What's New

On this page you can check to see what sections have been updated and what has been added.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

I am having a giveaway to celebrate a new unit I will be selling on Teachers Pay Teachers .  The unit is a Christmas unit  covering synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, suffixes, root words and littler character analysis thrown in for good measure!  There are lots of Christmas crafts to match! I am giving away one free copy AND a $15 Amazon gift card to ONE lucky winner!  Click here to read more about it!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I am having a big GIVEAWAY!  I am saying THANK YOU and I am THANKFUL for my readers! Some of you may (or may not) know that I have a store at Teachers Pay Teachers. I am offering any one, free item from my store to any of my blog followers. This offer is only good until Thanksgiving! : )

Click here if you would like to know more about this free offer!


While I have every intention of keeping this website up and running, you may have noticed I do not update as often as I used to.  I have created a blog that is easier (and much quicker) to update.  I will still update here (and this site isn't going anywhere!) but for the most current information and freebies please make sure to check out my blog here.  I would love to have you follow!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blog- new blog post- Included in this post is a giveaway for my new, soon-to-be-released Retelling Reading response projects.  Three different projects (with one differentiated so there are really four) with rubrics for students and the teacher that all focus on the skill of written retellings.  Leave a comment and follow my blog to enter.  Three names will be chosen on Wednesday night by 8:00 pm!


Have you entered the giveaway? :)




Sunday, September 4, 2011

*** Big, Exciting News!***

This summer my plan was to revamp, edit and update this entire site.  Well, the not so exciting, big news, is that caring for a 10 month old took a *wee* bit more time than I expected!  HOWEVER, the new BIG announcement is that I am moving domains.  All the pages and information will still be the same but will now be located at www.tips-for-teachers.com.  You can still type in www.mandygregory.com  and this page will still show up, but the url has been forwarded to show www.tips-for-teachers.com.  Behind the scenes, I am beginning to update and revise the pages in a new program.  It may be years before it is ready, but I am on the job!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blog- new blog post- this week is organization week!  Come check it out! :)



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Classroom library- corrected Spanish book label link (hopefully)

Reading Mini Lessons- inference poetry books, game board and task cards added

Back to School- updated, 2011 first week lesson plans, treat labels


Monday, August 8, 2011

Blog- new blog post- includes back to school printable

Back to School- updated


Monday, August 1, 2011

Blog- new blog post- includes new guided reading lesson plan template

Teachers Pay Teachers- I am throwing a sale! :)


Thursday, July 28,2011

Mandy's Tips for Teacher's Blog- updated blog



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mandy's Tips for Teacher's Blog- updated blog

Classroom Library- new book labels added and visitor pictures added

End of the School Year- how to prepare for the next school year

Classroom Links- new links added



Friday, July 14, 2011

Mandy's Tips for Teacher's Blog- I am trying my hand at blogging! I think it will be easier to update than this site!  it is not too pretty yet, but I am working on that!

Fluency- new page.  This page really focuses on The Great Poetry Race.  However, I hope to add to it soon.

Back To School- Lesson plans added for the first and second day of third grade 2010-2011

Mini Lessons- several week long "mini- units" added over retelling, predicting, connections, questioning, and inference. Most of the printables are included for each unit or will be added soon.

Classroom Links- new links added

Reading Strategies- Before, During and After link added



Monday, September 20, 2010


Free  Classroom Printables- two new sites added to the classroom resources section

Mini Lessons- new link to reading mini lessons added


July 13, 2010

Summer cleaning time!  I am currently selling several of my teacher resources.  If you are interested click on link.  I am more than willing to combine shipping if you buy more than one item.


Click below on individual titles to see these individual auctions or click here to see all my EBay auctions.


Teaching With Favorite Patricia Polacco Books

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Math (Professional Books)

Literacy Work Stations and The Differentiated Classroom


5 Minute Daily Practice: Test Taking




Thursday, June 3, 2010


Teachers Pay Teachers- I am trying my hand at uploading some of the materials I have created and selling them on this website. I always wondered if people would actually pay for some of the things I created!!  All of the materials on Teachers Pay Teachers should be (unless my baby brain has truly taken over) be different from what is on this site. Also, I will keep adding new, free materials to this site. 

