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FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A


Close Reading Made Simple

Why Close Reading?

So what happens when students can’t access the grade-level text in your class? With the extreme diversity of students in any given classroom this is a given. If you have not jumped on the “Close Reading” Bandwagon it is not too late! Even though education goes through trends like the fashion industry, close reading is here to stay. It is not just for the English-Language Arts teacher either. Social studies, science, and math are using this technique too. With the increased rigor that is expected in the CCSS and the new science standards it is impossible for teachers not to utilize this valuable tool. So how do you do it? There are tons of resources available for all content areas and levels of educators; however, I like to keep it simple. Regardless of what grade level the students are at I like to tell them that if they are going to underline or highlight something that they must make an annotation in the margins.

Why are they highlighting it?

I model on a simple piece of text and give them examples that they can easily relate to. We all know that students love to highlight 3/4 of the text and then they get to the end and can’t tell you one thing that the text was about. That is because they are so busy highlighting everything in pretty colors that they fail to retain anything that they are reading. Another way to circumvent this is to chunk the text for them. I always have students number the paragraphs of the text so it is easy to reference back to when answering text-dependent questions. Close reading is not something that should be done with a really long piece of text. It fails to become effective after 3-4 pages. It becomes really effective when used with 1-2 pages of text. The next step I have students do is write a one-sentence summary after each paragraph. This helps develop their synthesizing and analysis skills. For students that are at the lower grade levels, or for students that need differentiation I give them sentence frames to summarize.

Emojis-Why not?

Teachers all have a different view on doodling and making pictures on packets. I say…”Why NOT?” Some students that are not going to be good at summarizing or analyzing the text might be successful by using Emojis to help them annotate the text. Students that struggle with reading might increase their comprehension if they highlighted or underlined the text and added an emoji in the margins to help them remember what is important. For example, using a lightbulb for a main idea in a paragraph will allow those students that love to draw and doodle a constructive outlet when they are closely reading a text. If it is a detail that excites them then have them put a smily emoji. Students love Emojis! Have them funnel their creative abilities into their close reading techniques. This will help those students remain engaged while allowing them to use their skills in a constructive way. It may also help decrease the amount of doodling that takes place on your tables and/or desks!

Keeping Gifted Students Engaged

To ensure that you are meeting all levels of learners in your classroom, including those at the highest level, have students create their own system of annotating text! This allows them to develop a system that make sense to them and keep them challenged and engaged. The bonus part of this strategy is that sometimes they come up with a system that can be used by other classmates. Students never cease to amaze me their ability to create concepts that never occur to me. It has to do with their developing minds! I have had students explain the most complex details to another students in a simple way that helps them understand. Their method of communicating the concept never occurred to me but it works more effectively than the method I was using. This is also the miracle of teaching!

In Summary

In my opinion, there is not a “right” or “wrong” way to do close reading. Don’t get caught up in the idea of right and wrong. I tell my students that it is a personalize experience that needs to make sense to them. As long as they are reading the text more than once, and reading it for a different purpose that forces them to dig deeper into the text it is fine. You might be surprise on the creative ways that the students come up with to deeply interact with the text. I often find myself taking away different bits of information that did not occur to me during the first read. Rereading is a gift that needs to be shared with your students. They deserve to understand text on a deeper level in order to enjoy it! Remember that the work that you do is priceless and you are appreciated! Don’t forgot to leave your comments! I enjoy reading them!


Free: Teaching the essay – Visual

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This is a creative visual to help students understand the importance of constructing the essay. By comparing the essay to a house, students are able to understand the importance of the thesis statement as the foundation of the essay, the arguments as the supporting walls, and the conclusion as the roof.

This poster can be printed in an 8 x 11 format from any printer.

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation


Total Pages 1 page

Answer Key N/A
Teaching Duration N/A


FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description
Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Language Arts Lesson – ” Sight Word Coloring Practice, The Bundle”

By Sue Kayobie

Pre-K – 1st Grade


Easy and fun for your students to learn sight word and also your students have to color by the sight words.


