Friday, August 1, 2014

Math Tab-Its - Exit Books for the CCSS

Hi Friends...Hope you are well!  I was wondering how many of you use Exit Tickets or Slips after a lesson or a unit of study in your class?  I have never used this type of quick informal assessment until last year and I LOVED it!!!  It gave me such a good picture as to what each child understood or did't "get" during my lesson or unit.

Using Exit Tickets will:
  • provide teachers with an informal measure of how well students have understood a topic or lesson
  • help students reflect on what they have learned
  • allow students to express what or how they are thinking about new information
  • they teach students to think critically

Here is a short video clip on using Exit Tickets from the Teaching Channel...

Last year as I was thinking about my assessments one word came to my mind...ANXIETY!  Yep..student anxiety!  Even though I always approached assessments lightly in my classroom, I have always had a handful of students who got nervous and sometimes bombed the assessment even though they knew the material.  So that was when I decided to include EXIT TICKETS into my math units of study.

I wanted to ensure that my Exit Tickets covered a variety of skills and strategies and have an element of FUN, too.  So I created a resource called Tab-Its for my Interactive Notebooks.

I thought about this towards the end of last year and made one to see how it would work out for my students and they LOVED LOVED LOVED them!  We did the What are Fractions Tab-It Book and it was a  huge hit with my part..

I created Tab-It Exit Books for 8 skill areas for math.  Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Measurement, Money, Time, and Geometry.  After the students complete them, they will go into their Math Interactive Notebooks.

Here is a closer look at the Tab-It Book called All About Time.

I hope you give Exit Tickets a shot in your own classroom!  If you would like to give my Tab-Its a try, head on over to check them out in my TPT Shop!  Just click the image below to head on over.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Parts of Speech F.U.N.!

Hi Friends...Teaching about parts of speech is one of my favorite things to teach about....I think it's because after I teach them...I MAKE sure they use "juicy" adjectives and adverbs in their sentences.  It makes for a happy teacher :)

I always start teaching parts of speech using a mentor text.  These mentor texts are ADORBS and they rhyme as well.  The kids LOVE them!

Click the book images to see them on

Here is a blog that has links to GREAT Parts of Speech videos that I show on the Smartboard.

Then on to the FUN STUFF... I am not a huge fan of typical worksheets.  I like to add a little bit of interactive fun into the different skills that I teach in my classroom.  My kids ADORE the flip flap books that I give them!  They literally want to do one for EVERYTHING! I actually can't keep up with them.  You know what else they learn from making my flip flap books???  HOW TO CUT!
Holy makes me a wee bit crazy that my second graders have difficulty cutting in second grade, but by November they are TRAINED on how to cut straight and NEATLY! :)

Here are the flip flap books that we do and how I put them together....

SADSVILLE!!!  I can't find the pictures of my Verb books :(

After we finish all of our Parts of Speech Flip Flap Books, we adhere them to construction paper booklets and staple it on the left side.  It makes for a beautiful display of their hard-work and effort.  I actually received three e-mails from parents telling me how great they thought their child's parts of speech book was!
One HAPPY TEACHER right here!!!  :)

So...this is how I teach parts of speech to my students...they really have fun with it and at the end they have a wonderful book with all of your hard-work!

If you wanna check out this unit, head on over to my TPT Shop to check it out! Click the image below to head on over :)

Thanks for stopping by :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flip Flap Books Made EASY Video!

Hi Friends...I'm sure you all know by now that I am obsessed with LOVE making Flip Flap Books!  Not only do I love them, but my students CANNOT get enough of them!  It even got to a point last year where my students were telling me which flip flap books to make next! Just love them to pieces! 

I know that trying something new and different can be somewhat nerve-racking in front of 20-something little ones.  But I PROMISE...Pinky Promise...that once you try one of my flip flap books

I created a fun little video to show you exactly how they are made and assembled to take all of the guess work out of the equation.

Check it out here.....Click the picture below...

Did you like the video??  I hope so!

The All About Maps Flip Flap Book can be found in my TPT Shop if you want to try it out!  Click the image below to head on over there.

Now that you watched the video and see how EASY they are to make, why don't you try to make one NOW!!!  I have a few freebies in my TPT Shop.  Give it a shot!


Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Learning the RULES can be F.U.N.!

Hi Friends... Thanks so much for stopping by today! I am so excited because I am in the midst of my summer vacation and I don't start school until September 2nd!  Can I get a WOOT-WOOT!!!

Even though I am on summer break, I LOVE using my time to "THINK" about school and create new activities and lessons that I will use in my classroom with my students.

One of the MOST IMPORTANT things that I work on with my students is creating and learning the rules of the classroom!  This is something we review all of the time and even refer back to our Behavior Anchor Chart throughout the year.

On the first day of school, I read the story called Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.  It is one of my favorites to read to my class.

After I read the story to them, we always brainstorm ideas of how our classroom can stay safe, fun, and happy for everyone in it.  And so begins the creation of our Classroom Rules!  I allow my students to create the rules and I ensure that I word them in a positive way.  For example, we might write....Share with your friends... Work quietly.... Raise your hand to speak, etc.  I never word them with negative words like... Don't talk during independent work....or  Don't kick or hit your friends, etc.  We also state our rules in a positive way!  I am always looking for a FUN way to have my students learn and write about the new classroom rules that we will be following throughout the year...and of is going to be done using a flip flap book!  This will be the first one my students do on the first day of school!  I can't wait to show it to them...well..maybe I can wait a bit longer :)  LOL

Here is a tiny peek to what's in store for your little ones as they work through my
School Rules Flip Flap Book!

So....if you are getting ready to go back to school or are just "THINKING" about school, take a peek at my School Rules Flip Flap Book to add a little fun to your Rule Making Mojo :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pearson Reading Street Resources 50% OFF Today ONLY!

Hi Friends.... I have decided to offer my 
Pearson Reading Street Supplemental Resources for Grade 2 for 

These resources normally sell for $16.00 and today they are only $8.00!  That is a HUGE DISCOUNT  for the amount of resources in each unit!!!!

Check them out!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guided Math & Math Stations {Part 2}

Hi Friends.... I hope this post finds you all well.  Back in March, I did a blog post about how I implemented Guided Math and Math Stations in my classroom.  Which you can check out by clicking the picture below.  My previous post explains exactly how I implement my guided math program.  So check that out first before downloading the freebies at the bottom :)

I was soooooooooooo happy that I received so many e-mails thanking me for sharing my post.  However, I also received many requests for the resources that I use during my math stations and some of my organizational tools.  So, I decided to create a FREEBIE just for Y.O.U.

Click this image below to download the freebie that contains my Math Stations Recording Sheet, my 10-drawer circle labels, my math log labels and links to the resources that I utilize for my Math Stations.  I hope you enjoy using them in your classroom!

UPDATE:  I have no idea how to make an editable PDF so I am adding my Math Log Labels here in a PPT File so that you can add text boxes to add your students' names.

Thanks  so much for stopping by!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ahhhh! Vegas and a SALE!!!

GUYS! For real. Lots of excitement going on! 

I am in THE Las Vegas for the 1st ever TeachersPayTeachers Conference!
This place is amaaaaaazing! 
I am here meeting up with teachers and bloggers from around the WORLD.
How cool is that?! 
Not to mention, my girls (and Greg) from The Primary Chalkboard are here! 

If you can't be here with us, what better way to celebrate than with a SALE?! 
We are hosting a *Las Vegas Style* Double or Nothing Sale!

Thanks for stopping by!!

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