Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rock and Write

Rock and Write!  Rockin Resources is well known for our writing products.  Pam always liked to write and teach writing.  She has used numerous writing programs over her 26 years of teaching, but was never satisfied.  This led her to create her own writing program to use with her class.  Although she felt it was very effective, her thoughts turned into reality when her state scores came in and 98% of her class scored exemplary in writing!  Her principal asked her what she used for writing and she was hesitant to explain that she wasn't using the adopted writing program from the district.  That is when she realized it would benefit not just her class and her colleagues' classes, but why not put it in the hands of as many other teachers who are looking for an all-inclusive program that will rock test scores!  We offer year-long bundles for Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  We also have a 3-6 product in case you teach several grade levels!  It includes all the skills needed for grades 3-6.  Although it is Common Core aligned, it is not labeled with the CCSS.  This also helps those teachers who aren't teaching the CCSS but would like the awesome program!

Interactive Writing Notebooks- These can be used for notebooks or just instruction.  There are practice sheets to go with most of the lessons as well.  SECOND GRADE HAS BEEN ADDED!

We provide step-by-step plans, lessons, and creative ways to teach with or without interactive notebooks.  Your writing scores are guaranteed to skyrocket!

Product Description:  Our Interactive Writing Notebooks have been BEST SELLERS ON TPT! - They have hyperlinks to easily maneuver through the large  400 + document and mentor text for all the mini lessons!

This year-long Interactive Writing Notebook was designed to follow through the WRITING PROCESS and model lessons for Narrative Writing, Opinion Writing, and Informative Writing.  It covers ALL of the Writing Common Core Standards and many Language Standards. 

What is different about my product than other interactive writing notebooks?
There are teachable slides that can be used on the smart board or printed for posters, as well as slides already done for you to model good writing with your students, and student printables to go along with each mini lesson.  

In addition to the multitude of lessons, you will find independent practice, model writing, assessments, student resources, graphic organizers, tracking charts, forms, rubrics, dictionaries, labels, homework assignments, student resources etc etc.  All of these items come with directions and suggestions and are laid out in the ideal order to teach and be successful.

Table of Contents for Interactive Writing Notebook

Getting Ready
Setting Up Notebooks
Student Resources
Million Dollar Dictionary
Mini Lesson Instructions
Decorating notebook
Portfolio Labels
Portfolio Message to Parents
Quick Notebook Check Rubric
Tracking Progress Form
Presentation Cards
Writing Workshop Rules

Developing ideas
(Lesson plans, instruction posters 
and notebook printables)

Paragraph Writing Lessons
(Lesson Plans, Instruction Posters, Notebook 
printables, and Independent printable for each)
A. Subject and Predicates
B. Fragments
C. Complete Sentences
D. Run-ons
E. Topic Sentences
F. Relevant Details
G. Clincher
H. Assessment
I. Hamburger Model

Writing Process
(Lesson plans, Posters and notebook printables)

Narrative Writing
(A sample is provided to model and follow through the writing process)
A. Lesson Plans
B. Narrative Elements
C. Narrative Writing CCSS Checklist
D. Prewriting- Brainstorming
E. Task, Audience, Purpose
F. Prewriting- Graphic Organizers
G. Introduction (Character, Setting, Plot)
H. Body (Power of 3, Suspense, Climax)
I. Character Traits
J. Dialogue
K. Conclusions
L. Rough Draft
M. Writing Goal Form
N. DARE to revise (Delete, Add, Rearrange, Exchange)
(more lessons on rockin beginnings, transition words, Million  
Dollar Words using money CLIPS (Colorful Adjectives, Lively  
Figurative Language, Ideal Adverbs, Powerful Verbs, Sizzling 
Sense Words) including bulletin board posters, trashcan 
words, sentence variety, jammin conclusion, crafty title) 
(lessons on capitalization, usage, complete 
sentences, punctuation, spelling), ASSESSMENT
P. Peer Reflection and form
Q. Final Copy
R. Samples of final copy paper
S. Rubric
T. Reflection Form
U. Homework/Classwork Printables

