Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Freebie and Five for Friday!

It's Friday and you know what that means!! Time to link up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday linky!
I started off this week with a great workout and a little pool action at LIFETIME.  It felt so good to get in the gym again do my run and a little sworkit workout!  This is a super easy and user friendly app to help anybody work out! It gives tons of different types of workouts, different lengths of time to choose from, and helpful youtube videos to show you how to do each type of workout! Give it a try ladies {and gents!}! 

After that, I got to relax and enjoy some pool time while working on some new TpT products, of course!  Loving every minute of my summer!!

 Carrie is so excited to share that she ordered her erin condren planner!  I really don't know much about these, but I am seeing them all over instagram and thinking that they must be pretty darn amazing!  I am more like one of those people that keeps everything in my head, kind of an organizer or I just put my plans down in my calendar on my phone...but, I am sure I'll give in and try one of these bad boys out one of these days!
 Carrie also just had to download this awesome cocoppa app this week! How cute are all of her apps and background?!? I'd have to say I am a bit jealous and I will probably be joining the bandwagon and download this free super cute app!  Everything just looks so much more appealing...that makes me happy...Looking at pretty things {even if it is just a silly app on my phone}.
This past Wednesday and Thursday some of my favorite coworkers and I {including Carrie!} got to work on some lovely summer Common Core work!  How exciting, right?  I know you are all just dying to hear how we are still working on Common Core, even over the summer.  But I'm alright with it. I love my team, I get additional pay, and I am enjoying making new products to go with standards! 

So one of my tasks was to create a discussion rubric for both the teachers and students that goes along with one of our common core units.  The teacher rubrics align with SL 2.1, 2.2, 2.3.  Some of the concepts that I used came from our Skillful Teacher training professional development book which comes from the philosophy of "how to get kids smart."  I also created a student friendly rubric to help kids be aware of what it looks like to have a good discussion.  Last year when we started teaching common core skills, this skill in particular, was extremely difficult!!  Students were constantly talking over each other, not paying attention, off topic, and had difficulty building off of each other's ideas.  Hopefully a kid friendly rubric like this will help our little friends learn what it looks like to have a good discussion.  I hope you enjoy this freebie!  

Lastly, Carrie and I both worked on some new TpT products this week.  We both did products that focus on Dolch Sight Words. We are looking forward to using these products next year! Both products include all Dolch sight word lists {pre-primer-3rd}. 

Carrie's Dolch Sight Word product includes alphabet headers for your word wall and sight word cards for all dolch lists to go on your word wall. She created two versions, one with owl inspired icons and ones with just chevron backgrounds!!
Click here {Chevron Word Wall} or here {Chevron with Owls Word Wall} for Carrie's products. 




 Caitlin {me} created a Dolch sight word powerpoint saved as a pdf.  What I love about this product is that it is visually appealing for students with its vibrant colors and it's an easy way for teachers to individually assess students on their automaticity of sight word recognition.   When you view the pdf as a slide show, students will have approximately 3 seconds to read the sight word before it goes to the next word {this gives more than enough time for the student to read the word}.  Again all lists are provided in the product and you can simply choose which list you need to assess your students!  I can't wait to use this next year with our little 2nd graders!  Click here for Caitlin's Dolch Sight Word Powerpoint Student Asssessment product.



Happy Friday everyone and I hope you are all enjoying your summer break!

*Caitlin & Carrie*


  1. Congrats on reaching and passing the 100 follower mark! I love, love, love the sworkit app!

    1. Thanks!! We are so happy that you are joining us in the celebration!! I just checked out your blog and I love it! Glad we are following you!

      Table Talk with C & C

  2. I really like your rubric for discussions! I teach third grade, and my group this year REALLY REALLY REALLY struggled with that. I'm not sure what the perfect solution is, but a rubric will definitely help me!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  3. Your rubric is a fantastic find! Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. I enjoyed reading and exploring your site..

  5. Thanks for the freebie! What a great idea. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners