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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,

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! (Book Review)

I was visiting a kindergarten classroom and noticed lots of fall books displayed across the tops of several shelves. Ooh yes, love those picture books! They get my attention every time. (I can spend hours looking at picture books.) Immediately I began browsing.

After thumbing through several of the books, this one caught my eye, Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! It's a fun and wonderful way to introduce fall.

Big Bear is walking through the forest. The wind is swirling around him and he sneezes. Bear notices the leaves falling off the tree. He thinks his sneeze caused the leaves to fall down. So he gets a hammer and nail and tries to hammer the leaves back onto the tree.

Bear sneezes again and thinks he caused the apples to fall from the tree. He thinks his sneezing caused the geese to wake up and fly south.

The wind tries to convince Bear that she is the cause of what was happening. But Bear does not believe her. Finally the wind gets angry and lets out a whirling, twirling mighty shout and says she does it all because she is the autumn breeze.

At the end, Bear has no choice but to believe that what the wind said was true.

I really like this book! It it a great addition to any classroom library. I decided to make some comprehension question and answer sticks to go along with the book, common core aligned, as well as a windsock craft and writing prompts. It's a great way to support literacy and stretch student understanding and appreciation of the story.

Please click on the picture to view.
Have a great week!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Another School Fun Giveaway! $10 TPT Gift Card & Picture Book

I love giveaways!
Rarely do I win, but I love to enter.
And if I do win, yes, I let out a loud yahoo!
It's happy time and happy dance!

So let's get started with 2 fun giveaways!
Now through Tuesday. Ends Wed. 12 am.

Please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a $10.00 TPT Gift Card.

And also enter the other giveaway for a hardcover picture book: The Incredible Box.
(Sorry, but I'm only using USA mailing addresses for the book.)
Please click on the picture below to view a sample.

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Please click on the picture to see a sample of the book.

Good Luck!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

School Fun! $10 Giveaway to shop at TPT

Back to school is just around the corner!

So here's a little school fun to help!

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for a $10.00 TPT Gift Card.
The winner will be chosen Monday, August 1st at 12 a.m.
If you are already a follower, please enter and write the number 1000 when asked what number follower are you.

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Good Luck!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FREE - Paper Fish Craft Template

I had a fun week teaching at Vacation Bible School!

The theme was ocean centered. So I needed to come up with a few extra crafts. I saw a paper fish craft on Pinterest, but could not find a template for it anywhere. It was a free draw craft.

So I decided to make my own template, because that would suit my needs better. The fish folds down and then opens up to reveal its sharp teeth.
The kids really had fun coloring it and playing with it during free time.

If you are interested in making a fun fish craft below is the link to the template. Please click through to Teachers pay Teachers to download the FREE template with picture directions.

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Incredible Box

I love picture books!

Over the years I have collected hundreds and hundreds of picture books.

Picture books represent - carefully chosen words paired with beautiful illustrations that ignite an enormous amount of enjoyment and imagination.

So the last 5 years I have transitioned from being a classroom teacher to pursuing a writing career. It certainly has its ups and downs but it has never lost its appeal or delight.

I have enjoyed traveling to schools and talking with children about the joys of reading and writing. I love sharing my stories with them and hearing theirs in return.

So I'm happy to share my next story . . . my new upcoming children's picture book.

It's called: The Incredible Box.
It probably will be available August 2016 through Amazon and of course Teachers pay Teachers.
Here are some excerpts from the book.

The rest is on its way!

Here are my other two books that are available on amazon and Teachers pay Teachers.

Picture Book

Chapter Book
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cute Polar Bear Crafts

I was reading blogs this morning and came across this cute blog by Crafty Morning.
What a fun blog!
It has so many wonderful ideas!

Please click on the picture below to link up to Crafty Morning and get some great activities for winter art projects.

Happy New Year 2016!