Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Facts in a Snap: A writing activity

So far this summer I have pinned a ton of ideas for next year but am having a little bit of trouble getting started. I did create this freebie and am excited to share it with the blogging world. My mother in law is addicted to Snapple. I'm not much on tea so I've never payed attention to it. Then I randomly noticed there were odd facts written on the caps. How cool is that! I do an Odd Fact collaborative journal in my class and use an Odd Fact app on my kindle. It is a great way to turn on reluctant readers because it hooks them. Now I'm trying to take it a step farther with my reluctant writers!

So, introducing Facts in a Snap!

 I have saved probably about 20 caps so far. I'm even drinking a little bit of the Snapple myself, but mostly they have come from the mother in law. The container I have used is an empty applesauce container. Really any container would work, I just like the way it looks. You can download this for free at my Teachers pay Teachers store. Just click the picture!

Sunday, June 17, 2012


So to celebrate the summer I am having a sale! Please head on over to my store and load up on your favorite items. Click the image below!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Math Common Core

We recently did a lot of math common core training. I am no expert, but I feel so much better about what is coming. I'm excited for a chance to teach my kids without as much pressure to cover all of our state standards. I made two documents to help me for next year so I am sharing these freebies with you!
Click here to download an overview for getting math workshop up and going within your classroom. It is modeled after the First 20 days, but it is far more general. Hopefully you will see a lot of things you are already doing.

Click the picture below to download a set of posters for the Standards of Mathematical Practices. These are the broad overview that guides your math lessons. It's important for students to use these daily. I plan to hang them on my math wall as we discuss and learn them during those first weeks of school.

What are you doing to prepare for the common core? What changes have you made since adapting to the common core? 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pin It to Win It

Well friends, it has been a while since I last blogged! The summer has officially started for me, but not for long. With common core on the way I will be in training the next two weeks. As much as I love the summer I do appreciate the chance to grow professionally.

 I am busy planning and doing for next year and am sure you are as well. That being said I have decided to participate in the 'Pin it to Win It' contest through Teachers Pay Teachers.

You can click here to view my Pinterest boards. Pin away until Thursday! One Friday, June 15th I will choose some winners!