Math Quick Checks and Guided Math Groups

The past few years I've been working on doing more of a guided reading approach but in math...AKA guided math. I want to pull groups back and provide small-group interventions and enrichment. I also wanted this process to be EASY for me and for my students. Because... I'm easy. ;)

Each Thursday I give my students a quick check assessment (see below) to check in and see where they are and how they are doing in that week's math instruction. I score the quick checks and put them into 4 groups.

You can download that freebie {here}!

THEN, I sort my students into mixed groups for math tubs (these are different than the leveled groups I made from the assessment).  Before the students go to their tub, I let them know who will come to my desk for a "game" with me (aka intervention). Those are the groups that I made from the data I collected with the math quick checks.  Each round of tubs lasts for about 12 minutes. It's more of a rotation!  Tub #1 then goes to Tub #2 and so on (the number of tubs is based on how much time we have and how many games I have). Each round I call a new group  of students over to my desk. I use this Target Dollar Spot pocket chart. 

 I place these tubs around the classroom (got them from Dollar Tree). Each game in the tub is a game we have already played and the students are familiar with. This makes it easy when we have Math Tubs- we get right into it! Obviously I have expectations for my students while they are at math tubs, but that's for a whole notha blog post! ;)

This is how I store my tubs and some of the manipulatives. 

This is how I store all of my math games when we are finished with them! I store them by standard and topic. 

Over the past few years my first grade team has really been wanting a common assessment that we can use as data in our classrooms and to discuss during our PLCs (Professional Learning Communities). I started making these over a year ago because I made them as I went. Right now I only have 1st grade done because that's what I teach and that's what I use. These are tested by kids and the teachers on my team! We love them because they are quick, efficient and give us the perfect amount of data. What do we do with that information? We plan our math intervention and enrichment groups like I talked about at the beginning of this post.

Can go with any math program!
I created 24 math quick checks aligned to the Common Core State Standards for 1st grade! These quick checks are perfect to check for understanding during your math units. They are quick, easy to follow, and can be used as evidence of learning.  You can use the scores from the quick checks to re-teach or move on!

Also included:
*Standard Alignment Sheets
*Assessment Tracker
*Math Group Organizer

Love the fonts I used? Me too!

Erin Condren Teacher Planner and Life Planner!

It's no secret that we are BIG fans of Erin Condren and her beautiful planners! Every year we like to showcase some of her new products and share why we love our planners!
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Rachelle has the *NEW* Teacher Planner!


Here are some of the details:
  •  It now come is ROSE GOLD binding! *SWOON*
  •  Thicker pages for durability
  •  The new cover designs are beautiful
  • TONS of new accessories 
  • 40 weeks of lesson planning pages
  • Monthly calendars
  • Pockets folder to stuff junk in!

I could go on and on about this teacher planner. It is MY FAVORITE!  Each year they make it better, even when I don't think it can get better. I immediately feel more organized right when it comes in the mail and it is worth every penny! :) If you're on the fence, take my word for it.... BUY THE PLANNER! PLAN ALL THE THINGS!

To buy a Teacher Planner: CLICK HERE

Natalie has the *NEW* Hardbound Life Planner!

This is a completely new design from the original Life Planner. 

Here are some of the details:
  •  4 Stunning Satin-Finish Covers with Metallic Detailing
  •  Available with 18-Month Calendars Only
  •  Each of the 4 Cover Options Has Its Own Unique Interior Design 
  •  5"X 8" (Horizontal) and 8 X 10" (Vertical) Size Options
  •  Personalization Choices in Rose Gold, Gold & Platinum Foil

What I like about this new planner is the durability. I'm a busy mom of 3 and need to take my planner with me on the go. This new hardbound planner will be great to last me all 18 months. Of course, I also love the beautiful cherry blossom color and the gold accents.   

To buy a Life Planner: CLICK HERE

As you can see, we LOVE our Erin Condren planners! 


Father's Day Awards - Writing Template and Gift

Father's Day is coming up and if you're still in school right now, you may be starting to think about Father's Day projects that your students can do for their dads. I've been selling a Mother's Day writing activity (it also doubles as a gift!) for years, but I never had anything for Father's Day and a few of our Facebook followers mentioned that they'd love an option for Father's Day too. So here is my new resource: Father's Day Awards. It's part writing project, part gift! 
A win-win!

This cute trophy and gold medal design is something your students' fathers will treasure! First students write about their dads, then they can color and personalize it. 

I realize that not all children have fathers to recognize on Father’s Day, so I’ve included multiple pages that include Grandpa, Uncle, and Step Dad. I’ve also provided blank pages in case there are any other special circumstances to consider.

You can choose to use the trophy page or the gold medal page. I've provided both as fun options. (You could choose to let each student to do one for their dads and one for their grandfathers if you have extra time.)

You can see it in my TPT Store: HERE! 

I hope this is helpful for those of you in year-round school, or those of you who get out later. Good luck as you finish out this school year!

We Appreciate YOU!!! {TPT Gift Card Giveaway!}

Hey teachers! We appreciate you!  

Here's a little peek at what's been going on over here for Teacher Appreciation Week. Read until the end and enter to win some TPT gift cards!!
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I decorated the door for my son's teacher in this cute emoji theme. I gave all the kids a yellow circle cut out and had them decorate it like an emoji. It turned out super cute.

For my son's teacher gift I really wanted to give her something special to know how much I appreciate her and the help, patience, and love she's given my child all year. I filled this basket with things teachers love: 2 teacher tee's (from, a Rae Dunn mug, flair pens, bath bomb, Godiva chocolate, and a cute notebook

These little gifts were for all the specialty teachers. I wanted to remember them for teacher appreciation week too! (I was the computer specialty teacher for 3 years and I know that not a lot of people remember specialty teachers on occasions like this.)

Rachelle made these super cute bath bomb gifts to give to all her co-workers. Such a cute idea! Grab the free tags in this post.

Here's a picture of the cute breakfast the PTA did at Rachelle's school. Donuts and bagels - YUM!

TPT wants to celebrate teachers too and they are having a SALE Tuesday and Wednesday. Use code THANKYOU17 to save 28% off of all our products!

Here are some of our favorite end of year resources you might need to help you get through these next few weeks.




Also, if you have changed grade levels or are new to teaching, you will probably want to purchase your copy of our Common Core Checklists! They are a great way to stay organized and on top of the Common Core standards!


We are SUPER excited to be able to give away TWO gift certificates to TeachersPayTeachers. Entering is easy, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. We'll choose a winner Wednesday afternoon so you'll have time to spend your $$ before the sale ends. 

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