Win It Before You Can Buy It!

I am so sorry that I have been so MIA lately.  I have no excuses other than one really good one:  I have been loving up on my adorable girl.  We have had lots of some good together time.

I have also been hard at work on two new items.  I am about to send them off to my editing "team" (that sounds sooooo cool, but really it is a a group of volunteers from my Facebook page!  If you would ever like to edit in exchange for free products make sure to follow my Facebook page- I randomly ask for volunteers when I am nearing the end of a project).

The first project is one that has been in the making FOREVER.  I am so ready to get these bad boys DONE!   I am one editing approval away from posting my Second Grade MATH Common Core "I Can" Statements and More packet!  Yahoo!

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Here is a description:
I created this packet to display Common Core Standards for students. This packet includes several different items. 
        Teacher resource list comparing the Common Core Standards to the “I Can” statements
        Math “I Can” statements and header cards for display
        Editable math Common Core checklist for student mastery
The first list is a teacher resource list comparing the Common Core Math standards to the “I Can” statements. I will keep this in my planning binder for easy reference.
Next are the “I Can” statements. The “I Can” statements are color coded by area.  The Math standards need much less editing than the ELA standards and it was much easier to preserve the language of the standards.  Bolded, colored words on the “I Can” statements are vocabulary words I intend to explain and teach my students so they better understand the standard.
The last item in this packet is an Excel document.  I have typed a spread sheet that includes all the standards and four boxes to use as checks for mastery for EACH student.  The teacher can use as a plus/ minus system noting if a student has grasped a skill or by actual percentages on the assignments.  A sample page is included.  This document was purposely created in Excel so that teachers can edit the pages and type in each student’s name rather than hand write. The font is Comic Sans and should be a standard font.  It may not be as pretty, but hopefully it is effective and more time efficient for the teacher! J

And on to the second item...

My second *this close to being done, just needs final approval* item is my RTI Sight Words kit.  I created this kit to (hopefully) take some of the guess work out of the RTI system. This kit is targeted at improving basic reading/ decoding skills. This 71 page kit contains Dolch sight word lists, checklist assessments (to use as probes), word cards, games and activities to use as RTI strategies  graphs (for the almighty Tier meetings), and a parent letter for a sight word book to keep parents involved.  Each level of the sight words is coded by a zoo animal and this organizational system is carried over into the cards, lists, checklists and graphs.

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Here is a description of the kit:
RTI often seems like a maze of paper work and data.  I have created this packet to help organize your RTI data for basic reading by providing materials for interventions and tracking. I used the Dolch Sight Word Lists Pre-Primer to Third Grade to create this kit.
               Included in this packet:
        Games and activities to practice sight words before giving the students the assessment.
        Teacher assessment checklists for each level
        Student lists for students to use during assessments
        Ready made graphs for each level
        Sight word cards for each level
        Blank sight words cards to reduce printing if the teacher does not need all the cards
        Parent Letter
        Sight Word book for home practice (two lists per page to reduce printing)
        Game and activity directions (same as the first bullet, but presented for students) for center practice
        Two simple board games
        Tic-Tac-Toe game materials
Each list is color coded by a zoo animal to keep the lists and cards organized.  I hope this makes the RTI process a bit less stressful!
* Please note that I refer to the RTI probe as an assessment throughout the packet.

To win please leave a comment below of which item you would like to win- and how you would use it/ or why you would use it!  Please make sure to include your email address! :) 

I will choose TWO winners.  Winners can choose one of the two items above!  Winners will be announced  Friday, October 12th!  I hope to get these items posted by this weekend!



  1. Wow! I love them both! What a thorough job you did! It would really be a hard choice for me as I could use both but I don't have second graders this year so I would probably choose the Dolch word RTI unit. I would use it as part of my Tier II and Tier III instruction.

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  2. I would love the RTI sight word kit. I would use it with my ESOL students that need extra support. RTI can be so confusing.

  3. I would love to win the RTI sight words packet. I need this since I have a few students who do not have a firm grasp of words that they should by now...hence the need to go back and learn those words.

    Both products look great and it is obvious how hard you worked on each!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. I would love to win the RTI Sight Words Kit. I would use it for my students who are still struggling to read the sight words.

  5. I would love the RTI sight words kit, it looks amazaing.

  6. I would love the sight word kit. I am currently tutoring a ninth grade who is reading at a 1st grade level. I'm trying to pull as many resources as I can to get this kid reading.

  7. I really love your RtI sight word kit. What a great idea!
    Third Grade All Stars

  8. I cannot wait to check out the RTI kit. I teach an inclusion 3rd grade class and have a large number of ESL students. This kit would greatly help each of my students, as well as me during our 30 minute block devoted solely to RTI. Love everything you do! It is so helpful to me!

  9. I love the RtI Sight Words Kit! I teach 5th grade and it would be awesome for our remediation groups.

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

  10. ahh...this is just what I have been looking for! I just got a new student TODAY who does not speak ANY english! I need somewhere to start with him and this would be perfect!!!! :)

  11. I would love the RTI sight word set. This would be great for my groups.

  12. Wow, you did a lot of work and it looks amazing! I would be honored to receive any of the above! I'm a new teacher and I need more resources in my classroom. I could use the RTI sight word set for my students in remediation. I teach Title I students, who are struggling in reading. My email is

  13. Hi Mandy- incredible job getting your thoughts into a visual! I am Tina, a learning support teacher who started our math inclusion program in grade 3. I have been trying for weeks to create my own common core checklists for my co-teacher and I to use as a guide. We have also been incorporating essential questions but I love your kid friendly I
    CAN statements! I ended up reading the rest of your blog and realize that we have a very similar philosophy! Your guided math starter sounds so much like our room! I just know your organization will help me do what is most important; work with kids! I too love the Daily 5. Huge fan of the sisters! The fact that these are editable is the best. I hope to win! Thanks for sharing Mandy- Tina P.

  14. I am new to second grade this year, so this pack would really help out!

  15. They both look awesome! I would love the RTI kit. It would be so helpful with all of my small groups.
    Thanks for the chance! --Christy

  16. Wow! What a choice! I would have to pick the RTI kit. It's so difficult to have everything you need for RTI right at your fingertips. You've taken the guesswork out of what to use and how to assess. I am so excited for the change to possibly win this kit.


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