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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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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!

Summer Olympics 2012… Some Gold Medal Ideas!

26 Jul

Are you ready for the Summer Olympics 2012?

 Go, Team USA!

If you’re interested in bringing the Summer Olympic excitement into your home or classroom, here are some great Summer Olympic-themed educational books and activities to use with your kids, students, or summer programs. There are a TON of great resources and educational materials just a click away!

Books

Have you heard of the new book called Olympig?

Olympig is a phenomenal story by Victoria Jamieson, author and illustrator of books for young children. Not only is it an inspiring story about a pig who never gives up, but it creates perfect opportunities to learn about the real Olympics that are taking place this summer, starting with the opening ceremonies tomorrow night! Victoria even shared activities and printable pages to go with her new book!

Watch the book trailer below! Buy it from Amazon or local bookstores near you!

 

Interested in other Olympics-themed books?

Check out this Reading Rockets article, “Winning Books About the Olympics and Fun Summer Sports.”

Websites

Activities

Challenge your kids or students to a Summer Reading Olympics Challenge. Check out what a local children’s bookstore, Monkey See… Monkey Do… Children’s Bookstore, is sponsoring for kids in a community near me. Kids complete logs and reviews to submit for a chance to win Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals! Check them out here! (If you’re in the Buffalo, NY area, be sure to participate in this great event that’s still taking place until next week!)

Want to do you own Summer Reading Olympics?

Tell your students or kids to create a neighborhood challenge or a book club with their friends to see who can read the most books! You can even do an opening ceremony using ideas from Victoria Jamieson’s website that she shared along with her new book, Olympig!

Looking for additional printables?

Download my FREE Summer Olympic Choice Board Template

…or purchase a complete 18-page activity packet here!

 

Do you have additional ideas for learning about the Summer Olympics?

Comment below to share them with our blogging community!

Happy Teaching!

Raindrops on Roses, and Whiskers on Kittens…

6 Nov

… EdTech and iPads, and Tools for the Teacher!

                        ….These are a few of my favorite things!

Two days into owning an iPad and I’ve become obsessed, so I figured I could share a few of my favorite things to kick off my “iPads for Education” sharing!

Here are five of my favorite FREE apps for Literacy… more to come soon!

1. Sparklefish — It’s like MadLibs or Wacky Web Tale but with the added feature of voice recording! First you pick a story from the provided choices, then you record the missing words (it prompts you to come up with words for the different parts of speech), then you listen to the story! Voila! Not only will your students be laughing at the story, but they will love hearing the sound of their voices as it plugs in the missing words!

2. Toontastic — Create your own animated cartoon with this fantastic app! Not only does it provide a quick review the “story arc” (i.e., setting, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution) but it takes you step-by-step through each story element to help you pick (or create!) your perfect story! The best part is… you can record your own audio to narrate the story!

3. Poetry Creator & PoetryMagnetsRemember the old fridge poetry magnets? Well now you can build poems and sentences using virtual magnets! Verses Poetry gives you options for the types of words and the number that show up on the page (differentiation at its finest), but PoetryMagnets is filled with an endless supply of words and offers a much larger space for building your magnet masterpiece! (NOTE: For early primary students you can use Magnetic Alphabet, a simple magnet board with colorful magnets to manipulate and build words!)

4. StoryLines — This interactive game is like a game of “telephone,” but with pictures! Someone picks a phrase, sentence, or figure of speech. The second person illustrates it. The third person tries to guess the phrase, sentence, or figure of speech… and so it continues! The iPad is passed along around the group and what results is chain of silly illustrations and misinterpretations. This is a great tool for students to be creative, practice visualizing, and have fun!

5. Phonics Genius — This app is perfect for helping students recognize and distinguish words by sounds and their patterns. A menu of sound patterns include: long vowels, short vowels, variant vowels, blends, word endings, digraphs, dipthongs… you name it, it’s there! Each sound has a group of flashcards that students can flip through, with the specific sound highlighted in the word. Students can leave the sound on to listen to the word pronunciation, or they can turn down the volume on the iPad to practice for themselves!

What are your favorites?

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