Thursday, January 31, 2013

Is it Friday yet ??? and a Freebie too!

A picture is worth a 1,000 words and this picture explains my day.  This is what was in my shopping cart after school.
Tomorrow is day 100!!! (80 to go)  I have a few things planned, I will try and take pictures.  I found some great things on Teachers pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook!  So many great things out there, I didn't need to make anything.  While I was shopping, I was adding things to my wishlist!  Teacher's Notebook is having a Super Sale!

Here is a sweet little freebie for you!  Hope you can use it!  Grab it here.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What a Day!!!

Oh My, What a Day!!!  Not sure why, but my kids were nuts today!  We had class pictures today and the kids were not in their uniforms.  This is our first year of uniforms in school and I realized today how much I love it!  Our "uniforms" are really just a strict dress code.  Polo or collared shirts with tan, black or denim pants or shorts.  As a mom I love it in the morning with my girls.  Now today I realized I love it more as a teacher.  Today, the kids were not focused.  Many girls where in dresses and couldn't sit on the floor.  They were not wearing proper shoes.  I know any change can throw the kids off, but this change really did a number!

Friday is out 100th day of school!  (another day with kids off their schedules...)  This is always one of my favorite days and so much fun.  I always want to order one of the super cute T-shirts and never think of it in enough time.  So tonight I put together a few designs to print out on an ink jet t-shirt transfer.  I thought I would share.  If you use them, don't forget to set the printer to "flip the image" for the transfers.

I have added the already mirrored images here.

As I finish up this post, I think I have a new addiction.  I have started watching season 1 of Downton Abbey on Netflix.  I had to see what all of the fuss was about.  It is really good and addicting so far.  Just starting episode 3.  I am loving it, but I am much less productive with it on.  I am playing it on my iPad propped besides my mac book.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Contractions Freebie and a Cool Item

It is hard to believe it is only Tuesday, it seems more like Wednesday or Thursday.  I saw a cute graphic on Facebook I totally agree with! It said "The first 5 days after the weekend are so hard!"

We will be celebrating our 100th day of school Friday.  This is a great day, but it also panics me.  I think "only 80 days until these kids are suppose to be ready for 2nd!"  Especially this year, my kids still can't walk in a line!!!  This drives me insane.  Sometimes I think is it really that important in the grand scheme of things?  Then I realize how much teaching time it wastes!

I was hanging out at the gymnastics gym (waiting on my youngest to finish her 2 1/2 hour practice) and saw the coolest cases for the iPad Mini.  I had always kind of thought I could do just as much with the iPod Touch with firsties.  I was on the fence about was it too small, would a full size iPad be better.  We have 3 iPod Touches and the kids do love them and we use them in the Super 6.  (I do need to update a few apps, more on that later.)  Then I saw a few kids playing and learning with their iPad Minis and thought WOW perfect!  They are moving to the top of my wish list.  One thing that really sealed the deal was these perfect cases!  I have got to figure a way to get these Mini's for my class!

Here is a great freebie for you!  It is a cute way to teach and review contractions.  Click here to grab it.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Funtastic February Linky Party

I am excited to try hosting my first linky party!  

I know it isn't quite February, but we are all busy planning.  There are so many great things to teach in February with amazing resources and freebies out there.  I am inviting anyone with resources to share to link up!  I am hoping everyone will share

A Fabulous February Feature
(a unit you have created, one you have found and love, or a great idea)

A Fantastic February Freebie
(share a Fantastic February Freebie with all of us)

and A Funny
(just for fun, share something funny or cute)

I will go first!  Here is my Funtastic February!

My Fabulous February Feature
I have just finished and posted my new Dental Health Unit.  It is called Happy Healthy Teeth and is perfect for primary grades.  You can get the unit for only $2 at my TpT store or Teachers Notebook.  There is a free preview too!  It includes a reading comprehension passage and questions.  It also has an emergent reader with comprehension questions.  There is a building words activity, word search and coloring sheet.  There is a expository writing craftivity and a narrative writing prompt.  I hope you enjoy it!

A Fantastic February Freebie
Here is a fun class book to make with your little guys.  We know the groundhog is scared of his shadow, what scares you? Click here to grab it FREE

This Freebie is also featured on
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

and A Funny
My daughter is in 3rd grade and was upset about a jacket she lost at school.  A few days later the missing jacket was found in the bottom of the recess ball basket.  As we are leaving school she says rather loudly "Mom my jacket smells like BALLS!"

