Groundhog Day Fun Pack & Bulletin Board Bundle

This AMAZING resource includes all you need for a fun and fabulous Groundhog Day!

slide2  Celebrate Groundhog Day all week in your kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom!  This GROUNDHOG DAY FUN PACKET AND BULLETIN BOARD BUNDLE contains all the resources you’ll need to celebrate this fun holiday with your students!  Click on the picture on the right for the link to this product!

Product includes: all NO PREP groundhog craft templates, differentiated writing options, voting ballots, math, grammar worksheet (Groundhog adjectives), and groundhog song.

Leading up to Groundhog Day…

I love reading Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! to my kindergarten class before we take our vote.  We also watch clips on United Streaming/ Discovery Education about the history of Groundhog Day.  Next, I give each student a voting slip.  The students fill out the secret ballots.  Then, we use the graph included to show our results.    Last, I tell the children to watch the news in the morning of Groundhog Day so that they can report the news when they get to school.

During Writing Workshop, I have my students complete the writing prompt that goes along with the bulletin board craft.  They complete the slide3prompt, “On Groundhog Day,…” and they finish the sentence starter with their prediction.  For example, they may write “On Groundhog Day, the groundhog will (or will not) see his shadow.”  I collect and save these prompts to attach to the craft portion which they make on the actual day of the holiday.

On Groundhog Day…

On the morning of Groundhog Day, I ask the children if they know the results.  We look back at our graph and decide whether our predictors were accurate.  I hang the appropriate sign (also included in the bundle) in the classroom to show the results.  It will either read “Six more weeks of winter,” or “It will be an early spring!”  I am surely hoping for an early spring!

We then complete the Groundhog Day Bulletin Board Craft and attach the writing at the end.  We also complete the Groundhog Day adjective page slide2later in the school day!

Teacher Tips for prepping and assembling are included in the packet as well!

If you like what you see, click on the TPT Store link at the top of the  page!  Product will download as a zip file.  You will need to extract two files. One file contains the craft templates and writing in a landscape format. The second contains additional files for decor, math graph, voting ballots, grammar worksheet, song, and additional writing in portrait format.

Don’t forget to teach your kids the fun song included as well!  I hope  you have as much fun as I do with this holiday! I would love to see your completed Groundhog Day Bulletin Board!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bulletin Board Bundle

mlkbulletinboardfileprev1  Decorate and celebrate Dr. King this month by creating this AWESOME Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Craft and Writing Bulletin Board Bundle!

Click on the picture above for the link to this product!

For this lesson, I first begin by reading the book Martin’s Big Words.  There is also a great read-aloud video on YouTube or United Streaming.

Prepping for the craft:

Open the MLK Craftivity File from the Zip File.  Next, copy:

  • shirt template on white cardstock.mlkbulletinboardfilepre2
  • eyes, eyebrow, and mustache template onto white cardstock.
  • lips/ tie template onto red cardstock / construction paper.
  • face template onto brown cardstock / construction paper.
  • Follow the step-by-step directions, and have your students do the rest!

Packet includes over 30 differentiated formats of various writing prompts for writers in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade.  Also, as an added BONUS, letters to spell out “I HAVE A DREAM” are included in different formats (cloud and circle letters).

  • Choose whichmlkbulletinboardfilepre4 prompt to display with craft.
  • Use remaining prompts throughout the month of January!

 

 

These came out better than I imagined.  If you like what you see, click on my TPT Store Link at the top of the page!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of the amazing teachers out there!  With Christmas falling on a Sunday, we had the shortest break ever and even had to return January 2nd!  As hard as it is coming back, I know I’m blessed to come back to a job I love!  I’m getting back into the swing of things today, and I’m looking forward to some fun winter projects beginning by having my kinders write about their New Year’s Resolutions!

I created four custom 2017 New Year’s Resolution Writing Templates  for both primary and intermediate writers.  I begin by reading Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution to my kindergarten.  We discuss what a resolution is and each student completes the writing beginning with the words “I will…”  We completed the writing portion yesterday, and they turned out great!  Also included in the bundle are party hats which the kids can decorate.