  About Me- updated with new info : )

End of the year- added more to the end of the year list, added section on how kids can help pack up at end of the year

Writing Workshop Printables- added link to Ms. Kilgo's excellent writing power points

Back to School- Added link to Ms. Kilgo's to do list

Social Studies Activities- many different activities added.  Look for the new icon!

Free Classroom Printables-  new link added to task cards and reading assessment

Classroom Links- a many new classrooms added

Guided Reading Teacher Materials- updated to add link to Reader's Tool Kit




Sunday, September 27, 2009

Setting Up the Classroom- Photo tour and explanation of my new third grade classroom

Classroom Links- a many new classrooms added

Making Connections- I *think* I have finally finished this page The secondary unit and printables is up.

Free Classroom Printables- two new links added

Starting Writer's Workshop- I have revised my lesson plans that were originally posted.  There are some similarities, but I have changed several of the lessons.




Sunday, June 28, 2009


Please help me know what you need by voting in the new poll on the index page!


Guided Math- More information added about reviewing and new link added with review pages and open answer response questions for grades 1-5, how other teachers organize guided math section added

Back to School- I realized I had  mislinked (is that even a word?) my beginning of second grade lesson plans.  Now all the first, second and third day of second grade lesson plans are linked correctly.

Assessment Binder- new page on how I track and assess student progress in reading- and keep it organized and ready at my finger tips!

Writing Workshop Printables-  two new poster links added

Classroom Links- a many new classrooms added

Questioning Mini Lesson-: pictures of anchor charts added

Mini Lessons- link to Holly Nowalk's pictures of anchor charts for mini lessons added

Winter Activities- link to The Grinch Reader's Theater added



Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Making Connections- This page is JUST getting started.  I have the primary unit up for the most part and the secondary unit will be coming soon!

New Teacher- updated some sections

End of the year- Noun Verb poem idea added

About Me- updated with new info : )


Sunday, March 1, 2009


New Teachers- added a new section Questions to Ask Your Mentor

Guided Math- New math planning sheet and observation sheet added, Guided Math Power Point added that explains how I "do" guided math, Building in Math Review Section added, new math games added (subtraction war, mind reader), pictures added to geometry lesson

Mini Lessons: Pictures added of published piece for descriptive writing



Guided Math Groups- graphing section added


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Classroom Links- new links added

Setting Up the Classroom- links added to classroom layout designer sites

Classroom Library- Visitor Thea shares her awesome library pictures!

Back to School-first, second and third day of second grade lesson plans, new Open House information and pictures posted, pictures added of new class promise for second grade.

Guided Math Groups- place value matching game and place value concentration game added.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Booklists- Mentor Texts for Persuasive Writing list added

Classroom Links- new links added

Planning- added section on Long Range planning, phone log added

Parent Communication- another newsletter template added

Guided Math Groups- tracers added for the apple and turkey glyphs.

Getting Organized- fixed broken link

Classroom Library- "Special" books




Sunday, July 6,2008

Booklists- Christmas/ Winter book list added

Writing Workshop Printables- time and order words printable for organizing writing


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Guided Math groups- added a  two new glyphs (an apple glyph and a turkey glyph), hundred board activities, added more on organizing guided math and what is everyone else doing!

Classroom Links- new links added

Readers Theater- new link added


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Free Classroom Printables- list updated

Printable Centers- added link to contractions activities, compound word activities and similes activities from Instant Displays Teaching Resources.

Classroom Links- new links added


Friday, March 28, 2008

Math groups- geometry activities added


Monday, February 25, 2008

Math Groups- added pictures of the snowman glyph and snowman problem solving

Other Teacher's Classroom- added photographs and explanation of first grade teacher, Mrs. Nelson's classroom. This is a work in progress.

Classroom Links- link fixed, another first grade link added

Conferences- updated ways to get organized and how I run a conference.

Mini Lessons-  Writing unit added on how to write a response to literature.


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Halloween- pictures added of the Monster in a Jar writing.

