Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a great beginning to your summer. I just started my summer vacation, only two days ago! Yes, finally! I can not wait for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

I’ve teamed up with the best of the best TpT sellers for what I’m sure will be an amazing giveaway! 10 winners will each win one of the prize packages listed below. Each package contains a $10 shopping spree to 10 different stores- that a $100 shopping spree and a total of $1000 in products in all!

You can enter right from my page. Best of luck! 

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Educents STEM Bundle!

Hi everyone! I am really excited to be teaming up with Educents for their STEM bundle.

Thanks for stopping by to see some great work my kids have been working on during the year.  =)

One topic we have been working on in science class is force and motion. The kids always love this topic. There is really some great material to help you teach force and motion to your kiddos!

Here are two books that I use in my class.
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Here is a great video that I use with my class. My kids love Bill Nye The Science Guy. This video is 23 minutes long. Sometimes we watch the whole video and sometimes we only watch pieces of the video.
is a great website that has different games for the kids to play force and motion games and to learn more about force and motion.

My kids enjoy playing with Cootie Catchers, or as I like to call them, Fortune Tellers.
Click below to download the Force and Motion Cootie Catcher.
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 I have also teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great products to work with your kids on math, science, and some engineering activities!  
My product included will surely be loved by your students!

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 This Educents STEM bundle includes my Force and Motion Interactive Notebook. There are 9 activities on motion, speed, force, gravity, and friction that can be used in small groups, whole class, or for homework. My kids absolutely love interactive notebooks!

You can see my kids in action using some of the pages from The Force and Motion Interactive Notebook.

Things can move fast or slow.
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Things can move in different ways.
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Have your kids design an eight hole miniature golf course and show how the ball travels.
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We have also been working on odd and even in class.
Don’t you just love this book, Even Steven and Odd Todd?
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My kiddos really love watching videos, especially ones that they can sing along with!!
How cute is this video on odd and even??

Another activity that your students will love from The Educents STEM Bundle is The Odd and Even Robots Games.

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Let your students have some fun with odd and even!

This is a bundle of 3 different robot games/activities to help your students understand the concept of odd and even. The first game is an Odd and Even Robot Sort. The second game is called Even and Odd Equations. In this game, the students write equations for the numbers and then determine if the sum is even or odd. The third game/activity is the Even/Odd Robot Poster or Book.

Game 1: Odd and Even Robot Sort
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Game 2: Even/ Odd Equations: Student write equations for the numbers and then determine if the sum is even or odd.

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Game/Activity 3: My Even/Odd Robot Poster or Book

If you buy this STEM bundle using This Link, then you get to choose any free 2 FREE products from my store!
To get your free item, forward your confirmation from Educents and the free item of your choice to

You can also take peek at some of the other products in more detail that are included in this bundle at any of the links below!

Guided Math: Chapter 5

Chapter 5

Hi everyone! Welcome back to Chapter 5 of Laney Sammons’ Guided Math Book Study. I’m glad you decided to come back again and join us. Today is my last day of school!!! 🙂

Chapter 5: Using Guided Math with Small Groups

Last week we covered working with the whole class and how sometimes we have to use whole-class instruction in our classrooms.
This week we will be looking at using guided math with small groups. There are many advantages and disadvantages of small group instruction.

Advantages of small-group instruction:
*Instruction is more focused.
*There is more conversation around math.
*It is easy to manage materials.
*Students receive the support they need to expand their understanding of the concept.
*There is comfort and safety for the students in small groups.
*Small groups are more flexible.
*You can meet with small groups for different amounts of time and for different reasons.
*The ability to monitor student behavior more readily.
*Correcting misconceptions quickly.
*Observing the students and assessing what they know or do not know.

Disadvantages of small-group instruction:
*More extensive planning is needed for differentiated instruction to reach the need of all students and planning for independent work that is meaningful.
*More assessment is needed (informal and formal) so that the teachers know their students really well (not really a disadvantage!!)
*Each student receives less direct instruction.

Chapter 5a

By using flexible, needs based student grouping, students are given 15 to 20 minutes of intensive instruction that is geared to meet the needs of every member of that group. The teacher plans the groups knowing what the students in that group already know and focuses on what the students need to learn.
When students are in small groups, there is less of a chance of the students becoming frustrated. The teacher is able to work at a slower or faster pace and show different strategies or ways to solve problems.

