Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Sale

I am joining many other teachers for an Easter Sale on Sunday, April 20th.  My store will be 20% off for the entire day.  

My newest product is already at a reduced price through April so for this day only, it will be at a reduced price AND also 20% off.  

I wish everyone a wonderful Easter!  

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit- everything you need to plan your groups!

It's been a product in the making for over a year and a half.  Yes, you heard that right… about a year in my "head" and about 6 months of actually creating the product.  I started making this product 3 or 4 different times and it just wasn't working out the way I wanted- until NOW!

Planning for Guided Reading has never saved me so much TIME!  Time is precious, and now that I have this kit prepared and ready to go it takes me only about 10-15 minutes to plan and prepare for 5 different guided reading groups.  

Here is a picture of the toolkit all set-up and ready to go!

Please note:  This kit WILL take you some time, ink, paper, and lamination to put together.  It can be done all at once or little by little over time as you use the activities.  In the end, it will SAVE you countless of hours trying to find activities to help teach the skills that you kiddos need.

I made this kit so that everything is readily at your fingertips!  There are over 100 activities directly related to Word Work, Reading Strategies, and Comprehension.  Each of these three skills are color coded for easy access.  The activity cards for the Word Work are red, Reading Strategies are blue, and Comprehension are yellow.  On each activity card, the suggested appropriate activity levels are at the top.  Each activity also provides a learning goal, materials needed for the activity, teacher directions, and student directions.

Here is a sample.

When I do my planning, I use my Guided Reading Binder.  This is a freebie and I have had great feedback.  Each group has their own section in the binder.  I use velcro on the group page so that I can easily move kids around throughout the school year as their guided reading levels change.

Click on the picture to get this FREEBIE!

Behind my groups is where I keep my Guided Reading Lesson Plans Levels A-N.  These plans help me know what skills I need to teach at each level.  These plans correlate directly to The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit and can be found at a BUNDLED price.

Here is how I plan my groups:

I choose a book for my group that is at their Instructional Reading Level (90-94% accuracy for levels A-K).  In this sample, my group is reading the book Skateboarding.  This is a Level G book.

Here is a picture of the lesson plan that I used for this book.  The planning sheet lays out the skills that should be worked on at specific levels.  Each planning page has Word Work Skills, Before Reading, During Reading (Strategies), and Comprehension.

At the top, there is a place for the name of the book, students names, and date.  Notice this is for Guided Reading Level G.

I did a running record on Mariah from the day new book the last time we met.  I wrote her scores on the top of the planning sheet.  This helps me keep track and make sure that each kid is in an appropriate group.  

The top of the plans give Word Work ideas for each level.  When I plan, I look and see what skills each groups needs to work on.  Many times, I quickly plan immediately after I meet with a group because it is fresh in my head what they need to work on.

For this group, we did a quick reading of our sight words that we were working on this week.  Next we did an activity with blends.  In the toolkit, I found the activities for blends and had it ready for the lesson.  Here the students had to say the name of the picture and put the clothespin on the correct blend.

The activities in this pack are meant to be quick and only take 3-5 minutes.  I really try to limit each group to a 20 minute lesson.

We talked about blends and I ended up giving each student 4 different cards to figure out.  They were BEGGING for more- but we had to move on.

Next, we took a picture walk together using the book.  I made a point of saying the names of the children in the book a few times (Roberto and Luis).  These names are always tricky for a couple of students.  

After the picture walk and brief discussion, the students were off to read ON THEIR OWN.  The single most important part of effective guided reading (in my opinion), is that each student is reading the entire book.  We don't do round robin reading in guided reading.  I teach students right from the beginning how to read with a whisper voice.  I listen in on each student as they are reading.  I also really encourage them to ask for help if they are absolutely stuck.  

After reading the book, I had the Fiction Spin the Wheel ready to go!

I let each student spin one time and we answer the questions on the wheel.  Again, begging for more!

**Please note:  The Guided Reading Lesson Plans are sold as a separate product.  Or you can get the toolkit and the lesson plans at a discounted price {HERE}.

After we have read and discussed the new book, I collect them until the next time we get together.  I do try (if I can), to plan for the next group immediately after meeting with them.  With this toolkit, it literally takes me a couple of minutes.  I grab the items that I want to teach, mark them on the lesson planning sheet and put them into my basket where I keep all of the materials that I will need for each lesson.