This Bundle Include :
* 25 Pages Dolch Pre Primer
* 27 Pages Dolch Primer
* 25 Pages Dolch First Grade

Here are the individual products:)
Sight Word Coloring Practice Pre-Primer
Sight Word Coloring Practice Primer
Sight Word Coloring Practice 1st Grade

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Language Arts Lesson – “Dolch Sight Word Fluency, The Bundle”

By Sue Kayobie

Pre-K – 1st Grade

This Bundle Include :
* 40 Pages Dolch Pre Primer
* 52 Pages Dolch Primer
* 41 Pages Dolch First Grade

Try the Freebie:)
Free Dolch Sight Word Fluency 

Here are the individual products:)
Dolch Sight Word Fluency Pre-Primer
Dolch Sight Word Fluency Primer
Dolch Sight Word Fluency First Grade

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “August Hand Writing Practice Book Freebies”

By Sue Kayobie

Kindergarten, 1st Grade


Inside you will find:
– 3 pages of Hand Writing Practice BW version.
– 3 pages of Hand Writing Practice color version.

In this pack, your early writer will learn how to trace the words, trace the whole sentence and they have to copy the sentence. It’s fun and perfect for your early writer. These activities work well for fluency practice, homework, and for assessment use.

August Hand Writing Practice Book Freebies

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – ” July Hand Writing Practice Book Freebies”

By Sue Kayobie

Kindergarten, 1st Grade


Inside you will find:
– 3 pages of Hand Writing Practice BW version.
– 3 pages of Hand Writing Practice color version.

In this pack, your early writer will learn how to trace the words, trace the whole sentence and they have to copy the sentence. It’s fun and perfect for your early writer. These activities work well for fluency practice, homework, and for assessment use.

July Hand Writing Practice Book Freebies

 Here is the preview of this product.

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Sue


FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “CVC Matching Practice Free Samples”

By Sue Kayobie

Kindergarten, 1st Grade


This product includes color and BW (black and white) short vowel CVC Matching Practice. Your students will need to read the CVC words and match them with the right pictures. This is also great for your students that still need to work on their motor skills. 

I hope this will be fun activities for your students as they learn CVC Words.

The CVC Words included in this pack are :

*Short A: ab, ad, ag, am, an, ap, ar, at, ax.

*Short E: eb, ed, eg, em, en, et.

*Short I: ib, id, ig, im, in, ip, it, ix.

*Short O: ob, od, og, om, op, ot, ox.

*Short U: ub, ud, ug, um,un, up, us, ut, ux.

CVC Matching Practice Free Samples

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “CVC Short Vowel Easy & Fun Practice Free Samples”

By Sue Kayobie

Kindergarten, 1st Grade


This product includes color and BW (black and white) short vowel CVC Practice. Your students will need to read the CVC words, trace the words, and cut & paste the pictures into the matching CVC words.

I hope this will be fun activities for your students as they learn CVC Words.

The CVC Words included in this pack are :
*Short A: ab, ad, ag, am, an, ap, at, ax.
*Short E: eb, ed, eg, em, en, et.
*Short I: ib, id, ig, im, in, ip, it, ix.
*Short O: ob, od, og, om, op, ot, ox.
*Short U: ub, ud, ug, um,un, up, us, ut, ux.



CVC Short Vowel Easy & Fun Practice Free Samples

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Free Visual: Teaching the Essay

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-the-essay-Visual-623285

 

Teaching the essay - Visual

 

Product Description

This is a creative visual to help students understand the importance of constructing the essay. By comparing the essay to a house, students are able to understand the importance of the thesis statement as the foundation of the essay, the arguments as the supporting walls, and the conclusion as the roof.

This poster can be printed in an 8 x 11 format from any printer.

It’s teaching made easy!

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPEN THE ZIP FILE, PLEASE

E-MAIL ME at teachwithpassion101@gmail.com . Be sure to include your e-mail address and buyer’s name. I will send you an attachment directly to your e-mail address.

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPEN THE PDF FILE, PLEASE

E-MAIL ME at teachwithpassion101@gmail.com . Be sure to include your e-mail address and buyer’s name. I will send you an attachment directly to your e-mail address.

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I will be adding to this resource. “Follow me” at Teaching Made Easy 123and you will be notified when I have revised this product. Of course, downloading the revised version will be free.

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON-“Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 3”

Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 3

 

by Sue Kayobie
Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten

 

This 3 pages of Alphabet Fine Motor Skill Set 3 are perfect for preschool and kindergarteners working on fine motor skills!

Practice makes perfect, this set is a continuation of the previous sets. It will encourage your students to practice more on their handwriting, and they will have to trace the pictures.

These Alphabet Fine Motor Skill activities work well for independent work, literacy center ideas, fluency practice, homework, and for assessment use.

Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 3

 

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Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 3

This set is part of a bundle. Save some money with the bundle:

Alphabet Fine Motor Skills, The Bundle

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON-“Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 2”

Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 2

 

by Sue Kayobie
Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten

 

This 3 pages of Alphabet Fine Motor Skill Set 2 are perfect for preschool and kindergarteners working on fine motor skills!