Opinion Writing
(A sample is provided to model and follow through the writing process)
A. Lesson Plans
B. Opinion Elements
C. Opinion Writing CCSS Checklist
D. Prewriting- Brainstorming
E. Prewriting- Graphic Organizer
F. Task, Audience, Purpose
G. Strengthen Opinions
H. Introduction
I. Body (Power of 3, facts and details)
J. Conclusions
K. Rough Draft
L. Writing Goal Form
M. Revisions (lessons on rockin beginnings,
supporting details, transition words, 
sentence variety, jammin conclusions, craft 
N. CUPS (Revisit capitals, usage, punctuation, spelling)
O. Peer Reflection
P. Final Copy (keyboarding)
Q. Rubric
R. Reflection Form
S. Homework/Classwork Printables

Informative Writing
(A sample is provided to model and follow through the writing process)
A. Lesson Plans
B. Informative Elements
C. Informative Writing CCSS Checklist
D. Assignment
E. Prewriting- Brainstorming
F. Prewriting- Graphic Organizer
G. Task, Audience, Purpose
H. Organization
I. Plagiarism, Taking Notes
and Citing Sources with forms
J. Introduction
K. Body (Power of 3, vocabulary)
L. Conclusions
M. Rough Draft
N. Writing Goal Form 
O Revisions (lessons on rockin beginnings,
supporting details, transition words, 
sentence variety, jammin conclusions, craft 
P. CUPS (Revisit capitals, usage, punctuation, spelling)
Q. Graphics/Headings/Captions
R. Peer Reflection
S- Final Copy and Template
T- Glossary/Source/Table of Contents
U- Rubric
V. Reflection
W. Homework/Classwork Printables
More Practice/ Choice Assignment/Homework

Look no further! It is all here! If you are a new teacher, this resource is perfect. It is a STEP by STEP, user friendly Interactive Writing Notebook with Instructions on how to teach the skills!

W.1, W.1.a, W.1.b, W.1.c, W.1.d, 
W.2, W.2.a, W.2.b, W.2.c, W.2.d
W.3, W.3.a, W.3.b, W.3.c, W.3.d, W.3.e, 
W.4, W.5, W.6, W.7, W.8, W.9, W.10
L.1. a, L.1.b, L.1.c, L.1.d, L.1.e, L.1.f, L.1.g
L.2.a, L.2.b, L.2.c. L.2.d


TPT Sale! Don't miss out!

Sale Sale Sale!  I am so excited!  The TPT sale is February 25th and I am doing the happy dance!  There are many sellers also having a sale so you can SAVE SAVE SAVE!  Did I tell you that you can SAVE?   My cart is already full with graphics and frames to help my products look cute!

You can also win free products and gift cards by doing a Facebook hop to different sites with Upper Grade Memoirs!  Click below to start!  Be a Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Also, Upper Elementary Snapshots are all participating and offering different deals on their sites!  Click for info!

In my store, you can even get my bundles and units for this great deal!  Click to see all the ROCKIN products on sale.  Here is just a select few of popular writing products!

Shop til you drop!  I will be for sure!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Test Prep Tips and Strategies

Test Prep Tips and Strategies

I've been fortunate to be a part of two upper elementary groups of amazingly talented teachers.  I've written a post on each site to go along with Test Prep.

You will find several posts on Test Prep with Upper Grade Memoirs.  My post is called Test Prep Ideas- Rockin the Test.

On the Upper Elementary Snapshots post, I wrote the Top Ten Test-Taking Strategies.  There is also a downloadable .pdf!

Still want more ideas?
See my pinterest board!  I've been collecting ideas for Test Prep!

Miss Me?

