What’s in Your Cart? Back to School Sale!

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Can you believe it??? Back to school?? Already? I have to be honest, as much as I love the summer…I really miss being in the classroom. The closer I get to back to school, the more anxious I feel. Please tell me I’m not the only one! I feel like I have so many things left to do. I can’t even get into my classroom until the first week of September to set up.

At least we have the Back to School Sale from TpT! Yes! Now I can grab some great deals on things that I have been looking at over the summer. Don’t forget to use the code BTS15 to snag 28% off.

Take a peek at some things in my store that are a must have. If you are teaching younger students (k-3) my math bundles are a must. I am always scrounging around looking for supplemental material for math. I could never find exactly what I needed so I made task cards to go along with my curriculum. But don’t worry, you can use these task cards no matter what curriculum you are using.

Numbers to 1,000 Bundle

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Number Sense and Place Value Bundle

Number Sense and Place Value Bundle

Get to know your students with 32 task cards.

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Check out some things I plan on buying during the sale.
Geometrocity by Digital Divide and Conquer.
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Sight Word Sleuth Tab Its by Simply Skilled in Second.
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What’s in your cart?
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

Rachel

Oh, Snap! It’s Almost August Linky

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our first link up on Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals. Can you believe that we are getting ready for August?

I am bringing you my Back to School Task Cards. What better way to get to know your new students than with task cards? You can give each student a set of task cards or set it up like a game of Scoot. I love using the Back to School Task Cards as Scoot. It gives the students a chance to move around on the first day of school and gives you the chance the get to know your students.

Back to school Task Cards

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I am also getting ready for back to school with my Number Sense and Place Value Task Card Bundle. I absolutely love task cards and so do my kiddos. This bundle includes 8 different task card sets with 32 cards in each set. I don’t know about you… but I love to use task cards to groups or to play Scoot. I have a tiny, I mean large class. I have to make sure that if I do scoot or other games that I have enough cards to each of my students as they move around the room. This is why I include 32 task cards. Now I don’t have to worry that I am a few cards short and one of my kids are sitting there bored.

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Both the Back to School Task Cards and the Number Sense and Place Value Task Cards Bundle will be on sale for the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,

Rachel

You can check out some other great products below to help you get ready for August!

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Summer Stock Up Sale!

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Hi everyone! Can you believe that it is summer already. Even though we are on “break”… you know, and I know that teachers never rest. We are always thinking about how we can improve, what we can do next, what activities we need for next year, or of course what our rooms will look like when we go back to school.

Never fear…the Summer Stock Up Sale is here to help you get started! I am teaming up with a bunch of awesome bloggers and TpT sellers to get you started on the new school year.

First, we have interactive notebooks. My kiddos love interactive notebooks, don’t yours? Part of my curriculum is to read Charlotte’s Web. My second graders have such a hard time with the book so I created an interactive notebook to help them.

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Check out some of the Charlotte’s Web IN in action below.
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Point of View

Setting of the Zuckerman's farm

All of my interactive notebooks are 20% off. You can check them out here.

What is a Summer Stock Up Sale without task cards?
Take a look at my Back to School Task Cards. It’s perfect for the first few days of school.

Back to school Task Cards

My students absolutely love task cards. Task cards can be used in so many different ways. They can be used independently, in small groups, and played as a Scoot game.

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Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

Rachel

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What’s In Your Cart? Back to School Linky

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Hi everyone. Can you believe that school is almost here? I have been doing some shopping, shopping, and more shopping. I keep telling my husband, I only need to get a few more things. 🙂 I don’t think he believes me anymore. After 12 years of marriage, I think he has finally wised up (Today is my anniversary!!)

I am linking up with Briana from Sun, Sand & Second Grade to show you what I have in my cart for tomorrows TpT Back to School Sale. Shhhh, don’t tell my husband that I will be shopping AGAIN. I love shopping on TpT, don’t you?