Do you have some Funtastic February Finds to share?  Please link up with your post and check back often.  If you have several Funtastic Finds you can share several times.  I do ask that you share the linky.  I can't wait to see what everyone shares!

Funtastic February
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Linky Guidelines:
- Link directly to your Blog Post about your Funtastic February Favorites (not your TpT store).  This way people can find fabulous new blogs to follow, not just products.
- You may link up to your Blog several times during the month.
- Don't forget to check back and see who has linked up!

I'm in Love!

I'm in love with a pencil sharpener!  As I have mentioned before, I hate pencils!!!  It never fails, broken pencils that need to be sharpened always seem to interrupt teachable moments!  I have tried all kinds of sharpeners.  The old-school sharpener mounted to the wall, individual hand held sharpeners and a wide variety of electric sharpeners.

Still nothing worked like I wanted!  Even if the sharpener worked, it seemed the pencils broke right away.  I remembered reading about a pencil sharpener earlier in blog land that people seemed to love.  Looks were deceiving, I thought this looks like the hold-school sharpener just in a fancy color.  I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw the great price!  I had spent so much on previous sharpeners thinking they would solve all of my issues; and they didn't.  I figured what do I have to lose and I decided to give it a try!

When my kids called to tell me a box was just delivered I was so excited!  It was like Christmas.  I couldn't wait to open it up and try it.  It took me a few minutes to get the hang of it (I should have watched the video below first!) but then wow!  I sharpened every pencil I had at home.

When I took it in to school the next day it was a teacher workday.  I showed to all the teachers on my team and you should have seen how excited everyone was, over a pencil sharpener.  Several of my team went on right away to buy their own.  I also added my name to mine so it wouldn't walk away!

The kids thought it was amazing.  Now they make sure they have their 2 pencils sharpened at the beginning of the day an we are all good.  My pencil problems have pleasantly disappeared thanks to this little guy!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Already January 24th!!!

Oh my how time is flying!  It is hard to believe February is just around the corner.  It even felt like January today (Brrr...).  Today was our first cold day of the year, it was like 49 degrees this morning!  (I know many of you are saying that's not cold, but in Florida it is.) 

It is a busy 4 day week for me.  My evaluation is this week too and I am trying to get ready for it, so not blogging and creating quite as much this week.  I was hoping I wouldn't stress over evaluations as much anymore, but I still do.  I even told the kids the assistant principal was coming in the room to observe them and see if they were ready for 2nd grade.  (I hope it helps a little with their behavior.)  I have a very chatty class this year.  It is Friday, I will let you know how it goes.

I did have time to work on a quick Groundhog's Day Freebie for you.  My kids love these type of writing activities.  We have done a few now, and the kids can do them independently in the writing centers now.  Click here to grab it.

I also am trying to stick with my Weight Watchers and be more active.  I just got my FitBit to track my daily activity, food and sleep.  I would love to add friends to my FitBit account for a little friendly competition with daily steps.  If you have a FitBit please friend me (

Do you track your daily steps?  How many steps do you get at school?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Uncovering Numbers to 120

I am so excited to have finally finished my biggest and best unit yet (I think so anyways...)  We are teaching to the Common Core standards but unfortunately our textbooks don't quite match!  The biggest change, and a tough concept to get is going to 120, instead of stopping at 100.  This unit includes everything you will need to teach, practice and assess the Number and Operations in Base Ten standards for the 1st grade Common Core.

This unit includes:

•Common Core Standards
•120 Chart
•Working with the 120 Chart (10 pages)
•What comes next? (4 pages)
•Solving Story Problems (2 Pages)
•Working with Tens and Ones (5 pages)
•Comparing Numbers < = > (3 pages)
•Unit Assessment (4 pages)

3 Center Activities
•Number Sense Tic-Tac-Toe
•Greater Than Gator Game (game board and 50 cards)
•Number Sense Clues Game (game board and 50 cards)

I would love to know what you think!  I am going to give the unit away to the first 3 people to comment and the 10th person  (Don't forget to leave your e-mail)!  I also have a few pages included in the FREE preview of this unit on TpT and Teachers Notebook.  The unit will normally be $4.95 but until January 21st and January 22nd it is only $2.

