Monday, November 30, 2015

You still have time!

Hey there, friends! I hope you've been able to get some great deals today! I am sitting at home, enjoying another day off! We had an ice storm this weekend... The roads were totally fine, but the ice caused a lot of tree limbs and power lines to come down. We only lost power for a few hours on Saturday, but there are businesses, schools, and families who have been without power since Friday and are still without.

Here's a reminder that everything in my TpT store is up to 28% off with code SMILE at checkout for the big cyber sale! The sale ends tomorrow, December 1st. Click on the image below to check out my store.

Yesterday, I posted links to some of my Christmas and winter products in my store! Today it's all about novel studies and book companions! These can be used during guided reading, whole group, RTI, novel circles... My kids absolutely love the activities in these packs, and each pack has plenty of activities to choose from! Click on each picture to check them out. They are very low prep on your part, and great to have on hand, especially for a sub!

What kind of deals have you scored during the sale? I would love to see what you've bought!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winner, winner! and a BIG SALE!

Hi friends! Sorry I am posting so late! We were out and about running errands all day, and time just got away from me, and before I knew it, it was Mia's bath time! Mr. Hubs is putting her down for bed right now so I am finally getting a bit of a break!

First off, thanks to everyone who showed interest in this pack! The winner of my Christmas Read Aloud Pack is Brandy! I will be emailing you a copy shortly :)

But don't worry if you didn't win! Because TpT's BIG sale is going on tomorrow and Tuesday! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with code SMILE at checkout! Click on the image below to check out my store!

Here are some Christmas and winter packs you may want to stock up on! Click on each picture to check them out in my store!

Happy shopping!! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Favorite Christmas Read Alouds! GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends! I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone! I hope you were able to spend the day with your loved ones and were able to eat lots of delicious food :) I am so excited that Christmas is just around the corner!

If you are anything like me, you LOVE to read lots and lots of Christmas books to your students! There are SO many cute ones out there! I wanted to have some meaningful activities to go along with some of the books, so I created a pack of activities to go along with 7 of my favorite books!

The books I chose for this pack were It's Christmas, David!, Mooseltoe, Olive, the Other Reindeer, Auntie Claus, What Dogs Want for Christmas, Merry Christmas, Splat, and Snowmen at Christmas. If you don't own these books, you can order them, or I am sure your school or public library has copies!

There are anywhere from 3-5ish activities for each book, and besides the craftivities, they are all pring and go! No prep! And we know that quick and easy is super important during this crazy time of year!! Click on each picture below to enlarge so you can see what is included for each book.

So, do you wanna win a copy of this pack? Leave me a comment with your email, and tell me which of these books is your favorite! A winner will be picked on Sunday! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Fun!

Hey there, sweet friends! I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving! I am looking so forward to spending time with my sweet Mia Nicole and to eat lots of delicious food :)

Last week we read A Turkey for Thanksgiving in our basal reader, and worked on retelling the beginning, middle, and end of the story. The kids loved this book! We also made these cute little turkeys and wrote what we were thankful for and why. I don't know who made these turkeys originally, but I have seen them all over Pinterest and Facebook, but ohemgee, are their eyes not the cutest?!

We have been learning about the different Native American regions this week. After each region, we do some kind of craft or edible activity :)

We made Totem poles that represented people or pets that were important to us!

And you just HAVE to make edible teepees!

We made plural noun butterflies after reading The Coyote and the Butterfly.

And yesterday we learned all about the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower. Instead of a feast, we had a Mayflower snack, which consisted of things similar to what the Pilgrims ate on the Mayflower... cheese, jerky, and crackers! Then we made these little suitcases! {I whipped these up last minute, so not the cutest, but the kids loved them!}

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving break with your families!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fluency Phrase Games-Get a Free Sample!

Hey there, friends! Today I wanted to share with you some games I created to help our kiddos with their reading fluency. These games use Fry's Phrases for the First 100, Second 100, and Third 100 words. We started using them last week and our kids are LOVING them! We use them for a couple of minutes at the beginning of our intervention to get our kiddos prepared and focused on their fluency.

The games are sorted by level, so it makes for super quick and easy differentiation! I decided to copy each level on a different color of paper. {Here you can see that I copied the games for the First 100 Words on yellow paper, the Second 100 Words on green paper, and the Third 100 Words on blue paper}.

I put the games in dry erase pockets, but sheet protectors would work just as well. Now we can reuse them, and we can save our oh-so-precious copy counts :)

Each level includes three games: Tic-Tac-Toe, Roll and Color, and Spin and Check. There is a total of 34 game boards included in this pack.

For Tic-Tac-Toe, students play with a partner. They put an X or O on a phrase if it is read correctly. Three in a row wins!

For Roll and Color, students roll a dice. They read a phrase in that column and color it in. 

For Spin and Check, students make a spinner with a pencil and a paperclip. They read a phrase in the correct column and check it off. 

You can check out these games HERE, or by clicking on the picture below! There are 34 pages of games in this pack. And BONUS! If you download the preview, you will get a free sample of each game!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Our Pumpkin Fun!

You all. I don't know how I survived last week! Full moon. Red Ribbon Week. Parent/teacher conferences. And that little thing called Halloween. Oh, and inside recess on the day before Halloween... It was a VERY tiring week! Thank goodness for Starbucks and lots of GoNoodle! 

We managed to fit in some pumpkin fun! We started off with some nonfiction books about pumpkins, including 

We had our kids work on main idea and details, and also illustrating the life cycle of a pumpkin. {Of course I failed to take pictures of their work!! Boo!}

We compared and contrasted apples and pumpkins together, then our kiddos filled out their own venn diagrams

Our kiddos still need some extra practice with adjectives. It seems to be a tough concept for some of them. I saw this idea a few times in Instagram and Pinterest and just knew we had to do it! We gave each table a pumpkin and a sharpie. First, they brainstormed adjectives that described their pumpkin. Then, they took turns writing the adjectives right on the pumpkin! This was a big hit! We still had some friends who wanted to write things like, "They grow on vines," or, "They have a stem," so it is something we need to keep working on. However, I do feel like we had some a-ha moments. And we had a cute little adjective pumpkin patch outside of our room when it was said and done!

We did some pumpkin estimating and investigating! Students worked in groups of three and had to estimate how much their pumpkin weighed, how tall it was, the circumference of it, and how many lines it had. Then they had to find out the answers. They had a lot of fun with this!

Last but not least, we did one of my favorite craftivities! Again, we worked on adjectives and had our kiddos describe the outside of a pumpkin. Then we cut a couple of pumpkins open and had them describe the inside. Then we made our inside/outside craftivities! The kids thought these were the coolest things around :) 

If you have made it this far, take a peek at my little family's Halloween costumes! Mr. Hubs made quite the Richard Simmons!! HA!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Today is World Teacher Day! Time for a SALE!

Hi, sweet friends! Happy World Teacher Day! My bloggy buddies over at iTeachSecond and I are throwing sales in our TPT stores to celebrate! Everything in my store will be 20% off today! Check it out!