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Summer Stock Up!

26 Jun

Summer is FINALLY here for us WNY teachers! My last day of school was yesterday, and I am beyond ready to relax and recharge. Of course, in between relaxing and recharging, I will be planning and thinking ahead to next year. (Do teachers really ever take a break?!) The summer always goes by fast, so I’ve decided to pull together some resources for a Summer Stock Up event to help us get ready for next year. Stock up now so you can relax and enjoy the last bit of summer! 🙂 Summer Stock Up This past year, I’ve been slowly building-up my fluency toolbox and creating resources that can be used as interventions with my RTI students. I like to dig deep into fluency and really target the specific area of fluency they struggle with. (Pace? Phrasing? Expression? Attention to Punctuation?) With a new year of fluency groups in mind, it is my summer goal to finish my growing collection of differentiated “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Cards.  Slide03 “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Cards are geared toward elementary-level students. They’re easy to use and perfect for the classroom! They can be used in many ways and are helpful for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and assessing fluency phrasing with your students.

(Sets 1-8 are ALL currently available on TpT!) 

These task card sets can be sent home for practice, used as a center, incorporated into Daily Five, or used in small groups. Directions and suggestions for use are included with each set. Scoop It Product Details Each “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Card set includes the same components, but just increases in difficulty. You can purchase one set, or you can purchase the whole collection! IMG_7212 There are two formats of task cards within each set. The task cards with scoop lines are perfect for students to practice reading with phrasing, following the scoop lines with their fingers as they read. Scoop It Reading Task Cards The task cards without scoops are helpful for students who need practice with identifying appropriate phrases within a sentence. If you laminate the cards, students can draw in the scoop lines (using dry-erase markers) and can practice grouping the different words together. They can then practice reading the sentences afterward. Scoop It Interactive Cards The 48 task cards in each set each feature a targeted phonics pattern. Set 1 starts off with pre-primer words and basic CVC word patterns. Each set increases in difficulty. By Set 6, your students will be interacting with multi-syllable words and complex vowel patterns. Use multiple task card sets to differentiate your practice and instruction. IMG_7217All of the “Scoop It” task card sets are currently available in my MsJordanReads store. The collection consists of the following sets:

There is also a “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Card Bundle if you’re interested in grabbing all the sets at once and at a discounted price.

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“Scoop It” Freebie & Giveaway

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page this weekend to download a FREE sample of my newest “Scoop It” Fluency Phrasing Task Cards (Set 2). Just look for my “Summer Stock Up” tab to download it. When you’re done, click “More Freebies” to stock up on additional resources from the other participants and see their products in action! Also, as part of this wonderful Summer Stock Up event, I am offering a giveaway for TWO lucky winners! Each winner will receive the completed “Scoop It” sets that are currently available in my store. Enter by completing the form below. I will be randomly choosing the winners Friday, July 3rd and announcing on my Facebook page. The winners will also be notified by email!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Thank you to everyone who entered. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Allison Kieffner & Jennifer Lyman for winning my “Scoop It!” Fluency Task Card giveaway! (An email will be sent with the resources!)

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Happy Summer!

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Spring is Here — Poetry Hop

10 Apr

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Welcome to the “Spring is Here!” Poetry Blog Hop. You’ve reached Stop # 13!

With the first few weeks of April behind us, you’re probably knee-deep in poetry and ready for some new resources for Poetry Month. Well, guess what?! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite literacy bloggers to bring you a blog hop filled with FABULOUS poetry freebies. (Thank you to Carla, from Comprehension Connection, for organizing this hop!)

If you’re just joining us… WELCOME! However, you may want to hop back to Stop #1 (Comprehension Connection) to grab all the freebies you missed. If you want to keep going, though, you can always hop back at the end.

Poems for Two Voices

When I first started with partner poetry, I mostly used Partner Poems for Building Fluency by Tim Rasinski**. I still use a lot of those poems but have since developed my own poems with a back-and-forth narrative structure. Most of my poems have a sequence of events that the students can retell, and they’re more similar to a Readers Theater with assigned character parts. I liked the idea of two characters talking or thinking aloud in a dialogue-type structure. Many of the partner poems I’ve created have a problem/solution format, but others are just looking at ONE situation from two different points of view. (Check them out here!)

