November 6, 2016

November Itinerant Teacher Bag



Hi All!,

      I'd like to take a moment to share how my teacher life has changed this school year.  One might say that it is all over the place but I love it!  This year I am part classroom teacher and part itinerant.  For 2 days out of the week I work with a team to service special needs preschoolers in our own classroom.  The children come to us for half a day; then we get a 2nd set for the 2nd half of the day.  The rest of the week we are servicing a 3rd & 4th set of students out in the community which includes homes, day cares, and schools.   These students range from 3 to 5 years old.  And 1 Friday per month we host a community event for our families!

      One of the most interesting parts of my job this year is the itinerant component because I've never done it before.  It took a little observing of others and a little feeling my way but now I am in love!  I feel like a traveling teacher who goes around getting to visit cute little kids and teaching and playing with them.  When I arrive at a site the kids are happy and one of the 1st things they want to know is, "What's in the bag?"  Yes, I am that teacher!  I have a magic bag that has all kinds of resources to play with!  How fun is that?

      So of course it becomes a challenge for me monthly to come up with what am I going to put in there.  I take great pride in planning and packing this bag because I never want to disappoint.  I'm so excited, I have to share this with somebody so I thought who better to share it with than you?  So here's what's in my November Bag:

      I'm going to go through these items from top to bottom, left to right.  The first is "The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie."  Can I just tell you that I have never met a kid who didn't love this old lady?  Super fun!

 Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

      This month I'm going to focus on Tt for turkey, Nn for Native American, and Pp for Pilgrim.  Right now we're doing Tt so I packed my Tt Playdoh mats along with playdoh and tools!  


      Next is "5 Little Turkeys"  This is an emergent reader with a pattern of repeating sentences that feature basic sight words.  It also squeezes in a little counting! 


      Fourth is "Turkey, Turkey What Do You See?"  I love this!  It's another repeating sentences with simple sight words book.  This one features colors.  I've paired it with another resource, Turkey Color Word Matching which is FREE in my store and I use it with chip clips!  


      Fifth is "Where is the Leaf?"  Love this!  It's positional words mini posters or emergent reader however you choose to use it.  I've paired it with leaves that I made from the Ellison die cut machine and a little scare crow that I found at the dollar store!  The real objects paired with the posters really help give the kids a better understanding of the concepts.


      Sixth is "Turkey in Disguise Number Strip Puzzles!"  How cute is that?  It is so much fun putting these puzzles together to see what you're going to get!  


      Seventh is Turkey 10 Frames!  I love these!  I've paired them with candy corn to make it a little more fun!  


      Eighth is a cute little counting game.  It's great for taking turns!  I use a pencil and paper clip for the spinner.  The game pieces stand with binder clips.  I didn't have the clips at the time that I took this picture. =(    


      And finally, the 9th item is "Thanksgiving 4-in-a-Row!"  This is like BINGO.  I like it because it squeezes in a little seasonal vocabulary and picture matching.  Great for a small group!  The photo shows the calling cards and 1 of the BINGO boards.  I've paired this game with these super cute harvest beads that I got from Oriental Trading.    


      I've taken the time to put it all together in a "Lesson Plan-ish" format with covers & links for you.  Just click on the picture below to download.  If you find this resource to be useful I'd love to hear from you!

 November Teacher Bag Plans w/Links

      That's all for now!  Thanks for taking the time to read my post!  And thanks for stopping by!  Have a great November!

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