Daily Math Review Pages (Part 2)

Holy cow, I have so much to write with two hungry kiddos running around.  If this seems short and choppy, I apologize in advance!!

I have been working feverishly to finish several products before the school year begins.  Right now I am going to focus JUST on math.  I have so much more to post later!!!

My latest two products actually go together.  Kinda like peanut butter and jelly, but much less tasty if you bite into them.  But if you find easy organization delicious, then you definitely will want to sink you teeth into these!

I wanted to create a WHOLE system that went together with math workshop.  I wanted to create math review pages that constantly review what we had already taught and could also be used as assessments.  I blogged about my first attempt at this here.

I have kind of refined the product and my thinking.  Before I graded the student on the work for the week.  I began to think of the Monday through Thursday pages as practice pages and pulled kids to discuss their work on these pages.  If they did not understand I was able to remediate right then and there and the student could practice with a similar problem the next day as well. Then on Friday's students completed the last page (which was an assessment page) that had similar questions from the week and the same format.

Then I assessed with the rubric.  This system works WONDERFULLY for schools with standards based reporting because there is a score for each standard (watch box on the review sheet is a different standard).  Although the box may not cover the ENTIRE standard, it does cover part of the standard and it will increase in difficulty over time.


I made the packet for August for second grade and I intend to make one for each month of the school year (August- May).  I may or may not do third grade.  I haven't committed myself to this totally yet! The packet is 55 pages long and is only $6 in my store.

If you are not sure if this is something you can use in your classroom, I also created a sample.  The sample is the first week of August (or it can be used any week you start school).  It includes a progression chart to show how each of the standard boxes increase in difficulty for the month as well as the answer keys and assessment rubric.  Click on the picture below to snag your copy!

BUT I wanted to do more than this.  I wanted my students to be involved in independent math centers that reviewed the standards that were ALSO supported by the Daily Math Review Sheets.

So I created my August Math Centers.



These are all correlated to the Daily Math Review Sheets and a correlation chart is included in the Daily Math Pages pack

AND are correlated to the Common Core Standards.

 

I wrote about how I implemented the centers here.  These are available for purchase here for $7 OR if you like it all and want BOTH the Daily Math 
Pages and the centers you can buy them bundled for $1 cheaper here.

Hopefully that will help get your Math Workshop started for the 2013 school year!!!

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





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Back to School Parent Forms

I am running a quick little contest on my Facebook page.  Would you like to win some cute, easy parent forms for back to school?  Then hop on over!
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Guided Reading #4


Congrats to the third and last winner of the pack A Guide to Guided Reading.  I will be emailing it to you soon!  Thanks so much to all that entered!!!



I noticed that many people have a Super Hero themed room (and owls but I already did that one!) so this is for you guys!!!  Today's freebie is a Super Hero themed Guided Reading Rotation Chart!


Here is a header sign:



Here are the editable center icons:


And here are the guided reading group icons:


This giveaway is now closed, but this packet is now in my TpT store for only $10!!




Thanks so much to all that entered!!!

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Guided Reading #3


Congrats to the second winner of the pack A Guide to Guided Reading.  I will be emailing it to you soon!  One more giveaway to go!



Today's freebie is a Reading Kids themed Guided Reading Rotation Chart!


Here is a header sign:



Here are the editable center icons:




And here are the guided reading group icons:



If you would like to enter to win this $10 pack:


 click here and leave your email and classroom theme in the comments.  Please note I will NOT be selecting any winners from comments on THIS post, just the original contest post to make it easy!  For another chance, you can enter on my Facebook page!  Please make sure to enter on the SAME, original post there too!

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Guided Reading Freebie #2


Congrats to the first winner of the pack A Guide to Guided Reading.  I will be emailing it to you soon!



Today's freebie is a Detective Kids themed Guided Reading Rotation Chart!


Here is a header sign:



Here are the editable center icons:



And here are the guided reading group icons.


If you would like to enter to win this pack:


 click here and leave your email and classroom theme in the comments.  Please note I will NOT be selecting any winners from comments on THIS post, just the original contest post to make it easy!  For another chance, you can enter on my Facebook page!  Please make sure to enter on the SAME, original post there too!

Do you feel like you need more help with reading instruction?



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Guided Reading Know How and a Guided Reading FREEBIE!

I have taught for about 11 years and taught guided reading for 10 of the eleven years.  When I first started teaching, many teachers were actually still doing whole group reading instruction with novel studies.  While I think that novel studies definitely have a place in the reader's workshop, I feel that students must be instructed in small groups to meet their individual needs as well.  Working with students with disabilities for the last three years has done nothing but reinforce that belief.  It has also made my teaching of reading "bag of tricks" much larger- I had no choice.

When I taught third grade I always felt like I really needed to make sure my students could read and comprehend ALL texts because many teachers feel like in fourth grade "students no longer are learning to read, but reading to learn" (I hate this phrase and philosophy by the way, but I will spare everyone my soapbox!  When I heard a principal say it I about fell over).

