No Prep Fall Printables

I have been working on these No Prep Fall Printables for what seems like an eternity (okay, maybe just a couple months). I will be honest, I am sick of looking at pumpkins, apples, acorns and leaves..and it’s not even fall yet. I made these No Prep Fall Printables because it is the type of resource I always like to have in the classroom.

There is absolutely NO PREP required! All you need to do is hit print and make copies!

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Every printable is completely aligned to the Common Core. This includes Math, English Language Arts, and Writing

These printables are meant to be fun and engaging!
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I just completed the 3rd grade version and it is up and posted at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. These No Prep Fall Printables are also available for 1st and 2nd grade. Click on the links below to see full preview pages for each grade level!

No Prep Fall Printables – 1st Grade
No Prep Fall Printables – 2nd Grade
No Prep Fall Printables – 3rd Grade

Winter NO PREP Math Printables

Except for shoveling New England snow, I love all things about winter! Hot soups, snowmen, mittens, scarves, hot cocoa, you name it! I had so much fun creating these Winter NO PREP Math Printables for Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4! Click on the links below to view each product!
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 1st Grade
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 2nd Grade
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 3rd Grade
Winter NO PREP Math Pack for 4th Grade

The great thing about these NO PREP Math Packs is that you don’t need to spend an entire prep period cutting or laminating anything! All you need to do is hit print and go! All your students need is a pencil and a pack of crayons!

If you are anything like me, you like to know what Common Core Math standard you are teaching AT ALL TIMES. This is why every page in these packs is aligned to the Common Core Math Standards. I included the standard covered at the bottom of each page. Winter-No-Prep-MathSee? 🙂

The 1st Grade Winter NO PREP Math pack includes the following FUN and ENGAGING printables:
Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter themed word problems. (1.OA.1)
Parts & Wholes (2 pages) – Use a part-part-part whole diagram to solve word problems with 3 addends. (1.OA.2)
Winter Addition (6 pages) – Use a number line to solve equations with 3 addends. (1.OA.2, 1.OA.6)
Snowy Addends (2 pages) – Color the 2 snowballs that make 10. (1.OA.3)
Money Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter-themed money word problems. (1.OA.5, 1.NBT.4)
Let’s Skate (2 pages) – Solve each equation, then use the code to color the skates. (1.OA.6)
Mystery Number (2 pages) – Solve the addition equations, then color the boxes to find the mystery number. (1.OA.6)
Winter Facts (2 pages) – Solve each subtraction equation, then use the code to color the tags. (1.OA.6)
True or False? (4 pages) – Determine if the equation in each mug is true or false. (1.OA.3, 1.OA.7)
Mystery Word (4 pages) – Determine the unknown number in addition and subtraction equations to figure out the mystery word. (1.OA.8)
Place Value Mittens (4 pages) – Write the number that is shown by the place value blocks in each mitten. (1.NBT.1)
Tens and Ones (4 pages) – Build each number with base ten blocks, then draw it. (1.NBT.2)
2-Digit Numbers (2 pages) – Write the number that is shown on each sign (1.NBT.2)
Let’s Compare! (3 pages) – Compare the numbers in each snowball by using the symbols >, <, or =. (1.NBT.3)
Build and Draw! (4 pages) – Build each number using base 10 blocks. Then add up the tens and ones to find the total. (1.NBT.4)
Snowy Tens (8 pages) – Write the number that is 10 more and 10 less than the given number. (1.NBT.5)
Cocoa Clocks! (4 pages) – Color the matching analog and digital clocks the same color. (1.MD.3)
Let’s Measure! (1 page) – Compare the lengths of winter objects. (1.MD.1)
Winter Shapes (2 pages) – Use the code to color the shapes in each globe. (1.G.1)

Here are a few preview pages of the 1st Grade Winter NO PREP Winter Math Pack:Winter-No-Prep-MathWinter-No-Prep-MathWinter-No-Prep-MathWinter-No-Prep-Math

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The 2nd Grade Winter NO PREP Math pack includes the following FUN and ENGAGING printables:
Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter themed word problems. (2.OA.1)
Mystery Number (2 pages) – Solve the addition equations, then color the boxes to find the mystery number. (2.OA.2)
Let’s Skate! (2 pages) – Solve each addition equation, then use the color code to color the skates. (2.OA.2 and 2.OA.3)
Winter Facts (2 pages) – Solve each subtraction equation, then use the color code to color the tags. (2.OA.2 and 2.OA.3)
Winter Arrays (2 pages) – Write the number of rows and columns under each winter array. (2.OA.4)
Winter Totals (2 pages) – Find the total of each array by writing 2 equations: one showing the total as a sum by rows and one showing the total as a sum by columns. (2.OA.4)
Place Value Mittens (4 pages) – Write the number that is shown by the place value blocks in each mitten. (2.NBT.1)
Winter Numbers (4 pages) – Write each number in written form. (2.NBT.3)
Build and Draw! (4 pages) – Build each number using base 10 blocks, then add up the tens and ones to find the total. (2.NBT.5)
Add and Color! (1 page) – Solve each addition equation, then use the color code to color the mittens. (2.NBT.5)
Let’s Subtract! (1 page) – Solve each subtraction equation, then use the color code to color the mittens. (2.NBT.5)
More and Less (4 pages) – Look at the number in each box, then use the color code to color each pie. (2.NBT.8)
Snowy Tens (4 pages) – Write the number that is 10 more and 10 less than the number in each snowball. (2.NBT.8)
Snowy Hundreds (4 pages) – Write the number that is 100 more and 100 less than the number in each snowball. (2.NBT.8)
Cocoa Clocks! (4 pages) – Color the matching analog and digital clocks the same color. (2.MD.7)
Getting Digital! (4 pages) – Write the digital time under each analog clock. (2.MD.7)
Money Word Problems (2 pages) – Solve winter themed money word problems. (2.MD.8)
Winter Shapes! (2 pages) – Use the code to color the shapes in each snow globe. (2.G.1)

Here are a few preview pages of the 2nd Grade NO PREP Winter Math Pack:Winter-No-Prep-MathSlide11Slide16
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The 3rd Grade Winter NO PREP Math pack includes the following FUN and ENGAGING printables:
Winter Products (2 pages)- Write a multiplication equation to match the picture. (3.OA.1)
Winter Word Problems (2 pages)- Solve word problems involving multiplication and division. (3.OA.3)
Just the Facts! (2 pages)- Write a multiplication fact for each division equation. (3.OA.6)
Cocoa Products (2 pages)- Solve each multiplication equation. (3.OA.7)
Let’s Skate! (2 pages)- Solve each multiplication equation, then use the color code to color the skates based on the product. (3.OA.7)
Round It Up! (4 pages)- Color the pies that are rounded to the nearest 10 and nearest 100. (3.NBT.1)
Snowball Rounding (4 pages)- Round the numbers in each snowball to the nearest 10. (3.NBT.1)
Sum and Round! (6 pages)- Find the sum of two, 3-digit numbers, then round the sum to the nearest 10 and nearest 100. (3.NBT.1, 3.NBT.2)
Add and Color (1 page)- Solve each addition equation, then use the code to color each mitten. (3.NBT.2)
Let’s Subtract! (1 page)- Solve each subtraction equation, then use the code to color each mitten. (3.NBT.2)
Color by Number (1 page)- Solve each subtraction equation, then use the code to color the winter boy. (3.NBT.2)
Let’s Multiply! (2 pages)- Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10. (3.NBT.3)
Mystery Number (2 pages)- Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10, then color the boxes to find the mystery number. (3.NBT.3)
Getting Digital! (6 pages)- Write the digital time under each analog clock. (3.MD.1)

Here are a few preview pages of the 3rd Grade Winter NO PREP Math Pack:Winter-No-Prep-MathSlide18Slide25

November NO PREP Math Printable Packs and YOUR INPUT!

Can you believe that when you wake up on Saturday morning after your candy induced coma, it will be November?!? The year has just flown by and I am taking on the challenge of making 1st and 2nd grade math printable packs for every month in the 2014-2015 school year!

I just finished my November NO PREP Math Printable Packs for 1st and 2nd Grade. Click on the following links to view the product pages!: (You can also view a few preview pages at the bottom of this post!)
November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 1st Grade (Grade 1)
November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 2nd Grade (Grade 2)

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I am also in the process of creating seasonal language arts and math printable packs for grades 1, 2, 3, and 4! All of these printables are aligned to the Common Core standards. I include the addressed Common Core standard at the bottom of every page.