Typically, I integrate these poems around the holidays as literacy centers or for fluency warm-ups, but I’ve started to use them more for other integrated literacy skills, as well. They’re great for character analysis, making inferences, making connections, analyzing point of view, and so much more!

For my poetry blog hop freebie, I decided to share my NEWEST partner poem (with comprehension activities), “Wake Up, Grizzly Bear!” This product will be free, for a LIMITED TIME only, during the blog hop (4/10/15-4/12/15). It will go back to being a paid item in my store on April 13, 2015.

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I’ve also included a few props to use with this poem. (Aren’t the graphics from Teaching in the Tongass so cute?!) All you have to do is download/print the file from Google Docs, cut out the characters, and laminate or glue to paper plates. These props could be fun for your April Poetry Month performances!

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More Resources

Looking for more ideas? Here are additional poems and poetry books for multiple voices that I currently use in my classroom:

MsJordanReads Giveaway

For those of you who follow my store, you know that I recently bundled ALL my partner poetry products into one GIANT mega-bundle. I’ll be giving away this bundle to ONE lucky winner on this hop! (Will it be you?!)

Check out the product by clicking the image below:

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Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for a chance to win! This giveaway has officially ended.

The winner is…

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Thanks for joining the hop and stopping by!

Head on over to Book Units Teacher for the next stop:

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Happy Hopping!

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FarFaria Subscription Giveaway!

30 Aug

As many of you know, I’m always looking for new literacy resources to help support my struggling readers, especially ones that can I can use with my classroom iPads. A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to try-out a great app for kids – FarFaria. I was not familiar with the app, and I typically don’t do a lot of product reviews, but I was curious to try it out and explore what it had to offer!

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Although FarFaria is designed for children (ages 2-9) with bedtime routines and story time in mind, I would recommend the app as a perfect resource for classrooms too! If you are a teacher with a limited classroom library, or are looking for eBooks to use with your iPads and devices, this app would definitely be for you!

Getting Started

The FarFaria app is a free download from Apple or Google. With the download, you’ll have access to ONE free story a day! I like that the company gives you a chance to explore the stories and experience the app without feeling obligated to buy a subscription. If you are interested, you can buy a subscription which includes unlimited access to all the book collections (over 750 stories!). The best part is they add FIVE new stories each week, so the collection is always growing and changing!

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The app itself is very student-friendly, and it allows students to read independently. This would be perfect for DEAR time or for “Read to Self” during a Daily 5 rotation. If you only have a few iPads in your room, students could take turns using the app during your scheduled literacy blocks. You would need a set of headphones, but the students could sit at their desks (or pretty much anywhere in the classroom) to interact with this app!

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Classroom Perks

I can see many perks for owning this app as a parent. The number one perk would be the unlimited reading opportunities. You could bring your iPad in the car, share a story at bedtime, and provide iPad time during downtime throughout the day. Completing at least 20 minutes of reading every day would be no problem! It’s like having a children’s library in your pocket (well, maybe not your pocket… but maybe your purse or backpack?).

As a teacher, I really enjoy the variety of texts. The FarFaria collection includes quality books that cater to the interests of every child. With eleven categories of books (e.g., fairy tales, animal stories, adventure stories, classics, etc.), the children in your home or classroom will have many different genres and topics to explore.

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Each category includes books at different levels. The levels range from 1 (Pre-Readers) to 4 (Fluent Readers). Your children can pick a “just right” book and read on their own, or they can choose an easier book to read for fluency practice. They can even choose a challenging book and read along with the app! For the classroom, you can have students complete individual “FarFaria Reading Logs” so you can check-in on the levels and genres they’re choosing.

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The “Read to Me” feature is probably my favorite part of FarFaria. From my experience with read along books, I would assume it would be the kids’ favorite feature too. Kids love story time! They love being read to. Similar to RaZ-Kids and the B&N Nook (color) “Read to Me” books, though, I always encourage parents to make sure there’s a balance of using the “Read to Me” feature and having their children read on their own. Listening and following along with a story is great for modeling fluency (and great for bedtime!), but it’s even more powerful if the children listen to the story and then read it on their own after. If the text is to hard to read independently, parents can encourage their children to listen to a story that’s challenging and then pick an easier text to read and practice their fluency. Reading on their own allows kids to practice reading with good pace, phrasing, expression, and attention to punctuation. They can challenge themselves to “read like the iPad” and use it as a model for good fluency!

