Sunday, May 4, 2014

May the 4th Be With You

Some blogging buddies and I have teamed up to share with you our top four selling items on TPT.

I love this idea because there is a linky at the end of this post and I can go through and look at amazing resources from others and read all about them in use in the classroom to see what I would like to try out for next year.

So with that being said here are my top four:

My number one selling item is my common core assessments. With the individual packets (ELA and Math) or the bundle you get full size color standard posters.

Mini colored "I can" posters for students:

Tracking sheets for individual students as well as trackers for the whole class:
And assessments for every single ELA or Math common core standard. Some even have multiple assessment options:

If you want just ELA or math individually still click on the bundle picture and there is a link for the individual packs in the product description.

I have 2nd grade Math and ELA combined.

There is a 1st grade option as well.

Now, if you don't need the standard posters there are options for both grade levels at a cheaper price without them. Again, if you want math or ELA individually click on the bundle picture and there are links to both in the product description.

Number 2 is my morning work basket work for the year. This is by far my favorite product in my shop and the one that has saved the most time in my teaching life. Here is how the routine works in my class every morning.

 First, every table in my class has their own morning work basket with a number on in.

Inside of the baskets are all of the materials they will need for the whole week. (We rotate baskets each week). These materials are a ring with 5 morning work task cards all aligned to CCSS, books, morning work sheets, and a bag with their name for unfinished morning work.

When the kiddos first get to the room they have their basket already on their table. They pick a card from the basket and get to work. Some cards may ask them to read a book from their basket and complete a task and others may ask them to get a morning work sheet to complete. All of this work is done in their morning work notebook. The pages are numbered in their notebook so they know what page to complete each task on (makes easier for grading). The cards are simple enough that they can complete one card each morning. At the end of the week, I take up the notebooks and baskets and grade them. On each page I either put a check or I circle the number if they need to go back and look at it again. I might even put a note as to why it was circled. Most of the time it is because they did not follow all of the directions on the card such as color your picture.

On the inside of their notebook I put the date and the grade they got for the week. As you can see in the picture the first time we did these I waited and graded at the end of the month of August (we had only been in school 2 weeks) and the girl missed 10. After that they start to get the hang of it and do much better.

I mentioned above that each kid has a bag in their basket. Some days students just don't get finished with a card and if they need to they can put the card and any materials they were using in their bag. That way the next morning nobody gets their card before they get to class.

Click on the picture to be taken to the bundle. If you do not want the bundle you can still click on the picture or my shop link  and then search my shop for the month you want to try out.

My 3rd best selling item would be my common core math packets. They each include pre and post assessments, crafts, centers, games, activities, and so much more. I have them for Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Geometry, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, and Measurement and Data. They are also bundled together {HERE}at a discounted price.

And last but not least is my newest product 2nd Grade Math Tasks.

I made them with 9 per page so I could put them on a ring and stick in a math center for review.

I also made them 2 per page so my students could show their work on the page.

I even put them up on our projector some days and have them first work it alone then share how they got their answer with their group. I have each group pick the paper that they feel showed their answer the best way and I put that paper on the projector and have that student explain their answer to the class. This way each student sees their own answer, the three answers from their group members and several more examples from other groups giving them a chance to see multiple ways to arrive at the same answer. So, if you are looking for a way to review all of your 2nd grade math standards before your state test make sure you check out Common Core Math Tasks!

If any of these products caught your eye make sure you check them out soon. They are on sale the 4th and 5th along with every other product in my shop!

Now since you have read all about my best sellers make sure you check out some of these others.


  1. I loved your morning work idea!! I might try putting this together for the last few weeks of school to see how it goes with my 3rd graders. Fabulous idea!!!

  2. H Heatheri, I thought that this new teacher-seller website might interest you. They are based in Canada and offer features that are not found on similar sites. They also have a lot of new features coming. Here is a link: Created by Teachers, Exclusively for Teachers