IT'S HERE! Second Quarter Mighty Math!!!

It took me longer that I thought it would, but it's FINALLY done!

Introducing....
Click on the image to see it on TPT
I actually have been working on the second, third, and fourth quarters all at the same time, so expect to see the last two in the next couple of weeks.

Here's How It Works:
Mighty Math is a set of weekly formative assessments that I use to evaluate progress towards the second grade Common Core State Standards. All ten of the 2nd grade math CCSS are included on the assessments, although I split three of them in two (addition & subtraction facts, larger addition & subtraction problems, and time & money), bringing it to a total of 13 problems each week. There are nine two-sided assessments that will get you through the second quarter of school.

If you don't have my first set of Mighty Math, you can still use these! In fact, when I started using these last year, it was well into the third quarter of school. The nice thing is that the problems get progressively harder as the year goes on, so you should be able to just jump right in! Here's Week 10:

How I Use These Assessments in My Class:
Every week, I have a shortened math period (50 minutes, as opposed to 75) due to my specials schedule. This is my Mighty Math Day. Students first complete their Mighty Math assessment. When they finish, they work independently on unfinished Math Journal pages from the previous week or Compass Learning Odyssey (a differentiated math website that aligns to their MAP scores). During this independent work time, I will pull groups of students who struggled with specific skills on the previous week's Mighty Math. So, for example, if I noticed that five students had trouble mixing up the hour and minute hand when telling time, I will pull them for more practice. We will review the problem, see if we can find the mistake, and practice telling time with Judy clocks or other supplies I have.
Here's one of my bunnies from last year, plugging away on his Mighty Math!
Besides the assessments, answer keys and three options for recording sheets for your grade book are included. I have personally used all of these recording sheets, and I must say, they are AMAZING! I have never felt more knowledgeable about my students' strengths and weaknesses. I am 110% confident in the grades I give my students as well as my ability to speak about my students to administrators and parents. Check them out!
This one I use to quickly see which skills were successful and which ones need reteaching.
Each student has one of these sheets. Each CCSS has its own box, and I am quickly able to see their strengths and weaknesses, as well as jot notes about the student's performance.

I'd love to give a copy away! Just enter the Rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway If you just can't wait, I have BOTH of my Mighty Math assessment packs 20% off through Monday in my TPT store. Here's Quarter 1 and here's Quarter 2.

ONE LAST THING!

Don't forget that the Fall Blog Block Party ends TOMORROW! Grab your freebies while you can, and make sure you enter the giveaway over at Second Grade Perks!

Have a super weekend! :)

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Classroom Quick Tips 9/26

 I'm back for another installment of.....
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THE RULES
Link up with a quick tip that makes life in your classroom easier. There are no weekly themes or topics. The only real "rule" is that you may not link up with a paid product or unit. Our goal is to share the small nuggets of greatness that are happening every day in our classrooms! If you missed the backstory about how this party got started, click hereJean and I would also appreciate it if you linked back to our blogs and included our button in your post :)

MY CLASSROOM QUICK TIP
I learned about this little trick at a formative assessment PD during our Back to School inservices:
I put a little velcro dot on the corner of each student's desk.
Then a parent volunteer die cut and laminated these circles for me. One side is green...
... and the other side is red.
Students keep the green side up when they understand what we're working on and are doing well. They flip it to the red side when they are stuck and need help. I use these during independent work time, especially during Math Workshop. I told my students that during Math by Myself, if they see a friend has his/her red circle flipped, they should go to that student and see if they can help him/her. It's a quick and easy way for me to see who understands and who needs help, without that student needing to draw attention to him/herself.

Do you have a Quick Tip that makes your teaching life easier?




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Fall Blog Block Party!

Welcome friends and new friends who stopped over from Primary Junction! I am so excited to be joining in with Heather at Second Grade Perks for...
I am honored to be in the company of 9 other ah-MAZE-ing bloggers who are coming together to throw a little bloggy block party jam packed full of freebies! We're also hosting a pretty sweet giveaway... one item from each of our stores! The giveaway is hosted at Second Grade Perks' blog :)

My freebie is inspired by my bunnies' MAP reading test the other day (groan!). I was seeing lots of fact vs. opinion questions and thought to myself, "Hey! I don't think I have any cute resources for that." So here ya go!

