Sunday, November 4, 2018

Noun Check-Up - Worksheets to Review Nouns

noun reviewNouns, nouns, and more nouns...It always seems like I need to review nouns with my class!  Not the most exciting thing to teach, but necessary...Especially the capitalization of proper nouns. I like to use this spin-a-noun game for a fun way to practice common and proper nouns.
After doing the usual activities to teach nouns, I needed some sort of assessment or check-up if you will.
Included in the pack are worksheets for identifying nouns, common and proper nouns, and plural nouns.
noun worksheets
identify nounsThe answer sheets are included as well.


Scoop up this packet for review worksheets to use with your kiddos!
noun revies





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Previously posted at Classroom Freebies.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

When to Capitalize Nouns - A Fun, Free Game to Practice!



Common and proper nouns are one of the skills that can make teachers stress because it seems like kids never use capital letters! Or, they use them all the time! This can be a tricky skill and hard to remember for learners. This 'Spin-a-Noun' game makes writing nouns correctly, fun!
All you need to do is:
  1. print the spinner you want to use with your class.
  2. laminate the spinner
  3. give the kids a paper clip
  4. give the kids a recording sheet
  5. have the kids use their pencil to make a spinner
Student Noun Play
Once the kids are set up with their gear, they are ready to go hunting for common and proper nouns. First, they need to spin the spinner to find out what kind of noun they need to write. Next, they need to determine whether they need to write a person, a place, or a thing. Next, they need to determine if they need to write a common or proper noun. Oh! and remember to write a capital letter if it is a proper noun! Finally, they find a letter that doesn't have a word written next to it and write the word. Simple and so much fun!
There are two different versions of the spinner that you can choose from. One has a Halloween theme (hence the name of the product), and one is more general and also adds in Canada Day for our Canadian friends up north. Take a look!



Well, what are you waiting for?! Head on over and pick up your free common and proper noun game!

common and proper nouns

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Originally posted here.
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Halloween Math Mysteries - Engaging and Educational

Math Mysteries are such a fun way for kids to practice math standards in a 'story problem' type
format. The mysteries are set up in a 'choose your own adventure' type of theme.

There are a couple of different ways I've used math mysteries in my room.

  1. I print out a copy or two in color and put the pages in plastic page protectors and put them in a 3-ring binder. Then, the kids can use a dry erase marker to work out the problems.
  2. I print out the sheets that have 4 pages to a sheet and make individual booklets for each child.
  3. Finally, I printed the books in color and spiral bound them so I would have enough for 1/2 the class. Then, I had the kids buddy up to solve the mystery.
There are several grade levels of math mysteries. When I have kids working on different levels, I print out different grade booklets, but put the same cover on the front for all of them. The stories are the same but the problems are based on the grade level standards.



Make math on Halloween fun, engaging, and educational! Can't ask for more than that, right?!


If you would like to see how math mysteries work, check out this video!
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Spelling Lists for 3rd Graders

People have asked me for years if I was going to ever make a Spelling Lists That Make Sense for 3rd grade and I finally did it! I used the same basic layout as my 1st and 2nd grade lists, but I didn't make it as cutesy. I figured since 3rd graders are bigger kids, they might not need all the cutesy-ness!

On the student version of the list, there are 5 words that follow the particular spelling skill for that week. There are also 5 high frequency words. On the teacher list, there are 5 additional words that follow the spelling skill and 5 more high frequency words. There is also a dictation sentence that you can use when giving the test (or make up your own!) There is also a spelling test paper you can use when you give your test.

If you are someone who has asked me about 3rd grade lists, sorry for taking so long. If you are new to these spelling lists, you are going to love them!