Math Groups- added section on fractions and skip counting, snowman glyph added

Winter Activities- snowman glyph added here as well.

Guided Reading Teacher Materials- updated to show how material are organized in primary grades

Minilessons- new writing mini lesson unit on encouraging students to be more descriptive using similes


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Math Groups- added updated planning sheet, several new math games and links and a fall glyph (scarecrow).

Halloween- new page started.  Includes writing activities, readers theater and glyphs.

Thanksgiving- scarecrow glyph added

Free Classroom Printables- Cherry Carl's site added.  This is an AMAZING site for all elementary school teachers.

Conferences- Primary grades conference checklist added



Sunday, October 14, 2007

Classroom library- Ashley, a visitor from Florida, has sent in pictures of her amazingly organized library. Wow!

Guided Reading Teaching Materials- added link to free printable books for guided reading (Learning Island) .  I also added this link to the free printable page.

Math Groups- games and activities for place value and addition with regrouping added.

Classroom Links- Mrs. Jackson's class added



Sunday, September 23, 2007

Math Groups- New page started  on implementing small math groups.



Sunday, September 2, 2007

Classroom library- Updated pictures with my new library and further explained how I reorganized and labeled books to make it a simpler system for the students.

Setting Up the Room- tour of my new second grade classroom!  Before and after pictures included so you can see how much the room changes.

Getting Organized- new pictures added

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Back to School-2007-2008 Parent information packet updated, organizing students supplies added, keeping track of how students get home form posted

Parent Communication- 2007-2008 Parent information packet updated, new newsletter format added

Monday, August 27, 2007

Planning- shared sub lesson plans, lesson plans and my personal lesson plan template for the 2007-2008 school year

Getting Organized- Math manipulative labels added


Monday, July 30, 2007

Classroom Links- Mrs. Kilgo's, Ms. Garibay and Ms. Shea's class links added

About Me- updated

Classroom Library- updated to show my new library organization, book labels and  FAQ section added

Back to School- Updated for second grade and Child Information Sheet added

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Free classroom printables and materials- Storynory link added. This is a great resource.  It is FREE audio stories read online!!

EBay- I am listing even MORE items.  Thank you to everyone who has bought! I am listing games I have made and more books.  At the end of the week I am going BACK into my classroom to weed even more out, so please keep checking!

July 5, 2007

Ebay- I am currently Ebaying A LOT of my teaching stuff off since I am moving down to second. I have only started listing things, but keep checking because I have TONS!  I have teacher resource books, games, and professional books that I still need to good through!!!

I have my stuff, plus all the stuff I inherited, PLUS my partner teacher gave me all her stuff since she is leaving the classroom!

I am also throwing in a few free things because they are older and I don't think they would sell on their own, but are still good resources! Here is what I got so far:

Lot of 3 Teacher Resources on Body Systems BookSOLD

Lot of 4 Teacher Resources on Science and the Earth SOLD

Lot of 4 Teacher Resources on Maps and Globes (plus a free book) SOLD

Lot of 3 Teacher Resources on Classroom Management SOLD

Lot of 2 books on American History (plus one free book) SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on ExplorersSOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on the American Revolution  SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on American History (plus one free!)SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Pioneers SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Writing (Plus one free book!) SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Literacy CentersSOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Reading (plus one free book!)SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Reading SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Reading/ Lit ProjectsSOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources on Reading + 1 free!SOLD

Lot of 9 Copies of James and the Giant PeachSOLD

Lot of 8 Copies of the Elevator FamilySOLD

Lot of 11 Kid in the Red JacketSOLD

Teacher Resource: I'm Through!  What Can I Do?SOLD

Lot of 2 Teacher Resources: Electricity and ChocolateSOLD

Teacher Resource: Multicultural FolktalesSOLD

 Lot of 2 Teacher Resource: American History/ImmigrationSOLD

Lot of 9 Time Warp Trio Books by Scieszka GREAT FOR BOYSSOLD

Lot of 8 Young Adult/ Middle School Books- 5th-6th gradeSOLD

Free Classroom Printables- added free kids music site

Classroom Link- Mrs. Stenlund's first grade class added., Mrs. LaBoon's kindergarten site link updated.

