Thursday, October 8, 2015

Trifold Book Report

Looking for a different type of book report that's fun, but will enable you to assess your students' grasp of comprehension strategies and writing skills?

Everything you need is in the packet,  including a note that goes home to parents with a send back slip they sign, three trifold pages, a teacher/student rubric and more. Also included are fun activities that kids can do for bonus points!

Effective Parent/Teacher Conferences

If you are like most teachers, you are preparing for your first round of parent/teacher conferences. Now that I teach on the college level, this is one activity I currently don't have to do, but when I did, I really did enjoy them. Why? Because I was prepared with more than just the student's grades. Here are some of the ways I got ready.

First, in preparing for parent/teacher conferences, what can you do on a daily basis? Is the conference based on simply talking about grades or are there additional items that need discussing? How can an observation be specific without offending the parent or guardian? How is it possible to remember everything?

I kept a clipboard in my classroom on which were taped five 6” x 8” file cards so they overlapped - something like you see in the two pictures above. Each week, I tired to evaluate five students, writing at least two observations for each child on the cards. At the end of the week, the file cards were removed and placed into the children's folders. The next week, four different students were chosen to be evaluated. In this way, I did not feel overwhelmed, and had time to really concentrate on a small group of children. By the end of 4-5 weeks, each child in the class had been observed at least twice. By the end of the year, every child had been observed at least eight different times.

Below are sample observations which might appear on the cards.


Mary Kay

 Likes to work alone; shy and withdrawn;  wears a great deal of make-up.

 She has a good self concept and is  friendly. Her preferred learning style is  visual based on the modality survey.



 Leader, at times domineering, likes to  play games where money is involved.

 His preferred learning style is auditory  (from the modality survey). He can be a  “bully,” especially in competitive games.  He tends to use aggressive language with  those who are not considered athletic.

Checklist for P/T Conferences
By the time the first parent/teacher conferences rolled around, I had at least two observations for each child. This allowed me to share specific things (besides grades) with the parents/guardians. As the year progressed, more observations were added; so, that a parent/guardian as well as myself could readily see progress in not only grades, but in a student's behavior and social skills. The cards were also an easy reference for filling out the paperwork for a 504 plan or an IEP (Individual Education Plan). As a result of utilizing the cards, I learned pertinent and important facts related to the whole child which in turn created an effective and relevant parent/teacher conference.

To keep the conference on the right track, I also created a checklist to use during parent/teacher conferences.  It featured nine characteristics listed in a brief, succinct checklist form. During conferences, this guide allowed me to have specific items to talk about besides grades. Some of the characteristics included were study skills and organization, response to assignments, class attitude, inquiry skills, etc. Since other teachers at my school were always asking to use it, I rewrote it and placed it in my TPT store. It is available for only $1.95, and I guarantee it will keep your conferences flowing and your parents focused! When you have time, check it out!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Shiloh Student Worksheets

Who doesn't love Shiloh? 

Kids and adults relate to this classic story of a boy who rescues Shiloh, an endearing, shy beagle, from his abusive owner. Marty has to hide him from his parents because they don't want another mouth to feed, so he lies as a cover up. The more he lies, the more his web becomes entangled.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor wrote this story based on an experience she had when she saw a sad sack dog on one of her trips to West Virginia. She just couldn't shake the image of the poor dog from her mind and thus the story evolved.

This 54 page packet has been created for busy teachers who just don't have time to put a comprehensive packet together.  Have a great year!


photo of Shiloh Student Worksheets PDF Ruth S. TeacherspayTeachers

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Number the Stars ELA Activities

Number the Stars! 

This is definitely one of my favorite stories! It's set during World War II and is so skillfully written by Lois Lowry that the characters come alive. It's based on a story that was told to Mrs. Lowry by a woman who lived through the German occupation during the War.

