Sunday, February 26, 2012

The 5 W's on the Hat! Freebie!

The Common Core focuses on these:  Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. (2nd grade) 
Have your struggling readers use this graphic and then retell the story!  

Download this freebie HERE!

For more ideas for Seuss Day

Sunday, February 19, 2012

High Frequency Word Bingo

Check out my new High Frequency Word Bingo based on the 200 high frequency words as listed by Fountas and Pinnell.   Students read, write, and recognize 200 of  the most important words for reading!
You can download it here!

If you use the benchmarking system by F&P, you may not want to focus on these words in isolation.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Snow Globe Freebie

The Snow Globe Family
This is such a cute book!  
The real family lives in the big house on the hill, while the little family lives in a snow globe on the fireplace mantel.  Both are waiting for a good snow so that they can go sledding!  

What is happening in your snow globe?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Inspiration and Freebie

Mark Herzlich
A goal is a dream with a deadline....Mark Herzlich
New York Giants Rookie #58 
Bio:  Ht: 6' 4"  Wt: 246  Age: 24
Born: 9/1/1987, Wayne, PA

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, I wanted to share this inspirational story that all young people need to hear!

New York Giants linebackers, including Mark Herzlich (right)

Bill Reiter from Fox Sports says this is an honest-to-God miracle!

Here is an excerpt from the article you can find here.

The 24-year-old New York Giants linebacker stood surrounded by more media than a player who recorded 12 tackles all season usually would warrant. But that’s what happens when, landing in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI and suddenly overwhelmed by the moment, you tweet this:
“2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer.”
Take it indeed, cancer. And, for the rest of us, let’s savor it. Because beyond the final score of the game Sunday, or the heroics or lack thereof of Eli Manning and Tom Brady, or the ballooning brilliance of Tom Coughlin or Bill Belichick — beyond any of it — rests the fact Herzlich will play in the Super Bowl despite two years ago being told he likely never would run again, if he survived at all.
Another great article to share with students is found here.  Here is an excerpt from Tim Dahlbergap's (AP) article:

For a long time, playing in big games seemed to be Herzlich's destiny. He was a dominating player at Boston College, so good he was chosen ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 after having 110 tackles and six interceptions as a junior.
But he kept getting sharp, stabbing pains in his leg that seemed to come at random, often waking him up in the middle of the night. Doctors finally ordered an MRI and diagnosed him in May 2009 with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer that is fatal 30-40 percent of the time - and 90 percent of the time if it spreads to other areas of the body.
The diagnosis hit him hard. He went home and upstairs to his room, where he contemplated a future that suddenly wasn't so bright.
''It was tough, very depressing,'' Herzlich said. ''Cancer was just something that never crossed my mind.''
The depression didn't last long. Two hours later, he came down the stairs and told his father that not only was he going to beat the cancer but was going to play football again.
''OK, `' Sandy Herzlich said. ''Let's do it together.''
This young man is a true hero!  What does his story inspire you to do or think or change?  That is a great question to ask our students!

I don't know who you are pulling for today, but I am pulling for Mark!  He is a winner!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Is...

Valentine's Day Is.
Gail Gibbons does a great job with nonfiction!  You can watch a video of her discussing why she chooses to write nonfiction  here.
Why is nonfiction so important?  Research shows that greater attention to non-narrative texts in the
early grades can help mitigate the difficulty many students encounter with these texts later in school. (Caswell and Duke 1998)  As we shift from learning to read, to reading to learn, we focus on nonfiction texts!  
Valentine's Day Gail Gibbons is a great way to infuse some nonfiction into the holiday!  Here is a booklet that can let your students practice writing nonfiction like Gibbons!  Use her book as a guide. 

Happy Celebrating!