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Nonfiction Fluency

I love using nonfiction text as often as I can.  It's such a great way to integrate science and social studies into reading, since we all know how difficult it can be to fit everything into our school day.
I created this Nonfiction Fluency Roll & Read packet to add some excitement into their reading fluency practice.
This packet includes 40 science and social studies topics as well as a response sheet for your students to write about what they have learned.
These can be used in whole group, small group, partners, or as individuals.  I like to place my students into partnerships, so they can listen to each other read.  The students take turns rolling and reading the passage.  I usually give them a number of times to roll or a time limit before they stop to write on their response page.
If you would like to check out this packet, click on the cover page below.
All of the passages in this packet are written at about the same level, but I am currently working on a beginner packet that will be available soon.

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Summer Learning Chain

I don't know about you, but I'm thinking towards the end of the school year.  I always like to send something home with my students to keep their little minds working over the summer.  I have sent home activity calendars in the past, but wanted to make it a little more exciting this year.
I came up with the idea of a Summer Learning Chain using Astrobrights colored paper.
I printed a list of summer activities onto different colors of paper.  I used a huge variety of colors including my favorites of Blast-Off Blue, Solar Yellow, and Fireball Fuschia.
Each page has a different activity.  This makes it easy to cut and stack the activities for each student.
After they are printed, I can stack up all of the papers and cut the activities into strips using the paper cutter.
After the strips are cut, I will place a stack into a baggie for each student.
The students will be able to take these home on the last day of school.  Throughout the summer, they can pull out a strip and complete the activity.
As they complete an activity, they can tape or glue the strip into a circle and create a chain of activities.
Students will be able to see how long they can make their learning chain.
You can easily make up your own activities, but if you would like to download my set of FREEBIE activities, click HERE.
What a fun, and colorful, learning activity for this summer!

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Mother's Day

My favorite day of each school year is the day of our Mother's Day celebration.  We prep for the day by practicing poems, completing writing and pictures for our moms, and painting vases.

I purchase vases from Dollar Tree for the students to decorate each year.  I originally found this idea on Fabulous in First, and loved it.
I put the students into four groups, and have them learn a poem to read the day of our celebration.
We also decorate the bulletin board and classroom for our mothers.
 These were super simple using Astrobrights paper and heart stickers from Dollar Tree.
 We used the website Tagxedo to create these heart word clouds for our bulletin board.
The students decorate folders to hold all of their items.
The night before the celebration, I purchase flowers to put in their vases, table clothes, muffins, and juice.  I also set up their "Mom! Let's Talk" bags.  I place questions in the bags as conversation starters.  This is a FREE download here.
During our celebration, the students read their poems, share their items they have created throughout the week, have discussions using the "Mom, Let's Talk" bags, and then we watch a slideshow. 
For the slideshow, I take a picture of each student and then ask them to tell me the best thing about their mom.  I type them into a slide to place after their picture.  Add some music, throw in a couple of mother quotes, end with some class pictures, and you are good to go.
It is such a wonderful morning!

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Erin Condren Planner

Have you heard of Erin Condren?
I absolutely LOVE her Life Planners, so I was so excited to be asked to review one of their new Teacher Planners that are being released TODAY!
Just like their Life Planners, this thing is amazing!  They have thought of everything.
 I always love the tabs that are typical with the Erin Condren planners.  It makes it so easy to find each section.
 The pages are so bright and colorful.
You will be amazed at everything that is included in this planner: calendars, student checklists, lesson plan pages, substitute information, notes, and more.
They also sent along this adorable clutch to carry the planner, pens, etc. and this t-shirt.
You truly need to check out their site.  You will fall in love!
Plus, if you are placing your first order, you can receive $10 off by clicking HERE. gave me this product to review, but the opinions are all my own.

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Phonics Based Poetry

After creating my Phonics Based Fluency Passages, I had some requests for a Phonics Based Poetry packet.
I love writing poems, so these were so fun to make.  This packet includes 70 poems covering short vowels, long vowels, digraphs, diphthongs, and more.
The students read the poem and color in a star for each time they read.  Then, they highlight the words that match the phonics skill.
They also have to write a sentence to tell about the poem.  This is perfect comprehension practice for my students.
You can check out this entire packet by clicking on the picture below.

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Phonics Based Fluency Passages

I love working on fluency in my classroom.  I am always looking for new ways to practice fluency and integrate it with every part of our day.

I created these phonics based fluency passages to give my students the opportunity to practice their fluency skills while also reviewing phonics skills.
They are a great addition to our weekly phonics skill.  The students read the passage and then highlight the words.
Their next job is to write the words in the box.  This is a great way to reinforce that phonics skill and spelling.
Each passage has an area to write a sentence using their phonics skill as well. 
Finally, the students illustrate the story.  This helps to add a comprehension component to the passage.
I have created four separate packets (Short Vowel, Long Vowel, Blends & Digraphs, and Diphthongs & Modified Vowels.)
I also grouped all of these packets into one large bundle (118 passages total) and discounted it.
You can read all about the bundle, and see the included word families and phonics skills, by clicking on the picture below.

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