Back to School – Freebie

back to school

It’s back to school time!! I’d like to share with you some pages that will hopefully help in your 1st week of school planning.  These pages are part of my 4th grade morning work packet and are perfect for ‘getting to know your students’.

When complete, you can decorate a bulletin board with some of the pages.  I also like to collect the packet and then return it to my students at the end of the year.  It becomes part of their end of the year book we make.

Below are screen captures of each page – enjoy!

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These pages are part of my 4th grade daily math & language arts packet (click image below).

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Week 2 – BTS in a flash – Curriculum Must Haves

Hi!  I am linking up with Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher to share with you curriculum must haves for upper elementary grades!



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A must have item:

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 12.43.08 PM I have used my morning for the past 3 years!  It has been wonderful to have something common core aligned.  It spiral reviews all 3rd grade standards :)  It also has back to school pages, 2nd grade review, getting ready for 4th grade pages, and end of year activities.  PERFECT 😉

A new item i’ve created:

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 12.43.23 PM After the great feedback on my 3rd grade morning work, i’ve started a 4th grade packet!  Currently the 1st and 2nd nine weeks are added :) It will have everything my 3rd grade packet has :)


An item on my wish list:

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 12.46.15 PM I would love to have this item in my classroom!!


Back to School – Tips, Resources, & a Giveaway!

All of us over at Upper Elementary Snapshots thought it would be fun to have a whole week of giveaways right before the new school year! That’s right…a whole week!! To start off our week, we are going to be linking up all of our blogs just for you, and giving some great “Back-to-School” tips and freebies to help you start your year off right!

My Back To School Tip…Set up ‘Weekly Test Folders’!

I like to take advantage of the BTS sale and purchase about 25 (same color) folders and set up weekly test folders.  Here’s a list of what they are..

  • They go home every week (usually Tuesdays)
  • They are collected by Thursday each week.
  • They hold weekly reading, math, spelling, science, etc. grades
  • They hold a parent/teacher communication sheet with student grades & weekly behavior (freebie below)


Go to Wal-Mart (or Target 😉 ) and purchase you folders.  Purchase extra for new students.  In my classroom, if students lose them/ruin them, they need to use their ‘treasure box’ for the week to get a new folder.


Number them!  Don’t put their names on the folders just yet.  Class lists always change! Write ‘RETURN to School’ on the left side and ‘KEEP @ Home’ on the right side.  You can also get fancy and use address labels for this, but I just like to write it with permanent marker.

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Print the weekly grades/behavior communication page FREEBIE and place in the left side.

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For more tips and FREEBIES, make sure you visit all 12 of our blogs! You can use the links below to help you get there faster.

Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to WIN one of our AWESOME prizes in our “Back to School” Giveaway!

That’s not all!!!  Watch out this whole week for ways to collect even more goodies from all of us at Upper Elementary Snapshots!  We are going to be doing some special promotions through Facebook and Instagram too!  Make sure you follow us to hear all about it!!

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Organize your Leveled Readers!



I’ve  had several people request the files I use to organize my leveled readers.  I am attaching them to this blog post :)  First I’d like to share with you how I organize my weekly papers.  I found THE perfect Sterilite 6 Drawer Organizer at Wal-Mart a couple of years back.  See picture below.  I tried to find a link to it online, but couldn’t find one – sorry!

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Anyways, I made the following labels to go on each drawer.  This helps me file the papers I plan to use throughout the week.  The bottom drawer is for emergency sub plans.

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I also made basket labels for my leveled readers.

organize leveled readers

Last thing I’d like to share is how I organize my small group work.  I made the following labels for the small 3 drawer organizers.  I use one organizer per group to store the papers we are working on.

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5th and 4th Grade Guided Reading Sheets

After several requests, I have finally found some time to create the guided reading sheets for 4th and 5th grade!  These comprehension sheets follow the M-H READING WONDERS basal.  They follow the short stories in the ‘Workshop Book’ and are to be used on Day 1 and Day 2 of instruction.  They are currently ‘growing bundles’ and available at a reduced price!

How I used them in my reading block

I have been making comprehension sheets way back since we used the Story Town basal.  I found them very helpful, because they gave students a place to WRITE down their thinking.

My reading block does not look the same the entire year.  It takes time to train students.  I also change it several times a year to fit the needs of my students.  Below is a list of ways I use these Guided Reading Sheets.

  • Whole group – We read the vocabulary words at the top.  I keep it simple.  I tell them the definition and an example.  I then invite students to share other examples. I model how to read the passage, read the questions, re-read the passage to find the answers, and write an answer using text evidence.
  • Small group – Many times I have used these sheets during my small groups for my students that need that extra practice.
  • Partner work – Later on in the year, students complete these with a partner :)  – a quick independent center!

Check them Out!

Click on the image to view the items – currently available at my TPT store!



