Easily find the BEST font!

It drives me crazy when I just can't find the BEST font!  I have tons of them loaded on my computer but it takes forever to try to find exactly what I want.  
So, lately I have been using WORDMARK.  You can see what all of the fonts actually look like.  You can type in your text to see specifically what it will look like if you want.  Here is a screen shot!
It is awesome!  Give it a try!

The Gift of Reading Blog Hop (over)

Welcome to JD's Rockin' Readers. You have arrived at  


At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letters to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

I'm glad you're here!  I have a fun freebie for you today.  This is a product that is normally for sale in my store.  But for you I am offering it as a freebie for this special blog hop.  I created Karate Word Master when I was teaching Title I students.  Many of these kiddos had a hard time decoding words.  I created these Karate Kids to help teach them to break apart words- just like the Karate Kids would break a board.  They absolutely loved making their own Karate Kids and doing the activities involved.  I hope you enjoy it!

My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new posts, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below. 

I am the last stop but if you missed any of the stops 1-21, it's time to head over and find the other snowmen letters and of course the awesome freebies!  If you have visited all of the stops you can head over to  A Day in the Life of a Title I Teacher to enter our amazing giveaway!  Make sure that you have all of the secret letters from the snowman so you can figure our the secret message!    Make sure that you download the recording sheet- it will help you figure out the secret message:) Happy Holidays! 


All About Books!

I just finished my latest product Become and Author:  All About Books.  
Did you know that little 6 year olds can write a REAL non-fiction book with a Table of Contents, Fact pages, Glossary, Diagram, and an About the Author page??

I was VERY nervous about this project.  I really thought I may have way too high expectations for those little 6 year olds.  I was SO wrong!  I gave them a challenge and they accepted my challenge and my highest expectations!
This lesson to write an All About Book took about 3 weeks.  We wrote MUCH of it together but there were parts that allowed them to write information that they learned on their own.
We learned about Bats (and everyone wrote about bats- this time), we made our books, we published our books, and celebrated our accomplishment!  I even received a couple of e-mails from parents about how much they loved their child's All About Bats book.  WOW!!

This product is made so that you can make any All About Book.  It also includes the pages and lesson plans that I created for Bats as an outline.

Here are some pics from one student's book.

This is from one of my average students.  I am so proud of them all!  I have since put made up All About books in Writing Workshop as a choice.  I can't believe how many of them are writing other All About Books (pretty successfully)!

After we wrote, we had a little celebration.  We wrote letters to our Kindergarten reading buddies inviting them to our celebration.  They came over, we shared our books with our buddies, and we enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie.  You can't have a celebration without a cookie, right?

Here is a letter writing freebie that I made last year and we used one of the pages to write our letter!

I am also participating in a giveaway!  Go and check out You Might Be a First Grader's Blog!

You Might Be a First Grader...

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Turkey Trouble Sound Boxes {FREEBIE}

Just a quick post today with a Thanksgiving Freebie!  I  laminate these sound boxes and use them in my  Guided Reading groups.  I use dry erase markers with the kids and use them as letter boxes as well.  This is a great way to differentiate!  

I'm linking up with Manic Monday!!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday