Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spotlight on Christmas Freebies

Happy Sunday! I'm so glad that this is the last Sunday that I will have the Sunday blues for a few weeks. 

It's been a rough few weeks at my school. It is hard to imagine a tragedy happening to your own school. For a few days, it just felt like a bad dream. Thank you to everyone who prayed for my school community. The prayers have brought us peace and we have been so thankful to receive so much support from schools from all around.

Thank you to my friend Tracy, at Creekside Teacher Tales, for sending cards to my students from her school. These cute cat cards were included plus some others. I forgot to take a picture of the cards that used her freebie below. My students loved seeing the pictures the students drew and especially since they were from a different state.
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 Okay, if this is you lately, I'm going to share some fabulous freebies from TPT that will keep your kiddos engaged and learning this week. If you pin anything from this post, please pin from the original source or from TPT.

Check out these fun freebies from Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade.  My kiddos love playing Scoot and the word work activities are so fun too!

If you need to keep your sanity this week before Christmas, check out these holiday thank you cards from Halle at Across the Hall in 2nd Grade. These can keep you organized when your students start bringing in gifts.

I love these sentence scrambles from Halle too. These will keep my kiddos busy.  I think that's all I can ask for this week.

These great freebies are from Rachel Lynette. She has these for pretty much every season and the kiddos love them. I usually turn one of her Would You Rather questions into a writing activity and I love the creative responses I get. Analogies are so great for critical thinking.

My kiddos always need help with main idea so this freebie from Tracy at Creekside Teacher Tales is just perfect.

If you are looking for a quick and easy bulletin board idea, check out this freebie from Linda Kamp of Around the Kampfire.

 If you are looking for more gingerbread fun, check out this free craft from Alisha at The Bubbly Blonde.

We are working on counting money in math right now and some of my kiddos are having a hard time. I love this game from Katie King from Queen of the First Grade Jungle for some extra review.

Place value is always a skill that we need to practice. Love this brand-new freebie from Rachel Lamb of The Tattooed Teacher.

Last but not least, I finished some new word searches today that your kiddos will love. Check out these freebies by clicking on any of the images below.

If you are trying to make your life easier this week and need something planned out for you, I have 3 mini-lesson packs in my TPT store for Christmas books. These lessons are really easy to implement and have a detailed lesson plan for you to follow.  I'm using these this week to review important comprehension skills but also to have a little fun with Christmas themed books.
Have a great week! Here's hoping that this week goes by quickly and smoothly.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Comprehension Mini-Lessons

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. One of the reasons is because of all the fabulous children's books that are about Christmas. I love sharing these books with my kiddos and I have a big collection of them to share. With my schedule this year, my time to share books I love is very limited so I thought I'd develop some mini-lessons using those oh-so-important comprehension skills and share these wonderful holiday books with my students.

I'm in the process of developing mini-lessons on my favorite books and I've finished two packs this weekend. My first a cause and effect pack for "Olive, the Other Reindeer."


In this pack, you will find a detailed lesson plan, cause and effect posters, cause and effect response pages, a cause and effect matching game, and much more.
Click on the image to view on TPT. 

My next pack is for character traits for the book "Mooseltoe." 

This pack has lesson plans, an anchor chart idea with printables, character trait posters, character trait response sheets, character trait photo examples, and more.

I'm really loving this anchor chart for this set.

Click on the image above to view on TPT.

Best of all, TPT is having a Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale. My store will be 20% off and you can save more money by using TPT's promo code TPTCYBER.

These packs and all my other holiday goodies will be on sale.

 Full of Cheer literacy and math center bundle
Starring Santa

 Snowmen at Christmas

Thanks for reading! Have a great week!

Winner of both sets is Victoria Hoover. Congrats Victoria!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Visual Plans for November 10th

I'm back with my visual plans for the week. I had to take a little break because I have been having some health issues. I have had major shoulder pain since the end of June and nothing that I've done (therapy, rest, ice, cortisone shot) would help. A few weeks ago, I started having pain in my ears and vertigo. I felt like I was moving even when I was sitting still. Turns out, it is all from compressed vertebrae in my neck. I've been going to physical therapy at a new place three times a week after school and it has really helped. I've been working on my posture and trying to strengthen my neck, my back, and my shoulders.

So here are my plans for this week. As always, you can download them by clicking on any of the pictures. If you download, please leave me a comment.
I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share my plans. 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Week Plans

I'm a little late sharing my plans but better late than never, right??

My plans have a bunch of freebies linked for you. All you need to do is download the file to get the link. I would love a comment too!

We are reading pumpkin books this week for fiction skills and also for a nonfiction study of pumpkins.
 Let me just tell you, I love Reading A-Z. I gave it a try again this year after using it several years ago. It is so much better than it used to be and really helps me plan engaging lessons for my small groups. They also have so much other stuff for whole group and project-based learning.  This has been my biggest sanity-saver this year!
Have a great night!
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