Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Goodies!!!!!

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!

We had teacher planning today and I'm so excited this week is over!!!!
I have a ton of grad school to do this weekend and will net get around to blog so I wanted to share a few goodies with you!!!
Make sure you grab the freebie at the end of this post :)

First, I'm throwing an end of the month sale!!!!!!
Everything in my store is 10% off today and tomorrow!!!

Stop by my store and check it out!!!

If you spend 10$ or more shoot me an email to and I will send you a FREEBIE :)

I am soooooooooooooooooo excited for April!!!!

I'm thrilled to be part of the amazing Virtual Teaching Expo team and so excited to be a presenter in the upcoming Everything Intermediate Expo!!!!

If you need a classroom makeover be sure to join us!!!

I will present my ever so popular Interactive Student Notebook and I have a fabulous goodie for you to download as part of the presentation!!!!

The three other presentations focus on technology in the classroom, ELL strategies, and math instructions.
You don't want to miss these awesome presentations!!!

Pre register for an early bird price!

You will also receive an AMAZING digital goodie bag!!!!

The event lunches April 21 and I really hope you join us!

Also, in celebration of TBA's 1st Birthday!!!!
TBA & Authors are hosting a 


The Bunny Hopping will take place from April 1st - 7th and you will be able to pick up 
Each blogger/TBA author will share a freebie with you and send you hopping to the next blog with freebie along the bunny trail.

Is that exciting or what?!?!?!?!?

Bunny Hopping begins Monday and I will post more info. then.

And now for a fun little freebie :)

Anticipation Guide

Here is a great tool to help students activate prior knowledge & schema prior to a lesson about the topic/subject and using the same form to wrap up your lesson to gauge students' understanding.
Anticipation Guides help set a purpose for the lesson or reading and get students' thinking and activation prior knowledge. It can lead to a great discussion and is perfect to wrap up the lesson.

Instruct students to read each statement (provided by the teacher) and place a check √ or X in the left box if they agree or disagree with the statement before you begin the lesson or reading selection.
Revisit the statements at the end of the lesson and for the students to check them off again and see if they still agree/disagree with those statements. Conduct a short discussion about the results and the students new profound learning & understandings.

While I hand out one to each student to complete, I also like to have one up on my SMART board or projected on the white board with a doc. camera and collect the class data on one sheet by tallying up how many students agree or disagree with each statement
After students complete their own sheet, I read out loud each statement and students give me the thumb up if they agree or disagree based on the answers they marked on their sheet.
I tally up their answers on the board and we have a short discussion about the results. 
We follow the same procedure at the end of the lesson/reading selection/unit of study and revisit our original choices. We have a follow up discussion on how the new information that we learned informed our thinking and changed our minds/ideas.

This is a great alternative assessment tool!!!

This strategy can be used in ALL SUBJECTS & ALL GRADES!!!

Click on the image to download this freebie :)

You can also ask students to predict the topic & main idea based on the clues in the statements
and you knock out more benchmarks along the way :)

I'd love to hear how you would use this & incorporate it into your lesson!
{if you download it please take a moment to rate the item for others, I would really appreciate it}

Happy Friday!!!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!


  1. Actually bunny hopping starts Sunday...because I'm first lol :) Yikes! I'm ready though. And I got my TBA behind the scenes pics ready!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

    1. it does? whoops you're right! I thought the first is a Monday. I have to fix it :) and have the hubby take a "behind the scenes" pic of me tomorrow :) You'll be amazing!!!

  2. I'm kind of glad that April 1st is on the weekend...less tricks at school!

    Thanks, I can't wait to celebrate TBA style!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  3. You are amazing, my friend. EnJOY your weekend!


    1. Thank you so much my sweet friend!!!!

  4. Thank you so much for the freebie! (I thought I already posted here...but I guess not) I am SO excited for the EXPO. I can't wait :)

    Teaching in Room 6

    1. Thanks Stephi!!!!! Lots of goodies are waiting for you. So happy you're joining us!!!


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