Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Progressive Verbs

This week for "What We're Reading Wednesday," I want to share a Powerpoint that I used with my class. Reading is a part of every subject, even in grammar.

A few weeks ago I had a surprise evaluation from my principal. When she walked in, my students were learning about progressive verbs. I was using a Powerpoint that I created to help students learn all about progressive verbs. My principal had a lot of positive comments about the lesson and about all of the learning that was taking place. She especially liked how engaged the students were throughout the lesson.
Not only did my students learn a lot about progressive verbs, but they also had an opportunity to turn and talk, and be actively engaged throughout the lesson.
You may be wondering why I included a Powerpoint on progressive verbs in "What We're Reading Wednesday." This Powerpoint includes many opportunities for students to read.  One suggestion that my principal had to improve this lesson was to let the students coral read the sentences. What a good way to get students reading even more!
This Powerpoint can be found here in my TpT store.
Verb Tenses and Progressive Verb Tenses

Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Finding Details and Writing a Summary

I hope you are having a wonderful week! I wish I were a better photographer so that I could show you the most beautiful sunrise and sunset that I have ever seen! Last week I attended a workshop with some teachers at my school. We had to travel over an hour to get to the workshop, so that meant that we needed to leave our school at 6:45. (Yes, that's a.m.) Well, I left my house at 6:30, still very sleepy, but as I topped a hill, I could see the most beautiful sunrise that I have ever seen! The colors were such deep reds and oranges that it took my breath away! This evening after picking my daughter up from softball practice, we shared a gorgeous sunset. Absolutely breathtaking! We stopped to take pictures, but our photography skills just couldn't capture the beauty of the colors.

This week for What We're Reading Wednesday, I'd like to invite you to Upper Elementary Snapshots to read the post on finding details and writing summaries. This was a nonfiction reading lesson that my students seemed to really love. Just click here to read about this nonfiction lesson that uses Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons and a free nonfiction article on polar bears. While you're there, be sure that to follow our blog because the wonderful group of upper elementary teachers that make up this Upper Elementary Snapshots have some fabulous ideas that they share every week.
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mitten Art

I love art doing art projects with my class, and although we don't have an art teacher or a set time to do art, sometimes I just have to take some time out to let the kiddos enjoy making and creating. That is exactly what we did with this mitten art. I usually borrow my art ideas, and this idea I borrowed from Pinterest. You can find it here.

This project was very easy (which is exactly what I like), and the only supplies needed are construction paper, crayons, a mitten pattern (that I drew and copied), and a snowflake cutout for each student. The students simply traced the mitten pattern onto the blue construction paper. Then they outlined the mittens in white and filled in the mitten with a variety of shapes and patterns. We added a little glitter to the snowflake cutouts before the students glued them onto the mittens.
I love the creativity that the students had with the designs they drew! One key to this project is to press down when coloring and fill in completely.
This was a fun project that my students loved.
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What We're Reading Wednesday- Read Aloud with Anchor Chart

It's hump day, and to add some fun to each Wednesday, I am beginning a new series called, "What We're Reading Wednesday." I am so excited about this new series! Hopefully, this will help keep me focused and blogging more.  Each Wednesday, I plan to post and share something that we are reading. It could be fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, articles, history, science, math, anchor charts, PowerPoint, TpT products, and more

This week we are reading one of my favorite read alouds ever...


I have read this book by Avi to my students for several years. The first time I read this book, I fell in love! Of course, I enjoy the story of Poppy and how she is a heroine that saves her family from the evil Mr. Ocax, but I also love the complexity of the sentences and how the author's words and sentences flow on each page. This is a fabulous book that captures my students' attentions every year and draws them into this complex story. Students love this book!
One of my favorite things about read aloud time is that it is a time to simply enjoy a book. Occasionally, we do discuss some aspects of a read aloud, and I find some teaching moments. Poppy is filled with fabulous vocabulary. I like to post some of the vocabulary along with sentences from the book onto anchor charts to use with morning work activities. My students love to find these words in books that they are reading independently. In fact, just after we worked with these words, I had a student to find "hesitated" in their own reading. (They get so excited when they find vocabulary.)
Another anchor chart that I love to create with read alouds would be a similes chart. Poppy is not filled with similes, but there are several wonderful examples. Students love to find similes, and it seems that the more we talk about them and chart them, the more that they are able to find in their own reading, and in turn, the more they begin to use in their own writings.
Poppy is definitely a book that I highly recommend! It is What We're Reading this week! What are you reading? I'd love to know!
Have a blessed Wednesday!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Winner! Border Hoarders Club, January and Introducing Border Hoarders Club, February!

Congratulations to Markisha! You are the winner!
Even if you didn't win, you can still join in on the fun by becoming a Border Hoarders Club Member. Just click on the picture below! Don't miss out. This club will only last until the end of January! Thank you to everyone who has purchased this set! I have been so excited about the response to this new club!
Also, you can continue the fun by joining the February Border Hoarders Club! Join now for the most savings!
Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Day Sale

All of us at Upper Elementary Snapshots would like to wish you a "Happy New Year!" On January 1st only, all of our stores will be on sale! Visit each Teachers Pay Teachers store through the links below, purchase, and save!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Enter to Win!!! Border Hoarders Club

I certainly hope you are enjoying your winter vacation! I know my family and I have been enjoying ours. I have loved relaxing and spending time with family. I have also enjoyed, yes I think I can say enjoyed, having time to clean my house and catch up on laundry. I'm still working on it, but I do feel much better about my house, and I see the pile of laundry slowly going down! Yay!

I know you are not wanting to think about sch _ _ _ just yet.  I can't even bring myself to type it out, but if you are a TpTer, you may be like me and using every moment that you can to create some new products. I have been working feverishly on my January Writing Packet and my January Border Hoarders Club! I can't wait for you to see the results!

To celebrate the New Year and these new products, I am giving away one membership to my January Border Hoarders Club! You will receive, through email, one of each of the 4 surprise sets that will be included in this fun club! To enter
  1. Please pin the image of my Border Hoarders Club.
  2. Leave a comment below with your email address (I need your email in case you win!).
  3. Include the link to your pin.  It is that simple! One person will be chosen to receive this huge set!  It could be you!
You can purchase here and become a member of this club to receive surprise sets each week in
Not familiar with my borders? Simply click here and see some other sets that I have in my store.
Have a blessed day!