July 2, 2007

Classroom Links- Mrs. Mikesell's kindergarten classroom link has been updated since she has moved to another server.  It looks AWESOME and has QuickTime movies and everything!!  You gotta check this out!

July 1, 2007

Setting Up the Classroom- Pictures of my new second grade classroom (in progress!) added

Writers Workshop- New link added on implementing writers workshop

Free Classroom Printables- The Lesson Machine link added- great literature unit!!

Mini Lessons- new book list links added and another fixed

Classroom Links- Mrs. Van Dykes's classroom added

June 1, 2007

Classroom Library- added in a new section on how to catalogue your books.

May 30, 2007

Planning- Substitute information has been added

Classroom Links- Ms. Jensen's link corrected to new site

About Me- updated and pictures added

February 11, 2007

Guided Reading Page- What are the other kids doing? section updated

Reading Strategies-  summary method added

Planning- Daily Lesson Plans added!  Thanks for sharing Melanie!

Free Classroom Printables- new handwriting site added



January 7, 2007

Winter Seasonal Activities- new page started

Classroom Links- new third grade site added



November 23, 2006

Free Classroom Printables- new site added


November 19, 2006

Supporting Above and On Grade Level Readers- more added to this new page.



November 18, 2006

Thanksgiving- Two new readers theaters added

Supporting Above and On Grade Level Readers- new page- still a work in progress!

Grammar Page- Plural Pumpkins activity added




October 29, 2006

Classroom links- new links added/ updated

About Me- updated

Grammar Page- This is a new page just in the beginning stages.  I am going to try to add some of the activities I use to teach grammar skills.



October 21, 2006

Booklists- Holiday book section started. List of Thanksgiving books added

Printable Centers- Common and Proper noun spinner activity added from Beth Newingham's website.

Thanksgiving- Readers theaters added

Social Studies Activities- many different activities added.  Look for the new icon!



October 14, 2006

Classroom links- new links added/ updated



September 24, 2006

Guided Reading- Long range plans added and 2006-2007 reading schedule added

Supporting Struggling Readers- new page



September 17, 2006

Reading Strategies- New before reading strategy added (Give One, Get One).  Printable version of before and during reading activities added.

Free Printables Page- Printable reading games added


September 10, 2006

Printable Centers- Fall Into Good Sentences file folder game added


September 3, 2006

FYI- Scholastic is having their Dollar Days Sale!

Booklists- Books on manners and respect

New Teachers- page updated

Seasonal Activities- Thanksgiving section updated

Class Links- New classrooms added.  Check for the new picture to see added sites.


September 2, 2006

Back to School- pictures added of class promise

Booklists- back to school books added

Starting Writers Workshop- picture added of "What We Can Write About" poster added

Guided Reading- how to start guided reading section added

Day to Day in the Classroom- added picture of homework board

Setting Up the Classroom- more classroom pictures added.


August 27, 2006

Literature Bags- visitor's tip added.  Thanks, Debbie!

Links- new links added.

Class Links- New classrooms added.  Check for the new picture to see added sites.

Back to School- lesson plans for the first week of school 2006-2007


August 20, 2006

New poll added

Class Links- New classrooms added.  Check for the new picture to see added sites.

Look for first week of school lesson plans or the 2006-2007 school year soon!


August 13,2006

Back To School-  Added new first day of school letter and more beginning of the year read alouds. Also added lesson plans for the first day of school (2006-2007).

Setting Up the Room- pictures added of my new classroom!


August 6, 2006

Getting Organized- This page has a new look!  I reorganized it to make it easier on the eyes.  Added printable labels for bins where work is turned in, keeping student's desks clean, sending home a weekly folder, updated grading information, printable classroom materials labels.


Writing Printables-  Keeping track of conferences printable labels added.


Planning- new lesson plan pages for the 2006-2007 school year added.


Monday, July 31, 2006

People voted and asked for it, so here it is!  Pages such as inferences and seasonal ideas per your requests on the poll!


