July Currently

I can’t believe it’s time to link up for Farley’s July Currently!  Summer, please don’t go too quickly!  Okay, mine are all pretty self-explanatory so I’ll talk about my blogging tips/tricks.  My #1 tip is to be original and blog about things you’re passionate about—not just the trendy things everyone else is blogging about.  Like Farley said, it shows in your writing if you’re trying to force it.  That goes for your TpT products as well.  Create original products that excite you and your students.  My best-sellers are always my students’ faves and it’s important to see them in action before posting them to TpT.

I also think it’s important to be genuine—not just in your posts, but in your comments as well.  Joining linky parties has helped me connect with other bloggers with whom I have similar interests/passions.  If you are passionate about technology, feel free to join the weekly summer linky party I’m co-hosting with Learning to the Core.  I’ve gotten so many fresh ideas and found some amazing new bloggers to follow from this past week’s linkup.  You can check out the weekly themes on our button below and decide if you’re interested in linking up.  We’d love to hear your techie ideas!

Tune into Technology Linky: Integrating Technology into Reading

We are super excited to kick off our first week of Tune into Technology!  This linky party will run through August and the weekly themes are listed on the button below if you like to plan ahead.  As we all know, a little technology can go a long way in terms of student engagement and achievement.  Hopefully through this linky, we will all get some inspiration for new ideas to try this year.  My best ideas usually originate from YOU, my fellow bloggers and readers, and I can’t wait to see what you have to share!

This week we are sharing how we integrate technology into our reading block.  You can link up your post to the bottom of this post or over at Learning to the Core.  Please make sure you add our linky image to your post and link it back to this post so others can join the fun!:)

Since I do Daily 5 in my fourth-grade classroom, I’m going to share my favorite techie resource for each of the 5. 

Read to Self:
My students’ favorite read to self choice is definitely Tween Tribune, which has current event articles for kids.  I require my students to comment on at least one article they feel they “connected” with.  They get very motivated by the fact that their peers can read their comments and it helps me hold them accountable as well.  Tween Tribune is free and safe for kids since the comments are moderated by teachers.
Read to Someone:
My students really enjoy reading to each other using RazKids on the iPads.  While this site is not free, it has an amazing selection of high-interest leveled books.

Listen to Reading:
Our favorite online storybook sites are Storyline Online and Read to Me.  Both sites are free and have a great selection of stories read aloud by celebrities.

Work on Writing:
My students love writing journal entries using Penzu, which is a free online journaling site. They each have their own personal journals, which are private by default. Sometimes I’ll post photos on our class website so they can add those in for entries about field trips, science experiments, and other classroom happenings.  There is a paid teacher version of Penzu, but we use the free version and love it!

Word Work:
Each week I post our spelling lists to Spelling City.  Spelling City has a great selection of engaging activities for the kids to practice their weekly words. 

Blogiversary Giveaway, Freebie and Linky

Today is my one-year Blogiversary!  To celebrate, I’m giving away $10 to spend in my TpT store PLUS my brand new QR code pack.  That’s over $15 worth of products from my store you can win.  Here’s a quick glimpse of my new Call Me QRazy pack, which includes a board game, two scavenger hunts, and 2 sets of task cards—all with QR codes of course!
I also have a new freebie for all of my sweet followers as well.  Click the image to download it.:)
All you have to do to enter my giveaway is follow me on Bloglovin.  Please make sure you enter your Bloglovin username in the Rafflecopter.  There are a couple other ways to earn extra points through the Rafflecopter as well.  My giveaway will end next Monday at midnight.  Good luck and thanks for following!:)

P.S. I hope you’ll help us kick off our new technology linky this Thursday!  You can link up here or at Learning to the Core.  

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Fourth Grade Common Core Assessment Binder and Updates to my Task Cards

One of my main priorities for the new school year is to be better about assessing my students.  Implementing the new Common Core State Standards had been somewhat of a daunting task this past year, but now that I have a good handle on them, I decided to make a 4th grade Common Core math assessment binder.  I’ve been working on it for quite some time and am so happy to finally have it finished and uploaded to TpT!

This product is organized by the 5 domains with a cover page for each one to make it easy to organize the assessment binder.

Included in each domain is:

-One pre-assessment and one post-assessment for each standard WITH answer keys.  All assessments are one page with four questions, which makes them easy to grade and calculate percentage/progress.

-A list of the standards with a teacher notes section.

-A class data-tracking sheet where you can input the scores for each pre and post assessment.

Also, a quick update about my task cards…

I have added a one-page (6 question) assessment and answer key to every single one of my task card sets (except the bundles).  These can be used at a center when students have completed the task cards or later in the week for a quiz grade. 

For example, if you purchase my factors and multiples task cards (QR or regular), this assessment and answer key will be included in the download.

*If you have previously purchased any of my task cards, be sure to download the updated versions for free under My Purchases.