Saturday, May 25, 2019

3 Ways to Encourage Better Attendance!

Hiya! Is attendance a focus in your school district? It is a HUGE focus in mine!  My current school has struggled with attendance in the past and I have found that upper grades are more of a struggle than the lower ones.   My principal came to me and asked me to research some things to encourage attendance school wide so I came up with a few things we have implemented to help increase our attendance. So I have 3 ways to encourage attendance in your class or school! Use one, two or all of them!

The first thing I implemented was tracking attendance in our Data Notebooks.  I use Data Notebooks to track all kinds of things and set goals so Attendance is just one more thing we track and set goals for. In upper grades students are more capable of taking ownership of their attendance even if their parents aren't.


This is part of my data tracking sheets resource on TPT that  you can find HERE!


The second idea was a school wide attendance trophy with a small incentive for each child in the class.

The trophy was donated from a local shop and was open so we could add small snacks or rewards. Here is ours the month we won! This could be announced monthly weekly, for best attendance or even most improved!


The third activity I did was printing PERFECT ATTENDANCE on pieces of red paper and every day that everyone was here I added a letter until we spelled it out and the class received an award something free like lunch in the classroom or extra recess. They loved this and it cost me nothing!

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1dsNsIdKmaY2FgIFB9gqjTEm1q6F8_5sS
For this activity and more attendance resources click the cover below to go to my TPT store and snag awards, incentives and more!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

5 of my favorite Read Alouds for the end of the School Year

Hiya! Today I'm sharing my favorite read alouds for the End of the Year.  These are 5 of my favorite books to read aloud the last week or day of school. There are so many good end of the year books but these are my top 5 in no particular order.

 (this post includes Amazon affiliate links, which means I get a tiny amount if you click on one of the books and choose to buy it.) Just click on the picture of any book to add it to your Amazon cart.

1.  Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg
This might be my favorite other for any grade other than Kindergarten just because it's so funny and I always read it's counterpart First Day Jitters at the beginning of the year. I love it so much I created an entire unit to go with it! The students in Mrs. Hartwell's class are so worried about their teacher with the end of school looming. Whatever will she do without them? Little do they know teachers love summer vacation too! Click the cover picture below to go to TPT and grab this fun Reading Unit to go with this book!

2. I Knew You Could by Craig Dorfman
This sweet book has a Little Engine that could vibe with a twist of Oh the Places You'll Go. It talks about how far they've come and how they've gained skills to help them face knew challenges. It's a celebration while still looking forward!

3. The Wonderful Happens by Cynthia Rylant
This book while an oldie is new to me but I had to include it because it's just precious. It talks about how things become what they are by saying the wonderful happens including you! It is a fun way to look back at the year and revisit all your students have learned to help them become the learners they are now!

4. The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing
A fun book in this series took look ahead at the student's plans for summer! Cute rhyming text and sweet family vibe. It's a light but fun book to read perhaps after one of the tear jerkers!

 5. Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
I read this for 5 of the 6 years I taught K and cried like a baby every time. I also gave my students a penny and a kiss in a baggie like in the book! 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1kW3Nmq5ymX1YRMwJEHu3kuwTR6D7Zjng

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