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Another great feature is that the FarFaria app allows the children to choose stories to read when they don’t have WiFi or internet access. By selecting a story as a “Favorite,” it allows them to access the text offline. This is great for when you’re traveling and you want your child to read in the car or during those in-between times when you don’t have WiFi. Again, I’m not sure how this could work with a whole class using one device and selecting favorites, but it’s great if you only have one child or a small group using it.

FarFaria Resources

Check out the FarFaria blog if you get a chance! Not only do they share new books and app features on the blog, but they also share awesome literacy resources, such as homework tips and literacy games you can play at home. There are many strategies and ideas for encouraging your child to read beyond the app!

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FarFaria App Giveaway

Do you have an iPad at home or in your classroom? Would you like to try-out this wonderful literacy resource? I’m offering a Rafflecopter giveaway for a 3-month iPad subscription to FarFaria. The giveaway will run for one week, so please share using Facebook and Twitter for an extra chance to win. I will be picking ONE winner September 6th! Good luck!

ENTER my giveaway by clicking HERE or the picture below!

This giveaway has ended. Thank you for everyone who entered!

Congratulations to Pam Kobza! You are the WINNER! 

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Happy Teaching!

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Back to School Giveaway & TpT Sale

3 Aug

It’s that time of year again…

The Teachers Pay Teachers “Back to School” Sale is here! On August 4th & August 5th, thousands of sellers at TpT will be coming together to host an awesome two-day sale.

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Everything in my MsJordanReads store will be 20% off. Use the code BTS14 for an additional 10% my already discounted prices.

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Back to School Bundles

With just hours to spare before the sale, I (finally) completed my “Daily Phonics” Word Work BUNDLE. Bundles are a great way to collect resources at discounted prices. By purchasing my newest bundle during the sale (with the promo code), you will be saving $12. That’s like getting FOUR months of resources free from this 12-month series. (To learn more about Daily Phonics, check out my post here.)

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Not everyone includes their bundles in the site-wide sale, but I like to offer the extra discount as an incentive to stock-up during sales!

Check out some of the other bundles at MsJordanReads:

TpT Gift Certificate Giveaway

In addition to some great savings, I’m hosting my very first TpT Gift Certificate Giveaway! One winner will receive $25 to use during the Teachers Pay Teachers sale. Enter by clicking HERE or the image below. The giveaway ends 8/4/14.
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Happy Teaching & Happy Shopping! 

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Put Your Feet Up! — A Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

21 Apr

Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up, so it’s the perfect time to give thanks and share my appreciation for all the teachers out there! I’m extremely grateful for all the support I receive as a teacher and blogger. Everyday I’m inspired – by my students, by my fellow bloggers, and especially by the teachers whom I work with everyday. I love my job, and I love sharing my passion for teaching on this blog. I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the educators who have helped me on my teaching journey, including you!

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Teachers… Put Your Feet Up!

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day this year, I’ve once again partnered up with Dansko for a shoe-ly awesome giveaway. (What better way to feel appreciated than with a FREE pair of shoes?!)

When Dansko asked which shoe was my favorite of the spring styles, I had to go with the the Frida sandal in black (see image below). I love their sandals and was so excited to try these out for the giveaway! (How could I say no?! One for me, one for you!) 🙂

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Even though spring is still deciding whether it wants to actually stay in Western NY (we’ll ignore the snow we got last week), I am looking forward to wearing these for the nice weather days ahead. If you’re like me, you choose “teacher shoes” that offer support and comfort. This wedge sandal gives you both! The best part is that they are designed for long days of teaching on your tired feet. The Frida sandal comes in six different colors and is part of the Havana Collection. The sandals are made from hand-antiqued leather and are SO cute! I can’t wait to wear them in the classroom with all my new spring skirts and dresses.

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Do you have teacher feet that deserve something special too? Enter for a chance to spoil and pamper your feet with a pair of these comfortable sandals! I will be choosing ONE winner on May 6th. (Click image below or click here!)

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(NOTE: If you are chosen as the winner, I will email you for your shoe size and shipping information!)

Dankso Loves Teachers, Too!

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A huge thank you to Dansko for this amazing opportunity to spoil my blog readers! Do you want a chance to be spoiled more? Dansko is also hosting a giveaway for Teacher Appreciation Day. Check it out here!

