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A Lil Bit O’ St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Each year, I try to bring a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day fun into my RTI program, and my goal is to incorporate holiday-themed activities with interventions that are already in place. This week, I planned a variety of poetry, language, and phonics activities appropriate for each of my groups. Here’s a quick snapshot of a few of our activities! 🙂

A Lil Bit O’ Figurative Language

My fifth graders have been focusing on figurative language and analyzing poetry. I’ve been trying break down the different figurative language elements and terms throughout the week, while providing them with a variety of practice opportunities. Today, as a warm up, I had my group complete a fun practice St. Patrick’s Day writing task on the iPads (Read more about how to “go paperless” here!). Students had to brainstorm sentences for each of the different examples of figurative language. You can grab this for FREE below!

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Download HERE or by clicking the image above!

A Lil Bit O’ Word Work

This page is part of my Daily Phonics program. I don’t use Daily Phonics with all of my decoding students, but today my second grade groups worked through a page together! This is always a great assessment for me, to see where their phonics skills are. (NOTE: Most of my students completed these on the iPads, but for the classrooms I push-into I had paper copies for them to complete. Daily Phonics is a great paperless warm-up for students!)

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A Lot Bit O’ Poetry

I love, love, LOVE using poetry to celebrate the holidays! So many of my students need fluency practice, so poetry is a wonderful intervention for reinforcing these skills.

Here are a few of my own that I used this week:

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How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

I would love to hear about St. Patrick’s Day interventions and activities you used with your students today! Please share in the comments below!

Happy Teaching! 

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A Winter Fluency Freebie

1 Dec

Last week, I watched as parts of Buffalo, N.Y. were buried with over SEVEN feet of snow (yikes!). Living just 15 miles north of the crazy snow band, I felt extremely lucky — lucky to not have to shovel out from all that snow, and even luckier to be part of such a wonderful city of “good neighbors.” The community came together to overcome this “Snowvember” event, spotlighting many moments of strength, courage, and perseverance. It was a timely reminder, heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, of the importance of giving back and sharing!

With December arriving today, I am ready to jump into a month of crazy holiday preparations and parties. To help kick-off this wonderfully busy season, I’m offering a new winter-themed FREEBIE. This set of 24 task cards is similar to my FREE fall-themed set and is perfect for reinforcing fluency in your classroom!

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 (Download by clicking HERE or on the image above!)

Have students complete the fluency task cards for morning bell-work, Daily 5, literacy centers, or as take-home task card sets. All you have to do is print, laminate, and cut! You can even use as a PDF and display using a SMARTboard or projector.

If you like these task cards, check out my other Daily Fluency Task Card sets. My beginner-level set has been a huge hit, and I just uploaded my newest Daily Fluency Task Card set for upper-level readers. Grab both sets for differentiating your fluency practice!

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Happy December & Happy Teaching! 

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Valentine’s Day Poetry Fun!

12 Feb

Hope everyone is having a fun Valentine’s week!

I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a fun poem and activity that I’m using with my 3rd and 4th graders this week. The silly poem I shared below is great for fluency (and for laughing… my students LOVE Jack Prelutsky’s poetry!).

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I Made My Dog a Valentine

By: Jack Prelutsky

I made my dog a valentine,
she sniffed it very hard,
then chewed on it a little while
and left it in the yard.
 
I made one for my parakeets,
a pretty paper heart,
they pulled it with their claws and beaks
until it ripped apart.
 
I made one for my turtle,
all he did was get it wet,
I wonder if a valentine
is wasted on a pet.
This poem is from Jack Prelutsky’s book of silly Valentine’s Day poetry: It’s Valentine’s Day. My students love them all!

Students can also read the poem on Jack Prelutsky’s website here(NOTE: His website is flash enabled so you won’t be able to use it on the iPad or apple devices.) Once you’re on the website, you have to click on the animated dog (see screenshot below!).

http://www.jackprelutsky.com/

You can also print it out here for your students so they can visualize each stanza or highlight the rhyming pattern! (Go to “File” and then “Download”… don’t click on “Share.”)

As an extension, I had one of my 4th grade RtI groups create a NEW stanza with a different animal receiving the valentine! Here is a sample from one of my 4th graders:

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I would love to hear the stanzas your students come up with! It would be great to publish a few of them as a follow-up to this blog post, too… so send them my way (msjordanreads@gmail.com) and let me know if I have permission to post! 🙂

Also, if you haven’t scooped up my FREE Making Words activity sheet from last year or this week’s Classroom Freebies, Too! post, here it is again!

Making Words!

Happy Teaching & Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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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. 🙂

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!

Collect FREE Valentine’s Day Resources!

29 Jan

Are you interested in collecting FREE Valentine’s Day activities and resources for your classroom?

Join the Valentine Blog Hop!

With this great February event, you have the opportunity to “hop” from blog to blog and collect free resources from each! As you visit each blog, be sure to enter yourself in all the Teachers Pay Teachers giveaway contests too! These are optional, but no matter what, you win!

How to Collect Free Resources:
  • Visit each blog to find your free Valentine’s Day teaching resource.
  • Enter each blog’s giveaway for a chance to win fabulous teaching resources from TPT.
  • Help promote the Valentine Blog Hop to your colleagues and teacher friends through word of mouth and social networking.
  • Bloggers love comments! Please take the time to check out the teacher-bloggers posts and leave relevant comments.

Enter the Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. Valentine Blog Hop Giveaway!

How to Enter:
  • Simply become a follower of my Facebook page or subscribe to my blog via email (Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.) and comment on this post saying you did so! (You must include your name in the comment so I can keep track of the entrants!)
  • One entry will be given for each “follow” between February 1-14, 2012.
  • I will use random.org to select the winner on February 14, 2012 and I will send you a message via Facebook or the email you use to subscribe to this blog! I will also post the names of the three winners on my blog on February 15th!
Winners:
  • Three winners will win three teaching resources from my Teachers Pay Teachers store… of your choice! I have over 80 resources available to choose from and will email the products directly to you!

Download my FREE Valentine’s Day Making Words activity!

A special thank you to Lisa from Effective Teaching Articles for putting this together!

Check out the other participating blogs here:

Happy Blog Hopping!

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