My students love working in small groups. Each day, I start off with a quick mini-lesson. After the mini-lesson, the students break up into groups. My groups change everyday depending on the lesson being taught. Each group is given independent work, often times working in partners. As the students work in their groups, I pull my guided groups. My kids get so excited when I call them over to work with me. Everyday they ask, “Who are working with today? Me??”
This year I struggled with meeting with my planned guided groups. Many of my students struggled with math this year and I often had to reteach the lesson to a group. Hopefully next year will go more smoothly.

Chapter 5b

When making my groups for small group instruction, I both informal observations and formal assessments.

I use my end of unit assessments to help me plan my groups. I have a checklist of each question with the common core standard that I use to mark off which skills or concepts the students know or are struggling with.

I love color coding my spreadsheets (it must be the nerd in me!)
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After I have the data, I plan out my groups for the week. Here is my conference sheet that I use.

Click below to download.
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The names are written on the side. Each day I check off which group the student is in based on my observations or off of an assessment. The last column for each day is labeled Test/Ind. This is where I jot down the test number the student had incorrect or the skill. During the week, I meet with the student for a one-to-one conference or pull that student into a small group to work on that skill or content area.
I plan out the work for each group for the week below.
Sorry I don’t have one in action for you to see, it is the end of June! 🙂

I also collect data based on my observations. We use GoMath for our math curriculum. Each lesson has a Quick Check to see if the students understand the concept. As I walk around, I use my Quick Check Checklist to create groups.

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Since GoMath was new to us this year, I used the Quick Check Checklist more than the first checklist to make my groups. The first checklist I used more for my guided groups when I used formal assessments.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. Remember to stop by and see what everyone else has to say about chapter 5 and enter the giveaway below. I hope I see you next week for chapter 6!

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6 Months Til Christmas Sale!

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Hi everyone! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? My husband always makes fun of me… but yes I have. I Christmas shop all year long. I think I have a sickness. Whenever I am out shopping and see something I think someone on my list would love, I pick it up. Sometimes I see a gift I like better more towards the holidays and guess what I do? I buy that too! So what if one of those gifts becomes a gift for myself. I can’t be the only one who does that? Please tell me that you do it too!

Tabitha at The Learning Highway is hosting a 6 Months Til Christmas Linky. Join in the fun and hop around to see who else is celebrating Christmas (in almost July! :))

My entire store is 20% off! Hop through the rest of the sale below. You can also click on the custom categories: 6 Months to Christmas Sale! to look at some activities and games I thought you would really like.

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Be sure to stop at The Learning Highway to enter a fabulous Holiday Giveaway!
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Summer Stock Up!

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Hi everyone. I’m so glad you stopped by our Stock Up Event put together by Amanda at Primary Gal. I can not begin to tell you how fabulous she is.

Let’s be honest, WE LOVE SUMMER VACATION! Yes we miss our kids but we so need to recharge our batteries and yes, we deserve the break. But what teacher do you know who actually takes the summer off?? Maybe you take a few weeks off to relax, visit friends and family, or go on vacation. Me, I am going to Idaho to visit my brother and his family. I haven’t seen them in 3 years.

I think teachers are always thinking about getting ready for the next year. I haven’t even finished this school year yet (4 days left 🙁 ) and I am thinking about how I want to change my room, what room theme I want to use, how to organize my desks, changing my math routines, or incorporating morning math stretches.

This Summer Stock Up is for you! Start your year with an interactive notebook on living things.


My kids were starting to get a glazed look in their eyes during science, which is so not my favorite subject. You know that look…the glazed over, this is so boring look you get from your kids somedays.

So, I decided to try something new. I decided to try to make an interactive notebook for my kids. I walked into class the following week with interactive notebook pages. My kids were like, “What’s that?” After giving them out and SLOWLY going over how to cut and fold the pages, the kids went straight to work. They were super excited and TADA…the glazed look was gone!


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My kiddos worked hard on these pages of the Living Things Interactive Notebook. They loved it and so did I!
Click the picture below to check out the Living and Non-Living Interactive Notebook.
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What is a Summer Stock Up without stocking up on what you really need for the beginning of the year. One of the first things I work on is my behavior management system. I have tried all different ways over my 16 years in the classroom. But I have found that the Clip Chart has worked the best for me.