DANSKO PROMOTION DETAILS: Enter for a chance to win a Dansko Appreciation Event for yourself and up to four co-workers. There will be five teams of five winners. Each team will win a breakfast and pair of shoes for all the team members!

Hurry up, this teacher appreciation event ends on 5/2. Winners will be announced 5/7!

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Happy Teaching! 

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“Spring Has Sprung” Poetry Blog Hop (Stop #5)

28 Mar

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Welcome to Stop #5!

I love spring, and I love poetry, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the “Spring Has Sprung” poetry blog hop! A HUGE thank you to Rebecca Reid, from Line Upon Line Learning (Stop #1), for organizing this fun, blogging opportunity. Really…I can’t think of a better way to kick-off National Poetry Month than with poetry freebies. Can you?!

Poetry Month = Fluency Month

Poetry is the perfect ingredient for building fluency, so one way to celebrate National Poetry Month is by turning “Poetry Month” into “Fluency Month!”

Students love poetry and they love performing, so think about integrating activities that would combine the two with a fluency focus. The Performing Poetry strategy from ReadWriteThink is perfect for this! Each week, you can introduce a new poem for students to practice fluency with. After modeling and going over any new vocabulary, students can practice throughout the week and put on an end-of-the-week poetry performance! The article by ReadWriteThink suggests having a culminating poetry event such as a Poetry Parade, Poetry Day, Poetry Theatre, Poetry Cafe, or even a Poetry Night with parents!

Using iTalk to for Poetry Performing Practice

One way my students practice their poetry performance throughout the week is by recording their poetry reading on the iPads using a voice recording app. Audio recordings are powerful, as it allows students to hear themselves as another person would. I use the iTalk Recorder app which is offered for free through Apple. Students love using this app to record their voices and listen to the recording afterwards. It’s very easy to use… for both teachers and students!

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Students can save their recordings to compare before/after readings, reflect on their fluency, and set appropriate goals. The app also times the students, so it allows them to calculate a words per minute (wpm) rate of reading. Students can try to improve their wpm rate with each practice. (NOTE: You can save the recordings and use them as informal running records, too!)

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If you don’t have iPads in your classroom, consider using Audacity on your classroom desktop computers or laptops. It’s free and easy to use, as well!

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Poetry Theatre

I love the idea of Poetry Theatre as a form of “Poetry Performing.” While many define “poetry theatre” as a general performance of poetry, I have a different definition in my classroom. I’ve developed a series of partner poems that are like Readers Theatre plays, where students have a specific part they play in the poem. Each part is a different perspective (also great for teaching point of view!).  The partner perspective poems I create are have a back-and-forth structure, and students love changing their voices to sound like the two characters. These poems are great for fluency practice because students have to think about character voice and expression, while reading their lines with good pace, phrasing, and attention to punctuation. Just like with any poem-of-the-week, students can perform these in a culminating event to show off their fluency skills!

Are you interested in bringing “Poetry Theatre” or the “Performing Poetry” strategy into your classroom?

Blog Hop Freebie for Performing Poetry!

Scoop up my newest partner poetry packet for FREE below!

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(This poem will go back to being a paid product on 4/2/14)

 This poetry packet also contains comprehension activities to reinforce visualizing, character perspectives, story elements (see picture below), and answering text-based questions. (Supports CCLS!)

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It’s FREE for four days only, so hurry up and download your copy during this great blog hop event! 🙂

MsJordanReads Poetry Giveaway

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I’m giving away a copy of The Complete Partner Poetry Book to THREE lucky winners. This collection of partner perspective poems would be perfect for Performing Poetry. The collection includes 12 partner poems (including my newest poem above!).

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If you have iPads in your classroom, you can open the PDF file with iBooks and the students can read it like an eBook! You’ll need to get the files onto the iPads using email or Dropbox first, but after you click “Open With iBooks” it stays on the shelf until you delete it. I’ve created quite a library of digital poems and PDF files on iBooks this way, and students even create their own PDF “eBooks” and poems to read and share with the class!

Just like with any eBook in iBooks, students can highlight text and look up specific word definitions. Students can also use the highlighting feature of iBooks to go on phonics word hunts and find evidence in the text.

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Enter For Your Chance to Win This Product! 

(NOTE: This giveaway has ended!) 

Winners will be chosen 4/1/14 (7:00 PM EST) and will be notified that evening.
Submit your entry by clicking the form below!