A Great Find

I am enjoying my day off for MLK day!  I am using it to work of course, but I am taking a little time out for fun and creativity.  The girls and I went to visit my mom this weekend and I went on a treasure hunt in my local Dollar Tree and found a few fantastic finds!

For the classroom I found great sets of accents in the teaching area.  There were bees/honey pots, frogs/lilly pads, and mice/cheese. I can't wait to use these for some great quick centers.  The possibilities are endless with these.

I also found the best reusable coffee mugs ever for just $1!  I am not planning on using these in the classrooms, but for great little appreciation gifts.  I can use them for my volunteers, children's teachers or just anyone who deserves an extra special thank you.  I bought a few cups, made a few tags to add to them and voila!  I can give them just as they are or slide a coffee gift card in the cup.  Click here to grab the tags free!

I am working today to finish up my Common Core Number Sense Unit.  We are teaching the Common Core, but our county series is for the old series.  I really didn't think going from 100 to 120 would be a big deal, but wow!!!  I seriously think they though 100 was the biggest number in the world and numbers ended at 100!  I hope to have it posted tomorrow and of course several pages as a free preview!  I think I will even send out a few free copies of the unit.  Check back tomorrow!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Friday, January 18, 2013

Five for Friday

My very first Five for Friday!

Five for Friday {Linky Party…January 18th}


1.  The week started out with a wonderful relaxing day at the beach in January with my 2 girls.  They were even crazy enough to get in the water.  I can't wait for it to warm up more.  I LOVE my beach days!

2.  Tuesday I enjoyed a field trip with Taylor and her class.  They had so much fun.  My daughter has a tendency to say some pretty air headed things on occasion.  I call them her air bubbles that just pop sometimes.  While touring the Kennedy Space Center and seeing the spacesuit from the Mercury Missions she says "Cool Mom!  Come look at the suit they wore when they landed on Mercury!"  I have to love her!

3.  We are ending our 2nd nine weeks and I just found out my daughters both have straight A's!  Apparently she wasn't tested on the Mercury Missions!  I am so proud of my girls!  I may have started out as their teacher, but they teach me so much everyday.  I will also completely attribute the best parts of my teaching skills are directly related to what I have learned from them!

4.  Last night I went to our county's Teacher of the Year awards to support our schools Teacher of the Year and a very dear friend.  She won!!!!!  Mrs. Colleen Newman, a very deserving and amazing colleague, friend and former teacher of my child.
5.  Today we had a teacher workday and we actually got to work in our rooms!  No meetings!!!  I even graded papers during paid hours.  Unbelievable!  We also have Monday off!  WooHoo!!!

I hope this isn't too boring to read, I really makes me realize, it was a pretty good week.  I am working on a few units and freebies this weekend.  Sorry I have nothing to share today, but look out for some great things soon!  I hope you had a great week too!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

STEM Center Activity Freebie

Most students love S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.  They don't even realize they are learning as they explore and problem solve.  I am not sure how it is at your school, but I always feel we focus so much on reading that S.T.E.M. gets put on the back burner.  Then everyone wonders why Math and Science scores are so low.

I am also a big proponent of including S.T.E.M. (especially in K/1) because usually students who struggle with reading do well with S.T.E.M. projects.  I like them to feel successful and boost their confidence. 

This is why I added S.T.E.M. as part of my Daily 5 Centers, making it the Super 6.  Some days my kids do all 6 centers and other days we do 3 centers and 3 the next day.  It seems to work well for me.  You can read more about the Super 6 in previous posts.

This is a fun Science activity the kids love.  Click here to grab it!

Tip:  When I have kids make a prediction, I always have them use a marker to make them with first.  This way they can't erase and change them if their findings are not the same.

Today I was lucky enough to chaperone my daughter and her class on a field trip to the Kennedy Space Center.  They loved it and had a great time.  It was her first field trip in years (her wonderful teachers worked hard for a grant) and my youngest daughter has never gone on a field trip.  Our county cut all field trips as a part of budget cuts.  My poor firsties would just love to ride on a bus anywhere.  I will have to look for grants next year.  Do you get to do field trips?  Where do you take your kids?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dropbox and a Freebie

Happy Monday!  Today was a pretty good day and is shaping up to be a great week!  It is only a 4 day week for me with the kids, we have a work day Friday!  (I even think we actually get to work in our rooms on the work day!!!)  Tomorrow I am also getting to chaperone my daughter on a field trip to Kennedy Space Center.  So really on a 3-day week for me!

