Uses for sticky notes

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  1. DaTeach

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    OK everyone....let's list all the ways that you use sticky notes in the classroom. I can't wait! I don't have a creative bone in my body, so be prepared to be stolen from!
     
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    Graphing: students put their name on it and answer the question of the day in the form of a bar graph.
     
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    Oh and writer's workshop. They move their sticky note with their name on it so that we can tell if they are in pre-writing, publishing or whatever. The board has the writing phases charted it out so at anytime you can tell where someone is in the writing process.
     
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    Students record their thinking while they are reading, and stick the post it right on the page! Things like questions, connections, inferences, etc.
     
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    making predictions in Reading...students write on the post-it and stick it to the whiteboard.

    students can make notes as they read a book...words they need to look up, sentences they don't understand, parts they really enjoyed...or even as bookmarks!

    Wait, is this for the students or for me? If I list all the ways I use post-it notes, we'd be here for days! ;)

    Looking forward to reading about all the creative ideas out there! :)
     
  7. Miss Kirby

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    We have PLCs, Professional Learning Communities, when the grade level teams get together with the principal and reading specialist. Each teacher has a file folder for each assessment we do. When opened, we divide it into three sections, at risk, some risk, low risk. After we do beginning of the year DIBELS and DRA we record each child's name and score on a post it note. Pink for at risk, yellow for some risk, blue for low risk. Then each time we assess the kids, we record the new score and move the post it note into the category they fall under for that assessment.

    I hope that makes sense!
     
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    I do this a lot! :)
     
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    I do this too, plus they make a handy little book mark (i.e. it won't fall out)
     
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    I use sticky notes for the state tests. A little sticky note for the answer bubble sheet and a normal post-it for the question booklet. This helps the student make sure that they are sticking with the right question and answering the right one. Students like it a lot and it helps with the confusion. I always tell them, "Make sure your sticky note is on the same question and answer."
     
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    This is a good way to show progress. I hope you don't mind...I'm going to add this to my list of things to try in the fall.
     
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    Miss Kirby we do the exact same thing. Are you sure you're not in Michigan and in my district!;)
     
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    Anecdotal Records

    An idea that utilizes sticky notes that I've seen and plan to use this upcoming year is using sticky notes to collect anecdotal records. The teacher labels the sticky notes with the name of the students that she/he plans to watch on that day as well as the date and then places the sticky notes out on a clipboard or a folder, ready to jot down anything noteworthy. The sticky note can then be placed inside the student's file.
     
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    I'm liking all of these ideas...keep 'em coming!

    We use them in correcting writing when peer editing. When proofreading a partner's essay, they write the correction on the sticky instead of the essay itself.
     
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    I use them for my seating chart. I put a student name on each one and then as I rearrange seating, I can just move the post-its around instead of having to rewrite the whole seating chart.
     
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    Vocabulary--especially in science and social studies books--whenever they run across a word they don't know, they write it on the sticky. If they don't figure out the word thru context clues, they look it up and write the definition on the sticky note.
     
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    I use sticky notes to create a KWL chart in Science for each "Big Idea". The students come up with what they know, we share them, categorize them, and post them. Great for an opener on a topic and lets you know misconceptions up front. Give the students a minimum on how many they have to write, for those that don't like to, and a maximum, for those that will use a whole book's worth!
     
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    When reading decodable readers I have the kids use them to record the words that have the sound that we are learning. It could really be done on any kind of paper, but the post it makes it special!
     
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    I use the little ones in a file folder for word making practice. I wrote the consonants on one color and the vowels on another. Each student can open the folder and we can make words together. It's easier to store than letter tiles.

    I also cut stickies into little strips and use them to cover vocabulary words on a page I display via the document camera. When they guess the correct word, I rip it off and they think it's cool.

    When I have a sub, I use little strips of sticky notes with arrows to point out what I want covered in the teachers manual.
     
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    I have the kids write the main idea of a covered paragraph.
     
