Saturday, March 31, 2012

Similes Freebie

As I have mentioned before, Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe is a great book to use for teaching similes.  Here is a freebie to use with the book.  

You can grab your own mason jars at Sweetly Scrapped HERE!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Writing Papers Freebie

Have you visited Melanie over at Frog Spot, a blog from the pond?  She has some really cute graphics and many are free!  I took several of her frames and graphics and made these spring writing papers!  
You can download them HERE
Hope these bring springtime to your writing!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Madness Writing Freebie

Lessons from March Madness

There are many lessons to be learned from sports! As basketball bounces through March and toward the Final Four, you might want to write about it.  
Check out this article by Sarah Caron.  She writes about the many lessons that can be learned from sports.
Lesson Topics:
Do Your Best
Play with Confidence
Practice, Practice, Practice
It's Not Over Until It's Over also known as Don't Give Up!

I especially like her comment that NCAA basketball players play the game until the buzzer sounds!  The players have to focus on the the game and not the outcome!  I know that teachers and students can take that lesson to heart this time of year!

Why not discuss her article with your students and see what they take away as a life lesson!

I would love to see your writing!  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Writing Workshop and the Red Sled


Several months ago I purchased the newest book by Lita Judge, the Red Sled.   We decided to use this beautiful book in Writing Workshop for grades K-2.  Each grade decided how they would like to use the book.  I want to share the wonderful writings from each grade level.    Kindergarten and second grade chose to write about what happened the next night!  First grade wrote about what they would do if they found the sled.
This is the only snow we saw down south this year by the way!


First Grade

Second Grade

Everyone did a great job!  I appreciate their willingness to work together on this project.  I work with wonderful teachers! 
Thanks Lita for such a lovely book!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't Miss This Free Poetry Sampler!

Stenhouse is offering a fabulous resource!  They have posted a rich collection of chapters on poetry from 14 professional books spanning K-12—as a free 285-page download, available through April!  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

March Poetry Freebie

Thought you might want to add a few Irish Blessings to your poetry notebooks!  Hope you are blessed this week with shamrocks and rainbows!  
To get all three...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Lucky Contractions Freebie

In honor of St. Patty's Day, you can get Lucky Contractions Here!
This can be a small group activity or literacy center game.  Please take the time to leave some TPT feedback and follow my TPT store!  
Thank you!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

One Lovely Award Three Times!

Thank you to Forever in First (Lovely Tammy), The Corner On Character (Lovely Barbara), and Daisy Days For Learning (Lovely JadaTolbert)!  All three lovely ladies honored me with this quite lovely award.

Check out Tammy's Saturday Sayings!  She always has great posts, but on Saturday she makes us think about why we do what we do! Barbara will  inspire you with her positive look on life!  She is one fantastic character coach/counselor.  Read more about her here and visit her blog when you need a lift!  Mrs. Tolbert is one of my new bloggy friends.  You need to see her Dr. Suess ideas and pictures!

Now to honor a few lovely bloggers:
A Special Kind of Class - Amanda works with special needs children in a hospital setting.  Wow!  I am proud to call her Lovely!
The Enlightened Elephant- Melissa has Math and Spanish  resources. She is smart and lovely!
Education Journey - Ashleigh has wonderful ideas that are curriculum based and definitely lovely!
Everyday Classroom - Casey is a special education teacher with lovely ideas!

The Lovely Rules
Link back to the one who gave you the award.
Follow the person who gave the award to you.
Honor 15 (Whew) bloggers with the award.  (I failed miserably)

I am afraid that is all I have time for this morning!  Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"I Just Read Dr. Suess" Freebie

If you follow my blog, you know that I love to promote writing!  Especially as a part of balanced literacy.  Here is a writing paper to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday!  Hope you have a great Seuss Day!
Download HERE!
Please follow my blog if you don't mind!
It is thoughtful, smart, and kind!
Wink Wink!