Saturday, January 28, 2012

Common Core Math Assessments

Whew, this girl is tired!  I've been glued to my computer All.Day.Long!  I finally finished my new Common Core Math Quick Assessment Pack to TeachersPayTeachers.  Seriously, it took me F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to dissect the math common core.  BUT... after such a wonderful response to my Common Core Reading Graphic Organizers and many requests for Math, here they are!  I hope you love them :)  Click on the pictures or Click Here to Download.

Edited to Add: These Math Quick Assessments have now been updated with a fresh, new look!  See the updates below:

Updated with ALL NEW fonts and graphics!  NEW LOOK, SAME Product!

While you're at my store, don't forget to check out my Common Core Graphic Organizers mentioned above and my Sweetheart Valentine Math and Literacy Centers.  Click the pictures below to download.  

Seriously, I'm done.  Well, actually, now I need to catch up on my blog stalking hopping.  {Sigh} Step away from the computer, Jamie, step away from the computer....

~ Jamie ~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I should be asleep, but instead I'm blogging.

Just taking the time to say a great big THANK YOU to all those who have been supporting me whether through purchasing my TpT products, downloading my freebies, spreading the love through Pinterest, following me on my blog, TpT, and Facebook, or simply taking the time out of your busy schedules to check in on this teeny tiny little blog in the big bloggy world.  Not to mention the comments...Seriously, y'all are awesome!

I am now 8 followers away from a 100 Follower Giveaway!  I am super pumped.  Am I the only one that checks her followers like a crazy person?  How about your TpT store and Blogger Stats?  I get so excited over the little things :)

I'll be back tomorrow to post about a new idea that has been presented to me for my next TpT product.  AND...hopefully I will have 8 more followers by then so I can post about an awesome giveaway too!

Since it's 11:50 pm midnight my time, I should probably close the laptop and go to sleep {hence the blog title}, but not before posting links to my latest units for TpT {which I will check stats on after school tomorrow of course...hee hee}.  Download any of the products by clicking on the pictures below.


Freebies are also available in my TpT Store!

~ Jamie ~

Monday, January 16, 2012

Linky, FREEBIES, and Common Core Graphic Organizers

I am linking up with Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher to share a day in my shoes from waking up until I leave the school building.  Welcome to my world!

6:00 - Alarm goes off and I hit snooze approximately 4 times.  I know it's bad, I know.

6:30 - Drag myself out of bed and hop in the shower eyes half-open.

6:30-7:00 - The typical routine of shower, make-up, hair, and dress.  * Break between make-up and hair to wake up the 6-year-old. *  This is always super fun...

7:00-7:10 - Grabbing my things - Macbook, iPad, and iPhone off the charger {cannot live without my Macs}.  Grabbing my things includes my kid. :)

7:10-7:15 - Go back inside to get something that I inevitably forget every morning.  Who knows what, but I ALWAYS forget SOMEthing!

7:15-7:30 - The kiddo and I jam out on the way to school {usually some Top 40s music}.

7:30-8:00 - Gather materials and get things ready for the day at school.

8:00-8:15 - Grab my kiddos from the gym and send my personal kiddo off with hugs and kisses.

8:15-8:30 - AR reading, attendance, Calendar Math

8:30-9:30 - Math Time!  Usually start with a whole-group mini-lesson with some type of technology component, then split into small groups.

9:30-10:00 - Math RTI - Math Workstations while I meet with Intervention sweeties.

10:00-{I'll never tell} - Recess time :)

10:30-11:00 - Grammar/Writing Time - I follow the Reading Street series for my topic, but usually teach with a TpT Download during this time.

11:00-11:30 - Science/Social Studies - Again, usually a thematic unit from TpT or materials that I pull from random resources.

11:30 - Restroom Break - Unfortunately not for me, for the kids :)

11:40-12:05 - Lunch - This is 25 minutes of precious time that must include checking email, checking mailbox in office, waiting in line for the ONE {yes, that's right} adult restroom in the entire building, and oh yeah - Eating.

12:05-1:30 - Reading Time!  We use Scott Foresman for our reading stories, but I usually pull lots of resources, because I'm just not a very "direct instruction" kinda teacher.  We do about 20-25 minutes of whole-group then break off into small groups.  My kiddos love using the iPod Touch devices {5} and the iPads {3} during small group time.