This set encourages students to focus on their alphabet handwriting, to start drawing a different type of lines – the first step in pencil control and enhances both motor planning and fine motor skills.

These Alphabet Fine Motor Skill activities work well for independent work, literacy center ideas, fluency practice, homework, and for assessment use.

Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 2

 

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Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 2

This set is part of a bundle. Save some money with the bundle:

Alphabet Fine Motor Skills, The Bundle

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON-“Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 1”

Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 1

 

by Sue Kayobie
Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten

 

This 3 pages of Alphabet Fine Motor Skill Set 1are perfect for preschool and kindergarteners working on fine motor skills!
This set encourages students to trace the word, and trace the line to the matching picture. On this set, I also include the pages with and without tracing lines. You can choose which one that suits your students.

These Alphabet Fine Motor Skill activities work well for independent work, literacy center ideas, fluency practice, homework, and for assessment use.

Free Samples Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 1

 

Go to my TPT store to get the full version product:

Alphabet Fine Motor Skills Set 1

This set is part of a bundle. Save some money with the bundle:

Alphabet Fine Motor Skills, The Bundle

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Thanks!

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FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO OPEN THE PDF FILE, PLEASE

E-MAIL ME at teachwithpassion101@gmail.com . Be sure to include your e-mail address and buyer’s name. I will send you an attachment directly to your e-mail address.

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

 


FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products: 

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation
Romeo and Juliet – A No Prep Unit

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!


FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Inspirational-Bookmarks-and-Posters-3323549

 

FREE Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

 

Product Description

Inspirational Bookmarks and Posters

Inspire your students to fall in love with reading with these FREE bookmarks and posters.

Three different designs for posters – all in PDF file and measure a regular page format.

There are four different bookmark styles in various sizes to meet your individual needs. Print on card stock and cut. Also, bookmarks formats are in color as well as black and white.

It’s teaching made easy!


Free Poster: Teaching the essay – Visual

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-the-essay-Visual-623285

 

Teaching the essay - Visual

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This is a creative visual to help students understand the importance of constructing the essay. By comparing the essay to a house, students are able to understand the importance of the thesis statement as the foundation of the essay, the arguments as the supporting walls, and the conclusion as the roof.

This poster can be printed in an 8 x 11 format from any printer.

It’s teaching made easy!

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thesis Writing Activity with PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching The Essay Package
Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes
Lord of the Flies Unit (No prep required)
Hamlet Unit (No prep – Complete Unit)
Death of a Salesman (No prep required)
Frankenstein (No prep – Complete Unit)
Poetry Unit for Senior Students (NO PREP)
Poetry Unit for Intermediate Students
Poetry Unit: The Art of Interpretation

Total Pages
1
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
N/A

Free Language Arts Lesson “Clip Cards and a Gift Card”

It’s “Back to School” season and I have a few goodies for you!  I’m excited to let you know that I am hosting a giveaway!  Teachers Pay Teachers issued a gift card to me so that I could promote my store.  Thank you TpT!

One lucky contestant will win a $10.00 gift card good toward teaching resources (or clip art) at the Teachers Pay Teachers website.

There’s only one requirement on the Rafflecopter to enter the contest.   A second task can be done to increase your odds of winning.  You’ll need to hurry!  The contest ends on August 23, 2016!  Although the contest will be short-lived, Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards NEVER EXPIRE!  They may not be used with purchase orders.

Click the image shown below to visit my blog and enter the Rafflecopter contest!gift cardIf you’re a kindergarten or first grade teacher, you will like the second goodie.  It’s a complete set of FREE alphabet clip cards.  If you’ve never used clip cards as a center activity, I highly recommend them.  They’re easy to put together and provide hours of learning engagement.  You’ll need a package of clothespins and some bright colored cardstock paper.  This file prints with black ink.  letter identification activityChildren match the uppercase letters with the appropriate lowercase letters by “clipping” the clothespins to the appropriate answers.  It’s best to program the answers on the backs of the cards with a highlighter or circular stickers.  This way, the center becomes self-checking.  tips for creating literacy centersLetter knowledge is a kindergarten skill.  However, there are many first graders that require additional practice . . . especially at the beginning of the school year when they are recovering from the “Summer Slump”.  Additionally, many children enter first grade feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by their new grade level requirements.  Providing struggling first graders with a center that they can complete at 96% to 100% accuracy builds their confidence in working independently.  teaching alphabetClick on the image shown below to get the alphabet center freebie!free alphabet clip cardsThat’s all for now.

