Rock Star Behavior Clip Chart

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Rockstar clipchart

This behavior clip chart with a Rock Star theme is a great way to modify and encourage positive behavior in your classroom!

This chart is designed differently than other clip charts. It is designed to be printed as a banner on vinyl at your local print shop. Simply save the PDF and take or send to your print shop of choice. This banner saves you time in printing, cutting, and assembling! Because clothes pins tend to be a little heavy, vinyl will be more durable and last longer than paper. It measures 12 x 50 inches when printed. We recommend adding grommets to the top and bottom corners for stability.

We designed this banner as part of a school-wide discipline plan and it has produced excellent results. We also included our parent letter explaining the system. You can use ours to make your own to fit your needs and grading system.

The chart is set up as follows:
You’re A Rock Star!
Can I have your autograph?
A Star Performance
Ready to Rock (everyone starts here each day)
Sound Check
Singin’ the Blues
Contact Management

Clip Art by Scrappin Doodles
Fonts by Graphics From the Pond.

Rock Star Behavior Clip Chart

 

Table Captains

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One of the ways I keep my classroom running smoothly is by the help of my “Table Captains.”  I have 4 tables in my classroom, and they are organized by color; red, green, blue, and yellow.  Each table has 4 or 5 students.  At the beginning of every week, one student is named the “Table Captain” for the entire week.  This picture shows how I organize the rotation of the students.  I turn the top of the star to the child who comes next.  I will describe below how I made the Star Spinners.  The Table Captain is the student at each table who is in charge of getting and putting away any materials or manipulatives that are needed for their table during a lesson.

Here is a close-up of the Star Spinner for the blue table.  I cut out a white circle and laminated it before writing on it.  I wrote Table Captain on the blue star before I laminated it.  I used a brad to attach the star to the white circle, and this allows the star to spin.  I wrote the names of the students who sit at the blue table.  Willie would be the Table Captain for this week, Ian would be the Table Captain the following week, and so on…

After I choose the student to be the Table Captain, he/she will put this Star Cone at his/her desk as a fun reminder that they are the Table Captain for the week.  This also helps to remind the other students that want to take over the job! I found these cute cones at Party City in the circus section.  The stars are out of a pack of cut-outs.  I hot-glued the stars to a popsicle stick, and I punched a hole in the top of the cone to poke the popsicle stick through.

Literacy Centers

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Recently I’ve had a few people interested in how I manage my reading group rotation and literacy centers.  This is the chart that I use in my classroom.  I got the idea from a teacher at our school (Cindy) and I love it!  I have used it for 2 years, and it is the best that I have tried.  I’m going to try to explain it the best that I can.  If you have any questions just let me know. 

When I am doing my reading groups, I have the class divided into 3 groups of 6 or 7 students each.  The wheel shows the 3 groups and how they rotate.  I have one group of 6 at their seats doing independent practice activities.  I have another group of 6 students with me at the reading group table.  The remaining 6 students are at a literacy center.  I only have one student in a center to cut down on noise and play.  Some teachers like to have a pair in a center, so you could have only 3 centers.  The blue pocket chart shows my 6 centers: 

1.  Computer
2.  Computer
3.  Listening/Writing Center
4.  SMARTBoard
5. Word Study/Spelling
6. Class Library
 
These centers are represented by the pictures on the left of the pocket chart.  Next to the pictures I have my 3 groups-blue, green, yellow- I only move the picture cards 1 time at the beginning of the reading group time.  Whatever picture that is in front of their name is where they go that day.  Each student only visits one center a day.   It is a little confusing at first, but the students catch on very quickly and after awhile, we don’t even have to turn the wheel. 
 
I always start with yellow group in reading group, then yellow goes to seatwork, then they go to centers.
Green group starts in centers, then comes to me for reading group, then goes to seatwork.
Blue group starts in seatwork, then goes to centers, then comes to see me last.
 
I really hope this makes sense!  Let me know if it doesn’t and I will try again! 🙂
 
 

 

A SMART Word Wall!

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A Word Wall on the SMART Board?   I found this notebook on SMART Exchange, and I love this idea!  I thought you might like it too!  When you click on each letter it takes you to another page with a few pictures and words.  I am going to use this in my classroom and add our first grade high frequency words.   Great time-filler resource!  

 

Attendance Through the Year

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My students love to use the SMARTboard every chance that they get, so I have it ready first thing in the morning. When the students enter the room, they sign-in at the SMARTboard with whatever attendance activity I have displayed. In this Notebook you will find an attendance theme for each month of the school year. The themes are as follows: Apples, Pumpkins, Scarecrows, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Groundhogs, Valentines, Leprechauns, Raindrops, Bees, and Flowers. Using these templates on the SMARTboard makes taking attendance simple and fun!

Don’t Forget!

Classroom Rules and Procedures the SMART Way!

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Rules and Procedures Pic

Start your school year off right by having your rules and procedures ready on the first day of school!  Along with my rules and procedures that are posted on the wall, I use this notebook activity to help my first graders have fun and stay focused!  This Smart Notebook activity is easily adaptable for any classroom. Feel free to change anything to make it appropriate for your behavior theme! I use apples as the behavior theme for the display in my classroom.  In the Notebook activity I have included a picture of my display along with my classroom discipline plan, behavior calendar, and behavior report.  I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think!

 

Never Miss a Student’s Birthday

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Kids love their birthdays, just like we do!  I like to make sure that my students have a little something to make their day even more special.  At the beginning of each year I would make sure to have enough hats and stickers for each child, but I wanted to be a little more creative.  A few years ago, I decided to make each of my students a treat bag to give to them on their birthday!  If their birthday fell on a weekend, I would give them the bag on Friday. For my summer birthdays, I would give them the bag during the last week of school.  Each bag had a box of crayons, a pack of gummy snacks, a birthday pencil, and a couple of small trinkets.  I got a big bucket, added some curly ribbon, and used my Cricut to cut vinyl letters to make “Happy Birthday.”  Before school starts, I make enough bags for every student in my class.  In the bucket I keep the birthday bags, hats, and cards.  I also have a cute and cuddly Happy Birthday Teddy Bear that sits with the birthday boy or girl for the day!  So I am never surprised when a child enters with a big grin and says, “It’s my birthday today!”

How do you celebrate your students’ birthdays in your classroom?  I would love to hear your ideas!