Saturday, March 31, 2012

Two Facts and a Fib

Teaching fact and fiction has never been more amusing and meaningful! In this activity, the children learn the difference between the two and learn lots of fun facts (and fibs!) about their classmates. Students write down two facts and one fib about themselves and then share this information with the class. Then, the class tries to figure out which of the 3 statements is the fib. How much fun is that? If you are interested in purchasing this activity, please click the picture below.  

Friday, March 30, 2012

Who loves to write?

Children love to write, right?  I know my students do!  They love to write stories and lists and words and sentences.  It doesn't always make sense and I can't always read it, but as long as they can read it to me, I'm happy!  This past week, I asked my students what they would like for me to make for them.  They know I create many of their activities myself and I love to get their input.  They told me to make some write the room activities.  They wanted to write words and be able to draw pictures to go along with them.  They wanted to write a shopping list and practice writing number words.  Ask and you shall receive! I put together a packet of 8 different writing activities.  Some of the activities have been around the block, some are new ideas.  All of them are really cute, though!  Cute fonts, cute clip art, cute borders.  Please check it out if you are tired of your own write the room activities.  If you like it, please let me know.  I LOVE feedback!  Thanks for looking!

Don't forget to download my freebie, Do You Like? It is also a great writing activity.  My students cannot get enough of this one!

One more thing!  I'm trying REALLY hard to reach my selling goal for this quarter.  I'm just a wee bit short! If you were thinking of purchasing something from my store but haven't yet, may I please beg you to do so before the quarter ends? Yes, that is tomorrow!  I know! But, I thought I'd give it a try!  If you read my last post, there's something in it for you if do!  Thanks so very much!

End of the Quarter BOGO Sale!

Who doesn't love a good BOGO sale!  I know BOGO and clearance are 2 of my favorite words of all time.  When I first started selling on Teachers Pay Teachers, I set a goal for myself.  I am $40.00 short of my goal and the quarter ends tomorrow.  Some may call it a bribe.  Some may call it desperate.  I call it both of these things!  Starting this second, until the quarter ends tomorrow, if you purchase an item from my store, I will email you an item of your choice, of equal or lesser value.  If you buy two items, I will email you two items of equal or lesser value.  And so on, and so on... There is only one more catch! You must, must, must leave me feedback on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I can't help it! I am addicted to feedback!  You will find my email on my blog.  Please do not forget to email me! Okay, everyone, thank you, in advance, for helping me reach the goal I set for myself.  If you have any of my items in your wish list, now is the perfect time to purchase them.  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Do You Like? Freebie!

Little kids love to ask questions, they love to walk around the room, and they love to write their friends' names. This version of write the room lets them do all that! First, they think of something to ask their friends if they like. For example, Do you like ice cream? Then, they write ice cream on the line. Finally, they walk around the room, asking their friends if they like it. If they do, they write their name under the yes column. If they do not, they write their name under the no column. Fun, right?! If you download it and like it, PLEASE leave me feedback! Thanks so much! :)

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Word Wall Activities Linky Party

The Lesson Plan Diva is having a Word Wall Activities Linky Party and we are all invited to share how we introduce, teach, and practice those all important word wall/spelling words.  As a writing teacher, my word wall is a very important part of my classroom.  The easier and faster the children can see the words, the more apt they are to utilize the word wall and take the time to spell the words correctly.  My word wall spans 2 walls in my classroom and is color coded because I teach kindergarten (red words), first grade (yellow words), and second grade (green words).  The orange words are words that the children use frequently in their writing.  Here is a picture of part of my word wall.

In first grade and second grade, I introduce 10 new words every 2 weeks.  I use these sight word packets, which contain 6 fun activities for the children to complete.  

On the days where they do not complete an activity from these packets, we play word wall games (I Spy, Sparkle, Hangman, Bingo, Memory, and more.)
In addition, when the children are done with their station work, they can complete an "I'm done, what can I do now?" activity, which includes many word wall activities.  The more they are exposed to the words, and the more they practice them, the more they will be apt to spell them correctly.  

If you are interested in checking out any of the activities I have written about, please feel free to click on any of the images for more information.  If you are interested in joining this linky party, please click the link below.

I truly look forward to reading about all of your ideas!

Also, I would like to extend a big thank you to Deana, over at Primary Punch, for awarding me with the One Lovely Blog Award.
I am touched by the sentiment.  Deana has a superior blog and was instrumental in helping me out when I first started blogging.  If you are not already following Deana, please hurry over and check out her amazing blog.

One last thing! Have you seen the Kindergarten Common Core Based Summer Skills Review Packet from Teacher Tam's Educational Adventures?  Wow!  It is amazing! It includes 10 weeks worth of Common Core based math and literacy activities, as well as a game board with 5 different sets of cards.  Click the image below to get more information about this must have packet!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Let's Celebrate Earth Day!

Is anyone ready to celebrate Earth Day? I hope so, because I just uploaded my Earth Day Activity Packet to Teachers Pay Teachers, and I am really happy with how it came out. Please check out the preview below to see what the packet includes.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Does Your Story Answer These Questions?

Do your students often leave you wondering who their story is about? Or when or where it takes place? Or what is happening? Are you looking for a way for them to include more details and action in their stories? 

These 6 posters will help remind your writers to include this information in their stories so you are not left confused and wanting more. With large lettering and eye-catching clip art, these colorful posters will not only look beautiful in your classroom, but will serve a real purpose.  

Click on the picture below to check them out. If you like them, please let me know! Thank you so much!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Stations

Spring has sprung in my classroom this week!  Actually, I live in Florida, so it's always spring or summer! There is winter, but only for a day or two out of the school year. Here's a little peek at what my students are doing in my writing classroom.

Here are two first graders working on writing a story about a butterfly.  First, we filled in a graphic organizer that I got from Heather over at Differentiation Station.  The graphic organizer has a topic sentence and sentence starters for four other sentences. Once they are done filling it in and copying it onto the butterfly shape book, they have a nicely written 5 sentence paragraph.

This is a game that I have for sale on TpT.  The children read a sentence and choose whether it is a statement or a question. This skill continues to be a challenging one, so I try to have the children practice it as often as possible. You can click on any picture to purchase the game from my store.

These children are using The Very Hungry Caterpillar Writing Center from Kerri over at Teacher Bits and Bobs to write their own stories.  I also made my own with garden words for them to use. The last picture is a kindergartner doing the same thing, but using a different booklet to write her story.

I also teach second grade.  Here is a very excited second grader, playing sight word memory. He was the first to go in the game and he turned over a match (without cheating...really!) Boy was he excited!

This game is for sale at my TpT store.  I just updated it and changed the font and made the cards a little bigger.  The picture above shows the smaller cards and different font. You can check it out by clicking the link below. It contains words for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and words that are frequently used in writing.  It also has a recording sheet. This game is always a hit in my classroom!

Well, that's all I have for now.  I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside my classroom.  Talk to you soon!

First Grade Sight Word Packets

Teaching sight words to young children is so important to help ensure reading and writing success.  I love using the Dolch words, but I do add several words to this list.  For my students, I created 15 reproducible sight word packets that teach the first grade Dolch words plus several other words that are frequently found in books and used in writing. The packets are so much fun and easy to use that most of my students are able to complete them independently. They are perfect for whole-class learning, individual station work, homework, or as an early morning arrival activity. The packets contain activities such as: word configuration, fill in the blanks, ABC order, writing sentences, rhyming, missing letters, word searches, and more. Each of the 15 lists contain six engaging activities for the children to complete.  I use one packet every two weeks, so they cover 30 weeks of school.  The activities increase in difficulty as the children work their way through the lists. There are a few more activities in the packet that are not included in the preview. Please click on the image below to check out these packets.

I have similar packets for my second graders, as well.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Your students can blog, too!

Blogging should not be for adults only! Of course, children do not need another excuse to use the computer, so their blogging will be in notebooks. In my classroom, I labeled marble notebooks with titles such as, Ouch, Vacations, Pets, etc. and the children can work on their writing by writing about and/or responding to what others have written. We call them our shared journals. For example, in the ouch book, a child can write about a time he/she got hurt. Then, other children can read it and respond to it. It's just like blogging, but not on the computer. The children can choose any shared journal that interests them!

I wrote the one below so my students would have a good example of how to use the shared journals.

 Other topics include vacations, sports, friends, pets, awards, toys and games, school, what's on your mind, and more! I bet your students will never complain about writing in one of these books!

 If you are interested in doing this in your classroom, please go check them out.  And, if you purchase my shared journal labels, please leave me some feedback.  I LOVE feedback.  As a matter of fact, today, when I purchased $15.00 worth of goodies from TpT, I saved $5.00 because of all the positive feedback I have written. That's a BIG savings! 

Here is another example from one of our books. I write in them, too!  My students LOVE when I respond to what they have written. Thanks for looking!

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