Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Build-a-Pilgrim Math Freebie!

Enjoy this simple

Pilgrim ~Roll and Build~ Game!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Turkey Poem

     Some poems automatically inspire you to recite them with emotion.  Expression comes naturally as the reader warns the turkey in this poem. 

    Try reading this poem with different emotions. Try reading it with urgency, with a sad/tearful voice, or in a pleading whisper. It is sure to get you and your students laughing.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Here is a little
"Now and Then" Craftivity
for you!
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I love this book!  The pictures are wonderful.  I use Pilgrims of Plymouth, by Susan E. Goodman, to illustrate life long ago.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Scarecrow Poem

My favorite kinds of poems are “Finger Plays.” This poem is a fun one to add hand motions to!  In class we have been reciting and acting out this poem each day.
Recently a student told me that his favorite thing in his browsing box is his poetry notebook. "Mine too," I whispered back," with a wink.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Stentence Starters

Writer's workshop is in full swing. I love how excited my class is about choosing their own topics, the writing process, drawing and creating. 

However, some of my young writers need a bit more encouragement to stretch sounds and write words and sentences.  They need some practice outside of workshop time.

Like you, outside my workshop time I do many things to support writing: arranging cut-up sentences in the pocket chart, modeled & shared writing, and (my favorite) list writing. 

Below you will see an idea I came up with using picture prompts and sentence starters.  The text in the picture may be hard to view, so scroll past the picture for a more readable view.
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Below is the text in the picture:

Sentence starters and picture prompts can be just what your emerging writer’s need to feel successful as they develop skills.


     ·          Make copies of the same sentence starter for every page.

     ·          Only copy one sentence starter and provide blanks for the following pages.

     ·          Provide different sentence starters for each page. 

     ·          Leave it open-ended for students. Provide a selection of sentence strips for them to make their own unique books.
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