Saturday, April 11, 2015

Looking for Free Nonfiction Articles?



       
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  I was introduced to a new free educational website. Smithsonian Tween Tribune  is a K-12 site with news articles. The reasons I love this site are:


  • You can change the Lexile level of articles. 
  • You can assign quizzes based on the articles.
  •  You can search for articles by Lexile level.
  • Lexile levels range from 500-1600.
  • Students can be added to your class to allow the students to comment on articles. (Great for having a class discussion, which can be only seen by your class or made public by the teacher) 
  • They have certificates for students success on quizzes,
  •  The articles are chosen by professional journalists.
  • They have articles in Spanish.  

Now that you know why I love this site check it out for yourself by clicking here.


Monday, April 6, 2015

New TN Ready Assessment Information

            






      The TN Department of Education has released a new video with much-needed information about the TN Ready Assessment. You can view the video here. I will be creating a Need to Know handout on the video and will post soon. You can also access the blueprints for each TN Ready Assessment for ELA and Math. The blueprints provide information on what percentages certain standards will be tested next year.


ELA Blueprints:

3rd
4th 
5th 
6th 
7th 
8th 


Math Blueprints:

3rd
4th 
5th 
6th 
7th 
8th 









Saturday, April 4, 2015

You Oughta Know: Task Card Storage





         I am joining Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her monthly You Oughta Know blog hop. When you finish with my blog check out the linky below to find more ideas and resources.


         I have struggled to find a way to organize all of my task cards. None of the cards are the same size, some have large answer sheets. At first I used containers from the Dollar Tree, but I couldn't keep the answer documents and answer keys with them. So I went on a search for a container that wouldn't take up a  lot of room and would allow me to keep all the parts of my task cards together.



Pendaflex Portafile Expanding Organizer with 19 Pockets, Letter, Black

      I found these containers at my Wal-mart. They have 26 pockets and are $11.00 each. I purchased two of them, one for Language Arts task cards and one for Reading task cards. Silly me forgot to take pictures. I will take pictures of my actually containers and share on Monday with all my task cards. 

   Check some awesome bloggers and their ideas below.