Friday, September 28, 2012

Nouns with Proper Pete and common cat!!!

This week we were studying proper and common nouns. I decided to make these page toppers. I plan to keep the pages and just take the list off to make a new one with my students next year. If you don't want to draw you could find images that would work. (That was the easier and quicker idea of my neighbor teacher. I should have ran the idea by her before I drew my own. :)) We read a Pete the Cat book as a fun intro. At first, I gave the students the proper and common and had them discuss and decide which was which. Then I started giving them one and having them decide on what the other could be. I also underlined where I used capitals for the proper nouns. They did great with it and I was able to clarify misunderstanding along the way. They were really engaged!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Pocket Full of Kisses Nails!!!

Here are my nails to match A Pocket Full of Kisses for my Audrey Penn Author Study!!! I am having fun with my new inspiration for my nails. I am working on David Shannon now and I can't wait to show what I have picked for my nails then. Do you have anything you like to do like this to go with your theme?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Favorite Freebie Linky Party!!!

Click the image to go to the linky party main blog!

This is my favorite freebie because it can be used by so many teachers and in a variety of grades. Also, these sheets allow me to get a clear picture of how stations are going for my students. With these sheets I know that they are practicing skills that are common core aligned and benefit them. The variety means that you can change each semester or quarterly to mix it up or you can stick with the same format all year. Once I have taught them, they are in a booklet and I don't have any other work with those for the semester!

The story behind it is fairly simple. My first year of teaching I struggled with students not getting a lot accomplished during stations time. I had those who were quiet and off task, but a few would be interrupting others. I needed accountability for all of my stations. Many of my stations change weekly and they have booklets made up for those, but I wanted to put together a variety pack of the stations that could be consistent and offer them for free. I spent time coming up with what I wanted students to do that I felt they would have time for and I created the literacy stations freebie pack.

To use it you just pick which sheet you want to use for that station, teach it and print it into booklets or individual pages to leave out.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Visual Aids for the Literacy Stations Freebie Pack!

I have created visual aids to go with the literacy station freebie pack. These sheets are also free. They use pictures from the story of how Cinderella got to the ball to help students remember how to fill out the sheets. I will laminate the one that I am using at that station and leave it there so that students can use it as a resource.