1:30-2:15 - Special Areas and Teacher Planning Time - Again, it's a fight for the restroom, check mailbox, email, make copies, last minute notes home, team meetings, ARC meetings, etc.  This is RARELY a planning time.

2:15-3:00 - Reading RTI - Most of the kiddos do Literacy Workstations while I pull a small group for Reading Intervention.  

3:00-3:15 - Behavior Conferences with students using my Rockin' Behavior Chart.  The post for this can be found here.

3:15 - This lady says goodbye to her kiddos and calls it a day.

I do most of my planning, grading, etc. at home at night.  I won't bore you with that stuff :)

So that's a day in my shoes.  Nothing too exciting, just the simple life of a teacher who loves her job and her kiddos.  Hop on over to Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher and link up so we can see your day!

It's been a wonderful day off for me.  I finally finished my
 Common Core Standards Graphic Organizer pack for TpT.  Thank you Jesus!  Click the picture below to download.  Leave me a comment and let me know if you are using the Common Core in your school/district.  Even if you're not using them now, the graphic organizers are great for a little higher-order thinking in reading!

Click Here to Download the Entire Set!

Edited to Add: This pack has now been updated!  Check it out below!

NEW Look, SAME Product!

And you know I wouldn't post about a TpT pack without a FREEBIE!  Click on the pictures below to try out a couple of the Common Core graphic organizers included in my pack.  If you download, please be a sweetie and leave me a comment.  It kinda makes my day :-)

Click Here to Download the Freebie Samples!

EDITED TO ADD: These FREEBIES now have a new look too!  Check them out at the above link!

Don't forget to leave feedback if you download the freebie!  Thanks!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Love to Joplin and Approaching 100 Followers!

I am linking up with Mrs. Wills over at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to help out some sweet teachers from Joplin, MO who are dealing with a terrible disaster.  Click the picture below to go to the original post and find out how you can help.  What a great joy it is to give to someone in need.  :)

I have sent some things from my TpT Store to help out.  Won't you show Joplin some love too?

More fun news - I am fast approaching 100 followers.  I think I only need 15 more!  Eek!  You have no idea how exciting it is to check the number of followers each day and see that I've added a few more each day...and in such a short time!  Thanks to all that follow this little blog AND comment - you all rock!  When I DO {not if} reach 100 followers, I am SO ready for another giveaway.  I'm thinking a choice of either Sweetheart Math and Literacy Center Pack or my new Adverb Mini-Unit - winner's choice.  Whadayathink?  I wonder how long it will take to reach 15 more followers... :)

~ Jamie ~

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Adverb Mini-Unit - Common Core Aligned!

I don't know about you guys, but this cold weather is keeping me in the house where I can get some "stuff" done!  I just posted my Adverb Mini-Unit to my TpT Store!  It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and provides a fun approach to grammar!

See the picture below for a preview of everything that's included.

The following is included:
Adverb Anchor Chart (p. 3)
Adverb Bubble Maps (p. 4, 5, 6)
Adverb Bubble Map Recording Sheet (p. 7)
Adverb Game Instructions and Game Board (p. 8, 9)
Adverb Game Recording Sheet (p. 10)
Adjective or Adverb Sort (p. 11, 12)
Adjective or Adverb Word Cards (p. 13, 14)
Adjective or Adverb Recording Sheet (p. 15)
Adverb Cut and Paste Activity (p. 16, 17)
Adverb Acting Fun (p. 18, 19)
Adverb Acting Word Cards (p. 20, 21)
Credits and Thanks (p. 22)

I hope you enjoy!  Click on the picture above or click here to download!  Thanks!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Currently Linky Party and Seriously?!

I am linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade in my first "Currently".  How fun!

Head on over to the blog below to link up!

And...can you believe that 211 awesome people have downloaded my Adjective Freebie from yesterday!  WOW is all I can say!  It is crazy how quickly things happen in this bloggy world!  Please don't forget to leave feedback at my TPT Store!  Thanks so much!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cute FREEBIE and a Facebook Page!

I am loving this bloggy world of creating and sharing so I decided to create and share with you a center activity I plan to do in my classroom this week.  I will be introducing adjectives to my kiddos so I created a cute little Noun, Verb, and Adjective Center and I'm giving it to YOU for FREE!  Click on over to my TpT Store to download this 7-page center activity.

