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Friday, February 21, 2014

Opinion Writing (FREEBIE)
Spring is on the way! Yay! I love warmer weather. It already makes me think about all the insects we begin to see as the weather warms up. Why not connect this with an opinion writing and have students give their opinions about whether they like bees or ladybugs better and why they chose that insect. This provides a great opportunity to read some nonfiction texts to learn information about each insect before writing about which insect they like better and telling why they like it better. It's great to make a word web or chart giving information for each insect or even a Venn Diagram to compare the two insects.
Here is a FREEBIE to get your students motivated to write.
I hope your students enjoy writing their opinions about these two insects.
If you would like more opinion writing topics, I have many more available in my TPT Store and some listed below. Feel free to take a look and I appreciate you stopping by!
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Reading Comprehension (FREEBIE)

Reading Comprehension can be very tough for some children. Take a look at this fun reading comprehension FREEBIE about "Super Sid." It focuses on "Who? What? and Where?" questions related to the story. Students can use the picture clues to help them read the story.

I have several reading comprehension books available.

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Here are some more links to Reading Comprehension books available.

I hope you find something useful.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Writing Center Ideas

Anyone need ideas for your writing center? My students love going to the writing center. They are eager to see what new ideas I have for them. Here are a few supplies that I have in my writing center. I have picture/word cards for students to use while they write, alphabet stamps for students to use in writing, lists of many topics with words and pictures, student names and pictures, as well as word wall lists. I have a variety of writing utensils including pencils, colored pencils, markers, and crayons. During the day, we always use our pencil when we write, but when students go to the writing center, they may choose their writing tools.
I also include seasonal/monthly packets for students to use in their writing. I have packets for most months of the year (currently making more) for my students to use. These packets contain seasonal/monthly picture prompts, how-to writing templates/topics, monthly word charts (in color for laminating), and sentence writing pages for seasonal pictures (3 words/pictures per page). These seasonal writing packets are a "big hit" with my students.
I almost forgot to mention my DIFFERENTIATION included in my writing center. Some students may not be at the writing level yet or may have poor fine motor skills, so my scrambled sentence packs (for most months, currently making more) are perfect for the lower level student during their writing center time. The sentence to match the picture is already there. Students simply unscramble the words to match the picture while finding the word with the capital letter for the beginning of the sentence and the word for the end of the sentence with the punctuation mark. Then students copy the sentence below it. Half of the sheets in the pack have dotted sentences for students to trace while the other half have a blank line for students to write the sentence independently. This also allows for DIFFERENTIATION.  
If focusing on the capital letters and ending punctuation, these scrambled sentences can also be used for any/all students in the classroom. There are so many uses for these scrambled sentences. They also work great for homework and morning work.
See some of the writing in action below. The first two pictures show the same picture prompt but with writing from different students. These picture prompts are from my seasonal writing packets. One student chose to write with a marker while the other student chose to use a pencil. The third picture shows the scrambled sentence sheet. Students love both of these activities.
If you are interested in using either of these in your classroom, you can find the February Writing Center Packet HERE and the February Scrambled Sentences HERE. If you would rather have the January sets, they are available also in the links below. I'll be making these packets for each month, so be sure to follow my blog or TPT Store to be notified when I post new products or FREEBIES. You can also "LIKE" me on Facebook for notifications and for

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Emergent Readers (Guided Reading)

Guiding reading time offers so many opportunities for students to learn. At the beginning of the year in kindergarten, we learn how to track print from left to right and top to bottom. Then we focus on beginning sounds in words and move to ending and vowel sounds. We also focus on sight words for the week as we read. Then we learn to use reading strategies to "figure out" words we don't know that we come to in reading. These strategies include: (1) looking for picture clues, (2) stretching the word, (3) getting your lips ready to make the first sound, (4) skipping the word and reading to the period and then coming back and reading the sentence again to see what would make sense as you make the beginning sound, (5) changing the vowel sound, and (6) looking for chunks in the word. Using these strategies helps students become successful readers.
When we begin a new book, we always begin with making predictions from the title and cover page picture. Then we take a "picture walk" of the book and see if our predictions were correct. Then students read the book alone "silently" to give them a feel for the book. Then students may take turns reading the book or I may listen to individual students read aloud. As a follow-up activity, students answer questions about the story including the characters, setting, beginning, middle, and ending. Students may also write to tell about the story. Students get to take a copy of the emergent reader home to read to their family.
Take a look at one of my February emergent readers in action. Actually we finished reading "The Party," and the students are enjoying coloring the pictures.

If you would like this February Emergent reader to use in your classroom, you can find it HERE.
I currently have 46 different emergent readers available in my store including emergent readers for each letter of the alphabet (minus 4 or 5 that I am working on) as well as many other seasonal/monthly readers and some general readers with common sight words.
Here are a few of them listed below. I hope you can find something you can use. ENJOY!
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Math Food Fun FREEBIE SAMPLE (addition to 10, ten frames 1-10, counting 1-10, greater than and less than)

Everyone loves food! Everyone can relate to food, and using pictures of food makes learning fun. If you are working on addition to 10, ten frames, counting objects 1-10, or greater than and less than, then this is the product for you and your students. All of these skills are addressed using 13 different food products including pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, corn dogs, chicken, candy apples, cotton candy, french fries, ice cream, milkshakes, popcorn, and pretzels.
If this sounds like something you want to try and use in your classroom, I have a FREE SAMPLE from my Math Food Fun product below.
 If you wish to download the complete 65 page packet, you can find it HERE
I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!