Have you missed me?  It has been a while since I've had time to write a post here so sit back, relax and get ready to read!  Ha!  There has been so much going on here!  Oh where oh where should I begin?  Ok.  First off:

What is this?  My lovely boot.  At the beginning of January, I ended up in this beautiful thing.  How? Well, I was skiing in Colorado and one of the Olympic skiers was there and taught me a few jumps and flips.  I was successful on the first couple runs, but the third one I ended up falling pretty hard and broke a bone.  Sounds exciting right?  Well, it certainly sounds better than the real story!  I basically was sitting on my foot, it got numb, and I jumped up to get something and landed on my dumb numb foot and broke a bone!  No lie!  I am still in a boot, but glad I didn't have to get a cast.  My daughter bedazzled it at first, but since they've fallen off.  :(  Word to the wise:  If you sit on your foot for too long, it becomes numb so don't expect to jump up and land on it without it crumbling underneath you!

The next major event was we moved into my dream house!  We found a house in the same district I teach and my son goes to school.  We have been wanting to move to this area FOREVER!  I was able to bring both of my children to this district since I teach here.  Demi attended from first grade until she graduated.  Lots of commuting!  Donovan is now a freshman.  Why now?  I still wanted to live here and love the small community feel.  Why is it dreamy?  I always wanted to live on the lake and we were able to find one we can afford and love!  We have been working double jobs and saving and working and working and it finally paid off!  Hubby thinks I got hurt on purpose to get out of all the craziness that goes along with moving.  I had no problem hobbling around and moving boxes and packing and unpacking and so on and so on.  Does he not know how much of a worker bee I am after being with me for 25 years?  A boot may slow me down but it won't stop me!  Here are some photos:

Hubby out front.

Love our view from the end of our property.

I can't wait to sit out here!

I love to entertain so this island had me at hello!

I can't believe how much STUFF we had to weed through!  We lived in our house for 14 years.  Great neighbors, fun time, lots of memories.  Hubby wanted to toss everything or just throw it in a box, but I took my time and went through everything and found so many amazing things I've saved over the years.  My godmother has been gone for a few years and I found so many handwritten cards and notes she has sent me over the years.  Priceless.  Simply priceless.  I took pictures of some things and texted them to friends and family so they know how much they mean to me.  It was a wonderful trip through time remembering events and people who are very dear to me.  That's why we save things, right?
This was from way back in Junior High and I kept it!
Back to the boot- It was difficult to walk the kiddos up and down the halls for activity, lunch, bus, etc.  I took a few days off and my doctor wrote out restrictions for work.  With the new policies, etc, work thought it would be better for me to stay out until I could come back without restrictions.  I resisted at first and then thought it might be for the best.  It is painful at times and it would probably heal quicker if I stayed off of it.  Being the worker bee that I am, it has been tough!  New house + off feet = unhappy Pam.  So I started to be creative and made this cork board.  If you look close, all of them have dates and people's names on them who had a glass of vino with me.  Yes, there may be some that say, "I drink alone!"  Ha!  My sister-in-law from Raleigh was super sweet and came down to help with the house.  She has awesome taste and she would go around measure, we would pick things out, and she would hang/put it together.  Seriously?  How lucky can I get?  I love her and my house is looking great!!!!!

Here is a picture of my favorite piece of furniture we bought at a local place called White Tiger.

Next up on my agenda was Pamuary.  Those of you who know me, I celebrate my birthday month instead of just a day.  All my friends and family know this and although there has often been resistance in the family, they now embrace my craziness.  I like to be a Queen for month.  Why not? I bend over backwards for my family for 11 months.  It is my turn people!  I love it because friends come out of the woodworks.  I may not have seen them forever, but when Pamuary comes, I get calls and messages every day to meet out for lunch. movies, dinner, shopping, you name it!  Today is actually THE DAY.  Yes, my birthday!  Pamday!  I feel blessed and loved!  My daughter surprised me and drove home from college for the weekend!  The best surprise ever!  Great family weekend!

My friend Sheri bought me this book!  She knows me too well!

  Flowers from Aunt Dolly

   Vino had to be part of Pamuary.

Got this from Teacher Next Door- Jennifer Larson.  Love her and she knows me too well!

