What Do YOU Want?

Hello, again!  I know, I know…it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about anything school related.  And you know what?  I’ve enjoyed my hiatus!  😉  I’ve been having fun with the fam and NOT thinking about school.

I’m gearing up to get started on some materials to use next school year…and I need your help!  I want to make some things that will be TRULY useful in the classroom.

Here in Texas we don’t use the CCSS, but our TEKS are pretty much the same, so even if you don’t live in the good ‘ol state of Texas, you can still reap the benefits of products made by us Texas gals!  😉

My BIGGEST project for the summer is a daily writing/grammar review.  I want it to be a warm-up that takes a MAXIMUM of 10 minutes, but really more like 5…

But you know how that goes…some finish in 1 and others can take 10 and still not be done.  I’m going to be working out how to get it simple enough for ALL students to do some quality review in under 10.  Wish me luck!  Ha.

What sorts of things would you like to have to use in your classroom for next year?  I need your input!  Other than a daily review in writing, what ELSE would you go gaga over?

**And…AND…if you suggest it and others comment about the same thing…and it gets made…everyone…EVERYONE involved will get that product for FREE.  Yep…FREEEEEEE!  That’s how much I want you to help out!  I’m all about helping out others who do their part!

Oh yeah…and I’ll be self-contained next year, so ANY subject is appropriate.

So….let’s get this ball rolling.  Comment below on what you would like to have for your classroom next year.

Don’t be scared.  Your wish may just come true…and you get it for free!





  1. Lorely Rodriguez says:

    I would love anything with base ten, fractions, or measurement (capacity) for the fourth grade or close reading activities! Hope that helps :)

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Thanks! Adding it to the suggestion list! :)

    • Teresa Jernigan says:

      I don’t know if you use Reading Street, but task cards to go with reading skills would be great. I would also love more Texas History activities.

      • Kayla Shook says:

        We use Journeys. I have one set of task cards that are mixed skills, but in going to try to get some made for individual skills, too. Thanks for your comment. Going on the list! :)

  2. I would love for you to make a type of ELA review that reinforces REVISING. By the time the students get to me in fourth grade, editing is pretty good. However, they do not understand why or how to revise. Adding some grammar would be the icing on the cake.

    Best wishes with your review project.

  3. Texas history would be awesome, too!

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Noted! And I totally agree with you about the revising. You can be sure that it WILL be included in the review! 😉

  4. Vanice Hayes says:

    I would love to see some close reading activities.

  5. I would love to see some Texas history resources. I am looking forward to seeing your writing review! I need one of those too. I like the idea of base ten and capacity resources.
    Thanks for offering to share!
    Simply 2nd Resources

    • Kayla Shook says:

      So it sounds like there is a need for some Texas history! I’d love to be able to create some things that could be easily integrated with Reading. Hmmmmm… 😉

  6. Lori East says:

    Well, I’ve been looking for a daily review of ALL skills for 4th in Texas, but the writing/grammar will be a great start! If you want to do a Math too that would be great & then I could run front/back for each day for morning work or maybe even homework. If you already know of one that is great…pass it along! Also, measuring angles is new…any lessons to help with that! (& Texas is AWESOME too if that’s picked!!)

    • Kayla Shook says:

      I would love a spiraling review for ALL subjects, too…but I just don’t know if I can get that all done in one summer! 😉 I’m going to start with writing and then branch out from there. Like others have said, some Texas history things would be good, too. So we shall see what all I can get done! 😉

  7. Lori East says:

    I know, that would be a HUGE endeavor, that’s why I said writing is a GREAT start!

  8. Vanessa says:

    I totally agree with Brenda regarding revising and grammar!

    Please let me know if I can help. Thanks!

  9. Teresa Hoffman says:

    Kayla, We use Texas Treasures and Caesers English. Would really like to see Task cards that are separated by skills that are increasing harder, so we can spiral them throughout the year. Social Studies Texas history is needed, too.
    Thank you so much for being here for us! lol

    • Kayla Shook says:

      I have several task cards that are for grammar/revising & editing that are single skills or just two skills. Actually more than the mixed skills. I didn’t get them made until around March this past year so I couldn’t use them at the beginning, but I’ll be making more to get us through the year! You can count on that! As for reading, though, not so much. I didn’t teach reading last year, so the set I created was for my team members that DID teach reading. I’ll be making more…just don’t know exactly how without there being a massive amount of reading. I have a few ideas, but if you have some, PLEASE help a girl out!! 😉

  10. buffy888 says:

    Reading – Poetry and/or drama resources including terminology for those genres. Maybe also something that helps with paired selections – not passages since I think we can all get those in plenty of places, but something else that would help with the compare/contrast, similar theme, etc. type questions.

    Texas History/Geography – Grade-level appropriate content about the four regions… There is a lot of stuff out there about the seven regions, but not as much about just the four… and some of it that does exist is much higher than fourth grade level (especially for my students who often come to me at second to early third grade reading level). Maybe something about the people who are in the TEKS now about whom not much content exists (or, again, not much at fourth grade level).

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Whew! Are you trying to kill me?!?! LOL. Just kidding! 😉 I’ll be working on some reading resources. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. And…it sounds like there is a serious need for some Tx history resources, too. I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me! Thanks again!!

  11. Hellooo! I just found your website through Instagram. I’m a 4th grade teacher in south Texas and would love to see how you incorporate science projects into your lessons!

  12. melissa says:

    Hello! So glad I just happened to stumble upon your website. I’m a 4th grade teacher in Texas also. I would love to see some things on getting students to cite text evidence. My students really seem to struggle with this.

    • LReaves says:

      HI! I would like to find out how you plan to teach the new math TEK about personal finance. I haven’t seen any materials to use. Thanks!

      • Kayla Shook says:

        Hi! Welcome to my blog! I haven’t gotten that far yet, to be honest. I know that I would like to have someone who works at a bank come speak with my kids about it to kick it off or as a wrap-up, but other than that, I’m still not sure. I’ll be posting more math this year since we have some new TEKS.

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