Congratulations to Janet Hegg, Stephanie Chambers, & Kamala Schuster!

You are the three winners! I emailed you the poetry product. 🙂

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Hop Over to the Next Stop

Thanks for stopping by!

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Head on over to Practice Makes Perfect!

Happy Teaching!

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The Gift of Reading Blog Hop (Stop #20)

22 Nov

Blog Hop Overview:

At each blog stop, you will be gathering literacy-related gifts and freebies.  In each post, you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letters, record them on your Giveaway Recording Sheet, and solve the mystery quote. You will need this quote to enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning, to make sure you scoop up all the freebies, please visit the first stop: A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher.  (This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!)

Welcome to Blog Hop Stop #20:

“Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing.”

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The Gift of Reading:

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The gift of reading is a lifelong gift. Helping the children in your life find the one book, the one author, or the one series they could fall in love with… it could change their lives forever. Maybe it’s the book that hooks them into the world of reading. Maybe it’s the series that motivates them to read moreto become better readers. Maybe it’s the author that helps them relate, connect, and understand life. Whatever it is, help your students understand the power of reading, and show them how it can truly change their lives.

I wish for you a holiday season filled with love, laughter, and MANY wonderful books! 🙂

Enjoy my FREE gift for YOU!

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(NOTE: Starting 8 PM on Sunday, 11/24/13, this item will go back to being a paid item in my TpT store.)  

The Winter Escape” partner poetry product will bring some poetry fun into your classroom! Use the poem to reinforce fluency, and use the comprehension pages to reinforce visualizing, retelling, making inferences, and writing text-based answers. Send it home with students, or use it in the classroom as a literacy center. My students love the back-and-forth structure of this partner poem and the activities that go along with it. I hope yours do too!

My secret letter is:

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Thank you for stopping by! If you’re not already a follower, and you would like to be the first to know about new post, giveaways, and blog hops, follow me on Bloglovin’ (click the image bel0w). You can also sign up for my blog posts via email (see right-hand navigation). 

 
 

Don’t stop now! Hop on over to Thinking Out Loud to pick up another amazing reading gift! If you get lost along the way download the Blog Hop Map here to easily pick up where you left off! 

Happy Hopping &

Happy Holidays!

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Super Sleuths Blog Hop! (Stop #14)

25 Oct

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You’ve arrived at “Super Sleuth Blog Hop” stop #14! 

If you’re JUST starting the blog hop, you may want to consider going back to the beginning so you can collect all the clues starting at the first blog, Comprehension Connection. You also have the option of starting here and then going back to the beginning blogs after you reach the end.

If you haven’t done so already, please download your Super Sleuth Blog Hop Form by clicking the link below:

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You’ll need this for keeping track of the blogs you visit and for recording the letter clues you collect. This form will help you figure out the final mystery message so you can enter to win fabulous prizes at the end!

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Blog Hop Overview:

  • 28 literacy-focused blogs have teamed up for this event! At each blog stop, you will collect FREE literacy resources and a letter that will help you solve a mystery on your last hop.
  • If you become lost or need to take a break during your “case,” you can locate the blog buttons at the very end of each post or go back to the first stop, Comprehension Connection.
  • While you are trying to crack the “case”, it may be wise to take notes.  You can use the form for assistance. (HINT: The answer to the “case” is a famous quote.)
  • You will only have from Friday, October 25th at 8:00 AM EST until Monday, October 28th at 8:00 AM EST to solve the mystery.  After Monday at 8:00 AM EST, all case materials will close and many of the free product links will send you to paid items on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher’s Notebook.

Blog Stop #14

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SUPER SLEUTH FACT FILE:

What is “Making Inferences”?

Making inferences is when students draw conclusions from the text using the text clues and their background knowledge. Essentially, students are trying to figure out what the author doesn’t explicitly tell them in the text. It’s a higher-level thinking skill and involves “thinking beyond the text.”

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SUPER SLEUTH FREEBIE:

“Reading Detectives: A Focus on Making Inferences”

(Part of my Reading Hats for Comprehension Strategy Series)

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(NOTE: Starting Monday, 10/28/13 at 8:00 AM (EST), this product will be turned back into a paid product in my TpT store!)

As “Reading Detectives,” students will have to search for clues and information from the text to use as evidence. After collecting the evidence, they will have to connect it with what they already know to draw conclusions about the text. Students use their detective skills to fill-in the missing pieces, make inferences, and understand the “Big Picture” of a story.

