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Merry GRAPHmas with Reindeer!

See that title..... that's right... we about to head into my FAVORITE month of the year!  DECEMBER.... here we come (full of high-energy kids who completely forgot the classroom rules after Thanksgiving break... but that's ok!)

I absolutely love THEME teaching... and the holidays are the perfect time to do that and incorporate your favorites themes with the content you are teaching.  Teacher heart happy....check!

This week in Math we started our graphing unit down in kindergarten, and we decided to make this week all about REINDEER!  So needless to say.... we were going to be graphing about some reindeer at some point in the week!  We have all seen the typical graphs.... "Have you ever seen a reindeer? YES/NO".....  But I wanted something fun and maybe a little non-serious for this particular graph!  We were going to graph "Our Favorite Reindeer"!

Oh.... don't worry... they didn't have eight choices!  I narrowed it down to three and we of course had to include the one and only Rudolph, and then I added Comet and Prancer to the mix as well :)

In order for my students to get to know the other "not-so-famous" reindeer, I created these little posters to help us get to know more about our three choices!  (otherwise EVERYONE would choose Rudolph....right?!)  ;)

After learning about our three choices, each student had to select their favorite based off what we knew about them.

I created this anchor chart with the students and labeled the graph as we went through it together!

What do you know.... Rudolph is the winner :)

We went through our graph, naming the title, our three choices, what was our DATA that we gathered and our results.

After doing this whole group, each student then created their own (and yes... a themed craft for the win!) little reindeer graph!

I hung all of their graphs and our class graph outside of the classroom, along with "Merry Graphmas"  Lol!  

You can grab this craftivity, the reindeer posters, AND the Merry Graphmas letters by clicking any of the pictures above or HERE!

And yes..... its FREE :)

Have a great rest of the week :)

Next week's theme..... Gingerbread!!!!!!!!

Jessica Travis
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ESGI - Your New Best Friend!!!

Happy Saturday friends!

I just had to stop in today and tell you about MY NEW BEST FRIEND in the classroom!  I mean.... Super excited, kick up your heels, can't wait to get to work kind of friend! 

I have been presenting for SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for 2-3 years now, but it wasn't until this past week while presenting in Tennessee that I was truly introduced to something AH-MAZING!  DeeDee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten and I were talking for a while one evening and we got on the subject of using ESGI in our classroom....  something that I had heard of and even seen at conferences, but never really took the time to really dig deep into what they were offering! (until this week!)

As a kindergarten teacher myself, I'm pretty embarrassed and a whole lot of sad that I have not had this sooner!  I'm constantly assessing my students, collecting data to better my instruction, holding conferences with parents, assessing again.... and the cycle continues (with tons of paperwork, binders, and other organizational methods!)

BUT..... this new friend of mine is here to save me HOURS of my precious time while still doing everything I just mentioned above!

Let's get straight to it.... Four simple letters..... E S G I

If you already use ESGI... then you know what I'm talking about!  This life-saving tool and resource for teachers is completely changing how we utilize our time in the classroom when it comes to assessing our students, collecting data, communicating that data with parents, and maximizing our time for instruction!

I *JUST* set up my account this week and all I've done is put in my class list, and then Thanksgiving Break took over!  I don't think I've ever been MORE excited to get back into the classroom after a week-long break until NOW!

Let's take a look:

Once you create your account, you will have an ESGI homepage, where you will see the tabs at the top, assessments in the center, your class list to the left, and so many GREAT options to your right!  

Again, all I have done is enter in my students (which was SUPER easy!)  Once my students begin to be assessed, their data will be showing in the center for each of the areas. 

After you get your students listed into your page, then it's time to find the assessments you need!

You can search assessments that have already been created OR you can create your very own assessment!  You can search by content, etc... on the left OR click on "Create a Test" on the right and get down to business!

Not sure if the pre-created assessments will be what you need?  You can easily click on the assessment and preview it!  

Now, most of your assessments will still be done One-on-One, but instead of hassling with papers and dis-organization.... there will be a place on the test that allows you to click if the student responds correctly, creating the data for you!  I mean.... I'm not lying when I say this whole thing is 

This part might be my favorite of the entire thing!!  

After students have completed their assessment, I can create a letter for EACH student that will go home to their parents!  I know....right?!  AHHHH!  
Not only can I show my parents their child's results, but it will show what was answered correctly, incorrectly, AND I can print flashcards for the parent to assist their child at home.  

Now tell me.... this wouldn't make you excited to get back to work and use ESGI???  
I am so stinkin' ready to get back and implement this!

