Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Smorgasbord 6.28.14


Can't believe it's almost JULY!  It's been another productive week for us.  
We wanted to share the newest addition to our store; 2nd Grade Homework Shape Up!  

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Second-Grade-Homework-Shape-Up-Weekly-CC-Aligned-Homework-for-Reading-and-Math-1297428

This product will make your task of gathering homework a BREEZE!  Included in the product:

36 WEEKS worth of DIFFERENTIATED reading passages.  Each week's passages are the same topic but in varying levels of difficulty (below, on, above).  Fiction, non fiction, poetry, and how to passages are represented.  Each week there is a "Fluency Check" section that allows the students to keep track of their fluency throughout the week.  There is a place for reflection as well.  :)

Each week there is also a set of Common Core aligned Comprehension Questions (created in a testing type format) AND Language Practice (word work, spelling, sentence structure, grammar, etc). 
And that's not all…36 WEEKS worth (1 per week) of Mighty Math review worksheets.  Mighty Math review worksheets are designed to continuously expose students to each math strand on a weekly basis.


If you want a FREE SAMPLE of this product, CLICK HERE!!! 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOWVBfcGItTDVyWGs/edit?usp=sharing

Teach 1st Grade?  Don't Worry!  We have 1st Grade Homework Shape Up as well!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Homework-Shape-Up-Weekly-CC-Aligned-Homework-for-Reading-and-Math-759305

36 WEEKS worth of DIFFERENTIATED reading passages.  Each week's passages are the same topic but in varying levels of difficulty (below, on, above).  Fiction, non fiction, and poetry are represented. THE FIRST GRADE PASSAGES ARE THE SAME TOPICS EACH WEEK AS THE 2ND GRADE PASSAGES…if you have both sets, you have more levels!  Each week there is a "Fluency Check" section that allows the students to keep track of their fluency throughout the week.  There is a place for reflection as well.  :)


Each week there is also a set of  Comprehension Questions AND Language Practice (word work, spelling, grammar, nonsense words, etc).  And that's not all…36 WEEKS worth (1 per week) of Mighty Math review worksheets.  Mighty Math review worksheets are designed to continuously expose students to each math strand on a weekly basis.


If you want a FREE SAMPLE of this product, CLICK HERE!!! 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOYWNjY3dDSjNIcU0/edit?usp=sharing


Teach Kindergarten? Kindergarten Homework Shape Up is now available!  


 Included in the KG homework product:

36 WEEKS worth of DIFFERENTIATED Reading Homework…from Letter ID to sight word ID to reading passages.  As with the 1st grade and 2nd grade, all the levels (below, on, and above)  each week are the same topic.  {Notice the BELOW is letter ID, the ON is sight word ID, and the ABOVE is a reading passage; all with the same "Farm" scene.}  Fluency is important in Kindergarten too!  Each week there is a "Fluency Check" section that allows the students to keep track of their fluency.  This is included regardless of level (below, on, and above).


Each week there is also a set of  Comprehension Questions AND Language Practice (word work, spelling, grammar, nonsense words, etc).  In the Kindergarten packet, this page is DIFFERENTIATED!  {Notice the Below level is much simpler}  There is a Mighty Math worksheet for each week; allowing your kiddos to practice each math strand each week!  
(Number and Operations in Base 10 begins after Week 11)


Last, but not least, there is a page of Speaking and Listening Practice and Handwriting for each week:


If you want to see a sample of ALL 3 HOMEWORK PACKS, you can download our K-2 Homework Sample Freebie by CLICKING HERE!


In our classrooms, we used  1st Grade Homework Shape Up.  We sent it home weekly in a "booklet" format.  Students had all week to work on it!  This format could be used for the 2nd Grade and Kindergarten Homework Shape Up product as well!  





This is how we copy the pages into booklet form on the copier.  You will need 11x17" copy paper.


Here's a peek of the homework in action!

Each Monday our kiddos get a bag with their homework packet and writing journal.  It goes home for the week and is due back on Friday.


 First page is a math review sheet.  We've included a task from each of the Common Core Math Strands.


 
Here's a peek inside the packet where kiddos practice fluency, reading comprehension, and language tasks.  There are 3 differentiated reading passages we assign based on reading levels.


Look at this GREAT improvement in fluency!  This kiddo was working hard!



Next up in our homework bag is the Family Message Journal.  Kiddos practice writing at home with their families.  We are encourage families to help our kiddos support their ideas in their writing as they respond to prompts.


Next, a family member responds to the prompt as well.  This kiddo had his sister (in high school) respond!  We love getting the families involved!

Make sure to check our homework packets out!  Have a great week! 

http://www.classroomfreebies.com/2014/07/Manic-Monday.html



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Smorgasbord 6.22.14

Good Morning!  We are linking up with Fabulous in First!


We are sure enjoying summer!  Time for work and play!  We have been busy working on a few TpT projects.  Today we wanted to share one of those with you. 

This year we  felt we were lacking a way for students to work on reading passages and responding to the text in an independent fashion.  We decided to make packets that include a passage and several activities to go with it that students can work on throughout the week.  We believe these packets can be used a variety of ways; whole group, small group, and independently.  


Each packet includes (there are 30 packets in all):

a story and comprehension questions (there are fiction and non fiction passages):


3 graphic organizers (there are a variety of graphic organizers and they cycle through the passages including; mental images, inferring, connections, plot, story elements, vocabulary, etc):


True / False sort:


A Sequencing activity cut / paste activity (for fiction passages):


A Main Idea OR How To cut / paste activity (for non fiction passages): 



Now Meet "Print a Packet" for Second Grade (the 2nd grade pack is a bit more in depth; the passages are longer and the questions / response pages require more text evidence):

Each packet includes (there are 30 packets in all):

a passage and comprehension questions (there are fiction, non fiction, poems, informational included):


"Using the Text as Evidence"



"Understanding the Text" (various graphic organizers)


"Dictionary Dig" and "Take a Closer Look at the Text"


How'd you like to try a FREE SAMPLE PACKET from each grade level?  Click HERE if you'd like to give these packets a try!  


And the GOOD NEWS is…through tonight these packets are HALF PRICE!!!



And one more note to pass along!  Do you like freebies? If so,  make sure to "follow" us on TpT!  Soon we will be sending special Buddy Bonuses to our followers!! 


Have a GREAT week!




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Smorgasbord 6.15.14

Hello there!  We are linking up with Fabulous in First for her Sunday Smorgasbord Linky!

A couple of fun things to share:

We had a fun last week of school!  Fun centers, reading day, movies, and end of year parties!  And now…
We have all kinds of things on our to do list (for fun and for the TpT world!)! 


We have updated one of favorite packs.  It's our Text Evidence pack that allows us to teach our kiddos how to answer reading comprehension questions with evidence from the text.  We had great luck with this packet tho year and after working with it a bunch, we made a few changes! If you have already purchased our pack, make sure to download it again, if you haven't purchased our pack, make sure to check it out!!

Kiddos busy at work using the pack:
Grade a sample FREEBIE below!!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4oqs3dO-goOMC1CMmhBYkdZVlk/edit?usp=sharing

Now go check it out in our store!!  This pack will be HALF PRICE through tomorrow!  Make sure to grab it while it's $5!

We'll see you next week!