Seriously though, there have been times when I have thought, "Now what do I do with them?" after clearing off an anchor chart or having my kiddos remove them from their texts. I always want to send them home with the kids, but I worried that parents would look at a stack of Post-Its and say, "What is THAT?" :) So, I've been brainstorming. I've been trying to find ways to make this process work better for me. Enter... sticky note jot spots!
I just created documents to help organize our Post-It collections. I don't plan on using them all of the time, but I do plan on utilizing them pretty often. :) They will give sticky notes a home once they are removed from books and other surfaces. They will help the kiddos understand what I want them to do, and they will help parents understand the significance of the Post-Its that find their way home. I am SO excited to share this with you. Hopefully it can help you too! :) If you are interested, you can check out the Sticky Note Jot Spots HERE!
I took a few "action shots" to try this out, because I wanted to make sure that the squares were big enough to use with different Post-It varieties! As you can see below, this works well with different sizes and shapes. I plan on printing the black and white copies for whole group instruction, and I plan on printing the colored copies on cardstock and laminating them to use with small groups. I will be starting this on MONDAY!!!! Yay!!!!! :)
In other news, I wanted to share a few quick activities for my Reading Street friends. We finished up "Wings" last week. Since we were focusing on vivid words during writing, I read "The Boy Who Loved Words" and sent the kiddos on a word hunt. I had them look in books, read the room, and look in dictionaries for words that spoke to them. They recorded their words on hearts that also reinforced symmetry (since I know my teacher partner has been working on geometry). Then we created a big anchor chart together, and the kiddos created rainbow clouds with seven of their favorite vivid words on the strips! (I was inspired by Reagan Tunstall's Rainbow Name-bow craftivity.)
Have a great weekend, friends! Enjoy some YOU TIME!!!!