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3rd Grade Math BEST Standards

What can third grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards? What are third grade students now expected to learn? Set your mind at ease, because I am going to break down the new third grade Math BEST...

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2nd Grade Math BEST Standards

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4th Grade Math BEST Standards

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What can fourth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

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What can third grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

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2nd Grade Math BEST Standards

What can second grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

Top 10 Things To Do Before Winter Break

Who is counting down the days more - your students or you?!  Before you leave for the holiday break, consider finishing these 10 things to prepare your classroom for January.  Then you can enjoy your winter break without doing any classwork!...

6 Easy Steps to Make a Bulletin Board “Present”

It is always nice to change the decoration in your room. It is like changing your hair - the kids always notice! In our building, decor just does NOT stay on the wall. EVER. As much as I might want to decorate, it just is too much hassle....

Improve Number Sense Quickly with Shut the Box

Is your class working on building number sense?  Shut the Box is the perfect game to play to build addition and subtraction skills.  It also helps students understand "part part whole."  Even better, you can modify the game layout of Shut the Box to...

The Arc Planner: The Best Personalized Planner!

Are you still searching for your perfect personalized planner?  Many teachers have started using daily planners instead of planbooks.  I need a planner, but usually end up forgetting to use it because the layout doesn't work for my needs.I tried many...

Visiting New York City – with Kids!

So, you want to take a field trip to New York City!  Whether you are a homeschool family or a just taking a vacation with kids, I learned a few tips during our visit.1.  Where to Stay in New York CityThere are a lot of options for staying over in New York...

How to Use Interactive Notebooks as Formative Assessment

When I first started using interactive notebooks, I really wondered how to vary the types of formative assessments.  The summative assessments were easy - a quiz or a chapter test.  The main type of formative assessment that I could find was grading students'...

Hidden Gems: Fish in a Tree

Okay, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt really isn't a Hidden Gem - I think this book has gotten a lot of attention.  However, I love this book.  If you are teaching upper elementary or younger middle school grades, your class needs this book.  It is really that...

How to Add & Link Images in Google Slides

Are you going to use digital resources with students this year?  If you are new to Google Drive, there are some easy tasks you will want your students to be able to do.  Here are two tutorials that show how to add an image to a Google slide and...

How to Play Readingopoly: A Fun Alternative to Reading Logs

If you are like me, every year you try to improve your independent reading program.  Even though I wanted an alternative to a daily reading log, I usually ended up with some form of one - which everyone hated, parents, students, and me.  I did not want to be the...

The Best Supplies for Interactive Notebooks

Are you using interactive notebooks with your students?  I have used them for a few years, and I have discovered the best supplies for interactive notebooks!  Okay, a bit of hyperbole there, but I definitely have found supplies that I prefer over others. I...

Hidden Gems: Fever, 1793

I think most language arts teachers have a few go-to books that they use to integrate subjects.  When  get to the post-Revolutionary War period and need a historical fiction novel, I reach for Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.   The story takes place in...

5 Ways to Engage Student Writers

Okay, so we have talked a lot about struggling readers.  Do you know what struggling readers also hate to do?  Yep, WRITING. I had been making Google journal prompts for my team to use in a writing center.  As they are slides, I made them really colorful.  My son did...

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  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
  • I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
  • Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
  • School should be fun! We party in my class!