I really liked Sarah's idea at Everyone's a Genius (http://everybodyisageniusblog.blogspot.com/) for the front cover theme to be "Numbers about Me". My sample covers are pictured below. I wanted the covers to be very different from each other to show that there isn't a "right" way to make the cover. I just want them to be creative and find how numbers are a part of their life.
|My Example for 7th Grade INB Cover|
|My Example for 8th Grade INB Cover|
The other project has many different forms and it is common on Pinterest. It is using the word "NOISE" to help students monitor their noise level in the classroom. I like the idea, even in the middle school classroom, but I had to put my twist on it. First off, I don't have a lot of extra wall space in my classroom. Hanging something vertically would be better for me, so I hung the letters vertically on a ribbon. My other concern is that I will set the letters down and not remember where I put them. To avoid that problem, I thought that I could just fold back the letter and use a clothespin to hold it all in place. Now, I'm crossing my fingers that it is an easy way to help students monitor their noise level during group work and a way to help me stop giving too many chances and not issuing a consequence.
|Starting point: All letters showing|
|"E" is folded under and held back with clothespin|
|"S" is folded back.|
|Only "No" is showing so no talking is allowed|