Don't have ESGI?????  DON'T WORRY!!!!

You can click on ESGI tab on the right side of my blog as you scroll down OR click on anything related to ESGI in this post!

The best part....

You can sign up for a FREE 60 day trial..... but I know you will want the WHOLE YEAR!!!  
  If you are a Pre-K Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, or 1st Grade Teacher..... don't waste another minute!!!!!!!

Use my code: WILD for a HUGE discount!!!!!

I'm telling y'all.... you do NOT want to teach another day without this resource right at your fingertips!!!!!  

Let me know if you have any questions!!!!

Jessica Travis
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SDE Conference RECAP!

Happy Thursday Friends!

This week has definitely been an interesting week!  (Full Moon, Sub, some other crazy things..... you know... the joys of Kindergarten!)

The week did start off pretty AMAZING as I got to spend a few days with some blogging buddies and Tennessee teachers in Nashville for the I Teach 1st and I Teach Kindergarten conferences!

I presented eight sessions but I wanted to highlight a few of those sessions in this post and let you know where you can find some of the resources that were mentioned!

My Sight Word Session is always one of my favorites!  I am ALWAYS looking for fun and meaningful ways for my students to master their sight words.  Below are a few of the resources I mentioned, although it on my to-do list to create a pack with ALL of the activities that were presented as well as printables, material lists, directions, etc....

The Writing on the Wall pack includes all of the activities that can be done with your sight words and word wall!

Interactive Sight Words (First 100 Fry Words) is great for morning work, fast finishers, interactive journals, and MORE!

Fun with FRYS includes multiple activities AND songs for the first 100 Fry Words! (1000+ pages!)

Sight Word Songs (first 100 Fry Words) includes a song for EACH Fry word on the 1-100 list!

Writing is something that can be super scary..... and not just for the kids!  Teaching writing used to be so challenging for me because EVERY.SINGLE.STUDENT was somewhere different in the writing process and their development stage.....
But that's all change and I absolutely LOVE seeing my students progress throughout the year in their writing.... definitely makes my teacher heart swell!

These were just a *few* of the resources mentioned in my "It's Gonna Be All WRITE" session! (links are below!)
Sentence Stems for Young Writers includes over 150 stems / prompts for your beginning writers! 

Read, Write, and Build is great to integrate your poetry and have students reading and writing familiar rhymes!

Writing Spinners puts a fun twist on your writing activities!

The Silly Sentence Station is a classroom FAVORITE!  Students will selects the parts of a sentence and write a very silly sentence!

R.T.I...... probably three of the scariest letters to a teacher!  RTI can definitely be tricky due to amount of  planning and organization needed for it be successful (as well as finding the time to do it all)!

I really need about a week to talk all about RTI.... 75 minutes is definitely a short amount of time to discuss all of the components, but hitting the high spots was about all I could do!  Below you find some resources that can help you when implementing RTI!

FREE - RTI Informational Posters let you know exactly what is in each tier, how to identify these students, and more! 

Mission Intervention - Alphabet - Includes printables, activities, games and intervention activities for students who need additional instruction with the alphabet and sounds.

Guided Reading for 1st Grade - The Bundle (Includes monthly packs with multiple activities and resources to use for reading groups, stations, and more!)

NUMBER SENSE..... just a few of my favorite words as a kindergarten teacher!  I absolutely LOVE teaching concepts and activities that will better my student's number sense!  This is also one of my favorite sessions that I present on.... and below are a few of the math activities :)
Monthly Math - Kindergarten - Bundle - Includes monthly packs with 8-12 math stations!

MEGA Math Bundle - 1st Grade - Includes 8 packets with content specific activities - full of engaging activities for whole and small group, stations, crafts, and more!

Math for ME!  - 1st Grade - an RTI intervention binder that covers the math standards for grade 1.

Know Your Number Sense! - 60 number cards that will help students identify the multiple ways to represent a number!

Since I am still in the classroom as a full time teacher, I usually only present about 3-5 conferences during the school year.  You can click on the tab at the top of the page to see where I will be this year!  (I need to update a few summer conferences once they are set in stone!)

And.... I can't forget these ladies below :)   They are SO sweet and talented and I am so thankful that I got to spend a few days with them.... until next time!

And my goodness.... always good to catch up with the AMAZING and sweet ladies!  These ladies right are some seriously talented friends who I truly wish I got to spend some more time with!
Left to Right (DeeDee Wills, Reagan Tunstall, Kristina Grant, Elizabeth Hall, and Jessica Travis(me!)
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