I take the kids’ pictures and blow up their faces in Powerpoint.  I print them in color.  We attach the party hats to their heads and hot glue on noise makers (which you can get on clearance after NYE)!  Here is a photo of how it came out in 2015.  I’m still finishing up my 2017 board, but I’ll post that as well when it is finished!
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This makes for a fun and fabulous New Year’s Bulletin Board that will work great in any elementary grade!  ENJOY!!!  I wish you a happy and healthy 2017!  Click on the photo above for the 2017  link to this product!

The Bulletin Board MEGA Bundle

If you’ve visited my TPT store Kindergarten Korner or read my blog posts, you can probably tell that I am slightly obsessed with creating eye-catching bulletin.  Upon buyer request, I just released my BULLETIN BOARslide1D MEGA BUNDLE that includes 10 of my top-selling TPT Complete Bulletin Board sets at an incredible discount.  Create boards that are sure to brighten up your classroom or hallway!  All boards showcase a combination of artwork AND writing.

Here are the Bulletin Board Sets included in this AMAZING bundle! slide2

 

slide3 Kick off the school year by creating a “Game Plan for a Great Year!”  This bundle includes 12 custom football writing templates with directions for creating a fun football field background.

slide4 These adorable Acorn Writing Templates with BONUS squirrel craft are perfect for a fall board!

 

slide5Rhyme Time Turkeys make a fabulous Thanksgiving Bulletin Board.  Students choose from 20 word families to complete the feathers.  These turned out awesome this year!  The kids loved creating them, and I get so many compliments from teachers who pass by our hallway bulletin board.

 

slide6How cute is this board for New Year’s Resolutions?!!!  The bundle has been updated with a 2017 format of this custom-designed writing template.  (I will update each year with a new version.)  Student write their resolutions and decorate party hats.  I take each child’s picture and print out as a full page.  We add noisemakers for the finishing touch!

slide7 Dr. Seuss is yet another obsession of mine.  Last year, my students had a great time creating these Word Family Hats along with sequencing writing of a Dr. Seuss story.

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This  How to Catch / Trap a Leprechaun Writing and Craft is tons of fun for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in your classroom!

 

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The LORAX is my most popular bulletin board bundle and probably my all-time favorite!  This board is perfect for Earth Day.  Students create persuasive writing pieces on why we should save the trees.  The trees are topped with all you need for each student to create a Lorax!

slide10  April Showers Bring May Flowers!  In this kit, you will find all you need to create this rainy day board that includes a custom writing raindrop template as well as templates for 3D flowers, umbrellas, and raindrops.  Teacher tips are included!

 

slide11   These 3D Tulips are sure to brighten your windows, hallway, or classroom!  Please read the feedback I have received on these!  Words cannot do these justice.  They will look beautiful, and they also showcase spring writing!slide12

Another great spring board are these Butterfly Word Families.  Choose from a variety of word families for students to complete.  Have them paint or use Dot Art to make them picture perfect!

slide13Check out this amazing bundle available in the Featured Products section of my TPT Store.  Thanks for looking!

A Fun Fall Bulletin Board with Squirrels and Acorns!

slide1 Bushy Tailed Squirrels & Acorn Writing Templates

If you follow this blog, you can probably tell that I am slightly obsessed with creating eye-catching bulletin boards!  I try to display a combination of artwork and writing with each board.  The students love seeing their work in the room or hallway and so do the other grades that pass by the boards!  I love how these FALL SQUIRRELS and ACORN WRITING PIECES turned out this year, and I am super excited to share them with you!

slide2  This package includes 6 differentiated black and white primary and intermediate writing templates.  Templates may accommodate writers in kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.  A BONUS squirrel template is included as well!slide4  Here are my teacher tips for creating this fun fall bulletin board in your classroom…

PREP:

Decide which writing template/templates you wish to use and copy onto brown construction paper.  If you cannot copy onto construction paper, just copy onto white.  Use brown watercolors to do a wash on the paper, let them dry, and do the writing the next day!  I do the writing portion in small groups at my teacher table center.

Copy squirrels onto brown cardstock/ construction paper, OR copy onto white and have kids paint one side (the reverse side of the pattern) brown. Cut out the next day.  You can also trace the pattern onto brown construction paper.

