Saturday, September 29, 2012

Caught at Work! FREEBIE!

What do you get when you put two Sugar Bears into a classroom of first graders? Mayhem! Well maybe not quite mayhem, but something close to it! These cute little visitors were so much more interesting than anything I could provide. Guess who got the attention? Yep! The  Sugar Bears. Talking about what animals would make good pets one of my sweet owlets mentioned Sugar Bears. I had never heard of them and even questioned him about whether it was a real animal or not! It is and I have pictures to prove it!

I have had some amazing days this past week. My students are doing a great job building stamina in all of their Daily Fives. The hardest Daily for this group is the Read with a Partner time. They would rather wrestle with a partner, talk to a partner or play with a partner. It did help when I started taking pictures of kids doing the right thing...
I have wanted to come up with a way that students can monitor their own reading/work habits during our Daily Five. I am so excited to use this for the first time on Monday. As each student completes a Daily they'll be able to color in the number of owls for how they felt they worked during the Daily time. I'm excited to see if this will help them use their time more wisely. Feel free to use this rubric, too. I would love to have suggestions or ideas on how I could improve it.

Color in one owl if you'll try harder next time. Two owls if you worked some of the time. Three if you worked most of the time. Four if you worked harder than you ever have or the whole time!


  1. A few years ago our state fair had Sugar Bears {we called them Sugar Gliders here in KY} for sale. We almost bought one but we had just gotten a cat so we didn't think they would get along very well;) They really are cute!!

    The Busy Busy Hive

  2. A camera does wonders for improving student behavior, huh? I like to make books out of those pictures too.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. A camera is a highly underrated management tool. I have never heard of Sugar Bears either. They do look adoreable.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  4. The little Sugar Bears are sooo cute! I think they are what we call sugar gliders here in Australia...just gorgeous :) Also love your owl themed Daily 5 checklist! Looking forward to hearing how it goes in your classroom. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy weekend to you :)
    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

  5. I love the pictures! Isn't is great to see kids at work? Thanks for the Daily 5 freebie. After hearing all the great things about Daily 5, I'm working at shifting over to it.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  6. That's a cute Daily 5 freebie! I like how it holds them accountable. I just realized that on my giveaway, I didn't even mention who donated the gift card! Well, that's fixed and I hope your traffic is increasing. Following you is the primary focus of that Rafflecopter!
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  7. Awww they look adorable! I would love a Sugar Bear as a pet!

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  8. I have never heard of sugar bears but they sure look cute!
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