Sunday, July 28, 2013

Back To School With Common Core Resources GALORE

The first day of school is approaching FAST for many fabulous teachers out there!  Since most teachers are using Common Core Standards, here are some TERRIFIC resources to help you begin the school year...and use throughout the year too.  Every participant has linked to free CCSS resources and other really helpful Common Core resources.  These books were organized by the following wonderful people:

K-2 English/Language Arts & Math-Deanna Jump & Rachelle Smith
3-5 English/Language Arts & Math-Margaret Whisnant & Wise Guys
6-12 Science, Social Studies, Math & English Language Arts-
Tracee Orman, Scipi, Science Stuff & Michele Luck's Social Studies

Click on the links below....get  ready to be wowed!  

You can find resources from me,
The Extra Energetic Educator, on page 30!

Suggestion:  Download and save the eBooks to your desktop instead of printing.  Opening the pdf and clicking on the links would be most helpful!  Happy Downloading!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Common Core Checklists Updates & Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Giveaway

This summer I've been busy updating a few of my products.  I've been most busy updating my common core checklists which can be very helpful in lesson planning and keeping track of the standards that you address in the classroom.  Check out some of the changes to my Tracking Common Core Checklists.  I've added the following to my CCSS Tracking Common Core Checklists:

-Suggestions for use page
-Standards checklists (by domain) to track standards and assist in lesson planning
-Class checklist to track mastery of standards for each student
-Notes section after each domain to take notes throughout the year of important information and ideas
- For math a Standards for Mathematical Practice checklist has been included to track how often you address the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Write in each students name and track whether or not they have mastered the standard.

Print this Standards for Mathematical Practice checklist each month to track how often you address the SMPs in class.

There are two versions available:  CCSS standard code and Georgia CCSS standard code.   Georgia codes their standards a bit differently from the original common core standards. The standards are the same except Georgia added a standard for printing legibly. The standard codes are written differently.

                                                                                    For example,

ELACC5RL3 is English Language Arts Common Core, 5th Grade, Reading Literary, standard number 3. The CCSS code for the same standard is CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3.   Same standard just different coding!

This standards checklist is Georgia code specific.

My Georgia checklists do not have the class checklist or the Standards for Mathematical Practice checklist!  These checklists can be found in my CCSS checklists.

Checklists  are available for K-5 in English Language Arts and Math.  You can also save money by purchasing English Language Arts and Math bundles.

Now It's Giveaway Time!

Recently I wrote a review on the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener...AWESOME!!!! Here's your chance to win one of your own just in time for back to school!  Click here if you want to read my review for the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener!  Good luck!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review: Classroom Sharpener Review

Shh...Do You Hear That?...Nope, I do not hear a loud obnoxious pencil sharpener that students are constantly "feeding" because I tried out the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener.  The good people over at Classroom Friendly Supplies sent a desktop pencil sharpener for me to review...and the students and I LOVE it (not to mention some teachers who kept asking about the "pretty" "good sharpening" pencil sharpener).  I know that everyone is looking for a good pencil sharpener for the start of the school year.  Lol!  When are teachers not shopping for school supplies!  Check out some of the features of the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener!

How many of you have pencil sharpeners in your classroom like this?  They are an eye sore and attached to bookcases and walls.
The Teacher Next Door
A Local Library

Classroom Friendly Supplies offers pencil sharpeners in the following colors: Groovy Green, Cool Blue, Firehouse Red, and Midnight Black.  They are beautiful!  Love the Retro Look!  
I chose the Firehouse Red!  

The pencil sharpener also comes with a clamp to mount the pencil sharpener to a table or a desk.  No more bothering the custodian to mount your pencil sharpener to a wall or a bookcase!

The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener is VERY QUIET!  No more classroom interruptions or distractions!  The pencil sharpener also sharpens very sharp.  Check out the point on these pencils!
My own personal children also LOVE the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener!  Of course, they were the first ones to try it out!