Cut brown tissue paper squares.  Each student will need a handful of these to make the tail bushy!

Teacher Tips for Creating the Cutest Squirrels

I tell my students this is a “Simon Says” following directions craft.  They watch me do one step and then I say, “Simon says it’s your turn.”

1.Students cut out squirrels and write their names on the back.

2.Point to the tip of the face.  Draw the nose.

3.Draw the eye and eyebrow.  You can add eyelashes if you wish.

4.Add a smile.

5.Draw a line between the feet.  Color the paws darker brown if you wish.

6.I take a pencil and go around and draw a line for where they will begin gluing the tissue.  I tell the kids they will fill in the entire tail with tissue paper from the pencil line back.

7.Place tissue at each table.  In my opinion, glue sticks work best to cover the entire tail area first.  I model how to take one square at a time, scrunch it up, and press and hold onto the glued area.  Then, I tell them it takes patience to cover the entire area, and I encourage them not to leave any “bald spots!”

8.Dry and display with your fall acorn writing pieces.
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RHYME TIME TURKEYS make for a Happy Thanksgiving!

I slide1am super excited to share my THANKSGIVING RHYME TIME TURKEYS with you!  I love a good bulletin board, and this might just be my favorite one yet!

I just finished creating these with my kinders this week, and they turned out super cute!  What I love most about this craftivity is that it incorporates phonemic awareness skills (rhyming) along with phonics skills (encoding).  This product includes 20 word families!  In kindergarten, I used the short /a/ patterns since that is the only vowel we have covered at this point.  If you are using this in first or second grade, it would be a great idea to use all 20 families and challenge each student with a different word family!

Here are my teacher tips for assembling these adorable turkeys in your classroom!

1.  Select which body style you prefer to use.  If using one of the clipart patterns, copy onto cardstock.  If you choose to use the kids as turkeys, slide2take their pictures and print out! (When taking pictures, be sure to crop around body as closely as possible.  The head should be at the very top and feet at very bottom without leaving too much space around the perimeter.)  This is my favorite option!  The kids turned out too cute!

2.  Select which word family feathers you would like to use and copy onto white cardstock. (I am doing all the families with the
short /a/ since that is the only vslide3owel pattern I have introduced in kindergarten.  First grade teachers could use all 20 templates giving each student a different family!)

3.  Have children use dot art or watercolors to paint feathers page.  (I use dot art – dries the same day and less mess!)turkey7

 

 

 

 

4.  After the feathers dry, have students complete the word family portion by adding a letter or twoturkey6 before the family.  (I let them use pencil first.  Once I check it, I give them a black
sharpie or magic marker to trace over their writing and the dotted word family font.)


5.  Cut out feathers and assemble behind turkey body.  Glue or staple onto turkey4construction paper and mount onto last page in file (“____’s Rhyme Time Turkey”).  .  Laminate if you wish.  (If you are laminating, use glue instead of staples).  Display for the perfect THANKSGIVING DAY BULLETIN BOARD for the month
of November!

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Enjoy!  I wish you the happiest Thanksgiving, and I hope you get some well-deserved time off of school to spend with your family!

~Casey

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL WRITING?

slide2  This year, I wanted to create a fun fall bulletin board!  I created these Custom Football Writing Templates and the kids created goals for the year.  These came out awesome!

Here are my teacher tips if you want to create a similar bulletin board…

  1.  Take the kids’ pictures pretending to pass/hike a football, print, and cut out.
  2. Choose the template you like best, copy onto brown construction paper, and complete the writing.
  3. Using 12×18 construction paper, fold it in half.  Have the children paint a white line down the fold.
  4. I made pencil marks for them to paint over for the yard lines – older kids will be able to do this independently!  Make four marks on the top (2 on each side of the yard line), and four on the bottom.  Have the children paint these with white as well.
  5. Assemble when dry and hang!

Twelve custom templates are included for beginner writers in kindergarten to more advanced writers in 5th!

I get so many compliments on this board!  Enjoy!

Kindergarten from A to Z

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I hope you are off to an AMAZING start this year!  I saw this post from fellow TPTer Education to the Core, and I can’t think of a more accurate description for the first week(s) of kindergarten!  My kids have been in school for almost 20 days, and I am just now feeling like I can take a breath!

