Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Writing Prompts and Graphic Organizers

It seems crazy that Christmas is already over!  I have always LOVED Christmas, but it is a million times better with young kids at home. 

Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a 5 year old and a 2 year old is just absolutely magical.  Then to make it even better, we had a nice big snowfall today.  A perfect day inside to play with their new gifts.
I was also able to sit down and finish my Winter Writing Prompts and Graphic Organizers Unit.  I have s.l.o.w.l.y been working on this for a couple of weeks, but now it's finally finished.
This unit includes 26 writing prompts along with graphic organizers.  There are 6 narrative writing topics, 6 informative, 5 persuasive, 3 letters, 3 lists, and 3 descriptive writing topics.  The narrative, informative, persuasive, and descriptive topics include a graphic organizer and 2 types of decorative themed writing paper.  This unit will definitely get you through January and February and allow your students to explore numerous types of writing. 
This is just a small sample of the 75 page packet.

You can check it out by clicking below.

 
 
 


Friday, December 21, 2012

January Morning Work and Poems and Songs

I sure have enjoyed Christmas vacation so far.  You just can't beat sleeping in and not having to rush around like crazy.  I have been trying to get my last minute Christmas shopping finished, which is not the easiest task with two little ones in tow.
This morning I was able to finish up my Common Core Differentiated Morning Work for January.  I really hoped to have it finished earlier, but it just did not happen {obviously.}
You can read more about these packets by clicking here.  Basically, there are 20 days worth of work.  There are 2 different versions of the main morning work page (one for below level learners and one for at or above level.)  Then, there is a sight word page for each day.  I copy these onto the back of the morning work page and my students do both parts.
You can find them by clicking below.

 
 
I also had a chance to sit down and update my January Poems and Songs.  When I completed these last year, I didn't have the fluency strips included.  If you already own the January Poems and Songs packet, go back and redownload it to get the fluency strips.
You can find the January Poems and Songs below.

 
These are the same poems and songs you will find in my January Fluency packet, but in a different format.  They are great for centers or poem of the week folders, where the fluency passages are meant to be used daily and work with fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.  {Remember that my January Fluency passages have been updated to include the Common Core Standards so if you purchased them last year, you may want to redownload them.} 

 Now I'm off to wrap some Christmas presents.  Are you finished with your Christmas shopping?

 
 
 
 


Monday, December 17, 2012

Reassuring Children

I have not been able to tear my eyes away from the news this weekend.  It still just breaks my heart into pieces.  I have, however, loved reading about the many children that were saved because of the numerous heroes. 
I have definitely hugged and loved on my own children tighter this weekend and I know that I will be hugging each and every one of my students today as well.
I created this booklet to have on hand just in case the topic comes up.  {If it does not, I may not do this activity.}
 
 You can download this booklet for free at my TpT store.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Silence for Sandy Hook

Words cannot even express the sadness and devastation that I feel for the students, staff and parents at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 
I loved this poem that Erica shared on her blog.
 
To honor and remember all of the victims in Connecticut, I am participating in the Teacher Bloggers Day of Silence.
May God Bless them all and watch over them.
 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 in 12 Linky Party

This is such a fun Linky Party from two of my favorite blogging friends Kristin and Hadar
 
12 favorite things!
12. Favorite movie you watched:
I am really not a movie person, but my 5 year old has insisted that every Friday night is movie night in our house.  I LOVE it.  We eat popcorn, paint our fingernails and toenails, and snuggle on the couch.  So, we have watched plenty of kids movies.  My favorite being The Lorax.
 
11. Favorite TV series:
Even though I'm not a movie person, I AM a tv person and I am in love with my DVR.  My DVR is always set for How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Big Bang, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, Person of Interest, almost any of the Real Housewives, and my favorite, Scandal.  Have you seen this show?  LOVE IT!
 
