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  Click for a larger image  Where To Start Running Records
Use this resource to determine an estimated reading level to give you a starting point for your leveled reader. 9 pages.
  Click for a larger image  Fluency Pyramid 1st 100 Words
Many students struggle to transfer isolated high frequency words into real text. These pyramids will allow students to build fluency in reading high frequency words by using repetition to create successful retention of the words. Learning to use phrasing in reading creates fluency and better comprehension. The graphics support students in identifying unknown words. 51 pages

  Click for a larger image  My Writing Words Theme Cards
PDF file of color version of My Writing Words Theme Cards. Digital download, 32 theme cards, 11 pages. My Writing Words Theme Cards sample.
  Click for a larger image  MTSS Social, Emotional and Behavioral Skills
This packet of 90+ Ideas and Activities was created to offer educators ways to increase Social, Emotional and Behavioral Skills assessed through Donna's MTSS progress monitoring tests on ESGI. Donna offers suggestions under each component so that teachers feel empowered to address the question of "now what?" for students that have not reached mastery on any component monitored. This digital download contains directions and blackline masters. 98 pages.

Social and emotional learning sample lessons and webinar exploring how to use this tool to reach more students.

Sample MTSS Social, Emotional and Behavioral Skills pages.

Digital Downloads - Free Items

  Click for a larger image  You Can't Teach a Class You Can't Manage Study Guide
You Can't Teach a Class You Can't Manage was written to address multiple factors that contribute to classroom management, along with offering solutions on how to approach discipline problems. This guide will aid individuals and groups in thinking about management of classrooms, as well as plan for sustained change that will help create classrooms where the focus is on learning, not on management.

Digital Downloads: Reading Aptitude Continuum

  Click for a larger image  Reading Aptitude Continuum
Each assessment is based upon learning basic concepts that allow readers to decode text and build fluency. The Reading Aptitude Continuum contains 121 assessments that:
  • Provide all materials and charts that allow you to identify individual, as well as class needs
  • Provide you with a progression of skills that allow assessments to be focused to student need
  • Give you access to information that aides in creating reading groups and activities for independent learning
  • Allow you to establish a system for your assessments for quick reporting to support staff and parents.
The thumb drive contains the Reading Ladders, instructions, printable flash cards, and score sheets, as well as customizable versions of the cards and score sheets. 79 pages not including assessments. Sample Reading Aptitude Continuum pages.
  Click for a larger image  Reading Aptitude Continuum for ESGI Users
Using ESGI for assessing your readers? Here is the introduction, lists of all included skills and the reading ladders that go along with the online Reading Aptitude Continuum assessment. 41 pages.


  Click for a larger image  Intervention Bundle
The bundle includes The Fluency 7 cards, MTSS Social Emotional and Behavioral Activities and Skills Sheet, Reading Continuum, and Where To Start Running Records.

   Donna's Activity Bundle
Bundle contains over 1,700 printables, ideas and strategies from Donna Whyte’s Workshops. The following activities are included: Dice Games, Riddle Books, Yearlong Writing Words, Center Task Cards, Homework Calendars, Back to School, Games That Teach, Primary Research,Popcorn Words, Mini-popcorn Words Practice Cards, Informational Writing Words, ABC's 123 and Pop Words, End of the Year Camp Learned Alot Unit
   Donna's Writing Bundle
Bundle contains the following activities Alphabet Book Fun Informational Writing Cards, My Writing Words Theme Cards, Popcorn Words 1-50, Riddle Books, Writing Tools, Yearlong Writing Words and The Writing Teacher's Coaching Tool eBook.
   Donna's Game Bundle
Bundle contains the following activities Dice Games, Games That Teach, Number Sense, Sight Word Shuffle, Pig Pals, Alligator Alligator, Pop Zap and More and the Thanksgiving Game Pack.

Digital Downloads: Activities, Practice Cards

    ABC's 123
Activity Sheets for Letters A-Z, Numbers 1-20 and Popcorn Words Packets 1 & 2 (The first 50 most common high frequency words in the English language)

Activity Sheets for Letters A-Z are designed to practice visual recognition, motor skills, visual discrimination, sounds of letters and reading. I spy the letter ___ allows children to find the letter in the environment. There is also a page for drawing or gluing an item for each letter. The last page of the booklet will reinforce the sound of the letter by putting it in a silly phrase.

Build number sense using these fun activities for numbers 1-20. Each number has two sheets of activities that can be used to create a number mini-book. Sheets are designed to practice visual recognition, motor skills and awareness of multiple representations of numbers. Find and count the number page allows children to find the number in the environment. There is also a page for drawing representations of the number. The writing page of the mini-book will allow you to dictate a sentence, or children can write a sentence of their own using the number word.

Popcorn Words 1 contains the first 25 most common words in English based upon Dr. Edward Fry's Instant Word List (Fry's List). According to his research these 25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all written work. While the first 100 words on his list comprise approximately 1/2 of all written materials. These high frequency words should be recognized instantly by readers.

Popcorn Words 2 contains the second 25 most common words in English based upon Dr. Edward Fry's Instant Word List Fry's List). According to his research the first 100 words on his list comprise approximately 1/2 of all written materials. These high frequency words should be recognized instantly by readers. 205 pages.

Sample ABC's 123 pages
  Click for a larger image  Alphabet Books
Activity Sheets for Letters A-Z are designed to practice visual recognition, motor skills, visual discrimination, sounds of letters and reading. I spy the letter ___ allows children to find the letter in the environment. There is also a page for drawing or gluing an item for each letter. The last page of the booklet will reinforce the sound of the letter by putting it in a silly phrase. 54 pages.

Sample Alphabet Books pages
    Back to School Pack
This Back to School Pack is filled with pages of Helpful Hints for a smooth running class along with activities and ideas for the first 30 days of school. The pack starts with 16 Helpful Hints that will allow you to create an organized, fun and independent classroom of children. The second half of the pack is filled with 17 Activities & Ideas, classroom book ideas to make, a treasured book list, a Back to School Kit and much, much, more. Including the song – The First Ten days of School (written to the Twelve Days of Christmas) and a poem for parents which has been downloaded and used by thousands of teachers entitled “You Ask What’s in My Backpack”. 77 pages   Back to School Pack Preview.
    Center Task Cards
All six task cards: Buddy Reading, Word, Writing, Letter, Vocabulary and Newspaper.

Ready-made center ideas. Each card has a simple word or phrase and an illustration to remind children what the activity is on the task card. Independent work time should mean that children practice and utilize basic learning concepts. Teaching children an array of activities that will allow them to work without you is imperative. This will allow you to meet with small groups and individual children. If you have ever wondered "what will the other kids be doing?" these cards will create a classroom full of children who not only know what to do, but want to do it. Each set of task cards was created to outline how to practice skills in an independent classroom environment. While the letters, words, or books change, the basic skills that we want children to acquire do not. The cards come with directions for introduction of the cards, along with blackline masters if needed. Print and cut out the cards you want to use, punch a hole in the corner and place a metal ring through the hole to keep them together. 172 pages.   Buddy Reading Task Cards Preview.
    End of Year - Camp Learned A Lot
The activities in this packet can be used as an End of the Year theme or individually in your classroom. The following activities are included: Creating T-Shirts ~ Writing Activities including 5 Senses ~ Writing ~ Picture to Paragraph ~ Memory Book Blackline Master ~ Letter to Next Year's Students ~ How to... Pages & 6 Others! ~ Science Bottles ~ Camping Songs ~ End of the Year Songs ~ Language Activities ~ Graphing Ideas ~ Camp Snack Recipes ~ 25+ Fun Outdoor Activities ~ List of Great Camp Books ~ I Have... Who Has? Camping Game ~ Wrap Up Baggie for the Year ~ Plus More! 66 pages.   Camp Learned A Lot Preview.
    Fun Informational Writing Cards
The writing cards allow students to practice informational writing. There are 60+ Writing Cards. Each card has a simple phrase and picture clue to enable the students to figure out the activity. The cards can be run off and placed on a ring by punching a hole in the corner of each card. Teachers can offer students a choice by having all of the cards available or limit the choices by only offering a few activities on a ring and adding/deleting cards over time. If you are looking for structured choices, then simply put all the cards on a ring and tell students which cards are available on a particular day. Each of the cards can be numbered and you might say, “Today’s choice is # 3 or #7”.
The cards will aide students in choosing informational writing tasks and understanding each of the writing formats. How to, Report on, Describe and Persuade are included. Teachers should introduce one type of writing at a time and show students how the graphic helps you to recognize what the writing task requires. I have also included extra cards with the title words so that you may add your own ideas and cards with key words or thoughts to aid children in the process of the type of writing required.
These cards can be used during Writer’s Workshop, Center Time, with the Daily 5, for Nonfiction Writing or as a way to assist children in thinking of an idea. 23 pages, 60+ cards.   Fun Informational Writing Cards preview
  Click for a larger image  Halloween Pack
Donna's Halloween pack contains I Have... Who Has... Halloween game and the Primary Research Private Eye Pumpkin packet.

Sample I Have Who Has Halloween
Private Eye Pumpkin Preview

    Home"Work" Calendars
Set contains Home"Work" calendars August through June. Each of the Monthly Home"Work" Calendars were created to provide activities that connect school learning with children’s home environments. The calendars are based upon different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy of thinking skills. While some days children will use list, count, and find from the lowest level of thinking (the “knowledge” category) other days will require them to plan, create and research from the highest levels of thinking, “synthesis and evaluation”. I have included activities for each of the 6 Thinking Levels. The calendar can provide parents with ideas on the types of activities that they can be doing with their children to connect learning between school and their lives.

