Saturday, January 12, 2013

Product Swap: I Believe in Fate

I believe in fate for numerous reasons, but a few recent events happened recently, that affirmed my belief!

1} I got a Canon Rebel t3i from parents for Christmas!!! {Cue the angels singing!}
2} I was paired with Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade for my very first Product Swap, hosted by Jessica Stanford.


Sunny Days in Second
{How are they related, you ask?  Well because I got to use my new favorite gift ever to take all sorts of pictures of Denise’s units!  Duh!}

In case you didn’t already know all about Denise, she is a veteran 2nd Grade Teacher in Sunny Florida, and she is a creative genius.  I have been “following” Denise since before I knew you could literally follow a blog by clicking on that follow button over there to the right.  Her blog was one of the first teaching blogs I stumbled across and I was hooked from the beginning.  She’s funny, talented, creative, and she knows her stuff. 

She’s also generous.  She offers up freebies like it’s nobody’s business. {Check out her latest, an H Diagram to go with the book “My Brother Martin”.}  She also has these adorable Math Journal covers that I print off faithfully every month for my 2nd graders.

So, suffice to say, when I was paired with Denise for {my first ever} Product Swap, I had to read over the email a few times before I could believe it.  Being able to shop Denise’s TpT store for any item I wanted was the equivalent of a kid in a candy store…it was so, so, so hard to pick!

But one of her units caught my eye pretty quickly.  Her ELA Common Core Assessment Pack was just what I needed to assess my kiddos on those all important skills.  We do have a basal, but I find it lacking at times, especially with regards to the new standards.  Many times my grade partners and I are scrambling to come up with an assessment before our standards based report cards go out.  Denise has provided at least one activity or printable to go with each standard!  It’s loaded!  The packet is 108 pages!

So, Denise saved my life with this pack.

I love how it’s all organized by standard.  Denise prepared posters that name and explain each standard.  I printed them off, put them in a page protector, and organized them in a 3-Ring Binder.  Now I have a place for all of Denise’s printables, as well as any standards-based sheet I come across in the future, and if I want to display the standard as a poster, I can just pull it out and hang it up.



I’ve already used a few of the Phonics sheets from Denise’s pack {and I’ve only had it for a week!}, and there are a few more printed off and ready to go for next week.



Report cards come out the week after, so this packet came at the perfect time!  Her unit really has already saved me so much time, especially because my gradebook is labeled by standards…I just need to peek at the standard at the top of the sheet!  Easy Peasy!



I also happened to mention to Denise that I had a really hard time picking between her ELA assessments and her January Printables Pack, so she sent them both to me!! {I told you she was generous!!!!}

Can I tell you how much you need this packet?  You need this packet.  I’ve printed off a few of the sheets and used them as Early Finishers, but I’ve also used them for whole group too.





{We haven’t covered pronouns yet, in case you we wondering why the bottom section is empty!}

The whole unit is packed with skills and sheets you’ll use through January!

Now, here’s the best part: Denise is giving away a copy of both of the units I review today, and I’m giving away a copy of my Communities unit that Denise is reviewing.  Enter using the rafflecopter below.  We’re also both having a sale in our TpT stores, today and tomorrow only!
Make sure you enter our giveaway, and head over to Sunny Days to see Denise’s review of my Communities unit!

Have a great weekend friends!

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  1. My principal. LOL. I'd love to visit all the classrooms.
    My Second Sense

  2. That common core standards pack looks amazing. I need to find one just like that for third grade. And fourth grade. And maybe fifth. Denise had such nice things to say about your communities pack!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  3. I would switch places with one of my best buds at my school. She teaches 2 sections of 1/2 day K and her kiddos are ADORABLE this year. It would be a fun change for one day.....that might be as long as I could last before I would need to head back to my 2nd graders though!!

  4. I would swap places with Minnie Mouse and hang out in toon town all day long :)

    I would also love to switch places with Denise.... Florida and sunshine sound great compared to the foot of snow outside my house!

  5. Oprah!! Her life seems wonderful! :)
    Julene Hoffman

  6. I'd love to swap places with the Duchess of Cambridge!

  7. I would love to be the President for one day, on a slow day!!

  8. I would love to swap places with one of my students... Just to see what it's like to be in my class.


  9. I am not sure who I would want to swap places with...I'm happy with my life...but I guess I would want to swap with someone who has a lot of influence over our education system and would want to make an impact (even if it was for only one day).

    Swinging Through Second Grade

  10. I would want to swap places with my sister. She is a nurse and therefore, once her day is over, it is thinking about the job at night, no preparing for the next day at night...and I think she would see how hard teachers work during the school year, too!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. Tough question! I think I'd switch w/ my hubby so we could each get a taste of each other's work day. :)

  12. hmmm.... hard one.... I would swap with my mom probably - she's always super positive. Then I'd also get to see what having grandkids is like - man my kids sure have it easy with her!

  13. Wow, what a great looking product! I think I'd swap with my husband for a day. I'd love to see how his mind works!

    Primary Reading Party

  14. Great giveaway! I would swap places with one of my students. I'd like to see how I am as a teacher from a kid's point of view!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  15. Great shout-out for Denise! She's so talented! And, so are you! If I could switch places with anyone for a day, it would be with one of my yorkies! I'd like to be treated like they are! LOL!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  16. I would switch places with one of the teachers from one of the K-1 teachers. I've never taught below 2nd grade and often wonder what a typical day looks like for these students and teachers.

  17. Would love to swap places with one of the Food Network Chefs! Would love to learn how to cook like they do!

  18. I want that!! What a great product, and a great review! Also, I am seriously impressed with how neat your students are. That penguin page made me do a double take; I thought maybe you had colored them in. I wish your kids could teach mine how to be that neat!

    If I could swap places with anyone for a day, it would be my husband. He gets to stay home with our Little Peanut all day; I would love to be able to do that more often!

    Primarily Speaking

  19. if I could swap places with anyone it would probably be my husband. Just so he could try to teach for a day ;)

  20. Wow, what a great product and review. Lucky duck.
    If I could change places with anyone for a day, it would be a parent of one of the kids I have in my class. I'm sure a lot of people don't realise how much work goes on outside of the classroom.

  21. I would want to swap places with Hillary Clinton.

  22. I would love to swap places with my mother so she can finally understand why I am always working! ;)

  23. I would swap with the Duchess of Cambridge.

  24. I would swap places with Debbie Diller. I would love to have a sliver of her knowledge.

  25. I would swap places with my dog Tuffy. Sleep, eat, bark at randomness, and get loved on. Sounds pretty darn good to me!

  26. Thanks for the opportunity. I would switch places with my Principal.

  27. I would love to swap places with hmmmmmmmm....very difficult question. I love my life. If I had to choose it would probably be someone who gets to hang at the beach all day!

  28. I would swap with one of my students and see my teaching from the other side!

    Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain


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