March 2012 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Math Fact Wheels

Spring break is almost over!  I have barely done anything around the house and that was my big plan for spring break.  I just can’t seem to find the motivation.  Everything else is so much more fun!!  Like creating these math wheel centers! And to thank you all for following me, I am giving a few of them away for free!  There are two of each skill so it meets the needs of nearly every

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Scientific Observation Journals

An important part of science in the primary grades is beginning to observe scientifically.  Students learn to observe with more than just their eyes, and use their ears and measuring tools to record more precisely.  I created these scientific observation journals to help kindergarten students record their observations during their classroom study on life cycles. Students recorded the life cycle stage, drew a picture,and wrote about what they saw.  Because weather is the science unit

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2nd Grade Common Core Math Standards

Oh. My. Goodness. Friday night I uploaded and blogged about  my K/1 Common Core Math pack.  I made it for my kindergarten team based on feedback from them, and didn’t really think many people would want it since it spanned two grades.  I was wrong. Just plain wrong.  I got lots of great, positive feedback both here and in my TpT store.  And then I had requests for a second grade common core math review

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Dolch Sight Word Easter Eggs

Dolch Easter Egg Sight Words

Learning sight words takes a ton of repetition and practice for some students.  I try to incorporate sight words in a variety of ways in my classroom: as our word wall words each week, as a reading center option, as a daily guided reading practice, and fun, independent practice and games throughout the year.  These Dolch Sight Words Easter Egg color by word sheets have been a favorite of many teachers!  They are simple and

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Math Warm Ups

I spent my evening getting my math warm up packet blog ready.  Meanwhile, I had an eye and ear on college basketball on the t.v. Lehigh just beat Duke.  Duke.  Duke, who beat my beloved Butler Bulldogs two years ago.  Duke, who has never lost in the first round of the tournament. (I’m sure that fact is not correct) Duke.  I’m all kinds of excited.  A teeny tiny team beat the big guy.  The big

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.




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