Fall Faves

My planner came not long ago and I'm in love! Do y'all have an Erin Condren planner? If you don't run, don't walk to get one.  I love mine.  It's so pretty and comes with so many fun extras. Check it out! 

If you want one just like it, click HERE!

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love to decorate inside and out and I love our trips to the farm.  Here are my men at the farm last weekend.  Love them!

Behavior in my room is amazing this year. Even the noise level is never a problem and I attribute a lot of it to my Behavior Bucks.  Students who are working quietly, making great choices and doing exceptional work earn a dollar. These sit on my desk and are simple and easy for me to pass out.  Students keep their money in the money pocket of their GO Book.  When they get many dollars they often trade in for a 5 or 10 dollar bill.  They love to count their behavior bucks and spend them as well.  They can buy a classroom coupon, candy or small prizes.  I have 8 different coupons to choose from. These coupons are easy and free.  I got the idea from my sweet friend Amy Lemons many years ago when she posted about them on her blog.  You can see her post here. This is the easiest classroom management idea I've ever had. It's simple and takes very little effort.  I don't have to worry about table points, classroom tallies, etc.  You can grab my behavior bucks on my Facebook page.

I've had a few questions about my vocabulary instruction.  Here are our current vocab words.  I use Isabel Beck's Text Talk Vocabulary Instruction.  It's the best way I've ever found to introduce new words to my kids.  I highly recommend you check out he book below.  You can also get many sample Text Talk lessons here.

This week we had a little frisbee word fun.  My friend Hope found a pack of 10 frisbees in the pet section of Target and I knew I had to have them.  This week we did a little word work outside. It's way too beautiful to be stuck in a classroom all day.  Students all started with a short vowel, 3 letter word.  They then threw their frisbee to a partner and that person changed one letter in the word.  They were allowed to change the beginning, middle or end sound, as long as it made a real word.  They loved this activity! I can't wait to get more use out these frisbees. The possibilities are endless!

I also wanted to celebrate my favorite season of all with a sale. So today and tomorrow my store is 20% off. Grab some of my fall centers, my newest farm unit or my focus wall!



  1. That resource - WOW! Thank you so much!!! What a goldmine of information!
    I need to check out Behavior Bucks...this year's students definitely need something positive to remind them of our expectations. Thanks again, Jen :)

  2. Michelle, I love your behavior bucks! Do you have the little reward cards anywhere? I would love to use those with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

  3. I use a money system in my classroom as well for behavior management. I LOVE it! I'm going to have to check out that vocab book you mentioned. I really want to start incorporating more explicit instruction on vocab!

    First Grade Stampede

  4. I have the same exact planner! I definitely agree they are well worth the splurge. Also, I love your word wizard - very cute and am thinking I may need to do something similar for my first graders!

    Paiges of Learning

  5. I also use a money system with positive behavior. We call them eagle bucks because our school mascot is an eagle. You can get eagle bucks for awesome hallway behavior, cafeteria behavior, during specials, and in class. The kids LOVE this! They can "shop" in my store on Friday. I have a drawer for each dollar 1-10. Then they can shop in the school store on Monday. It has truly changed our school wide behavior! I love it!
    Rambling About Reading

  6. I love the frisbee activity! I may end up at Target this weekend!! Next year I'm getting one of those planners...they look wonderful!

  7. OMG looove your frisbee idea!! I am definitely going to do this, my little ones would LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Oh the Little Wonders

  8. P.S You also just inspired me to buy my first Erin Condren planner!!

  9. I love that frisbee idea! Super cute and clever! Thank you for sharing it. :)
    I think I'm also going to have to try that behavior system. I use Class Dojo, and it's pretty good, but I like the idea of something tangible, too. Have a great week!

    Thrills in Third Grade

  10. Money works well for us adults, it's no wonder your behavior bucks work so well in your classroom! Great idea, keep up the good work, your students are fortunate to have you as their teacher!
    ~Paul Anton
    Promoting Success Blog


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