I am linking up for Five for Friday.

1. We watched some fireworks on Wednesday. Ethan wasn't scared this year, which was great and Madi slept through it all (how?! I have no idea!).

2. I joined Ebates. I should have done this sooner as it is free and you can earn money back from different places for making a purchase that you would already be making! You can also add a cash back button and anytime you go to a site that can get you money back it tells you. Super easy! You can sign up here if you're interested.

3. You can get this freebie by liking my facebook page. You can like it here. It is a work in progress, but thanks to Ashley Hughes at The School Supply Addict I am able to share this fan freebie on it! You can find out how to do this here!

4. I also had the opportunity to create a couple more fonts. Check them out!


You can find more fonts over at The Teaching Tribune

5. One last freebie you can get at tpt...cutting and tracing practice. 
Cut and Trace

Freebie Fridays

Have a fun weekend!

I feel like I am always trying to improve on how I progress monitor my student's IEP goals. I am always trying to make it more thorough and efficient. I have just been keeping a daily checklist of the activity done and how the students did. This is great because I can check back on their progress, however, if I got audited I would be searching for the specific activities that meet their specific goals. So for next year this is the plan:

So I am keeping a big binder.

Each child is going to have a tab with their name and I have made this chart with their four IEP goals and each month listed. Behind their name will be the tracing and copying fine motor pages, checklists for their language goals, and samples of their work. I do activities regularly that meet their goals so once I have done an activity that meets their IEP goal for the month I am going to record how they did on this checklist.  

I am hoping this will be an easier frame of reference on the child's individual progress and will be better for child study meetings, IEP meetings, etc. because it will be just that much more detailed on how they did. 

If you have a great progress monitoring system in place I would love to hear it or any suggestions that you may think will make this system even that much more effective! 

I have made a lot of work tasks this past school year, but they were just sitting in a big bin. There was no organization so I needed a system and this is what I came up with. The cabinets in my classroom are not very big, but I wanted the work tasks to fit in the cabinets so after some measuring I found that photo boxes would fit perfect! Michaels periodically runs 5 for $10 sales so I made sure to pick them up then.

So I labeled each box (literacy, math, adapted books, fine motor).

On the dividers I labeled the math tasks. 

I stored the tasks in baggies behind the divider card. 

The large papers I put in a manila folder and will place underneath the box. 

For now, until I get a lot more work tasks I think this system will work and it fits in the cabinets. :)

My kiddos love adapted books and I love them too because once I show them how to use them it is something they can each easily do independently! They also work on lots of academic skills. These particular adapted books I made are for the kids to interact with the story they are reading. I had a lot of Disney board books in my cupboard at school so I pulled them all out, scanned the pictures and then cropped the pictures to specifically coordinate to what the page is talking about. Add velcro to the page and as the student is reading the book they can match the pictures.

This past week I also finally finished (I started this last summer and then it got forgotten about) this witch hat ring toss game. It is super easy to hats spray painted black, poster board with black marker circles, and rings. I had these rings, but you can also find them at the store. 

Homemade car mat. I saw this on pinterest and thought it was a great idea. You can have the kids bring in different environmental print labels to put on the mat. You could also have the kids try to design it similar to their city. I will probably just tape it on the floor. I think the kids will enjoy it. A tablecloth is more ideal, but I had this available so this is what I went with. I used packing tape to tape the pictures on there. You can get the car mat pictures here

Check out Fourth Grade Frolics for some more fun ideas!

I have a lot of social stories, but am having the challenge of organizing them so that they are readily available and all in one place. So this is what I came up with, but if you have a better system that you think may work better please let me know. I have not tried this yet in the classroom so this may change.

So I got an accordion file and am using construction paper as dividers with a list of what stories are behind that category.

I am just concerned that I won't put them back in the right place or that they may not be as readily accessible as I want and need them to be. What do you think?! Do you have a great system for organizing social stories that works?

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