2nd Grade – Common Core Math Tri-Folds


I wanted to share with you one of my newest projects!  I am currently working on creating math tri-folds for 2nd grade math!  If you are a second grade teacher, these are a MUST for your Math Block.  Here is why they are so great…

  • They will cover ALL 2nd grade Common Core Math Standards!
  • There will be 3 tri-folds per standard, so you can use one whole group/small group, independent practice center, and as an assessment!
  • Use in guided math groups for a focused lesson or a reteach lesson.
  • Encourage students to show their work and write complete sentences!

I have completed 2.0A.1 Tri-Folds 1-3 and I’m offering them as a freebie over at my TPT store :)  Make sure you follow my store and Facebook, because I will be doing a giveaway as I finish each set!

Looking for a different grade-level? I currently have these available for 3rd grade and 4th grade!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer vacation :)

– Mariela

4th Grade Daily Math and Language Morning Work


Many teachers have asked for a 4th grade version of my 3rd grade daily math and grammar product.  Well….the 1st 9 weeks of the 4th grade version is complete!   I did make a couple of changes…

  • Days 1-4 are only half a page (to save on paper)
  • Day 5 is a one page quiz (tests skills reviewed on days 1-4)

I thought the half page would work great for 4th grade since there is a HUGE focus on writing.  I thought it would be a GREAT idea to create a MORNING WORK notebook.  Why?

  1. Students will have space to show their work.
  2. Students will have work from previous days to refer back to.
  3. Students can use one side of the notebook for a daily quick write!

4th grade daily math and language common core morning work - 1st nine weeks. Includes BACK TO SCHOOL pages and THIRD GRADE review! TPT resource


You will also find daily cursive and common core language practice!  Did I mention there is one week of back to school activities included?! I also included a review of ALL 3rd grade common core math skills!  Everything you need for your morning work in one spot! 😀  Check out the product below!
4th grade daily math and language common core morning work - 1st nine weeks. Includes BACK TO SCHOOL pages and THIRD GRADE review! TPT resource* The 2nd Nine Weeks will be out by the end of July!


Five for Friday!


I’m joining my 2nd link up for the summer!  Here is a quick look into the past few weeks :)


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june19_01Our daughter finished pre-school!  We can’t believe it :(  She will be going to kindergarten soon!  We are going to miss her pre-school so much, but look forward to all the wonderful things she will accomplish!  She is one smart cookie 😀




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june19_03Our little one went to her 2nd recital!  This is her 2nd year doing ballet and tap and she loves it! She did AWESOME!! all the moves and sang her little heart out :)

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june19_04aOur 2nd baby girl is due July 12th!!  We have been slllloooowwwllly working on the ‘nursery’.  We have the curtain, carpet, drawers, crib, chair, diapers, wipes, baby bathtub, bassinet, car seats, diaper bag, and lots of other things… I still feel like we are not ready!  We need to buy new black out blinds and something for the top of the window!

june19_04bI love the paint of the walls :) but still need to get some decorations up on the wall…I just don’t know what!  I can never make up my mind.

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june19_05My big girl, 5 year old, is about to complete her last day of gymnastics summer camp today!  It’s 3 hours a day :)  What have I been doing during this time?  Working on my newest 4th grade daily math and grammar packet!  I am almost done with the 1st nine weeks.  Keep an eye out for it!

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This hasn’t happened yet, but will today (or tomorrow).  Inside Out is finally out in theaters!  My daughter has been wanting to see this movie forever :)

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Wishlist Wednesday #1

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It’s summer vacation and i’m joining my first link up :)  It is hosted by Teacher by the Beach.  You basically put your top wish listed items on sale for a couple of days.  My top wish listed item is my 3rd grade math tri-folds.  It will be 20% off for today and tomorrow only.

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I am going to make this a little more fun my myself and add some items that are on my wish list :)  I don’t think i’ve put this on my blog yet, but I am currently 35 weeks pregnant!  We are expecting a baby girl July 12th :)  so I have several baby items on my wish list..

Item #1: Stylish Diaper Bag

diaper bagI have actually already bought a diaper bag (this one from target, on sale $40), but the top one looks much more stylish 😉

Item #2: A Cute Diaper Clutch

diaper clutchI would like to purchase something cute like the diaper bag above, but I actually bought this one from amazon $21.75
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Item #3: Diaper Caddy

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Isn’t this the cutest diaper caddy?!  They have different patterns and colors.  I haven’t found a diaper caddy yet, but will most likely use an plastic organizer that I brought home from school.  It was used to organize some small group materials, but will now house diapers and wipes 😉

Item #4: Erin Condren Planner

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I have made my own planner for the past 3 years, but being pregnant …I don’t really feel like making one this year.  My time is being used relaxing with my daughter and extra time working on TPT.  I need to get some new items out by the end of June! Talk about pressure ;P  I will most likely buy a planner from Target this year.

There you have it!  :)