Monday, December 31, 2012

First 12 in the last of 12 Linky Party!!

I am linking up with Fabulous Fourth Grade Froggies for her First 12 in the Last 12 Linky Party!

The goal is to reflect on the first 12 posts of 2012. I am a newbie when it comes to blogging...I didn't start my blog until August of 2012 so my first 12 posts not just of 2012 but ever were.....
1. 8/12/12 It's Official
2. 8/13/12 First Day Back!
3. 8/14/12 Backpack Night
4. 8/16/12 Back to School Activities
5. 8/17/12 Place Value Activities
6. 8/18/12 Worm Freebie
7. 8/20/12 Kidblog
8. 8/29/12 Giveaway
9. 9/8/12 Daily 5
10. 9/12/12 Who Loves Giveaways
11. 9/21/12 Fun Friday: Edible Earth Rounds
12. 9/29/12 Fun Friday: Habitat Project

Well there they are! What were your first 12 posts of 2012?? How will you be ringing in the New Year?!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

CC Language Vocab Task Cards/Possible Freebie!

Well it's cold outside and I don't feel like leaving the I decided to make some task cards! I am trying really hard to hit all of the vocabulary from the Common Core Standards and as you all know there is a TON! I made checklists for the students to put in their notebooks to add to as we learned new words throughout the year, but I wanted a quick assessment to see if they are remembering any of them. So I made some task cards to go along with the language part of the standards. I will make cards to go along with each of the categories this is just the first set! Hopefully these will be of some help. Some of the cards just give definitions that need to be matched up with the correct word and some give examples of the vocab words. They are all multiple choice and I have included an answer document if you wanted to use this as a scoot game! There is also a key for a quick check! These are aligned with the 4th grade standards but could easily be adapted for other grades, as many of the words carry over. If you are interested, check them out at my TPT store or click the picture below! Be the first to comment and I'll send you a free copy!

Saturday, December 29, 2012


It's hard to believe that Christmas was here and has passed already, and now we are awaiting the New Year! I have enjoyed reading everyone's blogs on their New Year's resolutions, many of which are very similar to mine....maybe this will be the year I stick to them :) My number 1 teaching goal this year is to really focus on teaching math using the Common Core method. Luckily with all of the great blogs I follow, I have come across some great ideas. My goal is to create some units to go along with each of the standards. With this whole next week off, maybe I'll get started.....wishful thinking anyways!

I also wanted to share with you a great giveway put on by The Peanut Gallery! What better way to celebrate the new year than with a gift card giveway!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Teaching Reading

At my school we use the Literacy by Design reading series. It has a lot of good components, but I am finding I have had to create and supplement a lot! The series has great comprehension organizers and end of the theme test, but that it is really all it has in terms of assessments. I have been making vocabulary and story assessments to go along with it, but I still feel like I need more. With having to meet Common Core, MAP, AND our State Standards, it is a lot to keep up with. How do you teach reading? Do you have a reading series you use, do you use novels, do you do Daily 5, do you create your own units? I would love to hear what works for you!!

If you happen to use LBD and are interesting in the assessments I created, you can check them out at my TPT store.

I hope everyone had a very, merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Sale!

Winter sale and linky party with Second Grade Math Maniac and many more! Come enjoy 20% off at many TPT stores, including mine! Just click on the picture below! Head over to Second Grade Math Maniac to see who else is joining in on the fun!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

One More Day and Possible Freebie!

One more day of school, I can hardly wait! The kids are checked out and I'm about at that point too! I have had at least 5 kids out everyday this week with the flu, so it has been impossible to do ANYTHING! This has pretty much been a week of completing work together and lots of review. So to go along with that, I created some Root Word Task Cards. I will give the first two people who comment and leave their email a  free copy! Otherwise you can check it out at my TPT store by clicking on the picture below!