Sunday, September 28, 2014

A New Book Club Packet and Anchor Charts

I have a new book club packet. I'm working on story elements with my first graders so that is the focus of this one. 

It includes a related writing prompt

 and a parts of speech cut and glue.
You can pick this one for only $1.50 in my store!

These two have been keeping me VERY busy!

I haven't had much energy left to recreate the wheel like I usually am guilty of. For example, why think of a clever anchor chart design when you already have a cute one pinned?
inspiration HERE
Maybe a peek at the anchor charts in my room is a good way to see what I am up to. The rest are all mine, hence not very fancy. LOL!

I find personal narratives challenging to teach, especially to first graders, but I have been pleased with the results. The students are working on their final drafts now. Then they get to digitally publish their story using the app Book Creator on our iPads. They are super excited about this!

I thought the ant examples might help them remember the word antonym. The squares are the different examples the kids illustrated.

I had the there, their, they're posters already printed out. I don't remember where I found them so let me know if you made them so I can give you credit!
So that is a quick peek. Hopefully I can get back to real blogging one of these days!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Ending Punctuation QR Code Center

 I made another QR code center. This one is for my first graders to practice identifying ending punctuation.

I cut the cards out and tape them around my room.

 My students grab a clipboard and a recording sheet and walk around the room. They read the card and write the answer in the box with the matching picture.
When their sheet is complete they may get an iPad to scan to see if they got the correct answers.

They practically ran to the center. QR codes make everything more fun!
You can grab this center for only $2 in my TpT store.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Reading Race

Oh my goodness, I am loving my students this year! So sweet and well-behaved. Our family schedule on the other hand is kicking my butt. The boys have opposite football schedules so my husband and I each take a kid, squeeze in homework and dinner where we can and basically see each other at bedtime. YUCK! My new obsession is Since I spend so much time in traffic, having a book to listen to has completely saved my sanity!!!

I have a new book club packet for Ready, Freddy! The Reading Race by Abby Klein. You can grab it for $3.50 in my TpT store.
It includes chapter reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, character analysis, answers requiring  text evidence, a related writing prompt, and a template for a bookmark craft !

My students really enjoy reading trade books during guided reading groups! I try to alternate between fiction and informational texts and work in different genres. I love when I notice a student gravitating towards a series or author because of something we read in group.

I'm late for bed so I'd better get going. I hope you all are having a great start to your year!!!