Your Tickets to Genre Reading and a tad more

In the past I have had a
HARD time getting my kiddos to
try out ALL of the genres....
NOT this year!!!!

I made genre tickets.
sticking with my carnival theme..... I made tickets
Each kid got a book ring with color coded genre tickets.
When they have read that genre AND
got a 100 on the AR test
AND filled out their Ticket Sheet
they can hand in their ticket.

Once they have turned in all of their tickets I told them I will buy them lunch.
REALLY that means I call FAB HUBBY to deliver lunch b/c
FAB HUBBY has Fridays off....
AND he doesn't get the name
FAB HUBBY for nothing :)

anyways I thought I might share this with you because it has caused a GENRE WAR!!!
AND
 I LOVE IT!!!

*note* my personal tickets have a cute pointer finger... the share below does not sorry!!!
below is just a sample... if you want it ALL head on over to my Teacher's Notebook store :)
Genre Tickets for Share

I also wanted to share a secret....
maybe it isn't a secret BUT to some it might be!!!
ANYWAYS....
did you know that on most school desks you can use dry erase markers on the desk top?
 yeppers
just have the kids solve their problems right on top of their desks!!!
just make sure they use black or blue
the cooler colors like pink and orange will stain the desk
I only let them use blue and black!!!
and please please please do a little
test spot before you go head first into this
because I don't want to be the excuse when you get in trouble with your
Principal
**** well Farley @ Oh Boy 4th Grade told me to do it****
test it out first because what is worse than a mad Principal...
a MAD custodian
and we all KNOW
you don't want an upset custodian


how do we clean the desk....
Instead of using TONS of tissues/ paper towels/ baby wipes...
every year I buy a bundle of colorful wash cloths from TJ Maxx.
I cut each wash cloth into fourths and whaaaa laaa
they get their own pretty eraser cloth!!!!
Then when we are all done I give them baby wipes...
SHHHH sometimes I pass out bleach wipes because 
let's face it our classrooms are like PETRI DISHES!!!


just FYI the more they work the yuckier the desk looks BUT no fear it does come off
I always have them use their cloth first and then wipe with
a wet wipe and elbow grease...
if you see a hint of grunge... use the bleach wipes

well hope you like what I had for you tonight...
AND a big thank you to all of you guys who helped me find the Pumpkin Project I was looking for!!!
and YAY manana is FRIDAY!!! YAY!!!

10 comments:

  1. Love this idea!!! I'm going to try it out when I'm student teaching in a fourth grade classroom in a few weeks! :) Love your blog!!!

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  2. Genius! hmmm.....wondering if this would be appropriate in kinder since I am always telling them we should not write on the desks...dilemma

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  3. Love both of these ideas! I can't wait to try the desk idea on Monday. I hope it works!

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  4. I am in LOVE with the genre ticket idea! It was such a battle to get my 5th graders to read all of the genres last year! This is genius! I can't wait to have a class of my own again to try this!

    By the way, I'm new to the blogging world, but a long-time stalker of yours. Thanks for your inspiring ideas!

    onehoosierteacher.blogspot.com

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  5. I have had my students writing on their desktops for years. I buy black toddler socks (so that they don't show as much dirt) and have the kids keep the dry erase marker in the sock in their pencil box. When they use the markers they turn the sock inside out (the inside has the rough loops to help erase) and place it on their non-writing hand. The kids can erase while they write. When it is time to clean up, they turn the sock right side out and place the marker inside. By doing this the dry erase dust stays inside and doesn't make a mess in their pencil boxes. Every so often I collect the socks and throw them in the laundry. My students refer to them as their "Michael Jackson gloves".

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  6. Those genre tickets are just such a fabulous idea!

    Ginger Snaps

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  7. I don't know if this would work on your desks but twice int he last month I have had toi use hand sanitizer and elbow grease to clean non dry erase marker of a dry erase board so maybe it would help to clean up any lingering grunge.

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  8. My husband always wears black socks and is notorious for getting holes in the heal or the toe. I would save his holey socks and use them for dry erase "erasers" and also for storage for the markers. As for the residue from continued use, you may need to use actual dry erase cleaner once a month to completely clean the desks.

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  9. My husband always wears black socks and is notorious for getting holes in the heal or the toe. I would save his holey socks and use them for dry erase "erasers" and also for storage for the markers. As for the residue from continued use, you may need to use actual dry erase cleaner once a month to completely clean the desks.

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