Click on the pic to go to this product in my TPT store!
Fun Fact: I worked at a living history museum during the summer when I was in college that told the stories of Wisconsin immigrants. Most of the buildings I worked in were farm buildings, so I have had my fair share of encounters with farm animals. I've herded runaway pigs and sheep, driven horses, milked cows, and chased chickens out of the woods. When you see this product, you'll notice that I have quite an opinion of chickens... :) Let's just say, the best chicken is the one cooked on my plate!

I hope you like it! Make sure you grab it fast and SAVE IT, because once the bloggy block party is over, I'll be posting this for sale on TPT. Click here to see this product on TPT! Now let's take this party on over to Bright Concepts 4 Teachers!

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Classroom Quick Tips 9/5

It's back! It's back! HAPPY DANCE!!! 
Font: Jessica Stanford
Background: I Teach? What's Your Super Power?
Frame: Tonya's Treats for Teachers
THE RULES
Link up with a quick tip that makes life in your classroom easier. There are no weekly themes or topics. The only real "rule" is that you may not link up with a paid product or unit. Our goal is to share the small nuggets of greatness that are happening every day in our classrooms! If you missed the backstory about how this party got started, click hereJean and I would also appreciate it if you linked back to our blogs and included our button in your post :)

MY CLASSROOM QUICK TIP
Do you hang things up with magnets? I DO! Do you buy the roll of magnet tape? NOT ME! I can't stand how the magnet tape doesn't lie flat. It's always curling up and falling off whatever I want to hang up. So what do I use???

Business card magnets of course!
They're a little pricey, but honestly, I can't remember how much because I bought a box just like this a few years ago and probably have another year or two left. And I don't know if they're more expensive per magnetic surface than the magnet roll, but it's SO worth it. 

Here's why:
This is my number grid. It hangs on my front board. 
Yeah, it's kind of a hot mess. I need a new one...
Can you imagine how much magnet tape I would need to hang this up??
It's actually hung up with two business card magnets! There's a tiny piece of magnet in the middle... not sure why. Maybe I didn't have a place to put it, so I just stuck it on there!

I love business card magnets because I can cut them to any size I want! Here's my Daily 5 board:
I used a total of 1.5 business card magnets to hang these up. Here's the back of one of the cards:
I just cut the magnets into long strips and hung them up. The best part? They lay flat and stick to whatever I'm hanging up like it's no one's business!

Never again will I buy a roll of magnetic tape!

What's your Classroom Quick Tip? Link up with us today!


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We're Bringing the Linky Back... YEAH!

(And now I'm humming a little JT in my head :)

Today was my first day of school! This time of year is SO exciting!!! I have 20 little bunnies this year, and I can tell that this is a GREAT bunch! :) Although I can hardly keep my eyes open right now, so this is going to be a quick post. 

I am so excited to be teaming up again with my girl, Jean, over at Diving Into 2nd Grade to bring back our linky...
Jean and I did this back in the spring, and I know there are a few of you who are new and might not know what it's all about. 

It all started with a photo I snapped and posted on Instagram:
The two electric sharpeners don't work, then there's my beloved pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies, and in front are a few cheap-o hand sharpeners that I use for colored pencils only. No colored pencils in the electric or CFS sharpener, as I don't want the blades to get ruined.

Someone commented on my photo, saying that she thought it was such a great idea that I used hand sharpeners for colored pencils. My first thought was, really? I didn't think it was that ingenious. But then it got me to thinking...

How many other things am I doing in my classroom that are "good ideas," but I don't even realize it?

I started this blog because I wanted to share my teaching ideas with the world... or whoever wanted to read them :) As I read and followed other bloggers, I started creating products for TPT and it started to take over my blog. Don't get me wrong; I love creating and giving away products, and I'm super thankful for my buyers, as we're using the money I'm making to help with a down payment for our next house :) But some days I get a little irritated. I feel like some blogs and even Pinterest are turning into big sales pitches. I've even stopped following some Pinterest boards because all they pinned were paid products. My blog started getting that way too, which was pretty disappointing for me.

So we decided it was time to get back to our roots. We had a little brainstorm, and came up with Classroom Quick Tips. It's super simple. Tomorrow, just take a walk around your classroom. Take a close look around at EVERYTHING. What's something you have/do in your classroom that makes your life as a teacher easier? The key words are "Quick Tips." Snap a photo and tell us a little ditty about how your tip helps you. The only rule is that you may not link up with a paid product. Freebies are A-OK! This linky is set to re-launch this Thursday and will continue weekly on Thursdays. Click here, here, here, or here to see my previous posts. You can also click here to see our Pinterest board. We will pin everyone who links up with us. We hope you'll join in on the fun with us!


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