Monday, April 9, 2012

New Birds & Test Prep

We returned from spring break (which was wonderful) to find that a Killdeer had laid eggs right outside my classroom, and it's been a neat little learning experience for my students and me.  We quickly learned that these birds are very protective of their eggs.  If anyone gets near the female, she starts acting like she has a broken wing to lure you away from the eggs.  The male is much more aggressive-if he's around watch out, because he'll swoop in and actually try to peck you!  Needless to say, we've kept students away from the nest and placed a barrier over the eggs, so that the birds can come and go, but students will know to stay away. 
I did find a little video on youtube of the broken wing act that you can see here.

Testing Tips Posters
I don't know the requirements for different states and/or districts, but at my school we can't have anything academic on our walls for testing.  We either have to cover them up or take it all down.  These means all of my word walls, anchor charts, maps, standards-everything!   I took everything down right before spring break, but I can't take all of the bare walls.  We are allowed to have testing tips posted, so I've made some test tip posters to display on my former standards based bulletin board.  I thought they turned out pretty cute, so I thought I'd share.  There are 10 different posters that you can use, and hopefully they'll help jazz up my bare walls!  You can click here for your posters:)

You can visit No More Monkey Business for even more test prep tips with a new linky party for test prep!


Lori Rosenberg said...

Thanks for the pretty posters! I downloaded them!
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Sandy said...

Thank you so much for these! They are adorable and perfect for this time of year!!!! :)

Aimee said...

Wow! These are super cute and I am printing them as I type. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Amber P. said...

Very cute! I pinned them!

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Molly said...

Hi Ashleigh!

I love these posters!! They are adorable! I'm going to pin them too! I am a new follower!

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Katrina said...

Love these! Thank you for sharing! I am also a new follower : )


Amber Leigh said...

Those look awesome!! Thanks for sharing. Love the backgrounds and boarders :)

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Andrea McEvoy said...

I love these posters! I am gearing up for test taking and these will come in handy! Sorry to hear you have to take all your hard work down. In my school the students take all their state tests on a computer in the lab, luckily for me that I don't have to take things down.Thanks for sharing!

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Miss Alissa said...

These are awesome!!

Amanda at Learn, Laugh, Grow said...

These are fantastic :) Thank you so much for sharing!!


Patty Strong said...

They are great!! I love your blog and I always come for inspiration so thanks for sharing :)


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Jenny Mutchler said...

Thank you for sharing these! I really appreciate it!

iintegratetechnology said...

Love these! I wish I would have found these just a few weeks ago before our Ohio Achievement Test! Got them to pass on to my colleagues! Glad I found you on TBA! I am your newest follower! If interested in technology, maybe drop by my new blog.

nytwinbee said...

Thank you for sharing!!!

Ms.M from Teachingisagift said...

Great posters! Please consider accepting my invitation to link up your blog post at the TEST PREP LINKY PARTY being hosted at

Michelle said...

Adorable posters! PINNED! :-) Thanks!

Sara said...

Thank you so much!!

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