard. The next step is to hot glue the fabric covered circle to the bottom of the bucket. Then you are done. I decorated around the edge with some duck tape. 

Easy as pie! These will be comfy and hold up much better around my guided reading table than those $5 IKEA stools!  



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