Calendars include opportunities to build skills in math, language, speaking, reading, writing, science, social studies and many other valuable skills that bring learning to life for children. Many activities require parent involvement that will lead to better communication skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide the homework families often request with valuable activities that you know allow children to enjoy and experience learning in a natural environment. Children can complete any box on the calendar for any day which will give children choices and build motivation. You, as the teacher, can decide how many boxes a week or month you would like students to complete. Show our children that homework can be fun!

In addition to the calendar I have supplied thoughts and research on the topic of homework. The CCSS, along with 21st Century Skills move us in the direction of teaching children to learn and to become independent learners. I hope this will help as you connect home to school with “home”work. 16 pages.   Sample Home"work" calendar.
  Click for a larger image  Mini-Popcorn Words Practice Cards
Set contains the 100 most common words in English based upon Dr. Edward Fry's Instant Word List (Fry's List). According to his research the first 100 words on his list comprise approximately half of all written materials. These high frequency words should be recognized instantly by readers. Practice cards include the shape, a visual clue for the word and a phrase or sentence that has decodable and other high frequency words, allowing children to practice the word in real reading. Practice cards in color and black and white. 27 pages.

Sample Mini-Popcorn Words Practice Cards
    Popcorn Words Set
Get all 4 of the Popcorn Word Packets! Create small books with multiple ways for children to practice high frequency words. These are the words that keep popping up in reading and writing. Each booklet allows a student to:

  • Practice the shape of the word
  • Trace the letters of the word with guided and independent practice
  • Visually discriminate the word from words that are similar
  • Identify the word in reading
  • Write the word through dictation of a sentence
Practice with a flashcard that includes the shape, a visual clue for the word and a phrase or sentence that has decodable and other high frequency words along with the word being practiced. Therefore, allowing children to practice the word in real reading. Teachers can assign one or more of the pages to students and decide how many words individual students should practice. This allows for differentiation based upon student needs and capabilities. The booklets make a great center activity. Once they are introduced children can practice independently without new directions for each book. The packets of words are based upon Dr. Edward Fry's Research on high frequency words. The first 100 words on Dr. Fry's List comprise approximately half of all written material. Each packet contains 25 words, in order of frequency. Sample words 75-100
    Primary Research
Contains the "Apple Investigator", "The Great Cookie Caper" and "Private Eye Pumpkin" research packets.
The Common Core Standards, along with 21st Century Skills require that children are more active in their own learning. There are frequent references made to students learning to conduct research projects at various grade levels. Some grades add “with guidance and support” but each grade is challenged with developing lessons that incorporate “gathering information”, “project-based questions”, “using multiple sources for relevant information” and “sort and present information learned”. Children are naturally inquisitive and educators should grasp that opportunity for learning by developing “short research projects that build knowledge about a topic”.
This primary research packet was developed to aid children in “learning to learn” and is based upon Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. You may choose to use one page, several pages or the entire packet to meet the needs of the children in your class. Challenge your high learners with the entire packet or support lower level learners with basic skills by utilizing just a few of the pages.
The research packet can be used by the entire class as a shared project, by a small collaborative group or each child in your class could complete the packet individually. 79 pages.

Sample Research Pages
    Riddle Books
There are so many uses for these great book outlines. They were created as Riddle Books. Children write 2 or 3 clues to something that is hidden behind an object and others use the clues to guess what it is. Children learn to write clues and use question words in their writing. Both of these skills are considered higher level thinking skills on Bloom’s Taxonomy. The covers and writing pages can also be used as Classroom Books with a single cover or as individual books for students.
This packet includes 19 book ideas - Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Bus Safety, and many others. Children love these books and look forward to writing. 44 pages.   Riddle Books Preview.
I received this email after a presentation where I shared this idea:

"Hi Donna, I teach the most wonderful students in Washington State, and I attended your workshop, Making Writing Happen. I wanted to give you some positive feedback on an idea you shared with us in Spokane. It’s been one of “those” weeks in my classroom. My kids have been very (shall we say) social. So finally yesterday, I thought, “OK, maybe I could give them an opportunity to socialize AND learn something. So I found the riddles pages in your Making Writing Happen handbook and made a bunch of copies for the kids to work on. I modeled a few examples and then let the kids go. Eureka! They loved it! They had so much fun trying to guess each other’s’ riddles and trying to stump the teacher. They were really good and they were WRITING! I plan on including the riddles and riddle books into my weekly lessons. Thanks for all the great ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and got so much out of it.
Sincerely, Tracy"

Digital Downloads: Games

  Click for a larger image  Alligator, Alligator Game
Practice Letters, and new version includes Numbers, Shapes and Colors with THIS fun, engaging game that Kids Love! Change character cards for different games. 36 pages.

