Thursday, February 4, 2016

TRC Question Stems and Text Evidence

We are hard at work in my classroom learning how to completely answer a a a complete sentence and then prove the answer by using text evidence.  I have already made TRC Question Stem printables to use with stories that we read every day.  Here are a few of those. 

You can fill in the missing information based on what story you are using and then copy and use.  You can see this unit in my Teachers Pay Teachers Story by clicking HERE! 
I use these every week in my class but I wanted something easier for me to use when we discuss the story.  I came up with the idea to print the question stems onto labels and put them onto index cards.  I hole punched the cards and put them on a book ring.  There you go.  Portable, easy to use question stems. Even if you do not use MClass TRC Question Stems, these are great question stems for checking comprehension and helping your students learn to find text evidence to prove an answer.  The finished cards look like this:

You can see this product by clicking HERE!
I hope you are all staying warm and making it through this winter semester! 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Writing, a Freebie and a Sale!

We all know that when we teach "Reading", we are not only teaching reading, but also decoding words, meaning or comprehension, speaking, listening, writing,...and writing includes expression as well as mechanics.  Sometimes students are reluctant to write because they do not have many experiences or a lack of connections.  Brainstorming is a great solution to help reluctant writers.  Modeling is also very important.  It helps students see that they actually can write a great story.  I have also found that a lot of children lack creativity.  Children should be the most creative of all of us!  I'm not sure why creativity is hard for children (although I have some ideas.... games which "create" for them) but none the less, we need to help them learn how to put their thoughts onto paper.   We write all day, in every subject and I have found that if students have some transition words to choose from, it helps them get their thoughts together in an understandable order.  I've attached a free transition word list for you HERE!  It looks like this:
This page is part of my Writing Toolbox.  The pages are tabbed so students can find what they need quickly.  The book has transition words, nouns, verbs, adjectives, word banks, transition words and a check list for them to use to be sure their story is complete.  The entire unit looks like this:

If you want the entire toolbox, click HERE to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. 
Now, sometimes I do a simple writing activity where I ask students to list things on a given topic.  I've attached a writing activity here that asks students to list their top 10 favorite things about winter.  This is where brainstorming with the entire class can help those who may not have connections to draw from.  Make a big list of things we like about winter and then have students complete their writing.  Have students draw a picture after their list is finished.  This is a great activity to get your students thinking and it is a quick bulletin board idea.   Click HERE TO GET THE FREEBIE!
It looks like this:
Let me know what you think!
Now for the great stuff.....TPT is having a sale and so am I!!!!  My cart is loaded and read to go tomorrow.  The sale is Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21.  Don't forget to add the code START16 at checkout to get your discount of up to 28%!!!! 
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Happy Winter and Keep Writing!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Third Grade Math and Reading Freebie!

I hope everyone is rested and ready!  Tomorrow we are back at school!  I don't know how you start your day but my students have morning work every day. It is a short spiral review that covers math and reading and takes them about 10-12 minutes.  I have written morning work for the entire year for second grade.  This year I began writing morning work for third grade.  The morning work has been a great seller in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  The morning work is written by the month.  There are four days of work and the fifth day is a quiz.  The entire month can be copied and stapled together.  My students keep their morning work book in their desks and they get to work as soon as they put their book bags away.  I've included a sample of week 1 of January for third grade here for you to try out or if you don't teach third, please share with a third grade teacher friend!  To get your free week, click HERE!  You can see the entire unit for January in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking HERE!  If you download the freebies, please leave me some feedback!  I would love to hear from you!

If you need morning work for second grade, you can click HERE! 

Ok, get your rest because Monday Morning is coming!  Have a great one!


Monday, December 28, 2015

10 Things Your Child's Teacher Wants You To Know


Like every teacher on Christmas break, I am enjoying my time at home with my family.  That doesn't stop me from thinking about my "other" 22 kids who are hopefully enjoying their time at home too!  I hope they all had a wonderful Christmas and come back refreshed and ready to learn!  As I was thinking of them, I came up with 10 things that I would love to share with parents.  Here goes:

10 Things Your Child's Teacher Wants You To Know:
1.  I spend a lot of time with your child. I care about them and I worry about them when they struggle, when they are out sick or when they are unhappy.
2. Your child needs you to be proud of them.  Tell them often.
3.  They need to tell you about their day even if they don't realize that they need to tell you about their day.  Ask them.
4.  I give lots of hugs every day but they need more hugs from you when they get home.  Hug them.  Often.
5.  They feel proud when they bring snack to school to share with the class, or Kleenex or pencils or cookies.
6.  They love for you to come eat lunch with them.
7.  I want them to be successful academically.  I love it when they "get it!"
8. Reading with and to your child every night is one of the most important things that you can do with your matter how "old" they think they are!
9.  Please don't send them to school if they are sick.  I try to take care of them but I'm not Mom or Dad.  They need to cuddle with you!
10.  After spending an entire school year with a class, I think of them as My Kids, and I will always think of them as My Kids!  Thanks for sharing them with me!  They are amazing!
So, let's rest, relax and recharge.  We only have a few more months in this school year to prepare our students for the next grade!  Buckle Up!  Here we go!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cyber Sale!

It's time for the Cyber Sale over at Teachers Pay Teachers!  I know my cart is already full and ready to check out on Monday!  The sale is Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1.  Enter the code SMILE and get 28% off of everything in my store!  Go on over and fill your cart with the great things you will need to make it through the long winter!  I have Morning Work, Journal Writing Prompts, Writing Units, Tons of Second and Third Grade Common Core Math Units and lots of Center Activities for ELA and Math!  It will feel great to get ahead over the Christmas Holidays!

Merry Christmas!  Oh, and stay tuned for my Twelve Days of Christmas Freebies starting soon!
Friday, November 20, 2015


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I'm so thankful for you!  I appreciate all of your support here on my blog and also in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  Hurry on over there for a Thankful Sale!  It lasts from today until Monday!  Go ahead and get ready for December and January!  There are journal prompts, writing units, morning work, crafts and much more! I appreciate you all so much!
Happy Thanksgiving!!


PS:  Start looking soon for my 12 Days of Christmas Freebies!
Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween and a Free Activity!

I think it is a little present that Halloween is actually on the weekend this year!  Nevertheless, the kids will still be VERY excited.  I have several fun Halloween activities planned for this week.  (I'm also being observed on Wednesday but we won't think about that just yet! )  I made this follow the directions sheet last year.  Students have to read the clues and follow the directions.  I've attached it here for you for FREE!  It's part of my October Printables pack.  You can see the entire pack HERE!  This pack has 10 ELA and 10 Math printables.  These are great for centers or just extra practice!  

Here is a look at the Haunted House Freebie! 
  If you download, please leave me some feedback.  I would love to know what you think!  Also, follow my blog if you haven't! I would love to have you follow along! 
Happy Haunting!!