Right now, I have so many things in my cart that my wallet is crying so I definitely need to narrow it down a little.

A definite buy for me is this Maps, Continents, and Communities Packet from Sailing Into Second Grade.

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I also have these 2nd grade word problems in my cart.

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For Close Reading I have this bundle from Sassy, Savvy Simple Teaching.

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I also have tons of clip art in my cart! I think maybe Krista Wallden’s dinosaurs…

My store is also on sale tomorrow and Tuesday for 20% plus TpT’s 10% off with the code BTS14.

Here are some of my favorite products from my store.

I love using reward cards in my classroom. Click here to see the reward cards.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,
Rachel

Go back to Sun,Sand & Second Grade to see what others have in their cart.

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Back 2 School: Assessment

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Welcome back to the Back 2 School linky hosted by Mrs. D’s Corner and Miss V’s Busy Bees. Last week, we talked about classroom management and I read some great ideas from other bloggers. I can’t wait to read what others have to say about assessment.

Assessment is crucial in the classroom. We are constantly assessing our students, even when they don’t realize it.

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Tip #1:TAKE A DEEP BREATH and RELAX!!
Sometimes assessing can be very overwhelming. Sometimes you want to pull your hair out.

Does this look familiar?? I know it does! This is me at times at school.
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I know it gets crazy. You have State assessments, City assessments, and District assessments. Let’s not forget about whatever assessments your principal decides you “need” to complete and your own, meaningful assessments. You know what I mean. As a teacher, you have your own assessments that mean more and give you more data than any of the other assessments. Remember that you know your students best!

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Tip #2: Make sure that your assessments are meaningful to both your students and yourself.
Your activities, quizzes, tests, writing assignments…whatever you are using to assess your students, should be based on what you have taught. Your students should know what to expect and know what they have to do. We are not “out to get” our students. We don’t want to catch them not knowing things.

Give meaning assessments that are useful to drive your instruction.
You need to use your assessments to inform your instruction. How you ask? Use a checklist or a spreadsheet to record your data. I have checklists and spreadsheets for everything.

We use GoMath in my school. In the beginning of every unit, I create a checklist that includes the lessons and the Quick check for each lesson. This checklist tells me which of my students grasped the concept and who did not. It also helps me to group my students.

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I also use spreadsheets to record data from tests. (I know technically an end of the unit test is called an evaluation…but whateva!!)
Here is a picture of one of my spreadsheets for my end of unit tests in math. I love to color code my data too. Sorry I’m such a nerd. 🙂
I have all of the questions on the test, the skill, and the common core standard. It takes a little while to do, but it is so worth it.

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Tip number 3: Not all of your assessments need to be formal assessments.
Observations are key in your classroom. You spend more time with your students than anyone else does, including some of their parents. You observe your students all day long. You see Suzy’s strengths or what Johnny struggles with. Just remember to jot down your observations. You can use checklists or boxes to record your observations. Check off on a checklist if the child has mastered a skill or a standard.

As I listen to my students read, I check off their oral reading behaviors. This helps me know how to better help my students. I also make small groups off of this data.

Click the picture below to grab the Oral Reading Behaviors Checklist. Again, it is color coded but I also include a black and white version for you non nerdy people. 🙂
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Tip #4: Reflecting on your teaching.
After analyzing your data, you need to reflect on your teaching. Did most of the class grasp the concept or did only a few? By analyzing your data, you can see what you need to reteach or if you need to move on to the next topic.

Use this data to drive your instruction. If you need to reteach a skill or concept because many of the students misunderstood something, then DO NOT MOVE ON. Go back and reteach the topic, using a different approach. The same thing goes if most of your students understand a concept. If 80% of your students know how to add two digit numbers, then why are you going to spend more time on adding two digit numbers. Not only is it boring for you, it is also boring for your kids and I’m sorry to say it, but a waste of time.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. Tell me how you use assessment in your class?
Remember to go back to Mrs. D’s Corner to read what others have to say about assessment.
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