Friday, November 16, 2012

Magic Word *Freebie*

We're pulling out all the shots right now because we are in desperate need of a break.  Hanging from the tips of our cute little fingers.  Hanging on by a thread of a turkey hat on hat day. 

Not enough thought was put into wearing this hat today.  Who knew it would rile 'em up the way it did...
So, in order to maintain some semblance of calm I've instituted the Magic Word {dun, dun, dun}
 
I don't know why it works, I don't know how it works, all I know is it's working and so I'll go with it.  It actually happend on a whim {Duly noted that I have blogged about four other "whimful" moments in my classroom - what can I say, I'm quick on my feet!} on Halloween when "Pumpkin" became our Magic Word.  Too loud? "Pumpkin" and things quieted right down.  Walking down the hall - all a fright? "Pumpkin" - that line straightened right up.
 
The next day the kids asked what our new Magic Word would be.  Hmmm....were they on to something?  How about "Candy"?  And so it was and so it worked.  Since then it's evolved a bit to me choosing a student each day to come up with our new Magic Word.  So far we've had: Snoogies {?!?}, Dog, Hotdog, Alakazam and Lima Bean {Which, technically, is two but we made an exception}.
 
We have ours prominently displayed on our front white board and if you're trying to keep your darlings under control for the next few days before Thanksgiving or if you're ever just having one of those days you can grab yours...
Click the picture to pick yours up for free!
 

I write the Magic Word on a sticky note and put it right on the laminated Magic Word page.  There ya have it...
 
Oh - one more thing...a teacher-friend/colleague of mine has just started a new blog.  This gal knows her stuff and will make you smile.  Go check her out and don't forget to follow!!!!

Is that not the cutest name?!?
 
I hope you have a magical weekend!! Is your mouth just watering thinking about that yummy Thanksgiving food?  I can't wait to dig my fork into my hubby's delicious stuffing!!!!



 

6 comments:

  1. Haha I love this Magic Word idea! I can totally picture it working with kids. So fun!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  2. Thanks for this magical way of getting some control over my little cuties! This is a very exciting time of the year and we have to get some new tricks going to keep our students focused. Thanks a bunch!

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  3. This is a cute idea and one I might have to steal. Our kiddos have been less than angelic lately. lol. Do you do an arctic animal unit? If so, stop by my blog..I've uploaded my first unit in my TN store and 3 people will get a chance to check it out for free! :D

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

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  4. Loving the magic word.
    Giggle, that picture of an upside down turkey made me laugh out loud!
    Dynelle
    http://firstgradefunmrsdunn.blogspot.ca/

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  5. I absolutely LOVED your turkey hat...cracked me up! I also love your idea of a magic word...I know my creative third grade minds can think up some doozies (third grade humor...very different from first grade humor:) Thanks for the "shout out" on your blog. I am really feeling the pressure on my next post...can you say, "writer's block"? I guess I'll just have to jump in head-first like I do with everything else in my life!

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  6. Hi Holly,
    What a great idea, I would say your whims are fabulous! I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Shawna
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

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