Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pin It Button and Rachel Lynette!!

First of all let me start of by saying that this has been the longest week ever!!! Ugggghhhhh, I hate the first week back after a vacation.

I am so excited that it is Thursday though!  I have been waiting all week for Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers!!

Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers
Since all of us teachers seem to be Pinterest crazy, I thought I would share a super easy way for you to be able to pin from any websites you might find yourself on, even if that website doesn't have a Pin It Button.  I discovered this a few months ago, and I am so glad I did.
Anyway, if you go to, you can put a Pin It button on your favorites bar so it is accessible to you anytime.  Then when you find something, you click on the button and you begin your pinning craze!

Once you click on About and then the Pin It button, you simply follow the directs given to you from pinterest. 

Now, on to Rachel Lynette!!!!!!

If you don't know who she is, you are missing out!!  I discovered Rachel on Teachers Pay Teachers because she has these amazing task cards that have multiple uses.

I recently started teaching math using a workshop model and I wouldn't be able to do it without these task cards!!!  If you would like to see her products (and she has more than just task cards), click HERE to go to her TPT store.  If you want to learn all about her and see everything that Rachel is, you will want to visit her blog by clicking HERE.  (Her blog is called Minds In Bloom)  Isn't that a great name!!!


I also just downloaded her Literature Response Activity Cards because my students are really struggling with trying to think of things to write in response to their independent reading.  Well, let me tell you, my students are loving these.

I printed, laminated and cut up the cards.  I then put them in a ziploc bag and I pull one out each day.  The students write the prompt in their reading response notebooks and then I set them loose to read for 30 minutes.  At the end of the reading time, they write their responses.  The excitement is growing every day...... they just can't wait to see what their new "surprise" prompt is going to be!! 

Since Rachel has so many task cards, I decided to make an excel spreadsheet to help me keep track of the ones I have already purchased and the ones that I want to purchase.  (Not that I don't want all of them, but they don't all fit in with my curriculum!)

When I realized how beneficial this spreadsheet would be for other people, I contacted Rachel and got her permission to share this with all of you!!!  So, I uploaded a copy of this (for free, of course) to my teachers pay teachers store.  Click HERE to access this file.

I am sorry that this picture is so small, I tried and tried to make it bigger, but Blogger has been giving me some real problems lately!!!  Just make sure you use the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet for easy navigation of Rachel's categories!

I hope you find this useful!!



  1. This is awesome - you ROCK! Thank you :-)

  2. I covet all of those task cards too. I wish I could have a list of all of the products that other 5th grade bloggers use. I could totally copy, ahem, borrow all of everyone else's ideas;)

    My Teacher Friend

  3. Thank you for linking up this week at my Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers and showing my follower such a terrific tip!
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

  4. Thanks so much for the Excel sheet. I've been contemplating something like this. I'm trying very hard to get organized. My students and I both love the task cards.

    I too made the switch from middle school to 5th grade. Actually I taught 4th and 5th for 7 years. I then taught 7th grade math for 6 years. Now I'm back at 5th grade.

  5. What a great idea! I thought about making something similar for my Common Core products, but thought that maybe no one would care...haha. Who knows, maybe in a year or so I might and then group it by common core standards. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Teaching to Inspire in 5th

    1. I am just a tech junkie! These spreadsheets are ometimes a life saver. I am glad I could inspire you!!

  6. An organized list for task cards AND common core!
    I LOVE following bloggers - your ideas are my best ideas!! LOL
    Thank you for being so organized and SHARING!!

  7. Hi there! Love your site! We 5th Grade teachers have to stick together and inspire each other! I also moved from middle school to 5th and LOVE it! Come visit and keep in touch!

    5th Grade Tomfoolery


  8. Rachel Lynette I bought your Comma resource on TPT and there is something wrong with it. There are 24 cards. 24 has no sentence. Even and odd numbers in pairs like 1,2 and 3,4 and 5,6 all have the same sentence as the card across from it and it makes no sense with what is said in the frame. Can you let me know when this gets fixed. I was hoping to use it tomorrow after I bought it tonight. ): 5th grade inclusion teacher in Georgia


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