Guided Reading- Added video clips, link to printable centers for grades two and three

Free Printables Page-Printable posters and more printables added

Setting Up the Room- new look and information added about how to set up a room.

Classroom Links- fifth grade classroom link added

Seasonal Activities- new page!  Check here from some ideas that relate to the holidays!

Classroom Library- labels and information added

Questioning Mini Lessons- Rubric added to grade comparison and contrast story elements chart.

Starting Writers Workshop- Printable copy of beginning of the year mini lessons added.

Inference Mini Lessons - BIG unit on inferencing!  Lots of graphic organizers and printables!

Conferences- information added and page expanded.

Tips for New Teachers- This is a new page.  I continuing to add and work on it.  Please let me know if you would like to share some tips for new teachers as well!



July 27, 2006

Guided Reading page- I updated this page with some of my reflections for the upcoming school year and what I hope to change to improve reading in my classroom.

Literacy in the Upper Grades page- I created this page because my Guided Reading page wasn't organized and contained of lot of material that didn't apply to Guided Reading!

Guided Reading Materials- Updated with more reading ideas

Tips for New Teachers-  New page for new teachers!

Readers Theater- more web sites with RT scripts added!

Classroom Links- more classrooms added!

Behavior Management- Links added for other behavior tracking sheets.

Printable Centers- Added context clues game and Irregular Verbs game

Tips for New Teachers- This is a new page.  I am still working on it.  Please let me know if you would like to share some tips for new teachers as well!

Inference Mini Lesson Page- COMING VERY SOON!!  I am still working on this one!  I have most of the lessons ready.  I am still creating some of the added attachments and extensions!




July 18, 2006

Free Printables Page- A new page I have just started.  This has several websites with FREE printables on them!

Setting Up the Classroom- This page has been updated with pictures from my new classroom.  It is still a work in progress and I have A LOT of work left!

Guided Reading Materials- Updated with more reading ideas

Back to School- more "To Do" lists added and books to begin the year with



July 13, 2006

Summer cleaning time!  I am currently selling several of my literature sets on EBay.  If you are interested click on the books titles.  I am more than willing to combine shipping if you buy more than one set of books.


Click below on individual titles to see these individual auctions or click here to see all my EBay auctions.


Lions at Lunchtime by Mary Pope Osborn

Magic School Bus Chapter Books: Space Explorers by Eva Moore

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Socks by Beverly Cleary

The Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery by  Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children: The Blue Bay Mystery by  Gertrude Chandler Warner

Pony Pals: A Pony for Keeps by Jeanne Betancourt

Animal Ark: The Goat in the Garden by Ben M. Baglio

The Mystery of the Plant that Ate Dirty Socks by Nancy McArthur



Class Links- More links added!

Back to School- Open House Scavenger Hunt added.  Thanks Susan!  Open House Power Point presentation added.

Guided Reading Materials- Ideas added for what to use in Guided Reading and a new layout was created.

Guided Reading- What is Guided Reading? section added

Planning- new version of lesson planning template added



July 11, 2006

Planning- new versions of lesson planning templates added

Day to Day in the Classroom- More information added about homework.

Class Links- More links added

Booklists- more books added.  Professional references added.

Award- I just received my first award!  Thanks Mrs. Kunz!



July 4, 2006

Back to School- Child Information Sheet added.  Thanks Andrea from PA!

Reader's Theater- Excellent new link added

Classroom Links- Several new classrooms added

Links page- updated and added MANY new sites

Classroom Library- New page! This page is still under construction, so please bear with me!

Management Ideas for Writing Workshop- Updated this page

Nounster Writing Project- This page was started earlier and is now completed.  Eventually it will be part of a small series of seasonal ideas/ projects.

Getting Hooked on Reading- This is new a new page I have started with ideas to help get students engaged and "hooked" on reading.

Literature Bags- Updated, much more will be added to this page as I continue to work on theses bags!



June 25, 2006

Parent Communication- more newsletter templates added

Website Design Service- Are you looking to create a website, but don't know how?  Check here!

Writing Tips and Printables- This page was reorganized.  Also printable posters of famous writing quotes were added.