I started using the clip chart a few years ago, but I needed more. Last year, I came up with this clip chart behavior management system. I updated it with a robot theme from Krista Wallden. I love all of her clip art.

Here is a quick view of the management system.
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First of all, there is the clip chart. I don’t have a picture of it in action but here is a picture.
Sorry it’s not the greatest picture.
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My kiddos love the individual incentive charts! They get so excited when they get a sticker on their chart. I use the incentive charts for reading logs and homework also. (I love multi-use items :))

There are two different versions of the individual incentive charts.
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I also send a home a weekly report with the students for the parents to sign. Students also have a monthly behavior calendar that is used during the month. Each day, the student colors in the color that corresponds to his or her place on the clip chart. At the end of the month, we review the monthly behavior chart and students quickly see how they did during the month. This lends itself to a great graphing activity “How Was I This Month?”

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Another aspect of the clip art management system that I use is the My Behavior Goals Plan. The student writes down his or her 2 behavior goals for the week and how they plan on reaching that goal. Each day the student gets a check or an X to show if they met that goal. Sometimes I also use happy or sad faces.

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If you want to check out the full product, click the cover below.
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In addition, I use Robot Reward Cards with my kiddos. Goodbye expensive treasure box, hello much cheaper reward cards. Imagine my surprise when the most popular reward card was bring in a stuffed animal. 🙂
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The Clip Chart Behavior Management System, all of the reward cards, and the Living Things Interactive Notebook are 20% until Sunday.

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Zebra Editable Punch Cards
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Thanks for stopping by and saying hi! Stop by my facebook page tomorrow (Saturday, June 21st to grab some freebies!)
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Guided Math: Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Welcome back everyone! I am so excited that you have come back to join me for chapter 4 of Laney Sammon’s book, Guided Math. The more I read this book, the more I love it!

Chapter 4 is “Using Guided Math with the Whole Class.” In this chapter, Laney talks about the advantages of whole-class instruction.
We can use whole-group class instruction for the following reasons:
*Presenting mini lessons (according to my administration, this should take 2 or 3 minutes…ha ha ha!)
*Involving students in activating strategies.
*Read aloud Mathematics-related literature (LOVE IT!)
*Conducting a Math Huddle (or my math congress.)
*Providing practice and review (because we all know that every student gets it on their first attempt! 😉 )
*Formal testing or assessment

I know where I come from, whole-class instruction is a no-no. We all know that differentiated groups are important, but sometimes we ARE ALLOWED to work with the whole class.

Chapter 4a

Think back to your previous week of mathematics instruction in your classroom. How mucho of the instruction was whole class? Why did you choose that instructional method?

So, thinking back over the past week of my math instruction I would say that I usually have about 20 minutes each math lesson as whole class. We start out by solving a word problem together, then move into the mini-lesson. I do a mini-lesson almost everyday. During the mini-lesson, I begin with the connection, then teach or model the concept. Afterwards, the students try out the skill or concept and talk about it with a partner (or turn and talk as I like to say from my Teacher’s College trainig!) The students then go back to their seat while I walk around and assign small groups. After groups, we come back as a whole class and share. I have a 90 minute math block everyday, but sometimes it still doesn’t seem like enough time.

One day this week, I read the Math Curse. I so love that book! Not only do I love it, but so do the kids! I love reading math literature to my kiddos but I realized that I didn’t read half as many math related books as I did last year.

Chapter 4b

In which situations do you use whole-class instruction most frequently? How effective is it in those situations?

As stated above, I start off almost each lesson with a problem of the day and a mini-lesson. I think the mini-lesson is effective, especially the active engagement when the kids try the skill or concept and talk about it with their partners.

I also use activating strategies often. I think it is very important to activate prior knowledge in any subject. Laney Sammons mentions KWL charts as an activating strategy. However, in my school we are a Thinking Maps school and are not ALLOWED to use graphic organizers or KWL charts. To activate prior knowledge, I use Circle Maps. I put the topic inside the smallest circle. In the larger circle, students write what they know about that topic or concept. In the rectangle, or frame of the map, students write how they know about the topic.

