Shift Happens! A shift in vocabulary, that is.

As you know, when the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts were released, we all learned about the Instructional Shifts.  As you read about the Common Core and the changes it brings, you’ll see two basic lists of the shifts – one with three items and one with six.  The list with 3 shiftsContinue reading “Shift Happens! A shift in vocabulary, that is.”

Student Assessment – Verbs and Verb Tense

This is a quick assessment for the following two objectives: (1) Identify the verb in a sentence, and (2) Identify the verb as past or present. Download the pdf of the assessment, answer key, and data scoring tool. Grade Level:  Elementary

Rapid Response Cards – Punctuation

Download these pdfs:  Overview sheet, black and white template, yellow template.

Content Card – Bar Graph

This content card is designed for elementary school students.  If you like this one, just let me know and I’ll add to the content for middle and high school students. Download the bar graph content card in pdf format.

Content Card – Measuring Length

If you’ve ever worked with me, you know the importance I place on the content that students learn.  Of course we want students to think deeply, but we want them to think deeply about something – the content we want them to learn.  Here’s another example of a content card – this one for fourth-gradeContinue reading “Content Card – Measuring Length”

Word Walls

There’s a lot of information related to the use of word walls – it’s one of those topics where you can never have enough ideas.   I’ve included some of my own in an eight page downloadable handout.  Check it out to see if there’s a new idea or two for you to use.  In thisContinue reading “Word Walls”

Content Card – Scatterplots

One part of unpacking standards  is clarifying what it is we want students to learn.  It is not enough to simply look at nouns and verbs in curricular statements; we’ve got to go beyond that and figure out the specific content that students must learn. One way to do this is to make a content cardContinue reading “Content Card – Scatterplots”

Math Operations Chart

This is a  Math Operations Chart you may want to use to help students learn key vocabulary related to basic math operations. I also designed a brief teacher’s sheet with notes to go along with this.  The teacher’s sheet has questions you can use with students to help them learn to read and use the chart.Continue reading “Math Operations Chart”

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