Building in Daily Review with Morning Work- FREEBIE!

I have always done a version of morning work in which students practice math skills each day.  We do this to reinforce skills and make sure students maintain them.  We changed Friday to ELA practice and often use this as an assessment if we need a quick one!

Here is how it works: After students finish morning work, they bring it to me to check.  I either let them choose a sticker because the work is all correct OR I guide them and send them back to their seats to fix or correct a mistake.  When they finish, they bring the work BACK to me!  If they still don't get it, I reteach then and there- and THEN they get a sticker   If they get it right- they get a sticker.  Do you see a theme?   They love the stickers and work to get them.  Since I have a million-bazillion I have no problem sharing. :)

Here is how I store the stickers
Look WAYYYYYY  down that brown shelf.  It is in the clear, little index card box to the far right side of the brown shelf. Kids simple pick a sticker out of the box.  Done.  Nice and easy.

This is our morning work for NEXT week (Nov 5th).  We are out Tuesday, so we did not include a Tuesday page.
We are considering selling these on either a monthly or weekly basis.  Would you be interested in something like this?  If so, what do you think is a reasonable price?

Click here for this great pack of FREE math centers, plus get tips and updates from me!



Flash FREEBIE! Until 9:00 pm EST Only!

This is my first time doing this, so I will have to see how this goes!

From now (5:30 EST) until 9:00 pm EST tonight my Subtraction Tic-Tac-Toe will be FREE! It is normally $2!

The purpose of this game is to practice subtraction. Students will practice subtracting up to 4 digits,
subtracting across zeros and making change.

This 12 page file includes:
*cover sheet
*teacher direction
*directions with pictures on how to create game
*student directions
*9 subtraction word problem cards
* recording sheet for students
*one sheet of 6 o cards
* one sheet of 6 x cards
* thank you page
* credit page

If you have a chance, I would love some feedback and ratings!  Thank you!




Getting It Organized and Making It Pretty : Binders

I will not stuff papers in my desk, spill water bottles all over my desk top, lose my pencils, lose my textbooks

...I am the teacher, I am the teacher.

Anyone else feel that way?

I am yet again facing Organization Monster.  I will win (maybe)!

Want to get organized with me?  Here is what you need...

  • a binder (2 inch or larger)
  • Post It Tabs (I got mine at Staples)
  • Clear page Protectors

You will also need a few printables.  For this project I printed out my free organizational binder pages.  Click on the picture to snag them for FREE by liking my Facebook page.

My cutie Common Core Standards. If you would like a copy of the cutie standards, they are exclusive freebies on my Facebook page- hop over and like it to get it FREE!  I have 1st- 5th grades completed!

Adorable printable calendar by Molly from Classroom Confections (only 1.75 on TpT).

Last year I tried using teacher organizational binders and they were a big step in the right direction, but after some reflecting I could have tweaked a few things to make them more efficient and effective.

So I have.  Want to join me in getting started?!

This is my planning binder.  It will contain all the things I need to keep track of assessments and planning (I hope).

Lesson Plans: We are required to complete out lesson plans online using the program OnCourse.  I still like to print out a copy and take notes on them as needed.   I am just going to print them out and hole punch them an add them here : ).

Grading: This will not be student works samples. I am thinking more like checklists and a spread sheet of student performance.  We do standard based reporting on a scale of 1 (does not meet, 2 (progressing), 3 (meets), 3+ (exceeds) so will look less like a grade book and more like checklists.

Calendar- I have a copy of all my district provided calendars in this section- we have about a million!

Standards and Pacing Guides- In this section I have my super cute Common Core Standards and then this adorable pink and black calendar set by Molly from Classroom Confections.  I went ahead and printed them out and dated them.  My partner and I then plan for each quarter based on our student's needs.  Since I teach in a co-taught setting, sometimes our pace is a little different than the other classrooms :).   I find when we actually sit and talk about what our kids needs and look at the schedule in a realistic, imperfect, chaos filled- new-activity-thrown-in way, we can actually accomplish MUCH more than the "pie in the sky" pacing guides I used to make in the past. When I took the picture I hadn't written in August yet.  I think I need a more current picture!  I also included my "I Can" statements in this section as well.

Psssttt...Don't forget to click on over to my Facebook page for a short and long vowel assessment freebie ;)!  Enjoy!

Whew!  I think that is it!



Beginning, Middle, and End Freebie

Freebie Fridays

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about teaching story elements and answering questions.  The last activity I mentioned was this anchor chart to bridge story elements with beginning, middle, and end.

Then I introduced this anchor chart

which I totally stole from First Grade Fresh.  I hate to say it, but her poster is MUCH cuter!!!  I forgot to add some of the information she included (and now wished I had!). I may just remake the whole she-bang!
*Please do not pin this chart from my blog.  Please click on the picture to pin it from the original site. This will give credit where credit is due.  Thank you!

