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13 June Milestone Teachers Jump for Joy


1. Meet Ashleigh from Georgia

Try her: Hands-on Math Booklets Bundle {All 3rd Grade Common Core Standards}

Her tip: “You can use these booklets all year long to give your students essential hands-on experiences with all 3rd grade math standards. I use the booklets as a follow-up activity to our interactive notebook entries. The possibilities on how you can use these activities are endless!”



2. Welcome LittleRed

Try her: Informational Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions Bundle – All 160!

Her tip: “These passages cover a wide range of high-interest topics from amazing people, to the environment, to holidays around the world. Each passage includes three different types of questions to test students’ comprehension. It’s a versatile product that can be used as morning work, homework, and more!”


Mrs Thompson's Treasures

3. Say Hello to Lauren Thompson from Texas — She Runs Mrs Thompson’s Treasures

Try her: Hundreds Chart Fun Mystery Pictures – Mega Pack Bundle

Her tip: “This pack is an amazing resource to have at your fingertips all year long! The 63 fun, ready-to-go, no-prep, printable worksheets are great for practicing place value, following directions, and recognizing colors and numbers on a hundreds chart. Each picture comes in two versions for differentiation. They’re great to use for holidays, morning work, early finishers, indoor recess, or fun homework!”


Tony Baulos

4. Welcome Georgia’s Tony Baulos

Try his: 3rd Grade Common Core Math 3 MD.2 Measurement and Data

His tip: “Third Grade Common Core Math 3 MD.2 Measurement and Data Practice provides two ways for students to practice and show mastery of their measurement skills. It includes 41 distinct problems in two sets (128 slides in all!), with and without following answer slides. The PowerPoint file can be used on computers, or Promethean and Smart boards. Take a look at the preview file and buy today for your students’ benefit!”


Melissa O'Bryan

5. A Warm Welcome to Michigan’s Melissa O’Bryan

Try her: Reading Exit Slips – BUNDLE – (Grades 3-6)

Her tip: “Formative Assessment is crucial to inform your instruction for the following day. A quick exit slip that’s easy on printer ink is the perfect way for you to formatively assess your students at the end of Reading Workshop. Exit slips will provide you with needed information about skill abilities so you can form flexible intervention and enrichment groups. Exit slips also provide a way for you to record grades and/or check off mastery of reading standards. This bundle of exit slips is exactly what every 4th-6th grade reading teacher needs, and with over 200 slips included, it will last your entire school year. The slips are Common Core aligned and cover both fiction and informational reading standards. All you need to do is print and copy! Students can cut and paste the day’s slip into their reading notebook, or you can project the slip for students to copy and respond. Take the guesswork out of reading instruction — with these exit slips, you’ll ALWAYS know who has mastered each targeted skill!”


Novel Nutritious Creations

6. Say Hello to Novel Nutritious Creations

Try her: Summer Close Read Comprehensive Passages Packet for Students Entering 7th Gr.

Her tip: “This packet is perfect for students who need to keep up their close reading skills over the summer or anytime. Use for assessments, homework/classwork, literature stations, or just as a fun exercise! Packets are available from 4–8th grade. They’re full of great fiction and nonfiction stories, poetry and drama, diagrams, and maps, too! Strategies include: deciphering meaning, poetic elements, analytical reading, plot, inferences, summarizing, and so much more. Common Core Standards and lexile levels included!”


Jillian Starr

7.  From Boston, Massachusetts It’s Jillian Starr

Try her: Math Journal Prompts {Aligned to Common Core} Complete Set K-3 

Her tip: “Available by grade level or as a set, these math journal prompts are a wonderful addition to ANY math program. Math journaling is a fabulous way to gain insight into your students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, their problem-solving strategies, and their ability to share their thought process. This series offers teachers a number of open-ended prompts for EACH individual Common Core State Standard. It provides a naturally differentiated assessment, while creating a portfolio-like record of student growth and progress. Best of all, students LOVE IT!”


Elyse Jahnke

8. Meet Michigan’s Elyse Jahnke


Her tip: “Has your district gone hard core Common Core, but has yet to provide you with the resources necessary to teach and assess your students on these standards? Well, if so, your worries are now over! For each of the five 5th Grade math Common Core units, you can use the pre-assessments from this product to determine flexible groupings and to guide your math instruction. Then, because the pre- and post-assessments ask different questions but are similar in format, your students can also use their pre-assessment as a perfect study tool for their post-assessment when studying a unit. Finally, the students can celebrate their growth and success by determining how much they’ve learned and grown from the pre-assessment to the post-assessment!”


Live Love Math

9. From Texas, Danielle Krantz Runs Live Love Math

Try her: Middle School Math Writing Prompts { Content Specific }

Her tip: “In middle school math, it can be challenging to get all of the content taught, let alone integrate other content areas. A great way to get students to show you what they’ve learned or what they remember is to get them writing! My pack of 70 writing prompts means you’ll always have something on hand to use as a warm-up or exit ticket. Implementing writing in the math classroom is not only a great formative assessment tool, but it gives students a chance to formulate their thinking into their own words!”


The Bulletin Board Lady Tracy King

10. From Missouri Meet The Bulletin Board Lady – Tracy King

Try her: Test Prep Testing Words Bulletin Board Set of 42: Rainbow of Circles Background

Her tip: “Bulletin boards don’t have to be time-consuming or boring! They should teach something, serve as a reference, or celebrate your students. All of my bulletin board ideas are fresh and fun and, most of all, time-saving! This Testing Words Bulletin Board Kit is the perfect example of a teaching bulletin board that’s informative, attractive, and quick and easy to display.”


Elementary Solutions

11. Kristen Bowers Is Elementary Solutions

Try her: SmartFlip Common Core Reference Guide – Grade 5

Her tip: “Need help interpreting the CCSS? Our SmartFlip Common Core Reference Guides are a handy way to access and understand the CCSS for ELA, making it easier for you to plan lessons and assessments. Each standard is annotated in plain English and broken into ‘teachable chunks.’ Most of all, every spiral-bound SmartFlip includes hundreds of CCSS-aligned question stems that you can use to make it easier to plan and present your lessons.”


The Busy Class

12. From Florida, It’s The Busy Class

Try her: Fractions Fun Pack

Her tip: “Fractions can be challenging for students. This engaging math center allows students to practice what they’ve learned by working with a partner. Pairs check each others’ understanding of fractions while playing a board game. A two-page assessment is included for the teacher to check what students have learned. Use at the end of a unit or school year, or at the beginning of the year as review.”


Jean Adams

13. Welcome Jean Adams from Florida

Try her: Lesson 9: Piecewise-Defined Functions

Her tip: “Students often struggle with truly understanding piecewise-defined functions, no matter what level their course. I have my students use colored pencils as a visual aid. They color the domain intervals for each ‘piece’ of their given function at the ‘target-values’ where the domain changes function rules on their graph paper, prior to graphing. This trick helps beginning students focus their attention on the function to be graphed for each interval. This seemingly small effort really helps them grasp the idea of points of discontinuity for later courses. I’ve even noticed that my Calculus students understand basic limits better, at points of discontinuity, in later years.”



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