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Free Shape Poems

Throughout the first week of school, our focus during math is introducing 2D shapes. I made some fun posters to help my students remember the names and properties of each shape {and they referred to them all year long!}
Shape Poems
  {clip art from Love Two Teach
borders from Teaching in a Small Town}
 
My class absolutely loved these! We learned each poem and talked about the characteristic of each shape. We even learned that Sandy Square has a booooyfriend ;)
Shape Poems
{Download the shape poems here and ignore the fact that I clearly need more ink ;) I copied 2 to a page so that they printed out smaller than a regular sheet of paper.} 
After we learned about each shape, I hung the posters up in our classroom for future reference.
 
We also played this super fun shape game!
After we met our new friends and talked all about the shapes, we sat in a big circle {applying what we learned about circles!}. Then I walked around with a bunch of shapes in a bag and had each student pull out one shape. They told their neighbor what shape they pulled out {to practice identifying and to help their neighbor if they weren't sure} and then we played the Shape Game!
Shape Game
After everyone had a chance to stand up, we switched our shapes and played again. It was a lot of fun :)
Take a look at what else we did during the first week of school here!



Using DYMO MobileLabeler in the Classroom

If you know anything about me, you know how much I love labeling things and getting organized! So I was thrilled when DYMO contacted me and asked to review their MobileLabeler. The DYMO MobileLabeler is a personal label maker that connects to your smartphone and allows you to easily create labels in seconds! The app is very straight forward and simple to follow.


I started with the 1” label cassette to make labels for my classroom supplies. There were several fun fonts to choose from so I went with a more “crafty” looking font.


The paper backing was really easy to remove from the label with the split backing feature. It took me 5 minutes from start to finish to create, print, and adhere six labels to my bins!


I love that the labels are large enough to see clearly, but the items inside the bins are still visible.


Then, I used the label maker to label my “teacher” pencils. These are the pencils that I keep at my guided reading table, and ones that I want to stay there! Labeling them helps my students remember where they stay. I also reward my great listeners during guided reading with the opportunity to use MY pencil. They think it is the absolute best! To make smaller labels, I switched the label cassette out to the ½” labels and typed in extra spaces after the word so that the label printed longer.


Another great feature about the cassette labels is the variety of colors they come in. I wanted the labels to stand out, so I printed them in red. The nice thing about the DYMOapp is it allows you to save your projects as you go, so I did not have to recreate the name label each time. I simply saved this label under “teacher” and the next time I need another label, I just can print and adhere! Super quick and easy!


The durable labels feature industrial-strength adhesive that resist peeling so they will stay on until I cut them off! None of my students will be able to pick the label off when they’re using the pencils {not that that ever happens…but just in case 😉


I enjoyed using the label maker and I am looking forward to labeling more things throughout the year!

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review, however all opinions are my own.