Sunday, December 7, 2014

Visual Plans for the Week of December 8

I really enjoy making visual plans, it just takes a while to do them this way... for this reason, I haven't posted any since October! But here they are for this coming week... click here or either of the images to download the PDF with all of the clickable links! There are quite a few freebies in this week's plans!
Yes, this week is the week of the dreaded interims... my students will be tested out by the end of the week! We have four district assessments (interims) and they also will have their End of Unit Colonies Test!

We have been reading The Sign of the Beaver for the last couple of weeks. This is one of my favorites to read with the kids, and they love it, too!
I was able to get a class set of the books through Donors Choose a couple of years ago. We read each chapter together and then they work on the activities from my Novel Unit with their partners. I love having a class set because they all go back and find evidence to prove their thinking! It's GREAT!!

We are using the book, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, for the mentor sentence and writing mentor text this week. It is a mentor sentence freebie in my store! It actually happened after World War I, so it's not a colonial Christmas story, but it still lends itself to our historical fiction writing unit, as well as being a sweet seasonal story.

I hope you all have a great week this week! :o)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2+1=TPTCYBER: What's On Your Wishlist?

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and you were able to keep your sanity on Black Friday! I don't shop (or do anything for that matter)- I stay in my PJs all day and hang out by the fire eating leftovers... Yesterday, I watched Frozen for the umpteenth time (nope, no children in this house) and worked on some TPT products!

Maybe by now you've heard of the upcoming TPT sitewide sale...
...but have you entered to win one of the five $25 TPT gift cards yet? Today is the last day to enter. If you win, that extra cash will come to your inbox just in time for the sale! Click the image below to enter if you haven't already... winners will be announced tomorrow!
Now, let's get down to business! What is on your wishlist? I love seeing what other people are buying for their classroom. As if I need any other excuse to buy products from TPT...
Feel free to grab the banners and link up, too! Share two items that everyone has on their wish list from your store and one item that you have on your own wish list that you'll buy during the sale.
The number one thing people have wish listed from my store is my Better Than Basal (Reading and Writing Lessons for 40 Mentor Texts) - over 500 people have it on their wish list!! Are you one of them? You should definitely grab it during the sale if so, because with my sale price and the TPTCYBER code (don't forget to use that for your extra savings!), you will save $7- only paying $18 for more than a year's worth of lessons!
If you want to see what one book's unit looks like, check out the freebie in my store for The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg.
The second most wish listed item is my First Mentor Sentence Unit. Over 400 people have this one on their wish list! With my sale and the TPTCYBER code, you can grab it for less than $8!
But if you really want the biggest bang for your buck, you can get all four mentor sentence units, all four interactive language arts notebooks (aligned with the weekly mentor sentence skills), AND the Better Than Basal pack for less than $57 in my Biggest and Best Mentor Sentence Bundle during the Cyber Sale! That's a total savings of $32!
Speaking of bundles... as if bundles didn't save you money already, sales are the BEST time to buy them because of the extra savings! I will definitely be snagging Where The Wild Things Learn's Winter Centers Mega Bundle- I'll be set for a few months with this one!
What do you have on your wish list?



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Need Some Extra TPT Cash?

We are so excited for the holiday season that we couldn't help but spread some love! Lots of your favorite TPT Teacher-Authors and I have teamed up to give YOU some TPT spending money. We love you and appreciate you (and we wish we could give all of our fabulous followers some money)!

Enter the Rafflecopter below by simply following our TPT stores, and you will have a chance to win one of five $25 TPT gift cards! Good luck!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

American Colonies Giveaway From The Sweetest Thing

Lauren from The Sweetest Thing is truly the sweetest! :o) She has been creating some awesome nonfiction leveled texts for Social Studies. She finished her American Colonies set just in time because that is what we are learning about in my class!
There are three levels for the passages- below, on, and above. The lowest level is an F&P level R, which for my class is still above level for several of my students, so I did not use the three levels for my class. We all read the level R together and did some annotating, as well as one of my favorite activities to check for comprehension: they made new titles for each section!

We read the passages together each day, and at the end of each section, they went back in and underlined what was most important. Then, they turned to a "knee partner" and discussed what would make a good title for that section based on what they underlined.
Then, they were able to work together to answer questions (that are also included in her pack). Their annotating made it much easier for them to find the answers to the questions.
Do you love the idea of using these passages? Well, guess what?! Lauren is allowing me to give away one of these American Colonies packs! Enter the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Final Milestone Celebration Freebie!


Welcome to the last day of my Milestone Celebration! Don't forget, all of my mentor sentence products (including bundles!!) are 20% off today- and will return to regular price tonight at midnight EST! There have been exclusive mentor sentence freebies each dayIf you missed day #1, #2, or #3, check herehere, and here!

Here is your final freebie...
This mentor sentence lesson and interactive activity go with the book, The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Conner.
I love using this book for a great creative writing piece in the winter. Here are some posts I've done about these writing activities in the past.

Thank you so much for all of your love and support! I hope you've enjoy celebrating with me this week!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Milestone Celebration Freebie #3!


Welcome to day 3 of my Milestone Celebration! Don't forget, all of my mentor sentence products (including bundles!!) are 20% off November 9-12, and there will be a new exclusive mentor sentence freebie each day, too! That's right! You'll get four weeks of mentor sentences!! :o)

If you missed day #1 or #2, check here and here!

Here is your third freebie...
This mentor sentence lesson and interactive activity go with the book, Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher.
It's a beautiful book to use for personification! Come back tomorrow to see the last mentor sentence freebie I have for you... I hope you've enjoy celebrating with me this week!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Milestone Celebration Freebie #2!

Welcome to day 2 of my Milestone Celebration! Don't forget, all of my mentor sentence products (including bundles!!) are 20% off November 9-12, and there will be a new exclusive mentor sentence freebie each day, too! That's right! In the next four days, you'll get four weeks of mentor sentences!! :o)

If you missed day #1, check here!

Here is your second freebie...
This mentor sentence lesson and interactive activity go with the book, The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg.
It's a perfect seasonal book to use for adjectives! I love all of Chris Van Allsburg's books, and this one is no exception. There is a neat little surprise in the book too- I won't ruin it in case you haven't read it! It would go PERFECTLY with my newest set of paired texts, which is also on sale for 20% off through tonight! :o)
Come back tomorrow to see the next mentor sentence freebie I have for you... I hope you'll enjoy celebrating with me this week!