Sooo...I decided to create a packet all about how I implement guided reading in my classroom.  I started working on this in October 2012.  Yes, it has taken THAT long to organize my ideas, take photographs, continually adding ideas, and then more ideas, and then more ideas!!!   This packet is jammed packed with photographs (including some full page collages), examples, and just-print-and-they-are-ready to use activities!  it is listed for only $10.00!!






This is just a small taste of what is in the packet.  I am so glad it is done!  To celebrate its completion, I made a few FREEBIES to celebrate!  Yahoo!


For the next THREE DAYS (July 10th-12th) I will be giving away  ONE copy of the Guide to Guided Reading packet each day and posting a NEW freebie.  The freebies are all to help organize guided reading groups with a different theme!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below on THIS blog post with your name AND classroom theme if you have one (like frogs, monkeys, etc).  This giveaway will also be on my Facebook page so click over there to double your chances! :)

So without any further delay the FIRST freebie is a pink and green polka dots and chevron OWL THEMED guided reading icons and editable center cards.

You can post them in a pocket chart to show your guided reading rotations similar to this:




Here are the matching editable center cards.  You can type in the activity you would like each group to complete.


Make sure to leave your email and classroom theme below for a chance to enter!

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Response to Intervention Organizational Tips

I have worked at two different schools and it seemed like both schools struggled with  RTI.  There was  tons of repetitive paperwork and often what was acceptable in one meeting for one child...somehow didn't work for another child and another meeting.  I think this is because it is a really confusing process in general- for all parties: parents, teachers, counselors and administrators.

While I have no magical guarantees of how to make RTI seamless for you and your school, I *do* have some suggestions on to help teachers stay organized while collecting data.  Last school year I had several students on the RTI tiers and collected LOTS of different data.  It could have been a paper work nightmare!  And it was...until one night I stayed late, developed a system and got myself organized. And it worked like a charm.

I wish I had photos of it, but I chose not to photograph it on purpose.  I was afraid that much of the information was confidential since it did have student's names and data.

First things first, I got a binder. Here is the cover I used:
You can get this binder cover and several others free by liking my Facebook page.  Then click on Fan First Freebies and they are all yours!

Then I created sections.  I was too cheap to buy dividers (or even find construction paper to make my own) so I simply cut tabs from post it notes and stuck them on pieces of paper to hang out like flags.  On each of these post it notes, I wrote the student's name that I was tiering.  Since I already knew what strategies I was using, I went ahead and prepared several copies of  worksheets or the materials I needed for that student.  Then I hole punched the papers and put them behind the students name post it.

In the front of the binder I kept a simple check sheet that looked similar to this:

I wrote down each child's name and then all the dates I met with the child to work with them and also assess with a probe. Some children may have had more concerns so they may have had more than one strategy (like Suzy).  If that was the case, then I wrote down both strategies on the check list and dated them.
This system worked for three reasons:
1.) It was an easy way to track when I worked with students and I could easy double check dates( and not look like a fool in meetings).
2.) Since I had several students on RTI, it became a running check list of who I needed to meet with next.  I could simply look at the dates in boxes and know who I needed to pull.
3.) It was also an easy way to check to see if a student was ready for the next tier.  If I had 6 weeks worth of data noted, and the student was still not making progress, I moved them to the next tier.

Since I was the general ed teacher in a co-taught classroom, my co-teacher and I decided Fridays would be data collection days. Instead of guided reading groups, we pulled individuals and small groups and worked with them on various things and collected data.

On Fridays, I would pull a student, open to their section of the binder, pull out the activity and complete it with the student.  Then I would date my check list, put the now completed activity in my binder, look at my check list, and pull the next kiddo.  This binder helped me keep my sanity. This system may not work for everyone, but it certainly helped me.

One area I struggled with for data collection was math reasoning because I couldn't *FIND* anything to use for a probe.  So I decided to create something :).




Each probe, or assessment, contains four word problems.  Each word problem on the probe are slightly different due to the different styles of word problems.  However, although each problem on the probe is different, the style (or situation) is the same for that specific number on all  the probes.  For example, problem number one on all the probes is  always a single digit addition, numbers written as numerals, join-result unknown problem.  This makes is easy to show growth (or lack of growth) with each assessment. The four problems on each probe are:

1.)  Single digit addition, numbers written as numerals, join-result unknown
2.) Single digit addition, numbers written in word form, join-result unknown
3.)  Double digit subtraction (no regrouping), numbers written as numerals,  join- change unknown
4.) Double digit addition (no regrouping), numbers written as numerals, join-results unknown

This packet contains one baseline probe and four additional probes.  Hopefully this will make data collection for RTI much more organized!  I just added it to my store and it is only $3!  I intend on making one set of these for each quarter!

Another RTI item I have in my store is 





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.

It is listed in my store for $7.

I hope these ideas help!!








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