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!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Milestone Celebration Freebie #1!

EEEEK!!!! I am so excited, and thankful, and overwhelmed, and blessed... I can't even describe all of my feelings! So I figured, what better way to celebrate reaching an amazing TPT milestone than to have a sale and give my awesome followers some exclusive freebies??
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)

Here is your first freebie...
This mentor sentence lesson and interactive activity go with the book, In November by Cynthia Rylant.
It's a perfect seasonal book to use for figurative language as well as using sentence fragments effectively. We'll be using it this week in my room! :o)

Also, just in case you missed it, my newest set of paired texts has been posted, and it also on sale for 20% off through Monday night! It's been a busy weekend! :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!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sparking Student Motivation: Inquiry Circles

This week was a bit crazy, but it was so much fun for me and my kids in science!! We have been learning about the solar system, and this week, my kids got into inquiry circles to learn more about a space topic. My kids have never been more excited about science, so of course, I'm linking it up with my BBB Joanne for Sparking Student Motivation!

My students gave me their top three solar system topics that they were interested in... I put them into groups of 3 or 4 students based on their choices. Then, they came up with three questions that they could research. They used books I had checked out from the library, and they got on our district's Online Research Library to find the answers to their questions.

What makes inquiry circles so great is that the students are so engaged because it's a topic they chose and want to know more about! EVERY kid was totally involved in researching and finding answers. It was amazing!

The fun part of inquiry circles is that the students get to be creative and come up with a plan as a group to present the information to the class. Some groups made posters, some made models, some wrote a play, and one even wrote a song!

The students came up with these ideas all on their own, and even brought in supplies from home! Their motivation to do these projects is unbelievable! If you've never heard of inquiry circles before, check these sites out: Prezi Overview / Video Showing Inquiry Circles.

My students will present on Monday, so I don't have any finished products to show you today, but I will be back next week to share. :o)

Oh and PS... I'm super excited to share something with you on Sunday (and you should be, too!!)... but you have to wait til tomorrow to see what it is!! :o)