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Goodbye October… Hello November! — Scarecrow Poem & Activities

1 Nov

As many of you know… I. Love. Fall. ūüôā I love fall foods (pumpkin muffins, apple pie, butternut squash soup… Mmmm!) and pretty much everything related to fall. I would be ecstatic¬†if we could stretch-out the autumn fun to¬†last another month. Unfortunately, winter usually comes too early in WNY,¬†and¬†my hopes for a long autumn season¬†get buried under a pile of snow. (Sigh.)

Since I probably¬†have a few more weeks¬†before I¬†have to say¬†“Goodbye Fall… Hello Winter!,” I wrote¬†a new fall-themed poem about a scarecrow to share with all of YOU!¬†Not only is it fun for fluency, but I’ve also added some word work and comprehension activity pages to go along with it.

Scarecrow Poetry Resource

Students can use the descriptive language in the poem to visualize the scarecrow. They can hunt for text evidence that helps them create a mind-picture and can record the picture on the page provided.

Scarecrow Visualization

This poem provides plenty of word work opportunities! Students can hunt for rhyming words, compound words, word endings, and specific phonics patterns. I always create a coding key for my students to follow. For this poem, I had them underline rhyming words, box compound words, and squiggle underline adjectives.

Scarecrow Poem Word Hunt

The scarecrow adjectives are great for a parts of speech mini-lesson! I always have my students circle or highlight the adjectives in the poem before recording the words on the graphic organizer. (As an alternative, the scarecrow patches on the graphic organizer can be used to visualize the adjectives, almost acting as picture frames, for students to show they understand the meaning of each word!)

Scarecrow Adjectives

Are you looking for some picture books to add to your classroom library? I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. They are perfect for building-up your students’ background knowledge and scarecrow vocabulary!

Download the free poem by clicking HERE or the image below!

Scarecrow Poem & Activities

Happy November! 

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Pumpkin Visualizing Fun!

18 Oct

Pumpkin Visualizing Fun | A fun activity to help your students practice visualizing for the fall season (@MsJordanReads)

With the fall season upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to bring more PUMPKINS into my teaching! ‘Tis the season, right? ūüôā

Last week, I reviewed visualizing with one of my 3rd grade RtI groups. We talked about the purpose of descriptive words and spent some time reviewing adjectives.

To reinforce descriptive language, we went on an adjective word hunt using¬†various pumpkin poetry. I love using¬†Virginia Kroll’s “Pumpkins” poem (you can find this poem in Read and Understand Poetry, Grades 2-3). It has a fun rhythm, and it really hooks my reluctant readers. Plus, it has over a dozen adjectives crammed into the poem! If you don’t have this resource, you can use any poem about pumpkins that includes adjectives.

MsJordanReads Poems About Pumpkins:

Other Poems About Pumpkins:

The students highlighted the adjectives in the poem, and we recorded our adjectives on an anchor chart.

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My students then helped me brainstorm additional adjectives for the different categories. We made our own roll-a-pumpkin chart and the students had fun rolling dice for adjectives and visualizing pumpkins using the adjectives they rolled.

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They recorded their first round of Roll-a-Pumpkin adjectives in their writing notebooks and sketched using a pencil.

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This was a great activity for students to practice visualizing because they had to incorporate ALL the adjectives they rolled and had to make their pumpkins come to life! We made final copies of our illustrated pumpkins with an adjective sentence to display in the hallway.

Interested in trying out this activity?

Create your own roll-a-pumpkin charts with your students, or grab the ready-to-use Roll-a-Pumpkin! activity packet I uploaded to TpT. All you have to do is print and provide a dice! There are two different chart & recording options (3 adjectives or 5 adjectives).

 

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Happy Teaching! 

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A Harvest-Themed Fluency Freebie

2 Oct


Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love sharing my love of fall with my students!

To help you focus on fluency¬†in your classroom, I’m sharing my brand-new¬†Daily Fluency Task Cards¬†— Fall Freebie.¬†These task cards are perfect for reinforcing fluency skills in the classroom. Students will love the different activities focusing on pace, phrasing, expression and attention to punctuation. There is a total of 24 fall-themed fluency task cards that you can use for the months of October/November. I hope your students enjoy them as much as my students do! ūüôā

(NOTE: The¬†resource I’m sharing is an off-shoot of my new¬†Daily Fluency Task Card series. Read more about this series in my blog post here!)

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Happy Teaching! 

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A FREE Back to School Poem

18 Aug

Two more weeks and then it’s back to school for me! (Seriously… where did the summer go?!?) I’d like to say that I was extremely productive and accomplished everything on my to-do list, but… not so much. I started to feel guilty and disappointed in myself, but then I came across¬†Jenny’s post¬†at Luckeyfrog’s Lilypad,¬†“The Summer That Should Have Been,” and it helped put things into perspective for me. I’m feeling a LITTLE less guilty about the neglected task items on my list, because looking back,¬†I’ve had a pretty awesome summer!

Just to share a few things I was lucky enough to do:

I went to Ireland with my¬†husband’s family for a week. (One word: AMAZING)

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(Lough Leane, Killarney, Ireland – July 2014)

I spent three days in Belgium with my husband where we ate lots of waffles, chocolate, and frites (and tried MANY new beers!).

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I spent time with family and friends, near and far. Threw a (successful) surprise retirement party for my father-in-law. Went to a couple of weddings, from Buffalo to Chicago, to celebrate the marriage of some of my favorite people. Snuggled with my adorable pup, Kiko. I even read seven books (YESSS!).

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For teaching-related tasks, I¬†completed¬†two online courses for continuing ed credit, published¬†two new partner poems (I now have 14 total!), and filled up a notebook with fun¬†ideas for the school year. I’m also in the process of¬†planning a new intervention block with the 2nd grade team in my building.

Productive summer? Yes. As productive as I wanted to be? No. Am I okay with it? ABSOLUTELY, yes. I feel accomplished, yet refreshed. My summer was FULL… full¬†of¬†fun, relaxation, travel, and wonderful memories (with a little work mixed in there). ūüôā

Despite all of that, I’m still struggling with the summer being almost over. It’s one thing to create lessons and resources by the pool, another to get up, get dressed, and get myself out the door each morning! I’m not looking forward to that, but I am eager to kick-off another fun school year. I have so many new ideas I want to try out, and I can’t wait to see all my students!

A *FREE* Back-to-School Poem!

As I mentioned above, I’ve been working on a few new¬†partner poems to use with my students this year! If you love partner poetry (aka, “poems for two voices”)¬†and are interested in checking them out, click¬†HERE! They’re great for fluency practice and for teaching character perspective. My students love them, and I bet yours would too! You can buy¬†a collection of just the poems (PDF eBook), or¬†I sell each poem individually with activity pages. I’m working on¬†getting them published as a REAL book (wouldn’t that be awesome?!). ūüôā

In the mean time, to celebrate¬†my growing partner poetry collection and the back-to-school season… I’m offering my newest poem for FREE on TpT (if you’re not already a member of TpT, you should join here!).¬†Grab the FREE poetry packet HERE or by clicking the images below!

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Happy Teaching!

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Have a Spooky Halloween!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

After having the day off from school yesterday because of Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. Frankenstorm), my students are energized (maybe a little too much!) and 100% ready to celebrate Halloween. Since they were jipped of an extra celebration day, I am changing my plans to include Halloween FUN for the rest of the week! (Why not?)

For those of you in school today and not home picking up storm debris, enjoy this free Fill-in-a-Story Halloween writing activity I used with my RtI students to practice sentence structure and parts of speech!

Download your FREE Fill-in-a-Story Template here!

Your students will love filling in the blanks with the words from their word lists to create silly or spooky stories. For parts of speech practice and to make the story more of a surprise, have the students fill in the word lists BEFORE even previewing the story! If you want to make this activity more of a cloze activity, skip over the word list page and have them write directly on the story page.


If you want the students’ stories to be more Halloween-focused, consider brainstorming Halloween words ahead of time using an ABC Graphic Organizer or on chart paper. If your students are unfamiliar with these kinds of stories, you may need to model the whole fill-in-the-blank story process… especially for younger students! Teach them by creating one story together before letting them work in partners or work independently.

If you have time for students to share their stories, with the whole class or in partner pairs, use this activity as a chance for students to practice oral reading fluency. Spooky stories are great for adding extra expression to our voices! I modeled what their voices should sound like  using a fill-in-the-blank story I created while they were working so hard on theirs.

Be prepared though, the stories could be very silly and the students may not be able to read them because they are giggling so much. Not that I would know from experience.. ūüôā

Happy Teaching!

What did YOU do for Halloween today?

Fall Literacy Fun!

29 Sep

Are you ready for FALL?

Fall is by far my favorite season!

Seriously… how can you go wrong with pumpkin picking, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin-smelling candles, and pumpkin pie? ¬†All. Wonderful. Things.¬†I love pumpkin (can you tell?), but most of all, I love the changing leaves and¬†the smell of autumn. Fall is in the air, and I can’t wait to start celebrating with all my students!¬†

Just a quick update… Life has been busy, but a “good” busy, filled with many new and exciting things! Despite the 101 not-so-fun initiatives, mandates, programs, and responsibilities that are part of this new school year, my colleagues and I are still trying to embrace the joy of teaching and have fun while meeting all these demands. I have a fun group of students this year and am looking forward to helping them grow as readers and writers.¬†My head is spinning, but I am still determined to make more time for blogging and sharing this year.¬†I promise. ūüôā

To kick-off a new ¬†year of sharing, here are some Fall-themed products I just finished up. Feel free to download my FREE pumpkin poem for October. I’ll be using this poem with my groups this week and can’t wait to see how my students do with it. Let me know what you think!

Fall Poetry {FREEBIE!}

(Download your FREE copy here or by clicking the image above! If you happen to like it… be sure to check out the complete Poetry Packet here!)

Featured Fall Products

My November Roll-a-Story is finally complete!

Thank you to everyone who’s been patiently waiting!

(Click here or the picture above! If you missed the October one, it’s not too late to scoop it up!)

Additional Fall-related products (from last year!): 

Still Looking for More Ideas???

Check out additional fall activities and ideas at a Fall Linky Party hosted by 2nd Grade Pad! Click the badge below to explore the many other Fall resources that are linked up!

Happy Teaching!

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