July 18, 2014

FREEBIE Friday {Writing Templates}



I'm going to start right off by being honest.
My first year of teaching writing was totally....me teaching myself how to teach writing.
(Almost total fail)

My second year of teaching writing we implemented Lucy Caulkins.
(Off to a much better start)

My third year of teaching writing was...awesome!!!
(I had some great writers at the end of the year)

Each day we started off with a mini-lesson of some sort.
They then went to pick up a piece of paper or continue writing.
I turned on our writing music and conferred during the silent (YES! It was almost always silent) time.

Here is an example of a graphic organizer I would introduce during a mini-lesson time.


We would complete the example together for a few days.
Then during another mini-lesson I would transfer our "sloppy copy thinking map" into our final copy, first showing them how to draw, write, and then self-check.


My favorite part of the template above is the self-check component at the bottom. 
You MUST teach and re-teach this part in order for them to become self sufficient in checking their writing.

You can download both of these template for FREE by clicking on the pictures above!

Happy downloading!
Check back next Friday for another FREEBIE

July 11, 2014

FREEBIE Friday {Lesson Planning}

Before I feel in absolute head-over-heels LOVE with my Erin Condren Teacher Planner, I had the bomb dot com lesson plan template. 

You see, I am a complete organizational freak.
My desk.
My files.
My centers.
My library.
AND my lesson plans. 

So...I created this template my first year of teaching. It worked wonders my first few years! 

Since I like things so nice and neat, I opted to open up the document and type in my plans each week.
Handwriting them just wouldn't work (only because I would erase my writing a thousand times if it wasn't neat enough). But if you're not so OCD than that option could work for you!




I like for everything to be in ONE place.
This template allows you to include everything in your week.
From spelling words to reading and intervention groups to sight words and math....all in once place.
That's why it's the ultimate FREEBIE!

...and...

Yes!
You CAN customize it.

So if you have a different schedule, change those times.
If you want to include what center you have out for the week, add that to the side bar.
If you don't have a theme of the week, delete that item.


INSTRUCTIONS:
Click on one of the pictures above to download the template. 
{It will take you to Google Docs}
From there, click on the downward arrow in the top lefthand corner.
This will start the downloading process.
The document will open in Powerpoint.
Customize away.

I hope you find this template useful for your upcoming year!

Happy downloading!
Check back next Friday for another FREEBIE

July 9, 2014

Workin' on it Wednesday

What have I been workin' on you ask?
I'm linking up with Kindergals to show you!





The most important thing I've been working on this summer is......

 my fitness of course! I've discovered my LoVe for Zumba and clean eating and couldn't feel better!



The most irritating thing I've been working on is.....


leveling my classroom library!
AHHHHHH
It's SO time consuming and SO irritating that not every book comes up when I scan them.
{having a tantrum in my head}


The only, yes only, product I've been working on is....





sight word cards for my classroom word wall!

They are both up on TpT.
Grab the chevron theme pack {HERE}
Grab the safari theme pack {HERE}



One thing I have in the works is....

anchor charts for teaching reading strategies.

This is going to be a lot like my best selling product Glitz and Grammar Anchor Charts that you can print, laminate, and go! I like to use them for introducing a topic. Read more about them {HERE}.


Be on the look out!


June 27, 2014

Oh Summer...Five for Friday

Oh summer.
How are you slipping away so fast?
So fast that I have dearly neglected this sweet little blog and my followers as I'm wrapped up in all of your goodness {which I am VERY sorry by the way}. 
Here's to my start of summer blogging!


I've actually created 2, yes only 2, products.
They are pre-made cards for your word wall. 
I will do a post on them soon. Until them check them out in my store {here} and {here}.



I went and bought a new devotional to read each morning by Beth Moore. 
If you have never listened or read something by this lady it is a MUST!
This is one thing I love spending more time doing in the summer, with my coffee of course!

My second most favorite (and newest favorite) thing to do is get my fitness on.
I've finally found something that I love to do and it goes by the name of Zumba. 
Makes me feel like a dancing queen!
Plus I feel a lot better because of it.

Yes, I've actually been up to my room twice now.
And thank goodness I did because my cabinets were about to drive me insane!!!
The mess on the left now looks like (almost) perfection on the right. 
Hoping it stays this way most of the year!

One of my projects this summer is to level my library. I am just not having this "I can't pick a book that I can read" crap going on in my room anymore. I want them engaged in the right books!
So....I've found a few places for leveling but I need more.
HELP!
Suggestions or anything that has worked for you?


Happy Friday!

June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I'm normally all about #tbt on Instagram but have totally missed that train the past few weeks...my mind must be on summer time! So I thought my good ol' blog needed some love and this would be a good place to pick it back up!


First off, here's my throwback picture from a science class in college.


We made "science eyes" to wear when we teach science lessons because science is all around us, you see!

Getting on with the show, here is a Throwback post from last November with my favorite craft for digraphs!

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Who says a week of review has to be boring?
"Not I", said the teacher.
Each day last week we picked a different digraph to review and got a little crafty with it!
 
 
We started off each day with a review of digraph sounds on BrainPOP.
{If you don't have a subscription I HIGHLY recommend it!!}
I had them listen for digraph words. We took those words and others they came up with and wrote them down in a brainstorming session on our chart.
Each day I had the students pick one word from our chart and use it for our craft.
 
Day 1: CH
We took our words from "Our ch words" anchor chart and made a CHocolate CHip cookie! 
 
Day 2: SH
We took our words from "Our sh words" anchor chart and made a fiSH bowl!
 
Day 3: TH
We took our words from "Our th words" anchor chart and made a paTHway of words!
 
Day 4: WH
We took our words from "Our wh words" anchor chart and made a WHale!

We had so much fun and the kiddos looked forward trying to figure out what digraph each poster was for!  Perfect way for THem to SHow WHatCHa know!

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Don't forget to head over to visit Hope from Second Grade Shenanigans to link up!

June 7, 2014

Five for Friday {a day late}

 I absolutely fell in love with this EOY bucket idea when I saw in on Reagan's blog.
My kids about DIED when they got to see what was inside them after our awards.
Total hit!



My pretty little planning baby came in the mail this week.
Confession: I may have already went through and wrote in the dates.
If you need some convincing on purchasing this planner see my blog post about it from last year HERE.





School's out for summer.
#butnotforever

But we can still celebrate, right!?

2 hours later.....(see picture above)....a few members from my team went out on the boat to celebrate a beyond FaBuLoUs year together!
#wedontwasteanytime


One goal I have for this summer is to completely reorganize my storage cabinets to look like this (partner's room). I've received over $150 to Target from my sweet kiddos this year so I am going to go stock up on some tubs!