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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fast and Fluent Readers

 So, Tuesday we officially begin week 1 in our new Wonders Reading Program.
It is so overwhelming!! 
 On top of that we are being told from the district that specific routines MUST be completed each day, in a specific way, in a specific amount of time... 
it is causing anxiety to say the least. 
My team spent many hours reading through and searching editions, exploring online resources and discussing various options.... ready or not here we come!

My homework this weekend is to purchase about 10 more easy-to-use timers for the kiddos to use during Fast and Fluent Readers.  Once my Daily 5 routine is up and going, I won't need that many (as they'll be doing it as part of their Read to Someone routine).  I want to model and practice many times this week so we learn it right the first time ;) ...that way when it comes time to do it independently... they'll be pros!

We had a great discussion at Back to School night.
Parents have been notified that we all are going to 'step' it up... spelling homework now includes; spelling words, challenge words, high frequency AND vocabulary words.
This page above will go home on Monday in their homework folder. It serves as a spelling/vocab list and activity to complete throughout the week... 
to be returned on Friday just in time for the test ;)

No matter where you are reading this post... 
you will probably hear and feel my sigh of relief that math went so well last year.
Lucky for me... the file is prepared, copied and ready for another year!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Student Writing Journal UPDATED

It was requested that I make my student journal available in a full page version... so...
now it is!  If you are interested re-download your purchase for both options!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of School

Let the new school year begin!!
I've missed the fun get to know you blog hops this year ;(...
I felt a bit busy getting my own kiddos and classroom ready for school, 
however we did make the first day!!
Everyone make it safely, enjoyed the day and came back for day 2.
Here's a peek in room SQUARE 8.

Are the Secret Star?  (Cupcake for the Teacher

 Thank you Nikki for Melonheadz!

 Cute flip chart from Frieda at the Utah Blogger Meet Up.

 Name tags in the hallway to welcome the new little ones.

That daughter of mine is nuts... (posing in the front of the room)
 but I'm going to keep her ;)
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Student Portfolio / Scrapbook

This weekend I took a minute to update my student portfolio/scrapbook (all 72 pages).
I begin my new school year Monday and asked each student to bring in their 1.5" binder so that we can begin pronto!!  The Melonheadz were screaming to me again... so, here they are showing growth (in my products, too).

I included a bit more information about the file on page 2.
Be sure to download the new version if you've already purchased it... and if you haven't yet... it's on sale today!! Check it out!
Both versions are available in the zip file.

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Saturday Special

Going to the Zoo is my Saturday Special.
It features 12 math stations... specifics topics listed below.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Educents and Multiplication Games

 I have teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! 
Loaded with great activities like to get your year off to a great start!  


My product included will surely be loved by your students and
be easy preparation for the teacher ...

One page math game boards will help your students memorize and practice their multiplication.  Each board focuses on a specific times table.
Give them a game board, dice, transparent chips and a few minutes of the day...
then just stand back and watch them master an essential skill... all while having fun!

These also make fantastic, easy homework activities for families.


But that's not all... the bundle covers to following topics that
you will need to teach this year:

Multiplication and division
Explorers & Scientists
Grammar including:  Common Nouns, Verb Tenses, 
Graphic Organizer
Informational Text
Full Grade Level Math Assessments for 3rd, 4th, & 5th
Full Grade Level Personal Word Walls for 3rd, 4th, & 5th
Math Problem of the Week
A couple activities for Fall including Candy Corn Science & Turkey Writing & Craft

For a limited time it is $24.99 from Educents which is about 78% off! 
 33 products for  literacy, math, and science - resources that will stretch you long into your year.  And over 705 pages of materials ready for you to use -
there is sure to be tons you will love!

Check it out here!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Have you forgotten anything at TpT for Back to School?
It's your lucky day (and mine too... I  have a wishlist ;)
Save up to 28% using the code BOOST!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm Teacher Approved! :)

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I received a fun email from Teacher Approved asking for a blog interview and spotlight on my
 Daily Math for 1st grade.  I was so honored and excited.   Here's a sneak peek: 

Daily Math, Math Movers, and Diversity Calendar

Meet Lory Evans

Lory, a 2nd grade teacher from Utah, loves the word friend, the beach, Grey’s Anatomy, and Naked Pita Chips. In a bookstore you’ll find her in the children’s section where she might be perusing her favorite book, Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls, or any Little Critters books by Mercer Mayer. When one of her students learned her age, he yelled out: “Holy Cow, Mrs. Evans! You are older than my daddy!”
Lory’s favorite teacher waMrs. Taylor who made her feel special by allowing her to “help” out on extra activities. Lory loved watching her ‘reapply’ her lipstick EVERYDAY after lunch! Her inspiration to create comes from her students, who love a good, fun activity. As a teacher, she especially loves knowing she is creating a safe environment for the little ones in her charge.
Back to School advice from Lory: Take the time to plan ahead and be over prepared for the first week… that way you can truly enjoy meeting the little ones and making a good/ true impression.
Here’s Lory’s Daily Math- Grade 1 in the PreK-1 subscription.
Her favorite product: Daily Math – Grade 2

Our favorite product: “Teacher, I’m Done!” Task Cards for September

Her favorite blog post: Number of the Day  ... not necessarily 'my' favorite choice, however, it is one of the most viewed blog post from Lory's Page.
Visit Lory at her blogTPTFacebookPinterest

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Write On- Set 8

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Practicing Your Poetry... All Year

Writing and poetry is something that I'm going to step up this year.
I created this to help me focus on various poetry styles each month or any month depending on how things go ;)

I chose 6 basic poetry types and then created a poster page and 10 workmats for each type... basically a page for each month of the school year.
That's 60 opportunities... wow... I'll have a class of poets ;)
...actually... I just hope to have happy writers! smile
Anyone else looking to step up their poetry? 
 If so, leave a comment below and I'll give away 2 copies tonight ;)

Congratulations Mrs. Shepherd and A. Smith!!

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