Using reference materials, discussion cards, and an original “I’m a Reading Detective!” strategy poem, students will love putting on their “detective hats” to practice making inferences!

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**The Reading Detective is one of the six hats featured in Reading Hats for Comprehension at MsJordanReads! More strategy packets are coming soon!)

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SUPER SLEUTH LETTER CLUE:

On your form, you can record the letter…

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More great literacy ideas and resources are waiting for you ahead, but while you are here, feel free to sign up to follow my blog (via WordPress, email, or Bloglovin’ using buttons on the right side navigation of this blog) or follow MsJordanReads on Facebook or Twitter.  I hope you enjoy the materials and ideas I’ve shared!

Are You Ready?

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Happy Sleuthing!

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Hey, Super Sleuths!

Did you miss a blog stop?

Here are the participating blogs (in order):

1. Comprehension Connection

2. Dont Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

3. The Reading Tutor/ OG

4. Learning Fundamentals

5. Reading and Writing Redhead

6. Ms. Ds Literacy Lab

7. Conversations in Literacy

8. Teacher Mom of Three

9. A Day in the Life of a Title 1 Teacher

10. Luckeyfrog”s Lilypad

11. Curious Firsties

12. All Four Reading

13. Thinking Out Loud

14. MsJordanReads

15. Big Time Literacy

16. Read with Me ABC

17. Teaching With Nancy

18. This Little Piggy Reads

19. The Literacy Minute

20. Book Units Teacher

21. Reading Toward the Stars

22. The Literacy Garden

23. Im Lovin Lit

24. Ripper Resources

25. Teachers Take-Out

26. Sweet Integrations

27. Reading is Elementary

28. The Rungs of Reading

Back to School: Fabulous Giveaway for Teachers!

19 Aug

It’s time for a… “Back to School” giveaway! 

Once again, I’ve teamed up with Dansko to giveaway FABULOUS shoes for the classroom!

I love Dankso shoes. They’re well worth the money, especially if you are a teacher who doesn’t sit down for more than 10 minutes throughout the school day. My feet are often screaming by the end of the day, and since I hate foot rubs (well, pretty much ANYTHING to do with feet), I’m forced to be more proactive. 🙂

The Baker style boot is my favorite in their current boot collection. These boots are perfect for “post-summer feet” (you know… ones that go into shock the first few months back to school). Like all Dansko shoes, you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. Seriously. They’re great for the classroom, and once it gets a bit cooler, I’m looking forward to wearing them with fun tights and a cute skirt or dress. On my dress-down days, I can even wear them with my skinny jeans! My favorite part is the buttons — they’re different patterns and very fun! You’ll want to show them off, but you can totally wear these boots under dress pants as well.

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Oh, you want a pair of these fabulous boots, too? Well… you’re in luck! Not only did I score a pair for myself (to make sure they’re worthy for your tired teacher feet, of course), but now I get to choose ONE lucky winner to receive a pair as well! 🙂

All you have to do is “Like” a few Facebook pages! You can even share this blog post with your friends and colleagues – using the Rafflecopter options listed below – for more chances to win! One very lucky winner will be randomly selected at noon on Saturday, August 24th. The name of the winner will be announced on my MsJordanReads Facebook page. I’ll also be contacting the winner via email, so make sure you provide a valid email on your Rafflecopter entry!

How do you enter? Login to Rafflecopter using your Facebook account or a valid email. You may submit up to five “+1” entries, and then all you have to do is wait for your luck to kick in! Rafflecopter will randomly choose a winner from the entries submitted.

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*This promotion is sponsored by Dansko. Check out their website or Facebook page for their other “Back to School” styles. NOTE: If you’re a male teacher entering this giveaway, a men’s shoe will be substituted. (Don’t worry, you won’t be left out or forced to wear women’s shoes!)*

TpT Sale Reminder

Also, just a reminder… today is the FINAL day to score big on great “Back to School” resources for the classroom! Everything in my store (MsJordanReads) is 20% off, and you can use promo code BTS13 for an additional 10% the already discounted prices! You don’t want to miss out on these great prices! Read my blog post from Saturday, or click my store logo below to check out some of my “must-have” Literacy resources:

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Happy Teaching & Good Luck! 

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2013 Teacher Appreciation Nominations and Winners!

