Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Tasting

July is here, and with that I have started getting into my school frame of mind. I had a baby in June and am home with him and my two year old this summer. I'm thinkin' my job is easier during the school year! ;) I love my kiddos but, I do love my school kiddos too! Let the planning begin!! 

I am so excited to start book tastings this year! If you haven't heard of it, there are some really cute examples on Pinterest. I have created a form for my students to use this year when we do our book tastings. I am planning to use this activity to help them choose their literature circle choice as well as to expose them to new books and genres. I am also planning on setting up table cloths and make it look like a real "menu" tasting with "candles" and all! I hope someone else can find use out of this, too!

You can download this resource on TPT here!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Tasting-Literature-Circles-3256811

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.

Download starburst tags

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