Saturday, October 6, 2012

Product Swap


This past summer I missed out on the product swap.  So this time around I was quick to join the Oct. Product Swap hosted by Mrs. Stanford.  I am teaming up with Nicole from Teaching With Stlye.  (I noticed that she is from Hawaii.  I'm a little jealous now that the weather in Chicago has turned cooler.)

 One of my pet peeves of my students is when they come up to me and say "I'm done. What do I do now?" I have always thought I had explained this well enough that they would not have to ask this question.  So when I was browsing through Nicole's TPT one of the things that popped out at me was her product "What To Do When You Are Finished Classroom Visual".  This was perfect for me to try out at the beginning of the year.   I also loved that she used cheveron and polka dot backgrounds.  My classroom is filled with cheveron borders and a rug.  A perfect fit for me!  My students love it because it is visual so my low readers can even just look at the pictures and know what to do.  No excuses for interupting me when I'm working with a small group.

What do you get in this packet?   You get 4 different color variations with two different sayings.

Pictured above the "What To Do When I'm Finished" charts.

The other saying.
The cards that you can choose to create your very own charts. This can be changed easily so they are not always the same.  There are plenty of choices that will work in any classroom/grade level.  

Here is how I have used them.

Pictured above:  This one I use when we are doing Language Arts or after students complete their Must Do Center Work.  Choices that students can pick from are to read, write a story, file folder games, task cards, etc. 
This one I use a little differently.  In my classroom I have use the behavior clip chart.  One of the rewards students can earn is to be able to pick their own activity to do.  These activities are more on the fun side.  Choices include drawing, using play dough, working on puzles, art project etc.
So as you can see this set can be adapted to fit your needs.
Assembly is easy to do.  Just print, cut out choice cards, laminate, and hang in your classroom.  And the best part it does not take a lot of wall space.  We all know how that wall space is at a premium no matter the size of your classroom.
I asked my students what they thought of the choice chart in my classroom.  Here are some of their answers:
I like how I can just look at the pictures and figure out what to do so I don't get in trouble for bothering the teacher.
I like having choices to choose from.
To check out this item on TPT click here
Like this idea be sure to check on Nicole's blog.
On Facebook?  Be sure to check this out as well.  I have liked her Facebook and have gotten lots of ideas since joining her site.
Nicole is reviewing my Persuasive Writing Unit.  So check that out as well.   I hope you are enjoying reading about all these great products on TPT from some wonderful bloggers.  
The best part is all of my items are 20% off on TPT thru Oct. 8th. Click here to view my shop on TPT.  Be sure to check out Nicole's TPT store as well to see what she has on sale.
Nicole and I are also giving away each of our units.  Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win.

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Unknown said...

Thanks for being my partner Sandy! I love how you have used my product in two different ways - such a great idea! I look forward to collaborating more with you! :)
Teaching With Style

Unknown said...

I just wanted to leave a quick comment letting you know that I am buying your product because I really need persuasive writing help with my seconds. Great job!

Heather at TeachItToday

Unknown said...

@Nicole- I have enjoyed collaborating with you as well. Joining this swap has inspired me to work on my blog so more.

@Heather- Thanks! I hope you get many great ideas from the persuasive writing packet.

Sandra said...

Great idea for using it as a reward!!! LOVE IT!
Sweet Times in First

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Isn't Nicole's product the best??? I own it myself <3

Thanks for joining for the swap :) I hope you'll sign up for the next!



✏ Mrs. Stanford's Class ✏

Enter Product Swap #3

Kelly said...

I have a few fast finishers in my classroom - another great thing to add to my overflowing TPT wish list :)

A Lynne said...

Hi Sandy,
You've just been "Boo-ed!" Head over to Adventures In Teaching
to check out the rules and link up. Happy Sunday!
Adventures In Teaching

city said...

thanks for posting.