Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spelling City Premium Membership Winner!

Okay blogging buddies!  Here we go.  I am so happy to pull the winner of our Premium Membership Giveaway!  Congratulations to...Caroline Brantley!  I am so happy for you Caroline!  Now you can get your PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP for  (value of $49.99) for winning this giveaway!   You will have up to 25 student accounts on free!  I will email you in the morning and send you your membership information! Thanks everyone for participating in this fun giveaway and for following me here on Sassy in Second!  On another note...(please check below) I have something really special I want to tell you about!

  1.                   Caroline BrantleyJune 2, 2012 6:32 PM
    After a whole MONTH of working on something special...I am excited to share with you "My Common Core Standards Based Notebook!" for 2nd Grade!  I finished it this weekend and posted it today! (Yippee!!!)  It is LOADED with 190 pages that include:
    97 Essential Question Posters, 
    10 Domain Posters (notebook dividers), 177 Word Wall Vocabulary Cards, 2nd grade Standards at a glance, a parent letter explaining about standards based notebooks, standard recording sheets, work sample evidence of learning sheets, and much more!
    I have used portfolio assessment for years!  I love the idea of my students collecting work samples, discussing what they've accomplished, and reflecting upon their learning.  Portfolios help with collections of assessment materials and are amazing resources to have for parent/teacher conferences!  
    With the Common Core Standards being implemented I knew it was time to update my portfolio checklists and recording sheets.  I created them to be student friendly by "coding" the standards/domains with adorable graphics to be more age-appropriate!  These pictures will help my students identify the domains and record the Standards, Key Vocabulary (Word Wall Words), and Essential Questions on their student recording sheets.  I have been so tickled that several teachers commented on this packet today and wanted more information!  I've had requests for other grade levels as well!  So exciting!  Let me know what you think.  Thanks friends!-Yvonne

    My kiddos will use these "I Can" checklists (I have them for all of the domains and standards)  to self-assess their individual progress.  These will be great for them to share with their parents when they have their student-led conferences.  I really want to incorporate student-led conferencing with my Second Graders this year so I've included a form as a component of this portfolio!  
    These are just some of the student recording sheets I am providing for my kiddos!  They will use Standard Recording Forms, Evidence of Learning Sheets (to write what they did to learn),  a Student-led Conference Form as a guide for conferences (it ties right into the format of the portfolio), goal tickets, and "I Can...Skills Checklist forms!  These are written in easy to read child friendly language for my kiddos to use all year long!

    I can't wait to use these with my class this year!  I know it will take LOTS of student/teacher conferencing along with peer discussions to make this Common Core Notebook work but I think it will be amazing!  Having my kids keep up with their work samples, taking pictures of their learning projects, checking "I Can" skills checklists (which by the way are written in child friendly language) and doing student-led parent conferences will be powerful!  I'll keep you posted about what works best for me!  Thanks everyone!  Have a great night!-Yvonne



  1. Thank you Lisa! I worked really hard on it! I just went back and read over my post and realized I didn't even mention that it was loaded with Essential Question Cards and Word Wall Cards as well! Oh well, maybe everyone will see that on the Table of Contents! You are sweet! Have a great night-Yvonne :)

  2. Wow!!! This looks amazing! Going to add it to my wish list right now!!! :)

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  3. This is awesome! Would you consider making one for 1st grade?
    :) Dana
    Stop by & visit me at Fun in 1st Grade

  4. I sure will Dana! I just sent you an email through TpT and will make portfolios for 1st-3rd! Thank you!!!-Yvonne :)

  5. Yeah!!!!! I was going ask you to make a 1st grade one, but you already got that request. I look forward to looking at the first grade one. Thanks, for all your hard work it will be quite helpful next year.

  6. What a great resource! I'm your newest follower and brand new blogger! Come check out my blog!

    Teaching Maddeness

  7. Okay, I have just purchased the new core portfolio! Cannot wait to print it at school and make notebooks. What size binder are you using for the kids?

  8. Thank you guys! Christen...the binder that I prefer is a 1 inch heavy duty notebook. We keep our binders in cubbies in our classroom and if I have anything much larger than that, they won't fit in our cubbies. I have my binders already purchased (I'm using the same ones I used this past year) and they are 1 inch...plenty big enough for work samples and everything that I need. It really just depends on how many work samples your kiddos collect throughout the year. Thanks for purchasing my portfolio! I am so excited! Watch for an update in the next day or so because I am adding a label/common core ticket component for you guys that you will need to download. I will send out an email to all of you who have already purchased it! Thank you!-Yvonne :)

  9. Thank you so much! This is AMAZING! Downloading now! I appreciate you sharing! It's going to make my life so much easier!

  10. This is fantastic! When will your third grade one be ready? Dying to get started!

  11. Please email me when you will be ready to share! :)

  12. Just found your blog through a link on Pinterest. These are awesome. I may have to buy your third grade example so I can create one for my 4th graders.

  13. Hi Tina! Thank you! I am actually starting a 4th grade packet next week!

  14. I absolutely love your 2nd grade common core notebook materials. You are truly talented. Thank you for sharing! After meeting with 2 co-workers today and discussing how to use this packet, we came up with this idea for the I Can sheets. When the kids self-assess and feel like they have mastered the content, they will high-light the I can statement in yellow. When we (the teachers) see that they have officially mastered that standard, we will go over their highlight with a blue highlighter, which will turn it green. Green means go! They are ready to move on to another standard. I would love to hear more about how you plan to use this notebook and look forward to reading your blog.

    1. This is fabulous Julie! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love to hear that the resources in the notebook are working for others. Would you mind if I share this in a post once I start sharing more about them in the next week. I start back to school Thursday and can't wait to use them with my kids. I'd really to share your highlighting idea with others if that is okay and make sure they see what you guys are doing. Thank you again!-Yvonne :)

  15. Hi Yvonne,

    I just found your blog through pinterest and I love it! Quick question - I would love to have a download of *just* the "I can..." common core checklists that you have. Is that available or would I have to download the whole notebook? Thanks!