Sunday, January 4, 2015

Interactive Notebooking in Math is Time Well Spent in the Classroom….Plus a Notebook Freebie

Who would have thought that school could get any more exciting?? Well add in an interactive notebook and you've got the kiddos lined up and bursting to get in to the classroom! At least that's been my experience with interactive notebooks. Since my newest job as curriculum coordinator at an elementary school, one thing we've implemented school wide from PreK4-7th grade is interactive notebooks. It's been an amazing addition!  The kids not only love them, but grasp the teach point over and over again.  

Why I love interactive notebooks??
1. They are meaningful. 
2. They serve as a constant aide in revisiting topics to build fluency and understanding.
3. They also work like a portfolio and students can take them home at the end of the year to keep track of all their learning in the classroom. 
4. They are way fun and exciting!!
5. The list really goes on.... and on..... and on!

How fun and exciting does this look? Firsties can measure different objects by ordering them from tallest to shortest.  This can be done as a quick assessment, review, buddy work, extension activities, classwork, and the list of possibilities goes on and on! 

I recently added into my TPT store a new addition. An interactive notebook for 1st grade math. It covers all the standards for first grade. You'll have no prep to do in this notebook packet:)
 Here are some pics of the notebook. Click here to check it out in my TPT store. 





Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to School Festivities

So it was my first full PD week to plan!!!! AAAhhhhhh I was so scared that it wouldn't be cute enough or everything would be to expensive, or that I just couldn't pull it off. Then I turned to Pinterest! How did we live without it? So each teacher got a pencil wreath for their door and this amazing teacher posted a welcome back to school decor packet for free! Thank you so much for your generosity. It brought lots of smiles to the teachers' faces. 






It was such a powerful day! We discussed accountable talk, curriculum mapping, and math journaling. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Wow! It's Back to school time!! This is my favorite time of the year. The teachers pay teachers sale is set for August 4-5th. I can't wait to fill my cart with all the goodies.  Here are some back to school ideas you might want to check out. 


This unit will get your reader's workshop started in full drive. It offers lesson plans for each day, anchor charts, and graphic organizers. 

Make your library cute and functional for your classroom sweeties. These labels make choosing just right books and putting them away easy as pie. 

Get started with deep thinking with my math for firsties unit 1. It offers a firm foundation in building number sense.  

I can't wait to hear what's going in your shopping cart.  Don't forget to enter the BTS14 code when you check out. Happy Shopping



Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Make-N-Take Organizing Reading Groups

Happy Monday Y'all!!!! School is just around the corner. Are you ready? I can't seem to get everything finished on my to do list each day. Maybe I'm putting too many things on it. While I'm gearing up for small groups, I was thinking of a way to organize my groups so they could be quickly changed if needed. I wanted something that I could quickly grab, easily  usable, and students could be moved around on it.  I decided on using a file folder and post-its.
Supplies: One cute file folder, glue stick, marker, and post-its.

Step 1: Cut out label and write your name on front. I taped mine down but you can also glue it. 

Step 2: Open folder and glue down level sheets. 

 Step 3: Create a post it for each child in your class and place them under their level.  The students can be changed around according to growth throughout the year.  I really like this because I can just pull out my file folder and call the students in that group.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Make-N-Take Mondays- Linky Party

Hey y'all!!! I'm excited to be hosting a new make-n-take Monday's session to my blog.  I miss the days when all us teachers got together at school and had big make-n-takes, chatted about this and that, and munched on all kinds of yummy stuff.  Well you're gonna have to bring your own munchies to this session, but I don't think it will be short of fun or exciting new stuff to make for your classroom!

Last week I hosted a math and reading make-n-take at my school. It was so fun y'all! We had poster board, glue sticks, scissors, paper, and markers all over the place. Well I thought it would be such a fun idea to do a make-n-take on blogger so we can all share too!

Here is an idea of what our make and take looked like. All the posters were set up with the materials above each poster. Teachers came in and created as many as they thought they could use.



This Monday I wanted to share an interactive reading anchort chart. This chart is ready to go for your shared reading whole class or for small group work.  All you need is a picture book, post- its, and markers. The student and teacher responses can be posted on to the anchor chart. Then the chart can be used over and over again. 



If you like this chart you can find more in my Adventures of a Fiction Reader unit in my TPT store. Click here to go...


Check out the other links from other bloggers to see their great make-n-takes! 





Saturday, May 3, 2014

It's been a while.......

Hi bloggers!!! Wow, it's been way too long! Not sure if it's a smiling 3 year old always on my hip, or the 22 firsties that seem to grab all my energy, or there's also the new house we're building. Yea, I think it's a combo. Anyway, we've been doing exciting things in the classroom since I've last posted.

 We've reached the end of unit 4 in math and we've been working on time to the hour and half hour.  We've had a blast making our own clocks and playing match it to the half hour and hour.  All clock parts and matching game can be purchased right here in my TPT store.
Here's our work in progress. I think maybe this is where I've been lately??
 The Easter bunny hopped by one afternoon and left ears, canvases, paint, and brushes. We had a painting with a twist Easter party.

 We've started our unit on biographies and it's been super.  We kicked it off with ole Abe. After our shared reading we made Abe and mapped out our thinking in his hat. I will up load a free file of this fun craftivity soon.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Today's Number..... Poster Freebie

Hey y'all!!! February is just a flying on by...... I've been rereading the amazing book Number Routines by Jessica Shumway because I had to present PD on it last Friday.  Since I had to brush up on number routines for older grades, (I always tell my husband I'm only as smart as first grade math lol) I thought this would be the perfect book to help get me started.

 In our math class we always start with journal check and then move to number routines.  Our number routines look like this the entire class is sitting in a circle (me included) and we pass a ball around and that indicates the speaker. I flash dominoes for subtizing, roll to dice to quickly add, work on number line, add ten more to a given number, and the routines are endless. Anyway I'm planning to incorporate this new idea of today's number from this book on Mondays. This is the anchor chart that I will be using to guide the routine.  The ball will still be passed around the circle during this routine.  Here is how it will look...
Teacher will sit by this anchor chart holding post- its, marker, and cup filled with questions on popsicle sticks.  Teacher will have already picked number and teacher will have it up with a post it under today's number.  Then students will pass ball, each child will hold ball to indicate speaker and teacher will pull popsicle stick with question on it.  Teacher will read it aloud and student will answer. Whichever question it answers the teacher will place answer on post it on corresponding place on anchor chart.  The ball will continue to be passes and questions asked until poster is complete.  All of the questions are centered around the target number.  The poster will stay up all week with filled out post-its.  Then the routine will continue the following week.
This packet can be found for FREE in my TPT store! I hope your class enjoys getting to know numbers as much as we do!!!! Happy Mardi Gras!!!