Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Re-do of Reader's Workshop!

One of my best sellers is a unit I created a REALLY long time ago.  If you all have been blogging for a while and selling on TpT for 4 plus years, then y'all feel my pain when you look at old products. I'm not kidding, the other day someone bought my Reader's Workshop Response pack and I cringed. I wanted to scream through the computer, "NO.....let me give you, your money back!!" I'm not kidding. Is the content good? Yes. Is it cute at all? Oh goodness NO!!! So I had to redo the whole darn thing! I just couldn't take one more person buying such ugly response sheets.  If you already own this product, PLEASE go download it again. If not, it's great if you do Reader's Workshop and follows very closely with  Debbie Miller's book Reading with Meaning.  
Happy Reading! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five for Friday! October 3rd

Hey Y'all! It's Friday and I'm posting my 5 for Friday on Friday. It's a miracle!! Um, yes, write this day down in history.  So here is my 5!

My planner came not long ago and I'm in love! Do y'all have an Erin Condren planner? If you don't run, don't walk to get one.  I love mine.  It's so pretty and comes with so many fun extras. Check it out! 

If you want one just like it, click HERE!

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love to decorate inside and out and I love our trips to the farm.  Here are my men at the farm last weekend.  Love them!

Behavior in my room is amazing this year. Even the noise level is never a problem and I attribute a lot of it to my Behavior Bucks.  Students who are working quietly, making great choices and doing exceptional work earn a dollar. These sit on my desk and are simple and easy for me to pass out.  Students keep their money in the money pocket of their GO Book.  When they get many dollars they often trade in for a 5 or 10 dollar bill.  They love to count their behavior bucks and spend them as well.  They can buy a classroom coupon, candy or small prizes.  I have 8 different coupons to choose from. These coupons are easy and free.  I got the idea from my sweet friend Amy Lemons many years ago when she posted about them on her blog.  You can see her post here. This is the easiest classroom management idea I've ever had. It's simple and takes very little effort.  I don't have to worry about table points, classroom tallies, etc.  You can grab my behavior bucks on my Facebook page.

I've had a few questions about my vocabulary instruction.  Here are our current vocab words.  I use Isabel Beck's Text Talk Vocabulary Instruction.  It's the best way I've ever found to introduce new words to my kids.  I highly recommend you check out he book below.  You can also get many sample Text Talk lessons here.

This week we had a little frisbee word fun.  My friend Hope found a pack of 10 frisbees in the pet section of Target and I knew I had to have them.  This week we did a little word work outside. It's way too beautiful to be stuck in a classroom all day.  Students all started with a short vowel, 3 letter word.  They then threw their frisbee to a partner and that person changed one letter in the word.  They were allowed to change the beginning, middle or end sound, as long as it made a real word.  They loved this activity! I can't wait to get more use out these frisbees. The possibilities are endless!

I also wanted to celebrate my favorite season of all with a sale. So today and tomorrow my store is 20% off. Grab some of my fall centers, my newest farm unit or my focus wall!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Flashback to the Farm

The last two weeks I taught all about the farm.  Two weeks ago, we read Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm and last week we read Farming by Gail Gibbons.  In addition we had several days of Social Studies lessons on farming and products that come from the farm.  I wish I had taken more pictures because this is one of my all time favorite units of the year.  But here are some pictures of our farm fun.

The majority of activities we completed these past few weeks are now available in my newest unit! 
It includes the Nonfiction Reading Plans, Social Studies Plans, Centers, and tons of printables for morning work, interventions and review.  

To see some of my past farm posts click HERE!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fun on the Farm

Hey All!
   I feel like I have a million things to share, so I'll write a post a day until I get all caught up. I'm super excited to be all finished with my farm unit.  I just finished using it in my classroom and we had a blast the last two weeks with farm activities.  I'll post pictures of our week soon.  For years I've posted our farm activities and have been asked if they were available on TpT. Now they finally are! Below is the finished product.

Included in this unit is a week's worth of shared reading with the book Farming by Gail Gibbons, as well as Social Studies lesson plans for the week.  In addition, there are 6 centers that are Common Core aligned and include "I can" cards. I also included a few "Write the room" activities, as well as a ton of farm printables to cover all sorts of standards.

If you would like this unit, you can click HERE
Have a fantastic week friends! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Five for Friday...Better Late than Never

I'm linking up with my 5 this Saturday.  Yes, on Saturday...again! 

So here we go...

Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day.  My pirate units are some of my favorite units I've created.  I always look forward to our two weeks of pirate fun.  The first unit is a pirate themed map unit that also includes centers and a craft. And my Pirate Shared Reading unit includes many common core reading activities.

 I also love this book and so do my kiddos.

Here are some activities we completed last year. 

In addition to these units I also have some pirate freebies in my store. You can check them out below.

This week we read Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm. We talked about how the characters changed in this story as well as chose our favorite characters.  Students had to give a specific reason from the text as to why they liked that character. 

We also learned all about farms this week. Here is our anticipation guide.

 And here are a few of our farm centers this week.  

You can find my plans and resources from this week by clicking HERE.

When I'm not working, blogging, cooking, cleaning or shopping, I'm watching baseball. Lots and lots of baseball and I love every minute, because my favorite players are my sweet boys.  Drew is quite the baseball player.
 And Landon...well, he's something.
 And Gussy likes to watch too.

 So proud! 

Today I did a little shopping. I'm so happy it's finally fall weather here in Ohio.  I love fall clothes. In addition to buying my boys new clothes, I might have done a little shopping for myself.  Here are some outfits and pieces I'm loving.

I bought a cute leather jacket today at Limited.  I love black leather jackets with all sorts of outfits.
source: http://www.caraloren.com/2012/10/stud-and-i.html
source: www.nordstrom.com 

source: http://www.mycentsofstyle.com/products/i-have-nothing-to-wear-br-baseball-tee

Speaking of fall... Decorating my house for this season is my favorite. I'll be buying our mums tomorrow and can't wait to head to the pumpkin patch to complete our porch.