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Love for Donors Choose! :)

In life, it's the little moments that can make your day a bit brighter!  :)  Last night, I had an email from Donors Choose telling me that my latest proposal has been funded.  Since it was for resources to strengthen addition/subtraction with composing/decomposing tens and hundreds (and this is something my students are *struggling* with right now !) I'm so excited to get these resources.  If you haven't checked them out before, you should.  If you're curious about the funded proposals, check out my class giving page at .  Teacher Tip: My favorite way to write proposals is to look at other proposals for inspiration!!

Math Workshop Rotations

Sooooo...  Ever have the feeling that the blogger you've been stalking following really knows you and the problems you face?  I was reading The Clutter-Free Classroom, and her post about Math Workshop Rotations.  I nodded along as I read, thinking, "she understands!"  Check out her method of organizing Math Workshop rotations here !  I especially adore the way her rotations spell the word MATH. M=Math facts A=At your seat T=Teacher's choice H=Hands on manipulatives

Thank you, Florida!

Wow... so I really heart the state of Florida, but truly only because of this website.  I mean I lived there for a little bit during my childhood, but it didn't make much of an impression on me.  However, this website from the Florida Center for Reading Research absolutely rocks!  Try out any of the student center activities here , and you'll be hooked, too!


My second grade team has been talking lately about ways to expand our students' vocabularies...  Here are several of my favorite Mentor Texts for Vocabulary Instruction : Miss Alaineus a Vocabulary Disaster , by Debra Frasier.  Donovan's Word Jar , by Monalisa Degross Frindle , bu Andrew Clements Fancy Nancy , by Jane O'Connor

Launching Lessons for Readers Workshop

Sooooo, every time I'm asked about the mini lessons to use during Daily 5, I recommend this website .  It breaks down common mini-lessons by grade level and give a suggested timeline for teaching the concepts.  Be sure to bookmark it, as you will find yourself referring back to it often!  :)

Printables from Fountas and Pinnell

Oh, to be Irene Fountas or Gay Su Pinnell!  Their books are so amazing, as they offer such insight into literacy development in young children.  You can access the printables from their book, Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency , here (Graphic Organizers) and here (for Forms and Resources).  Enjoy!