Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Christmas FREEBIE & Do You Need Some TpT Cash?

I haven't blogged in awhile, because I am simply swamped with life!  Why is it this time of year is always so hectic!?!  To make up for my recent slacking I have a FREEBIE for you and an AMAZING Giveaway!

Have you started planning your Christmas activities, stories your going to read, and or crafts you plan to make with your kids?  To help you tie in curriculum to your favorite Christmas themed text I have created a NEW FREEBIE for you!

These flipbooks can be used for ANY TEXT and are perfect for students to practice skills already taught or to help you teach new skills.


Skills covered: 
Questions While Reading
Main Idea
Character Traits
Sequencing
Cause and Effect
Story Structure
Plot
Theme
Making Inferences



Are you a Black Friday Shopper or a Cyber Monday Shopper?  I am BOTH, I can't pass up a good deal!  Wouldn't you LOVE some TpT cash for these days? :)


We are so excited for the holiday season that we couldn't help but spread some love! Lots of your favorite TPT Teacher-Authors and I have teamed up to give YOU some TPT spending money. We love you and appreciate you (and we wish we could give all of our fabulous followers some money)!

Enter the Rafflecopter below by simply following our TPT stores, and you will have a chance to win one of five $25 TPT gift cards! Good luck!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

3rd, 4th, & 5th Curriculum...DEAL ALERT!


So some teacher friends and I have teamed up to load you up with resources to make teaching a bit easier!  



 $114.15 retail value available for a limited time for $29.99 which is 74% off!  Extreme value alert!

To grab this SWEET Deal click on the image above or HERE.

In this bundle you will find my Spiral Math Review for 4th grade, Spot On Research Report, and What's the Big Idea? (for teaching theme).

With 27 instant downloads and 739 pages of materials including centers, printables, units of study, flippables, book studies, centers, and much, much more.

Academic Concepts Covered
·      Parts of speech
·      Spelling
·      Sight words
·      Word work
·      Comprehension
·      Types of sentences
·      Reading strategies
·      Authors purpose
·      Character analysis
·      Book studies
·      Adding and subtracting fractions
·      Finding common denominators
·      Multiplication and division
·      Multistep word problems
·      Regrouping
·      Research
·      Writing Process
·      Time
·      Geometry & measurement

Check out the previews below...    






























Monday, November 3, 2014

Snap Learning an Online Resource



A few weeks ago I was contacted by Snap Learning to try out their site and write a review...I am so glad I said yes!!


Snap Learning is a website that offers districts, teachers, and homeschooling parents an opportunity to use a quality of resources for Guided Reading or Close Reading.  After looking into the two different programs I chose to try the Close Reading program to use as a Tier III RtI intervention with a few of my students.


There are MANY components of Snap Learning that I love and one of those components is the ability to create a collection of texts for my students to use for their Close Reading practice.  The books/text available on the site a Fountas and Pinnell aligned, which is a program our district it dedicated to.  Since we are starting our Main Idea lessons I created a Main Idea collection of text for my students to choose from.  In the image above you can see the level of each text and the skills Main Idea and Summary.  I also love the variety of text that are offered, there are so many different titles for students to choose from!



Above is a snapshot of one of my 4th graders reading the Rocks and Minerals text.  They are working on this Science skill so I had them all select that text for that day for us to go through the steps of Close Reading together, and to help gain another Science grade. :)

The upper grades students are to use the MI(main idea) button to underline the parts of the text that helped them determine their answer.  All answers are written responses....how AWESOME is that!

Below is one of the text my 2nd grade son completed, I was able to go into my Teacher Dashboard to view his answers.  After identifying the Main Idea of each paragraph students then summarize the text.  One of the best features of this program is that students are required to read the text a minimum of three times.



I have my students choose the text they wish to read to help increase their reading interest.


I think my favorite feature of the Snap Learning Close Reading program would be their Text Dependent Questions.  These questions require Higher Order Thinking skills and for the student to really dig deeper into the text and think!  Again, not a multiple choice question but a written response...LOVE it!


Above the program highlights the sentence as it reads the text aloud, text is read aloud when they select the "play" button.

Since we have just started using Snap Learning I don't have too much data on my students yet, but we are off to a great start!  I am able to see what books they have selected to read, their written responses, and how long it took them to complete each task.


Below is frame work for Snap Learning's Close Reading program.  

I am excited to continue to use this program throughout the year and can't wait to see the gains my students will make.  I will continue to update you on them and how the program is working for us.  I hope you check out Snap Learning and are able to implement it with your students!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Supermarket Saturday


Can you believe it's November already!?!  We have completed our first nine weeks already, I can't believe how fast the weeks went!  

To help you continue to find Fun Fall products the ladies of the Lesson Deli have put together a list of Fall products for you to use this week or even month of November.

Last year I used this pack to review the NBT standards and a Geometry standard, I know sounds crazy that we taught Geometry the first nine weeks (they finally changed it this year!).


My Thanksgiving Math Practice pack includes 24 Task Cards for all 4th grade NBT standards, two NBT.1 review sheets, and a fun protractor activity to measure angles to create a Candy Corn Craftivity.




Check out these other Fabulous Fall products!



 
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