Sunday, January 26, 2014

Valentine Digraph Puzzle FREEBIE

With all of my 'free' time during my many snow days, my plan was to be super creative and make some items that have been sitting on my "to do" list.  Well, I didn't.  It is now Sunday evening and I just made an item to be used with some of my students receiving intervention in reading (while watching the Grammy's!).  I have a handful of kids needing some extra activities/support with initial digraphs. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I quickly decided to create a FREE holiday-themed activity. Click on any of the images below to get to my TPT Store for this FREEBIE!  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Class Valentines

Today was my second consecutive SNOW DAY!  To some, that might not sound too exciting, but here in VA - that's a big deal! I decided to get a head start on some Valentine's Day things.  I was super excited about these Valentine Favor's that I found at Sam's Club last week. I knew immediately that I would use these as class valentines for my kiddos.  The toughest decision was deciding if I wanted to get the rainbow gumballs or the V-day themed (red, pink, white) gumballs.  Alas, the colorful gumballs won.  The best part...a set of 24 were only $9.99!  I slapped on some labels that I made to avoid having to write on the tiny little cards that came on them.  With my luck, I would have smeared or torn some - and I could not put that in a student's valentine mailbox...that just wouldn't fly in my book!  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Main Idea Masters

We had been focusing on identifying/supporting the main idea (central message for those of you CCSSers) last week.  Using the table idea as a graphic organizers, my kids are rockin' the concept of main idea!  Today we read Otis by Loren Long. It's a wonderful story about friendship and acceptance - a central message that is the core of our classroom community! My kiddos loved making their tables after discussing the story...some were even surprised that it actually created a "real" table!  It really brings home the idea of how the details support, or hold up, the main idea/central message.
I am working on creating posters for all reading strategies and essential reading comprehension vocabulary, with corresponding activities.  I have a few done, but will bundle them all when they are all ready.  For right now, grab my Main Idea/Central Message FREEBIE!  I have made a few different versions to support whatever vocabulary your curriculum uses (main idea vs. central message...supporting detail vs. key detail). Each version has a poster and table activity.
Click on the image below for the FREE printables.  Enjoy!
 Main Idea