Sunday, January 10, 2016

Reading Bulletin Board

Winter has finally arrived where I live. We have had a very mild winter with many days in the 60's. Well, today has been cold with highs only in the 30's. Now that cold weather is finally here, I thought it was finally time to share my winter themed reading bulletin board with you.

I cut out mittens from felt and added some white stitching to each mitten.

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Although my blog name is "Teaching Fourth," I have not always taught fourth grade. I started my teaching career in sixth grade. The following year I had an opportunity to move down to fifth grade. I stayed in fifth grade eight or nine years (I believe...). I then moved down to fourth grade where I have been for more years than I can remember. I must admit that fourth grade is my favorite grade to teach. The children are at such a sweet age, and I enjoy them so much.

One thing that surprised me when I moved to fourth grade was the amount support that fourth graders need on sequence. Many fourth graders still struggle with remembering the sequence of events of a story or in nonfiction, but with support by the end of fourth grade, most students show tremendous improvement with this important skill. Here are a few activities that have helped my students and that you may find helpful as well.

 One activity that my dear teaching friend shared with me is such a simple activity, but it is also very effective. After students read a picture book, leveled reader, etc., give each student 3 index cards, one long strip of construction paper (about 1 inch wide), and one smaller scrap rectangle of construction paper. Instruct the students to label one index card "Beginning", the next "Middle", and the last one "End." Students should think about what happened at the beginning of the story, draw a picture about it on the index card labeled "Beginning" , and write a short paragraph telling about the beginning of the story. They will then do the same thing for the middle and for the end of the story on the corresponding index cards. Next, write the name and author of the story on the construction paper rectangle. Finally, glue this rectangle at the top of the long construction paper strip, and glue down the "Beginning" index card, the "Middle", and the "End."  Just take a look at some of these projects:

Another activity that my students love is on pbskids. They actually love anything we do on pbskids.  This "Arthur Story Scramble" is not only a fun activity, but it is a good activity especially for those students still struggling with sequence.
Finally, a great resource for sequence can be found on TpT in Ruth S.'s store. Ruth has created a wonderful set of worksheets and activities. These activities are not only a great reinforcement for sequence, but they are also free! You've got to love that! Be sure to check those out here, and if you download them, please leave Ruth some feedback love!
I hope you find some of these activities helpful for your students! Have a blessed day!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Border Hoarders is Back!

I just wanted to let you know that Border Hoarders is coming back! Be sure to follow my store and catch this new bundle early for the most savings! (over 50% savings).  "When will it be uploaded?" you ask. keep a watch on my store! ;)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Week Specials

If your family is like mine, you have probably already been busy with Christmas gatherings, church services, and family get-togethers. My first day out of school was spent doing last minute Christmas shopping. Now that I am finished (I hope...), it is time to simply enjoy spending time with my family.

For my TpT friends, I have put together some Christmas Week Specials with dollar deals! You will find dollar deals on graphic organizers, classroom decorations, and borders! Don't miss out on these terrific savings! This sale will last through Christmas Day.  Simply click the link below to download a packet containing all of the links to these specials.

I hope you have a very blessed Christmas!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday Sale

Now that my daughters are older, they simply email me a Christmas wishlist (with links and pictures). I must say that this, to me, is a fabulous way to purchase Christmas gifts! They began doing this last year, and it was the easiest Christmas shopping ever! I started their online Christmas gift buying this weekend, and I hope to finish up tonight with some Cyber Sales!

Speaking of Cyber Sales, I certainly hope that you are taking advantage of the TpT Cyber Monday Sale! This is a wonderful time to clean out some of those wishlisted items on TpT! It is also a great time to stock up on some borders! If you have missed purchasing some of my newest borders, simply click on the links below and purchase and save $$$!!!
Borders Set #4 has several skinny borders that are great for worksheets and handouts. There are also several that are perfect for adding that special touch to your cover pages as well.

In the Corner Borders are all skinny borders with just one "fancy" corner. These are all perfect for handouts, worksheets, and more...any place you need a skinny border to add some flair to your work!

This is one of my favorite sets containing 84 borders! Rectangles, squares, headers, and circles are all included in this huge set!
Be sure to pick up this FREE set of Football Faces Clipart!
Don't miss out on this huge sale!
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Motivational Posters

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My family certainly did, and I have so many things to be thankful for: my wonderful family, my children, our health, my friends, the blessing of teaching fourth grade, my church, and my Savior Jesus Christ. I also feel so blessed to have you follow my little blog and my TpT store. Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, followed me on Pinterest, followed my store, and downloaded my freebies. This little blogging and TpT adventure has turned out to be amazing, and I am so blessed to have this opportunity!

As a small gift to you, I have my newest listing for free today (Saturday). I love Christmas, and I love Christmas decorations, but to be honest, after decorating my house, it is sometimes hard to get motivated or find the time to decorate my classroom for Christmas. Well, I think these little posters are just the answer. They are perfect to simply print, laminate(if you wish...I prefer to simply print out on card stock.), and hang on a bulletin board or wall. Instant decorating made simple. They will add that touch of Christmas to your classroom while helping to motivate your students to stay on track during this busy and distracting month. You can grab yours for free here. It's not much, but I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Doggie Haiku Poems

I can't believe it is already November! October simply flew by.  I wanted to stop by and show you something we have been up to in our classroom. This week we worked on poetry in our reading classes. For fun, I read the class Dogku by Andrew Clements. By the way, I love Andrew Clements' chapter books, and Frindle is one of my favorites. Dogku is very different from most of his other books. This is a sweet story about a dog, but as the title suggests, each page is written as a haiku poem. After reading the book, students drew doggie pictures and wrote their own dog haikus. I thought these turned out very sweet.
This was such a simple activity, but my students really seemed to enjoy writing their poems.
Have a blessed weekend!