Monday, May 30, 2011

Kindergarten Communication Arts Assessment Pack

Wouldn't it be nice to have all of your communication arts assessments together in one place?

If you are like me, summer is the time for me to get organized for the next school year.

Well here it is!
20 pages of assessments that are aligned with the common core standards.

These assessments include the following with quarterly benchmarks for mastery:
Letter recognition
Sound recognition
High-frequency word recognition
Print concepts
Phonological Awareness
Concepts of spoken words
Rhyme recognition
Rhyme completion
Rhyme production
Syllable blending
Syllable segmentation
Syllable deletion
Phoneme isolation (initial sound)
Phoneme isolation (final sound)

You can find it on sale at my TpT Store.


Thanks California Teaching Credential for naming my blog one of the top 5 kindergarten blogs.  Seriously???  There are some amazing K blogs that I think deserve it more than me, but thank you!!!

Just a few more days... SQUEAL!!!!   Math Work Stations... HERE! WE! COME!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Math Work Stations Blog Party Schedule and Bookmark

THIS JUST IN:  Stenhouse has offered FREE shipping on this book.  Just enter the code: MATH!
You can read about this on the Stenhouse Press Blog

Don't you love FREE?

Ok you Blog-a-lious teachers.  If you still need to follow these blogs, you can click on the button below.  If you scroll down to the end of this post, you will find a convenient bookmark (oooohhh...aaaahh!).  It will have these dates and some guiding questions.

Here is our chapter schedule:
June 1st
Chapters 1: What is a Math Work Station?
Chapter 2: Organizing and Managing Math Materials
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Around June 6th
Chapter 3: Getting Started with Math Work Stations
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Around June 13
Chapter 4: Beginning Number Concepts Work Stations
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Around June 20th
Chapter 5:  Addition and Subtraction Work Stations
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Around June 27th
Chapter 6: Place Value Work Station
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Around July 4th
Chapter 7: Geometry Work Stations
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Around July 11th
Chapter 8: Measurement Work Stations
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Here is your bookmark.  It is really more of an eeehhh?? than an oohhh!! or ahhhh!!!  ... but it is practical. Click on the picture to grab it!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Response to Intervention-Link UP!

A few weeks ago, I swung my car into the parking lot of Circle K to grab an iced tea after seeing the AMAZING Pat Quinn's RTI conference. I soon realized that I was getting strange looks from the people in the Circle K.  I discretely checked my zipper and felt my hair for a wild rebel curl.
Once I got back in my car, I realized I still had my "Response to Intervention" name tag.  Do you suppose they thought I was fresh out of rehab from a Dr. Drew-sort-of-intervention? 

Any hoo...
I have been working with a team of FANTASTIC educators to help develop our elementary schools' RTI policy and procedures.  We have historically used the discrepancy model , but we realize this is not meeting the needs of our students.

Collaboratively we created this process:
(I checked with our Team Chair and she said I could share this with you all)

GLT = Grade Level Team; TST= Teacher Support Team

Teacher identifies no more than 3 areas of concern to focus on.
Grade Level Team helps decide on 1 area of need to focus on and helps select an intervention.  Fidelity checks are scheduled (peers supporting peers).
Teacher begins intervention and data collection.
3 fidelity checks are scheduled/documented over a 4-6 week period.

If progress is not made the student is brought to the building level Teacher Support Team (TST)
Teacher completes a worksheet in preparation for the TST meeting.
 Our goals were to keep the forms teacher friendly, the process teacher supported, and the interventions effective and well documented.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Blog Party-Another Chapter Host(ess)

I am so excited to hear your enthusiasm over our Book Blog Party... It gets started in just 7 days!  Yowza!

Grab your copy at Stenhouse (click on the picture)

BUT... What I REALLY wanted to tell you is... we have another A~MAZING Blog Goddess hosting a chapter.

Lory Evans from

She has a Second Grade blog packed full of great resources.  If you are not already following her, you will want to!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Book Study Blog Party!!!

Ok... So school is officially over for me.  Time to work on my tan (not), get my pedicure in order (done)... What next?  How about getting caught up on some professional reading? 

Click on the book cover to buy the book from Stenhouse

I have been dabbling with Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations, but I really want to get my head around it and make some plans for implementation for the fall.  I am teaming up with some WON.DER.FUL bloggateers so we can get multiple grade perspectives.

