Thursday, November 29, 2012

five finger rule

Hello Friends!
Just before the Thanksgiving break, I had parent-teacher conferences. The question I was asked over and over again was, “When we go to the library, how do I know what book my daughter/son should pick out?” Many of them mentioned that their children are eager to read chapter books, but that they are worried they aren’t comprehending the text.
I suggested that they tell their children to use the five finger rule.

I’m sure many of you’ve heard of this before. I made these little posters for my students to take home and hang on their refrigerators. You can grab them below in black and white and color. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

there is snow place like home!

This is such a fun time to be a teacher! It is this time of year that a billion little light bulbs go off in my students’ heads and everything begins to *click*. I love it!

Recently, I’ve started encouraging my students to add more details to their writing. I feel like at the beginning of the year, they are getting acclimated and still figuring things out, but now they are ready!

To really help get them started on the “write” foot, I’ve created a 48 page long winter writing packet called “There’s ‘Snow’ Place Like Home.” This packet is loaded with *lots* of different winter writing prompts, graphic organizers, and fun crafts!

One of my favorite parts of the packet is this cute little penguin craft. Students can read fiction and non-fiction texts about penguins and then use the graphic organizers and writing prompts to write all about these cute little waddling animals!




Another one of favorite parts of this packet is the “There’s ‘Snow’ Place Like Home” craft idea and writing activity. Students can reflect on why they love their home and then write all about it. They can also create their own house craft to add to a snow scene display.





All of these writing activities, plus *lots* more can be found in this winter writing packet!



This 48 Page Winter Writing Unit Includes:
-Winter Themed Graphic Organizers for Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts
-Winter Themed Writing Templates for December and January
-Penguin Craft and Correlating Writing Activities
-"There's 'Snow' Place Like Home" Craft Description and Writing Template (students write about why they love their home)


In Phonics, we are working on identifying Long “O” words, spelled “o” and "o_e”. I made this fun little board game for my students to play. We played it last week with a Thanksgiving theme and they absolutely LOVE IT! They’ll be excited to see the snow-theme now. Ha!

You can go grab it below for *FREE*! Just click on any of the images below to download!





Phew! If you’ve made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back! The first person who can tell me about their favorite winter activity wins the winter writing packet for free!

I hope you all had a tasty and thankful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Feasting On Inferences


Phew! I have been so busy lately, I almost forgot all about this little blog! It’s been so fun reading all of the thankful thoughts my *sweet friends* are stuffed with. You ALL are so amazing, and I am so, so very thankful for all of you. If you haven’t linked up yet, don’t worry! It’s not too late! Click here to link up.

My first graders have been been KNEE DEEP in making inferences lately. They’ve been learning SO much and having fun while doing so. How can that be?!?!

First, to get us ready to make inferences, we made a little inferencing anchor chart together.


Then, my students read a story (written by me) all about a family preparing for the big Thanksgiving feast.

Here’s a little synopsis of the story (you can find the full story in my packet below):

Oh no! Mom needs Sage and Max to do some last minute shopping for the big Thanksgiving feast. But, when they arrive at the store, they discover that Mom accidentally gave them the recipe cards instead of the shopping list! If they can't figure out what items Mom needs, they're worried they will ruin the Thanksgiving feast.

After they read the story, they had to use their best inferencing skills in order to help Sage and Max get the items they need for their Thanksgiving dinner. Each pair got a set of recipe cards and WENT TO TOWN! They had to *REALLY* read each recipe card and pull out the clues in order to figure out what Mom wanted them to buy at the store.



After they used their prior knowledge and the clues from the text, they helped Sage and Max save Thanksgiving by creating a new and improved shopping list! Hooray!

If you’re looking for a last minute activity this week (that is, of course, if you’ll still be in school along with me!), go and grab this packet…


In this packet, you will find:
- lesson plan (with objective and procedures)
- "Last Minute Shopping" story that introduces the lesson
- four recipe cards that your students must read to make inferences
- "Making Inferences" recording sheets
- definition posters that explain what an “inference” is
- extension activities (Thanksgiving themed mini-stories that require students to make inferences)

Need a graphic organizer to help teach making inferences? Grab it below for free! Just click on the organizer to download.


You can find the “Feasting On Inferences” packet in my shop. Click on the link below!

The first person who can tell me their favorite Thanksgiving food can grab this packet for free. Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address.

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

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