8 May

Hey Teachers… are you feeling appreciated yet?

Already this week has been filled with an abundance of thank you notes, breakfasts, and kind words… not only from my students, but from our PTA and amazing parents, too (and it’s only Wednesday!). I feel blessed to have a job that allows me to give back everyday, a job that pushes my boundaries and allows me to grow everyday as a person. Working with students is rewarding in itself, but hearing the words “Thank you for teaching me to read!” really just makes my heart melt. The students are the reason I walk through the doors of my classroom every morning. I appreciate THEM, along with all the teachers I’ve worked side-by-side with for the past five years!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Shoe-ly Amazing Teacher Appreciation Giveaway. The nominations are in and a winner has been selected! As I mentioned in the details section of my giveaway post, I am sharing all the nominations here on my blog! The stories you shared were inspiring, and it was so much fun to read how teachers around the world are making a difference!

Nominations

Here are the names of the teachers nominated and the reasons that they’re being spotlighted:

  • I nominate Ann Taylor! — She has been my children’s GT teacher and they have enjoyed working with her. She introduced me to Donors Choose and I have been able to get 3 projects funded through this. – Connie Debes
  • I nominate Sherrill Adamo! — Sherrill and I are were team partners for my first three years back in the classroom after I had been out for seven years raising my small boys. She inspired me to jump in head first, and provided the support I needed to make a successful transition. I never would have made it through those trying times had it not been for her encouraging words I received daily!! – Wyn Mims
  • I nominate Kathy Koop! — Kathy is a great example to those around her. She is the most patient and caring teacher that I know! I have learned so much from her! – Jonalee VanDerHart
  • I nominate Meg Zerhusen! — She is a great mentor and friend! – Mary Ellen Zerhusen
  • I nominate Casey Ford! – My wife is a first year teacher at our local school. While she has had some trying moments, she continues to work hard every day in trying to make a difference in the lives of those she sees every day. – Steven Ford
  • I nominate Kelly Thompson! — Miss Thompson is the HomeEc teacher at the middle school my children attend. My children think the world of Miss Thompson. They have learned so many things from her. She is one of their favorite teachers and they smile every time they speak of her. – Donetta Boothe
  • I nominate Linda Frye! — Mrs. Frye has been a dedicated, loving teacher for 32 year. She cares for her students and does many extras for her school and students. – Robert Frye
  • I nominate Debbie Szczepanski! — She taught my children with such care and compassion! Now she is the principal at the school and leading it im great directions. – Michelle Kostek
  • I nominate Kim Hollingsworth! — Kim is an amazing teacher that truly loves her students (including one of mine that she taught a couple years ago). She works hard to meet their needs, teach all of the standards, and make sure all of her “kids” know that they are loved, cared for, and safe. – Allison Baker
  • I nominate Tara Drennan! — Not only is this teacher a good friend of mine, but she has taught me so much about what it means to help my students. I know I can go to her with any question and she is willing to take the time to listen, help, or do whatever to assist me. She works with all of the teachers in our school, and is absolutely wonderful! – Cherie Acevedo
  • I nominate Michelle Kronmann! — Mrs. Kronmann is my son’s honors’ reading and language arts teacher currently. My son has ADHD and mild dysgraphia, but is highly gifted. He often has difficulty with processing when writing. Mrs. Kronmann genuinely cares about him. She gives gentle prods and encourages him daily. She is extremely patient and has brought out some amazing leadership qualities in an introverted child. He greatly admires her and has made outstanding progress thanks to her efforts. She definitely brings out the best in her students while teaching them with high expectations. – Lisa Yoder
  • I nominate Jamie Harshberger! — Jamie and her family have several very serious health concerns currently being battled within their immediate family. Yet despite the seriousness of these issues, Jamie stills comes to school everyday with a smile on her face and a mission to bless others. My dearest, and last living, grandmother just recently passed away; when I shared my grief with Jamie, she held me, shared my tears, gave me a big hug, and then went and had a chat with my students about how they had to take care of me that day! Jamie gives that same type of genuine caring to her students, helping them to learn, not just their academics, but that each of them is a special gift to the world. Such a blessing, deserves to be blessed as well. – Kimberlee Fox
  • I nominate Staci Mullins! — Staci agreed to move from teaching “K” to PreK this year. She went in with the fear of the unknown (prek) and a lot of doubt if this would be the right fit for her. It wasn’t long until everyone could tell this was nothing but a blessing from Heaven for her and her students. I firmly believe it takes a gift to teach PreK and K and a lot of hard work. Staci has that gift. I am a Intervention teacher and worked with Staci for 2 years before she moved to Kinder. I saw first hand how hard she works on helping all the students she come into connect with as well as go over and above the call of duty. I feel totally blessed that Mrs. Mullins was my granddaughters first teacher and as made school a place she loves to be. – Joan McNeil
  • I nominate Sarah Blomstrand! — Sarah is an amazing kindergarten teacher. She teaches kindergarten and does amazing things with these little children. As a colleague I have learned so much from her. – Jamie Schremser
  • I nominate Jamie Schremser!— Mrs. Schremser is our kindergarten to second grade gym teacher. She is constantly on the go (and on her feet!). She is most deserving of this prize for not only her ultimate passion for teaching, but for sharing her infectious energy and dedication to a healthy lifestyle with others. Already she has instilled a love of fitness and healthy foods in our children and I am honored to not only call her a colleague, but an inspiration and friend as well! – Sarah E. Blomstrand
  • I nominate Karen O’Donohue! — Mrs. O’Donohue has been at St. Petronille for 30+ years. And when you hear of a teacher being at one school so long, you might think that things in their classroom might get a little, well, stale. Not with Mrs. O’D! I first met Mrs. O’Donohue when I began student teaching with her 7 years ago. She was (and is!) an amazing mentor. She worked me hard but I have learned so much. I went on to another school after that, but continued a relationship with her as a friend and colleague. I left that teaching job and came back to St. Pet’s as Mrs. O’Donohue’s assistant. We have been working together for the past 5 years and in that time she continually transforms the 3rd grade. She is technologically savvy, up to the minute on current teaching practices and progressive to the extent that she was using the Common Core standards BEFORE they were standards! She gets the kids to dig deep and think outside the box. Her classroom and lesson plans are always in fluid motion. Mrs. O’Donohue’s teaching style is cool and casual, yet maintains a disciplined classroom with love and respect. I am honored to work with her. – Beth Atkinson
  • I nominate Lisa Armstrong! — She has been an inspiration and an example to me on so many levels, but mostly as someone who loves Jesus with her whole heart and lives that way. She has been a very influential figure in my life because of her kindness and her faith in me. – Elena Volovich
  • I nominate Matt Bonson! — My husband teaches 5th grade and is one of 2 male teachers in his 600 student elementary school. I think it is so important for children (especially now-a-days) to have a respectable male figure in their lives to look up to. My husband’s job may be to teach the children curricular material, but his influence on them extends far beyond the school day. – Rachel Bonson
  • I nominate Tina M Dupuis! — I’m nominating myself. I’m a second grade teacher. I love teaching and find it a challenge every day. Kids are wonderful to work with and teaching them a huge responsibility. – Tina Dupuis

