3rd Grade Writing Scope & Sequence NOW Available!

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Hey, there!  I’ve been extremely busy this summer trying to roll out more scopes to other grade levels to hopefully get some continuity between the lessons of the great Gretchen Bernabei!

My latest addition is a 3rd grade writing scope and sequence.  Let me tell you, friends…if ALL 3rd grade teachers followed this…the world would be a wonderful place…at least for 4th grade teachers!  LOL

You get the same things with this scope as every other one I’ve created.  It’s 58 pages of writing help…and plans for your ENTIRE year!!  Tired of writing lesson plans?  I’ve got ya covered! 😉

Head over to my TpT store and check it out!

Seriously…I promise to start blogging about school again once school starts back up.  I’m ready to get back to it!!  I’ve just been so busy creating products and doing trainings this summer that I haven’t had much opportunity to blog, other than to let you know what’s new in my store.

Enjoy the rest of your time off!!

Until next time…


The Week Before THE Test

It’s the week before the test.  Your mind is going crazy.  Did I teach them everything I was supposed to teach them?  Did they actually LEARN what I taught?  Did they tune me out?  What can I do this last week to help them be successful on those dreaded testing days?

Yeah.  Most of us are thinking the same thing.  And most likely, you’ve done an extraordinary job doing what you do best…TEACHING!  😉

Relax.  Take deep breaths.  It will be ok.

In case you are still wondering what in the world to do this week…enjoying your last day of Spring Break…procrastinating with those lesson plans…OR you just want to see what others are doing…I’m posting my lesson plans for this week.

The things we will focus on are hit pretty hard throughout the entire test.  If you are from Texas, you probably already know the blueprint: 9 revising and 19 editing.  So will we spend lots of time on revising?  Absolutely not.  We’ve talked about and practiced all of those dreadful fun things like inserting and deleting sentences within a paragraph, transition words, and introductory and concluding sentences.  In my opinion, many kids just aren’t ready for that kind of work.  Some of them “get it,” and others just don’t.

That being said, we will focus on lots of editing things with a hint of some revising (AKA: combining sentences).  You can click here to download (and print, if your heart so desires) our plans for the coming week.

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Tip: If you attach a color to the writer’s tools that you have taught your kids, it can be a HUGE stress reliever on test day!  Just hang up pieces of construction paper that are the same color as what you use for the tools.  That way, when kids see it, they are reminded of all the writer’s tools they have used throughout the year.  If you haven’t done this yet, IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!  DO IT NOW!!!

I’ve done this for the past several years, and every year, when the test is over, my kids tell me how much more comfortable they felt as they were writing their papers.  They can just look up at the wall and remember all the things they were taught throughout the year.  Genius.  Priceless.  :)

Also, I’ve created PDF files of our writing prompts we will be doing this week.  If you are interested, you can click here and here to get all 4 days of writing prompts that look VERY similar to what they will see on test day. (Don’t ask me why I didn’t do them in order.  I don’t have a good answer…)

At the bottom, I’ve referenced task cards that I have created.  Many of you already have several of them…I know!  I’ve made a few more this year, so if you haven’t stopped by my TpT store lately, you might want to head over and take a peek.  You can click the link on the side of my blog, or click here.

Here is a link to a post about the Friday writing activity.  I blogged about it last year after the test was over.  We’ve been drawing faces of STAAR graders for years now, and it’s always a hit!!  This will give you an idea of what we do.  I also posted several pictures of my kids huddled around discussing the task cards.  Pure awesomeness!  😉

Best wishes to all of you!  I’ll be thinking about y’all this week and next!

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to post them in the comments.  We ALL benefit from your ideas!  Maybe I’m missing something..?  :)

See you on the other side!




STAAR Writing 2 Week Test Prep

Howdy y’all!  I hope everyone is enjoying the final days of Spring Break!  I’ve been busy putting together my lesson plans for the next two weeks…those weeks we all dread…TEST PREP!

I’ve completed a one-page document that outlines what I’ll be doing in my classroom to get my students ready for the STAAR Writing Test on April 1 & 2.  Yikes!  Can you believe it is so close?!?!

Crunch Time PlansClick here to download a PDF version of the lesson plans.

I included our revising and editing practice, mini lesson skill for writing, and our daily writing prompts.

Click here to get your set of task cards with QR codes for the first two days of test prep. Details in my store!

If you are still at a loss for what to do, or if you are just interested in what we will be doing over the next couple of weeks, feel free to print, share, and use these plans.  If you have any questions about it (since it’s shorthand), feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions I can in a timely manner.

Best wishes in your journey to prepare these kiddos for that test!!  :)