Have you discovered Dropbox??  It is amazing and FREE!  You get 2GB of remote storage free!  I use my dropbox to store documents, then I can e-mail a link to them or include a link to them in my blog and people can download them easily.  It is also great for quickly getting pictures off your phone or tablet.  It is quick and easy to open an account.  Join using the link below and we each get 500 MB free!

I got more great news today!  I am getting the quietest pencil sharpener that I have heard so much about.  I hope this will help solve some more of my pencil problems.  I HATE PENCILS!!!

WooHoo!  Yay Me!  I am doing very well with my main New Years Resolutions!  I just got back from Weight Watchers and lost 3 pounds this week for a total of 7 since January 1st!  I am also bloggin and sharing more.  Here is a cute Sight Word Color by Code freebie.  (Goes great with Storytown grade 1, lesson 16)

So checking in, how are you doing with your New Years Resolutions???

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Recipe for Understanding

"Sun"day was great!  I enjoyed a few hours at the beach with my girls.  I figured the salt water and air would be just what the doctor ordered to clear out the flu!  (I am sure the Tamaflu helped too!)

I am getting ready to teach all about Martin Luther King Jr. next week.  I put together a packet with all of the things I will be using next week.  It includes a reading passage, reading comprehension questions, writing activities, center activities, coloring sheets and one of my favorite lessons ever!!!  You can get the entire pack here from Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook.

I want to share one of my favorite lessons with everyone.  It is a fun lesson and the kids really get it!  I make a cake for Dr. Kings birthday using a cake mix.  (This is also a great time to talk about measurements.)  While gathering the ingredients I tell them I only had 2 white eggs at home and had to borrow an egg from Mrs. Jones and it is a brown egg.  Many kids have not seen a brown egg before.  I use this to springboard some great conversations!  They are different, but are they the same?  We predict what they will look like on the inside.  (I just pray I don't get a double yolk egg by chance...) Where they came from?  Can I mix them together?  Will the cake still turn out? 

We also make a venn diagram comparing the two eggs.  Then we brainstorm a list of other things that look different but are very much alike.  Click here to download a preview of my MLK unit that includes this lesson and venn diagram.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pencils, Pencils, Pencils!

Pencils are my nemesis, they drive me absolutely insane!  They constantly need to be sharpened and kids lose them all of the time. I find them on the floor and strangely they don't belong to anyone.  Kids chew on them, eat erasers and even the little metal pieces.  I personally think they are the reason sickness spreads so fast through a classroom; especially with a broken and sharpened cup.  Ahhhh pencils drive me nuts!

So I had an idea to help a little with my pencil problems.  I thought if I could label the pencils with their names it would help with some of my issues.  When I find them all over the room I will know who they belong to.  Hopefully it will stop the spread of cooties just a little if they are not sharing pencils.  I also figured if I gave them each 2 pencils it will reduce the interruptions in the middle of lessons to sharpen pencils.  Then in the middle of the night an idea came to me!  I could use pencil flags to label the pencils and it would even stop them from rolling off desks.  I also figured address labels would be perfect for this!  So this is what I did.

Well my first prototype worked pretty well.  It even helped with kids not putting them in their mouths.  Periodically during the day I would have a pencil check and each student with their two pencils would get a point on Class Dojo.  (If you don't know about Class Dojo, check out the earlier post.)

Well this worked well for a few days, then some of the flags were being ripped and torn.  So I revised a little making new flags with labels and then making them more durable by using tape to laminate them.  

I did try just cutting strips of paper and putting them on with tape, but they didn't stick well enough.  I also figured out the easiest way to put them on the pencils was to stick the ends together, then slide over the pencil top and finish adhering it to the pencil.  If you use the wide packaging tape, it works great with just a  little piece just over an inch.  (The width of the tape is the perfect length you need.)

If you would like to download a label template in Word, click here.  You can customize with the names of your students.
Do you have any ideas or tips to help me conquer my skinny little yellow nemesis the pencil?

Friday, January 11, 2013

F is for Friday, Freebie and the Flu!

So excited it is Friday, but unfortunately my oldest daughter tested positive for the flu!  So the fun begins and hoping no one else gets it in my house!  I don't like my babies (9 and 11 but always my baby) being sick, I would feel so bad for my youngest daughter is she gets it too.  Then there is me, if I get it who will do all of the Mom stuff.  But worst of all would be if hubby gets it; my goodness the world would end!  