One of my favorite things to do in kindergarten is to have the kids create books for our classroom library.  I tell them that they are the author’s and illustrators.  I make a cover and either laminate and bind or use a binder and place the pages in sheet protectors.  However you do it, you kiddos will love reading the books they created themselves!

The first book we have created is called Kindergarten From A to Z!  After reading the book From Anne to Zach, each student created his/her own page.  We used dot art to fill in the first letters of their name, and then the kids wrote their names on the line below.  These looked so amazing!  I laminated them and created a bulletin board.  When I pull them down next week, I will add the cover, bind it, and place it in our classroom library!

Here is a pic of how they turned out!

 

The Back-to-School “To-Buy” List

 

In my previous post, I shared with you My Back-to-School To-Do List. In addition to creating my To-Do List at the beginning of each year, I also create a “To-Buy” list, which includes some things I actually NEED and some things on my wish list! supplymeme1This was me at Office Depot this summer.  Only instead of friends, I brought my six and eight year old!  Oh yes I did have them each check out with my debit card to get their 10 per customer limit of two pocket folders and 3 per customer dollar sharpies!    Sales like these are a teacher’s dream come true!

I felt so proud of myself for saving so much money at Office Depot!  Next, we headed across the street to Target with the intention of getting a birthday gift.  Two hundred and some dollars later, we had a birthday gift and more goodies for Mommy’s classroom!

Every year, I tell myself I am not going to spend too much of my own money on my classroom, but sometimes I just can’t help it!  We all do it, but we can do it on a budgsupplymeme2et!

I start by shopping for the deals at Office Depot, Target, The Dollar Tree, and then I fill up my Amazon Shopping Cart or place items on my wish list to purchase at a later date.  Here are some of my teacher my haves…

  1.  Brewster Wall Pop Dry Erase Dots I just ordered two sets of these for my small group / teacher table, and I can’t wait to use them!  I know the kids are going to love them!  I plan on using them for encoding words during word building, sight word practice, letter / number writing, and so much more!  The possibilities are endless.  They have gotten great reviews, which always makes me feel comfortable ordering.  Be sure when ordering that you order the ones that say DRY-ERASE.  They do sell many wall decals that are not dry-erase.

2.  Amscan Fluffy Decoration Pom Poms 3 Pack – Pink Blue Green 

These pom-pom decorations won’t break the budget, and they will add so much brightness to your classroom.  This year, I will be adding the yellow and purple pom poms to my decor.  My teammate had an awesome idea to match the pom pom to the table color and hang it right abovclassroome the center of the table.  This year, I am having a pink, blue, green, yellow, and purple table.  I have two weeks before my kids start.  I will post a pic once this is completed.  Here is a pic from last year’s classroom, where you can see the multicolor pack hung in the room.  Everyone who visits my room comments on how bright and cherry it is – even in the dreary winter months!  I highly recommend them!

3.  Plastic Neon Bins by Really Good Stuff  –  As seen in the photo above, these plastic bins and plastic caddies have added so much color to my room as well.  They have also helped me organize materials.  This was my splurge last year.  I have center material categories organized by color.  Students know exactly what area they should be working in by the bin color!

4. Ticonderoga Beginner Pencil Value Pack  Because you will never have enough pencils!!!  This is one of the best deals I have found on Ticonderogas.  You get a wholesale case of 25 case of carded pencil packs.  Each card contains 2 pencils (50 total pencils).  Students have pencils on their supply lists, but I always like to have extras on hand.

5.  Sharpies Colorburst Pack of 24 Markers
If you miss out on the dollar deals on Sharpies at Office Depot, this pack is a great value!  You get 24 colorburst markers for $16.  As a teacher, you can never have enough sharpies!

 

6. Mr. Sketch Scented Markers My other favorite markers are, of course,  Mr. Sketch Markers! You will love them.  Your students will love them.  You’re guaranteed to get a laugh every time when you look around and see all the dotted noses when your kinders use them!

 

7.  Do A Dot Art is great for so many things in kindergarten.  Many TPT sellers are creating worksheets where students dab the correct answer.  I also use them for a variety of arts and crafts projects throughout the year!

 

8.  Reusable Dry Erase Pockets  

I just ordered a set of these awesome dry erase pockets.  I think they will be perfect for the beginning of the year, especially with tracing the alphabet, numbers, and names.  I love that they can be used over and over again without wasting so much paper!

So, now you know what’s on my “To-Buy” list. supplymeme3 What’s on your teacher wish list this year?

 

MY BACK TO SCHOOL TO-DO LIST

In my previous post, I told you that I had vowed not to go in to my classroom until our first teacher in-service day because I wanted to spend every precious moment with my girls this summer.  In past years, I’ve always taken them into school with me to set up a day or two.  Well, lately the girls have been asking me non-stop, “When are we going into school with you to help?”  So I am giving in, and we are planning to go in one day this week.

Since I left the room super organized in June for the most part, I am going to take full advantage of no lines at the copier and prep all of my BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS to get me started for the beginning of the year.  I’m going to copy away – until the copier jams, of course!

Here are my top items I plan on prepping for the Beginning of Kindergarten and some for the ENTIRE YEAR…

  1.  Pokemon Go School Scavenger Hunt - Beginning of the Year POKEMON GO SCAVENGER HUNT – I seriously can’t tell you how excited I am to do this on our first day of Kindergarten!  In past years, I’ve always done a KINDERGARTEN BEAR HUNT, which is so much fun as well.  With all the Pokemon Hype lately, I thought I would switch it up a bit.    Here’s how it works.  As they try to catch Pokemons with their Pokeballs in hand, students find clues that lead them to familiar faces they will see throughout the year (secretary, principal, nurse,
    Yes, I admit it! I tried to catch Pokemon!

    librarian, etc). Each staff member hides a laminated Pokemon in their room/office.  Once the kids find it, the staff member reads the kids their next clue that takes them to their next Pokestop.  Click on the link above for more info.  I plan on printing out the clues, arranging them in the order I plan to use them, and laminating the Pokemon characters.  You can also print off a coloring page that goes with it!

  2. My BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS BUNDLE includes 8 things I use at the beginning of Kindergarten and some that I use weekly throughout the ENTIRE YEAR!  Here’s what this AMAZING bundle contains..
  •  Monthly NO PREP Journal Writing Prompts AUGUST SEPTEMBER B AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER NO PREP WRITING PROMPTS   These are great for beginner writers in kindergarten and first grade.  You get 25 prompts in 2 formats.  Use as a journal, or use pages individually for morning work, Daily 5 Work on Writing, independent writing, or Writing Workshop.  At the beginning of the year, I work with the students in a small group to complete the prompts while I model letter formation and proper writing techniques as I introduce the children to phonetic spelling.  Sometimes, we do a page as a whole group after morning work.  By November/ December, kindergarten students are usually ready to complete these independently.  At that point, they are great for an independent center activity.  Check these out as well as writing prompts for the other months as well!
  • ALL ABOUT ME BOOKS  One of my go-to Writing Workshop lessons for the first full week of Kindergarten.  Just print and go!  I have stALL ABOUT ME Kindergarten Beginning of the Year WRITING BOudents complete one page a day, and I send home at the end of the week.  It’s a great keepsake for the beginning of kindergarten, and it helps the kids practice name writing, number writing, writing color words, and illustrating in detail.
  • KINDERGARTEN WRITING PORTFOLIOS  Writing is my favorite subject to teach in kindergarten because you see so much growth from the beginning of the year to the end.  I love using these Back to School/ Beginning of Year KINDERGARTEN WRITING PORTFOLIOportfolios at different points throughout the kindergarten year. At the end of the school year, I have the kids flip through their portfolios to see how much they have grown.  They are also a hit with the parents!  NO PREP – Just copy and staple!

