"Smart Cookie" theme

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  1. smileyd

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    I realized at the end of the year that I was calling my third graders "Smart Cookies" all year, especially when they asked me what kind of cookie they are. I told them they could be whatever kind they wanted, some decided they wanted to be Oreo's, some Chocolate chips, and a few various other types.

    So now my second graders this year will be cookies all year long. To extend that I want to use that as my classroom theme (instead of last years Smiles).

    I'm looking for ideas you may have.

    So far I've collected:

    First Day Bulletin Welcome Board: "Welcome to the new Batch". Foil cookie sheets with the names of all my students on Chocolate Chip cookies.

    Classroom Management: for everyday a student doesn't get their name on the board they get to put their name on a cookie card to put in the cookie jar on my desk. Names will be drawn on Friday for prizes. Bonus entries for showing good character and the seven teachings being followed (I teach on a native reserve).

    Number Line: Cookie jars

    Word family charts: Glasses of milk

    Classroom Library: the "Reading Cafe" where students will look for smart cookie books. The rules for this will be on large cookie cutouts

    Any ideas to expand this?
     
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  3. Maryhf

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    I love it when I hear about a teacher who makes a theme because of things they do or say. Anyway here's an FYI, not an idea really but there is a chain of restaurants in PA called Eat 'n Park and their signature dessert is a smiley cookie. It's just a large sugar cookie with a big smiley face. Sounds like a fun theme.
     
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    I love your theme!!! It's really great! Could you get a cookie jar that is see through and do a whole class reward when they fill it up with marbles when they get caught doing "smart cookie" good behavior. Then you could do a "smart cookie" party and get one of the big cookie cakes as a treat to share with the class. Or you could watch the If you give a mouse a cookie dvd :)
     
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    Love it -- what an original theme! And it's personal to you, so enjoy it :)
     
  6. lemonhead

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    Great theme!

    Maybe your jobs can revolve around making cookies. I don't know how though:(
     
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    How cool! I don't think I ever would have come up with something like that!
     
  8. Ilovefirst

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    I remember those cookies! They were yellow with a smiley face. (and yummy)

    Ooooo, I like that idea. - but can't come up with the how of it either! Will keep thinking for you!
     
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    “Chip in and help around" ----Something like that
     
  10. smileyd

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    thanks so far, keep the ideas rolling!

    I like the idea of having my jobs using this theme.

    These are the jobs I know I'll use this year, any idea how to make them cookie themed? I use them weekly.
    Messenger (Very important Job when my EA is absent)- Maybe Chief Chef?
    Paper passer
    Collector
    Front of Line
    Substitute
    Attendance
    Calendar
    Kindness Monitor (fills out slips for students they see being generally nice and following the seven teachings)- Maybe Taste tester
     
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    no ideas, just wanted to say that I LOVE that theme. too late for me to "use" it for this year but I may make the switch over for next year.
     
  12. SpecialPreskoo

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    If you do a star student type of thing, call it the FAMOUS AMOS.

    If you let them pair up for group projects, tell them to Double Stuff Oreo. Groups of 3 or 4, call is a snack pack.
     
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    Oh with your calendar, do your number cards with cookies on them and use patterns with the different cookie pics on them.
     
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    as for front of line or substitute, maybe something about when they put a new product out on test market? (can't put it into a cute word or label though
     
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    Ilovefirst- I see you suggest I use head instead of chief. the reason I'm thinking of using Chief is because my school wants all teachers to include as much native culture into the classroom and curriculum as possible. I will of course be clearing the use of that name with a VP when I return this fall.
     
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    SpecialPreskoo- I've heard of those cookies, but I've never seen them, so I'm not sure my kids would get that, but I like the idea of my calendar numbers being different cookies.
     
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    I LOVE this theme! Good luck with it, and I cannot wait to see pictures!
     
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    Can you fill it up with chocolate chips, instead of marbles?

    If you'r worried about chocolate chips being too small and requiring too much time to fill up the jar, what about using hershey's kisses, since they are essentailly huge chocolate chips...
     
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    I love this theme!!!!!!!!!!!! I definitely want to remember it for next year. It's so original!!!! You could do decorate your own cookie parties.
     
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    What about naming your reading groups after cookies? The oreo group, the oatmeal raisin group, etc.
     
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    This is so cute and very clever! I bet your students will love it when they see everything. :)
     
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    Thank you everyone, you're helping me pull this idea together.

    I'm thinking my student of the week could be allowed to read with my cookie monster doll (If I can find it)
     
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    What about displaying good work with " Baking up a Batch of Good Work" as a heading? If you cover the board with foil and give it an edge it could look like a giant cookie sheet.

    Writing Process Ideas
    Prewriting : Preheating
    Rough Draft: Mix in the ingredients
    Revising: Add in the chips
    Proofreading: Decorating
    Publishing: Baking your cookie
    Sharing: Eating the cookie
     

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