Sample Alligator, Alligator game.
    Dice Games
14 games to practice basic concepts. Includes game directions and black line masters. 41 pages.   Dice Games Sample.
    Games That Teach
Over 30 games that practice concepts aligned with Common Core Standards.

These games are sure to be winners with your children! The games contain adorable graphics, number representations and characters. The versatility of these games will allow children of all levels to play with minimal direction. By teaching children only four sets of directions many different versions of the games can be played. Sample concepts include: Alphabet, Shapes, Colors, Numbers, Rhyming, Plurals, Clocks, Sight Words, Initial-Medial-Ending Sounds and Before-Between-After Numbers. Games included: Alligator, Alligator Game (new versions), 4 Versions of Games That Teach (Pop), Homonyms and 15 I Have… Who Has…
    Number Sense Game
Students will gain understanding of various ways of representing numbers through fun games. Each game can be differentiated to meet the various levels of your students. Fun + EVERYONE can play + practice = Successful Learning! Each number from 1-10 is represented in the following ways: Numeral,Object Group(s), Number Name, Hour on Clock Face, Coins, Fingers, tally Marks, Dice, Dominoes, Ordinal Position, Roman Numerals, Before #, _____, After #. 35 pages.   Preview Number Sense game.
    Pop, Zap and More
These games teach and practice basic learning concepts. By utilizing the different sets of character and concepts cards, you can create many versions and levels of the games using the same directions. Concepts included in this game: Alphabet, Shapes ~ Basic, Colors, Shapes ~ 3D, Positional Words, Number After, Number Before, Addition, Opposites, Number Between, Contractions, Fractions, Initial, Medial, Ending Sounds with/without letter. 112 pages.   Sample Pop Zap and More.
    Word Shuffle
This game teaches and practices high frequency words. By utilizing the multiple sets of character and the high frequency word cards, you can create 6 versions of the game using the same directions. 20 pages.   Sample Word Shuffle pages.
    Thanksgiving Game Pack
Includes I Have Who Has Thanksgiving and Old Mr Squash game that teaches and practices number recognition. 28 pages.   Thanksgiving Game Pack Preview.
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  Click for a larger image  The Writing Teacher's Coaching Tool eBook
Build strong writers one step at a time, using the dozens of classroom-tested strategies in The Writing Teachers Coaching Tool This handy resource puts key prompts and coaching strategies right in your hand. You'll find a unique, quick-reference tool that provides access to key checklists and student samples for easy and effective assessment. PDF 13 pages
  Morning Meeting/Afternoon Wrap Up  Morning Meeting/Afternoon Wrap Up 2nd Edition eBook
Make a list of your instructional goals, and then see how many of them you can meet with the easy and practical suggestions presented here. Updated and even more practical, with a focus on 21st century skills, this book will help you build a community of focused, energized and enthusiastic learners. Morning Meeting Afternoon Wrap-Up includes great tips for management and assessment, too, all within a simple meeting framework. You'll love how you can help promote a positive climate of behavior and academic growth by starting each day with a whole class gathering, and then bringing each day to a close with group challenges, songs, games, and other activities to help your students reflect on what they've accomplished. PDF 135 pages.
  Click for the back cover  You Can't Teach a Class You Can't Manage eBook
Donna's best selling book now available in ebook format. This book will provide you with the tools you need to create a classroom of responsible learners. Spend more time teaching and less time managing children. Create a classroom that allows all children to succeed.
PDF 176 pages.

My Writing Words and Word Theme Cards and Editing Pencils

  Click for a larger image  My Writing Words and Word Theme Cards - Classroom Set
Classroom set contains 30 copies. My Writing Words was created to support your young writers in achieving success in finding the words they need most! This book contains Fry's First 100 words+, along with the words that our writers need throughout the year. The word lists include graphics that aid young writers in finding the words they want. Themes included are:

  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Birthday
  • School
  • Apple
  • Fall
  • Fire Safety
  • Halloween
  • Holiday
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • New Year
  • Winter
  • Dental Health
  • Ground Hog's Day
  • Valentine's Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Animal
  • Spring
  • Weather
  • Easter
  • Earth Day
  • Sports
  • Summer
Purchase a classroom set and receive file of color version of Word Theme Cards.
44 pages. My Writing Words sample.
  Click for a larger image  Editing Pencils
End the Frustration! Every teacher struggles with students who do not use capital letters at the beginning of sentences and/or punctuation at the end. Your students will love being editors with these two-sided editing pencils. By teaching the students to underline the “go” letter in each sentences with the green end and the “stop” punctuation with the red end – students will be able to visualize the sentence and you can ensure that capitals and ending punctuation are always present. Classroom set includes 30 pencils, student check cards and classroom sign for an easy reminder!

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Last updated March 26, 2022