Also, I have just created a Facebook Page for my blog.  Please, please, please click on over to Facebook and LIKE my page to get instant updates on new products and even more freebies!  Thanks a ton!

Feeling the Love Tonight! More Awards!

I am certainly feeling the love tonight with 3 more awards being given to me.  Wow!  And to think I've only been blogging for what like a couple weeks!  Amazing!  As of right now, I already have 66 followers in this short time - Woo hoo!!  I love watching that number go up!

Kristy Cozart over at Cozart's Class and Nicole from Teaching in Style gave me the Versatile Blogger Award {for the second and third time} and Michele from What I Learned in Kindergarten gave me the Liebster Blog Award.  I cannot thank you ladies enough!

It is certainly amazing to me that I have been blogging for a little over a week now and have already received the Versatile Blogger Award 3 times and now the Liebster Blog Award!  I love the world of blogging!

Since I've already completed the rules for the Versatile Blogger award, I will just link back to that post here.

Now the Liebster Blog Award is new and highlights new blogs with less than 200 followers, so here goes.  The rules are as follows:

1. Copy and Paste the Award on your blog - Check!

2. Thank the giver and link back to them {see above} - Check!

3. Reveal your top 5 picks for new blogs with 200 or less followers and let them know they have won.  See below.

Live Laugh and Love to Learn

Again, I can't thank you all enough for awarding me 4 awards in my first couple weeks of blogging!  You guys are awesome!

While I'm at it, I thought I would remind you of the awesome product I just uploaded to TpT -  My Sweetheart Valentine Math and Literacy Pack - 64 pages of Valentine's Day fun!  Thanks so much to those who have already downloaded - WOW!  Please remember to leave me some ratings and feedback on my TpT Store so that I know what ya think about it. 

Click Here to Download

The preview below shows most of what's included in the download.

 Click Here to Download

Also included is a FREEBIE that you can find here.  The Freebie pictured below is a very basic odd and even sheet that is actually one of the recording sheets for a center in my pack.  If you download this freebie, please leave me a comment.  I hope you can enjoy this simple freebie in some way :)

Thanks for showing me so much love so soon.  Right back at ya!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sweetheart Valentine Math and Literacy Centers - 12 Centers

I am breaking the rule {again} of posting twice in one day, but this is major!  I have just uploaded my first ever Math and Literacy Center pack to my TpT store and it is filled with 64 pages of Valentine's Day cuteness and it is super cheap! And it took me F.O.R.E.V.E.R. because it was my first.  Whew!

Take a look at the preview below to see everything that you get when you purchase this awesome center pack!  The 12 centers include 6 math centers and 6 literacy centers.  Several of the activities/games are differentiated.  Recording sheets are included.  Click on the preview image below to make it larger.

This center pack contains the following:
* Odd and Even Sort - Students will sort number cards into odd and even and complete a recording sheet.

* Sweetheart Game - Students will play a game to practice their addition and subtraction facts.

* Math Fact Fill the Candy Jar Game - Students will spin the spinner and roll a die to find a sum to 20.

* Cupcake Numbers Different Ways - Students will match the cupcake icing to the cupcake bottom to practice expanded form of numbers.

* Ordering Numbers Cookie Sort - Students will sort cookies in order from least to greatest and complete a recording sheet.  This activity is differentiated.

* Whole-Group Math Game - This classic game is a fun review of +5 and +10.  This activity is differentiated with 2 different versions of the game.

* Noun and Verb Sort - Students will sort word cards into two categories: noun and verb and complete a recording sheet.

* Vowel Digraph Sort - Students will read and sort word cards by the oo vowel sound and complete a recording sheet.

* Cupcake Compound Words - Students will match the cupcake icing to the cupcake bottom to form compound words.

* Synonyms are Sweet! Game - Students will roll dice, find their number on the key, read the word, then find a synonym to match that word.  Recording sheet is included.

* Strawberry Sight Word Game - Students will roll a die and go that number of spaces on the game board IF they can read the sight word correctly.  The first game is based on the Dolch sight words for Kindergarten, the second game is based on the Dolch sight words for 1st grade, and the third game is based on the Dolch sight words for 2nd grade.

* Sweetheart Word Work - Students use letter cards to make words and complete a recording sheet.

* Valentine Word Work - Students will use letter cards to make words and complete a recording sheet.

I hope you enjoy :)

For those of you who read all the way to the bottom of the post, here's an odd and even FREEBIE for you!  Click here to download the FREEBIE below.