So if you are interested in one of these great pencil sharpeners to start the new school year check them out on Classroom Friendly Supplies or follow me on BlogLovin'---I will be giving a Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener away VERY soon!  It will totally change the way that students sharpen pencils in your classroom!  So stay tuned!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Busy & Happy Kids Linky

So summer is do you keep your kids busy and happy?  I'm linking up with Katie from Teacher to the Core to share my week with you!  I started writing this post last week, but it was interrupted by the 4th of July celebration...We visited my parents for a few days.   Soooo here's a recap...

I surprised my husband, Marrio, with two tickets to WWE as a Father's Day gift.  Yeah, wrestling, ladies & gents!  My husband loves wrestling!  My son,MJ, is OBSESSED!  He sleeps, eat and breathes wrestling!  My family, friends and co-workers know this, and we all joke about it!  Marrio has always wanted to go to a WWE show and most importantly, he has always wanted to take his son.  So I thought that would be the perfect gift for them to  Lol!  Of course, my son was super, duper excited!  Marrio was pumped too!  While there, Marrio let MJ take pictures.  He loved holding the belts and posing!  Disclaimer:  "The Rock" and "Kofi" are not real in these pics!  But my lil' guy was ECSTATIC!!!  This made my son VERY HAPPY!

So sometimes what our kids might THINK will make them happy...does not always make them happy! The kids wanted to go to the park.  I usually take them to the park at least once a week, but the weather is either way too hot, or it's pouring rain!  On this day I told them that it was too hot, but I decided to take them anyway.  The heat in Georgia keeps getter hotter and hotter..LOVE IT {insert sarcasm}!  Anyway, anything for our kids, right?  I surprised them and took them to get ice cream, and we headed to the park!  

Arrival....Don't they look happy!

15 minutes later...uh, yeah!

We weren't there for 15 minutes, and they were ready to go!  They were complaining!  This lil guy began crying.  OMG!!!!  It was awful!  I told them to play because this is what they wanted to do.  My 10 year old, Marri, grabbed my keys (totally out of her character), and they started walking towards the truck.  They were leaving me!  Kids!

Swim lessons make me happy :)  They are on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are much needed! The kids are improving!  Yay!  MJ tried on one of the girls' cover ups and said, "Mama, I didn't know that these things are so warm and cozy!"  

After swim lessons on Thursdays, we visit the local library.  They are enrolled in a summer reading program where they can earn prizes for reading.  We check out books and attend the children's show.  The show usually lasts about 45 minutes and ties in reading.  They love the shows because there is always magic or live animals!  Our library visit usually lasts about two hours.
In between library visits and swim lessons we play games, or I place the kids on educational sites like  I'm definitely not saying that my kids don't play "fun to them" games on their Kindles, but I've always told my husband that kids today do not know how to "play".  When we were younger, we played outdoors all day.  We made up games!  Now technology has taken over!  So we always buy board games and such to let our children know that there is more to playing than spending time on their Kindle Fires.  You can find cheap card games at dollar stores.  I found them oldies at Dollar General for a buck each!  The kids love them!

MJ won his first game of Uno!  I tried to capture his excitement, but I ended up capturing a little more (Check out the girls!)  Lol!

Well, that's a week with my kiddos!  Be sure to check out how other bloggy mommies keep their kids busy and happy over at Teacher to the Core!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice

What are SMPs?

Common Core Standards are new to a lot of teachers.  One portion of the standards that teachers sometimes forget to focus on are the Standards for Mathematical Practice or SMPs.  SMPs are math standards that describe a variety of skills that teachers should seek to develop in all of their students.  SMPs are listed with K-5 math standards to reflect the need to connect the mathematical practices to content in instruction.  Standards 1 and 6 should be practiced daily in the classroom!  

Standard 1:  Make sense of problems and 
                  persevere in solving them.

Standard 6:  Attend to precision.

I've updated my Standards for Mathematical Practice Posters.  Posters include "I Can" statements to help students understand the meaning of the standards.  

Original Version

Updated Version

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Suggestions:  Use the posters for lesson planning, 
or create a bulletin board.

A black and white version has been included as a part of the product.  Suggestion:  Print the black and white posters onto colored paper and laminate for centers.

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