Today I'd like to share a fun Google Extension that I use all the time.  The extension is called, Scroll to Top.

A fun way to scroll through any website

I love this scrolling extension because it allows you to go directly to the top or bottom of any website.  You can can go slowly or go straight to the top or bottom.  There are lots of fun options for your scrolling button.

First, make sure you are logged into Chrome.  Next, go to the Chrome Web Store and search the extensions for Scroll to Top (or just click here.)  Click the button that says "Add to Chrome", and you will see a screen that gives you lots of options for your settings.

A fun way to scroll through any website

Then, if you click Show more settings, you will see lots of fun choices for your scrolling button.

Loads of button options to help you scroll through any website

That's it.  You now have an easy way to scroll through any website.  If you click on the icon, you will go straight to the top or bottom (whichever way it is pointing).  If you hover, you will find slower scrolling options.

A fun way to scroll through any website

Have fun making your own scrolling button!  Now you can enjoy all of your favorite sites just a little bit more.

Thank you!

I started a new professional book, and I can already tell it is going to become one of my favorites.  The Literacy Teacher's Playbook was recommended to me by a dear friend and colleague.  I'm only on page 9, and I already have to stop and put an idea into practice.

An Engagement Inventory is a great way to monitor independent reading.  This post has one as a free download.


The Literacy Teacher's Playbook takes the reader through various ways to assess your students.  Later, it talks about how to plan using the results of these assessments to best meet the needs of your students.  I can't wait to read about the instructional practices.  They look great at a glance.

This book is excellent professional reading for teachers.  Read this post for a free download of a reading engagement inventory inspired by this book.

In chapter one, Jennifer Serravallo talks about different lenses to use when assessing students' reading. The first lens she talks about is reading engagement.  She discusses using reading logs and interest inventories to help measure engagement.  These are tools that are very familiar to me, and I wholeheartedly agree with her suggestions on how to use them.   However, I was most excited to read about the idea of a Reading Engagement Inventory.  Here is a picture of the one from the book.

An Engagement Inventory is a great way to monitor independent reading.  This post has one as a free download.

Basically, you spend a block of reading time "kidwatching", paying close attention to the behaviors you notice during silent reading.  You code or make short notes about behaviors you notice.

In my version, a blank space will mean the student appears to be on task reading.  Here is my inventory I plan on using next year.  I will likely put it on my iPad and keep an electronic record as I am a huge fan of minimizing the amount of papers in my classroom. 

An Engagement Inventory is a great way to monitor independent reading.  This post has one as a free download.

If you would like to try out this form, I put it on a Google Slide.  If you make a copy of the file, you should be able to edit it however you would like, including changing the codes to fit your needs.  (Just go to file and click "Make a copy.)  I used font size 10, and I can fit 25 names in the table.  You can change the font and/or cell size if you need to fit in more names.  You can either print it out or complete the form digitally.  To download, click on the pink button below.


(If you need assistance editing the table, you can click here for help.)

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you, and have a great week!

Now that I've had this blog for a couple of months, I want to make sure that it stays organized.  I have added some pages to make it easier for you to find the technology resources that I refer to in my blog.

This blog has organized tabs for technology resources.


The quick links page lists all the websites that I have written about on my blog.  I included a short description, a link to the site, and a link to my blog post.

I have two iPads for my classroom, and I plan on purchasing one for personal use this summer.  I love using the iPad in my classroom because it is motivating for the students and it helps me with organization. I will share my favorite apps with you on my blog and link them on the iPad Apps page.

On the Google page, I will post all the apps and extensions that I have shared on my blog.  I am rather obsessed with Google, so I expect that page will grow soon.

I hope this is helpful.

Enjoy the weekend! 
I can not believe that my summer is already about half over.  I have been trying very hard to balance my time between checking items off my to do list and spending quality time with my family and friends.  Of course, I won't get to either as much as I'd like to, but I'm going to keep enjoying my time.

One of the things I have been working on is updating my TPT products.  As I switch my products over from Fit to be Fourth to Elementary Engagement, I am looking them over carefully.  I have made many product updates, given many "makeovers", and completely overhauled some of my products.  Most recently, I have worked on my plural nouns resources.

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

Before I get to the updates I made, I'd like to share a couple of free resources for plural nouns.  First up is a great website I found.  This site is called Grammar for Kids.  On the sidebar, there is a list of grammar topics.  Once you click on the link, you will find a wide variety of games that will give your students fun practice on the skill.  These games are great to assign on Google Classroom, post on your classroom website, and/or use as a word work option for the Daily 5/3.

Here is a screenshot with some of the plural noun games.  There are 16 games total.

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

I have updated my plural nouns products in my TPT store.  To thank you for following my blog, I have one of the new printables as a freebie.  Here is my plural noun word search.  You can download the word search and answer key by clicking on the pink button below.

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post.  This fun plural noun word find is free!


As I added new printable resources to my Plural Nouns Bundle, I decided to offer the Interactive Notebook, worksheets, assessment and printable activities as a separate resource.  Here is a preview of the new resource.  It is currently marked 50% off in my store.  The price will stay there until the end of the day on Saturday, July 9.  You can click on any of the pictures below to see the product in my store.

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

I also have my other plural noun resources marked at 20% off until the end of the day on Saturday, July 9.  They have all received recent makeovers.  Click on the pictures below to view them in detail.

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

There are lots of great plural noun resources on this post!

I hope you found something you can use when you teach plural nouns this year.

Thank you, and have a great weekend!


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