Monday, July 25, 2016

Differentiated Read the Room during Literacy Centers


Are you happy with how your Literacy Centers went last year?  Are there areas that you would like to improve?  I can honestly say that each year I feel like I am improving my Literacy Centers.  I have tried hundreds of different ideas for centers.  
Let's face it... some work and some don't.
I do a mixture of Daily 5 and "other" centers.  I don't fully do Daily 5 because some of the centers  just aren't right for me- and that's okay in my book!  
Every year, I change things up.  I keep what's working well and I change things that aren't working so well.  Last year I decided to implement a Read the Room Literacy Center.  I tried a few that I bought on TPT and they were good but it seemed that the kids weren't "engaged" as much as I had hoped.  So, I decided to make my own.  
Each week throughout the year, I made a new Differentiated Read the Room.  I made them to go along with our spelling skill.  I really wanted to make sure that each student was getting the most out of the skills we were learning.  Here is what I came up with...
I made 3 different levels (A, B, and C)- pretty clever I know...
I put the letter on the center rotation cards next to their name.  So, if Adelynn was one of my top students, I put a C next to her name and she knew that she would get a paper from the C tray.  
The activities change a little bit depending on the phonics skill but the format is basically the same so the kids know exactly what to do.  We all know what that means... when they know what to do- they don't try to bother you!
Here is what Level A looks like for Short a.
Students have to write the words by filling in the missing vowel.  Then, on the back, they choose 6 different pictures to draw and color.


Here is Level B.  Students have to write the words into the sentence and read it to a friend.  They then choose 6 different words to draw and color.


Here is Level C.  Students have to write the words into the sentence and read it to a friend.  Then, on the back, they write 4 of their own sentences using the words.


There are 31 different Read the Room activities in the bundle.  They actually go along with my Spelling Through the Year (first grade).  If you are interested in the bundle, it is 40% off if you purchase separately!  As the skills get more difficult, so do the activities.  For instance, many of the sentences the kids have to use context clues to figure out where the word goes- there are no numbers.  I LOVE when I can hear kids reading the sentences together and trying to figure out which word belongs where.  I makes my heart melt!

Here is a link to the bundle!  In the description, it shows all of the skills that are in the product.


Here is the link to try Short A for FREE!


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in July Sale and HUGE Giveaway!


Wanna build a SNOWMAN??  I do!  But only the kind in this picture- SAND!  I am not a snow lover and every year I ask myself- “Why in the world do you live in Ohio??”  Really!  I don’t like to be cold.  Someday I will live somewhere warm!

I LOVE the summer- not just because school is out- but because it is HOT.  Except for today, it is only about 75 degrees out.  Perfect for sitting on the back deck while I type this post though! 

Anyway, I promised myself that I wouldn’t start back in my classroom during the month of June.  I kept my promise friends- but now it is July and I’m starting to think about next school year. 

I did some decorating last summer, so I thought I would share some pictures with you!  I love the looks of my room- Bright Polka Dots!  I have a FREEBIE for you today as well!












My entire store is 20% off July 6th-9th!  I also have a few other products to help decorate your classroom that are on sale!  






If you are ready to really get your guided reading up and running smoothly, you may be interested in The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit!  Get it while it's on sale and prepare over the summer!






So that’s not all!  I have hooked up with some awesome friends to offer you a great giveaway!  We are giving away 3 $50 gift cards for TPT, 1 $50 gift card for Target, OR $100 worth of clip art from Jen at Teaching in the Tongass!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below!


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Check out the other bloggers who are giving away freebies and having sales!



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stress FREE Teacher Giveaway!




Wow!  I can’t believe another school year is ending!  I have really had a great group of kids this year- yes, there are always challenges but I do feel blessed to have had these kids in my life the past 9 months.  With that said- I am ready for SUMMER!  I’m sure you are too and to celebrate I am having a giveaway to help make your summer STRESS FREE!  I also have a few quick and easy tips to share on how I try to make the most out of the end of the year to make the beginning of the year a little easier!  Then it’s a little easier to enjoy my SUMMER!



1.  Orders:  Do you get classroom money each year?  We get $400 for classroom supplies.  Throughout the school year, I keep a list as I start to run out of items or things that I realize I need.  I do my order BEFORE leaving for the summer.  Then, I have my items in July so that I can get started right away.

2.  TPT Purchase Order:  Do you use TPT as a major classroom resource?  Are you tired of spending your own hard earned money?  Well, this goes along with #1.  I try to spend the LEAST amount of money on supplies as I can so that I can use the rest on TPT.  Here is how I do it.  If I have $100 left after ordering, I buy a TPT Gift Card using a Purchase Order with the rest of my money.  It’s easy to do and then I can use the card throughout the year as needed. 

3.  Beginning of the Year File:  When I am packing up the classroom, I start a Beginning of the Year File.  This file contains everything I may need at the beginning the year including my class information (which we get before the year is out).  The first time I go into my room to start the new year- I go to this file first.

 Then, you can walk out of the building, feeling ready for summer!  I have a special gift pack for you to help keep your summer stress free!  I will be sending it out snail-mail because getting a package is always super exciting!  So, here it is!



What’s included:
1.  Amazon- $25 Gift Card to get some good books to read for the summer!
2.  Starbucks- $15
3.  TPT- $25 Gift Card
4.  Beach Wear- hat, towels, cup, beach wrap, ear buds
5.  Younique 3D Fiber Mascara
6.  Bath and Body hand soap

This package is valued around $150! AND- the best part?  I have a few friends who are also sharing tips and are also having a giveaway!

There are a few rules for this giveaway. You must currently be teaching. While I greatly appreciate student teachers and retired teachers, this particular giveaway is for teachers who are currently stressed out after a long school year. Thank you for your understanding. This giveaway is open internationally! I would love to ship to someone internationally if you win. Just keep in mind that it may take awhile for your prize to reach you. :)  Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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As awesome as my giveaway is, I'm excited to share that my fellow blogging buddies are doing their own stress free teacher giveaways too! Click on each link below to check them out.






Tammy from The Owl Teacher


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