I currently have the following fall products in my store:
Fall Prepless Printables – 1st Grade Common Core Math and ELA
October NO PREP Math Pack for 1st Grade (Grade 1)
October NO PREP Math Pack for 2nd Grade (Grade 2)
Fall Prepless Printables – 2nd Grade Common Core Math and ELA
Fall Prepless Printables – 3rd Grade Common Core Math and ELA

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The only way I can make GREAT products is with your input. Leave a reply at the bottom of this post. Let me know the grade level you teach and your suggestions on the following:
1) What concepts will you be working on in the months of November, December, and January?
2) Which ELA and Math standards are your students struggling with the most?
3) What type of printables would you like to see more of on Teachers Pay Teachers?

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The best way to be notified of my new product postings is to look for the green star near the top of any page within my store and click it to become a follower. You will then receive customized email updates about product uploads, sales, and freebies within my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Here are some preview pages from my November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 1st Grade:
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…and here are some preview pages from my November NO PREP Math Printable Pack for 2nd Grade:
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Thank you for all of your input!

October NO PREP Math Printables

Ahhh, I love using No Prep Printables in the classroom. With all of the responsibilities a teacher has, sometimes you just need to print and go!

Check out this 1st Grade No Prep Math Pack that I made for the month of October:
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Here are a few preview pages 🙂
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I also made an October No Prep Math Pack for 2nd Grade!:

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If you teach Kindergarten, 3rd, or 4th grade, don’t worry! I have some projects in the works. 🙂

Be the first to know about my new products: Look for the green star near the top of any page within my store and click it to become a follower. You will then receive customized email updates about my store.

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Fall Prepless Printables

My newest product is up! It’s a 57 page *PREPLESS* (Why isn’t this word in Merriam-Webster yet?!) Fall Printable Pack that is completely aligned to the Common Core Math and ELA standards for 2nd Grade. (Do you like the alliteration?)

The link to the full product page is here:
Fall Prepless Printables for 2nd Grade

Here is a 3 PAGE FREE SAMPLE of this product:
Fall Prepless Printables for 2nd Grade – SAMPLE

I had so much fun making this resource that I plan on making them for 1st and 3rd Grade as well! (I will even make them for 4th and 5th grade if there is enough interest!)

Check out the preview pages below. A few of the pages are included in the FREEBIE SAMPLER! 🙂

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Common Core ELA Cheat Sheets

I was tired of flipping through 50 pages to figure out what a certain standard was, so I decided to make this 1 page “Cheat Sheet” that has every Common Core ELA (English Language Arts) standard on 1 page. .

This FREEBIE has Common Core ELA Cheat Sheets for grades K-5!!

I keep this cheat sheet in the back of my ELA Lesson Plans Binder. It has been extremely useful. I find myself constantly looking at it when I need to know what a certain standard is.

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There is one “cheat sheet” for each of the following grade levels:
• Kindergarten
• 1st Grade (Grade 1)
• 2nd Grade (Grade 2)
• 3rd Grade (Grade 3)
• 4th Grade (Grade 4)
• 5th Grade (Grade 5)

Each 1 page cheat sheet includes every standard in the following English Language Arts strands:
• Reading: Literature
• Reading: Informational Text
• Reading: Foundational Skills
• Language
• Writing
• Speaking and Listening

Take a peak at the format below. 🙂
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If you need the same kind of cheat sheets for math, look no further! Click the link below!
Common Core Math Cheat Sheets for Grades K-5

Enjoy!

(A big thanks to Glitter Meets Glue for the cover design, Graphics From the Pond and Creative Clips for the borders, and KG Fonts for the title fonts.)

What is the Deal with Panel Interviews?

I show up at 8:35am, 5 minutes early, because I’m slick like that. The secretary extends a big welcome and tells me it will be a couple minutes. As I take a seat and put my 26 pound portfolio on my lap, I notice an air conditioner in the window on full blast. This thoroughly impresses me, because I didn’t realize schools had funding for these things.

Guess I’m in the big leagues now.

As I sit in this cozy air conditioned office, a parent is signing her child up for Kindergarten. I pass the time by starting a nice little conversation with the Kindergartner-to-be. She is using blocks to build a house on the seat next to me. I convince her to build a cool playground instead.