To go along with Pamuary, TPT is having a sale on the 25th so I will put my whole store on sale too so that is big big savings!  You can also win a $10 gift card by going to my Facebook tomorrow (Feb. 24th).  ROCKIN RESOURCES FACEBOOK

ENJOY THE REST OF PAMUARY!  I promise to start blogging again!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Writing Mini Lesson #14- Graphic Organizers for Narrative Writing

Previously in Writing Mini Lesson #13, your students set goals for their writing.  Now that the prompt has been introduced and students brainstormed ideas for the prompt, it is time to look at Graphic Organizers that fit well for your expectations.  The one I chose for fourth grade knowing that I want them to create a 5-paragraph essay is directly below.  It sets up the essay perfectly including introduction, topic sentences, details and conclusion.  I find it to be very effective.

Once my students get used to using graphic organizers, I allow them to choose from any of the following or create ones of their own.  They can get very creative!!!  Below you will find graphic organizers that I designed for my students.  You are welcome to use them for your students as well!  Click on the picture and it will take you to my store where I offer them for FREE!  Yes, FREE!

Stay tuned for the next mini lesson-  Writing Mini Lesson #15- Plot!

Sale! Giveaway! Dollar Deals!

I just can't say how happy I am for all my followers, fans, and friends in 2014!  With that being said, I am participating in two group specials to kick off 2015!

1.  With Upper Elementary Snapshots, we are having a 15% off sale in all of our stores TODAY ONLY!  Click the picture below to go to our blog or see the links after it!  To go directly to my store:

2.  Click picture below for yesterday's post on:


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Paragraph Writing-------Dollar Deals in the New Year!

I feel blessed to be a part of a group of teachers so passionate to their job!  Upper Grade Memoirs is going to help you ring in the New Year the right way!  That's for sure!  We are offering close to 40 Dollar Deals!  These products are usually priced between $3-$8 but from January 1-4th they will only be $1!  Below you will see where you can find the Dollar Deals and how you can enter a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers!  This will get your year started!  Woo Woo!  Each teacher is offering 4 products at the discounted $1!  It is like winning the lotto when the clock strikes 12!

 The four products I am listing for $1 are found at my store in the FEATURED PRODUCTS.  CLICK ME TO GO TO ROCKIN RESOURCES STORE!!!!!!!  I will tell you about one of my products, but you will need to go to my store to see the other 3!  It is a mystery!!!!!

My first product is one of my popular products on Paragraph writing.  Paragraph writing is a skill that should be taught prior to essay writing.  Common Core Standards are written on the posters/slides and printables taken from the 4th grade standards but can be used with Grades 3-5.  Included in this packet are instructions, teaching posters for bulletin board or smart board, student printable for note booking, independent practice, quiz, and test.
1.  Subjects and Predicates
2.  Complete Sentences
3.  Fragments
4.  Run-Ons
5.  Topic Sentences
6.  Indents
7.  Relevant Details
8.  Clincher
9.  Hamburger Model

This paragraph writing comes from my large writing notebooks.  Writing for the Year!  If interested, see the products off the right.  I have best sellers for 2nd- 6th grade and also one that can be used for grades 3-6 if you teach multiple levels.  It includes all the skills from each of the notebooks.

Here are some samples of note booking from this product!


Samples of Student Printables

Hint:  My second product has to do with a certain war.  Hmmmmmmm whatcha think?  Battle of the Bulge after all those Christmas cookies?  Ha!

Hint:  My third product has to do with a crafty writing project with a cute cold weathered animal.   Ummmm flamingo?  No!!!!!

Hint:  And my fourth product has to do with a special man who has a birthday in January.  Bradley Cooper?  I wish!  I will have to figure out some lessons plans to go along with him too!

I hope you like what I have to offer for this New Year's Giveaway and Dollar Deals!  Don't forget to check out all the other Upper Grade Memoir's stores and Dollar Deals.  And certainly don't forget to enter to win the mula!!!!!!!

GO TO: Upper Grade Memoirs!  AND ENTER TO WIN A $50 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card to jump start your 2015 teaching!  YOU WILL ALSO FIND OTHER STORES WITH DOLLAR DEALS!  OR YOU CAN GO TO TPT SITE AND SEARCH #dollardeals15 for all of the dollar deals!!!

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