Gearing up for Next Year!!!

Lots has been happening and I am glad to say that I am returning to 4th grade for another year! Last year I taught 4th grade Math and Science and this year I am returning to my one true love, Language Arts & Reading! So refreshing to be back in my zone! With that comes fresh inspiration to create some great stuff for my students.

First to be finished is Weekly Word Work & Spelling for my 4th Graders.

Weekly Word Study 4th Preview

I started with Scientific Spelling, mixed in a little Words their Way, and finished it off with a TEKS checklist to make sure I had caught all that the great state of Texas wants! What came out is a fabulously easy to manage Print and Go Word Work Workbook.

There are 37 weeks of Word Work included! I also made two different covers (boy and girl) so you could copy the entire packet at the beginning of the year and have everything taken care of from the start.

One of my favorite parts is the data page so students can keep track of how they have performed on each of the weekly rules! A quick look at the side also shows which rules are coming up next.


You might also notice that I have included a rating system at the top. This is something I found on Pinterest and have used with great success in the classroom! My students love it and I find value in letting them see where they stand besides just an A.

I’m very excited about getting this routine set up from day one, so my students can master their spelling. Get ready for the beginning of the year by getting your copy of Weekly Word Work today from my Teachers pay Teachers Shop!

On a TEKS roll!!!

Hey all!

The ELAR TEKS are finished and posted on TPT! Hooray! My goal is to finish all of the third grade TEKS this week so look for daily posts!


Nice thing I did was color code the different strands so that you could separate them out easily. I also made a title page for each strand. I think I’m going to use the titles as place holders on the board to show outline each subject/objective. I used some really pretty blues and greens for these posters.

Strands ELAR


These are really going to brighten up the dreary process of introducing objectives!

Later! I have more work to do! Luckily the other subjects aren’t nearly as meaty as English Language Arts and Reading!


Looping Up!!!

Well the stars aligned and I am looping up from 2nd to 3rd grade this year! I am super excited to be in a new grade and have another year with my kiddos that i just don’t know what to do with myself!

First super awesome thing, I get to move back to my old room! (you remember the one with the metal doorframe….) I was so happy to be back in the old room that I had the kids move all my stuff on the last two days of school. I think they were just as excited as I was because my whole room was moved in about 2 hours. They kept coming back and asking to move more stuff and before I knew it, everything was gone.

Ahh. So happy. Old room. Big windows. Built in Innovation Station (That’s what our district calls the projector/ladybug/computer combo unit). Main hallway. Next to the playpad. So much wonderfulness.

The only sad part about moving is I made friends with my new neighbor down in the dungeon room. She’s a first year teacher and I feel like I’m abandoning her. I’ll have to visit often and do something nice for her to make up for it!

So with the new grade and all, I’m feeling swamped with all of the creating and re-creating of resources that I have made over the years for 2nd grade and now don’t “really” work for 3rd. First things first is to understand the TEKS for 3rd. I know that sounds totally nerdy but it really helps me grasp what the needs are for the grade level. I know my best teaching for 2nd came when I really started dissecting the TEKS and keeping those as the forefront of my teaching.

The bummer of it is, everyone else in the country seems to be doing Common Core, and there are all these cute things for Common Core or that are Common Core Aligned. Well here in Texas we don’t give a pahooey for Common Core so I’m working on making cute stuff for the TEKS.

First up, some ELAR TEKS “I can” posters. This isn’t something new for me. I’ve been making these and attaching them to my lesson plans for 2nd grade for years. But with looping to 3rd, I figured I would go ahead and make a formal cutesy set.

3rd Grade ELAR TEKSI started with the Reading strand and I’m already partway done with Writing. You can get it at my TPT store and download a preview file with the first TEKS.

I figure I’ll keep plugging away at these until I have the main subject areas covered. Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies. I usually color code my classroom so the colors will continue into the posters.

Well, back to work!