Saturday, October 3, 2015

My October​ Pinterest Pick 3 ~ A Fun Linky!

Hi friends!  I'm linking up with Inspired Owl's Corner for this fun Pinterest Linky sharing my favorite October Top 3 Pinterest picks.  For this linky, I focused my pins on fun ideas to use with students in grades 3 and 4.
I love this art idea!  It's just plain fun!  I love using black construction paper and bright chalks and so do students.  You can teach students how to draw whimsical roofs and swirly trees.  Add more Halloween details to the picture.  Then of course you'll have to do some writing about what's happening in the scene.  ;)  

This is another fun Halloween themed art project that uses a child's cursive handwriting as the skeleton's body.  Then of COURSE you'll need to weave some more writing and skeleton bones lessons.  These would make a great wall display, and for added fun, have students name their skeleton.  I'd name this skeleton "Bad to the Bone."  ;)

This blog uses the cursive skeleton idea but with a different twist!

This looks like a fun reading activity for upper grades! 

Check out other great Halloween pins here!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mastery Club is Now Updated and BETTER Than Ever!

It's finally finished!  I'm SOOOO excited to announce that the newly updated Mastery Club just got uploaded to TpT and I love the new look.  Previous purchasers can go to their "My Purchases" area and download the new materials free.

If you've never heard of Mastery Club, you're missing out!  I developed this program when I began my teaching career to challenge my 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to learn something new.  I never wanted to hear, "I'm bored," so I developed Mastery Club.  I also taught blended classes, which gave an even greater challenge, trying to find independent activities that allowed me to work on grade level content.  If you've taught a blend, you know what I'm talking about!

Students self-direct their learning, choosing which challenges they'd like to master.  When they're ready, they get the recording worksheet and take the challenge test and if they earn 100%, they become a "1-Star Member." When a student has earned 16 challenges, he or she becomes a member of the Mastery Club Hall of Fame.  At the end of the year, I add the new names to the Hall of Fame wall.  I've had students come back to visit and check out the Hall of Fame poster to see where they rank now!  Love it!
This program is super simple to set up and it runs all year.  Mastery Club is one of the best things I have created and teachers, students and parents love it!   You can see Mastery Club on my classroom website.
Here's a link to my TpT Mastery Club page where you can see visuals and more details about this great challenge program.

Here's a few photos of the updates!  Lots of new materials added to make this program even better.
Teachers who use Mastery Club are allowed to change the name to fit their needs and thousands of teachers are making a difference with their students with Mastery Club. 

Here's a link to check out the FREE Mastery Club questions!  Enjoy!
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