Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Clip Chart Calendars for 2013-2014

Yes! You read that right! I am actually planning for next year already. But, only because many of my fabulous followers have asked me to! And, I aim to please! 

I LOVE my clip chart and I LOVE my clip chart calendars. You can read about how I use them here. Last year, I used calendars I found in Microsoft Word and prettied them up a bit. This year, I couldn't find anything I liked, so, I created my own. I actually had to add in every single date for all 12 months! It took a long time to do, but, I love how they came out.

Click here to get a copy!


I now have an editable version of my clip chart calendars. You can edit the note at the top of the page and the sayings on the side. Click here to get a copy!


In other news, next week, my principal will be observing me for an hour for my formal observation. I have to teach a new skill, so, I decided to teach my students how to conduct an interview. I thought this would be fun and engaging  and will give my students plenty of opportunities to interact with and practice new knowledge, and, use all of the writing strategies I have already taught them. I'll be using my Interview With a Friend pack.

I've already printed and laminated the 96 interview questions and everyone will choose a partner and pick 5 questions they want to ask their partner. They'll jot down the answers to the questions and use their notes to write the finished article. Although there are 6 different article templates, I chose the one that says "My Interview With..."

I am really looking forward to this lesson because I know my students will be actively engaged. I'm hoping my principal will love it, too!

One more thing! A very sweet blogging buddy of mine is working hard to raise money for a sweet little boy, who is suffering from a rare genetic condition, called EB. Many bloggers are taking part in a fundraiser to help raise money to fight EB. Currently, there is no cure...

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  1. Lori, Good luck on your observation. I finished mine before break and am so happy I am done;) The lesson sounds fun and the kids will totally be engaged! Who doesn't like talking with a friend? Perfect:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  2. Thank you. My kids and parents have really loved this system. I have to say that while it is more work for me (moving 30 clips daily), I have seen a big improvement in my kiddos' behavior. Thank you very much for sharing your time and your talent!

  3. Thanks for sharing the calendars Lori! They turned out really cute! My class has been very motivated with the clip chart system this year. I was thinking about making some changes next year to the chart I have, which is a weekly report. This is a good way to go green! Good luck with your observation! It will be great!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  4. Thanks Lori for the new clip chart calendars! This was the first year I use the clip chart, and I really like it, and the sayings I have for each color/step are the same exact ones as yours....whoo hoo! So I don't have to tweak them! Yay!!! Good luck on your observation, I have mine too next week---keep us posted on how you did. Thanks again.

  5. Thank you!! These are even cuter than last years!! Good luck with your observation!! I know you will be great!

  6. I love these calendars! Thanks for sharing! I was looking for a better way to communicate with parents about student behavior. This is perfect! Thanks!


    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

  7. I love your clip chart calender idea. I think I might switch over to that in my future classroom. Hopefully I have a wonderful class to try this with!

  8. I'm in the process of making homework calendars right now and I know what a pain it is, putting all of those dates in. Thank you for all the time and effort you've given to it. Many more thanks for giving it as a freebie!

  9. Lori--

    I just came upon your blog when another blogger send me your no reply link and how to set it up to allow replying. I have just become a follower! I love the interview a friend activity, and it will go nicely with our end of the year biography unit. Thanks so much for sharing--glad to have found your blog!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  10. Love all your ideas! I was wondering if I could have a copy of your calendars with the 1-2-3 Magic or if I could have a copy that I can edit?? I know it is a lot to ask, so I understand if you are unable.

    Thanks for sharing all your goodies! jill

    1. You mean there's someone else out there who does 1-2-3 Magic?! LOL! Funny thing is, I haven't made my calendars yet. I finished these because so many people asked for them and these are the most popular ones. I will gladly send you mine when I do them. Can you email me so I have your email? Thanks!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this great product! Your note at the top is perfect for parents and I love that we can help choose the colors! Your interview a friend pack looks super cute too-I will have to check that out! Thanks for all of your cute and fun stuff!

    Learning to the Core

  12. I love the calendars! I use a clip chart and love this idea of keeping a calendar so the parents know how each day went! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  13. Thank you for sharing! Our firsties use a similar calendar. We have an actual behavior card with all the dates. I hope that your observation went well!

    Literacy Spark


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