A Winner and Freebie, Freebie, Freebie (x3)!


Congratulations to Krystyn R. for winning a FREE Classroom THEME Pack of her choice from Teacher's Clubhouse!!  I sent you an email, Krystyn. :)

Now for a few FREEBIES for everyone!

Are you required to post a writing rubric in your classroom?  This is one of the billion things on a checklist that our admins walk through to make sure we have posted in our classrooms.  (Does anyone remember the days when we got to put up what WE thought our OWN students needed?  I digress....)

I actually think having a writing rubric posted is a good thing....just not the one the actual one they provide for us to post.  The kids do not even notice it.  At all.  They have no idea what it is.  Even after we talk about it.  Typed text in columns is meaningless to 2nd graders.  So, this year I decided to turn it into a visual rubric that students COULD understand and use.

Here's a picture of it posted in our classroom.
It is broken down into two sections - content and conventions.  Students can easily see a sample of what 3 star content looks like vs. 1 star content, or 2 star conventions vs. 1 star conventions.  Their goal is to have 5 star writing by combining the highest content with the best conventions.  So as I monitor writing, I can easily say "Is this 5 star writing?" and they know exactly what to check.  (The pictures on the content pieces also show what 3, 2, 1 illustrations look like and I updated the file to mention that....I was just too lazy to update mine for this year.)

If you would like to use this visual (based on our SC state writing rubric) in your classroom, just click the picture above to download your copy!!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday



We've also added a couple of new freebies to our TpT shop so if you haven't snagged those yet, you might want to drop by and pick them up.  If you do, we'd love for you to leave some feedback on them.  Hope you can use them!


In our classroom, we're currently working on our Matter Unit and this game is a great way to practice identifying solids, liquids, and gases!  Click below to download it for FREE!


We're also working on Money so I wanted to share this Piggy Banks Math Learning Center FREEBIE!
Just click the image to access it....and leave some love if you like it!


If you like the layout of this center, you can check out our entire Math Learning Centers Unit or our Grammar Learning Centers Unit.

See y'all tomorrow!  Have a Terrific Tuesday! :)

26 comments

  1. Love, love, love those freebies!!! I can totally use that rubric and the Everything Matters game!!

    They took money out of 1st Grade so we're focused heavy on some other measurements, but I'm downloading anyway :-)

    AND GUESS WHAT!! I fixed my no-reply blogger problem, whoop whoop!!!!! Haha I just had to tell you!

    xx
    Brittany
    Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit!

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    1. Yay! Glad you can use them! Supah excited about being able to email reply you now! :)

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  2. Thanks for all the freebies! Even though I teach fourth, they can definitely be used there!
    -Melissa

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    1. Yay! So glad you can still use them, Melissa! :)

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  3. WOW Amanda!! I love your visual writing rubric. I feel like this would definitely help my students in becoming better writers and illustrators. I like how you have them go back to the rubric to see if it is 5 star work. Thanks for sharing this freebie!! :)
    -Lovely Nina

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    1. Thanks, Nina! I sure hope it helps your kiddos, too! :)

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  4. Hey Amanda! Just stopping by to say hi! I really like the Visual Rubric! You are right! What child EVER was able to understand the other one...miss you and hope that you are great! xo LW

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    1. Thanks for dropping a note, Lisl! Hope your year has been FAB!! I know your kiddos have to love you to pieces! :)

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing these. I can't wait to try the matter game.

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    1. You're welcome, Tricia! Hope you find it helpful! :)

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  6. Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for the freebies! I love the pizza rubric! It really makes a difference when they can see what your expectations are! By the way, I loved your post on your Maroon 5 concert! I was so jealous! I just bought tickets to see him in October here in California. For now...I just get my fix of Mr. Levine on The Voice every Monday and Tuesday!! Have a great evening!

    Christa
    sweetlifeofsecondgrade

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    1. AHHHH!!!! You will LOVE this tour, Christa! I'm hitting it up again in September in NC! :) Hope the pizza rubric helps in your room! ;)

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I will definitely be using the writing rubric.

    Judy @ It's Raining Resources

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    1. Wonderful, Judy! I hope you find it helpful! :)

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  8. I love your rubric! It is so visual. We use something similar but it is a hamburger instead of a pizza.

    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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    1. Thanks, Krystyn! They definitely do better with a visual! :)

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  9. I love your visual rubric. That will definitely be a summer project. :)

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    1. Those are starting to pile up, aren't they!?! The countdown is on! :)

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  10. Thank you for all of these freebies :) That visual rubric is a great idea!!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you can use it! :)

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  11. YOUR BLOG ROCKS THE HANDS RIGHT OFF THE CLOCK!!! THANK YOU! Stop by anytime!

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    1. You are the sweetest!! I just had a little visit over to your blog and am your newest follower! Can't wait to share ideas in blogland with you! :)

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  12. LOVE your pizza rubrics!!! We are required to have a math, reading, AND writing rubric posted...they were provided to us... they are 2X3 feet giant posters of lots and lots of text! I've never posted them {and have never got in trouble for not posting them} so I think I'm safe so far! Thanks for the freebies! :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  13. HI Amanda
    Love these rubrics! I changed grade levels this year to second grade and the first thing I did was to find your website! I found it years ago and would take what I could and apply to the grade I had then. Now I am actually in second and I am so thankful to have you as a place to go for ideas and help. Your students are very lucky to have such a creative and innovative teacher. Keep the great ideas coming!

    Jennifer

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  14. Amanda,
    Just downloaded a couple of your freebies. What fun! I'm really looking forward to trying them in my class this year. Thanks for posting such wonderful ideas.
    Cheryl

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