June 21, 2006

Classroom Links- new page added with classroom all around the US!



June 20, 2006

Parent Communication page updated and added to

Back to School- Information added



June 18, 2006

Back to School-Bunch of random information added

End of the Year-Bunch of random information added

 Writers Workshop Tips/Printables-Pictures of editing and revision posters, copies of editing posters (CUPS and GUMS), revising posters (ARR), recipe for a story cards, good endings poster, cute pencil writing stage posters added.

Printable centers- new Inferencing board game added




Saturday, March 4, 2006

Printable centers- new centers added and centers have been organized by skill and subject area.

Getting Organized- New tips added



Sunday, January 29, 2006

Mini Lessons- Mini lessons for teaching plot have been added.  Posters with 9 comprehension strategies also added- thanks Tiffany!



Saturday, January 21, 2006

Social Studies Activities- new poems added for map skills unit

Planning- new link added for lesson plan templates

Nounster Project- This is writing project I do near Halloween.  I am still working on finishing this page, but the basics are there.

Writing Outline- Updated my year long plan in writing.  It is still sketchy.  I still don't feel I know where I will be 100%, but this is close.

Several pages "reorganized"



Saturday December 31, 2005

Reading Strategies- Added new strategies including the brain folder, using a questioning bookmark and an example of a power point presentations to activate background.

Questioning Mini Lessons- Brand new page with all the resources and lessons I used for this unit.

Mini lessons- Game and mini lessons for teaching fact and opinion have been added.  I also added mini lessons for author's purpose. 

Reader's  Theater-Using Reader's Theater As Fluency Practice for Homework

Day to Day in the Classroom- Homework procedures!

Creating a Classroom Library- Coming Soon!



Saturday, October 1, 2005

Writing Outline- New page added out planning in the Writing Workshop.  These are some of the projects I hope to get around to and when.  Also includes grammar planning.

Reading Strategies- New activity added called whiteboard retelling.

Getting Organized- Tips added on how to keep your files organized and how to stay organized when collecting forms or money.

Trailer Organization- Added and updated information

Writing Printable- Conference form added

Centers- Links to other printable center pages added

Planning- More information added about creating your own plan book.  Also added creating a Guided Reading notebook.



Saturday, August 20, 2005

Reader's Theater- New page added about using Reader's Theater in the classroom. Includes free script sites.

Back to School-  Added info today, including establishing class rules and first week activities!

Back to School Pictures- A few pictures of what my room looked like the night before school started!

Starting Writer's Workshop- More mini lesson ideas added for how to start Writers Workshop in your classroom!




Sunday, August 7, 2005

Parent Communication- Posted example of a newsletter

Planning- Added my lesson plan sheets for organizing the whole class during guided reading, new reading lesson plan and my planning pages for my plan book for daily planning.

Back to School-  Added lots of info today, including procedures!!!!

Links- New literature related links added




Thursday, July 7, 2005

Back to School- I am working on this for awhile and will continue working on it as it is not even close to being done!  I have a sections on Before School Starts, the First Day, After School Has Began.

Getting Organized- Finished the section about file cabinets.

Index page has  been reorganized.



Wednesday, June  22, 2005

Feedback: New Page- let me know any suggestions or ideas you have- or if a link is broken!

Pictures of my new easel!- My dad built me a new one and I am SO excited!!!

Getting Organized: Reorganized my organization page (ha!) and added a new section about storage cabinets and file cabinets has been started.



Wednesday, June 16, 2005

Social Studies Activities: activities added for most units



Sunday, June 12, 2005

Book Lists:  Lists of book ideas for your  classroom/ teaching using picture books

Literacy Bags:  management ideas added, ideas for topics

Guided Reading: Making the Home School Connection



Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Guided Reading: Reading contracts and leveling book sites added

Organizing in Tight Spaces: How I am Queen of My Double Wide: Pictures added

Conference Forms: Checklists

Tips for Teaching Reading: Picture added

End of the Year: Ideas/ New Page

 Literacy Bags: New Page

Day to Day Management: New Page

All Graphics are from