Reading Strategy Posters!

Well work for me is back in full swing! I had new teacher orientation this week and started staff development today! I am working with a wonderful group of people, I think this year will be wonderful!

My classroom has been a work in progress all summer! I decided that I needed a new set of reading strategy posters...well... today. :)

I was searching for my others and I couldn't find them! I am not sure they made it through the move. :) So tonite...I hade my creative juices flowing...so I made a set of posters for myself!

My Reading Strategy Posters include: Finding Important Information, Questioning, Inferring, Synthesizing, Metacognition. Visualizing, and Making Connections!








Hope you enjoy these! Happy Teaching! :)
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Snooping Out Text Features!

One of the things I always struggle with during teaching is Text Features. To me they seem so easy...but for students, they are so hard!

Text Features are found in Non-Fiction text...and I think that may be the difficult part. Students do not have enough exposure early on to information (non-fiction) text.

I am going to start early with my students this year...but I am going to start by teaching text features (when I introduce non-fiction.) I feel that if students have a good grasp of text features (and how they can HELP you read and understand informational text) they will be more successful!

I created (yet another) slide show but this time to teach text features! I'm getting a great response on my others (and I know I will use these with my students as well.) This slideshow is called "Snooping out Text Features."

I'm taking the approach that we have to be detectives when we are looking for text features. Text features do not always jump off the page at us...and even if they are noticable, we have the dig in and figure out why the text features are there (yes they are there for a reason!) Below is a preview of 4 slides of my 16 slide powerpoint. I hope you find it benefical for you and your students! :) Happy Teaching!




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Updated Character Feelings Word Chart!

As I get a little better at this "creating" thing, I am updating some of the things I created a year or so ago. I recently updated my Character Feeling Word Chart! It now looks more appealing, and includes a black and white copy for students (if needed.)




I like to give each student a copy of this and let them glue it into their reader's notebook! Students need to be familiar with these "feeling words" or "character traits." Not just for school, but it helps the students in real life as well! Go get your copy! Happy Teaching!
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A Little of This and That!

Well I have been a busy woman lately! I am loving every second of my time off this summer though!

However, school is quickly approaching, so I have been making a few items!

One item I am VERY proud of is my new Poetry is a Circus Slideshow! My slideshow contains all of the elements of poetry (and there are a ton!) and the four types of poems (along with definitions!) I just love the circus theme though! I know my kids will love it! PowerPoint Presentations can be boring at times for kids! I know mine will love the bright color and kid friendly language! Now just to figure out when I teach poetry...I am knee deep in a new Scope and Sequence right now! :) Here is a photo of the first page of my slide show! It's just the intro, but you get the idea!


I have also been creating some sight words for reading! I created 3rd grade ones...then I decided I would do every grade level! Here is a link to my TPT store...they can all be found here! I do not want to link a different one for each grade level! My hope is that teachers will print them, laminate them and cut them out for the students to practice. Teachers can also use them at the small group table as well! :)

Here is one quick photo...they all look the same, bright, colorful and easy to read!
I also created a Character Graphic Organizer! I am always looking for one of these that has all of the components we study in 3rd grade for characters! I finally decided to just create one! I am going to use this ALL YEAR LONG!
 I also made this Synonym Matching Game! The students cut out the bottom words and match them with the correct synonym at the top! I think this will be a great station/center activity! Mix it up a little from the paper/pencil work! :)
These come with more labels, but I am just showing one picture! I created a set of "Days of the Week" labels...I have the bins in my room that I put each day's lesson plans and activities in to stay organized. My labels needed replacing badly though! I think these are cute? :) I also made a few extra for some drawers in my room. (Extra work, Read Alouds and Homework!)
I also made TWO Place Value Activities! One of the activities is for WHOLE GROUP! And one of the activities can be used daily with the students or as a center or station! It is called Place Value Four Square!

Both Activities are fun and interactive for the kids! Instructions and materials for both games are included in my TPT store. Here is the instruction card for the first one, and the cards for the second one! Had to give you a look at both! :) Again, I cannot wait to get my kids excited about place value using these! (And I m sooo excited to be teaching math again!) :)


I have a made a few more things! However, I am tired and ready for bed! I will save those for another day! :) I hope you enjoy these items! Happy Teaching!


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Welcome Back Packet!

As you know...I am changing districts this year! At my old district...we always had a "Welcome Back Packet" that we would have on the student's desk first thing in the morning the first week of school. If you have taught before...you know that the first week is CRAZY! Meeting parents, getting kids settled, getting supplies settled, and getting transportation recorded for all of the students! (First Day Goal--Get All of the Student Home!)--It's in the teaching handbook. ;)

Anyway, I didn't have one of those packets for this coming year...the work isn't hard, it's fun! A lot of get to know you activities and "tell me about your summer" activities. So I decided to create one! I believe the worst part will be making copies of it! :) I love it though! Here is a preview of the packet! Download your packet HERE!







There are mulitple pages of this one!






 
I hope you can use this with your kiddos!!
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Math Word Problem Cards

Well as you know I will be teaching math once again this coming year! (After a two year break of only teaching reading and writing!) My supplies for math activities were running kind of low...and if you live in Texas you know the Math TEKS changed as well! Whew...lots to think about! I decided to put my stress to work! I have been working on math word problems for my students. I plan on using this as an "Early Bird" activity (when kids finish early.) I created a set of 24 colorful word problem cards that I will laminate and run off for my kids (probably 2 sets just to make sure each child can have multiple cards at their seat.) The students will use the answer sheet I also created and fill in the word problems (showing work of course!) Here is a glimpse of the cards! There are 6 pages of cards total (24 cards) but this gives you an idea! You can find the whole set HERE.






These word problem cards include multiple skills...basically every skills I could think of! :) I know these would work great for 4th grade also...and perhaps most of them for 2nd grade? I would probably just take out the division ones for the 2nd graders! But who knows...they may love a challenge!

I hope these help your wonderful kiddos! I can't wait to use them with mine!
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Choice Board Packet!

Well I must say...my Choice Boards on TPT have been BIG HIT! People love them and I have had many requests for some different versions!

So I created a Bundle that includes all of my Choice Boards! You can find it HERE!



 I cannot wait to use these this year instead of having students respond on notebook paper (boring!) These choice boards will spice things up and help me know if the students are really getting a certain concept! 



 This packet includes a Math, Reading and Poetry Choice Board...as well as both Reading Response Choice Boards! Hope you enjoy!








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My New Classroom at Hudson Pep!

Here is my new classroom at my new school! I am so very excited about this year! I still have some things to add...but it is close to being finished!

 
I downsized my reading corner a lot due to the fact that that I did not need books ranging from Kindergarten-4th Grade!

 
Here is my "small group" table...and bulletin board!

 
Close up of my bulletin board! Our theme this year for the school is "Oh the Places You'll Go!" When I get the kid's names...I am going to put them on the balloons! :)


My awesome and huge counter top! :)

 
Cubbies! Love them! Finally a place to put backpacks!

 
Part of my teacher corner.

 
My teacher corner and objective boards! I need two more objective boards for math and science!

 
My organizers!

 
Glimpse of the class from the enterance!


 
I am not sure what this section will be...I am adding a pink bean bag...so I may have to use a different rug. I just want the kids to have many places to read and do work out of their seats.


 
My reading corner!


My SmartBoard and Bookshelves!
 
 
It's hard to read in the picture but it says "We are STAARS!" :)
 
Again, I am still adding things but it is ALMOST complete! I cannot wait to get this year started!
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