Teaching Tools

Reading Fluency Rubric

  • Feb. 3, 2022, 4:29 p.m.
I created this rubric for students in grades 3-8 who participate in an after school reading intervention. The students use the rubric to self-assess each of the four areas of fluency and determine next steps for practice. I have students record themselves reading a short text. As they listen to the recording, they score the rubric. Suggested texts: I use short stories, poems, and short informational passages. Teachers can use this rubric as an assessment tool for determining what to model or teach for students who are working to achieve fluency. I included a scale for assigning a grade, if needed.

Problem Solving Icons

  • March 19, 2020, 4:07 p.m.
As mathematicians tackle new problem situations, they need to develop a strategy for solving each type of problem situation. Using Susan O'Connell's fabulous books Introduction to Problem Solving, I created 8 icons to post in your classroom. Students will need direct instruction on what each strategy is and when to use it. Then ask students which strategy they think applies to the problem situation.

RTI Strategies Quick Chart1

  • March 19, 2020, 2:22 a.m.
Product Description This 2 page planning documents lists meta-cognitive strategies proficient readers use (page 1) and research-based strategies that teachers use to develop meta-cognitive strategies (page 2). Grade Levels PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Guided Reading Instruction Checklist1

  • March 19, 2020, 2:17 a.m.
Product Description What goes into planning a guided reading group lesson? This document is great for guiding teachers and tutors through the steps of planning an effective small group reading lesson. You can use this for observing or reflecting on small group reading lessons.

Reading Response Question Stems-Grades 4-8

  • March 19, 2020, 2:05 a.m.
Product Description Get your students using the correct higher level verbiage with these printable question stem strips to be used by teachers and students to help generate responses to reading. Best for grades 4 through 8.

Writing Centers for Word Choice and Sentence Fluency

  • March 19, 2020, 1:57 a.m.
Product Description 3 centers for building awareness and practicing word choice and sentence fluency in student writing. Can be used as centers or small group instruction. Students will plan, draft, revise, and edit in independent work stations. Best to be used with 3rd-7th grades.

Math App Homework Tic-Tac-Toe Chart and Letter1

  • March 19, 2020, 1:22 a.m.
Product Description Need a way to make math homework fun? Use this math homework tic-tac-toe chart that incorporates using apps to practice critical thinking and basic math skills. A parent letter is included to send home explaining the homework. This document is easy to use and add your personal class info to. A list of FREE apps are included!

Year of Homophones Pacing Guide

  • March 17, 2020, 8:26 p.m.
Product Description Homophones for a Year Pacing guide. Week by week plan for teaching sets of homophones. Includes review weeks and words continue to spiral.

Student Meme Activity

  • March 17, 2020, 7:34 p.m.
Product Description Students will create positive memes about themselves. Use this product as a lesson guide. This product also includes ideas for meme sayings students can use. Publish student memes on a bulletin board or social media outlet! Great back-to-school activity to get to know your students!

Personal Narrative STAAR Rubric- Kid Friendly

  • March 17, 2020, 7:16 p.m.
Product Description The rubric is in "kid" friendly language to help guide students into writing and rating their own writing. Teachers can use this rubric to teach and assess.