I am so sorry I did not post this Friday night- I was so exhausted!  I hit the sack around 7:00 pm and my poor husband was on daddy duty and put Kinley down for me.  I have been so tired lately. I really, really miss that October break!   Our district only had it for one year before the district changed the calendars, but boy was it WONDERFUL!!!!!!

So, drum roll please here are the winners!

BOTH of you chose the RTI Sight Word Kit and it is not 110% ready yet!  I am so sorry!   I was *so* sure it would be done, but I received some more excellent feedback from Jen Jones, RTI extraordinaire at Hello Literacy, and I really wanted to use her advice!  I hope I have done her advice justice! So I added more…and have now resent it to my editor!  As soon as I get it back and fixed, I will email it to you!

The Second Grade Common Core ” I Can” Statements and More IS ready and is already posted on TpT.  If you would like to purchase it, it is  20% for today only!

Now, on to the good stuff!

Tips for Top Teachers: A Smorgasboard of Teaching Resources 

A group of teachers have come together to  create a collaborative blog full of fabulous freebie and showcase paid products!  There are over 70 different contributing authors! The blog, Tips from Top Teachers, was founded yesterday so make sure to check out this newest venue for fabulous freebies!!! Make sure to click on over and follow to snag the freebies that will soon be posted!

We have been studying different kinds of nouns in our classroom, including common and proper nouns.  I wanted to do a formative assessment to see if students really got it, or if they “played along” well.  I think I have a bunch of really good playas, if you know what I mean.  I created a scavenger hunt for students to complete in partners.  I really wanted it to be a partner activity because I wanted to watch students discuss each item.

To prepare the scavenger hunt I printed,laminated, and cut the cards out.  Then I I taped the cards all over the room in RANDOM order.  Students were then to walk around, match the number on their recording sheet to their card and circle common or proper.  When students are done they brought the recording sheets back to me in exchanged for one of those yummy candy corn pumpkins because I could.  So there.

But of course it did not work out that way.  Sigh.  It was a rough day at the office and we had a lot of chatty and listening concerns so I made them put their heads down and be silent for the 15 minutes I had scheduled.  I am a grinchy kinda teacher apparently and I park my broomstick in my storage closet.

But I didn’t want the activity to go to waste so I am sharing it here!  It created it in black and white OR color so teachers could chose the best way to print!  An answer key is included (I hope it is all correct- I was very sleepy when I made it!).

 I was so disappointed that we didn’t get to do this (who is the biggest kid in the room?- ME!) that I have started making other seasonally themed hunts! 🙂
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  1. Kelley Cirrito October 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing!!! I have a place value freebie on my blog right now!

  2. Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this activity! I'm looking forward to using this soon with my kiddos. I did want to let you know that on the student answer sheet the sentence "Read the room" should be "Read the word." I hope that helps because I know you help me out a lot!

  3. Karyn October 15, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Mandy I am so psyched! I can't wait to see your RTI Sight Word Unit!!!! This scavenger hunt is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing such wonderful creations! You rock girl!

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  4. Suzy Q October 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

    You make me giggle…I keep my broom close at hand, too!

  5. Mrs. Lynes October 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing! We will be working on proper nouns here in a week or two! Perfect!

  6. Nancy October 26, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Mandy…Just what I needed for a quick review of proper and common nouns. Your 15 minutes of head down made me laugh…sounds like something I would do! We'll see how it goes tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hafiz Abdullah January 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    thanks for sharing. great idea u have here 🙂

  8. Ednalyna Narciso November 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for your freebie! It's wonderful!

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