Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vote NO to House Bill 2543

I encourage you to read Texas House Bill 2543 that is being supported by State Representative Charles Anderson in District 56.  Call, write or email to make your voice heard!  Click his picture below to send him an email opposing Bill 2543.
State Rep. Charles Anderson
District 56

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2nd Grade Readiness Standards Benchmark

Ever since moving to second grade, I have wanted a benchmark assessment so I can gauge how our students are progressing through the year.  We had one in 3rd grade that I loved because I was able to get quick data about how my students were progressing, but we don't have a benchmark in my district in 2nd grade.  So, I finally decided to create my own!  I help write math tests for the district, so I figured, why not write a test for myself?

Mrs. Thomas' Teachable Moments

I wanted something to tell me how much my kids can do on their own, how they are doing mid-year, and if they have mastered all of the skills necessary to move to third grade.  Now I will be able to tell how my students are progressing towards mastering the Readiness Standards.
I have included the assessment, directions for how and when to use it, answer keys, an optional answer document, and optional data tracking sheets.
It is perfect for 2nd grade.
It would be wonderful for a beginning of year 3rd grade placement test.
It would also be good to use at the end of 1st grade to see how well students can apply their 1st grade knowledge to try and understand 2nd grade skills.
I hope you check it out and that it can become a regular part of your classroom each year!

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Mrs. Thomas' Teachable Moments

Friday, April 3, 2015

Five for Friday!

Hello!  Happy Good Friday to you!  My twins had their Easter egg hunt at school today and learned the Bible verse, "He is risen!" Matthew 28:6.  There is something so sweet and wonderful knowing that they are learning early about Jesus and the love He has for them.

Unfortunately, we don't get today off because we have to make up a snow day, but hopefully, we will make it to the service this evening. 

Well, it's that time of the week again.  What have we been up to?  I love that Kacey over at Doodlebugs links us all up at the end of our weeks to find out!

We continued our study on poetry this week in ELA by focusing on alliteration, similes and onomatopoeia.  We had the most FUN craftivities to use from a unit called Poetry Pizzazz from the Teacher's Clubhouse!  We used the Simile Sandwiches, Alliterainbows and Poetry Pops craftivities.  I also used "My Spectacular Onomatopoeia Book" from Mrs. Mabe.  

Mrs. Thomas' Teachable Moments

Mrs. Thomas' Teachable Moments