Math and Reading STAAR Vocabulary

Whew! Here in Texas, and specifically in fourth grade, we are now two days down and two to go....STAAR, what a BEAST! I swear these days of active monitoring have me so tired! I know I was  the kiddos were so excited to be done with our two days of writing.

With our new math TEKS, having strong academic vocabulary is a must in being able to apply all that the students know. With only a couple of weeks before the math and reading STAAR, we have to keep moving and grooving and reviewing what we know. In order to keep the terms fresh with my kiddos, and because our new math TEKS are so VAST, I created a Quizlet folder for our 4th grade math vocabulary!

What?!! You don't know what Quizlet is, did I hear you right??! I am SO glad you stopped by! Quizlet is an online vocabulary hub! You can search for vocabulary lists already made by other teachers, or create your own Quizlet link for your own academic vocabulary! Here's a quick video of what Quizlet can do for your students!

Here is my math vocabulary folder! Hope you and your students find this useful!

 I teamed up with Whitney (yes, we are double the trouble...) over at From Texas With Love to also bring you 4th Grade STAAR Reading Vocabulary as well! Thanks, Whitney!!

What do you use in the last couple of weeks before your state test to review your students? I'd love to hear!!

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Love People

Let us never forget that building relationships and fostering community with others is our first and primary focus as educators. Kiddos scurry out of our classroom doors each and every day to sometimes trade a homework assignment for a myriad of challenges at home.  Your co-worker braved a half-smile all day as her marriage is crumbling around her.  The parent-teacher conference you had was filled with angry and spiteful words spewed towards you over a simple writing assignment.  We do not know what people carry.  We do not know what people hide.  Sometimes we see skeletons we may not understand ourselves.  Loving others when we have never been in their shoes is sometimes hard. DO IT ANYWAY.

When I look around my elementary campus, I am blown away by what my PEOPLE do for others.  I am inspired by the relationships my peeps seek out to strengthen.  I am challenged by the lives lived out around me and by the words, hugs, and sincere kindness by those all around! I love seeing educators being daily difference makers in the lives of  children and adults alike.

 Keep holding the torch of light and life for the littles in your room every day, friends! Continue to be you! Dare to be the "living, breathing, screaming invitation to BELIEVE in better things" for those around you. Let your smile light up the hallway; let your laugh be contagious.  Do it on the days you feel like it. But, more importantly, do it on the days you don't.

Love people. 

Above quote from Jamie Tworkowski


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