Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fairy Tales and Fun Friday!

Do you ever feel like you are barely keeping your head above water?  The water is not quite to my chin, but I have been sinking for the past few weeks.  With grades due in the computer, meetings to attend, stacks of papers to grade, lack of organization, and "stuff" to do, I have been slowly going under.  Hopefully, I'll grab onto a life preserve and get back in the boat soon.  In the meantime, I'm going to share with you some ideas that I used a couple of weeks ago in my classroom.

I love sharing fairy tales with my class.   We read the hilarious mixed up fairy tale, The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins and Michael Austin. 

The Horned Toad Prince

This book is a wonderful read aloud to teach story elements, mixed up fairy tales, and figurative language.  We discussed the elements of fairy tales, and I created a chart with those elements.

After reading The Horned Toad Prince, students then created  charts in their reading journals about the story.

We also read other mixed up fairy tales including...

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So much fun!

Then we read Cinderella stories from around the world including...

Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican TraditionYeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

The Rough-Face GirlMufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Reading Rainbow Books)

   The Persian CinderellaThe Egyptian Cinderella
My favorite of the Cinderella books, is The Rough Face Girl.  It is such a beautiful story.  

Now, for Fun Friday!

Fun Pin, Flamingos and Butterflies I think you will love Tina's blog, Samaritan's Purse

It is this easy!
  • Write about a fun lesson this week.
  • Share a fun fall pin from Pinterest.
  • Share a favorite blog with fewer followers than your own.
  • Share your fun plans for your weekend.
  • Put links below the Fun Friday page

Remember, it doesn't have to be Friday to link up.  Be sure to comment on two people in front of you and the two people behind you (or even more if you like!).  Everyone likes getting comments!!  Thanks so much to those of you for linking up each week!  

I hope you have a fun Friday!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

A New Fun Friday!

It is time again for Fun Friday!   I am so glad Friday is here, and I am excited to share my new Fun Friday with you!  I hope you will take part and link up with me!  I have tried to make this process a little easier for you, so with blessings from Mrs. Farley and inspiration from her Currently, I have created a Fun Friday form for you to copy and paste to a program, like PowerPoint, insert your text, save (I save as a png), and upload onto your blog.  I hope you like the new format! 

Now, here is my Fun Friday.

Links:  Resourceful RoomPinterest, Fun Freebie

It is this easy!
  • Write about your favorite lesson this week in your classroom.
  • Write about your favorite idea or lesson from another blog.
  • Tell what you love about fall.
  • Share your favorite pin from Pinterest (copy and paste it).
  • Share a great free item, either from yourself or from another blogger.
  • Put links below the Fun Friday page.

When you link up, I would also love if you would visit leave a comment for the 2 people in front of you and the 2 people behind you.   Don't forget to come back and check for 2 people behind you.  :)

God bless,

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Visualizing, Posters, Buttons, and TpT!

  Over the years I have collected many resource books.  Some I have used very little, but some I have worn out.  I wanted to share one resource book that is looking very worn because it is one of my favorite resource books of all times:  Using Picture Books to Teach Comprehension Strategies.

Using Picture Books to Teach Comprehension Strategies: 30 Lessons That Teach Students the Six Comprehension Strategies They Need to Actively Engage With Text and Read for Meaning

I love teaching with picture books, and this book has some wonderful ideas, lesson, and book lists for teaching comprehension strategies.  To help my students with visualization, I shared the introduction in 13 Moons on a Turtle's Back with my class.  I then gave each of my students a copy of one of the poems in the book.    Each student then created drawings of the season described in his/her poem.  We then attached these poems to an anchor chart. 

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I can quickly identify students who visualized well as they read, and I can also identify students who are struggling with visualization.  This is just one of the many wonderful lessons in this book. 

I am also excited about my new item that I have to offer on TpT.  Click here to see.
This packet includes 10 fall themed inspirational posters, 12 styles of buttons in 2 different sizes, and 1 PowerPoint of the inspirational posters. 

Use the fall posters to decorate your classroom as well as motivate your students.

I designed the buttons to use as incentives for excellent behavior.  As students demonstrate excellent behavior, allow them to earn buttons as rewards.  Students can collect buttons to place on backpacks or binders.  Use D clips or hinged rings to attach buttons to backpacks and binders.

