Wednesday, October 30, 2019

November Classroom Freebies

I think you will find these so useful in your classrooms!!
Calendars and Organizers to use as newsletters or for homework assignments.
They are editable meaning you use your text box to add dates and text.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Veterans Day Activities, Games and Crafts

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th.
It is a special day to say THANK YOU to those who served in our military.
It is a terrific opportunity for students who have families serving in the military to share.
The two books below are wonderful for sharing on this day.

 I love this little craft that can  be used as a page topper as students reflect on what they are able to do because of the efforts our veterans have made.
Informational text is plentiful.
There are three differentiated forms followed by graphic organizers for collecting key facts.

 There are colorful vocabulary cards to help students recognize all the different parts of our military.
These are followed by word work to place in your literacy center of to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning.
Students can also write.
And there are two adorable math games for partners to play.
Finally I like to use the true/false for assessment at the end of the day.

Friday, October 25, 2019

How to Carve a Pumpkin!

What will your pumpkin look like and what steps will you take to carve the face?
This is a wonderful writing lesson.
There are also sequencing cards for a literacy center.
Vocabulary cards are also available for  posting.

How to Cook A Turkey!

How would you cook a turkey?
Use this packet and find out all the different ways your students would prepare their turkey!
There are vocabulary cards for posting and steps on cards for students to use for sequencing.
Graphic organizers are plentiful for students to prepare their thoughts.
Final write pages are included.  Make a class book with these.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Parent Teacher Conference Favorites!

It is that time of the year when parent teacher conferences are just around the corner.
This packet contains a number of suggestions and activities that will hopefully make these important forms of communication a success.
Start with scheduling.
Don't forget to give yourself a break.
Print extra schedules so you can put one outside your door and another by your side to keep you on track.
Before the conference send a note to parents with a reminder of the time they are scheduled for and important information about the conference and why these face to face meetings are so important. 
On a creative note have students write a note to their parents and have parents write the students as well.
This is a great page to prepare ahead of time to put your talking points down.
What are student strengths?
What are areas to focus on?
What are the goals for the next grading period?
 Give parents a SNAPSHOT of the progress their child is making.  You can do this by using specific scores and work samples. 

Monday, October 21, 2019

November Math and Literacy Activities

Ideal for math and literacy centers.
Perfect for partners and small groups.
Just print and play.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

November Writing ... Includes Craft Page Toppers

Looking for a cute writing project to showcase student work?
This is it!!
Write about a turkey or a pilgrim.
Graphic Organizers and Writing Pages

Friday, October 18, 2019

Let's Write November

This monthly writing packet is filled with activities to get your students WRITING!
Each lesson starts with a grammar lesson with practice activities.
This packet focuses on proper nouns and plural nouns.
I encourage the students to use these skills in their writing.
Next a read aloud is shared with the class.
Discussion follows and then the students use the graphic organizers to gather their thoughts for writing.
The next step is to have students prepare a "sloppy copy" of their thoughts and EDIT them.
These are then placed on a final write page for showcasing.
Each lesson takes approximately one week and there are 4 lessons.
This packet includes:
Time to Sleep
The First Thanksgiving
Duck for President
A Turkey for Thanksgiving

November Mini Books...Print, Fold, Read

I absolutely love these!!
Just print them.
Then fold in half and in half again.
There, you have a perfect mini book ready for guided reading, independent reading or small group reading.  Get your highlighters ready.  Highlight key vocabulary and facts.
I have the students open their mini book and on the back I have them write an illustrate a key idea about the information.
Includes a calendar and mini books on the topics:
Elections, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Native Americans, Thanksgiving Dinner, Turkey and more!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Teaching Comprehension with November Literature

Teaching comprehension strategies has never been so much fun!
Using literature with November themes makes teaching comprehension meaningful.
This packet contains four stories, strategies for posting and lesson plans followed by activities.
The activities can be used in small groups, independently or as a whole group.

The First Thanksgiving
KWL, Authors Purpose and Finding answers to questions in text

A Turkey for Thanksgiving
Main Idea/Details, Sequencing, Cause/Effect

Turkey Trouble
Summarize, Predict, Inferences
There is also a turkey disguise activity.

Bear Says Thanks
Compare/Contrast, Fact/Opinion

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Native Americans...Informational Text, Activities and Crafts

This packet includes three groups of Native Americans.
Woodland, Plains, Southwest
Each group includes information on a tribe from the area.
Woodland: Iroquois
Plains: Sioux
Southwest: Pueblo
Students will enjoy learning about different groups of Native Americans and how the land and wildlife influenced the way they lived. 
 The packet includes vocabulary cards for posting as well as an ABC Order and a Word Search.

And look at these cuties.
They will be perfect to decorate you classroom.
Each group has a mini book filled with informational text.
These are ideal for guided reading.
Students can highlight key vocabulary and facts.

The text is followed by information gathering.
This information can be used for reporting.
There are final write pages included.
They are differentiated to support leveled writers.

Each group is followed by a literature story with comprehension activities.
Woodland:  The First Strawberry
Plains:  Indian Paintbrush
Southwest:  How the Stars Fell Into the Sky
Finally there are activities to support the study.
Native Americans/Me/Both
Definition of Tribe
Writing Using Pictures
How We Dress