Common Core Standards Checklists


      I hope everyone is doing well out in the teaching world. I have been very busy with teaching, coaching, and all of the other hats I wear at school. So my blog has been abused the last month or so. While I was searching for resources I ran across a great site with Common Core Standards checklists. The Curriculum Corner has created checklists for grades K-6. Click on the link above to download a free copy of Jill and Cathy’s checklist for both Reading and Math.

     I am currently working on a unit with all text based questions and will be posting it soon for suggestions and insight. My goal is to have it posted by Wednesday.

E-Reading Worksheets




             A fellow reading teacher shared a  resource with me on Friday. The site is E-Reading Worksheets. The site describes itself as ” Are you looking for online reading activities? How about interactive practice activities targeting specific reading skills? At ereadingworksheets.com you can complete e-reading worksheets: online reading skill quizzes about such subjects as identifying figurative language, recognizing patterns of organization or text structure, comprehending texts, determining the author’s purpose, and more. ” I have been looking around the site over the weekend and have found practice worksheets that can easily be turned into centers and group work. Let me know what you find useful on the site. 



Tech Day Training Information and Handout

     Today I had a wonderful day helping other teachers with information that other teachers helped me with. During the in-service I had a couple teachers shared some amazing resources and I have also included those on my update handout. If you have any online tools or websites that you believe should be added to my list please let me know and I will add them. I now can officially start my Fall Break! Yay! Click here to download my handout on over 90 web tools for teachers that are FREE!

Amazing Free Common Core Site

           I’m still alive or at least I think I am. I know I have not posted since school has started, but it has been a crazy five weeks. I received information about this amazing website and had to share this with all the teachers out there. Learn Zillion is a site for grades 3rd-8th, both ELA and Math with free Common Core resources. This site has videos, slide shows, and lesson commentaries. The videos can be assigned to students or you can use them to help you better understand the standards. I hope you find the site very helpful. Let me know if you have any great Common Core sites. I would like to add them to my resource page.

I'm Back From TETA 2012

          I spent most of my week at TETA, which is a technology conference in Tennessee. I learned so much and enjoyed myself at the same time. We had an amazing speaker Kevin Honeycutt. He really made you want to get out there and do good for our students. One of the sessions I attended was 60 websites in 60 for educators. Here are some of the websites I think my fellow bloggers would love:

  • http://todaysmeet.com/    This website is free! It allows you to have a meeting with anyone that has internet access and your code. 
  • http://www.ted.com/       This website if free! This site has riveting talks by remarkable people
  • http://www.livebinders.com/ Another free site! It acts like an online 3-ring binder. This would be great for classroom information or teachers sharing resources. 
  • http://www.xtranormal.com/  Some features are free. Students or teachers can make animated movies.
  • http://jeopardylabs.com/ No registration and its free. Make your own Jeopardy or use someone elses

       I hope you find something you find helpful! I’ll be posting about free software tomorrow.

Gradebook! Paper or Online?

             I lived through my first overnight experience and the zoo with my niece (3) and my nephew (11 months). We had all kinds of fun, but I need a nap or five naps. So now I have time to blog about my classroom. I used paper grade book my first year of teaching, but after a technology training I feel in love with an online grade book. I have been using an online grade book for the last two years and I plan to continue to use it. I use Jupiter Grades to record grades, track absences/tardies, and record individual notes about each student. There is a free version that works great. You can record grades and attendance for as many different classes as you need. You can print rosters, report cards, progress reports, seating charts, and other reports. The records are accessible from year to year.

          I am wondering if anyone else uses online grade books. If you do what programs or website do you use? I am looking forward to hearing from everyone!

Free Lesson Plans

                     While on one of my favorite websites, (Scholastic) I found that they have added a database of lesson plans. You can search the database by grade, subject, types, and keywords. The lesson plans include descriptions, directions, resources, and assessments. The same website also has a daily starter for language, math, and a fun fact. The daily starter has two views; a teacher view and a student view. The daily starters can also be printed and are updated each day. The site also has free resources for the Smart board. The sites are separated into categories and then they have the age listed under each resource. 

~Meagan~

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