Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NYC Envy and Book Clubs

We have this week off school. My two high school boys went on a school performing arts trip to New York City leaving my husband and I at home. We decided we'd take advantage of the extra date nights and try some new restaurants. I am pretty jealous though. My kids are seeing amazing shows and having workshops with cast members. So far they have seen Once on This Island, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Amateurs, Anastasia, Come From Away, Puffs, and Wicked. Not to mention going to museums, NBC, ice skating. I am turning green. Right this minute they are at a dance workshop with a Hamilton cast member!
California kids experiencing weather!
To distract myself from my envy, I have been finishing up some old projects. Here are some book club packets that I have been meaning to post.  I'm glad so many of you find them useful! I'd love to give them away so leave me a comment with your email and I'll pick two winners to send to. Click HERE to see more detail.

Do you get a week off in February? I hear some places call it ski week but not around here.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

FREE Valentine's Day Activity

Could you use a FREE Valentine's Day ABC order activity?

Or read the room activities are always a hit..

 Have you read this sweet book?
I made a common/proper noun sorting activity that doubles as a cute bulletin board.

Or Grammar Bump? The kids love any BUMP game.

Do you have access to a device with a free QR Code app? My students couldn't wait to check their answers! No technology? No worries, it can still be used as a read the room  and I included an answer key.

I also included a black and white version for those without color printers or wanting to save on ink costs.

I hope you found something you can use this week! Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sight Word Super Stars DOLCH Edition!

I don't teach First Grade anymore but I still enjoy making things my friends and nephews can use.

I finally found some time to make a much-requested Dolch version of my best-selling Sight Word Superstars Program. You can find it in my TpT store.

It includes levels Pre-primer through Third Grade and the Noun List.  I expected my first graders to read one word per second to be considered fluent. So, my goal for List 1 below would be 8 seconds. You may want to adjust the goal for the age or ability level of your students. 

During guided reading, I would test one student at a time while the others practiced their list using their whisper phones. The student would earn a sticker for their star when the fluency goal was reached for a list. When the star was full the student took it home along with a certificate.

I color-coded each list to make it easier on me and the students to see their progress. My students were extremely motivated by this system. They would practice on their own and beg me to find additional time to test them so they could move up.

I also put out flashcard sets to use during Daily 5 Rotations. I color-coded these as well and put them in small labeled containers I found at the Dollar Store.

One rotation was to play Read for Speed (a game I included in this download). It was easy to differentiate since the students could use the cards from the level they were currently working on.
I hope someone out there can use this new Dolch version. It worked wonders in my room. :-)


Monday, November 28, 2016

Don't miss the TpT sale!

EVERYTHING in my store is on sale for the Cyber Sale! Happy Holidays!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween goodies

I miss having fun with holidays. Now that I teach middle school, it is almost like holidays don't even exist.  But when I start getting blue about not teaching the little ones anymore, I remember the potty accidents and feeling like I am herding cats and then I feel a little better.

Anyway, I was going through some of my files and found a book club packet that I had never posted. Since it is very timely, I went ahead and put it in my store.

Need a FREE Halloween ABC order cut and glue?

Or lots of other great stuff for this month! Ok, I'm getting sad again...

Our staff is thinking of all dressing as Where's Waldo characters. Does your staff dress in a theme or just do your own thing?