Student Planner 2017-2018

Help your kids stay organized this school year with my newly added student planner. Comes with printables that include a front cover, 2017-2018 calendar, monthly calendar, weekly planning sheets, and the reading logs.

Let your students note down their daily homework tasks and the weekly spelling list in this easy to use week-at-a-glance planner. This will also help in keeping track of assignments, quizzes, and tests for the week.

A simple and concise single page per week format on the US letter size paper. Each weekly page features the 5 working days (Monday through Friday) which includes 3 blocks for subjects (ELAR, Math and Science/Social Studies) along with the space for weekly spelling list.

The sheets are formatted for printing on both sides of the paper and can be easily used in folders, 3-ring binder or bounded in a comb/coil binder. There are two separate non-editable pdf files (cover sheet and the planner sheets) included in a downloadable zip file. A total of 76 pages for the school calendar year Aug 2017 - July 2018.

Download the sample planner sheets to have a close look from HERE.

This planner can be purchased from my store HERE.

Happy Planning!


STAAR Math Grade 3 Practice Test

STAAR is almost here. Relieve the feeling of stress by having your students do a round of practice with this full-length 3rd Grade Math STAAR Practice Test. This mock test is aligned to the current TEKS and includes a total of 46 questions.

STAAR Math Practice Test for 3rd Grade

Student answer document/Bubble sheet and the Answer Key is also included. You can grab this practice test from HERE.

As the STAAR testing is a new experience for the 3rd graders, it is always helpful to administer a dry run for them to know what to expect in the real exam setting.

Best of luck to the little ROCK STAARS!


Fact Fluency

Fact fluency refers to the ability to recall the four basic operations of math with ease and accuracy. A good grasp of these facts helps students to move up to more complex mathematical concepts like multi-digit addition, multi-digit subtraction, long division, and fractions.  

Studies have shown that students who have good command over basic facts find mathematics more interesting than others. The basic math facts are also included in the common core curriculum for grades 1, 2, and 3.  

Grade 1: Demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
Grade 2: Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
Grade 3: Fluently multiply and divide within 100.

Many teachers include basic math facts as a part of the daily morning work at school and also send those to practice at home. By the end of the school year, students develop their facts with automaticity.

As students have recently learned the basic operations, they need a ton of practice to master the fluency of these operations. I always like to have a lot of fact fluency worksheets and plan to use these over extended duration.

Here are some of my fact fluency packets.
  1. Addition and Subtraction Fact Fluency - within 10
  2. Addition and Subtraction Fact Fluency - within 20
  3. Multiplication Fluency - Facts up to 12

Fact Fluency within 10 for Grade 1Addition and Subtraction Fact Fluency - within 10

Multiplication Fluency - Facts up to 12

A total of 35 Multiplication Facts Fluency worksheets for practicing the timed multiplication facts. Each worksheet includes a total of 60 questions in groups of 10.

Multiplication Facts Fluency for Grade 3Multiplication Fluency - Facts up to 12

Happy Teaching!


Spring Craft and Writing Templates

A small green frog on a big brown log;
A black and yellow bee in a little green tree;
A red and yellow snake by a blue-green lake,
All sat and listened to red bird sing,
"Wake up, everybody,  It's Spring! It's Spring!"

We are enjoying the beautiful Texas spring with the sunshiny days that feels so good. The Bluebonnets have already begun to bloom and Spring is in full swing.

Get in the mood for spring with these cute 3D crafts. Use these for the spring creative writing or bulletin board decoration.

Spring Craft Ideas

This Spring creative writing template pack includes:
  1. Traceable templates for construction paper (2 versions).  
    • Smaller version for creative writing
    • Larger version for bulletin board 
  2. Building instructions.
  3. Prompt template with wide rule lines to go with the craft.

You may give the appropriate prompts based on student’s level. I have included 11 sample prompt ideas. You can grab this pack from HERE.

Enjoy the Spring!


Odd and Even numbers

Even numbers: Even numbers are the numbers that are divisible by 2. For example, 8 can be divided by 2, so 8 is an even number.

Odd numbers: Odd numbers are the numbers that are not divisible by 2. For example, 9 cannot be divided by 2, so 9 is an odd number.

This definition works well with the kids who are familiar with multiplication and division. As this concept is introduced to first graders or second graders where a majority of kids are not familiar with Multiplication and Division, so we should teach this in a different way.

Even numbers: A number is even if it can be divided into groups of 2 and have no leftovers. For example, 8 can be divided into 4 groups of 2 and there is no leftover, so 8 is an even number.

Odd numbers: A number is odd if it can be divided into groups of 2 and have 1 leftover. For example, when dividing 9 into groups of 2 we can make 4 groups of 2 and there is still 1 leftover, so 9 is an odd number.

Odd and Even Number Worksheets and Activities

  • An even number ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8.
  • An odd number ends in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.

For example, 239 is an odd number as it has 9 at ones place. Similarly, 238 is even number as it has 8 at ones place.

Have a look at my Odd and Even numbers packet, which includes the no prep worksheets and activities to learn and reinforce the concept of Odd and Even numbers.

Here is the list of resources included in this even and odd numbers packet:
  1. Cut and paste activities.
  2. Even and Odd coloring activity.
  3. Ice cream scoop activity.
  4. Making a paper chain - craft activity.
  5. Fun worksheets.
You can buy this Even and Odd numbers worksheets pack from HERE.

Literature to go with this topic:

Even Steven and Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi.

This is a funny book about two cousins Steven and Todd. Even Steven likes everything even and Odd Todd likes everything odd. A great read for first and second graders. Check this out on Amazon HERE.

Happy Teaching!