Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello Again

WOW!  Has it really been over 3 months since I had a post?  O...M...G...

Well I just wanted to say hello...I'm still alive.  My summer goal is to start blogging again...I hope!

Do you guys ever feel like you don't know if anyone really wants to read what is on your blog?  I've have a slump I think. 

But I feel like I have so much to share from a new principal (again - 4th one in 4 years), a new math curriculum (Go Math), and so much with common core.  So fingers crossed...I'll try and make it a point to start this old blog up again.

Happy Fourth of July!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Common Core Daily Reading Comprehension

If you read my Common Core Math Review blog post the other day, you will see that a friend introduced me to a few new resources.  Here is one I'm using for reading:

Once again, my students LOVE getting their packet each Monday.  I like this because it teaches all the important common core strategies and uses some interesting articles.  For example:  in week 24 the comprehension skills are nonfiction text features and visual information.  The comprehension strategies are determine important information and organization.  So the daily stories is a nonfiction story on great white sharks, reading a table of contents, reading a time line, and another nonfiction on an ant colony.

It is nice that each day's comprehension story is short and sweet.  I use another book with this one to give them more exposure to longer passages. 

This book has different passages and then an extended response that correlates with the theme of the other stories.  I have been using this one a lot before ISAT to give my kiddos exposure to writing those fun extended response questions.

By utilizing both resources (and all the items I buy from TPT), I feel like I'm covering a whole bunch of different reading comprehension stories in different ways.  Until we get guidance from our administration on where our district is going with common core...this is what I'm doing.

Is anyone else having fun implementing common core WITHOUT resources given to you from your administration???? 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Common Core Math Review

A friend introduced me to a book to help my students with common core math.  If you don't know this, my district is implementing common core this year WITHOUT supplying us with materials!

I was using this book:

My students liked it, but it seemed to be kind of hodge podged.  All types of skills all over the place.

A friend introduced me to this one:

This one is broken down to a different common core skill each day.  For example:  Monday is Patterning and Algebra, Tuesday is Number Sense and Operations, Wednesday is Geometry, Thursday is Measurement, and Friday is Data Management. 

My students REALLY like this book better than the last one.  Each week they can't wait until Monday so they can get their new weekly sheets.  They know to work on today's section and then put it into their desk folder until the next day.  If there are skills that I know my students will need help on, I will teach that skill while going over the day's questions.

Next year I will start with the second book for the first part of the year and maybe finish the year by utilizing the second book.  Don't know yet...will have to see how things go with our district's math pilot!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Math Pilot

Hi Everyone!  I's been awhile.  This year has been a handful.  With implementing Common Core without materials, ISAT testing without knowing what is on the test, PARCC piloting, etc...UGG!

Oh yeah, another thing to add to the craziness.  I am on the math committee in my district and we are going to be piloting a new math series.  Our current math series is over 10 years old, not exactly common core ready.

So we narrowed our 3 choices (yes we were given 3, we did not get to pick the 3 we wanted to see) from our administration to 2:  My Math and Go Math.  Catching titles huh? 

Some of the teachers have noticed quite a few mistakes with My Math,
either with the teacher's guide or with student pages.

We are leaning towards Go Math.  It just seems like it follows Common Core the best and it seems to have a nice online component.

Does anyone use either of these two math series?  If so, is one better than the other???

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WOW...It's been awhile and a FREEBIE sure has been awhile, huh????  I'm so sorry that I have been a terrible bloggy friend lately.  Things have been crazy.  With a new principal, common core, and the regular day to day stuff....I've been so bad neglecting my little blog.

I just wanted to say sorry for not being around lately.  All my bloggy friends who have emailed me questions, I'm so glad you kept in touch.  For anyone that was been a follower of my little blog, you know that I'm usually much better at keeping up on things.

And to top off all the craziness, I'm inching up on the anniversary of my little accident.  For those of you who don't know, I was a pedestrian hit by a giant Lexus SUV last November.  Everything is coming back into memories...lack of sleep...panic attacks as I walk in front of cars (you should see me with outside duty each Thursday)...ugg! 

Okay so no more excuses.  I promise to start blogging more and sharing about my wonderful third graders.  I have a fun bunch this year, just a whole range of academic needs bundled up into 19 darlings.

So for you surviving my is a little freebie for you.  It is my little Gobble Banner.  I make a little one to go on my front marker board.  If you can use it, please enjoy.  You can leave me a little love below if you want to as well...hint...hint...

Until next time-
Click on the picture to get your freebie!

Monday, September 16, 2013

How Did You Solve It?

The last time I was at Lakeshore, you know only going for one thing...hundred dollars later you're going WHAT????  I saw this wonderful little box of goodness:

How Did You Solve It? Common Core Activity Cards - Grade 3
Click on the picture to go to Lakeshore Learning.
It is a box of 90 cards broken down into the 4 main strands of Common Core Math.  Right now they have them for grades 3, 4, and 5.  What is so special about these cards you ask?  Let me tell you.

I'm going to share with you one of the cards from the 3rd grade box.  It is for 3.OA.5 (and yes the standard is on each card)!  Here is what is on the card:  5x8=5x2x2x2x2  Then it has 2 questions:  1) "Is the equation true?" 2) "How do you know?"

The cards are working out great in my classroom.  I've only used a couple cards, since I just purchased this last weekend.  I'm setting the card on my document calendar and projecting it onto my marker board.  The kiddos are writing their answers in their math journal.  So good.  I love how they have the thinking and explaining part on each card.

I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time finding math resources to use for common core math that makes the students think and explain.  Have you found anything out there?

And by the way, see...I told you I would post about math!  :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Progress Monitoring with Comprehension

I have one more ELA resource that I want to share with you all and then I will blog about one for math, I promise. 

I read about this book on a couple blogs.  I took a giant leap of faith and purchased it off of Amazon without being able to even see inside the book.  It was only like $13.00, so I figured why not.  When it arrived, I sat nervously opening it up hoping I didn't make a mistake in my purchase.

Product Details
Click on the picture to go to Amazon.

I am not disappointed!  This book is broken down into 15 strategies like:  analyze character, identify cause and effect, make inferences, use text features to locate information, etc.  It even has a scoring for each individual student and a CD that includes all the assessments.  And for only $13.00!!!

The book's introduction explains how you use the assessments to monitor your students' understanding of a given topic.  If a student understands and applies the given strategy, they are done with that section.  If they missed too many questions, they will need additional instruction on that particular strategy.  Can you say RtI??


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