Jamie Rector

Clutter-Free Classroom Project Linky Party

I am linking up with Clutter-Free Classroom to participate in a Linky Party all about being clutter-free and organized in your classroom!  As part of the Week 1 Challenge, I took pictures of my classroom to serve as my "before" pictures.  Please excuse the mess and keep in mind that these pictures were taken the night before the first day back from Christmas break.  I think my room is still recovering from that last week before break :)

 I like the picture above of my classroom library.  I like the look of my baskets, but I have made label after label after label after label {you get my point} and am never satisfied with my labels for my baskets.  We use Accelerated Reader at my school so my books are all organized by AR level.  To appease myself, this summer I simply made very small labels to go at the very bottom of my book baskets.  They are doing the job, but are not the cutest.  This is on my to-do list: to find or create labels for my book basket bins.

This is where I keep my work stations.  Math work stations are in the 10 drawers to the left which always {and I mean always} come off the track and get shoved in anyway.  Does anyone else have this problem with these drawers?  The clear bins to the right house my literacy work stations.  While I do love the clear bins and the black bookshelf, obviously the bins do not fit in the bookshelf.  They are too long.  This really really irks me.  Is irks a word and did I spell it correctly?  Hmm..

This is my reading focus wall.  I put my own spin on this focus wall I found on Life in First Grade.  I love, love, love the pink and green.  The cute little beach chairs are a favorite among my students during AR reading time.  You can also get a glimpse of my mini teacher's toolbox on my black shelf.  This was inspired by this one and this one.  I like how it ties in with my pink and lime green theme :)

This is my teacher area.  Notice how I don't have a teacher's desk in the middle of my room or even facing my students?  I saw this idea on many, many blogs this summer - Get Rid of the Teacher Desk!  Well, I didn't get rid of it completely, but I did shove it up against a wall.  I mean, who has time to sit down at their desk during the day with 20+ kids in the room anyway?!  More room for the kids!!  I love this area for me and the extra room for the kids in front of the ActivBoard. Ignore the Target bag.  Every time I go to work in my room on a non-school day I think I walk in with Target Dollar Section Goodies.  Anybody with me? 

The view from the door to the left.  Ignore that big ugly chair as it's fixing to go to storage too! 

The view from the door to the right.  Do you guys go through as much hand sanitizer as I do?  Notice the economy-size bottle on the small group table. 

The view from the front to the back. 

The view from the other side of the room to my door.  Again, that ugly chair has GOT to go!  I love the Mac computers in our school.  Don't they look just awesome {insert Mac geek comments here}. 

Ahhh, this makes me smile.  I love, love, love my crate seats.  Inspired by Pinterest, created by my husband.  An afternoon project this summer that was so much fun.  My kiddos love sitting at them during small group time.  See the original post about these here.

This is the book shelf by my desk that houses all of my teacher materials and my favorite thing in the world - my BINDERS!  Notice how everything has a label...typed.  My materials are also grouped by content area and grade level as I have materials that span from 1st to 4th.

So that's my "before" pictures.  It's not quite as bad as I had expected, but I always seem to want to change it up a bit and re-organize.  What do you think?

To see other bloggers "before" pictures follow the button below to join the Linky Party.

Clutter-Free Classroom

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I Received an Award! :)

How sweet!  Sara over at Smiling in Second Grade gave me the Versatile Blogger Award!  Yay!  Thank you so much! 

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who presented the award to you and link back to them.

Thanks to Sara and Smiling in Second Grade!  So sweet!

2. Tell seven things about yourself.

1. After seeing Sara's post and her list of winners, I am in desperate need of a blog button.  I have no clue where to start, but I'm gonna google it.  

2. I have a wonderful husband and a 6-year-old little boy.  These boys are my world!

3. I could not live without my technology - I'm a Mac geek!

4. I think my organization has turned into OCD.  Everything {and I mean everything} I do is color-coded and labeled.

5. I love exercising.  Zumba is my favorite!

6. I am a Christian and know that "With God all things are possible."

7. When I was in Kindergarten, I wanted to be a farmer when I grew up and my mom still has the paper to prove it.  Wow.

3. Pass this on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they've received this award.

Color Me Kinder
Cooperative Learning 365
 Elementary Matters
The Bubbly Blonde
Wiggins World
The Lemonade Stand
Serenade to Second Grade