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After we work on the concept or skill, students take a colored pencil and revise their circle maps. They add in the new information learned in a different color so we can see the new information learned and what information was prior knowledge. My kiddos love this part…anything to use colored pencils or sometimes markers.

I also love using games and music in my class. My kiddos love to watch videos, even during snack. You can check out some other videos by clicking here

We also play a lot of games. My kids especially love scoot games. They really enjoy getting up and moving around the room.

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I am definitely going to use anticipation guides next year with my class and word splashes. I can’t wait to add in this new material into my math class and I think my kiddos will really enjoy them.

In what situations do you use whole-class instruction the most? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by and saying say. I can’t wait to see you next week for chapter 5!


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Two For Tuesday

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to Two For Tuesday, hosted by The Teaching Tribune. Each Tuesday during the summer, we will be sharing two products at 50% off.

Today I am going to share two of my favorite math resources. These two games or center activities are so much fun!
For today only, Build the Biggest Ice Cream Cone games in addition and subtraction are on sale for $1!

What kid can’t resist ice-cream?

Click below to check them out.
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Monday Meet Up: Dear Me

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to be linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their third Monday Meet Up. The first week I introduced you to Angie Olson and last week I told you a little bit about me.

Today’s Monday Meet Up is a little different. Today’s Meet Up was to write a letter you yourself when you first started blogging and give yourself advice and encouragement.
I have to be honest, it was hard for me to write this post. I have trouble putting myself out there, which is why I wasn’t sure about blogging in the beginning.

So here it goes…

P.S. Remember to thank your husband for pushing you into this!!

Thanks for stopping by. What words of advice or encouragement would you give yourself?


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Guided Math Book study: Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Welcome back to our Guided Math by Laney Sammons book study. I’m glad you came back to join me for chapter 3.

Chapter 3a

How do my kiddos begin their day? Is there a math connection?
To be honest, I did math routines, or a calendar board for years with my class. We did activities around the number of day every morning, along with calendar activities. For some reason, I found it very difficult to complete the math routines this year. Between copying homework and getting ready for the day, I had such a hard time getting to my number of the day and calendar routines. I have the board and activities all set up but I never seemed to have the time.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fit it all in? I’m all ears!!!

I have done a few morning stretches, but nothing consistent. I am making it my goal to use morning stretches EVERY morning next year! I mean it! I might need you to stop by and remind me or give me a nudge to keep me on track. Stop by and simply ask, “How are those morning stretches going?”

Since I am the queen of spreadsheets or checklists, I decided to make a checklist or planning sheets for the morning stretches. I think that might have been my problem this year. I didn’t plan well enough.
So here are the planning sheets. I created 3 different planning sheets because I’m not sure which one would work best for me in September and I figured that you could use some variety too.
Click the cover below to download the Guided Math Planning Sheets. Please leave me some feedback if you download the planning sheets. Thanks a bunch! 🙂
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Chapter 3b

Why is it important to help students recognize the links between math and their own lives?

Often times, students do not make the connection between math and their lives. It is important for the students to see this connection. Students need to realize that math is along them. Kids use math all day long without even realizing it.

What are you doing in your classroom to help students make this connection?
One way that I help students make this connection is by having the students figure out the amount of snack to give to each student. If a student brings in a box of cookies, the student needs to figure out how many cookies each child will receive. students also have the job of taking attendance each day to figure out how many students we have absent and present.

How can you make the link stronger?
I can make the connection stronger by introducing more math related jobs in the classroom. One way is to have the students graph data that is collected, such as attendance. Students can discuss how to display the data and choose the type of graph used. Students can also collect data about their test scores and goal and show the data in a graph.

I never thought of introducing math current events in the classroom as part of the morning routine, but I love it! This is something that I plan on including in my math next year.

What are some ways you try to make the connection between math and your students’ lives?

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Worksheet Wednesday

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Welcome back to Worksheet Wednesday, hosted by The Teaching Tribune. How great are all of the link ups that The Teaching Tribune has put together?
Today’s Worksheet Wednesday is all about math!

Today I am linking up my Frayer Diagram interactive Notebook page. I know we should only have one page, but there are two pages in this product. One is worded a little differently to use with younger kids. I created this freebie to go along with my book study on Guided Math by Laney Sammons. You can read about it here

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Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

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