Monday, April 29, 2013

New unit (Judy Moody) and a freebie!

It was raining CATS and DOGS here this weekend so I didn't leave my house all weekend!  The great part of that was I got TONS of work done on a new TPT unit.

I guess I would be considered a "geek" in some circles...haha

We only have 4 more weeks of school!!  How crazy is that!  This year has absolutely flown by!

In 25 years of teaching, it has been the best group of students I've ever had.  I am going to miss them terribly.  

Now that we've covered all the mandated standards, it's time to review and also have a little fun.  
I was reading a book for fun to my I've never read before, although you might be familiar with it.

I was so captivated by this book.  I immediately envisioned the fun I could have with this book at the beginning of the year.  Before I knew it, a complete and in-depth book study had been born. 

 The ideas seemed to flow faster than I could put them to paper!  I LOVE when that happens.

I've included EXPLICIT lessons plans for all 12 chapters.
 Vocabulary with fun activities

 Technology opportunities as students learn science and social studies activities associated with the book.

Craftivities are also included.    I am offering the turtle craftivity to you as a freebie.  Just click on the picture to get your copy.

Here is a closer look at just a few of the 88 pages in this unit.  Everything you need for a 2-3 week book study is included.  For the first 48 hours it is on sale for HALF-PRICE!  
Click on the picture to purchase your own copy.  I plan on using this for my back-to-school unit.

BAM!  My first 3 weeks are ready to go!! 

Be sure to check back for some GIGANTIC news later this week!  You won't want to miss out.  Here's a little preview...
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sunshine Makes Me Smile (and so does Thursdays Take it and Make it Linky Party!)

It's time for another weekly dose of

I hope you are finding some useful ideas to take with you and make.  Remember, you can link up any of your own posts that have something to share with others whether it be for home or school, craft, free or paid.  The ideas are ENDLESS!

This week I know we are all getting in the summer mode.  So today, I'm sharing a little craftivity for your students to use.

Just click here to grab your own free template.  This can be used in a variety of ways!

I hope you'll link up any of your new or old posts that have something to share for others to TAKE it and MAKE it.  Please remember to add the picture at the top to your post and link back here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

S'more Swap #2

It's time for another S'more Swap with some of my bloggy friends!

Today I am linking up with Samantha aka

My little lovies are in dire need of writing skills since I have THE.LOWEST.GROUP!!!

Samantha's adorable unit was just what I needed to teach (again) about opinion writing.

 Here is preview of everything that is included.

 I began by posting the title and we had a little discussion.

 Then all students wrote their name on a sticky note and put their name next to their favorite pet.

 This was the first page each student filled out.

A vote for dogs...

 The ONLY vote for fish...

 A vote for cats...

 Next, we did this step together  as I discussed MY favorite pet...CATS!

 Then we discussed how this led to writing the PERFECT five sentence paragraph. 
 Students then turned theirs into a nice neat paragraph. 

If you would like win your own copy of this adorable writing activity, please hop on over to Samantha's Blog, become a follower and leave a comment.  I have a number already chosen.  If your comment is that number, you will win this unit. Leave a comment by Thursday!

You can also click on the picture of the unit, to purchase your own copy.
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