Data Notebooks and Leap Year SALE!

As we are working on our end of month assessments for our Data Notebooks, I thought I would share a bit about what we do.  Our Data Notebooks are actually folders with brads... but I have used binders in the past too.  (I switched to folders when Staples started all their amazing penny sales a few years ago!!)

Each month (starting with our Kindergarten Round-Up in August), we assess students one-on-one on a variety of tasks including:
++ capital letters
++ lowercase letters
++ letter sounds
++ sight word identification
++ number recognition 
++ color recognition
++ shape recognition
This gives us a great picture of each student... as well as his/her progress throughout the school year. We mark the charts and color the graphs using a rainbow system (September=red, October=orange, November=yellow, December=green, January=blue, February=purple, March=pink, April=teal (one of our school colors), May=silver, and June=gold.). 

I LOVE using Data Notebooks with my kiddos since they can truly SEE their growth on the accompanying graphs.  Just look at this little guy from Friday--yes, he jumped 16 words since last month!!!!!!  You can certainly say we were ALL jumping for joy!!

Our our back wall, we have a Data Wall that shows our class progress and students receive ribbons when they meet goals.  (I'll post more pics tomorrow... I'm having trouble getting them to load tonight). 

Interested in learning more?  
Here's my Data Notebook and Data Wall on TpT... over 250 pages!  

It includes:  
++Data Notebook file (for September through June and August through May), includes: capital letter, lowercase letter, letter sounds, sight words (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade sight words), color recognition (10 basic), shape recognition (4 basic), and number recognition (0-10, 0-31, 1-100). Each assessment chart has an associated graph for tracking progress.

++ Sight Word Cards to match (K-25 words, 1st-400 words, 2nd-200 words, and 3rd grade-200 words)

++ Data Notebook labels (3 styles to choose from!)

++ Quality Student page for Data Notebook
++ Data Wall charts (that coincides with all Data Notebook assessments)
++ Awards for student achievement (for accomplishing their popcorn and rainbow words)

P.S. I'm having a sale!!  
(Yes, I am hoping this boosts my TpT followers from 99 to 100!)
You can get 28% off on February 29th (20% off my store plus 10% off from TpT:  use the code L2P9Y).
I am also extending the 20% off to March 1st!  

Check out all the SALES for Leap Day... there are over 100 stores posted!! 

BLAST from the past!

OK, it is now time for a BLAST from the past!!  Well actually, from the recent past----
Yes, I am talking about New Year's 2012.  Although it's been a whole month since the excitement of starting a new year... I still wanted to share a fun idea or two that we did to celebrate.  
Hope you don't mind the delay... and will simply store it away until next year!!  :o)

We had so much fun wearing our CONFETTI hats!
Simply take strips of construction paper (various colors) and the kiddos write goals for the new year.  After they finish writing a bunch, staple them to a sentence strip to make a hat.  The goal strips go every which way when the kids move... just like real confetti!
Here are some examples from my kiddos: 
+ In 2012, I will play games.  + In 2012, I will read every day and every night.  +In 2012, I will learn to tie my shoes.  + In 2012, I'll be respectful.  + In 2012, I'll be nice.  
+ In 2012, I will help my family.  + In 2012, I will be responsible.  + In 2012, I will listen.  + In 2012, I will get better at patterns.  

Another activity we do on our 1st day back is New Year's Toast (with butter!).    I added this one as a FREEBIE on TpT... click the link below.  This is just another fun way to practice writing and goal setting--by writing on a slice of toast with butter.
Some examples from my kiddos:
+Write a lot!  +I will listen to my teacher.

Click below to grab this FREEBIE on TpT!


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