How Do You Check for Comprehension? {FREEBIE!}

Hello Bookworms! 

I'm so so so so so excited to share this new FREEBIE with you! I have been using the heck out of it in my own classroom and I'm pretty sure you are going to love it as much as I do!

Do you see those cards? They are magic!
So let me explain how I've been using them...

Every time my kids are working independently, they know to pull these out. 

Yes. EVERY time. It took lots of reminders when we first introduced them, but now it's more of a habit. :) We keep them in our table caddies and there are always enough for every child at the table to have their own set.

There are three cards for each student:

1. Green  = I understand the task.
2. Yellow =Please check on me in a minute. I want to try it on my own first. 
3. Red = Help! I am confused! 

When I asked my kids what they liked best about our comprehension cards, they said, "Our arms don't get tired anymore!" Ha!! I hated looking up from my small group table or turning around after I'd finished working with a student one-on-one to see 3 more kids trying desperately to keep their aching arms in the air. I felt terrible! 

Now I can give them about 2 minutes to get started, walk around, and then call the students who need me the most back to our group meeting area for a quick boost. 

They also hang brilliantly from our book totes! 

I created these for a painfully shy kiddo who was struggling to ask for help as an RTI strategy. More of my kids began asking for them, so I ended up making a whole class set. We keep them together using tiny binder rings, but other teachers on my team have tied them together with string. I laminated mine before I hole punched + bound them so they will probably last throughout this year and next! :)

If you think this is something you'd like to try in your classroom, make sure you click the picture below to grab them from TpT! If you love them, I'd love YOU if you left some feedback while you were there!

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I'm also linking up with Fern at TBA's Freebie Friday, so click on over and check out the amazing resources there as well!


Currently + OLW 2014

Hey Bookworms!

After a much needed Christmas hiatus, I'm excited to kick off 2014 with you! 

Let's get started with Farley's Currently party...


Listening - It is raining again here in Georgia. I am so tired of the rain. I know it is needed in other parts of our world (and I would certainly send it to you if I could!) but GOOD GRAVY. We have had enough. I am drowning out the rain with a little David Crowder Band and the snoring cat behind me. 

Loving - I miss feeling like a normal person. I love the time we get off to recharge our batteries and live like regular humans. You know -  the kind of people who cook for their families, go to the gym, get the laundry done, and keep their houses from looking like a hovel. Those people.

Seriously, I have really enjoyed trying out new things from my Pinterest recipe boards. Most recently, I made A Night Owl's easy enchilada casserole with Becoming Betty's Calabacitas. Both dishes were Mr. Bookworm Approved.

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Thinking - My winter break is coming to a close way too quickly. I know some of you went back to work today, and I'm sorry. Really. BUT you are probably the people who will be getting plenty of what I want in the weeks to come. :)

Wanting - We are in Georgia. There is hardly ever even a teensy bit of snow. Is it too much to ask that we have one or two snow days this year? Just one or two...

Needing - Holy hot mess. I cannot focus to save my life. I have about 3 different things to share with you but I cannot seem to make myself put the finishing touches on any of it. UGH. Maybe today will prove to be a little more productive.

Memory/Tradition - For the last two years, I've been a part of the sweetest tradition with some of the teachers at my school. We've "adopted" one of the larger families at school who can't afford to bring Christmas to their children. Last year there were 6 kids, and this year we sponsored 7. Every child gets a stocking, 1-2 toys, a new outfit, jacket, shoes, and pajamas. This year we gathered everything together at my house and celebrated with some breakfast treats. It was a fun way to love on my friends and I'm hoping it will be a part of our Christmas season for many years to come. 

I also wanted to share my One Little Word with you for 2014, so I'm also linking up with Denise over at Sunny Days in Second Grade. Here it is!


It's pretty simple. I just want to grow... as a wife, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, a sister, in my relationship with Christ. I want to be the best possible version of myself every day.

I'm off to click around and check out everyone else's Currently or OLW. Can't wait!