Friday, January 24, 2014

Several Odds & Ends Freebie Downloads

We are on our second snow day in a row! (Actually, school has been cancelled because of the cold temperatures with the wind chill...and next week isn't looking much better.)  With our time off, I'm trying to get a few odds and ends things done.  I've, of course, seen the adorable snowman craft idea from the We Heart Art blog (original idea from Artsonia) and wanted to make it with my students.

They were supposed to finish up their Day In the Life of a Snowman writing this week and make the snowman to go with it, but the snow days are pushing it off until at least next week!  I couldn't find a pattern already made, so if mine could save you some time, you can download it below. 

At our school, we are also trying out the Reading A-Z Assessment with our students.  I'm hoping it will be an accurate indicator of our students' reading levels!  If you could use the binder cover I made, click the image below to download.  :)

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bee-ing Verbs {Linking & Helping}

Well...once again, a 20-minute project has turned into a 6-hour one!  My newest pack is for introducing and practicing "being" verbs (linking/helping).  Check out my bee-themed verb packet by clicking either of the images below!

I've searched the internet for the original source of the "Helping Verbs - Jingle Bell" song, but haven't had any luck finding who came up with the catchy song!  Since it is not my original idea, you can download a free-bee version of the song below.  :)  If you know where credit is due, please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Snowman Writing

Out with with SNOW!  I made writing planners and paper for the following two snowman-themed prompts:  A Day in the Life of a Snowman and How to Build a Snowman.  I'm happy with where my students are at with their writing for the halfway point of the year.  It's time to shift our focus to expanding vocabulary and adding description!  After making a list of descriptive winter words, we'll be practicing adding details with these two writing activities.  The printables are in my TpT store!

There....I've officially done one productive work-related task!  I'm having a hard time getting anything done while reading these books....

I hope everyone else is relaxing and enjoying winter break!  :)

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mini Biography Organizer

Our class will be reading a biography about Helen Keller this week (Journeys reading program).  I will also be using these books from Scholastic...
to have my students research an additional person during the week!  I whipped up a little organizer and writing paper for my students to do this...
(Click to grab it on TpT!)

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

{Freebie} Versatile Opinion Planner and Writing Paper

If you need additional resources for opinion writing, I created a planning sheet and writing paper that can be used for any opinion piece throughout the school year!  Grab it below (for free)!  :)

Have a great weekend!  :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Free CAFE Binder Set

After reading The Daily Five and The Cafe Book by The Two Sisters (Gail Boushey & Joan Moser), I've been creating pieces to include in my Cafe Binder (or Pensieve, as the two sisters call it).  I created the forms to fit my preferences and teaching style, but are basically the same as the forms that are available on their website.  If you are interested in the binder cover, tabs, and forms I created, you can download them below by clicking on the image!

The contents of this set are "as is".  Since this is a free item, customizing it is not an option.

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

The Daily 5 and CAFE are trademark and copy written content of The 2 Sisters. They do not authorize or endorse these materials. Please read their books if you are interested in implementing this program into your classroom. 

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