Hispanic American PebbleGo Webquest

Hispanic American PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Hispanic Heritage Month. This could also be used in a biography study of important heroes. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Stellaluna Re-Write Writing Activity & Vocabulary Dictionary

Stellaluna Re-Write Writing Activity & Vocabulary Dictionary

This lesson includes a lesson plan for a writing activity for use after reading Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Students will create a new version of Stellaluna by changing the characters Stellaluna interacts with in the text.Students will rewrite Stellaluna as if Stellaluna went to live with a different group of animals. Students will think about how the story would be different and the different skills Stellaluna would have to learn to live with a new group of animals. Students will get to choose the animal in their story. This also includes a template and a list of vocabulary words from Stellaluna. Students will make a personal dictionary, using some of the fabulous vocabulary from this book! It is suggested that those pages be printed 2 pages/sheet and front & back, so that the book is a double-sided, half-sheet sized foldable.
abbylbutler
Plants PebbleGo Webquest

Plants PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of plants, flowers, gardens, and living things. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Alligators & Crocodiles PebbleGo Webquest

Alligators & Crocodiles PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to use to compare and contrast alligators and crocodiles. We used this as we read Lyle, Lyle Crocodile in anticipation to see the play at a local children's theater. We studied the differences in alligators and crocodiles, using this webquest to guide our compare/contrast activity. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to pebblego.com). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Caterpillar to Butterfly Science Journal

Caterpillar to Butterfly Science Journal

Our school district purchases science kits to use with the Carolina materials. We observe the life cycle of Painted Lady butterflies, as they grow from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. I have created this journal to span the 3-4 weeks you will have these critters. We do not write something every day, but we do written observations most days during this time. Students will use this to structure their observations, as I have asked them to include specific vocabulary into many of the journal entries. This follows the life cycle of butterflies from caterpillar to release. I have the STC teacher's booklet "The Life Cycle of Butterflies" for more information and diagram drawings, but any of that information can be found online. :) I hope this helps your class follow the life cycle of your butterflies!
abbylbutler
Spiders PebbleGo Webquest

Spiders PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of spiders. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to pebblego.com). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. The first page is an overview of spiders (all species). The following 3 pages are on the 3 different species of spiders featured on PebbleGo.com. I used this by having students research spiders in general, and then they chose one other species to get to know better. I plan to put students in pairs to compare and contrast the species they researched. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring! (Plan on 30-45 minutes/webquest, depending on your students' levels.)
abbylbutler
Flowers PebbleGo Webquest

Flowers PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of plants, flowers, spring, gardens, and living things. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Reading Interest Inventory

Reading Interest Inventory

Use this Reading Interest Inventory to get to know your readers at the beginning of the year! Students fill out the inventory (on their own or with help), and then you can use this informal assessment during early reading conferences to discuss their interests and preferences. The inventory asks them what kinds of books, authors, and genres they enjoy, as well as how they like to read. This inventory is great for beginning readers and EL students, as it has picture cues to help them with their selections. Students love going back at the end of the year to look at their preferences to see how they grew as a reader. TIP: Copy it in black and white, but project a color version onto the screen to help save on copying/printing costs. :)
abbylbutler
Respect & Responsibility PebbleGo Webquest

Respect & Responsibility PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to help learn about respect and responsibility. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to pebblego.com). Students read the information and answer the questions from the webquest. There are 2 webquests- one for respect and one for responsibility. In my experience, these can take 30-45 minutes, especially at the beginning of the school year. If this is your first one of the year, I would suggest modeling it and/or doing it together the first time. I have listed this for K-3, but K & 1 will need help if you plan to do this at the beginning of the year. For K & 1, you could model note-taking, have parent volunteers help, do in groups, or see if they can complete at the end of the year. Your gifted students may also enjoy getting to do research and exploring on this student-friendly site. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! The last question is an "apply" question to get students thinking about what they read and learned. Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Editable Desk Plates- "Beach" Theme

Editable Desk Plates- "Beach" Theme

I created simple desk plates for my students' desks this year. Each desk plate is 1/2 of a page. It has a Hundreds Chart and their name. My classroom theme this year is the beach, but I like to call it "sophisticated beach" without a lot of primary colors. Using the powerpoint template, you can edit this document with your students' names, and change the font and/or font colors to match your liking. There are 7 different backgrounds to choose from. The 100s chart is easy to read, and my 2nd graders love using it! There are backgrounds with coral, waves, and polka dots in the colors of navy, teal or seafoam green, lime green, and coral or salmon. To print, I suggest printing them on white cardstock. I used contact paper as adhesive to the desks.
abbylbutler
Tolerance & Sportsmanship PebbleGo Webquest

