Book Talk Tuesday:Teaching Voracious Reading with Wild About Books!

Wild about Reading animal bookmark Freebie!

Hello again!  Thanks so much for stopping by for another Book Talk Tuesday!
This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).  
So, now that the school year is up and running, most of my Reading Workshop procedures are in place, so we start with all of those great mini-lessons to help us improve our reading!
One of the very first lessons that I do is Voracious Reading!
The best way to become a better reader is to read. I try to instill this into my students as much as I can! Read, read, read, and then read some more!

As a class we have a discussion about how important it is to read to get better at it.
I always start with this book:

Molly McGrew accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo and the animals discover reading!
They are WILD about it of course.
This is a delightful rhyming story with plenty of nods to the good Dr. Seuss.  
The animals become so enamored with reading, that they even decide to write their own stories and open their own library!
My kiddos love the rhymes and the silliness of this book!  
They are anxious to get started with their own voracious reading!
This book is also a great way to launch our Accuracy strategies.  I teach all of the "word attack" strategies using different animals.  We "Read Like the Animals".  You can see a post about how I teach accuracy strategies HERE.
Keep going!  You will find a fun "Read Like the Animals" freebie bookmark below!
Do you have a favorite book for teaching Voracious Reading?

You can click on the affiliate link below to get your own copy of My Teacher is a Monster!


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Book Talk Tuesday: My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown (with a little freebie!)


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Link to a Youtube video
Click on the picture for a video of the story! (Note: it is not my video!)

Hello again!  Thank you so much for dropping by my humble little corner of Cyberspace!
Today I want to share with you an adorable book by Peter Brown!  My Teacher is a Monster (No, I'm Not!) 
The main character Bobby is one of those "happy little classroom challenges".  His teacher Ms. Kirby is known to do a little stomping and a little roaring!
But one day, they run into each other at the park, and a gust of wind changes everything.
Bobby decides that maybe Ms. Kirby isn't a monster after all!

Paper airplanes factor into this story, so it would be a perfect time to teach your kiddos how to make paper airplanes!  How fun would it be to have paper airplane races at recess?  You could also do some measuring of how far the airplanes go.  STEAM at it's best!  
Here is a great website for printing different paper airplane templates!
HERE!

You can click on the affiliate link below to get your own copy of My Teacher is a Monster!


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The Seating Situation! Traditional? Alternative? Hybrid! Oh my!

Traditional Seating, Alternative Seating, Flexible Seating,

Hello all!  By now, we are back into the swing of things as far as school goes!  We started back at the end of August.
So, today I wanted to talk about seating.  I have seen TONS of blog posts, instagram pics, and Facebook Posts about alternative seating in the classroom!  It is all a buzz in the teaching world!
I have wanted to try Alternative seating in my classroom for years!  The problem? 1.  Storage.  There was no place in our schoolhouse to store all of the desks that I didn't want.  2. We have recently gone 1:1 with Chromebooks and I needed the kiddos to have a place where they could put/use their Chromebooks without fear of damage.  3. Some kiddos REALLY like having their own desk space. 4. Where in the world would we put all of our stuff?
So, what's a girl to do?
I decided that the only thing to do was...
BOTH!
Flexible Seating, Alternative Seating, Traditional Seating


I think that it is the best of both worlds!
So, in my classroom each child has his/her own desk.  They also have a seat sack on their chair and their book boxes.
All of their "stuff" goes in their seat sack...notebooks, pencils, crayons, etc.
All of their reading stuff goes in their book boxes: books, reading notebook, clipboard...etc.
All of their computer related stuff: Chromebook, mouse, headphones...goes in their desk.
This is their "homebase". This is where we go to indicate that we are ready to go!
For several activities we start at our desks, and then they have the option to move to an "alternative" seating options!  Of course, there are times when we need to be at our desk, but for most activities they can chose where they would like to work.
I am lucky enough to have several different options in my room!
I have my couch (which the kiddos LOVE), my rocking chair, several stools, plenty of the fun scoop rockers, and a few disk sleds, which the kiddos love.  Not to mention the floor itself! Every child in my classroom has a clipboard that they can use as a working surface, so they can work anywhere in the room!
Of course the kiddos are always welcome to work at their desks as well.
Traditional Seating, Alternative seating, flexible seating!

Who doesn't like to get under their desk to read, write, or do math?

I love the flexibility of doing it this way!  It does take some practice and rules, but the kiddos love the flexibility of choosing their own seats, whether it is their traditional desk or an alternative seat.

How do you do seating in your classroom?  I would love to hear about it!


To Snack or Not to Snack? That is the question!


Hello everyone!
Today I want to share with you my thoughts about Snack in the classroom!


