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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Preschool Assessments

Of course I didn't forget! The bestselling Preschool Assessment Packets are also updated! And yes! They are also ready for you to load onto your own ESGI account!


ESGIYou will love the ease that ESGI gives this product. I have done the work for you; all of these tests are there: click, click, done. Simply click on the test explorer tab (within ESGI) and look for my name: Kathy Crane to find the correct tests. (Important: At the very end of the testing documents are screen shots of how to organize your tests on ESGI to correlate with the paper copy).

 Even if you are not sure whether paperless testing and data retrieval is for you, you will want to take advantage of their free 60 day trial! Simply go to  https://www.esgisoftware.com/ESGI/ click on the orange button!

Please remember to enter promo code B7227 to receive $40.00 off the already low price.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Best Ever Kindergarten Assessments

These “best selling” assessments has just gotten better, and now offers a digital option to save you paper 
and valuable time! 


These documents serve as organizational tools for gathering information about language arts and math strengths and weaknesses of kindergarten students. Using these assessment, you will learn more about your students and will more easily determine the focus of your instruction.

If relying on the paper copy, one assessment form should be copied for each student. Due to the necessity of assessing students at regular intervals during the school year, the documents provide a space to record information for different assessment periods. The first assessment is in the trimester format (with benchmarks provided). Following this assessment is one that is generalized, to fit the format of varying school years.


The next pages of the assessment packets are student copies and examples of a checklist or report card that you may wish to use when reporting to parents.


With this 3rd addition, there is big, important announcement! 

I have partnered with ESGI! 

ESGIYou will love the ease that ESGI gives this product. I have done the work for you; all of these tests are there: click, click, done. Simply click on the test explorer tab (within ESGI) and look for my name: Kathy Crane to find the correct tests. (Important: At the very end of the testing documents are screen shots of how to organize your tests on ESGI to correlate with the paper copy).



 Even if you are not sure whether paperless testing and data retrieval is for you, you will want to take advantage of their free 60 day trial! Simply go to  https://www.esgisoftware.com/ESGI/ click on the orange button!

Please remember to enter promo code B7227 to receive $40.00 off the already low price.


Monday, July 28, 2014

The Best Word Wall

The best word walls are build with purpose and designed for student usability.
Our Power Word Wall Kit is completely build with research in mind! It has classroom tested, proven powerful results.




Research has shown that words that are printed in red ink with a yellow background promotes visual performance and brain connections. The term power words connects the importance of learning sight words with the power of knowledge. Constructing the word wall as a dictionary; connecting letters and visual sound cards that are used frequently in the classroom (or home), make for a powerful connection between letter-sound-word.

All materials to prepare students and organize your word wall are included. Also tips for extension and use, a personal student-size alphabet/word dictionary, alphabet chant (to promote alphabet knowledge), and an alphabet poster are included.

You will love the connections that this word wall kit will make with your students. And, you will be happy to see that research pays off as its all inclusive, interactive nature will create independent early readers!

NOTE: Contains over 200 power word cards!



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Glue Sponges

It is soon back to school time and yes, time once again to deal with glue.  I peek into my closet and look at my fresh laundered “teacher clothes," knowing once again they will be soon covered in the white, gooey stuff.

I spend the first few weeks of school teaching my students how to use a glue bottle. You can see some of my activities here: 


Then, when I am sure they can be responsible glue users, and I feel safe with that glue bottle inside their pencil boxes, I provide them with a great, easy, less-messy alternative to glue bottles -- glue sponges. 



How to Make a Glue Sponge


Gather:
A small airtight container.
A regular household sponge.
**A bottle of white school glue (4 oz. per sponge).
Hand sanitizer
*A small bottle of water with a drop of hand sanitizer added (to spritz the sponges after use to keep them fresh).

Directions:
Pour a small amount of school glue in the bottom of the container, enough to cover the bottom. Dampen the household sponge and squeeze all of the water from it. Place it in the container. Pour glue to cover the sponge. Add a few drops of sanitizer to keep the bacteria away.

Cover the container and shake it back and forth. Sit on a shelf for a week to allow the glue and sponge to do its job.

Teach students how to take off the lid, dab their paper on it to get glue and to cover the container when finished.

*Spritz weekly with the water mixture.
**Add new glue as necessary.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alphabet Sound Cards



Have you been looking for just the right alphabet sound cards? Well look no further. Kids love these catchy songs, sung to the tune “Miss Lucy Had a Baby.” Why are they all the same tune? Well that is the hook! You know how a song gets stuck in your head and it won’t go away? Kids quickly learn their letter sounds using this unique format.

This set of cards match our product Power Word Wall http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sight-Words-Power-Word-Wall-Kit-143900.This companion packet contains alphabet and picture cards that are suitable for a word wall, nearly 200 high-frequency word cards, student size word wall cards, and a chant to promote letter-sound knowledge.

These cards will look great as your anchor alphabet displayed around the room or can be compiled as a book.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Insect Zoo unit is updated! If you have purchased it, be sure to download the update. If not, you might consider checking out this great unit filled with buggy fun!


This (120 page) Insect unit is strategically linked to common core standards. It is divided into areas of literature, media, music, art, literacy activities, math activities, worksheets, science activities, creative writing, word wall words, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. 

Literacy Activities:

Fly Away Fly: Letter Identification
Fly Away Words: Sight Word Recognition
Buggy Bug Match: Sight Word (or Alphabet) Match
Bug Rhymes: Matching Rhymes
Ladybug Spots: Recognizing Words in Speech.
Letters Buzzing In My Name: Recognizing/Writing Letters In Names
Independent Activities
Trace & Write Letters A-Z

Math Activities:

Catching Insects: Sorting
My Bug Collection: Addition
Bug-a-Boo: Geometric Shapes
Construct a Bug: Exploring Probability.
Bugs Count: Developing Number Sense 

Science Activities

Creating an Insect Zoo
Insect Memory: Matching Identical Insects.
Insect Observation: Observing Features
Insect Magnification:Using Scientific Tools
Independent Activities
Insect Body Parts


Songs/Fingerplays

Freddy Flea
The Firefly & Other Insects
The Bees

Guided Reading Books
The Insects- Level A
The Insects- Level C
Little Ladybugs

Writing Prompts/Word Wall

Our Insect Zoo
All About Lady Bugs
Insect Word Wall Words

Art Projects
Ladybug Ladybug
My Insect
Baby Bumblebee
Paint a Bug

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Developmental Handwriting

This summer I have been working with T. my grandson on strengthening the muscles in his hands and handwriting. He is not excited about it, needless to say, handwriting generally is not a child's favorite subject.

I have found, however, that students love handwriting when the instruction is developmental and active. T. loves these worksheets. I don't think he even knows that it is handwriting. Each sheet allows the student to make the alphabet letter using sticks and curves.


Check it out at our online store by clicking on the title below.