Sunday, October 23, 2016

Haloween Work on Writing Activities!

We are well into the school year and STILL launching our Daily 5 rotations!

Every class is different and this year my class needs a lot of modeling and a lot of extra practice working independently. 

BUT the one rotation we have finished building our stamina on is WRITING!

I absolutely love writing and I love creating fun writing products that are easy for my students to grab and go. 

This October I put out my Halloween Writing Pack and it has been a HUGE hit!

I use a colored cart with 8 labeled drawers for students to choose their writing options from. 

Choice is the BEST way to get students excited about writing as well as keeping them from getting bored of doing the same activity every day! 

I LOVE this work on writing pack because I can make copies and then leave it out in my writing cart all month! 

Here are some of the activity included in this pack:

This is THE favorite activity during work on writing! The first drawer in my writing cart is full of stickers ( I change them out seasonally) and students grab 3 stickers and a paper and go back to their seat to work. I have them put their 3 stickers down, sketch their story with a pencil and write their story!

I copy these cards double sided, so my firsties can color the front and have the writing lines on the inside! They love writing cards for their friends and family! 

In this pack there are 3 choices of different how to writing activities. We are just starting Procedural Narratives so this gives students a chance to practice what they are learning during our Writers Workshop!

Spooky setting writing pages allow students to practice what they have learned about setting while writing! Each page has a fun Halloween themed graphic and students sketch the setting around it and then write a story about it! 

This writing pack has 22 pages of activities to supplement your writing station during the month of October! 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Abe Lincoln's Hat: Writing Activity

We have been having so much fun learning about Abe Lincoln this week!

One of my student's favorite stories was Abe Lincoln's Hat

To culminate our weekly study of Abe Lincoln, I created this fun writing activity!

I hope you enjoy it :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Valentine's Day FREEBIE

One of my most popular Daily 5 Choices is my Work on Writing Center!

I like to change out the activities each week. One of my student's favorite choices is to write cards for their friends!

I created this freebie as a "Valentine's Day" card for my students to complete during Daily 5 rotations in February. 

You can find it HERE in my TPT Store. 

Happy Teaching!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fun Valentines Day Activities!

This week I have been thinking about what I will be doing for centers the week & day of Valentine's Week. I decided to let the students try something new!
You can find this Valentine Pack HERE in my TPT Store!

During centers, each student will be given a choice board:

I will have these 9 centers around the room! Students will need to do 3 a day, and cross out the box when they have finished the activity. 

Here are some of the fun activities below:

 This pack would also be fun to have out during a Valentine's Day Party, or to let students complete on Friday afternoon's during the month of February! 

You can find this Valentine Pack HERE in my TPT Store!

Happy Teaching, 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Word Work Activities: Words Ending in -ng

I've used this Christmas break to re-organize my reading block, as well as plan out new lessons for my intervention block. 

I may have also watched about a thousand hours of Grey's Anatomy ;)

One of my goals for this new year is to give my students MORE phonics and spelling practice. To prepare them for second grade, I'm starting to transition away from the "play" spelling & word work centers, such as magnet boards and matching games, and holding them more accountable with these worksheets. 

In this new word work pack, there are 17 worksheets to help students get meaningful practice with words ending in -ng!

You can find this pack in my TPT Store HERE!

I also spent this break helping my sister set up her new classroom! Here are a few pictures I was able to snap as we finished the other night:

I am looking forward to seeing my sweet little firsties when we get back :)

Happy teaching

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Fun!

We've been having so much fun in room 421 this holiday season! 

I am always the first person to go for a craftivity. But can I just tell you how nice it was to do a writing project that also didn't involve a huge cute and paste art project? My writing block is VERY tiny - so it was so nice to actually do a writing project that was easy and enjoyable for the students. 

All that was left for me to do was slap on the world's laziest fireplace and we were ready to go ;)

These print and go Christmas themed literacy centers have got my students SO EXCITED about writing! Every night our elf on the shelf Mr. Sparkles flies back to the North Pole and delivers our letters and Christmas lists to Santa and his helpers. The students have even received a note back from Santa ;)

Mr. Spakles Came in like a Wreckkkinggg Ballllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.............

That was in my head all day as Mr. Sparkles hung on his snowflake and watched the students. Elf on the shelf is in FULL SWING! Follow me on instagram for fun elf on the shelf ideas. 

Our Bulletin Board:

My students were so thoughtful creating their Wish for Christmas ornaments! We first read The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
Then we talked about scarcity, how some people don't receive toys for Christmas, etc. 
Then with the real spirit of Christmas in mind, students write their Christmas wishes. 

Our Classroom Door:

Because who doesn't love olaf?!

Next Week:

We have been collecting supplies, washing out milk cartons and counting down the days until our gingerbread house day! My students could not be more excited.

As much as I love December, I am ready for all my hyper little friends to come back from Christmas break rested and ready to learn again ;)

Happy Teaching