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Saturday, September 29, 2012

2 Fantastic Giveaways

Two of my blogging friends are have an incredible giveaway to celebrate their followers.  You don't want to miss this!  Please click on over to Primary possibilities and join the fun.

Then click on over to Fun in First Grade for more jaw dropping fun!
Good luck to all of you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

We Share Everything!

Picture books are the greatest.  They say so much in just a few words.  The illustrations are marvelous.

My all time favorite children's author is Robert Munsch.  His books are so funny.  He has such a good sense of humor.  Teachers and students of all ages can appreciate and enjoy his books.
Here is one of my favorites.

We Share Everything!
By Robert Munsch
It's the first day of school for Amanda and Jeremiah. (They go to kindergarten, but you can read this book to any age group.)  They don't know what to do. And they don't know how to share.

They don't know how to share a book.
So Jeremiah screams and Amanda sticks a book in his mouth.

Jeremiah builds a tower and Amanda kicks it down.
They have a paint fight.

Each time there is a problem the teacher angelically flies over to say, "We share everything."

Finally Amanda and Jeremiah decide to share, but what should they share?
They hilariously decide to share their clothes!

The teacher can't believe her eyes.  "Who told you to do this?" she yells.
Cleverly they reply, "We share everything!" (Just like she told them to do.)

FREE - Extending the Reading Experience

After reading this book to your class or your students can read it independently, use the book discussion questions to check student listening/reading comprehension. Then follow-up and brainstorm with your class or make a class chart:
What kinds of things can we share in our classroom?

If you would like a FREE copy please click on the picture below to link to teachers pay teachers where you can download a free copy from Picture Book Reviews With Writing Connections.

Happy Reading,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

WOW! 12 Prize Giveaway!

Don't miss out on this fantastic Fall Theme giveaway.  Hop on over to Jenna's blog, Diving Into Learning.  Jenna is having an amazing 12 prize giveaway.  There are lots of wonderful prizes to win!

If you scroll down to prize #12 you could have a chance to win my 
 Please click on the picture below to view the item.

Good luck to everyone!  Please click on the picture below to visit Jenna's blog Diving Into Learning
and sign up for all of the great Fall Theme prizes.

Best Wishes,

Monday, September 10, 2012

Love Purple! - The Author with the Fancy Purple Pen

Anyone who knows me, knows I love the color purple. It's such a happy color!
I wear purple clothes, I've painted rooms in my house purple, I have purple jewelry, and I love to write using purple pens.

So one of my teacher friends found this little reader and gave it to me.
The Author with the Fancy Purple Pen
By Rozanne Lanczak Williams

This book is written in rhyme.

Miss Lucy (the teacher) has a student, Jenny, who does not want to write. So Miss Lucy calls the principal, a teacher friend, and the author with the fancy purple pen to help. The principal, teacher friend, and author (with the fancy purple pen) encourage Jenny to write. Jenny ends up writing in her journal every day!

FREE - Extending the Reading Experience
After reading this book to my class I thought it would be fun to make a purple writing center/station. We first had a class discussion about pages 15 & 16 in the book, things to write about.  We made a chart with the title: Things I Care About and Know About. Then the students brainstormed things they would like to write about using a purple pen. It could be about something purple or any topic of their choice.

I bought purple pens and purple feathers. The pens are from amazon and the feathers from a craft store. (Click on the pen/feather picture to get to amazon.com)
I taped the feathers to the pens. So they sort of looked like the ones in the book. I made copies of the writing paper below. There are two choices of lines and also color copies.

During centers, the students at the purple center first practiced reading the book. Then before writing I told them to carefully think about what they were going to write because pens do not erase. If they made a mistake, draw a line through it and keep on writing.
After they were finished with their writing then they could draw a picture to match. Some students wanted to color their picture using only purple crayons while others chose to use all colors.
Each student got a chance to share their purple writing in front of the class.

Please click on the pages below to link to teachers pay teachers and download your free copy from Picture Book Reviews With Writing Connections.

Have a wonderful purple day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sparkling Pumpkin Art & Writing

Cooler weather, yay!  Fall is on its way.  I love summer, but this summer has been the hottest on record.    I am ready for fall.

Pumpkin cut outs and Halloween items are already showing up in the stores.  And then before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here.  Love it!

I love glitter and shiny things.  Who doesn't love bling?  So I have added my Sparkling Pumpkin Art & Writing product to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Add a little sparkle to your classroom.  Please click on the pictures below and have a look.

Happy fall!
Click on the picture below and head on over to the 2nd Grade Pad blog for more fall ideas.