I love the colder weather! Love the holidays! Love the months of November and December!
Thanksgiving is fun with the family. However, eating turkey is not my favorite thing. I prefer tri-tip with all of the fixings. And of course, I do enjoy eating pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream.
Then there is December! Ahhhh, so beautiful. Peace and hope for the world.
Please enjoy this FREE Winter Holiday Writing Paper that I put together. Hopefully they will help motivate your students to write. Then color them and maybe even cut out the shapes and perhaps hang them up in your classroom.
Please click on the picture below to download your FREE copy.
This fun product has five thoughtful and creative writing prompts designed to spark you students' imagination. The pages are treasure chest shaped that form a mini-book. There are also two poems that inspire students to reflect and respond. And students can use their artistic talent to create a Christmas, Holiday, December, or Happy Hug. (You choose.)
WE THE PEOPLE Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. Please visit http://www.constitutionday.com for information to share with your children/students about Constitution Day.
Below is a follow up writing and coloring worksheet that you can download for FREE. After you have had a discussion about Constitution Day have your students answer the prompt: What is the Constitution of the United States of America? Then color the worksheet and practice reading the Preamble.
School has already begun for so many teachers. The district I work for starts in one more week, on the 25th of August.
I thought it would be interesting for teachers to get a quick insight into their classroom's morale after the first week of school with this fun FREE writing prompt, World's Best Classroom!
I'm sure many of you read the "first day of school" books and then discuss them. Those stories really help students with some of their fears and nerves.
After the first week or so of school copy the sheet, World's Best Classroom, for your class. Read and discuss the checklist together with your class. Then have your students write about their classroom and what they think of it and then have them explain why. Also, at the bottom of the page students can write about their best part of the day. And of course, they get to draw a picture of their teacher. Fun!
After the work is completed, students can read and share with each other what they have written. The teacher can share a few with the entire class. If there are any problems or worries about what a student has written about the classroom, this would be a great time to address it.
Please click on the picture below to print out a FREE copy at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
I'm so excited to announce the release of my new hardcover picture book, The Perfectly Purple Sneakers!
It's so cute and it was a lot of fun to write!
It's based on my appreciation of shiny, purple sneakers, and the ability to change "lemons into lemonade" as we face life's challenges. In other words, looking on the bright side of unfortunate events.
The illustrator's illustrations are adorable!
(It's available on amazon.com and Teachers pay Teachers.)
Juliette LOVES purple, especially her NEW, perfectly purple sneakers.
She eagerly wears her sneakers to school. As the day goes by, her sneakers become not so new and not so purple. They get dirty, painted, torn, and even jellied.
It's not easy to look on the bright side of unexpected and unhappy events.
But Juliette's upbeat attitude, along with the encouragement of the people around her, give her the confidence she needs to see that those not so new and not so purple sneakers are, in every other way, absolutely perfect.
Here are some sample pages from the book:
It's a wonderful read aloud book! And I've included FREE Common Core Aligned comprehension question and answer sticks, plus writing response sheets for the book.
Best of luck and good wishes for the new school year! Kathy
Should the ant get squished?
Should the ant go free?
Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose is a wonderful story for discussing diversity, tolerance, and respect. (To view the book please click on the picture to link to amazon.com)
A kid spies a little ant in a crack in a sidewalk. He begins a conversation with the little ant about squishing him. Of course the ant begs the kid not to step on him.
Their conversation continues with the discussion of large verses small, comparing the ant's life to the kid's life, and then looking at the situation from the ant's point of view. The kid also cites peer pressure for squishing the ant.
The beauty of this book is that there is no ending to the story. The last page simply asks the question…What do you think that kid should do? (To squish or not to squish?)
This lends for a great class discussion about what is the right or wrong thing to do. Not everyone agrees on what that is. That's why asking your students to defend their answers is quite an eye opener for everyone.
Extending the Reading Experience:
To help children understand and connect to this book, I have added a new product to my
Teachers Pay Teacher's Store called Hey, Little Ant Comprehension Question & Answer Sticks & Craft.
Children need to think and talk about what they have read or what has been read to them. These question and answer sticks are one way to support literacy and stretch student understanding and appreciation of the story, Hey, Little Ant. This product also contains an ant art craft with speech bubble that students can make. Please click on the picture to view my TPT product. Thank you.