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    I use sticky notes to mark pages in the books for substitutes. I also use sticky notes to have the students write information to put on graphic organizers during centers.
     
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    Another thing I we use post-its for in class is writing. When the kids split into groups / pairs for partner review and peer editing, they use the mini sticky notes to write corrections / ideas to stick on the paper. The papers go back into a plastic sleeve, so the stickies don't get lost. The kids love it because they can still read their paper after it's been edited. I don't always use this, but it's something the kids enjoy.
     
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    I use sticky notes also on my resource books so that I knwo when I used a certain page. I do that because I want to make sure the kids don't do the same thing twice and also it helps for the year after because I see when I used it, for timing purposes
     
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    Oooh, that's a good idea!
     
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    I got this idea from Mailbox. I use one with kids who are having trouble with division. You cover the numbers that you aren't dividing into with a sticky, then move it to reveal the next number, then the next, etc. as you need them.
     
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    I use the little ones for labeling lunch money if it is sent as a check or bills only. I was going through way too many envelopes. I had kids use them to claim lockers until I could finlalize and permanently label them. Page markers for subs or copies to be made. Mark whose turn it is for computer use. Placing statements in Venn Diagrams (especially the tri-Venns). It is much easier than erasing and rewriting.
     
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    I almost always write short notes to other teachers on sticky notes so that I can stick them to the side of their mailbox--they can't get lost in a pile of paper that way.
     
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    I loooove sticky notes. I'd go crazy without them. I use them for a lot of things listed here. I have a tendency to write everything down into my planner. Since I end up with huge lists, I write down the 3 most important things that must get done in a particular day. Helps get me focused.

    I'm wondering if anyone has tried those multiplication notes made by PostIt? I got them super cheap at Staples yesterday, but I don't know what to do with them.
     
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    I forgot one of my uses...

    When my kids turn in papers, I go through the stack and with my check sheet mark the ones who turned their work in. I write the ones who didn't on a sticky. That way, I automatically know when I enter grades who did or didn't do something. I usually put an AB by the kids who were absent so I can log that in my grade book. It has really helped me to stay organized, and the kids have less missing work (it reminds them to turn their assignments in).
     
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    I had my kids document book damages on large sticky notes and put the sticky notes on the covers of the coresponding books. Made things so much easier when I had to go through the books myself.
     
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    Create a parking lot-students write their questions about a specific subject on a post it, sticks it on the parking lot, and then writes the answer on it when they figure it out. Check out clip art here:
    http://www.realclassroomideas.com/32.html

    You can also use them as Six Traits rubrics. Use the templates below and print them on post-its (directions are on the web page). Choose a different color for each trait so students can visually distinguish (oh-blue! sentence fluency....)
    Voice: http://www.realclassroomideas.com/resources/Six+Traits-+Voice+Post+Its.pdf
    Organization: http://www.realclassroomideas.com/resources/Six+Traits-+Organization+Post+Its.pdf
    Sentence Fluency:
    http://www.realclassroomideas.com/resources/Six+Traits-+Sentence+Fluency+Post+Its.pdf
    Word Choice: http://www.realclassroomideas.com/resources/Six+Traits-+Word+Choice+Post+Its.pdf
    Ideas: http://www.realclassroomideas.com/resources/Six+Traits-+Idea+Post+It+Notes.pdf
    Conventions: http://www.realclassroomideas.com/resources/Six+Traits-+Idea+Post+It+Notes.pdf
    Sorry, no presentation.
     
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    I saw some arrow shaped sticky notes somewhere. I thought they would be cute for kids to use to "point" to certain words on the board.

    We used post-its with our Sunday School kids to put Bible verses in order. In a classroom they could put a sentence in order or spelling words etc.
     
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    If you have different colors, have groups work together to work on prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Put a different prefix on each of one color (say, green), roots on a second color (yellow) , and suffixes on a third (blue?). Then have groups find as many different words as possible building with what they have in front of them.
     

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