To Snack?
(Pros)

Staves off hunger.
Gives the kiddos a break.
Keeps blood sugar levels steady.
Kiddos less grumpy.
No noise from rumbly tummies while the kiddos are trying to read.
I get to snack too!

Not to Snack?
(Cons)

Messy.
Not everyone brings a snack.
Takes time out of your day.
Allergy issues.


That being said, I am a snack fan!
We have a snack in my class everyday after Writer's Workshop and before we start our Reading Workshop.  This gives the kiddos a break and helps them to ready their brains for the Reading block!
We do take a bathroom break during this time.

I only allow fruit or vegetables to be brought in for snack.  I do allow applesauce and fruit cups if the child brings his/her own spoon and is responsible for any spills!
If a kiddo doesn't have a snack, I don't provide one.
Snack time is a choice in our building, not everyone does one.
I have been doing snack this way for two years and I have not had any problems.
I do tell the kiddos that "fruit snacks" do not work because they are full of sugar.
Here is the procedure in my classroom:
(Our lockers are in the hallway.)
1.  Clean everything off of your desk.
2. Use the restroom and wash your hands.
3. Get your snack from your locker and bring it to your desk.
4. Stay at your seat while you are eating.
5. Clean up when you are finished.
6. Use the restroom and wash your hands before we start Reading.

Here is the snack note that I send home on Meet the Teacher night so that the kiddos and parents are aware of the snack rules:


You can click on the picture to get your own copy.

So dear readers?  To snack or not to snack?  What do you do in your classroom?  Leave me a comment below!  :)









Have you heard of Scribble Bands?

Hello!  I am so glad you are here!  Today I want to share with you something fun I found a while back on Facebook!
They are called:
Scribble Band

These are fun, color, floppy wristbands that you or your kiddos can write on for a quick note instead of their hands!
They come in all different shapes and colors and are they fun!
I am not affiliated with this company in any way, I just think that these are an awesome product!

Scribble Band

You use an erasable marker to write your note:


Then, rinse it off with cold water and wipe away your note with a rag!

There are all kinds of things you can use these for:
reminders
phone numbers
motivational notes
etc...

This company also has other items:
They have erasable backpack tags,
tags that attach to your dog's collar,
and my favorite:
Erasable sticky notes!
Be still my geeky teacher heart!  
You can find their website with all of their information here:

Scribble Band

They have given me a few to give away!
I am giving away 2 of these fun ScribbleBands below!
Good Luck!



We're Back! #oceansofdeals




Hurrah! We're back just in time for Back to School (at least for me!)

Here is the week in a glance!  You DON'T want to miss any of these great deals!


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My $1 offerings are both MADE for Back to School!  The Pick a Prompts are perfect for something to help your students get writing while you are building up their writing stamina and the 
Mini-Missions are perfect for helping your students to get to know each other!  It also comes with a fun hat project!  Who doesn't like to wear hats in the first week of school?


On Tuesday I am offering these 2 products for half off!

Verb Villains!   Digital Writing Prompts Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive: 

Verb Villains make learning about verbs more fun!  
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Wednesday is going to be Wild!  Follow me on FACEBOOK (HERE) to get your Flash Freebies!
This is my favorite day of the week!  It is so much fun!


Thursday is #ThankfulThursday! 
I don't usually put my bundles on sale because they are already discounted, but I am so Thankful for you all, they are on sale for 15% off!
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This is a bundle of ALL of my Pick a Prompts (not the digital ones).  It is an amazing price if you bought the bundle without the discount!  With the discount it is an "Out of This World" price!

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This bundle isn't finished yet.  It is half off the price that you would pay for the products if you bought them individually, plus an extra 15% off!  Wow!

That brings us to Friday!
Wow!  That is just about all I can say...WOW!


Thanks so much for all of your continued support!  Enjoy your week!  I know I am going to get some great deals!





Book Talk Tuesday (with a freebie of course!): Building Our House

Building Our House with a freebie!

Hello again!  Thanks for joining me for another Book Talk Tuesday!
This week I would like to share this little gem!
This is Building Our House by Jonathan Bean.  It is based on the story of his parents building their house when he was little!  How cool is that?
The illustrations in this book are lovely.
It is a great book to show perseverance, as this family build the house themselves. 
It shows them living in a trailer while it is being built.  It also shows how everyone in the family helped to build it.  We talked about what perseverance means, and why you need perseverance!  We also had a fun conversation about our dream homes!  I let them run wild with their imaginations.  Lots of slides, T.V.'s, and candy was involved!  You can find my little writing activity for free at the bottom of this post!
It is a very cool book.
If you would like a copy, you can find it on Amazon (of course!)



The link above is an Amazon Affiliate link.  If you would like to get your own copy you can click the link and go straight to Amazon.  If you make a purchase from Amazon I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to see you next week for another installment of Book Talk Tuesday!  Same Planet Place, Same Planet Channel!  :)




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