Five groups and all of the activity cards and activities that I need- all in one spot.  When we finish the activity I file it back into the Guided Reading Toolkit.

I have had this dream of making something like this for a long time.  Right now, these activities only go through Level I.  **There are some that go through N but it isn't complete.  I WILL be adding more activities for levels J-N.  I just need more time.  I am going to add them to THIS product and not make it a separate product.  The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit is at discounted price through April 2014.  And, I will be raising the price accordingly as I add activities.  If you purchase now, you will get those activities at no additional cost in the future.  You will just need to re-download the product at TpT or Teacher's Notebook.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit GIVEAWAY at Teachers Notebook!

I am in the process of writing a blogpost that showcases parts of my newest product, The Ultimate Guided Reading Toolkit.  I'm not finished yet though but I don't want you to miss out on a chance to win it over at Teachers Notebook!  There will be 5 winners!  Contest goes through Tuesday, April 8th at midnight.  

Click on the picture for EASY entry!  


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Answer to "What "died" only 5 days later??"

Well, if you saw my post yesterday, I linked up with Christina from Sugar and Spice with the first week of Wordless Wednesday.  I posted a picture of our new living room furniture and asked you to guess what decided to "die" only 5 days later.  (You know, because that's just how it always works right?)

So, AMANDA, you were the first one to guess correctly….

Here it is, our dorm fridge that we have to use for 3 weeks until we get our new one… it really makes me appreciate the fridge a little more when I don't have one.

Amanda… I sent you a message on your blog!  Send me an e-mail and let me know what you would like from my store:)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I am linking up with Christina over at Sugar and Spice Blog!  This is the first Wordless Wednesday link-up.  Go and check out her post to learn more.

Here is my picture:

We decided to splurge and get some new furniture.  Question:  What do you think decided to "die" only 5 days later?  I will answer the question tomorrow:)   First one to guess correctly in the comments can pick any item from my TpT store.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

TIME to get Lucky!

Some of my kiddos are still struggling with telling time to the hour and half hour so I decided to make a Scoot Game (or it can be used for Search the Room).  The kids just love doing Scoot games.  The first time we did one (at the beginning of the year), it was somewhat of a disaster!  But, now that they know exactly how it works, it is great fun!  If you've never played Scoot, this activity has directions included on how to play.  I say, give it a try:)

The students have to draw the hands on the clock for this activity!

I'm linking up over at Classroom Freebies!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Do you like to play Scoot in your classroom?

Monday, February 24, 2014

TPT 3 Million Strong Sale and Linky Party!

(Credits:  Ashley Hughes, Melon Headz, Graphics From the Pond, KG Fonts)

WOW!  Teachers Pay Teachers just continues to grow and grow!  There are officially over 3 million "members" on their site.  I have been purchasing items for about 3 years and creating my own materials for just over 2 years.  I LOVE how other teachers are so creative and are able to share their talents!  So, why not celebrate with a sale??  I will be offering 20% off of all of my products.  Then if you use promo code TPT3 at checkout, you will get an additional 10% for a total of 28% off!

Today, I thought I would quickly showcase some of my best-selling items.

My best-selling product is my Guided Reading Lesson Plans Levels A-N.  I created this product as a guide to help teachers know what skills they should be teaching depending on the Guided Reading Level of the book.  There are ideas for Word Work before reading, Strategies while reading, and Comprehension for after reading.

Retelling can be a difficult concept for my little ones.  I have created a unit that uses many creative ways to help teach them how to retell stories.

Also, I recently created an All About Writing unit.  All About Bats is featured, however, you can use the template for any All About book.

If you are a blogger and you would like to link up your blog post, feel free to link up here.  Please just make sure that you link back to this post.  You may also use the sale button as you wish.  Also, if you are a TPT seller and you are participating in the sale this Thursday and Friday, you may link your TPT store to this blogpost!  Happy Shopping!

I am also linking up with Mrs. Beattie

And, just for fun, I am having a very quick little giveaway!  Win a $20 TpT Gift Certificate just in time for the big sale!  This rafflecopter will go through 12:00am Friday morning.  So, I will send it to the winner when I wake up on Friday so she can still shop on Friday if she wants (or save it for later)!

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