Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday Made It-- July 4th

     Today I am linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!  It is my first time linking up this summer.  I have been busy working on things, but really haven't created a ton from start to finish! This past week, I made my back to school to do list and I realized I need to get crafting.  In the meantime, I have been working a little more so on some of my TpT products that I thought I would share!

      I don't know about you, but my students are LOVING the I Survived series.  I really didn't know a whole lot about the books until this year.  My kids get so engrossed in these books and are actually engaged in their independent reading.  So, I figured it was time to start reading them myself!  So far this summer, I've read I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 and I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic and I could instantly see why my kids were pulled in. The characters are easily relatable for elementary students and the plots are constantly changing, keeping the readers on their toes.  I recently finished my novel study for I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005.  You can grab a copy at my TpT store!  I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic will be coming soon!  This product has an answer key and is set up to be used as a novel study, guided reading group book, or as a read aloud!

      This product is one that I am SO excited to share.  I am being honest when I say that this product is NOT fancy and doesn't have any frills.  In fact, it is just a simple set of questions for each text.  However, what makes this product so great is that it was developed in my classroom as a result of a need I saw.  We had recently switched from DRA's to Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessments. I immediately noticed that our students were not used to the style of prompting or questioning.  Initially, I created these products to use so that my students became familiar with the style of questioning.  I then realized that these short assessments would be GREAT to use after a guided reading book discussion.  I ended up using these a TON in this way.  We would slowly read and analyze a text, having many discussions about it.  Then, when we would finish completely, I would ask the students to write their answers as a form of assessment/ way to monitor their progress with the text.  I used their responses when going to RTI meetings, etc.   I have also used these in the place of a running record, as a form of a formative assessment.  I would have the student read the text independently and respond to the questions.  This product has 11 different short assessments, but I am in the works of getting each file uploaded separately as well.  The bundle though, is the best deal.  It will be a GROWING bundle.  As I design new assessments, they will be added and you can re-download it for free!  So check it out here!

      I have been working on this slowly, line by line, for a few weeks, but I finally finished it! I found a bunch of inspiration on Pinterst that helped me.  This will be at the park for my wedding next summer!  I bought a piece of Oak and stained it.  Then I used a paint marker for the writing.  It does need one coat of clear polyurethane, but that's it! :) 

Happy Monday and happy Fourth of July! 


  1. Great post. Thank you for sharing. Great job on your sign, and congrats!

  2. Love your sign! My daughter is getting married in 2 months and she would love something like that, I am sure!!! Thank you for linking up:)


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