10. Favorite restaurant:
Normally, I could list quite a few, but right now, all I want is a home cooked meal.  We are about a month and a half into a complete kitchen remodel, which includes our dining room and laundry room as well.  OMG!  It is such a mess!  Our house is about 120 years old, so nothing is an "easy" remodel.  We had to take everything down to the studs and then the contractor has been working on new electrical, new plumbing, and jacking up our basement for about a month.  They are finishing the drywall this week and flooring will hopefully go down next week.  *Fingers crossed.*
 This is what our kitchen looks like right now.
This will be our mudroom and laundry room.  Let me tell you, as much as the "no kitchen" thing has been an inconvenience, I really think the "no laundry" thing has been worse!
 
 
9. Favorite new thing you tried:
This may sound really strange, but I will have to say my Nook.  I was anti e-readers.  I love to read, but liked to have an actual book in my hand.  I just would not give in, even though my mom had one and always told me how much she loved hers.  I finally borrowed hers and was hooked. 
 
8. Favorite gift you got:
Did you see number 10?  A kitchen will be our gifts to each other this year!
 
7. Favorite thing you pinned:
I love Pinterest!  I thought, how in the world would I ever decide, but as soon as I looked through my pins, I remembered pinning this:
This became one of my favorite sayings as soon as I saw it.  I found this quote at the perfect time of my life.  My husband had a little bit of a medical scare this summer and this quote kept us sane. {Everything turned out perfectly fine. PTL!}
You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking HERE.
 
6. Favorite blog post:
I guess we will go with my back to school pictures post.  I love seeing other classrooms and a new school year is always exciting.
5. Best accomplishment:
I would have to say TpT.  I know I have been selling for almost 2 years now, but I feel like this year, I really started to get comfortable with it.  Blogging and creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers is very time consuming, but I love it.  It allows me to be creative and I enjoy it.  That is the number 1 reason why I keep doing it :)
4. Favorite picture:
I had to pick two.  My sweet girls!

 
3. Favorite memory:
Hands down...our trip to DisneyLand!!  Our oldest was 4 at the time and she was in heaven.
I think this picture sums it up :)
 
2. Goal for 2013:
To get my house completely organized!! 
1. One Little Word:
Enjoy
 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12th Day of Christmas Freebies

It's the 12th and final day of my Christmas Freebies. 
This one is for New Years.  We always discuss resolutions and then try and come up with our own.
You can use this writing page for your students to write their own resolutions. 
Hopefully, you enjoyed all of the freebies and found some things that were useful.  Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 11 of Christmas Freebies

I had such a FUN day at school yesterday!  It was just so nice to step away from the reading series and do some activities with great Christmas literature.  We began by reading The Gingerbread Man.  We filled out a sequencing chart to retell the story. {This is a freebie that I shared last week.}
Next, we did some Gingerbread activities that I found last year from Babbling Abby that you can download here.
We took bites of gingerbread men and graphed it.
 We also did Abby's fun Gingerbread Science activity.

 We ate our gingerbread men and came up with adjectives to describe our men.
 Tomorrow, we will be finishing up our Gingerbread Man stories and activities.  Since we have so many great things, we made folders to put all of our Gingerbread Man items in one place.
 
For your Day 11 freebie, I came up with some graphic organizers that you can use with your Christmas stories you might be reading this week.
We may, or may not, be using these for a popular Dr. Seuss Christmas story. {However, since we are NOT allowed to share (free or for sale) items that include anything with Dr. Seuss' name or character names, I did not include it on these freebies.}
Enjoy!
 