And the winner is…

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(Isn’t this random name picker awesome? It’s from ClassTools.net. I love that it’s an interactive slot machine where students can pull the level on a computer or SMARTBoard and help select a name!)

Congratulations, Sherrill!

Sherrill Adamo (the nominated teacher) and Wyn Mims (the teacher who nominated her) will BOTH be receiving a pair of Dansko Jenelle sandals. (NOTE: I’ll be emailing the winners to work out shoe sizes and shipping details. The prize will be coming directly from Dankso.) Sherrill & Wyn — I wish you many miles of comfort in these shoes!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and participated in this giveaway! The nominations I received reminded me of how special teaching is and how much of a difference teachers can truly make… not JUST in the lives of children. Thank you to Dansko, for making this giveaway possible!

A Quick Reminder…

Just a reminder, the TeachersPayTeachers and Teachers Notebook websites are both holding sales this week. (Learn more about these great sales and the discount codes available in my post from Sunday!)

Although I create products, I am a forever on the hunt for great resources too! I just completed my shopping spree and am excited to try out all my new products. Check out these great One Breath Boxes I just purchased this afternoon from DK Coleman! She offers the first 50 Fry words for FREE, but has a set for Fry Words 1-300, 300-600, and 600-100 in her store. My students loved the free set, and we just had to have the full set!

Feel free to comment on this post if you come across any AMAZING resources! I’m always looking to fill up my wishlist and share great resources with others!

Happy Teaching!

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