Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gift of Reading Blog Hop


Hi friends!  Many of my literacy friends are doing our 2nd Annual The Gift of Reading Blog Hop!  I am glad you stopped by for some AWESOME freebies and chances to win so many great products! 

We are teachers and we know how important reading is for children of all ages!  We want them to enjoy books and build a love for reading.  I have created a product that really gets kids involved in their learning and makes it FUN!  Today, I am sharing a freebie sampler with you from this product.  

The product is called The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit.  I would either spend TONS of time planning my Guided Reading Groups OR they would be the last thing I would think of and at the last minute I would throw a lesson together.  I wanted something that had lots of activities to choose from that were already pre made and easily accessible.  I wanted lesson plans that would tell me what I needed to teach to make it easy.  It took me awhile, but I created a product that has over 120 activities that are quick and engaging.  These lessons include Word Work, Reading Strategies, and Comprehension.  I keep all of these activities in a container so that I can easily find what I'm looking for.  



Here is what you will find in the SAMPLER pack freebie!

The first activity is a Reading Strategy Activity that can be used with any A or B leveled book (Fountas and Pinnell leveling system).  It is a simple one-to-one match activity.  This activity should only take a quick few minutes of your Guided Reading Lesson time.  The students point under the colors and say the name of the color while the teacher talks about how we only touch the dot one time and if the color is RED, then we have to say RED. We cannot say BLUE if the color is RED.  This is then related to reading.  The teacher uses the easy sight word sentences to have students match the words one-to-one.  The students cannot say THE if the word is MY for example.



The second activity is a Word Work Activity for any book leveled F-N.  It is an Inflectional Endings Activity (-ed, -ing).  Before reading the new book for the day (that should have some endings in it) the students will take turns spinning the spinners to make words with -ed and -ing endings.  I have the students write to words that were made onto their whiteboards.  Again, this is a quick but FUN and ENGAGING activity that the students love.



The third activity is a Comprehension Activity for any book leveled A-N.  The activity teaches about Character Traits.  The kids use the Character Cards to talk about the characters in the story after reading.  Depending on the level of students, you can use easier or more difficult traits to describe and discuss the characters.




I hope you can use these activities to help give the Gift of Reading to your students!  If you like this sampler pack, I would love for you to check out the entire product.  I am also running a Rafflecopter that ends on Sunday Night at 11:59 EST.  I am giving away 3 copies of the The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit (or winner's choice).

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Don't forget to stop by all of the blogs to see what everyone else has to share with you!  Your next stop is Jessica over at Hanging Out in First!


Monday, October 20, 2014

TPT Milestone Celebration!


Wow!  I started my store on Teachers Pay Teacher in January of 2012!  It has been a crazy ride!  I feel so privileged to part of such an awesome community of teachers.  I have met some amazing people online since then and have learned so much in my teaching just by having the opportunity to create teaching materials!  Thanks to you all!  

I am celebrating with a sale!  20% off my entire store from Oct. 19th-24th!
This is a great time to purchase The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit while it's on sale!


While you're here, you can download my Guided Reading Binder FREEBIE!!



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sale for the BIG 40!!!



Yep- it's here!  The BIG 40 birthday.  I'm not quite sure how I feel about that yet.  I had a really hard time with 30 but I think 40 is going to be OK!  I think it's because of where I am in my life right now.  I am so blessed to have an awesome husband and two amazing boys!  I LOVE my job and all of the friendships that I have gained over the past couple of year through this crazy blogging world!  LIFE IS GOOD!  

I wanted to share this milestone with you in a fun (money saving) way:)  So, my TPT store will be on sale all day (September 7th).  My store will be 20% off and 40% off The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit and The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit BUNDLED with Guided Reading Lesson Plans.
It's not going to get any better than that!





Now, the only birthday wish I have is for the Browns to beat the Steelers today!  Unfortunately, I'm not betting on it!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blasting Off a Great Year Blog Hop


WOW!  This week was my first day back with the kiddos!  I'm whooped… You know how you plan so much for that first day and then when it's over you think to yourself… "What in the world am I doing tomorrow???"  Yep, that's where I'm at right now!

I thought I would share with you briefly about how I do my planning.  I use Planbook.  I used it last year for the first time and absolutely LOVED it!  It is extremely customizable and the best part is when you have a sub… it is WONDERFUL!!!  It's very easy to add the extra things that you want to say to a sub by simply typing it into your plans.  Also, many of my routines are in my plans automatically everyday just in case I am not there unexpectedly!

Here is a screen shot of my FIRST DAY basic plans…



Planbook does cost $12.00 a year.  I have purchased it myself and did not receive any compensation or anything for promoting this on my blog.