Because most students have no background knowledge about WWII, I included an article, with questions, that gives them a better understanding of the events and circumstances happening during those years. Also included is a map of Denmark and Europe, with map activities that can be integrated with social studies classes. This 71 page packet has detailed instructions of how to use the pages.


photo of Number the Stars ELA Activities, PDF, novel studies, ready to print student worksheets,Ruth S.
photo of Number the Stars ELA Activities, PDF, novel studies, ready to print student worksheets,, Ruth S.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Quick, Common Core Reading Practice In 5 Minutes Each Day


(Multiple Grade Levels are Available) These high-interest passages review the Common Core Reading Standards in just five minutes per day.  Historical fiction, realistic fiction, poetry, informational text,drama/plays, fantasy, and science fiction passages are all included to give your students quick, daily practice at your grade level. Common Core Standards are written right next to each short passage for easy progress monitoring. Best of all, the passages are thematic so each week, students build important reading, science, and social studies knowledge as they review each standard.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Partner Reading

A great way to informally assess how well your students comprehend what they're reading is to have them read together as partners.

My ready to use partner worksheets focus on plot, characters, setting, cause/effect, conflict/resolution, making predictions and connections. Each worksheet has instructions that enable the pairs to successfully complete the elements of the story. These can be used with sstudents in grades 4 through 7. Click on the prediction worksheet to learn more.


photo of Partner Reading, PDF, reading,, Ruth S.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bloom Ball Reports

Get the year off to an exciting start by having your students create "BIO" Bloom Ball reports the first or second week of school! They get to know each other as they work together in small groups to create their reports. The projects are hands on, cut/glue paste and once finished you'll want to display them all year!

Included are small and large templates, in color and black and white, as well as complete instructions of how to fasten the 3-D "balls" together. There are also student worksheets and rubrics.

Once the balls are fastened, attach ribbon or yarn to the tops of them and display them from the ceiling of your classroom.

This project can be used with grades 4 and up. Middle and high school teachers use them with ELA, science and social studies classes.

photo of  Bloom Ball Reports, PDF, book reports, PDF, science, social studies, ELA

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Common Core Figurative Language

Looking for printables you can use year to year with any book or story? 

These ready to print Common Core figurative worksheets include 
similes, metaphors, personification and three posters. 
The worksheets require students to find examples in books they're reading or in other text. 
Also included is a student friendly rubric. 

photo of Common Core Standards Figurative Language PDF ELA worksheets, Ruth S.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bridge to Terabithia

Does Jess realize that life must go on? 
Why does he finally build the bridge? 
Bridge to Terabithia is a powerful, poignant story
that conveys an uplifting message about death and grieving.


Bridge to Terabithia, novel study, Katherine Paterson, literature, Language Arts, student worksheets

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NonFiction Bingo

(Sing along with me!)

B - I - N - G -
 B - I - N - G -
 B - I - N - G - O
and BINGO was his NAME -O

I loved Bingo as a kid! 
We used to sing that song when we played Bingo for hours and hours!

NonFiction Bingo helps to familiarize kids with the terms they need to know in order to understand nonfiction text. Run weekly contests! Kids put their Bingo coupons in the Bingo Jar and win prizes. Included are 4 pages of creatively designed markers, many different Bingo cards, Bingo winner coupons, Bingo labels for the jar and complete instructions. Color and black and white.

photo of Nonfiction Bingo, Bingo cards, PDF, Ruth S.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Teacher Templates and Forms Save Time

Have you looked for a form or template that you've needed at the last minute and just couldn't find it? I have! Talk about stress! 

With all the other preparations for back to school,  I'd go crazy looking for ONE template. Was it in my template folder in my file drawers at school? I thought it would be there, but NO! 

So after stressing out too many times, I decided to create this packet of templates to make my life EASIER! One template that I had never found a nice copy of was a generic answer sheet for 50 multiple choice questions. I created one. This packet of templates is now stored on my computer and NOT in my file drawer. Quick, easy and saves me time!


photo of Templates and Forms Save Time, PDF, back to school, Ruth S.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Wonders McGraw Hill Reading for Kindergarten

Are you looking for some great flashcards to supplement your Wonders Reading Program

Most of our products: Thematic Units, and Writing Center Anchor Charts and Activities are build around the Wonders Program.