Here's what others have said about my 1st and 2nd grade lists:

  • I love that they aren't just memorizing a list, but they are learning to apply the spelling rule!
  • Wow, what an amazing resource. This made spelling much more effective.
  • I used this when I taught second and LOVED it! I'm moving to first next year and can't wait to use it there too!
  • Best TPT I've paid for all year!! Save yourself a lot of spelling headaches with this amazing product!!
  • Exactly what I was looking for. . .spelling patterns, plus building from those patterns, and high-frequency words. Plus an ever-growing list of those H-F words they should know for a lifetime.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm trying to get myself back in the saddle again!
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Math Mysteries - How Your Kids Can Use Them to Strengthen Math Skills

I love using Math Mysteries with my kids at school. They get such a big kick out of them and they don't mind doing math to solve the mystery. To help show just what a math mystery is, my sister helped me make a little video. Check it out!


I have math mysteries for a variety of grades (2-4) and even bundles:
  • winter/Christmas/New Year's
  • Valentine's Day
  • March Madness
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Community Helpers
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
My math mysteries are based on Common Core State Standards for their respective grades.
Click here to see them in my store and get ready for a great new year!
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Immigrating to America - and a Giveaway for the Sale

    Well, we are heading for America and Ellis Island! Our classes are preparing to land soon, so I had the kids create a profile for themselves.
First, each child chose a country and then researched common names, clothing, location, etc. so they could create their likenesses. I think they did a darn good job, don't you?
     Next week, we are going to a neighboring school for a simulation of the Ellis Island experience. I'm not sure who's more excited, me or the kids! I think they are pretty nervous because we have been talking about all the things immigrants had to go through to get into America.

    The thought of being detained is a little daunting, but I think it's a good experience for our little millennials. (Is that what they are, or is there a new generation name for them?)
     I'll let you know how the simulation goes. I don't want to give out too much information-just in case one of my kiddos read my blog. HA!


On another note, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a SALE this Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15. AND, guess who has a gift card to give away? Yep, that's right, I DO!

Be sure to head over to TpT to start piling goodies in your shopping cart!






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Sunday, January 21, 2018

It's Wrong to Hate



Welcome to the new and improved Rockin' Teacher Materials. I thought it was time for a face lift. What do you think? My sister Sabrina created the header for me. I think it came out pretty neat! Thanks Sabrina!

This year when I was getting my room ready, I decided to make a sort of  'Graffiti Wall' using collaborative posters since Sabrina had some in her TpT store! The MLK poster is our latest creation. I absolutely love  this and the message it conveys especially in our world today.




With heart and helping hands a child can accomplish anything.




This is the collaborative poster we started the year with. I absolutely love this one because the kids get to decorate hands and they come out looking so unique. What a perfect way to celebrate our differences!

How do you help your kids learn important life lessons and learn to celebrate differences? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Fishbowl Discussions

Fishbowl discussions have really energized my classroom this year. The kids BEG to do them! We have used them with poetry, fables, short stories, and novels. We have even used them to discuss hot topics like the presidential election!
When I set up the fishbowl:
· Half the class sits on the floor in a circle and the other half sits in a chair on the outside of the circle.
· Sometimes I pick the kids randomly, but usually I choose a mix of outgoing and reserved students.
· I ask an open-ended question with room for interpretation to the students in the inner circle.
To ensure successful discussions, there are guidelines we follow. The inside circle must:
· State supported ideas
· Agree or disagree with a speaker and provide supporting or refuting information. PROVE IT!
· Make connections to the conversation.
· Do not interrupt a speaker.
· Do not speak a second time until everyone has had a chance.
The outside circle listens quietly while jotting notes or thoughts they may want to contribute later.
The students may be a little self-conscious at the beginning of the discussion, but usually warm up once the conversation gets going. I tell the kids they are talking to the group, not me. My job is to sit and listen to the discussion and not intervene for about 8-10 minutes. Although, I do sometimes need to redirect the conversation when they get off topic or start repeating the same thing, in different ways.
This page helps me stay organized. I just write the kids’ names in the boxes according to where they sit in the circle. During the discussion, I make a check mark for people who have spoken and keep notes so I can follow up after time expires.


If you would like to organize your discussions, just check it out by clicking the pic!


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