 

  • NUMBER WRITING BOOK  This book is also NO PREP and is perfect for a week or two weeks worth of Math Workshop at the beginning of Beginning of Year Number Writing Book NO PREP 0-10 formatikindergarten.  I have seen a lot of number books on TPT with 10 things on each page for the kids to do.  Let’s be honest! At the beginning of the year, our students can’t handle too much.  This format is simple and does not overwhelm the kids.  Students trace the number, write the word, and practice the number at the bottom.  There is also space for them to draw a picture of their choice to represent that quantity.  We do this book as a whole group with step-by-step directions, which is exactly what our kids need at the beginning of the year!
  • CHARACTER EDUCATION JOURNALS – This is another thing I print off, staple into a journal, and use once a month with Character Education lessons.  You can use the Heartwood Character Education program or simply choose stories that exemplify the different attriCHARACTER EDUCATION JOURNAL KINDERGARTEN WRITING COMMON COREbutes in this journal.  I combine my character ed lessons along with our Olweus Bullying lessons.  Another great keepsake to have at the end of kindergarten!
  • KINDERGARTEN FROM A to Z  I use this as my very first Writing lesson of the Kindergarten year!  I read the student the book From AnneKindergarten Writing Beginning of the Year A to Z Class N to Zach.  Then, I pass each student the page with the first letter of his/her first name on it.  They can fill in the bubble letter with dot art, watercolors, Crayola Overwriters, crayons, or markers – your choice!  Then, they neatly write their name on the line at the bottom.  I save these, laminate, and bind them to create our first class book for our classroom library!
  • KINDERGARTEN ALPHABET BOOK  I staple this into a book and use throughout the year as each letter is introduced.  At the beginning of the year, we do this together.  As the year progressKINDERGARTEN/1ST NO PREP Alphabet ABC Letter Writing Book es, students complete this page independently as a Daily 5 Work on Writing
    Literacy Center activity.  They phonetically write
    four words beginning with the sound, draw four detailed illustrations, and practice writing the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter at the bottom of the page.
  • SCIENCE FIVE SENSES SEASONAL MINIBOOKS BUNDLE  A bundle within a bundle – it just does not get any better.  In a half-day kindergarten program, I struggle to get in as much science as I can.  These seasonal writing mini-booMY FIVE SENSES Seasonal Writing Science BUNDLE 8 Writing Bks combine science with writing as students write about what they see, hear, touch, taste, and smell as the seasons and holidays change.  You get 8 mini-books in this bundle!  Great for sub plans!  I read the book My Five Senses before we complete the Fall Senses mini-book.  As we change seasons, we review our senses and write about them.  This is a hit with the kids.  Prints two books to a page.  Just print, staple, and cut in half!

All of the products listed above are sold individually, Kindergarten BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS BUNDLE Beginning of thebut you can get all 8 for one low price for a limited time in my BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS BUNDLE!  Check it out!

 

3.  I also plan on printing a stack of writing paper to have on hand for the year.  I LOVE using this   Printable Primary Writing Paper Beginner Writers Checklist PRINTABLE PRIMARY WRITING PAPER WITH A WRITING CHECKLIST !  It is perfect for beginner writers in Kindergarten and first grade.

If you like this paper style, check out my other printable paper packages on my TPT Store!
The Perfect Primary Printable Writing Paper 5 lined Portra

 

 

4.  TRAVEL WRITING JOURNALS  I don’t know about you, but I always have a handful of students who travel during the school year.  Hey, I TRAVEL WRITING JOURNAL primary lined journal paper for TRAwould too if I could!  Rather than scrambling to prepare work for my traveling students, I print off a stack of these at the beginning of the year to have on hand for those times when I am asked to prep work in a pinch!  I tell my students to complete this journal, practice math facts/number writing, and read while they are away.  I allow them time in the Author’s Chair to share the journal when they return.  The kids really enjoy this!

5.  The last thing on my list is to assemble my KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENTS BINDER a.k.a. “My Kindergarten Bible.”  I print off all of Kindergarten MUST HAVE Assessment BUNDLE - MATH ELA WRITINthese assessments that I use throughout the school year and place them in a binder in page protectors.  At the end of each quarter, I pull out this binder and I have everything I need at my fingertips to assess my student for kindergarten report cards!  I could not survive without this binder!

If you are a new kindergarten teacher or a seasoned veteran, I hope this posts helps you get off to a great start!  I’d love to know – What’s on your Back-to-School To-Do List?