The principal walks in as I am teaching a lesson on shapes to a 5 year old. Jackpot. I am stoked that she observes me teaching, smiling, and connecting with a 5 year old.

Perfect timing. Just beautiful.

We greet each other and walk down the hall to another room, which will presumably be her office. As we are walking, I express a great enthusiasm for the size of the school and tell her how great it looks. She responds with a small smile, “Yeah, it does feel like a maze at times.”

It is at this point that I am thinking we are off to a REALLY great start. I mean, gosh, our rapport is already fantastic and we haven’t even reached her office door yet. I can’t wait for the Triscuits and warm milk that are probably awaiting me on her desk.

As she opens the door in front of me, I look down and notice a little cat hair on my dress pants. I remove it stealthily and proceed. When I look up, I take in a sight that I am NOT prepared for:
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An emotionless panel of 10 stone cold faced women.

These aren’t just any women though. Many of them look at me as if I were their husbands’ last mistress.

So I do what I would do in any other uncomfortable situation. I switch into complete jackass mode. I smile at everyone and say, “WOW! A 10 person panel? Yiiikes!”

I also manage to let out another “WoW!” before taking a seat.

Since I know that I am already screwed at this point, my priorities shift into looking for my Triscuits and warm milk. Unfortunately all I am seeing on this obnoxious rectangle table is a cute little 8oz. Poland Spring bottle that is just for me. You know what though? You can keep this one.
Panel-InterviewsThe interview starts with the principal telling me that I will receive a call that night if I am chosen for a 2nd interview. She also talks about some other important things that I am not quite sure of, because I am too concerned about the ridiculous situation I am currently in.

After that, every woman on the panel introduces themselves.

“Nancy Jones: Math and Numeracy Leadership Specialist, Linda Smith: Kindergarten Teacher, Deborah Jenkins: 1st Grade Teacher” (To be honest, I couldn’t really tell you their names if I wanted to. I am still too concerned with the ridiculous situation I am currently in.)

After everyone on the panel introduces themselves and it gets back around to me, I take it upon myself to give an introduction, “Beth Ann: Interviewee”.

I get a couple sneers and snickers for that one.

Now it is time for the interrogation from hell.

(If you aren’t familiar with the panel interview, you’re lucky. You sit at the head of a rectangular shaped table and each person on the panel asks at least 1 question. The great part about a panel interview is once you finish answering a question, you don’t get a moment to breathe because the next interrogator is way too eager to ask her question. In my case, it was done at a rapid fast pace, similar to this:

The process begins with all of the ladies clicking on their finest $10.00 Bic pens. Question #1 comes from the woman to my immediate left. We will call her “Blondie on My Left”.

Blondie on My Left: “In terms of the elementary classroom, how do you approach the balanced workshop model in the teaching of literacy, writing, and math throughout the course of a day?”

Oh great, it’s going to be one of those interviews where a bunch of unnecessary educational jargon is tacked onto simple, straight forward questions.

Me: “Are you asking how I run a reading block?”

Blondie on My Left: “Yes.”
Panel-InterviewSo after I hit that question out of the park, I observe all 10 women writing furiously on their interview question sheets. Meanwhile, the second woman to my left, Curly Q, has already started asking her question about my classroom management style.

At this point, I decide to whip open my professional portfolio and let the pictures do the talking.

No one is impressed by my amazing graphics or my flawless classroom management techniques.

Whatever. No one here even knows what a clip chart is. I’m over it.

This cycle of question/answer/furious writing continues on for what seems like an eternity, so I will cease the play by play.
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If I had to do it again, I would answer all of these generic questions the same way. So without further adieu, I leave you with the phone call I received later that day:

Principal: “We have decided to move you forward to the next round.”
Me: “That’s great! Thanks!”
Principal: “No, I’m sorry. We decided to NOT move you forward…and see this is what I don’t understand. You seem more enthusiastic now than you were this morning. Were you feeling okay?”
Me: “Gee, bummer. My lack of enthusiasm could be due to the fact that I was caught off guard when I walked into a panel of 10 women.”
Principal: “Well, now you will be better prepared when the same situation happens again in the future.”
Me: “You’re right. If I walk into that same situation again, I will know to leave IMMEDIATELY.”
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I Hate Desk Pods

It’s 1995. I’m in 4th grade. I sit in row 2, seat 3. My behavior is pretty good, not Student of the Year good, but top 10% good. The nuns only reprimand me once or twice a week for whispering to a neighbor.

