Sunday, October 14, 2018

Partner Up Cards (A Freebie!)

Have you ever told your students to "find a partner," and 10 minutes later, after chaos and bickering, you regret that decision? Yeah, we've all been there. 

A quick solution to that is to print these free partner cards.

There are 22 cards total. Simple print (in color or B/W), cut, and place in a basket of sorts. For a quick routine, I have students move around the room to find their partners once the music starts, then stand by their partner with their cards facing me once they've found each other.
Have more than 22 students? No worries! Simply print duplicate sets of these cards.

I hope these cards are something you can easily implement in your classrooms! You can click the link here to download this free resource. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Animal Comprehension Practice

If we're being honest, practicing reading comprehension isn't always the most fun thing to do for students. It's a necessary thing, though, with state testing and just life, since we need kiddos to be able to read and understand. One way to check their understanding, as well as their ability to find text evidence and make inferences, is through reading and responding.

My favorite way to have students practice this is through using engaging texts. I haven't met a student yet who didn't enjoy reading and learning about animals, so I created informational texts about 18 different animals.

These are created in two different formats: half-page task cards and full-page printables. Both contain the same text and same 3 questions. The teacher gets to choose the format that works best for their needs. The task cards can be responded to on notebook paper or in a station journal, whereas the full-page printables have build in lines for students to answer on. Also, the full-pages are completely in black and white, while the task cards are in color. **Note--these print perfectly in black/white as well!

These were created with grades 3-5 in mind, and include both “right there” questions where students have to go back in the text for evidence, as well as inferential questions. These questions spiral many non-fiction reading comprehension skills and standards, including:
•Using context clues to determine word meaning
•Text structure
•Author’s POV
•Main idea/supporting details
•Text features
•Text structure

Would this resource be something you could use in your classroom? Would you like to win a set?! If so, pin any of the pictures on this blogpost and copy/paste the link into the comments. Please include your email address, too! You can also check out this resource on TPT!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

My favorite ELA Resources

Hey guys! I'm often asked what my favorite resources to use in terms of ELA are, so I'm here today to share those with you--and the fact that I've bundled these resources with a deeply discounted price!

First up: Reading Comprehension Strategies Posters + Mini Posters

I always, always, always have reading strategies posters up for my students to reference. I never just throw them up on a wall or they become colorful displays that mainly I look at. They go up as we discuss these throughout the year. Reading skills and strategies spiral, so we reference them often. I also find that some students benefit from having these same posters in a smaller, hand-held version, which is why I created just that. I hole punch these, and just like I add the larger posters to my focus wall throughout the year, students add the mini versions to their rings. The rings stay in their table group bin, safe and sound, for easy reference on the daily.

These are available in the Mega Bundle of course, but also as just the posters, just the mini posters, or also these 2 products bundled

Next: ELA Stations for Bigger Kids

 There are 2 sets of stations included in this Mega Bundle: ELA Stations for Bigger Kids & ELA Stations for Bigger Kids Part 2.

What's included?

In Part 1-- there is hands-on practice with ABC order, guide words, homophones, antonyms, and synonyms. Each station has something to be manipulated (AKA not with worksheets!), whether it's literally putting file folders in ABC order, or cutting out antonyms and synonyms and using context clues to figure out where they belong. This blog post shares more about this best selling pack!

In Part 2--there are 5 stations as well. Two of the stations are the same as in part one (synonym and antonym match-up) but with completely different practice pages! If your folders are already make from the first station pack, you simply print the new pages for students to manipulate and you're done--easy peasy! Also included is a context clues vocabulary match up station, informational text station and inference station. All of these stations are text heavy, meaning they're perfect for the rigor needed in grades 3-5.

Feel free to check these out more using the links below:

Also: Task Card Bundle

I love, love, love some good task cards for students to practice reading skills and then spiral them throughout the year. Each set of task cards contain a game board, which creates instant engagement and buy-in. I mostly use task cards as a station (in groups of 2-3) or at my small group table. Either way, we use them in a game format, but that isn't necessary if it doesn't work for your needs. Each set also has recording sheets, answer keys, and anchor charts.

I hope your school year is blessed, and you remember to focus on relationships above all else!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Back to School Kit-Kat Treats

Back to school season is upon us already. Well, some of us, and soon enough, all of us. I created these cute labels that say, "I hope you enjoyed your break" that can be attached to a mini Kit-Kat for the perfect back to school treat!

The file includes 2 quick pages-- either print the first page and hand-write your name...
 Or... type your name at the bottom and then print. Easy peasy!


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Reading Comprehension Skills & Strategies

How do you infuse the teaching of reading skills and strategies? If you use a basal reading series, you most likely focus on one skill and strategy for a 1-2 week period. Even if you don't use a basal and find your own texts to use, it's a great practice to focus on re-teaching and reviewing comprehension skills and strategies. They're all so interrelated anyway.

When I teach reading skills and strategies, I like to display a poster on our class focus wall. This lets anyone who walks in the classroom know what we're targeting at the time, and is also a great reminder for students.

Even better than that, I have the same posters available to students at their desks. I don't start the year with a full ring of cards because that would be overwhelming, but I do give students a card to add to their rings as we go over it. I find students referencing their comprehension rings often during their seat work, independent reading, and even group work. We use these during small group time as well.

To use these cards, I print them (they come 4 to a page), laminate, cut them out and hole punch. The students do the rest. I know it can be tedious to laminate these bad boys, but I want them to last all year. Plus, it's a great task for my parent volunteer!

 There are the posters we use throughout the year. They're bright and fun, meaning they draw attention to themselves--which is the point!

You can find these posters as well as mini-posters in my TPT store. They're bundled together as well for a discounted price!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Certificates for the First Week of School

Hello, friends! Just wanted to pop in and share these certificates with you that I made for the week of school. There are options for surviving the first day and the first week, and they're editable. Grades pre-k through 5th included!

There is also a certificate for that new teacher you are working with. They survived, too! :)

You can click here if you'd like to check these out!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Math Station Accountability

Hi, friends! Just dropping in to quickly share with you an upper grades accountability sheet for math stations. Lately in my class I've noticed my sweet kiddos are getting in the vacation mindset and not exactly wanting to complete much work, so--time to hold them accountable! I know I should have done this much earlier, but better late than never!

If you'd like a copy of your own, simply click on the picture below and download a copy from Google Docs. It's editable!