Additionally here are a few more "Wonders" items:

Sight Word Flash Cards or Game Card Sets:

This set contains 21 sets that can be used as flashcards, write the room cards, game cards, fluency cards, writing center cards, and on and on.

Star Word Cards
Basketball Word Cards
Apple Word Cards
Space Word Cards
Clover Word Cards
Pocket Word Cards
Piggy Bank Word Cards
Leaf Word Cards
Valentine Word Cards
Framed Word Cards
Fish Bowl Word Cards
Gumdrop Word Cards
Beehive Word Cards
Bathtub Word Cards
Little Chick Word Cards
Horse Word Cards
Lamb Word Cards
Mud Word Cards
Penguin Word Cards
Halloween Headstone Word Cards
Panda Bear Word Cards

This product allows you to build a "Wonders" Sight Word Wall

This product allow students practice with "Wonders" Sight Word Sentences.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Using Bloom's in Math

As one of their assignments, my college students are required to create a practice test using pre-selected math vocabulary. This activity prompts them to review, look up definitions and apply the information to create ten good multiple choice questions while at the same time studying and assessing the material. Since I want the questions to be more than Level 1 (Remembering) or Level II (Understanding) of Bloom's Taxonomy, I give them the following handout to help them visualize the different levels.  My students find it to be simple, self explanatory, easy to understand and to the point.

Level I - Remembering

 What is this shape called?

Level II - Understanding

Circle the shape that is a triangle.

Level III - Applying

       Enclose the circle in a square.

Level IV - Analyzing

     What shapes were used to draw this picture?

Level V - Evaluating

How is the picture above like a real truck?  How is it  different?

Level VI - Creating

Create a new picture using five different geometric shapes.
(You may use the same shape more than once, but you must use five different geometric shapes.)

As teachers, we are only limited by our imagination as to the activities we ask our students to complete to help them prepare for a test. However, we still need to teach and provide information so the students can complete these types of tasks successfully. With the aid of the above chart, my students create well written practice tests using a variety of levels of Bloom's. When the task is completed, my students have also reviewed and studied for their next math exam. I consider that as time well spent!
Using Bloom's in Math

If you would like a copy of the above chart in a similar but more detailed format, it is available on Teachers Pay Teachers as a FREE resource.

(Science + Math)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Literature Interactive Notebook Stories

Coming soon (Release Date is April 15th). 
Access them on the release date, or follow my TpT store to get a notification when these bundles are released within the next few hours.Click Here

Hello everyone!  I have some really fun posts planned.  Check back often.  I have been working on several different things.  This is one of them.  It is designed to be such a time saver.

These short stories are thematic and fit right inside of student journals.  Each document provides three stories that teach the same theme, teaching tips, close reading questions, and an answer key.  More themes will be added soon.  Current themes include:
  • Identity
  • Doing the Right Thing
  • The American Dream
This is designed to fit will school district curricula, state assessments, and Common Core.  Students read multiple quick and original stories that address the same themes.  Stories are written using the same writing techniques as award winning novels. These high-interest stories cover multiple genres and are a great addition to lessons.  

Questions are written at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to help students evaluate text closely.  Stories can be read in one class period. Each document includes stories that can be extended for an entire week's worth of lessons.  

They are small enough to fit right inside of student journals.  Students can do a close reading of a passage right inside of their notebooks!  This makes them perfect for extending classroom lessons and as a tool for homework.

Use them as a quick assessment between novels.  Use them to review:
  • Themes
  • Character Analysis
  • Literary Devices (Foreshadowing, metaphors, personification, imagery, vivid verbs, symbolism, and more)
  • Tone and Mood
  • Comparing and Contrasting Texts
  • Inferences
  • Plot Structure
This is a great tool for Common Core.  It aligns to nearly all of the Common Core Literature Standards.

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day Everyone! 
Earth Day is observed each year on April 22nd. The purpose of the day is to encourage awareness of and appreciation for the earth's environment. It is usually celebrated with outdoor shows, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to the earth. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, and conducting various programs for recycling and conservation.

