Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Made It

My free Mondays are slowly dwindling down-time to kick the creating into high gear!

I finished up mapping the Math in Focus lessons for my grade, so I started working on the rest of my project.

I think I bit off more than I can chew!

My original goal was to create entrance and exit slips for each lesson, accompanying task cards, video lessons and quick checks for each chapter.

Yeah, that's a lot.

So right now, I am focusing on the quick checks!

I decided to do 3-4 assessments for each chapter, all having the same types of problems, so we can see the growth from beginning to end-and have a mid-chapter check if needed!

This chapter only has 3 because I was DONE fiddling around with the graphs! :)

Next, I think I'm going to work on the entrance/exit slips. I decided to do 3 for each lesson-as some lessons take more than one day, and the skills can be scaffolded (so my higher kids could get a 3-star one and the lower kids a 1-star one).

I like doing the entrance/exit slips together because I can take the exit slip from the previous day and make it the next day's entrance slip :)
End of Day 1 Exit

Formats start of Day 2!
I feel comfortable working on the task cards during the school year, so if I don't get to them before the year starts-that's fine. I've also purchased a lot of others! :)

I'm putting the videos on the back burner for right now-I don't know if I'll have the tech to implement it, so I'm not going to start something that won't be used!
I wrote up a table of contents for my planning guide (hey-if I'm going to make a the kids write in a table of contents for everything, I should have one too! ;)
Yes, I know it says Speaking & Speaking-it's been fixed and reprinted :)
This way, there will be a 'division' between the cover of the guide and the cover for my ELA map.

I also took the Common Core standards and typed them up horizontally. I had them vertically, but everything else in the planner is horizontal.

Of course, I had to make them pretty :)

I also included the Next Gen Science standards-although I don't know if we are switching to that or not (I do think we will be in the near future), my intention is to keep this planning guide for a few years and not have to remake it every year.

We recently had to hire an upper-grade teacher in my building and I was on the interview committee. We found someone who we think will be awesome, and will bring some great things to our school.

Since I know very well what it is like coming into a new school/district, and that I've already met her and she's on my floor, I put together a little welcome basket for her.

I picked up the basket at the Dollar Tree, and then raided Target's dollar spot and back to school section for the rest!
I tried to include some 'must haves', as well as some fun things!
Favorite pens, and Expos, post-it notes, thank you cards and some bookmarks!

I hope she likes it!

Have a wonderful week!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Looks like you have been working hard on your plans. It will all be worth it when you have a masterpiece at the end of your tunnel. How sweet to do a basket for your new co-worker.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. You are the sweetest. The new teacher is going to feel so welcome in your school :)
    @ Wiley Teaching

  3. You've been working hard! I love the basket and might be stealing that idea!

  4. Great stuff. Doesn't if feel good to be organized. I did some planning this week too

  5. Oh I so wish I had your motivation to tackle a major project like that... you are going to LOVE having a lot of that done during the school year. I must switch my focus to more work like this. And you are so sweet- it's easy to forget quickly what it's like to join a new school with the crazy of going back to school. Your school is lucky to have you!

  6. So nice of you!! Your basket will be a blessing and make her feel welcome. I am going to a new school this's a hard transfition and feeling welcomed is a bit tough. :)

  7. I make little gift baskets for my team teachers every year. It's a fun way to start the year off:)
    Are We There Yet?

  8. I made a little gift basket for my team also! Love yours!

    Don't you hate the uncertainty of new standards? I don't mind if they change but don't have it up in the air forever.

    My Bright Blue House


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