She also has an ADORABLE plot graphic organizer that we have been using in our listening center.  It is her free item in her TpT store and matches the anchor chart!

To assess student's ability to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story we created plot "wallets."

To make this students needed a sheet of 8 x 12 inch construction paper, three index cards, and this printable (I cut the sheet in half "hot dog style" so the paper is actually for TWO students).

To make the actual "wallet" I folded up a small section of the paper paper (not quite halfway) and stapled the left and right edge.  Then I folded the paper into thirds like a men's wallet.  The students glued on the labels from the printable above.

Students wrote the beginning, middle, and end on the index cards (like credit cards!) and then sorted them on the correct pocket.  If the students had time they could draw pictures on the back of the index card (blank side) to illustrate.  The book that we used was 


We read only one of the short stories (Spring, I think) and used this to write the beginning, middle, and end.  I was afraid my kiddos would get confused because  there are a collection of stories, but I was happily surprised when all of them followed directions and wrote about the correct story. Yahoo!  I will say, I may choose a different picture book next time, just in case!

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Parent Teacher Conferences- Winner!

This is just a quickie of a post :).

I need to announce the winners of the parent teacher conference sheet.  We have half days all week so we are lucky enough to spread our conferences over this time period.  That means I only had 8 conferences today!

Ms. Smith and Danceroo46!!!

Danceroo46- it is in the mail.  Ms. Smith, please email me at mandyholland and I will send it your way!  Thanks so much!!!


Parent Teacher Conferences

I am going to do something I have NEVER done before- republish a post! Ackk!  I feel so guilty for not creating a new post, BUT  I do have a reason.  Our parent- teachers conferences are coming up next week as I am sure many of yours are as well.  I thought the post was a good one that is chock-full of freebies.  I posted it a year ago when I did not have many followers and I am not sure how many people got to take advantage of the freebies! is that blast from the past post!


I can't believe that parent- Teacher conferences are starting TOMORROW!  Woo- Hoo!  That means  that in just a few weeks we have Thanksgiving Break and then soon after that is the long Winter Holidays!  Our district was moving toward a more balanced calendar last year.  The Board decided to return to the more traditional calendar this school year.  Now that I have had a taste of those fall breaks, I must say I miss it dearly!  How spoiled I got in just one year!

Since conferences start tomorrow I thought I would share some of the conference forms and parent handouts I have collected over time.  NONE of these are my original creations.  I have tried to cite the original author or cite when I knew or recognized the work, but unfortunately most of this has been lost over time.  I did take the content and "pretty it up."  If you are the author or recognize the work, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

This sheet has helpful English and Grammar sites

This is a questionnaire to send home prior to conferences to get a feel for what a parent may want to discuss.

A collection of website in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Math
Double check to make sure all of the links are still active!

I  DID NOT create this handout- I just added the graphics and fonts and such.  This was originally on the Mosaic Listserv but the page it was from is not longer active.   I could not find the exact document anywhere  online?  Does anyone remember this link?

I have created a conference check list for teachers to use as a guide to prepare for conferences and also as a guide for discussion. It is available on Teachers Pay Teachers for $2.00.  The check list is a Word document and is customizable once it is downloaded.  Please feel free to check it out!

I will give away a free copy of the conference sheet below to the first 3 visitors that leave a comment correctly guessing the number of conferences that I have Monday that actually show up.  It should be interesting since even I don't know the answer yet!!!

I will announce the winner on Tuesday!



Monsters Monsters Everywhere! Freebie

We have been working on addition using place value as a strategy.  This is a great way to teach addition and many kids (and adults) use it for mental math. I created and introduced these two games to increase student's understanding and so far they have LOVED them!  These use a hundreds chart (actually up to 350) as a resource and a number line.  Both of these resources are part of game play.

In the first game, Monster Move It, students draw a start card and then put their game piece on the chart on the number drawn.  The students draw cards and move in tens or ones.  The winner is the first player to reach the end of the chart. In this game students will practice addition up to 350.

Please note that the game Monster Move it will require some assembly.
In the second game, Hairy Hops, students match cards with a number sentences, sum , and a “modified” monster-iffic version of a number line together. The student with the most sets of cards wins! Students then record the sum and number sentence on the recording sheet.

If you would like your own copy, get it here for only $3.00 in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

mentioned earlier in yesterday's post that I am LOVING the scavenger hunt idea.  I created a mental addition with place value scavenger hunt called Monster Mash. In this activity students look at the addition problem and decide if the answer is correct on incorrect.  To see how to complete a scavenger hunt, please make sure to check out this post!



Winners AND a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt Freebie!

I am so sorry I did not post this Friday night- I was so exhausted!  I hit the sack around 7:00 pm and my poor husband was on daddy duty and put Kinley down for me.  I have been so tired lately. I really, really miss that October break!   Our district only had it for one year before the district changed the calendars, but boy was it WONDERFUL!!!!!!

