Free Standards Apps for Teachers and Administrators


   A great time saver for teachers and administrators is to download the standards apps that are available for Common Core and all fifty states. The apps allow you to quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). You can even search by topic or academic vocabulary. For example, you can search simile in the TN App, and it will display every standard in grades K-12 that include the word simile.

    For teachers, the apps come in handy when you are planning lessons and units, reviewing materials at the local teaching store, or browsing Teachers Pay Teachers.

   For administrators, the apps come in handy when you are conducting walkthrus or evaluating teachers.

Below you will find links to both Apple and Android apps for specific standards and Common Core to save you time.

Common Core App Links:
Specific State Standards App Links: (Each state has its own app)

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Ways to Save Time with Gmail


Check out the tips below to save time while checking emails.

1. Add to Task- Create a to-do list in Google mail linked to an email.

 2. Google Calendar Gadget- A Google Calendar with upcoming events within your email window.

3. Unread Message Icon Gadget: See how many unread messages are in your inbox with a quick glance at the tab's icon

    Share your Google time-saving tips in the comments below! Thank you for reading/viewing.

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5 Must Follow Twitter Hashtags for Educators

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       Twitter is my go to for online professional development. Anytime I'm looking for new ideas, educational tools, or a solution to a problem I head to Twitter. Check out my list of must follow hashtags for educators. 

1. #Edtech 
            Educators use these hashtags to share ideas, trends, and research related to the effective implementation of classroom technology. A must follow for educators wishing to stay up-to-date on Edtech and tools for the classroom. 

2. #Edtools: 
         Educators use this hashtag to share free recommendations and reviews of Web tools. Follow this hashtag to get updates on technological trends or apps that can improve students’ learning. 

3. #GAFE:
      Follow this hashtag to learn tips and tricks for using Google’s tools in the and out of the classroom. Follow the hashtag to connect with Google Certified Innovators and educators who write about using Google Apps for Education tools. Also, learn about shortcuts, how to create various products, using the Drive and more.

4. #EduMatch: 
     @sarahdateechur created this hashtag to help educators around the world connect with other educators who share their passions and interests. Follow this hashtag to connect with like-minded educators and to learn about new projects and tools for your classroom. 

5. #EdChat: 
     Educators use this hashtag to discuss all things related to education and teaching. Follow this hashtag to find articles, resources, and tools for use in and out of the classroom. 

        Please be sure to share your favorite educator hashtags in the comments below and check out my other post on Twitter below: 



Sight Word Bingo Freebies

          The resources I have to share with you today are sight word bingo sets. There is three sets total, and each set has the word cards for the teacher and 15 bingo cards for the students.  Click on each picture to download your freebie.

Pre-Primer Bingo Set

 Primer Bingo Set

1st Grade Bingo Set 

  Thank you for stopping by and check out my resources. Please comment below about additional resources you are looking for.


Contraction Materials Galore

             It is now snow day number six for me and today I have contraction materials for you. One of my rules of editing for my students is that they "must break apart a contraction". This rule helps them figure out if they should be using it's or its. To follow this rule, students must know their contractions. To help I've created a contraction bingo set, contraction puzzle, and contraction dominoes. You can download each by clicking on each picture.

      Thank you for stopping by and please let me know in the comments below what other resources you are looking for.


Writing Handout for Better Writing

           I am now on day four of being snowed in, how about you? I created three useful, but adorable writing handouts for students. Click on each picture to download your free copy.

A great resource to help students write with words other than the dreaded said. 

Signal words are tricky for students. This handout is a great tool to help out. 

Another great resource to help students know which punctuation mark they should use. 

          Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to see more writing resources, comment below with what you need.


Desktop Organizer Freebies with How To Video

             I am so very excited, I have created my first YouTube video, and it only took me four hours! The video is a "How to" on editing the neat desktop organizer provided below. I get so many compliments on how organized my computer looks, and it really helps me keep my files in order.

My current screen! 

                 I created twenty-five different options for a desktop organizer. Check out the Google folder here to download That can be edited to fit your needs. Be sure to watch the video below to see how to edit organizers to meet your specific needs.  

The amazing digital paper was created by: 

               If you are interested in a desktop organizer that is ready to go with a monthly calendar. See my monthly desktop organizers here. Thank you, Eileen, at Adventures in Kingdom Akroush for the idea to add a calendar to the desktop organizer! 


ClassDojo's Big News!


        I am so excited to share with you the newest feature to happen at ClassDojo. They are launching a video series with discussion guides to help students learn about growth mindset. There will be five episodes in the series with the lovable green monster Mojo and his friends. The first video launched on Tuesday, January 19th and can be found here Every following Sunday, ClassDojo will release the next episode in the series. This resource is fantastic because: 

  • The videos are short enough to maintain the attention of younger viewers but still appeals to older students.
  • The videos focus on growth mindset and how to nurture that vital life skill. 
  • The discussion guide contains questions for a class discussion and questions for parents to have with their children. 
  • The videos use the loving characters students have connected to with the use of ClassDojo. 
  • The video is released on a schedule to allow for discussion and also to incite excitement. (Countdown calendar sounds fun)  
  • It's free (I love free) 

    After finishing the video be sure to sign up for reminders of the future releases of videos. Be sure to check out the videos here

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Commonly Confused Words Bingo Freebie


        I hope everyone had a great new year and are ready to head back to school. We have in-service on Monday and students return Tuesday. I've had a request for some resources for helping students use and practice commonly confused words. Click on the images below to download the free Bingo game.

Click on the image to download my Commonly Confused Words Bingo Set. The set has ten different bingo cards and a list of words with definitions. I plan on reading the definition out loud to the students for them to find the word on their bingo card. I laminate the meaning sheets and mark them off with an expo when I call them out to the students. I also laminate the students cards and they use expo markers to mark their words, instead of using those pesky circles that get every where.