Saturday, January 14, 2012

Clipboards, Highlighters & Dice~Oh My!

This is my newest unit posted to my TPT store ~ You can check it out HERE.  

As I post this unit I feel so anxious just thinking about it.  I'm going to have my hands full for the next 4-8 weeks! My (dear, amazing, awesome, wonderful, sweet, kind and loving) full time classroom assistant is going to be out until an unknown date :( 
I have 26 little ones....1:26 just doesn't seem yes, Clipboards, Highlighters & Dice~Oh My!

I pray for her speedy recovery.  The good news is, she will be coming back to us..... I do mean this with my whole heart.  However, we are sure going to miss her.  She is the reason our procedures and routines run so smoothly.  She is rockin' out behind the scenes so that I can actually teach my children which is where my heart is.  When she's not doing that she's helping the children and they adore her.  For real ya'll she's amazing.

I know how lucky I am to even have a full time assistant so I plan to just grin and bear it.  In the meantime though I created this unit to help me function.  It's full of activities using clipboards, highlighters and  dice.  It's been my experience that given one of the above mentioned items and a task, my students are UNSTOPPABLE! I really can't handle giving "busy work" out and this is not that.  These are independent activities that will keep them engaged in their given task and I'm hoping quiet too! I have a chatty chatty bunch this year. I'm pretty sure this packet is what I will turn to time and time again for independent work and literacy stations.  

I would love to hear about your class sizes and if you have any other adult help in  your I heart comments.  


  1. The most I've had in a year is twenty six and this year I only have 20. I started the year with 22. This unit sounds great, can't wait to check it out!
    Stories From Second

  2. This year I have 20 first graders and of course no assistant. Even just 20 is too many in my opinion. I know, I should be happy it isn't more. I just wish all teachers would have small class sizes (everywhere in the country)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. I have 29 first graders and no assistant! For reading, we level our students so I get 33 for an hour! I'm trying to corral some parents to help during that hour! Luckily my kiddos are super sweet and I can manage, but it definitely is hard to do anything in small groups! We pretty much do whole group allll dayyyy longggg!

    Miss Kindergarten
    My Fabulous Finds

  4. Oh ya! Your unit looks amazing!!! Now I just gotta figure out how to get more words up on my walls!

  5. Hadar! I can't believe you have that many. My heart hurts for you :(

    Thanks ladies for the comments. It's nice to know that it's tough for everyone. Misery loves company lol!

  6. is amazing to hear about other schools/states. Our state passed a class size amendment so our class sizes can't go over a certain amount. For 2nd grade the limit is 19 and I am at 17. The most I have ever had was 22 and that was the year before the amendment went into affect.



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