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Sunday, June 18, 2017

FREE - Playful Prompts For Writing & Sharing

I've been busy, busy writing, finishing up my next children's book that will be released this fall. I also like encouraging children to write. So I have written, Playful Prompts For Writing & Sharing, because children love to tell their stories.

Writing and sharing their writing is a perfect way to encourage children to communicate their thoughts with each other and with the adults in their lives.

Please click on the picture below to link to TPT and download your FREE copy.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

FREE - Whoever You Are - Comprehension Q & A Sticks

A heartfelt picture book! A celebration of the world's diverse cultures.
No matter where we come from, within our hearts our joys, love, and pain are the same.
We may not speak the same words but inside we are all alike.

A wonderful book to read to children!
After you have finished reading the book it's time to discuss it.
I have created some FREE comprehension question and answer sticks plus free writing prompts.
Please click on the picture below and download them for FREE on teachers pay teachers.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cute and Easy DIY Children's Bookmarks

Love these bookmarks!

You can make them as gifts for your students or . . .
your students will have fun making them.
So many ways to be creative!

Please click below and watch the directions on the You Tube video.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FREE - Ruby Bridges - Black History Month

Black History Month is February 1 through February 28. It is a time to remember the contributions of African Americans in the United States.

Ruby Bridges is an African American who made a difference.  She was a first grade student who was taken out of an all black school and put into an all white school that was closer to her home.
She had to be escorted by Marshals to her new school because people yelled at her to go away.

Parents took their children out of school because she was black.  She was the only one left in her class along with her teacher. It took months and months before parents brought their kids back to school.  Finally, Ruby had friends to play with at school.

She was so brave. She changed history. John Steinbeck wrote about her. First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, wrote a letter to her. Norman Rockwell painted a picture of her.

Ruby Bridges is still alive and travels all over the country to tell her incredible story.

The following books tell her story and are available on amazon.

After reading and discussing Ruby's story I've created a FREE craft and writing activity that your class can complete.  Please click on the picture below to download the craft and writing page.

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

FREE - Fun Sight Word or Spelling Practice Chants

Children love to move and have fun. When you incorporate the two together along with learning, then add chants and words, suddenly you have success!

Chants are a great way to practice and learn any words. They work wonderfully when transitioning between work jobs, centers, or standing in line. They are especially terrific for introducing sight or spelling words, color words, or word wall words.

Please download and enjoy my free chant cards. Available at teachers pay teachers. Please click on the image below to link.

Chant cards can be used together as a class, individually, in pairs, small groups, or whatever works best for your students.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FREE - Narrative Writing - Please Leave a Message

Children love to tell stories. It seems they always have something to say about everything. They want to be given an opportunity to be heard and a place where they can express their thoughts. Writing messages are a perfect way for students to communicate with each other and with the teacher.

Please download and enjoy my writing product, Narrative Writing - Please Leave a Message, for FREE. Available at teachers pay teachers. Please click on the image below to link to it.

There are seven different message pages that have both blackline masters (where students can color the pages) and also color copies. Two types of lined writing paper are provided and two pages of teaching tips.

The other message pages include:
Helpful Hints for Our Classroom,
Message to the Teacher,
Nice Things About Our Classroom (Used at centers or stations.)
The students who are at that center are encouraged to talk to each other and discuss:
Helpful hints that can improve our classroom.
Nice things that are happening in our classroom.
Something that the teacher should know about the classroom or our school (school news only).

Students can pick one paper to complete or students can share one page and combine their thoughts and sentences.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, September 12, 2016

FREE - Practicing & Writing Story Leads for Personal Narratives

Friday was a fun day!
I visited a second grade classroom.
The students were very sweet and eagerly waiting for me to present a lesson on writing.

I decided to teach story leads for personal narratives because most students usually revert to writing the "One day" beginning. That is such a boring introduction to a story!

I began my lesson by reading the leads from several trade books and asking the students if they wanted to hear the rest of the stories. "Yes," they shook their heads in agreement. We discussed why they thought those books would be interesting to read after just hearing the first few sentences. . . because good leads have something important and interesting to tell. Good leads attract and invite the reader to continue reading.

If you would like a FREE copy of my lesson(s) on story leads please click on the picture below. It's posted on TPT.

Best Wishes,