That's a Fact Jack and a SALE too!

Hey Jack! Do you do math fluency (minute tests) with your kids? Addition and subtraction fluency is SO important in the primary grades. I give my students a test EVERY morning before we start our math lesson. I a few fluency tests on hand, thanks to my mom who was a math teacher for 20+ years! But I wanted something more diverse for my kids. Most of the tests I have are labeled at the top (+1, +10, -1, -5 etc….) Once they mastered the facts on a certain level they earned a sticker to put in their journal. I liked this at first but then found it discouraging for some kids who are lower than others. I decided to create a unit to solve this problem. I give you, That's a Fact Jack! Addition and Subtraction Fluency Tests.  


These fluency tests are designed to be timed for 1 minute or longer depending on your group of students. They start out at plus/minus 0 and go up to facts of 20 but these are not labeled. There is also a set of doubles, doubles plus 1, and several mixed sets. I can give two kids sitting next to each other who are totally different levels a minute test and they think that its just 2 different tests. They aren't thinking about what level they are on.

2 levels of tests are provided. Level 1 includes 10 problems. Level 2 contains 20 problems. There are 17 sets in each level. Here is what they look like.







A student graph is also included for addition and subtraction so students can track their own data. 


Student achievement certificates are also included (green chevron, brown chevron, green polka dots, brown polka dots.) You can give these out based on their level.



Here is a closer look at the entire unit. 


You can grab this in my TPT store by clicking here!

I posted it just in time for the BIG SALE! Have you heard that TPT has reached 3 million users?!? They are celebrating by throwing a BIG SALE! My entire store will be 20% off tomorrow and Friday. You can earn up to 28% off when you use the code TPT3! Don't forget about those TPT credits. You can earn credits by rating your previous purchases and then use those for discounts on your purchases!



WOOHOO!! Want to win a copy of That's a Fact Jack?!? Head on over to my Facebook page to see!


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Five for Friday: 2-21-2014

Happy Friday Ya'll! We have been super busy this week. We were so busy that we did not get everything done. I hate it when that happens!! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday. It feels like forever since I've done this linky. 

1. We've been working really hard on shapes the past 2 weeks. I love our shape unit. It is one of my favorite concepts to teach. Here is one of my favorite symmetry activities. All you need is some pattern blocks and a ruler and let their imaginations fly! 





3D shapes were up next and we made tooth/pick marshmallow shapes. Last year I tried this out with pretzels instead of toothpicks thinking it would work better. You can read all about our shape adventure  from last year. I was looking at that post today and went "UGH, I forgot I did that!" Anyways, back to our 3D marshmallow shapes. It went so well! Normally when I do this I have a bunch of kids whose shapes just don't turn out right and they fall over and someone gets really upset. This was the first year it went perfectly and everyones shapes turned out! 



2. I have REALLY, REALLY been working on my kids with writing. We made these super cute Olympian' s from Amy's unit.  I actually bought those 2 years ago for the summer games and was super stoked when I remembered I had them because I knew I wanted to do some sort of Olympic writing. I got the paper from Katie's Winter Games Freebie!  At first we started writing about their favorite Olympic sport but that quickly changed when a lot of my kids weren't even watching the Olympics. I then changed it to Going for the Gold: How can we earn a gold medal at school? It was a perfect review for them to come up with ways to earn DoJo points! I'm running low on colored paper so they colored them instead! Even though its not as neat, its more personable and I love that! 



3. Speaking of the Winter Games…I've teamed up with my sweet friend Anna from Simply Skilled in Second for a Winter Games Giveaway! You can enter to win my Going for the Gold Literacy Centers and her Winter Games Flip Flap Book.  All you have to do is "LIKE" our Facebook pages and comment on our giveaway picture. 

We've been using my Going for the Gold centers the past few weeks during our center rotation. I had a chance to snap a few pictures but not many because I'm normally working with small groups during this time. 

Speeding Through Compound Words

Slap the Puck: A Noun and Verb Game

One student turns over a card while the other two "slap" the card gently. The first person who slaps the card has to say if the card is a noun or a verb. If they get it right, they get to keep it. If they are wrong, the other person gets a chance to answer. This one is a class favorite! 

Check out my Facebook page or Simply Skilled in Seconds page for a chance to win both of these units. We will pick a winner on Saturday morning. 


4. I'm super excited to apart of this months Facebook Free-for-all! I've teamed up with SEVERAL other bloggers to offer you exclusive FREEBIES that you can only get if you are a fan! Head on over to my Facebook page, click LIKE, then click on the Free-for-all tab to claim your FREEBIE! From there you can access other fabulous freebies. You don't want to miss out on this! 


5. Last but not least, if you are a follower of teacher bloggers on Instagram, I'm sure you have seen the Jamberry Nail craze! I tried Jamberry at the beginning of the year and fell on LOVE! I always loved to have my nails done but never liked the cost, or to have my nails long. Jamberry wraps have solved all my nail problems (even my biting habit!). They are vinyl adhesive wraps that apply to your nails with heat. They don't chip and last up to 2 weeks on your hands and 6 weeks on your toes. Did I mention that they come in HUNDREDS of designs. There is a wrap for everyone. Do you wear acrylics? Jams can be applied over them for an ancient nail. I'd love to share more information about Jamberry with you. Head on over to my Jamberry page for more info. If you visit my Facebook page, and click LIKE..leave me a comment saying you came from my blog and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a FREE sheet of wraps! Here is a picture of my current Jamicure! I have had these wraps on for 9 days and they still look perfect! 