Tolerance & Sportsmanship PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to help learn about tolerance and sportsmanship. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to pebblego.com). Students read the information and answer the questions from the webquest. There are 2 webquests- one for tolerance and one for sportsmanship. In my experience, these can take 30-45 minutes, especially at the beginning of the school year. If this is your first one of the year, I would suggest modeling it and/or doing it together the first time. I have listed this for K-3, but K-1 will need help if you plan to do this at the beginning of the year. For K-1, you could model note-taking, have parent volunteers help, do in groups, or see if they can complete at the end of the year. Your gifted students may also enjoy getting to do research and exploring on this student-friendly site. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! The last question is an "apply" question to get students thinking about what they read and learned. Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Plants & Flowers PebbleGo Webquest Bundle

Plants & Flowers PebbleGo Webquest Bundle

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created these webquests to go along with our study of plants, flowers, spring, gardens, and living things. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring! (This includes a webquest for Plants, Spring Plants, and Flowers)
abbylbutler
Sun & Moon PebbleGo Webquest

Sun & Moon PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of the Moon and Sun, Stars, the Planets, the Solar System, and Space. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Spring Plants PebbleGo Webquest

Spring Plants PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of plants, spring, gardens, and living things. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Reading Interest Inventory- Upper Elementary

Reading Interest Inventory- Upper Elementary

Use this Reading Interest Inventory to get to know your readers at the beginning of the year! Students fill out the inventory (on their own or with help), and then you can use this informal assessment during early reading conferences to discuss their interests and preferences. The inventory asks them what kinds of books, authors, and genres they enjoy, as well as how they like to read. This inventory is great for upper elementary students who can read and write independently. Students love going back at the end of the year to look at their preferences to see how they grew as a reader.
abbylbutler
Stars PebbleGo Webquest

Stars PebbleGo Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Stars, the Planets, the Solar System, and Space. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and password). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Quiz Quiz Trade- Get to Know You Cards

Quiz Quiz Trade- Get to Know You Cards

I use these cards at the beginning of the year and sporadically throughout the year to build community. Students love playing this game in Morning Meeting or in transition times. In addition, this fosters literacy interaction in students and greatly benefits EL students in a structured environment. This document includes 4 different sets of questions that can be used to help students interact with and get to know one another. We use this in the "Quiz Quiz Trade (QQT)" cooperative learning style (Kagen). Each student begins with a card. Students raise their hands to find an available parter. When they high five, the person _____ (shortest hair, older, next birthday, etc.) goes first. Partner A "quizzes," or reads their card to partner B to answer. Partner B "quizzes" partner A. Then, they trade cards and go to find a new partner. The process is repeated until the teacher calls the group back together. This could also be used in the Inside-Outside Circle strategy from Kagen. I print each set of cards on a different color of paper and laminate. I keep them in a baggie near my Morning Meeting spot. They are great to play any time in the year, or for a sub to ask the class in QQT style or whole group. These questions are good examples for the students, if you want them to make up their own questions to the game too. Categories: All About Me (x2), All About School, Be Creative (open ended thinking)
abbylbutler
Words Their Way Word Work Homework

Words Their Way Word Work Homework

I created this page for students to use all year as an idea sheet for completing their "Word Study Activities" each night for homework. We use the Words Their Way program, so students within my class have different sorts each week. This list of activities can be edited to include any of your favorite "word work" activities too. The introduction of the page gives parents a little more information about the Words Their Way program, too
abbylbutler
PebbleGo.com Painted Lady Butterfly Webquest

PebbleGo.com Painted Lady Butterfly Webquest

**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Painted Lady Butterflies. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to pebblego.com). Students read the information and fill in the blanks from the webquest. This is a great tool to teach note-taking and to provide scaffolding to students for reading comprehension. The students LOVE getting to use the computers for this! Happy exploring!
abbylbutler
Math Problem Solving Rubric- to get kids PARCC ready

Math Problem Solving Rubric- to get kids PARCC ready

Use this problem solving rubric to easily assess students' understanding of math skills, as well as to assess their ability to explain their thinking. This follows the mathematical practices outlined by the Common Core State Standards. Assesses students in the area of Understanding, Solution, Models, Explanation, & Neatness. Rubric uses a point scale to 100, so grades can be taken off of this assessment, if needed. I used this first when I taught 2nd grade, but this is a general rubric, that can fit any math standard or grade!
abbylbutler
Cultures, Holidays, and Traditions Project and Graphic Organizer

Cultures, Holidays, and Traditions Project and Graphic Organizer

This is a project for students to complete at home to better learn about each other, our world, and themselves. In class, each child will present about what his/her family does to celebrate a holiday. During the presentation, the students will share about the traditions they partake in- music, food, clothing, etc. Students will also bring in an "artifact" to represent their holiday and tradtions. I have included the graphic organizer for the students to complete at home, as well as the rubrics I will use to assess the students. Students will be assessed on their oral presentation, as well as their understanding of culture. I have assigned each student a day when they will present. Presentations will last 5-10 minutes, depending on the "artifact" they bring. I have allowed time over the course of 5 days for students to present, but this would be flexible. This project fulfills social studies and English Language Arts standards in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
abbylbutler