Sunday, December 7, 2014

Letters to Santa

Last week we wrote our letters to Santa!  It was so much fun this year because I'm pretty sure ALL of my Firsties still believe.  Last year was hard because I had a few constantly telling the other that he wasn't real.

The lesson took us 5 days… first we learned about how to write letters using the Smart Board.  He talked about the date, greeting, body, closing, and signature.  Here is a slide from the Notebook File.



After learning and talking about parts of a letter, we used a planning sheet to help us decide what we wanted to tell him.


Then we spent 2 days writing a rough draft together.  Here is a sample:


On the 4th day, we wrote our final copy.  Boy did work hard to make sure that Santa could read their writing.


On the last day, each student made their own Santa!  These are so much fun!  These are the ones that I made as a sample.  When the students made them, I used the black line copies so that they could color, cut, and glue their own.

Traditional Santa

Cooking Santa
Sleeping Santa

Farmer Santa

 Punk Rock Santa

 Summer Santa

We are mailing our letters to Santa tomorrow!  We actually send them over to the Middle School and students each write a letter back.  It's great because it is personalized to each students.

I do have this for sale in my store!  It includes a PDF and a Notebook File for the Smart Board.  **You don't have to have a Smart Board to purchase this product.  It's just nice to project it onto the board.


Here's a little FREEBIE for you for stopping by!  There are 4 different Christmas Cards!  There is a letter writing page that can be printed on the cards if you want it in letter format.  These go great after the students have learned how to write a letter to Santa!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Day 2 of The 12 Days of Christmas!


I'm linking up with DeAnne again today over at First Grade and Fabulous!  She is having 12 Days of Christmas and is featuring a freebie everyday.  Be sure to give her some Christmas love and feedback!  This is open to all bloggers!  Link up your freebies on her blog!

Here is my freebie today!  








Monday, December 1, 2014

TPT Sale and 12 Days of Giving!

I'm sure that you've heard about the site wide Teachers Pay Teachers Sale- I am offering everything in my store 20% off PLUS if you enter coupon code TPTCYBER at checkout, you get an additional 10% off!

I am linking up with DeAnne over at First Grade and Fabulous.  She is hosting a 12 Days of Christmas!  I will be linking up throughout the week (when I can)!

First up, here is a Sampler Pack of The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit.  There are three activities included.


Hop on over to First Grade and Fabulous for some more freebies!






Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday- Cyber Monday Teacher's Notebook Sale!



I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!  


Teachers Notebook is having a BIG Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale!  I will be offering 20% off of my entire store!  Enter code TG2014 to get an additional 10% off at checkout!


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!

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