Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Back To School 2016- Sale!

I hope you have had an excellent summer.....and it is almost time to get back into that classroom!  In case you haven't heard, the TPT Sale is going on NOW!  Now is the time to get all of,those units that you will need for BTS16!

Be sure to get that Second or Third Grade Morning work that you need for the entire year.  There are lots of Back To School things too!......a Back to School Memory Book, Rules and Procedures Book, and Reading and Math Centers!  Hurry on over because the sale ends at midnight tonight!  Click HERE to go to my store! Enter the code BestEver at checkout! I'm looking forward to a great year!!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

End of the Year Sale!

Whew!  We've (almost) made it!  What a year!  It's amazing to see how much my students have grown this year.  They are definitely ready for 3rd grade!  I am already thinking ahead to BTS16!  I'm having a sale!  Visit my store between May 28-May 31 and get 20% off of your purchase!  Go ahead and get those Back To School Reading and Math Center Activities, get them copied and laminated and you can leisurely cut them out while you are relaxing this summer!  Boom.  You are ready to start school in August! Don't forget about Morning Work for 2nd and 3rd Grades, 2nd and 3rd Grade Math units, writing, printables, and on and on!  Celebrate!  Summer is Here!  Enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's A Sale!

I've been missing in action for several weeks!  If you are in the classroom, you probably have too!  But, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  We have 26 more days of school.  It's crunch time!  We have DIBELS testing coming up plus end of the year state math assessments.  Busy, busy, busy!
So, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week and that means it's time for a Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!  The sale is going to be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3-4.  Go on over there and load up your cart!  Mine is ready to go!  I am trying to think ahead to August and buy some things that I can use then and try to get ahead this summer.  I appreciate you so much for supporting me in my Teachers Pay Teachers store so my entire store is on sale and you can get up to 28% off of your purchases! 
So we are all stressed and nothing better to help with the stress than shopping!!!  Get on over there and don't forget to use the code CELEBRATE. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Easter Games

Since Easter is in March this year, we have to kind of mix St. Patrick's Day AND Easter stuff.  I made a unit that has 6 math games that are easy to prepare and the kids will love them!  You need some plastic eggs, a copy of the games and a copy of the answer sheets and you are ready to reinforce those math skills that you have been teaching all year long!  The unit covers three digit addition and subtraction, counting money, odd and even, time to 5 minutes and counting base 10 blocks to 1000.  The entire unit looks like this:

I've included one of the games for you here for FREE!  Click HERE to get the free game!

If you want all six games, click HERE to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.   If you download the freebie, please leave some feedback! 

What do you all like to do  with your kids at Easter?  I'd love some new ideas!

Hopping to Easter!
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Leap Year!

It only comes around about every four years...It's Leap Year so that means....there needs to be a Leap Year Sale!  Everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store is 20% off from 2-27 through 2-29-16!  2nd AND 3rd Grade Morning Work, Writing, Science, Social Studies, 2nd AND 3rd Grade Math, Center Activities.....Hurry on over and get what you need to get you through Spring!!!
Happy Leap Year!

Click HERE to go to my store!
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!!!!