Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Assess Knowledge Using Exit Tickets {FREEBIE}

You've taught your lesson but how do you know what students know and still need to learn?  Use exit tickets!

Using exit tickets, students self-assess their knowledge and you can learn quickly what you need to retreach and what students have retained from the day's lesson.  Students will use the number line and plot the dot on the number that reflects their confidence learning the material on a scale from 0 to 5. Then they'll state what they learned, what they have a question about, and what they want to know more about.    Just collect the tickets and sort them into piles and you'll have some data you can use to drive your lesson planning.

I've created a simple to use set of {FREE} exit tickets, and as always, I offer lots of choices of formats for you.  I love choices and offering them to students, too.  There are 9 different choices of formats - color, no color, lined, unlined, with graphics and without.  The tickets print 4 per page for easy duplicating and cutting.    Simple yet effective!

The Exit Ticket set is FREE so head to my TpT store to download it!   Please leave a comment and rating!  Thanks so much!  I appreciate it! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Five Poetry Forms Just in Time for Poetry Month

Hi teacher friends!  Are you wanting something fun for students to write about during poetry month in April?  Here's five poetry forms sure to make students happy and you can assess content area knowledge at the same time.
There's a landmark and an explorer poem (social studies), an animal riddle (science), a Fibonacci (math) poem, and a birthday poem.  These fit the format of my independent poetry unit if you have students who desire more!

The best part about this blog post is that I was able to create it and upload it from off the coast of Grand Cayman from our cruise ship balcony in the Caribbean Sea!  This photo is taken from my "office" while we were docked in Cozumel, Mexico the next day.

Enjoy writing poetry with your students!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Greek & Latin Word Stems and Roots FREEBIE!

Hey teacher friends, do you teach word stems and roots?  I'm super excited to announce a FREE week of Word Masters Greek and Latin word stems and roots!  Head on over to my TpT store to grab 31 pages of posters, slideshows, student interactive notebook foldable, students activities, test with answer key, journal cover, teacher directions and MORE!
I used this program with my fourth graders and students LOVE it!  

Enjoy teaching students to unlock the meaning of words!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

New! More Greek & Latin Word Stems & Roots

By popular demand, I've created 16 more lessons to teach 80 more Latin and Greek word stems and roots.   This is an extension set to my Word Masters Set 1 (100 word stems).

As a special for my blog and Facebook followers, for the next 24 hours, you can get my newest Word Masters Set 2 for HALF PRICE!  Yep!  308 pages of great materials for the price of a latte!

The set includes 80 more word stems and roots and 12 weeks of lessons.  Check it out!

I also created the new 80 words in interactive notebook format. This set comes with 80 word wall cards that print 2 per page.

If you're looking for just word stems posters, this new set has 180 word stems and roots posters, a simple definition and visual cue.  Once again, it's half off for 24 hours!  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Follow the Iditarod ~ It Starts Sunday 3/7/15

Are you ready to follow the Last Great Race?  The race begins in Anchorage this Sunday, March 7.
Few real life projects excite and engage students like the Iditarod.  Students choose a musher and LOVE to check their musher's race standing on the Internet.  The enthusiasm it the classroom is high and the interest is real!  Kids love adventure, the  dogs, and the state of Alaska.   As a teacher, this is where the FUN comes in!

Yes, students use the computer and then move their race marker on their desk name tag, but now you get to teach math problem solving and review daily language skills using the Iditarod theme... and guess what?   Students eagerly dig and and do the hard work!  It's awesome!

The Iditarod website has all kinds of interesting links for students to follow . . .  and they do!  They watch race videos, play games, learn musher terminology, so, so much more!

If you're a teacher and want to be part of the Iditarod, consider applying for the Teacher On the Trail! How fun would THAT be to get accepted?  Wow!

Anyway, there's still time to get your students involved.  I SO believe in this project and all it does to help students think and do lots of math and language.  If you don't have time to prepare for this unit, don't worry!  For less than the price of two small lattes, you can have the entire two weeks of materials and the unit I've created and perfected over the years.  It's in PDF and also in SMART Board format and you can have this program running first thing Monday morning, and use it every year.  All I can say is, once you teach this project, you'll look forward to March each year!  Enjoy the Iditarod!  Mush on!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

If you're like me, you grew up reading books by the oh so talented Dr. Seuss!  As a kid, our family had a Dr. Seuss book club subscription and I remember getting a new book in the mail each month.  It was the highlight of my day!  Our daughter is now the lucky recipient of the collection of very well loved Dr. Seuss books.

Today is Read Across America Day and it's time to grab your favorite book and READ.  Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1902.  He died in 1991 and today would have been his 103rd birthday.  His first book was published in 1937 but his stories live on for future generations to enjoy.
Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated over 50 books?
  • A Hatful of Seuss:  Five Favorite  Dr. Seuss Stories
  • And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck
  • Boom Boom Boom: Learn About the Sound of B and Other Stuff
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC
  • Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
  • Fox in Socks
  • Gerald McBoing Boing
  • Great Day For Up
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Happy Birthday To You!
  • Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
  • Hop On Pop
  • Horton Hatches the Egg
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Hunches In Bunches
  • I Am Not Going to Get Up Today
  • I Can Lick 340 Tigers Today!  And Other Stories
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
  • I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
  • If I Ran the Circus
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
  • McElligot's Pool
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can You?
  • My Book About Me
  • Oh Say Can You Say?
  • Oh Baby, the Places You'll Go!
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!
  • Oh the Things You Can Count from 1-10
  • Oh, the Things You Can Say
  • Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
  • On Beyond Zebra!
  • One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish
  • Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
  • Scrambled Eggs Super!
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
  • The Butter Battle Book
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back!
  • The Cat's Quizzer
  • The Eye Book
  • The Foot Book
  • The King's Stilts
  • The Lorax
  • The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
  • The Sneetches and Other Stories
  • The Tooth Book
  • There's a Wocket in My Pocket!
  • There's No Place Like Space!  About the Solar System
  • Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
  • What Was I Scared Of?
  • Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures
  • Yertle the Turtle
  • You're Only Old Once!
My favorite book as a  young child was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  I just loved that book!  I also enjoyed The Butter Battle and The Lorax.  I love the messages in those books.  In high school I was an Outdoor School camp counselor and my camp name was Lorax.  I also took my sixth graders to Outdoor School and again, used the camp name Lorax.

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