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Monday, January 2, 2017

January Resources and FREEBIES



January Resource Collection and FREEBIES- a look at math, ELA, social studies products to use in the month of January


Time to showcase some wonderful winter resources! And your favorite thing.... grab some freebies! 
Keeping up with the last few months, I wanted to show you guys some resources you can use in your primary classroom to make your life a little bit easier.

ELA Products

Winter Fluency for Early Readers plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids   Winter Fluency for 2nd and 3rd grade readers plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids

*Zoofluency 2 is a fun way for younger students (1st grade and younger) to work on their fluency. This winter animals pack comes with multiple ways for students to practice their fluency, such as hot and cold reads, centers, and hands on activities.
*Winter Animal Fluency is a fun way for students to work on their fluency. This pack comes with multiple ways for students to practice their fluency, such as hot and cold reads, centers, and hands on activities.
 
January Early Literacy Intervention plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids   ELA Centers for the winter plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*My January early literacy activity pack brings you 12 different activities to help struggling students. The 12 intervention activities range from syllables to creating simple sentences. Please make sure to look at the preview before buying to make sure it will meet the needs of your primary students who need extra practice.
*This winter centers pack come with 15 ELA and Literacy centers. They are made for students within the first and second grade range.

Winter Readers Theater plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids   Winter Readers Theater plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*This winter Readers Theater includes 10 winter stories for winter reading. Reader's Theater is a great way for students to practice fluency and expression. It is always a great team building and fluency activity!

Winter differentiated reading plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids     Winter differentiated reading plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*The winter leveled readers come with three levels of reading for kindergarten, first, or second grade readers. Each leveled reader has questions for that book that are also leveled. CHECK OUT THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST FOR A FREEBIE SAMPLE OF THIS PRODUCT!
*There are ten topics in this winter reading pack. The ten winter topics are the winter season, dangerous weather, sledding, skiing, Iditarod, snowmen, polar bears, penguins, winter sports, and Groundhog Day!

Winter journal writing plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids   Winter Close reading plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*These 25 writing journal prompts are to be cut and glued to the top of a student's writing journal during the month of January!
*Winter Close Reading comes with 14 weeks of winter time Close Reading. Each week has four days of activities. There is a mini introduction to Close Reading at the beginning of the product, plus three general graphic organizers in case you want to supplement Asking Questions, Main Idea/Detail, and Fact Finding.

Paired Passages for January plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids  Winter fiction reading plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
 *January Paired Passages comes with 5 paired sets, which is 10 passages. Each set comes with a nonfiction story and a fiction story, plus questions and comprehension work for both. There are also 2 sheets that work on comparing the fiction and nonfiction stories.
* In this winter comprehension set, you will find 5 winter stories with 2 reading comprehension activities for each. One of the comprehension papers deals with answering questions about the text and the other paper deals with writing a response based off the passage.

Products That Save You Time

Winter printables plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids     Winter interactive notebook activities plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*In this Winter Printables on the Go packet, you will find 65 worksheets with winter themed images: mittens, polar bears, penguins, snowflakes, snowmen, etc.
*'An Interactive January' is a way to make your month more engaging and exciting! There are ELA and Math interactive activities. You'll need spiral bound notebooks, composition notebooks, or a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper.
 

winter coloring sheets plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*In this coloring sheet pack, there are 10 coloring sheets where students will color by decade number or color by sight word. Sight words and numbers are K/1 level.


Social Studies Products
Martin Luther King Jr. Flip Book plus a few FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids    Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Unit plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential man who fought for equality and forever changed history. This biography pack covers important facts about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life for students to learn. Within the pack, they will read about Martin Luther King Jr., research him, write about him, create a flip book about him, and sort important parts of this famous African American's life.
*In this Martin Luther King Jr. ELA unit, you have a variety of ELA practices, such as writing, vocabulary, reading, and even some social studies tie-in! There are printables, a mini book, and a few interactive pieces.
(Link: Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Unit)



Math Products

Winter math printables or worksheets plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids  Winter math centers plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
*These winter printables are for 2nd grade math content. These worksheets can be used for homework, morning work, supplemental resources, early finishers, or practice pages.
Could be used for higher achieving 1st graders or review for 3rd graders!
*This winter centers pack come with 15 Math centers. They are made for students within the first and second grade range.

Flip Books
How to build a Snowman flip book plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids    Penguin flip book plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids
 
Polar Bear flip book plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids   Caribou flip book plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids

winter flip book plus a few winter FREEBIES- blog post highlighting hands-on activities for kids


Freebies
FREE Penguin Writing pack- 5 pages of penguin themed writing practice    FREE Winter differentiated reading mini books
*This penguin writing freebie comes with 5 pages to use in your writing instruction or ELA practice stations. Enjoy! 
*I showed a picture above for the differentiated reading mini books. Here are three free samples- one from each level for a story called 'It's Too Cold'.

FREE 100th Day of School activity- 100th Day of School exercises
*The 100th Day of School sometimes falls in January. If it does, here is a freebie for you! My students loved to do 100 exercises on the 100th Day of School. This is a way to incorporate physical activity into an already crazy day. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New FREE Fluency Webinar

 
Hey primary teachers! I have created a webinar just for you guys. 
This webinar is all about improving fluency in your classroom. There were 5 possible dates you could  attend. Just pick the date that works best for you. 

During the webinar, we will discuss:
-the foundations of fluency
-the importance of fluency
-problems with fluency and how to solve them
-tips and tricks on how to improve fluency in your classroom

Want to join in for free?T
THERE IS ONLY ONE SESSION LEFT!



