A philosopher once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” I guarantee this group of lucky thirteen milestone achievers had to do a lot of preparing (aka hard work) to make this opportunity happen. Bravo $20,000 milestone achievers, you’re an inspiring bunch!

$20,000 Milestone Achievers

Jessi's Archive: Milestone Achievers

1.  Jessica Sibucao comes to us from Briarwood, New York and runs Jessi’s Archive.

Jessica says, “Lessen your Common Core stress through my convenient Common Core Reading: Foundational Skills Assessment Bundle. This unit addresses each standard with assessments, checklists, and posters. It’s ready-to-use and easy-to-implement.” Spectacular!


Ms. Lilypad's Primary Pond: Milestone Achievers

2.  Ms. Lilypad is brought to you by Alison from Illinois who says, “Teaching Common Core reading and thinking skills to Kindergarteners and 1st graders can be challenging! These versatile reading comprehension lessons are developmentally appropriate and engaging for our youngest students.”

Hop on over and check out her Kindergarten and First Grade Reading comprehension Curriculum.


Miss Speechi: Milestone Achievers

3.  Miss Speechie from New York shares her Back to School Early Language File Folder Activities! and says, “Using interactive, colorful, and cute materials keeps my students engaged and interested in learning. I am always trying to find new ways to teach the necessary skills and strategies my students need. Love what you do and your students will love learning too!” Can I get a whoot whoot?!


Rowdy in Room 300: Milestone Achievers

4.  Texas lays claim Nicole Alderson who runs Rowdy in Room 300.

Nicole’s worked in Early Childhood for almost 10 years and says her resource, Kindergarten Comprehension! will, “encourage beginning readers by using a color code for sight words so they can break the words down easily and find meaning in the words.” Cheers to that!


Time-Saving Teaching Solutions: Milestone Achievers

5.  Time-Saving Teaching Solutions hails from Kentucky and is run by the talented Elizabeth Williams.

Elizabeth offers her Common Core Aligned ELA Reading Assessment Bank Grade 4 and suggests, “Teachers can use the assessments for backward planning purposes. By reviewing the aligned assessments, teachers are able to see exactly what the student should know and be able to do in relation to each standard. This knowledge enables teachers to plan more productive and effective lessons and activities, geared directly towards enabling student success and mastery of the standard.”


Ms. Fultz's Corner: Milestone Achievers

6.  And over in Ms. Fultz’s Corner is Christi Fultz from Ohio. 😉

Christi says, “Using poetry in the classroom is a great way to connect reading, writing, and word work skills. Not only does it encourage creative writing, but it develops reading fluency and figurative language too. My Writing a Poem a Day Poetry pack makes poetry fun for the students and super manageable for the teacher with everything you need inside and ready to print.”

Link to Writing a Poem a Day Poetry Unit Pack here.


Cynthia Vautrot: Milestone Achievers

7.  Cynthia Vautrot is still passionate about teaching after 25 years as an educator. She runs her self named store from Georgia and says, “I like to produce complete units for Common Core which include I Can Statements, Essential Questions, Vocabulary, Anchor Charts, Lesson Plans with differentiation, and Centers…. everything I also use in my classroom.” Awesome.

Check out her Place Value in 4th Grade for the Common Core Classroom.


Lisa Lilienthal: Milestone Achievers

8.  Lisa Lilienthal lives in Las Vegas, is a specialist teacher, and  loves to create writing projects. She offers her Primary Writing Project bundle ~ Opinion, Narrative, & Informative {Common Core}, and says, “My primary students are actively involved throughout each stage of the writing process with these fun and engaging opinion, informative, and narrative units.” Love it!


The Daily Alphabet: Milestone Achievers

9.  The Daily Alphabet is brought to you by Angela Griffith from Birmingham, Alabama.

She showcases her Kindergarten Morning Work Bundled. Angela suggests “This resource is great for independent student practice, and it allows you to informally assess how they are progressing through the language and math CCSS. Besides morning work, it can also be used as homework.” Super!


Victoria More: Milestone Achievers

10. Sunny Southern California is where Vicky of Victoria Moore calls home.

Vicky’s tip: “Take the guesswork out of questioning your students. My Reading Comprehension Pack addresses the CCSS in an interactive and engaging way. Use them in small groups as homework or create an interactive reading response journal with them. However you choose to use them you will be reinforcing important reading comprehension strategies that kids need.”

Check out her Reaching Comprehension mEga PaCk {CCSS aligned}


A Series of 3rd Grade Events: Milestone Achievers

11. A Series of 3rd Grade Events is brought to you by Patti White. Patty is from San Antonia, Texas and is now teaching 2nd grade after teaching 3rd for 10 years. She says, “I have created book studies that include reading strategies and English activities to make the ELA time more cohesive and focused. My students love it when we read a novel together as a class. It fosters great discussion, and stretches their vocabulary. I just love it when my students clap at the end of the book!”

Check out her Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Study & Activity Packet.


Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs: Milestone Achievers

12. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs comes to us from Ohio. Zippy offers an Ultimate Mega Math Clip Art Graphic Bundle – Includes 35+ Listings! and says, “You have to be committed to anything you do in life. You have to be ready to go above and beyond everything that comes your way. You must give 110% at all times.” Hear, hear!


Hello Two Peas in a Pod: Milestone Achievers

13. The dynamic duo behind Hello Two Peas in a Pod consists of Jen Jones from North Carolina and Kathi Zotovich from California. These fabulous ladies say, “We create fun, scripted, text-based phonological awareness activities aligned to the foundational reading skills of the Common Core.”

Link to their Phonological Awareness Curriculum: Text Based & Common Core Aligned Sampler.

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