Friday, April 18, 2014

Five For Friday! Happy Easter!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs!

1.  My children are REALLY hoping that the Easter Bunny brings Frozen!  I think it would be fun, but I sure hope all of our frozen weather is gone!!!!

2.   We had snow on Sunday night/Monday morning!  CRAZY!  Look at these tulips...

3.  I've been on an inspirational quote are my recent favorites!

4.  My son's new favorite book...
5.    I hope everyone has a great weekend with their families!  I hope all the teachers get a well-deserved break and start next week excited and refreshed! I'm hoping to relax and enjoy my favorite people, and not spend too much time doing work!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five For Friday! Is it summer yet?

Linking up with Doodle Bugs!

1.  I cannot wait for stationary to arrive from Doodle Bugs!!!   I will graduate in May, and I've already had a few people send me sweet gifts, so I wanted to get some pretty stationary for thank you notes :)

I had a quote put on the notecard under the polka dots:  "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement."  ~ Helen Keller

2.  I finally wore sandals one day this week, and my feet were cold!  I need the weather to stay consistently warm :)

3.  I've discussed our bookroom many times on this blog.  In February I completed an audit.  I was short books H-L and O-Z non-fiction.  I found some great books at Capstone Publishing.  I think the students will love this set!

4.  One of my coworkers gave me this scarf for my birthday!  I LOVE IT! We don't have a Francesca in our town, but she found it in the "big city."  :)

5.  I loved Mrs. Willis' Blog post today!  Great for setting writing goals!!!  I think I may need to set some personal goals to stay motivated.  I feel a little like I have Senioritis :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Cleaning!

I'm updating items in my TPT store.  Please make sure you download the updated file. 

First up... Word Work

I've updated quite a few files with new fonts and graphics, and I've added two new interactive notebooks to the file! Short Vowel Interactive Notebook and Long Vowel Interactive Notebook.
My next two in line for spring cleaning are:  First Grade Bundle, Kindergarten Bundle.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Phonics

I think my kindergarten groups will like this!  Thanks to Premeditated Leftovers for the idea on Pinterest :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five for Friday with an Earth Day Freebie

Spring break is over...back to reality!  Linking up with Doodle Bugs :)

1.  I was fortunate to see a presentation by Lester Laminak...he was a great, engaging presenter, and I now have another resource to use :)

2.  I saw this on Facebook and I loved the message!  I feel very rich :)

3.  Here is an Earth Day freebie you might enjoy!

4.  State testing time is coming up...the students I work with love this video :) 

5.  I'm getting excited for spring fashions...I would say that this mint color is simply brilliant :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Read Alouds - Using Bumper Stickers to Teach Theme

I was fortunate enough to hear a presentation by Lester Laminak!  The day was so amazing, I didn't know where to begin because he shared so many ideas!!!  I'm still processing (a day later)  :)  I always like to find things that I can immediately implement after a professional development.  Two takeaways that I plan to start immediately are:

1) Have a read aloud during the day that is called the "Nonfiction Spotlight" daily.  This can be done by themes or just nonfiction books students would enjoy.  The purpose is not only to provide students with knowledge about the subject, but also to familiarize them with the structure of nonfiction text.

2) To help students learn about the concept of a theme, explain that bumper stickers usually express a theme.  Then after reading a story, have students create a bumper sticker to explain the theme of the book. Move the book to a tub with a bumper sticker identifying the theme.  Anytime you read a book with that theme, it goes in that tub.

I decided to try this with books that were around the theme of "It's Great to be Me!"  Each day I'd read a picture book out loud.  After the third book, I'd read a picture book from a different theme (The Importance of Rules).  Hopefully students would recognize that this book was different, and we'd create a new bumper sticker for picture books with the theme of "The Importance of Rules."

Below are the first nine picture books we are going to use!

Click this link for a free Bumper Sticker Template!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Close Reading and Reading A to Z

I've had a Reading A to Z subscription for the past six years, but I've always just used their leveled books.  I don't LOVE putting the books together, but the fact that I can find books to match a specific subject is great...and the fact that students can highlight in the books is another plus.

 I'm fortunate that my district pays for my license, but Donor's Choose might be another way to acquire this resource.

I have NO idea how I ever found this...but one day I stumbled upon these AMAZING close reading activities.   I've had great luck working with some of my 5th grade tutoring students using these resources from Reading A to Z.

They are set up for 2nd grade through 6th grade and have different level passages for each grade.  Each set comes with a teachers guide, student resources, as well as discussion leader role cards and report role cards.

We've done two sets (What Makes Something a Work of Art and How Does a Poet Create Images that Support the Theme of a Poem), and I don't follow the directions 100% but they are an excellent guide. The first time the students read their set I have them focus on the main idea, details, and making connections.  Then we get into the close reading. 

 Our next close reading set we will use is: How Can Point of View Affect your Actions?

This is how you get to the close reading section.

These are what I like to print out!