Sunday, April 27, 2014

Learning Through Literature

Learning through literature is something that happens all the way through the last day of school!  So some of my friends have teamed up with Educents for an amazing bundle of instant downloads for you! It includes printables, centers, interactive note booking, literature studies, and much more!  And at such at great value, we hope you will be able to use this variety of items!


Here are some of the amazing products included in this bundle:


For a limited time it is $10.99 from Educents which is about 79% off!  It also includes these other great products so there is sure to things you love!  Click {HERE} or on the picture below to check this product out.

This particular bundle is geared towards 2nd and 3rd graders. If you are one of my K or 1st friends make sure you check this bundle out that fits your range by clicking {HERE}. It is also 75% off right now at just $10.99!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Have You Met NearPod?

Have you met NearPod ( I was just introduced recently and LOVE it. First of all it's free and on top of that it's learning with technology......did I mention it's free? Students will sign in and you have control of their screen, so you guide them through a lesson and there is so much along the way from videos to quizzes.

I have to warn you there are going to be tons of pictures but that's how I learn best so that's how I'll show you. First, you will create an account which is super easy. Next, go to the store.

You can purchase lessons but there is a free section too with a ton of choices.

The ones I have clicked on so far give an age range or grade in the corner. You might want to look at that because I clicked on making inferences based on character traits but it said 6th grade. This subject and predicate lesson is for 7 years and up.

Once you get the lesson you want just hit download. It will store all the ones you download in your library.

If you already have the one you want to use downloaded you will just go to My Library from this screen when you log in.

So now for the fun part....the actual lesson with your class.They will also go to and enter their name. You will have a share code to give them and they just enter it to join your lesson.

The lesson starts out with an objective and then some lessons have videos and quizzes and gives information and reviews about your topic.

The best part is you are controlling your students screens through the lesson. When you click the next page of the lesson their screens go to the next page with you. 

When they take the quiz it will give you their answers and score. My example just had one student.

It stores everything so you can go back later and look at the reports.

I was not paid nor does the site know I even blogged about this. I just thought this was too great not to share. I mean what teacher doesn't love free technology?? Hope this is something you can use. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reviewing for "The Big Test"

I'm sure it's almost that time for everyone........testing days!! Ours are coming up in about 2 weeks and I wanted a way to review EVERYTHING with my kids. We all do right?!?! So I came up with math tasks for each of the standards.

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. We use accountable talk in my class (Read more about that {HERE} and get my free posters), so this is a great way to incorporate that.

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!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Facebook Free For All

It's that time again......Facebook Free For All. I love this time of the month because you can snatch up so many freebies for your grade level. 

This month I am giving away the reading literature portion of my accountable talk/reading response sticks. Here is a post from a couple of months ago describing the full packet which includes every standard:

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.

So make sure you head over to my facebook page and click on the facebook free for all tab to download this plus find some other awesome freebies! The free for all goes from today through the 6th. I am going to have a giveaway if you like the freebie so you have a chance to win the full packet. If you like what you see come back here and enter the rafflecopter below. Even if you don't win no worries. I am offering this product 20% off in my shop after the free for all ends from the 6th-9th.

Good luck!

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Tori's Tiny Miracles Fundraiser

Today I want to share with you a special fundraiser that I am a part of: Tori’s Tiny Miracles Fundraiser! Tori is a teacher, blogger (Tori’s Teacher Tips), Teachers Pay Teachers seller, and most importantly a mom of 2 little miracles. Both of Tori’s children were born premature: Michael, born at 28 weeks and weighing only 2 pounds, 6 ounces, and most recently, baby Mason, born at 28 weeks and weighing 2 pounds, 8 ounces. Michael is now a happy and healthy six year old! Baby Mason is only 2 months old and very close to being released from the hospital. To read more about Tori's story, check out her blog.

Aside from all the emotional ups and downs of having a NICU baby, Tori's family is facing some very large hospital expenses. Together, almost 50 TPT creators/bloggers came together to show our support for our friend! We put together FIVE affordable bundles with a spring, summer, or end of the year theme: Kindergarten, First, Second & Third {Spring}, Second & Third {End of the Year}, and Clipart. The proceeds from these bundles listed in this store will go directly to Tori’s family to help offset the medical bills and living expenses they have while they are caring for their newest miracle. Check out each bundle below:

This bundle has 13 products to get you from now to the end of the year!

This product includes ten packets to enhance your teaching this spring!

This bundle includes eight products for 2nd and 3rd to use this spring!

This bundle includes eight products for 2nd and 3rd to get you to the end of the year!

This bundle includes 10 clipart sets you can use for your spring and summer projects!
Exclusive Jungle Clipart for Baby Mason by Melonheadz Illustrating
(this set is ONLY available through this fundraiser!)

As a thank you for supporting her family, Tori has also put a freebie in the fundraiser store. Please make sure you download it while you're visiting.

Thank you so much for your support!