Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bloom into Discussion! Picture-Based Discussion Skills

Welcome to Bloom into Discussion! I developed these picture cues to develop the discussion skills of younger students. There are picture prompts for each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy PLUS super-helpful discussion stems. Use a projector or print posters to introduce one new skill at a time and watch your students’ question formation and discussion skills grow!
Bloom’sStart with a question:
Remember (Student with finger in the air, like he/she just remembered something important) 
Understand (Student pointing to target, as if pointing to the most important point to summarize) 
Apply (Student with shrugged shoulders...I wonder how or why)
Analyze (Student writing-perhaps between the lines-to signify inference)
Evaluate (Student with speech bubble-to represent justifying thinking)
Create (Student imagining-representing creating something new)

Discussion Stems:Then build on the first student’s answer:
I’m thinking...(Student with finger on chin to signify thinking)
What if
...(Student creating something, as if saying, “What if we did this in a new way?”)
It confused me when
...(Student standing at two-way sign, not sure which way to go)
I agree with
...(Thumbs up)
I respectfully disagree with
...because...(Thumbs down)
I have a connection to
...(Big purple creature with a little purple creature-they are connected) 
One thing we should notice...(Fingers holding a litte worm, to signify a little, yet important, detail) 
I used to think..but now...(Student with a light bulb to signify ideas)
My guess is
...(Student with finger to mouth as if making a guess)
I thought this part was hard when
...(Student with a productive struggle-it’s okay to struggle!) 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Next Generation Science 4th Grade WAVES Unit!

This unit has been a LONG time in the making, and it's ready to go!  I hope you 4th grade science teachers and your students enjoy experiencing it as much as I did creating it! Download your copy today--included is a FREE WHITEBOARD version of your choice. :)

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Calendar Manipulatives: Instant Activity!

Included in this handy set are calendar frames, month labels, day labels and number labels in 8 different colors! 
How to use:
• Print on cardstock
• Cut out labels
• Place in gallon zip-lock bags for easy distribution. Keeping the sets separated by color helps prevent mixing up pieces between students.
Formative Assessment:
Make several copies of the black calendar frame for formative assessment! After students place the cardstock calendar pieces, have them copy the information onto a blank recording sheet.
Young students can create the current month's calendar. Older students can figure months in the future or past.
Have fun!

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New Word Work! INK Edition

Word Work Fans:
An new edition is ready!

Welcome to Wonderful Word Work! With this series, you can teach spelling within the framework of the Word Work part of your Daily 5 or center time. Once children learn the activity formats, this is work they’ll be able to do independently. Simply introduce the activity for the day before
beginning your rotations. If you wish, each set of wordswith and without added affixescan be used in a weekly spelling test. Word sets are selected specifically to teach spelling rules, creating great spellers and writers!
Activity 1: Making words! Combine beginning sounds with “ink”Make a set of cards for each child in the center and place in a zip-lock bag. Provide a recording sheet for each child. Demonstrate how to write the new word and draw a picture to illustrate it on the “My Word Work Recording Sheet” (printed 2-sided).
Activity 2: Adding a suffixMake a set of cards for each child in the center and place in a zip- lock bag. Provide a “Back to the Root” sheet for each child.
Activity 3: Word Hunt: Tell students to think of other silent “-ink” words. Write them, then use a suffix that makes sense with the new words. Choose one new word to illustrate on the back of this page.
Activity 4: The Shape of a Word: Provide each child with the activity sheet. Once children learn what letters may go in each size box, this is a fun, puzzle-like activity.
Activity 5: Composing Sentences: Provide each child with the activity sheet. Tell them their sentences may include more than one word from the word bank AND they may use any suffixes they wish that make sense. After writing 4 sentences, ask them to pick one sentence to illustrate. You may want them to underline the word bank words in their sentences. 
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

1st Grade Next Generation Science--Organisms: Structures and Processes unit

Whew!  This unit took me an entire year (during my "free" time) to write, but it's awesome!  1st grade teachers, download your copy today!  After purchase, email me at and request your FREE whiteboard version--specify whether you use SmartNotebook or ActivInspire.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

New Wonderful Word Work Edition!

The new -atch, -etch, -itch, -otch, -utch edition of Wonderful Word Work is here!

Create great spellers and writers!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Kentucky Program Reviews Toolkit--NEW Version

This NEW VERSION of the Kentucky Program Review Toolkit is based on the NEW rubrics, includes Global Competency/World Languages AND simplifies the evidence gathering process by: 
1) SHARING the responsibility AND 
2) utilizing QUESTIONNAIRES to elicit evidence! 
For each major area, there are separate sections for the following teams:
PLC Chairpersons/Guidance Counselors/Lead Teachers Principals
SBDM Councils
RTI Coordinators (K-3 Program Review only)

How do we get started with the Toolkit?
Deal with one area at a time. Simply copy the appropriate sections for each team. Dividing the responsibility brings this daunting task down to the “do-able” level. 

According to PR Audit trainings in 2015, if your school is audited, no more than 2-3 pieces of excellent evidence are needed per demonstrator, but it must be strong evidence that reflects across your school population. 

Teachers can strategically divide their designated descriptors/characteristics, thus REDUCING THE WORKLOAD! You can decide to collect hard copy evidence, keeping one binder per team or keep the collection together in one place. OR you can go digital and use various technologies to house your evidence. 

Included as a part of this purchase is a Google Slides collection tool (email me at to get your FREE copy! Be sure to include your school email address.) Since there's an app for Google Slides, after you customize your title slide and share, anyone involved in evidence collection can use a smartphone or tablet to upload evidence!

You’ll be confident that your evidence substantiates the Program Review scores you are working toward. Language from the Proficient rubric ratings are used in all areas of this Toolkit:
Arts & Humanities
Career Studies/Practical Living Global Competency/World Languages
✔Curriculum materials still in use need not be replaced yearly (except to revise dates to reflect current school year OR if they are improved upon), but student work samples do need to be updated yearly.
☞ Evidence with this symbol could NOT be easily produced for an audit if not collected during the school year (student work, evidence of feedback, using assessment to inform instruction, etc.)

I hope this resource simplifies your whole Program Review process, increases your scores AND makes life easier for your teachers, as well!

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