So, drum roll please here are the winners!
BOTH of you chose the RTI Sight Word Kit and it is not 110% ready yet!  I am so sorry!   I was *so* sure it would be done, but I received some more excellent feedback from Jen Jones, RTI extraordinaire at Hello Literacy, and I really wanted to use her advice!  I hope I have done her advice justice! So I added more...and have now resent it to my editor!  As soon as I get it back and fixed, I will email it to you!

The Second Grade Common Core " I Can" Statements and More IS ready and is already posted on TpT.  If you would like to purchase it, it is  20% for today only!

Now, on to the good stuff!

Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources 
A group of teachers have come together to  create a collaborative blog full of fabulous freebie and showcase paid products!  There are over 70 different contributing authors! The blog, Tips from Top Teachers, was founded yesterday so make sure to check out this newest venue for fabulous freebies!!! Make sure to click on over and follow to snag the freebies that will soon be posted!

We have been studying different kinds of nouns in our classroom, including common and proper nouns.  I wanted to do a formative assessment to see if students really got it, or if they "played along" well.  I think I have a bunch of really good playas, if you know what I mean.  I created a scavenger hunt for students to complete in partners.  I really wanted it to be a partner activity because I wanted to watch students discuss each item.

To prepare the scavenger hunt I printed,laminated, and cut the cards out.  Then I I taped the cards all over the room in RANDOM order.  Students were then to walk around, match the number on their recording sheet to their card and circle common or proper.  When students are done they brought the recording sheets back to me in exchanged for one of those yummy candy corn pumpkins because I could.  So there.

But of course it did not work out that way.  Sigh.  It was a rough day at the office and we had a lot of chatty and listening concerns so I made them put their heads down and be silent for the 15 minutes I had scheduled.  I am a grinchy kinda teacher apparently and I park my broomstick in my storage closet.

But I didn't want the activity to go to waste so I am sharing it here!  It created it in black and white OR color so teachers could chose the best way to print!  An answer key is included (I hope it is all correct- I was very sleepy when I made it!).

 I was so disappointed that we didn't get to do this (who is the biggest kid in the room?- ME!) that I have started making other seasonally themed hunts! :)


Peek At Last Week

I did this last week (or was it the was it the week before?). All the days a FLYING  by this year!!  We have been busy, busy!  So busy I barely have time to sit down at the computer each night, let alone put together a coherent post.  Forgive me please, if this post is full of squirrels and typos. I apologize from the get-go!

We have been working on answering who, what, when, where, why, and how questions.  We spent LOTS of time on this.  I found these posters *free* on Teachers Pay Teachers by  I Do We Do You Do (love the name!).  I loved them because they were simple and to the point.  I have them posted near my easel so kids can refer to them often.

We did a story board to answer questions about a story as a performance task.  I read aloud the book Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats.   I love his books.

I read aloud the book and modeled how to create and organize the story board when I came to each element.  We also talked A BUNCH about how to answer in a COMPLETE sentence using the question to help.  The kids are MUCH better at this but we will keep working on that ALL year long.  I wrote the beginning of the compete sentence and then drew a line for kids to "fill in the blank" and tell their partner the character, setting, etc.
The yellow under the questions are words used to create the answer in a complete sentence.  Then students were asked to complete the story board on their own.  Since we had read the story aloud and talked about the story and then discussed the answers whole group, the kids had a great deal of support.  But I was okay with that since the task itself was new :).  

Kids were given a 12x18 sheet of white construction paper, a copy of the book, and access to the anchor chart.  

Students were also given this checklist to make sure they met all the requirements of the project.  My district is requires standards based reporting in grades K-3.  On the bottom of the checklist I cut and pasted the part of the rubric this project meets so I can use it for a grade.  It is nothing fancy, but feel free to download it free here.
The alignment looks off for some reason in Google Drive, but if you download it, then it is fine. You can download it in Word here.

I was pretty pleased with the end result.  Here is an example or two...or um, three. Whatever, right!?!!

Then we read a few different chapters from Poppleton in Fall and Poppleton in Spring.  We created this story elements grid here.  Notice at the top of  table instead of writing the elements, I wrote a question. I just noticed the titles were all cut off on the far left side of the picture  Sorry! It is not the neatest anchor chart, but it gets the job done! I think the stories were The Bicycle,   Pancakes,  and The Coat.

For the last story were read (I think that was the pancake story)  I used white tape to erase the lines between the character and setting, and the line between the problem and solution.  I explained that usually in the beginning of the story the author introduces the characters and setting, in the middle is the problem or kickoff  and event or plan, and in the end is the solution.  It doesn't always work perfectly but it gives students an idea of how narratives are structured.

This week were are reading stories and writing the beginning, middle, and end so this activity was the perfect bridge from wh- questions and story elements to beginning, middle, and end! I am worn out!  I will have to post more about what we did last week later because now I am pooped!

Please don't forget to check out my Win it Before You Can Buy It giveaway!  It ends Friday!


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