Also,  after collecting several buttons, you can allow students to trade in the buttons for larger prizes and rewards.  The PowerPoint includes 11 slides that advance and loop automatically.  Use this PowerPoint in the mornings as students arrive at school, at the end of the day, or during transition times as a reminder of positive behavior.

If you would like to receive these colorful fall posters, buttons, and PowerPoint for FREE, be the first to leave a comment and your email address, and I will send you a copy of this entire packet!  Also, if there is a blogger who would be interested in receiving a copy of Fall Motivational Posters, Buttons, and PowerPoint packet for free in exchange for blogging and reviewing it,  please send me an email. 

God bless!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

I've Been Boo'd!

This has been a wonderful, but busy weekend.  My oldest turned 14 Friday, so we spent a day shopping at the mall yesterday.  Today, we had birthday dinner with family.  She is growing up too fast. 

After everyone left, I sat down to look at my email.  I opened up a sweet email from one of my favorite bloggers, Tina, at Flamingos and Butterflies.  She told me that I have been Boo'd.  Well, I love games, so I am joining in the fun!  Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad is hosting a fun linky party.  Here's how to play. 
  •  Choose a fellow blogger that has MORE followers, another that has about the SAME number of followers, and last, someone that has LESS followers.
  • Highlight their blogs with links to encourage others to check them out. Don't forget to let your fellow bloogers know that you shared about them.
  • Lastly, leave them some love by offering them a goody from your store as their "treat."

First, I want to Boo Tina back, so I'm beginning with the blogger with fewer followers than I have.  I am sure many of you have not heard of her wonderful blog Flamingos and Butterflies.  You must check it out!!  I love her passion for picture books, and she shares so many wonderful ideas to go with each one!  I am shocked that more people are not following her.   Please go and check out her inspiring blog!

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For the blog with about the same number of follower that I have, I am going to pick Moxie at Teaching with Moxie.  She has been so super sweet to me this year as I began blogging!  She was missing in action for a little while, but I am so glad that she is back with some wonderful ideas.  Go check out her bar graph activity!

Teaching with Moxie

Last of all, I am choosing Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for the blog with more followers.  Holly is such a sweet lady, and I love her blog!  She has just completed a fabulous 200 followers giveaway and is well on her way to 300 followers.   If you are not following her blog, you are missing out!

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Please go and check out these ladies wonderful blogs!  They are great!

Thank you, Cindy, for a wonderful linky!  This has been a lot of fun!

God bless!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scarecrow Art

I love fall, and today was a fabulous fall day!  We were blessed with a wonderful service at church this morning, and this afternoon we enjoyed time with my family.  Such a blessing!  I hope your Sunday was full of blessings too!

I wanted to share some fall art that I did with my students last Friday.  They had earned enough letters to spell Fun Friday, so their special treat included some fall art. 

To make these scarecrows, we used white paper towels to make the heads.  We simply took a paper towel and loosely crumpled it into a ball.  Then we took a second paper towel and wrapped around the ball, taping it in the back.  This makes the head.  Students drew and colored faces.  Then, they made hats out of yellow construction paper.  The students drew bodies and fall scenery on a piece of art paper.  Finally, they glued the hats on their heads and the finished heads onto the scarecrow bodies.  I think they turned out worthy to "crow about!"

My classes have been making these for years, and I always love how they turn out!  They are cute and simple to do!

Also, I want to encourage you to visit Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper.  She has a fabulous 200 follower giveaway with many wonderful prizes.  Don't miss out on this!  She will be giving away prizes, including a $30 gift card,  to 3 blessed winners !  If you don't already follow her, you'll love her blog!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Currently Is Here!

I've been looking forward to linking up with Farley for the October Currently!  Here it goes...

I would have chosen The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg as well, but since it was already taken, I picked The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston.  It is a very sweet story full of sensory detail.

Also, I am very excited about my new 3rd Grade Owl Themed Reading Graphic Organizers Packet.  Each graphic organizer is aligned with the Common Core 3rd grade ELA Reading Literature Standards.  Thank you for the wonderful response to my 4th Grade Graphic Organizers.  I think that you will find these graphic organizers a great tool for your classroom, as well.

May God bless!