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TpT Language Arts Lesson – Writing For Real Purposes: Fun Summer Lists!

Have you noticed that in the last few weeks of the school year, it gets more challenging to motivate kids to write? Many seem to only have the energy and patience for tasks that have real purpose. And let’s face it, kids are far more motivated to do what we do or what they see others excited about.

 

 

 

The Writing For Real Purposes: Fun Summer Lists storybook provides a model of students discussing how various types of lists are useful to them, and the lists they have made. (If you purchased this pack last year, simply download the update that now includes the storybook!)

Summer is an ideal time for making plans and getting kids involved in making lists. Being mindful of meeting them where they are, it is important to communicate flexibility in terms of the expectations for how the lists are filled in. Because some children may be writing while others are copying or drawing, each printable has a lined and unlined version (except for the Friends contact lists which have ‘mostly girls’ / ‘mostly boys versions’).

Think of the possibilities of summer vacation….

Packing Lists…


10 page storybook lessonSlide1

(Excerpts shown from here)

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One of the storybook pages


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Slide7 11 Things to pack for Water Fun

Lists for Summer Socials…


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Lists of wishes, favorites and nostalgia…


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Whether they draw or paste pictures, dictate to us while we scribe, print in hieroglyphics or phonetically spelled words, when students make real world connections to their own writing, it becomes its own reward!

Write for Real Purposes: Products and Freebies!


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Thank you for being my Reading Buddy!

Best wishes to all of you as we enter the last month of the school year!

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FREE LESSON – Differentiated Mother’s Day Card for beginning writers (and BIG TpT site-wide sale on today and tomorrow!)

Free Lesson: Differentiate Mother's Day Card!

Hello my friends!
Is it just me, or did Mother’s Day sneak up on us as quickly as Easter this year?

In times like these, I’m grateful for the stash. (We all have a collection of never-fail, warm-fuzzy lessons and go to printables, don’t we?)

The time-saving factors in this Mother’s Day Card is twofold: 1) Print or photocopy and your students instantly have something to color, and 2) the inserts that allow each child to print (or paste if unable to print) at the level they are comfortable with. By pre-printing the various options, your students have different choices for how they can complete their Mother’s Day message, and most will be able to do something independently.

Disclaimer: Student names do need to be added to individual cards! 

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Some students might be capable of printing a message on their own. Others may copy from a strip or trace. Those who are not printing yet can simply glue their message in.


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Perhaps you’re working on 1:1 correspondence and would like to take this opportunity to practice. Cut the words apart and have your students reassemble the sentence in order, with or without a model.

Lesson from a recovering over-achiever:

Over the years I realized that I had to adjust my expectations to my circumstances. Some years we may have a smaller number of students in our class, students that work more independently or more support for our students with special needs. Particularly at this time of the year, and even more with Father’s Day, schedules go awry and every week feels more frantic than the week before.

This activity worked best, especially in more challenging years, when I let the students choose how they wanted to do the inside of the card. It came down to a decision:

Was the goal of the activity to teach and assess a particular goal or skill for any or all of my students, or for my students to simply enjoy creating something special for mom?

If you like to #DifferentiateByPrinting as is done with this card, check out these growing collections: Sight-Word-Stages Leveled Reader Sets and Read and Write and More!

On another note…

Did you see what I added to the title?  I am a mom and a teacher and a MAJOR appreciator of teachers myself. Thank you to all of you for getting in there with your students everyday. TpT has announced that it’s time to appreciate teachers with a big, site-wide sale! Please see the button below for details!

Enjoy the sale, and Happy Spring!


Teacher Appreciation Sale! Free Mother's Day card


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No-prep printables – Reading and Writing for Christmas!

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Happy (almost) holidays, my friends. Have you noticed an excitement in the air? My students definitely have the Christmas Spirit, and are always thrilled to have some fun seasonal activities do to recognize it!

I run Early Literacy Intervention groups with students from grades 1-3. While we do guided reading and writing, and play skill-building games, once in a while I do like to have them do some worksheets that I can keep a copy of in their files. We are currently working through both of the packages shown in the picture above and they are enthusiastic with the variety of activities at their ‘just-right’ level, too.

Here is a close up of the North Pole Reading and Writing Fun preview:

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…and one of the Nativity Reading and Writing Fun preview:

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The kids are having a lot of fun with these, thanks to the wonderful clip art by Edu-clips.com. They can’t wait to color the pictures!

Each of these packages come with the following tip sheet:

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Best wishes to all of you and yours as we wrap up for the holidays. Take care of you, too!