 
 
 



Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 10 of Christmas Freebies

Well....it's Monday again.  The weekends just fly by, don't they? 
Here is a Math freebie for today's Christmas freebies.
Hope you have a great Monday!!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 9 of Christmas Freebies

I finally have some of my Christmas shopping finished.  Nowhere near where I need to be, but getting closer.  I just cannot believe that Christmas is right around the corner.  December is just flying by already.
Here is my 9th Christmas Freebie for you. 
After reading a variety of Gingerbread stories, you can have your students choose their favorite and write about it.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 8 of Christmas Freebies

Here is another gingerbread freebie for you.  This Venn Diagram can be used to compare any of the Gingerbread Man stories. {The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Boy, etc.}


Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 7 of Christmas Freebies

It's Friday!!!!! 
Next week I won't be teaching from our reading series.  Instead, I'll be using great Christmas literature to teach.  Love it!!  On Monday, I will be reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man.  The students will be using this sequencing chart after they read the original version.
I'll be posting some more Gingerbread downloads this weekend.
 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 6 of Christmas Freebies

This is a fun and easy activity that I make with my students at school and my own kids at home. 
Reindeer Food!
It's so easy.  Give each student a sandwich bag.  Have students put in a scoop of oatmeal and sprinkle green and red sugar sprinkles (cake decorating aisle) into the bag.  Then attach the following poem.
Graphics by Scrappin Doodles and Pink Cat Studio
Just click on the picture above to download. {I have seen a lot of different versions of this poem.  I did not come up with this one.}
I have my own kids go out in our yard on Christmas Eve and sprinkle it all over.  They love it!
 


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 5 of Christmas Freebies

Short and sweet today. Here is a narrative writing freebie.
Just click above to download.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 4 of Christmas Freebies

One more day down, 12 more to go until Winter Break.  It was 74 degrees here yesterday!  I know this is the second time I've mentioned the weather this week, but seriously, 74 degrees in December.  That's crazy!  It's not sticking around though, but I think I'm ok with that.  I'm pretty sure I need the cold weather to really get into the Christmas spirit.  Now... that cold weather can go away on January 2nd and I would be thrilled, but I don't think that's going to happen.
Here is my Day 4 Christmas freebie.  It's a digraph Read the Room.  I love these for literacy stations.  They are super easy to prepare and the kids love them because they are up and moving.  Just tape the words around your classroom, give the students the recording sheet and a clipboard, and you're all set.
I hope you can use it!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 3 of Christmas Freebies

Where did the weekend go?  I think I say that every Monday. 
To continue with my 12 Days of Christmas Freebies, I have a Making Words activity that you can grab below.  Just click on the picture to download.
 
 
Happy Monday!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 2 of Christmas Freebies

The weather here was perfect this weekend!  It was over 60 degrees here yesterday {which is not normal for December in Indiana.}  It makes it very hard to believe that it's actually December.  This weather can feel free to stick around until December 24th.  That's when I'll be ready for snow, so we can have a white Christmas. 

When we go back to school on Monday, students will be in full Christmas chaos spirit.  The December calendar will be up.  And, as teachers and parents know, this will mean that "Christmas" will be written or posted on the calendar.  When kids can actually see the holiday, the countdown begins and the excitement grows each day.  It's fun, but exhausting!

We started doing some of our Christmas writing last week and will continue in the next couple of weeks.  I constantly feel like I'm writing and spelling the same words for my students.  I made these word cards to post in a pocket chart for my students.  I will keep these displayed in my classroom so students have a quick reference.

Just click on the picture below to download the freebie.
 
Are you ready for the Christmas chaos in your classroom?
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Freebies

As a thank you for all of your support, not only during the Cyber Monday sale, but through comments on my blog and products, nice emails, etc., I wanted to provide you with tons of freebies this month.  So, I decided to do a 12 Days of Christmas Freebies.
Graphics by Scrappin Doodles & Pink Cat Studio
 
This first one is AMAZING!!!!!  I only say that because it's a collaboration of some of the top sellers on TpT. 
This book is awesome!  It's a FREE download on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It includes 50, yes, FIFTY, free Holiday downloads! {And, I am beyond honored to be included in that group.}  Click on the picture above to download.
You can also find the PK-K book below.
 
Remember to come back tomorrow to find Day 2 of Fun in First's 12 Days of Christmas Freebies!
 
 

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