Sight Word Assessments using the Seesaw app

Do you teach primary and need any easy way to assess sight words on a regular basis?  Now available are my Sight Words Assessments using Seesaw!

If you have access to iPads in the classroom, or another means of using the Seesaw app, then this is the resource for you!

Gone are the days of assessing my students one-on-one with flashcards.  Now, I simply upload the sight words onto Seesaw and my students work independently to read the words and upload it to their learning journal.  This saves me a HUGE amount of valuable time because I can then listen and evaluate at another time.  I can work with other students in the classroom while several students are taking the assessment.  EASY PEASY!

Here is a video of one of my students reading his sight words to me using the Seesaw app:

After reading the words, my students save it in their learning journal for my approval.  I simply open it, listen and assess, then approve so that connected parents can see their progress.

Click here to learn more about how I teach sight words in my classroom (I call them Super Words!).

Also available is my Sight Words Bundle with Seesaw Digital Assessments.

You are going to love this simple and easy way to get those sight words assessments done and keep your students on track.  Thanks for stopping by to check it out!

Mother's Day Project

There are so many great ideas out there for Mothers Day, so I combined a few and came up with this!

These were fairly simple to create.  First, take a brown paper bag and fold it in half.  I stapled the edge to make a "binding". I've seen many paper bag books with ribbon tied to create the binding; however, I went simple!  Then, I found the pages for kids to decorate from The Memorable Teacher.  It was a FREEBIE!  Woot!

I chose 4 pages from the packet and pre-cut the squares out.  Students wrote and colored and used glue sticks to adhere them.  This created the front and back covers and inside.

I chose to keep the opening of the bag toward the bottom of the booklet.  We created a fun picture card to insert into the bag opening.  We took pictures of the kids outside, edited them, then attached to card stock.  I cut out circles with a circle punch to create the little tab to pull the picture out of the slot.  This creates a fun little surprise for mom to find!

Now, on to the keychains.  Aren't these adorable?!  I got this idea from Simply Kinder.  They are created with Shrinky Dink sheets and Sharpie markers!  It took me a little while to perfect cooking them, but after I got the hang of it, it was pretty easy.  Hint:  The shorter the length, the better, as they will curl up in the oven and begin to stick together.

Make these shrink film keepsake keychains with your students using Shrinky-Dink paper! We share how on Simply Kinder.

I used a small circle punch in the corner of the bag book and looped ball chain through.  I opted to use ball chain instead of the keychains shown above.  I knew I wanted to attach them to the bag books.  I ordered these on Amazon in 3" length.

Voila!  I think our moms are going to love these!

Teacher Appreciation Week

I feel so blessed to have such amazing families and kids this year.  For teacher appreciation week, our room mom suggests students bring a single flower to be added to a vase, with the idea that it will make a bouquet.  Well, my families all brought in whole bouquets!  It looked like a florist shop in my room all week.  This is just a small sample... I had two other vases full and took 5 bouquets of tulips home to enjoy.

Of all the student notes I received, this one made me giggle the most:

Now THAT'S a compliment!

Enjoy your weekend!
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Need a last-minute idea for your class for Valentine's Day?  Check out my post from last year on how to make melted Crayon hearts.  

You can purchase the cards here.  Super easy and the kids LOVE them!

I'll Dab to That!

That time when you challenge your students with a number sentence with four addends and one of your students is so excited he dabs.

Haha!  This just happened!

Winter is the Warmest Season

You might not agree with me right now, but winter IS actually the warmest season.  Yep, that's right.  And if you're saying, "Uh, uh.  No way!" then you might want to read this book by Lauren Stringer and see if she might persuade you otherwise.

I absolutely love this book.  Winter is the Warmest Season shows readers that the things we do in winter are quite warm.  Things like bundling up in scarves and mittens, sitting by the fire, and drinking hot drinks.  Snuggling under blankets and spending time cuddling with family.  Convinced yet?

I use this book every year in January to kick off my opinion/persuasive writing unit of study.  At first, students are like, "No way!  Summer is the warmest!" But then I teach them that this author is going to try to convince us that winter is actually the warmest.  Afterward, we write about what makes winter warm and cozy for us.  We will be doing this on our first day back, which is a fantastic time to talk about what makes us warm because students have just spent all of winter break with family doing things that make them feel warm and cozy inside.

I highly recommend this book with its beautiful illustrations as an addition to your opinion / persuasive writing unit this year.

Stay warm friends!