Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's a CYBER WEEKEND SALE! {A.K.A.- A few of my favorite things!}

Thanks to Michelle, the 3AM Teacher, for the cute button!

Happy Weekend, bloggy friends!  Today kicks off my sale at TpT and, tomorrow and Tuesday, you can get an EXTRA 10% off by using the code TPTCYBER when you check-out!

I wanted to get my sale started early for anyone who wants to buy today to plan for the upcoming week, so I'm at 20% off from today until WEDNESDAY!!!  Woot woot!


Here are some of my personal 'must haves' for the coming month and all year long too... Click any pic to learn more!

Christmas Around the World!  Powerpoints, flippy books, scrapbook, and loads of freebies too!

SNAPSHOTS!  I have shared about these several times before.  I LOVE THEM.  I use the grammar and comprehension Snapshots every Friday.  I can grade them in about 5 minutes and get a clear picture of where each of my kiddos are at on one standard only.  Make figuring out what and who I need to re-teach a snap!

Writer's Notebooks... these have made a huge impact in the focus of my writing instruction and the engagement of my students.  We LOVE adding pages to our Interactive Writer's Notebooks!  They are available for grades 1-2, 3-5, and have extra grammar add-on packs for those grades as well!

The newest addition to my shop...
This product has 6 different reading passages, written at three different levels.  Teach, assess, assign homework to your kiddos where they can all practice the same skill and read about the same thing, just at a level appropriate for them!

Homework Club!  This is a staple in my classroom and my kiddos LOVE it.  They take it so seriously and love being part of "the club" each month!  Even though it's the end of the year, it's not too late to start!

This is another new one... Idioms!  Twenty-four different idioms to learn in the context of reading passages... colorful posters explaining each idiom included!  My kiddos are now experts at finding and understanding idioms literally everywhere.  They love this!

And... one more... Show What You Know!  We're LOVING this for morning work this year!  Currently they are available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade grammar and 3rd grade math... with other math on the way!  We use the 3rd grade math/grammar copied back-to-back.  Kiddos do each day quickly, we go over it as a class, and they get a spiral review of important concepts all year long!

Happy Cyber Monday sale!  I can't wait to fill my cart too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Leveled CCSS Reading Passages!

Who's on break all week?  NOT ME!  We had class today and a full day tomorrow too... and I'm working away at home as well!

Hot off the presses...

This pack includes 6 different leveled reading passages (actually 12!) because each passage appears at two different reading levels!  Perfect for discussion during guided reading!  Each passage also comes on a page with comprehension questions OR print out the question cards and use them to facilitate group or partner discussion!

This pack focuses on 6 RL CCSS standards... RL 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7.

Grab it for $1 off until Wednesday night!

Friday, November 7, 2014

What We've Been Doing {Idioms, Main Idea, Letters... Oh My!}

It's been a BUSY week in 3rd grade!

We've been working on our idiom books.  This week we learned "You're the apple of my eye".  My kiddos really got the idiom after reading the passage in the book we're making.

We're also working on main idea and supporting details.  I have these file folder readers from Lakeshore Learning and L-O-V-E them!  Two of my groups have been reading the folder about animal adaptations.  We're using dry erase markers to write right on the folders... I know.  Crazy right?!  The kiddos were so pumped!  We're underlining the supporting details and having GREAT discussion!  I have the grades 1-2 set and the grades 3-4 set.

This one was all about animal adaptations.  We looked up pics of each of the animals on the iPad during our small group time.

And we're adding the friendly letter section to our Writer's Notebooks.  I LOVE our Writer's Notebooks.  It's so cool to see kids using them as a resource and it's made my writing instruction so deep... my kiddos are doing so well in writing this year.  I'm one proud teacher!  I can NOT wait to get to the narrative section later on in the year!

We completed some color-coding together via the Elmo projector...

And students color coded on their own in their notebooks.

Last... one of my files got a make-over!  Do you have "Graphic Organizers for Big Kids"?  If so, you'll definitely want to check it out... it's looking much better these days!

Want to find the products we used this week in class?  Click the links below!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's Make-Over Time!

A few years ago, I blogged about the monthly calendar and diary we completed in my 1st and 2nd grade class...

And this file got a HUGE make-over today!  If you've purchased it... please re-download it.  It looks so much better!
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