Thursday, November 9, 2017
Thankful Heart

Mega Gift Card Giveaway
To celebrate YOU being a wonderful teacher, we are giving away TWO $200 gift cards to TWO lucky teachers and a Rose Gold Heart Locket (value $60). Myself and a team of amazing teachers have teamed up to reward THREE awesome teachers a well-deserved gift for everything they do!  
I have also set my entire STORE at 20% OFF!
Be sure to check out all of my great THANKSGIVING PRODUCTS like the one below.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hey There!

I just wanted to share some new products!

Here they are and they are HALF PRICE for another day!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BOOKS-FROM-THE-WHOLE-CLASS-Birthday-Farewell-Get-Well-and-Sympathy-3452125?aref=mfncmsef


1. CLASS BOOKS FOR THE WHOLE GANG - One of my most Favorite Products that I have EVER MADE!   I have been giving my students a Class Birthday Book for years.  The cherish that book.  So... I decided to add some other books to the collection and they are just as wonderful... Just a bit emotional.  The Farewell Book, The Get Well Book and finally the saddest of all, The Sympathy Book.  We never want to have to use these last three, but they are nice to have just in case!



2. This year I started a new position.  I love it!  I teach ESL and love my little English Language Learners!  Here are 3 Activities that are really helpful.  Verb Tenses is one thing they really struggle with as writers.  So, this is a great activity.  Categories... My friend ask me to make this one for her.  It is so great for Vocabulary Development. And finally... MY VERY FAVORITE, Emotion Cards.  I have included Thinking Stems with these and they really help with comprehension!




3.  Math Strategy Posters... this is also an ESL inspired product.  My students were having a hard time remembering the math strategies, so I thought, WHY NOT MAKE A BANK OF STRATEGIES FOR THEM TO USE.  Guess what?  They really do use them!



4.  Going along with The Math Strategies, I made MATH FILL IN JOURNAL PAGES!  Kids actually have to fill in missing information and even know the skill before gluing the page into their Math Journal.  I made some pretty cool math vocabulary posters and then made a Journal Page that looks almost just like them, but I left off some information that was on the page.  Cool huh?  I bundled these to together for a savings to my buyers! NUMERACY BUNDLE

I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR SCHOOL YEAR SO FAR!

Carrie :) 





Thursday, July 27, 2017
Hello Fellow Educators!
I have joined SEVERAL
TpT authors in a Back to School Black Friday SALE. Lots of FABULOUS Tpt Products will be marked 50% OFF! Just search #BTSBlackFriday
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Tpt. Refine your search by selecting your specific grade. HAPPY SHOPPING!

Here are Mine:

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Monday, July 3, 2017
Independence Day
Dollar Deals
It’s already July y’all!
It’s hard to think about going back to school right now, isn’t it?  It seems like we just got out!
But, If you like saving money, you’ll want to
check this out!
2 Days Only July 3rd -4th .
Search #TpTFireworks on TpT to see mine and LOTS More!



Sunday, May 21, 2017
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Monday, May 8, 2017
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Monday, December 19, 2016
I taught 3rd grade in Texas for 15 years.  I had the opportunity to administer several Texas Assessments....including the STAAR.  Each year, teaching geometry to prepare for the assessment seemed a bit of a mystery.... especially the 3 dimensional shapes. As I taught the attributes of the 3 - D shapes, I had unanswered questions.  Let’s just say that I didn’t feel that I was knowledgeable in this area, and the information given to me to teach the skill was not much help.  I did the best I could and even did some outside research, which helped a little bit, but didn't clear up my main questions.  I have changed grade levels since then and hadn’t given it much thought until now.  As a 1st grade teacher, I have recently began having the same questions that I had as a 3rd grade teacher.  We are going to be introducing Geometry soon, so I am feeling the need to make sure I am teaching my first graders correctly. So... more research to see if I can find the answers this time.
Here are the questions that had been perplexing me:
Do cones, spheres and cylinders have faces, edges and vertices?  If not, why do all of the worksheets ask questions about it?
Do you treat cones, spheres and cylinders just as 3 dimensional figures with polygons as faces?

I had always thought that 3-d shapes with curved edges should not have the same types of questions as the shapes without curved edges.  I thought that asking for the faces, edges, and vertices on shapes with curved edges was confusing.  But, it seemed like every product I could find asked those very questions.  Including my own! 
Finally, I found my answers.... on a Released STAAR Assessment. As a 3rd grade teacher, I had noticed that the questions on the assessments never asked about faces, edges and vertices on shapes with curved edges. 
So, I decided to look at what questions were being asked about 3-D shapes.  I thought that finding questions about 3-D shapes might clear things up.  I was so RIGHT! Here is a snip of the questions that answered my questions. 
(3rd Grade STAAR 2016) As well as a snip about the vertex of a cone.  Click the link for more information.
CHECK THIS OUT!
http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/State_of_Texas_Assessments_of_Academic_Readiness_(STAAR)/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/
https://www.reference.com/math/many-vertices-cone-3266f12ef78d4e6b

The answer is "F".  Just as I suspected  The 3-D Shapes with curved edges do not have vertices.  Look at answer choice "H".  They also do not have edges.
Clearly these shapes have edges, but the edges they are referring to are straight edges.  The same goes with vertices.  (See snip above.) So... we need to be teaching our students that when we look for faces, edges and vertices, we are looking for flat faces and straight edges.  And also, we need to  share the information above about the vertices (vertex) of any shape.
 
So, with this finding, I will stop asking the wrong questions about 3-D Shapes with curved edges.  And I will pass this information along to my coworkers.
 
 
I hope this has helped you in your quest to be the Best Teacher possible. 
I know I will be teaching differently now!
 
I am working on a product for primary geometry at this time.
I will be posting it within a couple of weeks.  :)
Here's a sneak!!
This page is part of an anchor chart for teachers to build.  Notice, I have added some clarifying adjectives about the attributes of the shapes. (Flat Faces and Straight Edges) I feel that this will make it easier to understand and answer the questions. 
 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Carrie
credits:  Whimsy Clips, KG Fonts