The most exciting part of my day involves the interaction I have with John. He is the boy in front of me with the perfect, brown mushroom haircut. He sits in row 2, seat 2.

When I see Mrs. Booker grab a set of worksheets off of her desk, it’s show-time. In just moments, she will be releasing 6 worksheets to the first person in each row. This means John will be turning around to pass me those worksheets. The potential for eye contact here is huge.

Ohp, here we go. Mrs. Booker is currently licking her thumbs as she counts off 6 papers to the first person in each row.

I wait eagerly and patiently for our row to receive our set of papers.

Kevin, who sits in row 2, seat 1, just turned around to pass John the papers. Smooth transaction.

John then turns his body around and I flash my pearly whites. We engage in 3 seconds of solid eye-contact as he hands the papers off to me.

Butterflies awaken in my esophagus. A beautiful transfer was made and I think our pinkies just touched. Oh My God, our pinkies touched.

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Why did I share this nostalgic flashback? I thought it would be a nice segue into a topic in education that baffles me more than Kim Kardashian’s everlasting and unexplainable fame status.

Ladies and gentleman, what am I talking about? It’s Classroom Desk Arrangement.
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Not familiar with desk pods? They can be seen in most elementary classrooms across America. It is that ugly clump of 4-6 desks squished together to form a group. As you can see from above, this desk arrangement has no flaws. It promotes cooperative and collaborative learning at its finest!

I find myself completely fascinated by this setup, because traditional rows are all I ever knew growing up.

Ah, Heck. I guess I’ll just put on my big girl sneakers and share a little secret with you:

I hate the glorification of desk pods almost as much as I Hate Centers.
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Unfortunately, I am completely guilty of having the clumpy dumpy pod setup in my classroom. My excuse? I teach in a closet and couldn’t arrange them any other way.

Some days I teach a new concept when the students are sitting in their clumpy dumpy pods. Some of those days I see attention wander quickly, and some of those days I get frustrated with how distracted some of them seem.

Then I take a step back to reflect. I gotta put myself in their shoes. How can I possibly get upset at my students for being distracted? If desks were arranged in groups when I was their age, I would probably have a heart attack sitting across from John.
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If it’s 1995 and the desks are in groups, my complete and undivided attention is on a getting a glance from Johnny. Sorry, Mrs. Booker. I could care less about what you have to say about changing a fraction to a percent. There are bigger concerns when I have this fine specimen sitting across of me.

To solve the situation, I think you should put Justin Timberlake’s assigned seat across from me too. Oh, and while we are at it, make sure Leonardo Dicaprio is assigned to my right, so we can play footsies. I think that might make me less distracted.
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When I took over a chatty 3rd grade classroom last year, I wanted to switch up the desk arrangement. When I expressed my grand plan of putting the desks in rows to a veteran teacher, she laughed at me.

Yep. Laughed at me.

Have I gone completely off the deep end for wanting to spice it up with a traditional setup? Are traditional rows so bad that we can’t even talk about the option, let alone actually have that setup in our classrooms?

Do I think traditional rows are perfect? No. Does it annoy me how much people praise the clumpy dumpy pod? Yes. I don’t understand how we praise cooperative learning all day, then turn around in the same blink to complain about students not becoming independent enough. Uhm, Hello? Am I the only one seeing a correlation here?

If my class was big enough, you would probably see rows of desks. They wouldn’t be traditional desks though. These desks would be based off of grandma’s old extendable dinner table. When it’s time for group work, the middle desk will extend and only chairs will be moved!
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(If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy some of my other rants. Just click on the “Rants and Funnies” tab at the top of this page.)

Spring Math Printables

Before this winter, I never believed in “Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder”. Now I believe it is real since I was definitely affected by it. Creating these NO PREP Spring Math Printables helped get me through those winter blues and I am happy to say that I created this freebie sampler pack for each grade level.

This FREEBIE sample pack includes printable pages taken from each of my Spring Math Pack sets for grades 1, 2, 3, and 4. Click on the links below to view the full product for each grade level.
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 1
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 2
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 3
Spring NO PREP Math Pack – Grade 4

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