Showing posts from September, 2013

Teaching Word Work In Small Groups {Grades 3-5}

Today, a Work on Words topic that I am extremely passionate about... Small Groups! The question I have been asked the most over the years by other teachers is, "How do you find the time to differentiate Word Work for your students and still teach everything else?"  Short answer - I use the time I am already meeting with them in Guided Reading groups.

Keep Your Child Writing At Home (or on Vacation!)

We've been at the beach this week, and I thought I'd share a little tidbit that I use with my own children... Credits:  Mr. Magician ,  KG Fonts For our beach trip, I made a whopping investment - at the Dollar Tree.  I purchased a 3-pack of Mini Composition books and gave 2 of them to my kiddos, along with some ball-point pens from the depths of my purse I picked specifically for them.  I told them it was their track-out notebook, for them to put anything they wanted to remember from their vacation.  Check it out: You could decorate it... but I just gave my kiddos a pen.  They are so excited to write in pen. My Kindergartner has a cold.  He thought it was important.  His sister wrote the sentence.  He is learning to speak forcefully to get the dog's attention - thus, the yelling. He found a cool leaf.  He taped it in, and wrote an L because leaf begins with L.  The line is for the rest of the letters. This is the only page I've been allowed to r

Idioms, Close Reading Guide, and a Freebie!

Y'all, what a week!  I've been running ragged trying to get things done before returning to work soon, but I wanted to share some info really quickly... Here goes: I am so excited to share both of these resources with you!!  Here are my newest task cards... Idioms - Task Cards, Scoot, Assessment .  My classes have always enjoyed playing Scoot with task cards, and I always loved that it helped my kinesthetic learners (who have a difficult time staying still - just sayin'.)  A one page assessment is included, too. Click here to view on TpT , Click here to view on TN Also, I finished a huge labor of love for me - my Close Reading Guide  for grades 3-6.  It is a compilation of strategies for teachers to begin implementing "Close Reading" strategies a little at a time, using the texts that you already use in your classroom.  Enjoy!! Click here to view on TpT , Click here to view on TN Here's a quick freebie to compliment your Text Talks... Click to d

What's Your Graduation Year? {A K-5 Freebie!}

A new school year has begun!  Here's an updated copy of my Graduation Year posters.  These posters are to inspire your elementary students to achieve their high school graduation by reminding them what year they will graduate from High School. This is in response to a push in my district to decrease the dropout rate by keeping my kiddos focused on when they will graduate with a high school diploma! I hope it inspires your class as well. Includes posters for grades K-5, and one poster for all 6 grades, perfect for posting in the library, lunchroom, office, etc. I appreciate your feedback! Enjoy!! What's Your Graduation Year?  Free Posters on TpT

NC Meetup Recap, What's Your Favorite?, and Remembering 9/11

So... several weeks ago I had the amazing pleasure of getting together with some of my NC Teacher Blogger friends.  Since I've been napping   slacking off  busy, this is the first chance I've had to share!  Enjoy!! NC Bloggers!  :) We met at Logan's Roadhouse in Garner - the kind of place you should put your peanut shells on the floor.  Really.  (I think we were all nervous about leaving a mess, so all our peanut shells ended up wadded into napkins!!) So. Much. Fun!  The place was rockin' - possibly due to the fact that everyone else there was going to the Miranda Lambert concert...  Our waiter thought we were celebrating a birthday, since we brought door prizes!  :) For your free Keep Calm and Shine On Labels, click here.  Seriously, this was such a fun group of ladies - we swapped blogging tips, teaching stories (including my Beginning Teacher Story - Fire and Broken Bones ), and got to know each other better.  Be sure to visit their blogs...  :)

Currently September

Really?  It's September?  How did that happen?  My Sabbatical has been great, but I'm heading back to work in a bit...  I'll tell you more in a bit.  First, it's time for Currently  with Farley ... Listening:  Aren't you glad Jon is back?  If you don't know what I'm talking about... no worries!  It's the Daily Show.  :) Loving:  Mavis!  My new fur baby.  Here's a pic of her from my buddy Casey .  She's super cute! Thinking:  I got a job!  I know I've been on Sabbatical , but I had an amaing opportunity land in my lap.  I'll be an Intervention teacher for grades 3-5.  I'm super excited, and have been Pinning away on Pinterest .  :) Wanting:  'nuff said.  I need to take time for myself. Needing:   a Laundry Fairy.  {Maybe I'll have my kiddos do it...  yeah, right!} {Puffy Heart}:   Daily walks - with Miss Mavis!; Occasional Meditation; I'll start drinking more water, since I'm no spring chicken!! Don't