Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Here's a Christmas Math Freebie!

Friday, December 5, 2014

I haven't posted to my blog in a while, only because I have been busy creating Freebies!  Check them out below!  I have posted links to my new products including
The Case of the Missing Numbers Math Pack, an editable binder cover, and editable student name tags for the holidays!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving break has given me some amazing "extra" time to finish my problem solving unit.  I am soooo excited to share it with you.  My students had the best time with it and I am sure yours will too.  Plus it's 7 weeks of lesson plans all aligned to CCSS, with basically no prep!

 To snag your copy visit my tpt store!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Check it out!

Phew!!!  I have finished and published a four week place value unit for second grade!  It is all alligned to CCSS and progresses though the standards of place value.  I was in need of a place value unit that aligned to CCSS, so I created one! I have used this unit in my own classroom. During our month of study, I reviewed, revised, changed, edited and updated this unit to meet my own needs as a teacher as well as the needs of a diverse group of students. Lesson Plans have CCSS, number talks, objectives, and detailed activities as well as assessments and high order thinking questions. My goal was to create a tool to use, in which teachers could use in their classrooms with very little prep. I am excited for this unit to be used in other classrooms and can't wait to hear your feedback! Thank you so much!!
Verbal Overview
Visual Overview in calendar format 
Unit interactive notebook cover with student friendly learning expectations
Interactive notebook “different ways to record numbers” graphics
Bloom’s high order thinking question for student notebook with most lessons
Anchor chart graphics to match student notebooks. 
Student Progress tracker for student self assessments
Post test
Detailed Lesson Plans for FOUR weeks (that’s 20 lessons!!!) all aligned with CCSS including:
Ideas for number talks with each lesson
Writing numbers in different ways, (standard, expanded, word, and Base-ten model)
Adding and subtracting with and without regrouping
Skip counting and patterns with number line
CGI style problem solving
Greater than/less comparing and ordering numbers
Printables for FOUR weeks
Pictures and examples of the unit working in my own classroom
High order thinking questions to post in student notebooks. 
And more! 

Check it out on my tpt store by following the link below: 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I am super excited for something new At Wooster Elementary! The Little Rockers! This is a team of Wooster students who want to participate in the Little Rock Marathon.  Students log 25 miles by February 28th.  February 28th is just one day of marathon activities, in one of which our Little Rockers will finish their last 1.2 miles there in Little Rock the day before the full marathon and half marathon races. Our school's awesome counselor has organized the whole process for the students and my husband (who also teaches at Wooster) and I will be assisting! We will have a great time running or walking a few miles each week with the students to reach our goal by February. Additionally, the counselor and I decided to go ahead and do the full marathon this year! YIKES. But with a Pirate theme, Arrrr! :) Who could resist. I wrote out my training plan and will officially start in the morning.  Wish me Luck! 
For more info on any of the race festivities check out

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Constitution Day and Freedom week

I created this activity pack to include in lesson plans for Constitution Day and our Celebrating Freedom Week. Hope you will find it useful too! :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day will be here very soon!  In preparation, I created a Valentine's Day themed center.  Our first graders began learning word patterns before Christmas that involved a magic or silent e at the end of the word.  I created a center to help them practice reading, writing, and deciphering words that had a magic e (as we call it in our first grade) from nonsense words that didn't.
As a special education teacher, I wanted my center to be differentiated for all the learners in our classroom.
The word cards come in different levels, and there are many blank cards that you can write any words needed on.
As an extension for kiddos in need of a challenge, there is a recording page in which words that have been placed on the nonsense sorting mat can be turned into a real word by adding  the e to the end, reread and used in a sentence.
I kind of wanted something different for our classroom this valentines day, so created this center using bright colors with little "scrappy hearts" from the 3am teacher (  )rather than traditional pink and red "cutsies."

Check out the preview below, or on my tpt store.
Snow days!  Or should I say ice days here in Arkansas.  We have definitely had a crazy January and now February  because of the weather.  My co-teachers and I have been tweeking our behavior plan this year, we have tried several different things with our students.  We wanted to manage challenging behaviors in the most positive way possible, and create a healthy fun learning environment for all of our students.  We have used the components in the pack I created with great success!  If you would like to check out our plan please click below.  :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

As all my special teachers know, its a very important, but tedious task to keep all involved in a child's education aware of accommodations and modifications that have been developed and recorded in a student's IEP.  Great care must be taken, though, to be successful at this task, because those accommodations and modifications are so important, and help even the playing field for a child with a disability. 

I developed a tool for myself, and distributed to everyone in my building along with my students, accommodations and modification page from their IEP to help myself (and other teachers) be aware of those accommodations and modifications at all time.  I just called it "Modifications and Accommodations at a glance"  I divided my student by grade level, naturally, and checked their accommodations and modifications off on a single page per grade level.  Of course the IEP is my ultimate go to, however this quick reference helped as a reminder of all the important information. 

Check it out below!


Goodness gracious!  It has been so long since I have blogged, well I have a good reason, I think....My coteachers and I (whom are fabulous and I love so much) and added another piece of unity to our classrooms!  We are not blogging together for our classes, so I have not individually been posting classroom happenings. 
But.....I have decided to go ahead and continue to record my adventures each day at Wooster Elementary as a Special Education Inclusion teacher.  (Most days it is the very best job ever!) 
So hello there all 2014 bloggers!