Well on a positive note it looks like I will be home for the weekend and hopefully get caught up on some work.

Main Idea and Supporting Details is such a hard skill to teach.  Here is an activity to make it more concrete with the kids.  They make a Main Idea Table with with the main idea on the table top and the supporting ideas on the legs supporting the table.  Give it a try, download it here.

I have a question for my blogging friends.  I notice on some of my favorite blogs you can reply to individual comments.  How do I make this an option on my blog?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

This is a Great App Thursday!

Thankful it is Thursday and ecstatic tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!  Today I rediscovered the power of a scratch-n-sniff sticker.  Since coming back from break, my kids are slacking when it comes to turning in homework.  This morning I put a scratch-n-sniff sticker on the kids homework and you would have thought I gave them brand-new Furby's!  I remember being a little kid and how much I loved them.  I guess scratch-n-sniff never goes out of style!  I can't wait to see how many kids turn in homework tomorrow.  I will have to pick up a few more packs next time I am at the $1 spot.

Today I have two great apps I love for "This is a Great App Thursday."  Even better, both apps are FREE!

Watching Dr. Oz, I heard about the app "Breath2Relax".  It is an app that helps you breath by giving you a time out of sorts.  You pick a picture calming to you (I picked the beach) and it has relaxing music.  Then you select how many inhale/exhale cycles you want and the length of inhale/exhale that is right for you (or your students).  I use the app for myself when I need help dealing with stress and only have a few minutes.  I even let my students see me do it and you know I got all kinds of questions!  This was the opportunity I shared with a way to cope with stress.  I even have a few students who will use my iPad and this app to help them.  It really does help, and I will admit I was skeptical.

The other app I love is the Class Dojo app.  I love and use all throughout my day to track student behavior and reward students.  You enter your class and positive and negative behaviors you want to use.  It works like a point system.  If you don't know about this great site, you have to check it out!  It graphs the students' individual behavior, parents can have access, it is super easy to use and FREE!  Go to their website to sign-up and enter your class.  It is a great program with the computer only, but the app makes it even better.  I have the app on my iPad and iPhone.  Anywhere I am with the class I can track their behavior.

Here is a fun PowerPoint I use to review sight words with my kids.  Download it and try it with your kids.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MLK Freebie and Dollar Spot!

I was on one of my many trips to my favorite store Target and was happy to see they restocked the dollar spot!!!  Although when I hit the dollar spot, it turns into the $15 spot!  
A few of my favorite finds were a Leap Frog spin to subtract dry erase mats.  Perfect for my S.T.E.M. center!  They had some super cute dry erase paddles in star shapes.  Scratch and Sniff stickers were also in there!  100th day bookmarks and cool erasers for the kids.  So if you haven't stopped by your local Target Dollar Spot, I say go!  (Unless controlling your budget is your New Years Resolution then I say stay away!)

I was looking through my January files from last year and ran across this Martin Luther King Jr.  Timeline project I did with the kids and thought I would share!  
I gave the students this sheet and a sentence strip.  We cut it apart and put it in order.  It was great to teach them about putting items in chronological order.  They all thought he was SO old because he was born in the 1900's!  Then they were floored when I told them so was I!  (You have to love there honesty!)

Last year we took it a bit further.  The students paired up and and made Keynote presentations about MLK.  The kids did well and they turned out great!  (I am not sure my group this year will be able to do it...)

Hope you are all having a great week back, or second week back if you were lucky like me and started back last week.  Already feeling the stress????  There is an app for that!  Check back tomorrow for "This is a Great App Thursday" and find out more.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Printing Tips and a Freebie!

If you are like me, you print many things on your personal printer.  We all know how much ink costs and we hate to waste it!  I know many of you probably already know and do these things, but I thought I would share a few printing tips with you.  Below the tips you will see a print menu screen shot (it is from a mac, but similar to PC)

Tip 1:  Don't print pages you don't need!
The colorful covers and instruction pages are beautiful and great, but do you really need to print them?  Instead of printing "all"  of the pages in a file, select only the pages you need.  Select pages from #__ to #__.  You can always flip through the pages in the preview to make sure you selected the right pages.

Tip 2:  Do you really need to print it in color??
Some things are great in color, but if you are going to copy it in black and white why not print in gray scale?

