Octo WHAT?, Story Bubbles, and Math Help:)

Hello all........I have been busy!  Super busy.............like past normal busy.......wanna know why??????????

Well, I got 8 new littles over night!  I feel like octoteacher!   Since I'm OCD in having everything just right I have been scrambling to get name tags and folders, and book luggage, and luggage tags, and job clips, and labels, and name posters, and new reading and math groups, and, and, and..................................................

Yes.................. it freaked me out.  (only because that's a lot of new littles at once and we are 6 weeks in and my others are alllllllll trained:).  Yes, we lost a couple of teachers.... but happy dance, they have all been placed:)

They are all a bunch of sweeties.  So my old sweeties and my new sweeties seem to have merged fine and the best news yet....................................I thought I was going to have to start my year all over with Daily 5 and Math Workshop training BUT we dove in head first Friday and I think it's all going to work out!

My biggest concern was Math Workshop because this is totally new to me this year and I am still trying to iron out the wrinkles........but my old littles LOVE Math Workshop and after my new littles got a taste of it on Friday, I think with some sweat and maybe a few tears (mine...lol, thanks for listening and encouraging Elizabeth) we might be able to make it work.  I wish I had more time to teach Math.......
This is our Morning Math Meeting board.  The bestest change I made this year.  As soon as the announcements are done, my kiddos pop up with their dry erase boards, markers and erasers and get busy answering all this.  Then after a few, I start our day and we do this together.  The inspiration was from Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6 and her calendar Math.  It is awesome!!  I change things out as needed and am still adding to it.....once it is done, I will post it in my store.

Now, for the Math help portion of my title.........I would love/need to set up group tubs for my kiddos to use during hands on and would love any ideas anyone would like to share:)  Please oh perty please help:))  What do you put in them, how do you organize.......

Finally, I think I must be more creative when stressed.........right in the middle of my day Thursday (prep day for the new octuplets...lol) I came up with a fun idea to add to my Work on Writing activities:)  
Introducing......Story Bubbles!  I'm really kinda excited about this because the possibilities for using these are endless!!!!  There are 48 bubbles to inspire creative writing:)
I'm going to put 4 or 5 on a ring and have several sets of these.  The students take a ring and try to use all the pics as characters in their story.
They can be spread out and the kiddos can choose what they want to inspire writing.
The younger children could use one at a time as a sentence prompt.
Another possibility is putting several on a ring and then having the kids start telling a story and passing the ring, and each time, adding to the story and adding the new character, object, or setting.

All kinds of fun ideas:)  I just love these bubbles.  The adorable graphics are all from MelonHeadz and the wonderful Nikki!  The same person that made mini me!!

I want to quickly say THANK YOU to some of my blog buds that I emailed in my pre-octuplet panic....thanks for the encouraging words ladies, you all rock!!!

In honor of my new 8 littles (and me not losing my mind...lol) I am going to give away 8 Story Bubbles sets to the first 8 people that leave a comment about how you would like to use these in your classroom,  and your email:)

Have a blessed day everyone!!!  I'm gonna watch me some football!!!





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37 comments

  1. These are so cute, I would love a set! We are doing Daily 5 this year (new to EVERYONE!) and it would be great for those kids that get stuck on what to write during Work on Writing time! So fun!

    methomason at gmail.com

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  2. I would love the story bubbles. I would use them in my writing center. I also would use them to create stories orally. When my students say they have nothing to write about I will direct them to the story bubbles.
    Thanks

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  3. my email is dakotasmom@verizon.net

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  4. Hi Tara! I love the story bubble idea. I am new to the Daily 5 this year and it would be a wonderful addition to my story stones and shared journals (thanks to you!!) You are so creative and I just love visiting your page for such neat ideas!! Thank you so much!

    alowe@danville.k12.pa.us or andrealowe3@gmail.com

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  5. Look at you with all of your inspiration in the midst of chaos:) I've got some ideas for your hands on tubs. I will email you on detail later. Maybe I will even post about it to help out others.
    See, I told you that "you've got this!"
    Elizabeth

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    1. Please, please post your ideas! I'm starting math workshop next week and have been struggling to find 'hands on' activities.

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  6. I would use these in my writing station!
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  7. On detail later? Stinkin auto text. I meant that I'd email you in greater detail. Duh.

