Friday, July 26, 2013

Read a Book? Write a ROAR?

Encourage your children to write summaries and excerpts by Writing a ROAR!  Let the kids write a short ROAR about a book that they really liked and give a short presentation to their friends.  Their purpose for writing is to encourage others to read the book they liked!

You can download it for free on my TPT store.  Click on the picture below to take a look at it!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teaching those Procedures!

I am determined to have the best year ever!  One of the things that I truly believe in is the importance of teaching procedures over and over again.  Some years I slack off a little and I always look back and kick myself for not taking the time to do it right.  Over the last few weeks I have created a huge list of all the places my kids go during the day and everything I could think of that they needed to understand the procedures for.  Can you believe I came up with over 125 things?  I was amazed.

I turned that list into a checklist.  My idea is to put each page into a clear plastic sleeve.  As I teach the procedure, I will check it off on the list.  At the end of the day I will erase the marks and I am ready to go for the next day.  I wrote all of them into questions, so that I can easily ask the questions and the kids can answer as the days go on.

This year I promised myself that I will teach them everyday for the first week.  I know it will make a HUGE difference!  Here is a sample of one of the pages.  Just click on it and it will take you to the whole packet in my TPT store.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Time for a NEW YEAR!

Where did the summer go?  I did manage to get my family to Orlando for a week to enjoy the sun and sand!  Now it is time to get back to work!

I had about 100 things on my summer list and sadly most of them didn't get done.  I'm going to blame it on teaching the Common Core Math classes.  It did take up most of June, but was so worth it.

Here is one of the projects I did actually finish!  I am always looking for that one piece of paper I wrote something on or I get home and realize that I left something at school.  I made a list of everything that I could possibly need and organized it into....

The Terrific Teacher!  The Ultimate Organizational Binder!

It has a place for everything!  Student data, parent contacts, conference logs, common core standards, state standards, check lists, schedules, calendars, goals, and even teacher passwords.  I always seem to forget them!  I used a white 1 1/2 inch binder and a package of page protectors.  I ran off all of the pages that I wanted to include and presto!  I am so organized I can't believe it.  Everything I need is in one binder and I can take it home each evening!

Here is a sample of some of the pages in this packet.  You can click on any of the pages/captions below and it will take you to TPT so that you can see the entire packet. 

This is the cover page.  It includes and editable one so that you can put your name on it.

This is a sample of the covers for each section.

It includes tons of forms for you to use to make things easier and more organized.

It is divided into seven color coded sections.  This is a sample of one of the section cover pages

This is another sample of a page you can use to organize your year!

Well I am knee deep in another project with duct tape!  So off I go!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Math Tasks for Grades 3-5!

I just came across a great selection of math tasks and activities for grades 3-5.  When you have a minute, check out this LINKY!  If you are new to a LINKY, they are a collection of products that a bunch of different teachers have made and they "link" them all on one blog.

I found three amazing things that I can't wait to do with my kids!

Happy Looking!