So while on the beach at Lake Michigan, it hit me! I started to think about the names for my table teams. This is what I came up with.... the proactive pirates, the end in mind astronauts, the first things first thinkers.... go check out the rest here.
Coming up with names was the first step in creating this pack. Then I had to choose clipart to match each name. Of course I went with Melonheadz clipart because they are all just too adorable AND she had clipart kids that fit each of my 7 habits names!
Because my students sit at tables, I have all of their materials stored by table. This means lots of bins around the classroom, which means lots of labels are needed! I have the following bins for my table teams: math journals, writing folders, snack baskets, and word study folders.
|As you can see in the picture above, I did change the color of the scalloped frames in case anyone |
wanted the option of referring to groups by color
Just in case anyone wanted table signs to hang above tables, these are also included in the pack!
My favorite part of this pack are my table leader wheels. Here's the deal with these... every day I assign a "table leader" for each table. The table leader's job is to get their table's supplies for each subject area. For example, when it's writer's workshop time, the table leaders get their table's bin of folders. I teach the students early on how to hand out their supplies. At the end of writer's workshop, table leaders are also responsible to put things away for their tables. The arrow (see in picture) points to the day's table leader. At the end of the day, I simply turn the wheel to the right and it points to the next day's table leader.
In my classroom, I have students switch seats/table every month. This helps keep things fresh and also encourages students to work with new classmates. I created "team promise" pages for all 7 habits:
|plain lines for upper elementary|
|primary lines for lower elementary|
At the beginning of each month, when table teams are new, teams will work together to complete a team promise page. The idea behind this is to help students think about what being proactive looks, feels, and sounds like in a team. I'm super excited to use this with my students!
I use a data wall in my classroom to keep track of student progress. I have a section on my wall for behavior. So I decided to add teamwork tallies to this pack.
You could glue the table group squares to a piece of poster board then laminate OR just laminate the pieces and put up on the wall. In my classroom, I give tables a tally when I see them exhibiting leadership behaviors, working quietly, or coming to the carpet quickly. At the end of the week, the table with the most tallies gets our TABLE TALLY TROPHY! I put little goodies in the trophy for each student at that table.
If you are using the 7 habits in your classroom or school to grow a group of "leaders" then please check out this product! Click on the picture below!