Friday, February 21, 2014

Facebook Free For All

It's back and better than before.....the Facebook Free For All.

There are so many amazing products you can snatch up for free over the next few days. All you have to do is like my facebook page to download this:

This is a portion of my best selling packet on TPT, 2nd Grade Math and Language Assessments. This packet includes assessments for every 2nd grade geometry common core standard. Here are just a few pages include.

So head on over to my facebook page and click on the green Facebook Free For All tab to download your freebie now. Then click on the link that says "Click here to find more" to be taken to several other wonderful freebies.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snow Day Yay! Plus a Valentines Freebie

Just wanted to pop in real quick this morning and let everyone know I am throwing a 20% off sale all day in honor of this much needed snow day!

It is so cold here in TN but it hasn't gotten us out of school very much like some others. I finally got the call at 5:30 this morning we would be closed today! Yay! Head on over and check out my shop. You can snag up my brand new reading response sticks for only $3.20 today!

If you missed the February Facebook Free For All you missed my Valentine's Day Centers Freebie. It is usually $2.99 in my shop but if you like my facebook page you can get it for free! Just click on the fan freebies tab.

 Hope some of you got a day off as well today! Enjoy it!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Reading Response Sticks and Some Simple Organization Ideas

I have heard of and seen some products for question sticks but never could find any that met what I was looking for. I wanted to be able to put out questions for the standards I was teaching that week, so I decided to come up with my own. Common Core Accountable Talk/Reading Response Sticks.

 The Common Core State Standards require students to read closely and respond to complex text. By using these reading response sticks I can hold my students accountable for thinking about their reading. It also forces all students to answer and the ones that always have an answer for every single question to sit back and allow others an opportunity to speak.

Every card has the common core standard {Literature, Informational Text, Foundational Skills, Writing, and Language} in the bottom corner and every standard has a total of six response sticks with each strand on a different color for easy organization.

Keep reading to see how you can win a set of these!!

While I'm on the point of organization, I also want to share some things {small things, but it is the small things that make us teachers happy right} that I have done that make my heart smile.

The first is I chose this pocket chart as my free item from Highlights. Did you know if you send home their subscription forms all parents have to do is sign that they do not want the subscription and you get free items from that?? I chose this red pocket chart that I use to organize my papers we will need during the week. I labeled different sections of the chart with the days of the week and then on Friday afternoon I just slide in all of my copies in the appropriate place. It also helps during the day for me to see what we have left to accomplish {or sometimes what I forgot about...Oops!} I actually thumbtacked mine to the front of a bookshelf to hide the ugliness behind it.

These next two ideas are my favorite. First, I wanted to order privacy screens for my kids since they sit in groups but those bad boys are expensive! So, I asked each child to bring in a trifold board and had my husband cut them in half. We call them our offices and they think they are just big stuff now. They fit perfectly on their desks. I might even let them decorate their "office" soon. I know this is not necessarily organization but I had to share anyway!

This last idea is super simple it just took me actually getting it together but it makes my guided reading/math life so much easier. I used a crate and hanging folders to organize all of my group materials. Each group has their own color folder and I keep two sets in the crate. One has materials for this week and the ones behind have their materials for next week since I'm an ahead of the game kind of planner girl {I'm already planned for next week as of this morning}

The huge binders separate my math and reading sections. Click {HERE} to download the binder labels. You can't see but in front of the binders is another hanging folder that stores the materials I need for all groups such as my schedule of who meets when, reading strategy cards that I printed 4/page on, laminated, and put on a ring{I got them HERE from Cara Carroll}light pointers {Read that post HERE}, and my response sticks I mentioned above.

So I said you would have a chance to win a set of my reading response sticks. Just head on over and like my facebook page and comment on the post I started with the picture of this product{on my facebook page, not this post}with your email and maybe an idea you have of how you might use them in your classroom. I will pick one winner tomorrow night.

Good Luck!