Sunday, July 29, 2012


Meet Jan Burkins!  She is the creator of Literacyhead. 
 Literacyhead is a website that creates lessons to teach reading and writing through the use of visual art.  
I am a great fan of this wonderful resource.  I enjoy receiving their newsletter with several free resources included each time.  (The subscription is $99 per year.)
I believe that visual literacy and incorporating art into our literacy lessons is a must!
What is visual literacy?
It is the ability to see, think, and read images.  

Check out their video on Youtube! 

The current Literacyhead newsletter has ideas for the beginning of school!  Don't miss this one!
I think that Literacyhead would be an especially great resource for upper elementary and middle school teachers and students.  Students in this age-range need an extra boost of energy to keep their writing juices flowing!
Jan has also written a great article for Choice Literacy, another great website that sends out a great newsletter.  Her article mentions overlooked books that are great for using at the beginning of school.

 Let me know what you think about visual literacy!

For more information and lesson plans using visual literacy, check out this page from Learn NC.  
Check out the WebMuseum for interesting information about famous artists, the Smithsonian for educators, or the National Gallery of Art for educators!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Clip Chart Behavior Freebies

I just created a new page on my blog to promote the Clip Chart System of positive behavior management!  You can find "themed" clip charts to use in your classroom!   
I would love for you to follow my blog and hear how this system works for you!

My New Page!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Second Grade Kid Friendly ELA CCSS Freebie

ELA Standards

Download these Teacher and Kid Friendly ELA CCSS for Second Grade!  Polka dot colors vary for each group!  Use them in a pocket chart or attach a magnet to the back for use on the whiteboard.

Get them HERE!

I am participating in:

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday