Fluency Assessment Practice and Additional TN 2nd Grade Assessment Resources

In Tennessee, the second grade assessment will include a fluency section aligned to Tennessee standard 2.RF.4.a: (RF) Reading Foundational Skills.  To help 2nd grade teachers, I have created several practice assessments as well as shared some much-needed information below.

Practice: Click here or on the picture to download the practice fluency set.

Read aloud directions for teachers:  “Here are 20 sentences. Read each sentence and ask yourself: Is this sentence true? Mark YES or NO to answer the question for each sentence. Do not start until I say “Go.” Do as many as you can before I say “Stop.”

Testing Format for TN 2nd Grade Fluency Section Assessment: Students will have a set of twenty sentences in their test booklets, varying in length from four to eight words (four each with four, five, six, seven, and eight words per sentence). Each sentence includes words that are at or below the second grade reading level. Each sentence is structured to present a statement that is easily recognizable as true or not true. Students will have one minute to read the sentences and mark YES or NO as directed

Additional TN 2nd Grade Assessment Resources: 

Thank you for reading. Please comment below if you have any questions or need additional resources.


Teacher Coaching Questionnaire for Instructional Coaches and Principals


           I have begun a new chapter in my teaching career as an Instructional Coach. I will be working with three groups of students each day, and the rest of the day I will be working with teachers. I have been working hard this week to create resources to help me be successful in my new role. Of course, I wanted to share them with my readers. To better get to know the teachers I will be working with I created a Teacher Coaching Questionnaire. You can click here to download it or click on the picture. I am currently working on a Coaching binder with several forms, and I will also share those with my readers. 

Teacher coaching questionnaire for instructional coaches and principals


Engaging Parents 101

Engaging Parents 101

Hello! My name is Laura Lavery, and I teach middle school Spanish in Franklin, Tennessee. Part of my vision this year was to engage all of my students’ parents and family members in our classroom community. A fun way to engage parents this year has been creating e-vites from a free website Evite.com
Some events that have been popular include the following: coming to class on your child’s birthday, student presentations, bringing your mama and papa to Spanish class, bear market, elf market, and day of the dead station celebration. I first start by creating an account with Evite and then import all of the parents’ emails. I then use their templates to make invitations to class events. I usually plan two to three big events each month. These e-vites serve as formal invitations to invite parents into our classroom. From the students’ perspective, the students are very excited when their mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather walk into the classroom. I firmly believe these invitations have made my parents feel welcome in our classroom throughout the entire year. Here are some of my previous e-vites:
Feel free to contact me laverylau@fssdorg with questions. Also please follow our Twitter @fssdPGMSLavery

Journeys Common Core Resources

The resources below are for the 5th Grade 2014 Common Core Journeys Edition. If you need other grades scroll down to the end of the page. 
Resources Added on 12/29/14 (Be sure to check back often for more updates) 

5th Grade 

Unit 1 

Lesson 1 

Lesson 2 

Lesson 3 

    Unit 2 

    Lesson 6

    Lesson 7

    Lesson 8

    Lesson 9

    Lesson 10

    Unit 3 

    Lesson 11

    Lesson 12

      Unit 3 

      Lesson 13

      Lesson 14 
      • Lesson 15 Vocabulary Matching Cards
      • Lesson 15 Vocabulary Cube
      Lesson 16
      • Lesson 16 Vocabulary Matching Cards
      • Lesson 16 Vocabulary Cube

      Other Journey’s Resources: 

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      Sight Word Bingo Printable for School and Home

      Students love playing bingo, so why not make it a review for sight words. There are three sets total, and each set has the word cards for the teacher and 15 bingo cards for the students. Click on each picture to download your freebie.


      • Print your cards on card stock to extend their use
      • Laminate the cards for more extended use 
      • Use the small erasers from the Dollar Tree, Target Dollar Spot, or on Amazon to save the hassle of the tiny round red dots 

      sight word bingo printable pdf
      Pre-Primer Bingo Set

      sight word bingo printable pdf
       Primer Bingo Set
      sight word bingo printable pdf

      1st Grade Bingo Set 

        Thank you for stopping by and checking out the blog. Please comment below about additional resources you are looking for.


      Contraction Games for Students (Free downloads)

      This post contains three resources you can use at school or home to help your students identify contractions. The resources are contraction bingo set, contraction puzzle, and contraction dominoes. To see these products in use, click here to view the product reels on Instagram. 
      Teaching Tip: 
      One of my editing rules for my students is that they “must break apart a contraction.” This rule helps them figure out if they should be using it’s or its. To follow this rule, students must know their contractions. 
      contractions exercises with answers

      contractions exercises with answers

      contractions exercises with answers

             Click on each image to download the free resource. Thank you for stopping by and please let me know in the comments below what other resources you are looking for.


      Writing Handout for Revising and Editing Writing

      Understanding the difference between editing and revising can be tricky for students and editing and revising. 
      To assist students in the revising process, you can provide students with the “Instead of Said” and the “Signal Words” handout. Both of the resources will help students while writing and revising. The students writing will be more enjoyable to read with various phrases used. 
      To assist students as they write, you can provide students with the “Punctuation” handout. This handout describes punctuation and how punctuation can be used in writing. 

      A great resource to help students write with words other than the dreaded said. 
      Signal words are tricky for students. This handout is a great tool to help out. 

      Another great resource to help students know which punctuation mark they should use. 

                Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to see more writing resources, comment below with what you need.



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