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EVERYTHING in my store will be 28% off on Tuesday May 9th and Wednesday May 10th with the code:
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These are fun visual writing prompts with choice!  Even your most reluctant writer will have something to write about!  You can try them HERE for free!

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What kiddo doesn't love a cootie catcher (fortune teller).  These hands on prompts are perfect for sparking some great writing or story telling!  Perfect to send home over summer vacation!


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I have several Bundles in my store!  Not only do you get a discount because they are bundled, but they are also ON SALE!  
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Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Teaching Using Context Clues!

Using Context Clues.
It's a very important skill for reading students to have!
Using context clues to infer the meanings of unknown words!
Where do you even start?
I have two great books to help you to teach Using Context Clues to infer the meaning of unknown words.
Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words.

Book Number One:

So, when I first introduce this skill my to kiddos, I use Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka.  Poor Henry is a little alien late for szkola again.
His teacher is going to give him lifelong detention unless he can come up with very good, very believable excuse.  Do you think she gets one?
Henry uses lots of great alien words in this book such as zimulus and deski.  The pictures give us great clues to what the words may mean!
Perfect way to introduce using context clues!
Henry is just adorable isn't he?

We usually do this one together as a class.
Being an anchor chart teacher, of course we made and anchor chart for the book:
Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words.

Nope, it's not super fancy. The E.V. in the corner is for Expand Vocabulary.
My kiddos LOVE this book!

Book Number 2:

Where are You Going Manyoni by Catherine Stock.
This one is a bit more difficult and took a little more studying of the pictures.
Manyoni is on her way somewhere and has a long way to go to get there!  Where in the world could she be going as she crosses the fever tree pan into the kloof past the koppies and over the krantz?
I gave my kiddos a chart and read the story taking care to stop and study the pictures as we went.
They talked over the words and pictures with their partners and filled in the chart.
Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words.

Then, we worked together as a class to fill in an anchor chart (no surprise) and revise our thinking.
Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words.

Both books have a glossary at the end that explains the words in the book, so we compared our inferences to the real meanings.  We did pretty well.
We also talked about how being close is good enough.
We don't let the word win!
We keep going!

If you are looking for either of these wonderful books, you can get them here through this affiliate link:  (affiliate links provided to fund future Book Talk Tuesday book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!


Of course I have a freebie for you!  
It is a chart similar to the one above specifically for Baloney, but I have included a blank chart to use with any book! Just click on the pics below to get yours!
Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words.Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words.

Do you have a favorite book for teaching Context Clues?  I would love to hear yours, leave me a comment below!
Book Talk Tuesday: 2 Great Books for Using Context Clues and Illustrations to infer the meaning of unknown words. Freebie!







Book Talk Tuesday: Describing Character Traits using The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

Welcome Back!
I have a wonderful new book to share with you today!
It is perfect for teaching Character Traits!
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt!
He is the author of The Day the Crayons Quit, and The Day the Crayons Came Home!
Of course, there is a freebie for you at the end!

Book Talk Tuesday: Character Traits with The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors!

I hope you are wearing your battle pants!
Rock, from the Kingdom of Backyard,  is looking for a fight.  He has yet to find a challenge.
Paper, from the Empire of Mom's Home Office, and Scissors, from from the tiny village of Junk Drawer,  are in the same boat, until one faithful day when the three meet in the great cavern of Two-Car Garage.  The rest, as they say, is history!




If you don't own this little gem you can get it through this affiliate link:  (affiliate links provided to fund future Book Talk Tuesday book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!



And now, for the freebie you have been waiting for!

Book Talk Tuesday: Character Traits with The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors!
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Book Talk Tuesday: Character Traits with The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors!

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Special Book Talk Tuesday: My FAVORITE Children's Book!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for visiting me again.
This is a special Book Talk Tuesday Post for me.
It's about my FAVORITE children's book of ALL TIME!
I know, you are thinking "How in the world do you choose?  There are so many great books out there?"  But, this one is special.

Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book!