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Back to School and Fall Graphic Organizers: Kindergarten and Primary – and a SURPRISE ONE DAY SALE!

 


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Hello my friends. Are you fans of graphic organizers? Since I have started teaching Special Education, I have become one, particularly of repeating the three-frame format regularly to encourage sequential thinking and organization in our youngest students. It helps them understand, make predictions and retell the stories they hear and read, and plan out those they create.

I say create, and not write, because some of our students do not write, in a conventional way. When focusing on beginning, middle and end; first, next, finally; list creation or anything else that a three-frame organizer can accommodate (and really, the possibilities are wide open, which you will see in the post I wrote here demonstrating some options for the free Earth Day 3-frame graphic organizer).

Regardless of age, motor skills, or writing ability, this format allows space for drawing, stamping, pasting pictures, using stickers, and large invented spelling with the teacher’s translation below!

I have created a bundle of over 20 3-frame graphic organizers for Back-to-School and Fall. The following are the pages contained within it:


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I also wanted to let you know that TpT has just announced a one-day surprise Site-wide sale for Wednesday August 19th! I have marked everything in my store down by 20%, and with TpT’s discount (use PROMO code MORE15), that’s 28% savings! I am bundling more items for even more value to you!


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Best wishes to you for the rest of your summer, and to those of you returning to school already!


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Print and Go – 5 U.S. Regions Scavenger Hunt Bundle

Combine literacy and social studies while letting your students have fun! Your students will love these 5 scavenger hunts about the U.S. Regions.  This is a bundle of the 5 regions into one, so you can click print and have a great supplemental activity for your class. Each region contains 25 task cards for a total of 120 task cards and 120 questions for the bundle.  Your students will learn at least one fact for state and also national monuments, famous buildings, national parks and tourist attractions.

 

Slide1You can use these cards in anyway you want for your classroom, but this is how I use them in my class.

 

1.  Print the region that you are currently working on in class.

2.  Cut the task cards apart and print the student questions for students.

3.  Tape the cards around your classroom or hallway.

4.  Let the students hunt for the cards and answer the questions on their sheets.

5.  Answer keys are included for quick grading.

 

My students beg me to keep working on this activity and I really truly believe that the movement of walking around the classroom searching for cards helps them remember more facts.

You can find this resource HERE!

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Here is an example of the task cards and questions from the Northeast Region.

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Thank you for viewing this post.  I hope this helps you in your classroom!

Sara Oberheide

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MyMath Chapter 2 for 5th Grade – Supplemental Resources

Chapter 2 is FINISHED!!

 

 

I’m working my way through each chapter of MyMath for 5th grade, putting together extra resources for teachers and students.

 

I’m finally finished with Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 will start very quickly. So,  here it is!  Included are 3 sets of task cards, worksheets with a spiral curriculum, posters, I Can statements and more!  60 total pages of great support!

 

You can find it here

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3 sets of task cards for students to practice their math skills in a fun way.

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Your kids will love this resource.  My 5th graders do!  Thanks for viewing!

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A post to pass on to parents: Reading and writing through play!

Reading and writing through play!

 

Do you have a child who loves animals, may wish to be a veterinarian or doctor, and could use a little practice or writing his or her name? (Not that you would ever mention it…)


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How about one who does not see the point in learning to read or write, but has a fantastic imagination?


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A sociable child with boundless energy, an interest in the law, perhaps, and exploring roles?


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Maybe you have a child that likes to pretend to be grown-up sometimes, and receive the praise self-esteem boost that goes with it. I admit to feeling very important as a ‘waitress’ at summer BBQs growing up. (My brothers preferred to be ‘bartenders’). It was always more official and fun with a notepad in hand.

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And once the drinks are handed out, someone is bound to start telling stories. Perhaps your child is a fan of pirates, or a natural storyteller?

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The child in this post could be any child.

Children learn without even realizing it through play, and read and write for real purposes .

We learned this way when we were kids. We played. We helped out. We didn’t have the electronic distractions of today.

The templates above (and a few more) have been designed for today’s more discerning audience in a product called Summer Fun: Reading and writing through play. It is included in a bundle with another Writing for Real Purposes product: Fun Summer Lists, which I wrote about here. I have included the links below, and the original post that launched this line of products.

Kids love to imagine, create and role play. Thank you to those of you who do purchase these products. I hope anyone reading this post is inspired to play with their kids and discreetly slip in teachable moments where possible. The key is to have fun and let go of expectations.

It is summer time after all.

Best wishes to all of you!

I.M.

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