Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Teacher Tuesday

I am so excited to be a part of Dana's "New Teacher" series. Dana is host of Fun in 1st Grade blog site, and I must say it is a fabulous place.  I hope you will take time to stop by her post and learn a little more about me. You can click on the picture below to link up. This is such a great series, be sure to drop Dana a line and let her know if you would like to be featured as well.  
A big thanks, and happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CRCT... and them some

This year I have the pleasure of giving the CRCT to a small group starting on Friday.  I have given the test before, but since being in 1st and 2nd grade I have been free from it.  I am excited and am finding myself more nervous than maybe the kids will be.  I know everything is scripted, but test security makes me SOOO nervous.  Am I alone?

On another note I just have to say I am so blessed to have wonderful students.  My walls in our classroom are shared with rooms that are testing.  We are having to remain almost silent until we leave for lunch. 

What can I say... my students are absolutely amazing.  They have taken to this amazingly and I am so thankful.  Did I mention, we even walked all the way through the school to get to a quiet free zone for a bathroom break.  They were so quiet that no one even knew we left the room. :) I am one proud "mama-teacher". 

Super excited about the next few weeks and what we will be working on in class.  I am going to do a Hershey flip book with my kiddos, while we are learning fractions. THEY HAVE NO IDEA!!!! I can't wait to surprise them with this activity, snack, and wonderful book.  

I will post pictures of our flip book soon.  I will also try to post the template for it, once I create it. 

Tons of prayers and best blessings to everyone as they are testing.  

Saturday, April 20, 2013


So I am keeping this short and sweet. I have been a TPT seller since January, and I love it! I think my favorite things to create are common core based assessments. I have so many common core assessments in my TPT store. I was looking through, and decide it was time to make one a freebie! Stop in today and download yours. This product focuses on addition, fact families, and word problems. I hope you enjoy it! 

Please leave feedback if you download, and let me know what you think. Also, be on the lookout for new products and free items coming very soon! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

View Master Adjectives: Take 2

Wow! This week has been so long.... and busy. I feel like I have been going nonstop.  In the wake of all the craziness I was totally unable to update my blog, so here I finally am.  I made a post previously showing how View Master tools have become one of my new favorite items in the classroom.  I hope you were able to read all about it.  If not click here to check it out. 

In that post I mentioned that I had been working on a TPT product to accompany my activity. Well....I finally finished and it is posted and ready for some love on TPT.  You can follow this link to get your copy today. 
I hope you enjoy this product and have tons of fun letting the creativity fly.

On another note... where has this year gone?!?!!?! I cannot believe that in 5-6 short weeks it will all be a memory and my mind will begin racing with visions of next year.  I am so excited to continue working on my Pizza Portfolios over the summer.  I really need to start writing down all the ideas that keep bombarding my brain.  I feel I am swimming in ideas and anticipation for the year to come.  I love this time of year and reflecting on what the current year has produced.  Reflecting gives me greater insight to the following year and so much excitement for what will come.

 What big ideas do you have in store for next year? Any big changes headed your way, or are things going to stay the same?  I would love to hear all about it.  

God Bless and enjoy your weekend. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Student Motivation Saturday: Linky

I am so glad I found this linky.  It is such a great way to get new ideas for sparking motivation in young learners.  Don't forget to stop by using the link below to join in and link to so many amazing educators.  I love getting and using new techniques with my little ones. Especially now that school is winding down and students are getting wound up for summer break. 

 I am a behavior fanatic.  I absolutely love helping and guiding students with behavior issues. In my classroom I try to harness my students' energy, talkative nature, and even behavior quirks to mold an atmosphere of acceptance and learning freedom.  

I give talking breaks when my students begin to lose attention and begin squirming, or  whispering to a neighbor.  I pose a question based on what we are learning and as my students to turn to a neighbor and share.  I listen intently and chime into several conversations before freezing and counting down from ten...10, 9, 8, 7, etc. By the time I get to zero, I have complete attention and we move on.  
I also do similar things when we are working on something or reading along with a text.  I will chose times to stop, based on student ability to focus, and say "LOOK, LOOK, LOOK, Remember what you see, Turn to a neighbor and tell them 3."  My students love this share time and as I listen I can tell who has really been listening.  I have to say though, that I have been truly blessed with respectful students.  They love to help and are eager to learn.

Dollar Tree is my best friend and I find treasures there all the time. 
This treasure is turning out to be a wonderful tool for behavior on tricky days.

I have 4 of these and I keep them at my desk.  I chose students, at random, who exhibit outstanding behavior or academics to chose a cone. They place the cone on their desk and trade it with me for a reward.  I may purchase them a snack, or a small Dollar Store goodie in return for their achievement.  I do not pass out the cones every day.  My students know that I have them and never know when someone will earn one.  This helps them to remain on task. As students earn them I have noticed others praising them and being so encouraging. They love choosing one and getting the honor of having their desk stand out.  

I hope you found something here that will help. I can't wait to read more ideas and tips through this linky. Enjoy and God Bless.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Art of Symmetry

For the past week or more we have been working on plain shape geometry.  My students have been learning about the names and attributes of shapes.  They have been working very hard to learn and understand symmetry, congruence, similarities, slides, flips and turns.  WOW! Each time we work on geometry I am reminded to never assume that students should already know their shapes.  This week has brought the end of this portion of geometry, and with copiers being on the fritz we have had to be very creative with learning and independent practice.  Today was our test, but yesterday was when the magic happened.  We spent our math block practicing "The Art of Symmetry", and indulging in "Yummy Attributes".

Symmetry has been difficult for some of my students, but watching their faces as we worked on this art project made it worth while.  Students created a design and then practiced the art of symmetry by folding and rubbing their paintings.  This created some wonderful pieces of art that they truly enjoyed. 

A second group, during math, worked on "Yummy Attributes".  My co-teacher worked with them, helping them build shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks. They did so well and enjoyed a sweet snack. 

Our test was today, and I could have cut a cartwheel.  The lowest grade was an 83!!!!  This may not seem like much to you, but having the inclusion class and so many different learning levels, this was amazing.  Every student, even the ones that struggle most, did wonderful on their test. 

This is a link to my TPT product. Sorry the pic is small. Visit my store to have a better view.

I created their test based on the Common Core standard 2.G.1.  I have placed a copy of it in my TPT store.  It is a very thorough assessment and requires students to not only recognize and bubble in their answers, they mush put into words what they know, through several question/resposes.  I hope you will take time to visit my store and hopefully you will find something useful.  I have enjoyed creating our 2nd grade assessments this year, and wanted to share them with others.  Also, be on the lookout for other Geometry assessments, including 3-D shapes and fractions of shapes. 

I hope this entry has been helpful to you in some way. 

What ideas do you use or have you found for reinforcing geometry with your students? 
I would love to hear about your successes and maybe even what you have decided just does not work.  Thanks!

*God Bless*

Thursday, April 4, 2013


I am joining in with Nicole Rios at Mrs.Rios Teaches Second Grade for a giveaway.  Don't miss out on this amazing Giveaway with over 100 prizes to be won, including my telling time unit. Giveaway is set to begin April 6th, 2013. Click the link below to head on over and enter for your chance to win. She will have everything ready for entries on the 6th. "May the odds be ever in your favor" and best of luck. 
While you are here check out my blog and don't forget to follow, if you like what you see.