Mrs. Beggs and the Wizard by Mercer Mayer has been my favorite since I was a little girl.
When I was in college, I discovered it again at a Half-Price Book store.  It was the first children's book that I bought for my future classroom.
Every time I find it, I buy another copy.
It has everything a great book needs: compelling characters, action, adventure, and MAGIC!
Mrs. Beggs owns a boarding house and one day Mr. Z.P. Alabasium: Wizard Extraordinaire shows up looking for a room.  Once safely ensconced (that is such a great word isn't it?  ensconced?) strange thing start to happen!  Of course, the guests start to complain...
I love everything about this book!  I love the great word choice:
boarding house, constable, extraordinaire, tweaked.
I love the amazing illustrations!

Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book! Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book!

Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book!

I also love the humor:  "Aunt Cecelia flew away on a vacuum cleaner; not having a broom on hand..."

Most of all, I LOVE reading this book aloud to my students.  I read it every year on the first and last days of school.
It ends with another mysterious stranger showing up at the door:
Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book!

The story ends here.
My kiddos ALWAYS groan!
They want to hear more!
Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book! Freebie!So, I created this little freebie to go with the book, so the kiddos can finish the story their way:
Special Book Talk Tuesday: My Favorite Children's Book! Freebie!

If you don't own this little gem you can get it through this affiliate link:  (affiliate links provided to fund future Book Talk Tuesday book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Do you have a favorite children's book or at least a favorite read aloud?  Leave me a comment, I would love to hear about yours!  :)

New Stuff for Spring You Don't Want to Miss...

Don't you love Spring Break?  Are you still waiting for yours?  Done?  On break now?
Mine is almost over, but I had some time to do some fun creating!
Here are a few things that you don't want to miss out on!

New Stuff for Spring you don't want to miss!

I am always looking for new ways to incorporate technology into my classroom.
I am by no means going paperless (not even close), but I do try to use less paper!
Here are a few Digital activities that I created for working on sequencing.

This first item is fully interactive.  Your students move the pictures into the correct order, then write the sequence using the transition words provided.  Because it is digital, it is in full color!  Hurrah!
Digital Sequence and Write!

Digital Sequence and Write activity!  The students move the pieces into the correct sequence, then use the transition words to write!

I made two versions of this product!  The one above is for sequencing three pictures.  The one below is for sequencing four pictures then writing about them.

Digital Sequence and Write activity!  The students move the pieces into the correct sequence, then use the transition words to write!

You can find both of these items in my store right now! Click on the pictures to take you to see the full preview!

Last, but not least, is one of my favorite things to use in my classroom.
My kiddos read independently every day, and I don't always get to conference with all of them!  Keeping a short in-class reading log helps to hold my students accountable, plus I can keep tabs on what they are reading and how well they are "getting" certain skills!  This product also contains a monthly reading challenge, at home reading logs,  and reading responses!


Differentiated April Reading Challenges, Reading Logs, and Reading Responses!

Click on the picture above to go and see the entire product in the preview!

You can see it in action here:

Differentiated April Reading Challenges, Reading Logs, and Reading Responses!
I get such a kick out of seeing their responses!
This one is the blank version.  I had prompts for the kiddos to work on during the week.

I really enjoyed creating this product!
Look at this face...how can you resist this little bunny face?

Differentiated April Reading Challenges, Reading Logs, and Reading Responses!

I am still creating!  Anything I can create for YOU?  Leave me a comment or send me an e-mail!
Thanks so much for stopping by!









Book Talk Tuesday: Reading, and Science and Magic! Oh my! Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows.

Hello again!  Welcome to another Book Talk Tuesday!
Today I am going to be talking about a fun new book called: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows written by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsey!


Wow!  Is this a fun book!  It has everything: Magic, Science, adventure, experiments, and more!
This is an adorable story of a little girl who discovers that her mom has been helping magical creatures since she was little.  Mom needs to go on a business trip and leaves Zoey in charge to help any creatures that may show up needing help!  With the help of her "thinking googles", her cat Sassafras, some science experiments, and some research,  Zoey helps nurse a sick dragon back to health!  This book is a perfect jump start for a unit about reptiles, science experiments (it explains the scientific method in context), or carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. 


Zoey and Sassafras would make a great read aloud, or for a book club for your higher 2nd grade readers or your third grade graders.

I have created a fun Story Map freebie for your students to fill out while you are reading it aloud or to stay on track while they are reading it on their own for a book club:


If you don't own this little gem you can get it through this affiliate link:  (affiliate links provided to fund future Book Talk Tuesday book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to see you next week!






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