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fantastic Fluency Tools


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
This winter break, I am putting together a fluency webinar for teachers. I wanted to get a blog post together of all the fantastic fluency tools that I love to use when teaching fluency. Each of my links that I am posting are to Amazon affiliate links. 


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom 
 Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
Witch fingers or goblin fingers are a staple in the primary classroom. Students will use one witch finger (not 5 like they'd hope) to point to the words that they are reading. They are fantastic tracking tools that keep kids on track in a way they'll understand. In the picture you see my Zoofluency passages for a running record. The witch finger is waiting for students! They'll slip it on and read their copy of the story. Here is my Amazon affiliate link. 
(Link: http://amzn.to/2idOxKG)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
 
Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
 These highlighting strips are great for beginning readers. Many times when students are learning to read and working with multiple lines of text, they may struggle to keep their place. That is where highlighting strips come in handy! They are great for lists of words, passages, stories, sentences, and more. The picture shows a highlighting strip being used for a sight word game that you can find in my RF1.4 and RF2.4 packs! Here is my affiliate link.
(Link: http://amzn.to/2idNdHE)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
Finger lights! I saw this amazing idea in a SDE session that Miss Decarbo led. She had her students wear these on their fingers and they shined the light on the words they were reading. It is very similar to the witch fingers that are great tracking tools, but these add a new element of fun for the little students! Here is my affiliate link.
(Link: http://amzn.to/2hTqTXo)

Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
And another idea I saw the wonder Christina DeCarbo show many years ago is mini cars. What the students will do is take this mini car and start on the first word. As they read the sentence or passage, they will run the car along their sentence. When using these cars, it is very important to show the importance of the car continuously moving instead of the car stopping every word. They want to drive the car along the sentence! 
(Link: http://amzn.to/2h8EKrJ)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom 
Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
A final wonderful tool that is absolutely necessary in your classroom is stopwatch timers. We used these for so much! We timed passages, sentences, sight word lists, word family lists, nonsense lists, and more! The students were able to time themselves and they were also able to time a partner. They're also vital for you if you want to use running records in your classroom. 
In the picture you can see my first grade students a few years ago timing themselves on a fluency center that can be found in my 1st grade centers pack. There is also a 2nd/3rd grade centers pack available. 
For a while I was using the timer on my smartphone, which works perfectly, but after 20 seconds, my phone screen shuts off. So I'd constantly have to touch my phone to make sure the screen didn't turn off, and if it did I had to shift my attention. So long story short- timers are incredible for fluency in the classroom. Here is my affiliate link!
(Link: http://amzn.to/2h8M4DL)


Saturday, November 19, 2016

December Resources and FREEBIES



I'm coming back again to show you my December showcase! And give you lots of freebies, too! I'd love to show you guys what I think is perfect to use in the primary classroom during the month of December. I did this same post for last two months and lots of blog readers LOVED grabbing that freebies! 

December Activities and primary resources plus three FREEBIES- fun ELA, math, and social studies activities for students during the month of December


Social Studies Products: 

** In this Christmas Around the World unit, you will find different activities to teach diversity with Christmas and Hanukkah. It covers 10 different countries in this pack (America, Australia, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden). It comes with flip books, mini books, passport, research pages, and writing pages!
** My Christmas Around the World activity includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for learning about the differences in the Christmas holiday that is celebrated around the world, having interactive fun, and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.

** These two flip books cover  Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The activities includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for learning about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah while having interactive fun, and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.



ELA Products:

**This paired passages product comes with 5 paired sets, which is 10 passages. Each set comes with a nonfiction story and a fiction story, plus questions and comprehension work for both. There are also 2 sheets that work on comparing the fiction and nonfiction stories. The best thing about this product is that you get to choose whether you want to use it as an interactive notebook or just plain printable
 
** My Christmas Fictional Comprehension comes with 5 fictional Christmas short stories and 2 activities for each story (1 reading comprehension worksheet and 1 writing piece).
**These 25 writing journal prompts are to be cut and glued to the top of a student's writing journal throughout the month of December. You can use it during your Work on Writing time.

** This December early literacy activity pack brings you 12 different activities to help struggling students. The 12 intervention activities range from syllables to creating simple sentences. Please make sure to look at the preview before buying to make sure it will meet the needs of your primary students who need extra practice.
**In this Christmas Parts of Speech pack, you will find six activities to use during centers or small group. Each activity has Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, and other Christmas themed topics.It covers verbs, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.
(Link: Christmas Parts of Speech
 
These three flip books come with a reading passage about the topic, comprehension questions, sorting activities, and a writing page.
(Link: Caribou Flip Book)



Math Products:

** This interactive notebook set is called 'An Interactive December'. This is fun way to make your month and Christmas activities more engaging and exciting! There are ELA and Math interactive activities. You'll need spiral bound notebooks, composition notebooks, or a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper.
** In this December printables packet, you'll find 50 printables for quick and easy teaching. These 50 sheets revolve around December themes (Christmas and Holidays).



And FREEBIES! 

In this freebie sample, you'll find all the worksheets for America's Christmas! There is a mini book, a fact writing sheet, a fill-in the blank sheet, a circle information map, a teacher information sheet, and a flip book!


This product is a fun interactive writing product that involves real photographs and narrative writing. Students will cut and paste their own sequence, then write about it. They will cut and paste the beginning, middle, and ending pictures, write about the beginning, middle, and end for a pre-write, then expand with their writing. It comes from my Interactive Winter set!
 

In this sight word game, I have used the first 100 Fry sight words. Students work in a small group for this activity and they must practice reading sight words and working cooperatively.