Thats all for now! Now go grab you some FREEBIES in the free-for-all! Happy Friday! 



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Valentine's Day Recap

Oh Valentine's Day! Does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with this holiday? My kiddos were wound up ALL day, then party time hit and they were so good! Fridays are our test day so after  we did our spelling/math/reading comprehension tests we managed to squeeze in a little fun. 

Before taking any of our tests we HAD to pass out Valentine's. I'm all about simple when it comes to making Valentine holders. This year we made a little heart boy/girl and glued him onto a white paper sack. EASY PEASY and I thought they were cute! 



After we finished our testing we did some Conversation Heart Math. I've used this packet for the past 3 years. Its a simple review that the kids love. You can find it for free on TPT here



We read the CUTEST story!!! I got this with a Valentine pack using my Scholastic points. You can get it here on Amazon


I needed some time to kill before our party started. I found these cute Valentine letters at Hobby Lobby earlier in the week and planned to put them in my word work center. We had such a messed up week due to weather that, that just didn't happen. So, I literally came up with this idea about 20 minutes before our party started and it was a HUGE hit! 


I put a pack of letters into 2 containers and lid in between them. I split my class up into 2 teams. I would call out a sight word and they had to dig around in their container and find the letters to spell out the word. The first person to spell it correctly got a point for their team. 

They ate this up! We will definitely play again! 


Last but not least, our party time hit and I finally got to pass out my Valentine's to them that they had BEGGED me for all day. I got the cute tag from What the Teacher Wants and the glasses came from Hobby Lobby! 


When I got home my husband and I decided to spend an electronic free evening. We grilled steaks (the weather was SO nice, and it had been super crummy all week in Texas), talked, watched a movie and just enjoyed each others company. It was super nice. 

I hope everyone had a great holiday! 







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Adverbs

Hey Ya'll!  Today I'm going to share with you our adverb posters. We actually did these about 2 weeks ago and am just now getting around to sharing it with you. Adverbs are always so tricky for our little ones. To get started, we brainstormed a list of different types of adverbs onto our anchor chart. 

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

After reviewing these for a few days, some of my kiddos just weren't getting it. Of course, Amy from Step into Second Grade came to my rescue! She blogged about making adjective posters. I loved the idea so I decided to use them for adverbs instead. I printed out 4 verb pictures (eat, write, run, and sleep)  and glued them onto butcher paper. I split my kids up into groups and had them rotate to each one. They had to write adverbs that described each picture. Was it perfect? No! Was every word spelled correctly? No! Was it effective? YES!!! This just seemed to click with my strugglers. They used the anchor chart posted above to help guide them. I didn't hear one conversation that didn't have to do with adverbs. It was fantastic! 

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

I displayed our final products underneath our whiteboard. They were so proud of their finished product.  A lot of the same words were repeated but that is OK! 

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

Adverbs can be such a difficult concept for kids to grasp. Visuals such as anchor charts or posters can be a great help. Come see a fun activity my class uses to learn about and review adverbs.

Sometimes I get so caught up in the cuteness of things that are on TPT that I forget how effective the simple things can be. 


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February Currently

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm linking up with Farely for Currently! I am probably the only person who thinks January passed by super slow. So here is what I'm up to CURRENTLY! 


1. My husband is out of town so I'm catching up on The Bachelor! He is normally good about letting me watch it but I try to be nice and watch it in the other room or wait until he's not home. 

2. I recently became a Jamberry Nails consultant! I am LOVING it! Here is my latest "Jamicure"! If your interested in learning more about Jamberry, shoot me an e-mail and I'll be glad to send you some info! 

3. My husband and I have started talking about what kind of vacation we want to take this summer. Our niece has the opportunity to play in a volleyball tournament at Disney World in July. If this happens, we will be going, then to Destin, FL after that! I've never been and think it would be so FUN!!! We will celebrate our 1 year anniversary in June and we are talking about a mini vacay to Nashville. I've got my fingers crossed on this one! 

4. I've told Jared, all I want for Valentine's Day is a massage. Like a 2 hour one! Can I get an AMEN?!?

5. I have started so many little projects lately. I need to just finish them. Jared built me a craft table 2 weekends ago and I have let to organize my craft room. You'd think I'd be all about that but I just haven't. My sister in laws baby shower is next weekend and I have a ton to do for that. Ugh! I need to get off the computer! 

6. Number 1 is TRUE! I cheered for 2 years in college. If you met me now, you would never guess that! 
Number 2 is FALSE: I actually hate to wear high heels. I own maybe 2 pair for special occasions. 

Number 3 is TRUE: I cannot roll my tongue, whistle ( I try so hard all the time. Jared is always making fun of me!) and I cannot wink. I can with one eye, but the corner of my mouth raises up like Elvis and it looks super funny. I can't do it at all with my other eye. I get laughed at for this too! 

On a different note...have you checked out The Write Stuff Educents bundle yet? It includes 19 digital downloads to help you create the perfect writing set up in your classroom! Click here to check it out! 


Good night everyone! 
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