Symbols used by people to describe Earth Day include: an image or drawing of planet earth, a tree, a flower or leaves depicting growth or the recycling symbol. Colors used for Earth Day include natural colors such as green, brown, or blue. The universal recycling symbol as seen on your left is internationally recognized and used to designate recyclable materials. It is composed of three mutually chasing arrows that form a Mobius strip which, in math, is an unending single-sided looped surface. (And you wondered how I would get math in this article!?!) This symbol is found on products like plastics, paper, metals and other materials that can be recycled. It is also seen, in a variety of styles, on recycling containers, at recycling centers, or anywhere there is an emphasis on the smart use of materials and products.
Free Handout

Inspired by Earth Day, Trash to Treasure is an eight page FREE handout. It features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy-to-construct crafts, all made from recycled or common, everyday items. Discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom. To download the free version, just click under the cover page on your right.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Glyphs Are Really Graphing!

Sometimes I think that teachers believe a glyph is just a fun activity, but in reality glyphs are a non-standard way of graphing a variety of information to tell a story. It is a flexible data representation tool that uses symbols to represent different data. Glyphs are an innovative instrument that shows several pieces of data at once and requires a legend/key to understand the glyph. The creation of glyphs requires problem solving, communication, and data organization.

Remember coloring pages where you had to color in each of the numbers or letters using a key to color certain areas or coloring books that were filled with color-by-numbers?  Believe it or not, these pages were a type of glyph. 

Glyph for St. Patrick's Day
For St. Patrick's Day I have created a Pot of Gold glyph. Not only is it a type of graph, but it is also an excellent activity for reading and following directions.  The glyph requires the children to draw, color, or glue different items on the Pot of Gold starting point. Students are to finish this glyph using the seven categories listed below.

1) How Do You Come to School?
2) Shamrocks (age)
3) Rainbow (favorite colors)
4) Boy or Girl?
5) Coloring the Leprechaun’s Hat (like to read?)
6) Coloring Your Gold (hair color)
7) Name

If you are interested, just click under the resource cover page seen above.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Milk Lid Math

Start saving those milk jug lids because there are countless math activities you can do in your classroom using this free manipulative
Here are just four of those ideas.

1) Sort the lids by various attributes such as:
  • Color
  • Snap-on or Twist-on 
  • Label or No Label
  • Kind of edge (smooth or rough)

2) Let the students grab one handful of lids.
  • Ask the students to count the lids.
  • See if the students can write that number.

3) Make a pattern using two different colors of lids.
  • Identify the pattern using letters of the alphabet or numbers. The pattern above would be an A, A, B pattern or a 1, 1, 2 pattern.
  • Now ask the students to use more than two colors to make a pattern
  • Once more, have the students identify the pattern using alphabet letters or numbers.

4) Decide on a money value for each color of lid. (Example: Red lids are worth a nickel, blue lids are worth a dime, and white lids are worth a penny.) Put all of the lids into a bag and have the students draw out four lids. Have the students add up the total value of these four lids.
Milk Lid Math
  • Use play money (coins) to have the students show the value of the lids. 
  • Have the students practice writing money as either a part of a dollar or as cents.
  • Another idea is to have the students find all the combinations of lids that would equal a nickel or a dime or a quarter.

On the original download you will receive 15 ideas with numerous subtopics listed under each one. These may be used with a whole group, small groups, or as center activities.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative's 1st Anniversary!

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Leah Popinski earned $3,157 during her first 15 months at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Leah then joined TBOTEMC on August 5th and earned $9,014 in 3 months.

Twelve of our TBOTEMC members reached their TpT Milestone in 2014 and were highlighted in the TpT Newsletter.  Use the links below to visit their TpT stores.  (Teachers who are featured in the TpT Milestone section of the TpT Newsletter have an all-time total earning of $20,000; $75,000; $500,000; or $1,000,000.)

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Dear Vicky,

I just wanted to share how TBOTEMC  is changing my life - I have attached my latest data. I did not post this to boast, only to show you the positive impact TBOTEMC is having on my success.  In the last eight months, I have made more than I make in a year teaching in the classroom.   I love teaching, but I love creating resources just as much! 

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