I Am Versatile!

Well, at least according to these sweet ladies:

The Teaching Thief

This was definitely a much needed highlight in my week. :) Thank you, girls!

7 Tantalizing (Well, Maybe Not) Tidbits About Me:

1. I am a label freak. I love making labels for notebooks, baskets, binders... you get the picture. 

2.  I do not sleep well without my Herbie. Not my husband, but my cat. We snuggle. 

3. I am one of four girls. It is a constant source of pee-your-pants laughter when we are together. 

4. I started a drama club at school this year. It has been phenomenally successful. I am scared to death! :) 

5. I belt it out with my Glee CDs in the car every chance I get. 

6. I daydream all the time about where my sweet boy and I should travel next. His parents gave us a timeshare week for Christmas last year and I am constantly on their website looking for places to we can trade for. 

7. I am late for just about everything. I was even late for my wedding. I know, it's bad. I'm a work in progress. 

15 Versatile Blogs I {Love}

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Data Notebooks

Life has been a rollercoaster in the Bookworm House lately. My favorite {I know... but she is.} student is losing her brave battle with leukemia. My husband's grandmother is also in failing health. We were called home this past weekend to say our goodbyes. Since then, both of them have continued to improve somewhat. I don't understand this plan, but I am thankful for any time I can spend with both of them. Your prayers are both coveted and appreciated.

Not how you expected this post to start, right? On to data notebooks!

Our school piloted the 7 Habits last year, and we have gone "schoolwide" this year. This includes data notebooks. We are departmentalized 1st-5th grades, and each teacher is require to track a few different things:

 - Guided Reading Progress
 - Reading Fluency
 - Sight Word Recognition
 - Letter Recognition

 - Fact Fluency
 - Number Recognition

 - Mock CRCT scores (3 times a year)

These requirements are differentiated according to each child's needs. For example, a student who doesn't know all of their sight words is not ready to have their reading fluency tracked. Another child may already know all of their addition and subtraction facts and is ready to begin tracking their multiplication fact progress.

I'm including most of the forms we use to keep track of all this student data. I'll post the math forms in a separate post. I'm still converting some of them to PDFs. :)

Guided Reading Progress (K-5)

Fluency (K-2)

Fluency (3-5)

Sight Words (in order of difficulty)






Letter Recognition

Mock CRCT Graphs

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!

Blog Lovin'

I was beyond surprised and excited when I found two new love notes on yesterday's post:

Hooray! :) Thank you ladies, for putting a smile on my face this morning. I'm so glad that you find things here (amid all the rambling) that you can use. I absolutely love our blogging community.

I'd like to pass the love along with my own Top 10 List! These are the peeps I look forward to seeing in my "Who's Updating?" feed everyday!

1.One Extra Degree! Amanda Nickerson has soooo many resources on her blog (and in her TpT store). She's also in the same boat I am - teaching only reading, writing and language arts.

2.The Sweet Life of 3rd Grade! Mrs. E is constantly sharing her great ideas and her freebies are fantastic. I am, particularly in love with her new storage system for the Words Their Way materials. Do you KNOW how much space she just saved me??? :)

3.The Third Wheel! Mrs. D has a really great printable for Boggle on her site. My kids love her Boggle recording sheet when they have word work!! :) Love it!

4. Dots-n-Spots! Her blog is just full of cuteness. I absolutely love the 1-2-3 hand signals she blogged about recently that she uses with her kids.

5. Oh' Boy 3rd 4th Grade! Farley used to be in 3rd, but they promoted her to 4th! Her hysterical posts and super creative ideas are good for all of us. 

6. Ladybug's Teacher Files! I have learned so much from Kristen. I get so excited when I see she has a new post. I wouldn't have this super awesome blog design either without her!

7. Simply 2nd Resources! Becca is an Activ Board girl like me and I LOVE it when she posts flipchart ideas. She also has a great reading levels chart up right now.

8. A Place to Share! I cannot tell you how many games and activities I found on her site this summer. My centers were ready to GO! :) 

9. Extra Special Teaching! As an inclusion teacher, I have MUCHO appreciation for all that Angelia does. How she manages a case load full of kiddos, plans instruction for multiple grade levels AND makes resources to blog about is mind-boggling.

10. Mrs. Bainbridge's Class! Seriously? I heart her. She is just plain fabulous. And, she's running a super cute giveaway right now. You should go check it out!

Mrs. Bainbridge's Class

Muchas Gracias to Monica and Amanda! I think it goes without saying that both of you ladies are in my Top 10! :)

I'm Currently... September Edition

This is one of my favorite linky parties...

Teacher Blank: I'm Currently... Sept Teacher Blank
Student Blank: I'm Currently... Sept Student Blank Be sure to check out the hostess-with-the mostest... Farley! I am pretty much in love with her blog.