Starting June 1st we will have a series of linky parties with LOTs of FREEBIES and pictures of this book in action (or future plans of action in my case).  We will cover a chapter a week.  Other teachers can link up with their gems of knowledge.  All in all, you will have a plethora of resources from multiple grade levels by the time we finish this book.  Sounds good... right?!

So what do you need to do now:

1.  Make sure you have Debbie Diller's book.
2.  Be sure you follow these blogs so you won't miss out on the chapter installations.

Oceans of First Grade Fun

 Do you LOVE it?  Are you in? I hope so because I am PUMPED!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Writer's Notebooks

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart- William Wordsworth

Sniff! Sniff!  I am putting the final pages in my little writer's notebooks tonight.  They will go home with them tomorrow.  Someone used the expression "bitter-sweet" to describe this time of year and I TOTALLY  agree. 
However, it has been fun to thumb through their writing and see their progress.
I decide to add a little note on the back page.

Here is the note I included... WARNING:  It is nothing fancy! 
Click on the picture for the Google Doc.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Oceans of Fun! FREE Graphic Organizers

We are finishing our Oceans unit this week and I thought I would pass on what we have been doing.  This includes two non-fiction graphic organizers, plus some directed drawing... FREE! Just click on the picture to go to Google Docs.

Here are some photos of our work in action!

First we read a few books about sharks and dolphins.  We co-created the large Venn diagram.

The students complete their own version.

Here a sample of our non-fiction writing about clown fish (my class was facinated with clown fish... Thank you Nemo!)  I love this graphic organizer! I am sad that I forgot my good camera. 

I also just loaded my Oceans Read, Trace, Glue and Draw to my TpT Store

Here some other beach/ocean themed items I have on sale.  Click on the image to hop over to my store.

Will you hate me if I tell you we only have 4 more days of school?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Self Portraits


Look how CuTe these self portaits are!

You can find more examples at Peace Love Kindergarten!  Check them out!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

You know you are a teacher when...

 Am I the only person who tries to make words out of these?

Ballums=The little lint balls that gather on your favorite sweater

Neakindi = Sounds a lot like "Need Candy".. but maybe that's just me?

Soutera=perhaps a luxury retreat in the Napa Valley

Bariever= means the same thing has "hardly ever"... may need a speech referral.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Off Roading Subtraction Game-FREE

My kids LOVE this game format!  I decided to make an Off Road Version.  It is yours for the taking!

Click on the image for your FREEBIE!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Giveaway! Giveaway! My Sale Ends Today!

I have partnered up with the VERY fun Gladys (who somehow teaches in high heels) to celebrate her blog's 600+ followers... Yay!  YOU!

You have 6 chances to win all 6 of these Literacy Stations

Hop over to her blog to enter.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sale Extended

I know the TpT site has been frustrating, but it looks like it is rolling again.. YAY!!!

I will extend my 20% off sale until the end of tomorrow (May 5th) in case you were not able to get your treasure tonight.   LOL!

I know a lot of other sellers are doing the same, so get your shopping shoes on!!!

TpT Site Must Be SMOKING!!!

 I bet the people behind the scenes at TpT will sleep hard tonight.  It looks like their site is pretty slow, but a sale is a sale... Right?

Keep trying if you are having trouble.
My products are listed with a 20% discount.  TpT is also giving a 20% discount with their code: TAD11.

The sale ends tonight at midnight.  Pretend this is Black Friday and go for it!!!

Cute as a button!

How cute is this button?

This is from my BFF (Blog Friend Forever) who is also in Missouri.  Stop by her blog!  She has some great ideas!

Monday, May 2, 2011

TpT Sale... Too Big to Pass Up 40%... WHAT???

I bet you all know about the Teacher Appreciation Sale tomorrow.  In additiion to the 20% discount TpT will have, I will have an additional 20% off my products ALL DAY TOMORROW!!!

The TpT discount code is: TAD11

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Donna Glynn has some amazing resources and she is hosting a giveaway.  Check it out!


Piggy! Piggy! Subtraction

Look how cute this is!  Thanks Fran!!!

Hop over to her blog to get your FREE copy!  She has some WON.DER.FUL resources!
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