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  8. I would use these in Daily 5 for Writing prompts, but I would also use these as warm-up games with my ELL's to get them to free-talk! These are adorable!!
    maria.montroni@gmail.com

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  9. I would love some story bubbles to use with my third graders. I've got quite a few kids who struggle with writing, and specifically thinking of something to write about, so these would be a great support! Plus they're so cute :)

    mkyles@knovalearning.com

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  10. Love your story bubbles! I would love to have a set!

    erin.m.varley@gmail.com

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  11. Oops- meant to say this would be perfect for IDEAS on my voices writing board. My kiddos could come up with great stories using these!

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  12. I love the story bubble idea! This is my first year ever teaching ELA and I have dove right in and trying all kinds of new stuff! I would love to use them in our Work on Writing in Daily 5! (And I think I'm #9...darn!)

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  13. Oh...too late! But I would definitely use these in my writing center. They're awesome!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

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  14. I love these!!! I wish I was a bit sooner, but will not stop me from getting them. Maybe I'll win next time ;)

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  15. If I'm not too late...linzhart@gmail.com!!

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  16. Awww, bummer! I was too late too! They would be a great addition to my writing center. :) Cute, Tara!

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  17. I love your idea of the story bubbles....it is just too cute! It should really get the "littles" creative thinking going full steam ahead!!!

    Dee
    Mrs. B's Nook

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  18. I feel you, I got 5 new kiddies the first Friday of the year. It's a LOT of kids to get at once. One new kiddo is work but 5 or more can be torture! :)

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  19. you are so creative my friend! Love them :) I bet my kiddos could use them too :)

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  20. Well, I missed the giveaway, but I am curious. How many kiddos do you have now?

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    1. 22:) That's not what freaked me out....it was the 8 six weeks in...lol

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  21. Your blog is my fav! I have it in my favs so I can go there and see what is happening. Sorry I missed the giveaway, but I have to ask, how does one get a mini me made? Can they be purchased? I know where got you yours, which I adore!, but not sure if they are something she just does for certain folks or if she takes orders. (I too LOVE LOVE LOVE coffee and I even keep an "illegal" Kuerig machine in my classroom.
    cindi
    diaryofagratefulteacher.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep:) You just contact Nikki to order one and she will customize it for you:)

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  22. SERIOUSLY - this just popped up on my computer. You are one popular lady! LOL. Oh well, I'll just have to purchase them. Good luck with your new littles, I'm sure they are already right at home with such a caring teacher.

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  23. Wow -- these people are fast. I just got your email that you made a post on your blog and I think I'm No. 22. You have a great blog and thanks for sharing.

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  24. Wow. 8 new kids is intense. Love the creativity it started. I love melonheadz!
    Life with Mrs. L

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  25. I love your story bubble ideas and might try to incorporate that into my classroom. Can't wait to read your next blog! The anticipation for new ideas, yeah!

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  26. I LOVE the story bubbles. I've got to get those! I just started math workshop this year also, and I've been trying to figure out a way to keep everything organized. Right now, I'm organizing my workshop games and activities according to the math unit we are studying. I bought some larger plastic tubs from Wal-mart to put the items in and labeled each one according to the math unit. I'm not sure if this will work or not as we get going more into the school year, but I'm trying it right now. I was feeling as if everything was an unorganized mess, and I HAD to do something.

    Have a great week!
    Krista
    stellar-students

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  27. The story bubbles are so cute!!

    I am re-working my own math workshop so I stopped by for inspiration. Thanks for providing it :)

    (and thank you for the shout out)

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  28. I love your story bubbles... the possibilities are endless!

    Cindy

    Granny Goes to School

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  29. Oooohh Tara, this is wonderful!! I will be introducing work on writing to my kiddos next week so this is PERFECT!!! And you are not going to believe it, but I still had my half-made vocabulators from last year that I never got around to finishing!!! After seeing yours looking all beautiful and fun I am going to dig them out, dye more rice (so they won't only be 1/4 of the way full!) and get to finishing them for next week!!! You are inspiring as always!!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  30. Oh how fun! Love all of your giveaways!

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  31. Oh how fun! Love all of your giveaways!

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  32. I've made a couple of attempts the past couple of years to do some Daily 5, but didn't have any real direction with Work on Writing. Maybe if I win, I'll have the stuff I need (and a kick in the backside!) to GO FOR IT!! Thanks for all your great ideas!

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  33. Love your blog! I am in the process of making my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

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