Tip 3:  Make sure it all fits on the page!
I always make sure the "scale to fit" is selected.  This usually solves many problems of the printouts not looking quite right.  If images are being cut off or if it is way off center, this may solve many problems.

Tip 4: Save paper if you can, print multiple sheets on one page.
Did you know you can get several pages per paper with out shrinking them on the copy machine!  Select the number of copies per page you want directly on the print menu.  Depending on your printer, you may also be able to print front and back on the paper.

I hope this helps a few people.  I know when someone shared a few of these tips with me, I was like "well why didn't I think of this?"

It is Manic Monday!  Here is a Freebie that is "SNOW" cute and perfect for this weeks Word Work.  It is a snowman color by code.  Normally I find these with beginner sight words, this one has more advanced words.  Even though my firsties are reading more and more words, they still love to color by codes.  (In fact if you use Storytown for Grade 1, they may just match Lesson 15.)  Click here to download it.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Race to Win!

Happy Sunday!  Today it seems I am racing to get things done and hoping to win!  I am still after my resolution to lose weight and walking more.  I figured out yesterday that having music with 130 bpm makes a big difference in your pace!  It could have also been attributed to the fact that I didn't have my kids with me and wasn't exhausted from working all day at school.

I was just updating (and shopping!) on Teachers Notebook and noticed the giveaway going on!  You can enter to win your choice of an iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD or Nook HD!  It is free to enter and you can enter once everyday.  You do have to be a Teachers Notebook member (this is free also).

So as you are "blog-stalking" click over and enter for your chance to win!  If you click over from my page and win I get one too!!!!  As a bonus, if I win because of you I will send a special thank you!  I will send you a $25 Amazon Gift Card and All of the products in my store during 2013!

I just completed and uploaded my "Dolch Word Fluency Race" packet.  

This is a fun way to practice and track your students Dolch Word List accuracy and time. Includes word races for Preprimer - Grade 3 Dolch Words. Perfect for small group instruction and paired student work in Buddy Reading or Word Work literacy stations. It is Reading Standards: Foundation Skills Common Core Aligned for Word Recognition and Fluency.

Give it a try, download a preview FREE!  (Download at my TN or TpT Store) Preview includes: Preprimer Word Race Materials

Full Packet Includes:
- Packet Instructions and Use Ideas
- Student Practice Booklet/ Individual Assessments (6 pages)
- Mini-Posters (5 pages)
- Dolch Word Race Champion Certificates
- Dolch Word Race Class Tracking Form

So as I continue on my race today, the finish line is not even in sight!  So much to do and not quite enough time to do it.  Who needs sleep anyways right!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Read to Self Book Recommendation Freebie

The weekend is half over and I have not quite accomplished all I planned.  My plan was to work all weekend on blogging and creating new things for class.  I keep losing focus and find myself lost in all of the fabulous blogs online.  They are quite addictive.  I think I need to turn off my WiFi when I work.  I am proud of myself for taking a break to exercise today (yay me!)  I also feel better realizing that everything I am working on I will be using in my class too.  Since I am making it anyway, no reason not to share!  

Here is a student book recommendation forma I made for my students to use at the "Read to Self" Super 6 center.  Once students finish reading a book they can complete this little form to recommend it to a friend they think will like it.  They will fill out the front and write a little summary, story map or draw a picture from the book.  Then they can put it in their friends book box.  While working with classmates in Book Club, students get to know their friends interest.  They are having fun writing a note to a friend, but really are practicing important skills.  Click here to grab yours if you like.

The Super 6 is an essential part of my classroom day.  The kids love it and don't realize how hard they are working and I can truly differentiate.  The Super 6 are daily differentiated learning centers that incorporate reading, writing, science, math, and technology. It is perfect for all elementary grades, especially grades K-2. Students rotate through 6 stations daily (sometimes 3 per day) with a customized rotation schedule. The teacher "pushes in" to a center and has the opportunity to work with every student everyday, not just the struggling students. I think I have tried every center method under the sun. The Super 6 combines the best from all of them and what works for me. The Super 6 consist of S.T.E.M, Literacy Plugged In (Listen to Reading), Write On..., Read to Self, Word Work and Book Club (Buddy Reading). More information and all you need to implement the Super 6 is in this pack.  It is in my TpT store here.  (Super Frog Theme or Super Kids Theme)
OK back to work now, hopefully I will stay focused and not go off on any other tangents...
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