I am just beginning to get everything into Planbook this year.  There are tons of options and I am just tipping the iceberg here…

The other thing that I wanted to share with you today is planning your Guided Reading Groups.  

It's going to be a good few weeks of teaching routines in my classroom before we get to Guided Reading Groups but it's never to early to start thinking about planning for those groups.  First, I use Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmark Data from the end of the students Kindergarten year.  Now, I understand many students either regress or excel over the summer but it still gives me a good idea of where they are at as far as their reading level.  I can easily adjust my groups once I get started.

After I have my "centers" up and running and am ready to start Guided Reading I look at the levels of my kids to start the year.  When I start, I usually just look at their reading level.  After we move throughout the year I continuously change groups depending on level and/or skill.  There was a great post recently on Adventures in Literacy Land Blog by Wendy from Mrs. D's Literacy Lab that talks about grouping students depending on other reading skills in addition to reading level.

I have a Guided Reading Binder that I use for my groups.  




Here are some pics.  There are different very plain planning pages.  All I put on there is what groups I am working with each day and what level book I am using.



My groups are continuously changing throughout the school year so I use velcro on my pages in my binder.  I put each group page in a page protector and put velcro on the page.  I just type up their names (pretty small) and laminate.  I put a velcro dot on the back of their name and they can be easily switched!


Then I keep my Guided Reading Lesson Plans Levels A-Z in the back.  I use alphabet tabs and just put a few copies behind each letter!  EASY!  




(Please note… this is a paid product BUT you can enter to win any product from my store below!  Who knows… it could be you!)

And if you are feeling really super crazy and want to be ultra organized… I also have my Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit.  It has about 400 pages of specific hands-on activities.  The activities can be used with any books (A-N Fountas and Pinnell).  They are not book specific only skill specific!



(Again, this is a paid product BUT enter below and you could win it!)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you find good use for the Guided Reading Binder!  Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win ANY item in my TPT store!  I will choose three winners on Monday morning!  You can enter through midnight on Sunday, August 24th!  Good Luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, get ready to FLY AWAY to your next stop!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cookin' Up a Great Year Blog Hop


Well, it's here!  I officially start back up on Monday with two workdays and the kiddos start on Wednesday.

I hope you have enjoyed yourself going through the Cooking Up a Great Year Blog Hop!  It's been in the works for a long time!  When Carla from Comprehension Connection came up with the idea I immediately knew that I wanted to share a crockpot recipe with you because the beginning of the year is just crazy!  I wanted something simple but delicious!  I found it-

Ranch Crock Pot Pork Chops
(Click above for the original recipe)


8 pork chops, about 1/2″ thick
a little oil for browning
2 Tbsp. Dry Ranch Dressing
1 23-oz can cream of chicken soup, undiluted (this is the large one)

Quickly brown the pork chops on both sides over medium high heat in a little bit of oil. Don’t completely cook them, just give them a quick sear. Place them in your crock pot and sprinkle with the ranch dressing mix. Pour the soup over the top. Cook on LOW heat for 5-6 hours, or on HIGH heat for 3-4 hours. 


This was really good!  I made some mashed potatoes and opened a can of corn and we were set!  

So, that was the easy part!  Then, I realized I was supposed to make something "teaching related" as well… makes total sense when you think about it, right?

So- I was thinking and thinking and thinking- I'VE GOT NOTHING!!!

Here it is- the best I can do-



Pork Chops come from pigs (right?)- I love the book My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza.  I actually got to meet her a few years ago at the Mazza Children's Book Museum in Findlay, Ohio.  I remember her talking about how nobody wanted to publish this book.  It took a long time to find someone.  That was the first time I read it and I just HAD to buy it!

I read it every year.  It has some really great teaching points!
I whipped up a little freebie for you to help get your kiddos "talking" about this book!

Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter below and head on over to the next stop!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are you lost?  If so, you can click below to go to Carla's blog and she has all of the bloggers that are participating to get back on track.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cookin' Up a Great Year Blog Hop Coming Soon...

Wow- do we have some fun "brewing" for you!  I will be 1 of 25 participants in a fun little blog hop this weekend August 15th-17th.  


The hop will start at Comprehension Connection with Carla.  But, to help get those appetites started Carla has all sorts of fun going on at her blog all week!  

Today, you can enter to win many K/1st grade products (including a free choice from me!).  So what are you waiting for?  GO GO GO!



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Back-to-School Sale at Teachers Notebook

If you missed the big sale on TPT- have no fear!  Teachers Notebook is having a sale August 9th-August11th.  My entire store is 20% off and you get an additional 10% from Teachers Notebook (no promo code needed).  Also, each day you stop by you can sign up to win a Teachers Notebook Gift Certificate.


Also, while you are there, you can enter to win The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit!  Click on the picture for easy entry!



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