Saturday, August 20, 2016

First day of school starbursts!

Welcome back to school! Start your students off on a bright note with a fun treat! If you can't do candy I also have a back to school bubble idea with tags! For those click here.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Student Newsletter Page

School wide climate is a big push in our school this year. We are hoping to do more school-wide activities and our newsletter is a small start. If your school sends out a newsletter this is a great page to add! Love the idea but want to see different headings? Let me know! I also have a teacher page to fill out if you would like that as well! Click here to download the editable pdf.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reading Notebooks

Why do we insist on having 12 different notebooks, and folders.... and binders.... blah blah blah. Well this year our fourth grade team streamlined our reading notebooks! I am so excited to use these and I will update this post with more pictures once they get used. For now, feel free to have the dividers I created for this project. We have a reading lesson divider, read aloud divider, and independent reading divider. Also, the background is not white -- that means you can print these on any pretty color!! Let me know if you would like something changed to suit your class and I'd be happy to make it for you!

Independent Reading Tab

Read Aloud Tab

Reading Lesson Tab

Monday, February 15, 2016

Two Point of View Read Aloud's

Wow! It's been awhile! Since I last posted I had a baby and got a new position teaching fourth grade. We do literacy collaborative and read A LOT of picture books. I decided that since I don't make many printables anymore I would share my picture books with the questions that I have included.

My first two are both excellent choices for a unit on point of view. They would be great for upper or lower elementary. Like I said, I teach fourth grade so, they work for the older kiddos! The first one is Magpie Magic by April Wilson. This book is wonderful! It is extremely creative and has NO WORDS! What an interesting option for a lesson on point of view. When I first opened it I thought "how am I supposed to teach point of view with this!?" Trust me -- it's perfect. The reader is shown the story through the eyes of an artist with a mischievous bird and drawings that come to life!

Here are my questions that I included in this book:

Introduction: This is a unique story with no words. Pay very close attention to the illustrations, as they tell the story.

On page with crumpled paper: How is the person probably feeling? How can you tell?

On page with artist erasing lock: What do you predict will happen?

Last page: From what point of view and perspective is this story told?

The second book is "What's With This Room?" by Tom Litchenheld. This is a silly rhyming story about a boy who has a very messy room. This book is unique because it switches perspectives half way through from the mother to the little boy. This is once again an excellent read aloud for point of view.

Introduction: Pay attention to the point of view in this story and whose perspective is being shown. What do you predict this story will be about?

Page with child dressed as artist: How do the illustrations add to the text?

Last page: From what point of view is this story told?

Enjoy these stories!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Author's Chair

Hello hello! Having a great start of the school year?? I am! I would have never thought that I would be enjoying third grade this much! They are a great group of kids... and so eager to learn and get started with this school year! My room tour that I posted was my room in progress so... I can't wait to share my new pictures now that there is life and kiddos in the room! For now, here is a picture of my author's chair that we will use for writing workshop. I just finished today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Navy Chiffon

It's been awhile since I shared an outfit! Here's what I wore today:

Shirt - H&M
Shorts - Target
Shoes - Target
Earrings - Khols

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher

I don't know about you but I am so excited to get started with all of my fun plans this year! Not that I'm rushing summer along... It hasn't been that hot around here so it doesn't feel like summer any way. As I type I am sitting here in a sweater.... in July. Anyway, I am SUPER EXCITED to start the year with Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher.

This book has recently offered by Scholastic for $1 so, I bought a class set. I have an account which is great for novel studies! If you have never been to that site, check it out!  It's also a great resource for extra things such as sub work or in-school work. On I found awesome journal responses, quizzes, as well as an end of the book project menu! They have SOOO many novels on there! I'm sure that the one you plan to read is there! You can even tailor it to the grade level you teach. Today, I made my Wordle which I will show them on Day 1 of our reading....

Link to the Wordle
Wordle: Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher