Friday, July 19, 2013

Ten Pins Writing Linky


I just love Ashley's Ten Pins Linky Party, and this week is all about writing! 

I have to admit that teaching writing, to me, is a challenge.  Each group is different, and their needs are different.  In fact, the past couple of years, I have had a writing plan in mind, but once my students came into my classroom, and I saw their needs, my plans quickly shifted.  I think that's what makes teaching writing so difficult, but I enjoy seeing the progress they make.
Here are my 10 faves for writing!

1.  Of course, I love the heart map.  We have done this the past couple of years, and the students have enjoyed it.  This one from Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade is so cute!

heart map, writing inspiration
2.  Writing Fix!!  If you have not checked out all of the great lessons on, then you must head over there right now!  I love this site for writing! 


This is one of my favorite writing lessons on idea development.  I am always amazed at the students' creativity with this lesson.
3.  This activity is from Babbly Abby at The Inspired Apple and is one from her Tpt store, but it is so cute!  I want to do this with my class this year.
Pop Rock Descriptive Writing
4.  Did I mention that I love 
Terrific writing lesson on organization!
5.  Sarah from Write On, Fourth Grade has some wonderful bulletin boards for writing.


Write On, Fourth Grade!  Love her ideas!
6.  This one is great too!

Revising vs. Editing Venn Diagram from Write On, Fourth Grade!
7.  This one is from Sarah, too! 
"Razzle Dazzle Word Wall" from Write On, Fourth Grade!
7.  I love this anchor chart and lesson for the "Writer's Eye"  from Flamingos and Butterflies.
Writer's "I"

8.  This is a great idea from Two Writing Teachers.  It is a great idea for organizing information in expository writing. 
Organizing Research Notes for Expository Writing [Each envelope represents a subtopic.  Inside the envelopes, students tuck pieces of support or facts for that particular subtopic.  Folds up and fits in writing folders.  What a simple, but great idea!

9.  There are so many great anchor charts, and this one is both cute and very functional.  It is from Luckeyfrog's Lilypad.
spice up your writing ~ I like it!
10.   Isn't this such a cute idea?  This is from 1167 Jackson when she posted about her mother-in-law's classroom. 
Writing 2- An easy way to get children interested in writing is to have them write letters to the teacher and other students. I would use the mailbox for "students of the week" all of the other students would write nice, encouraging notes to that student. It would also be helpful in the way of teaching respect toward other students.

 Enjoy pinning!
Be blessed,

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ten Pin Linky Party: Reading!!!

I love Pinterest and spend far too much time there.  It is just so addicting!  I am amazed at the wonderful ideas that I find, and for Ashley's Ten Pin Linky Party, the reading ideas on Pinterest are not disappointing.  There are so many wonderful ideas! Be sure to check out everyone who linked up with Just Reed.

Here are my 10 favorite reading idea pins: 
1. I love all of the anchor charts on Pinterest, and this Author's Purpose chart is great!
Author's Purpose:  Easy as P.I.E.!    Persuade, Inform, & Entertain
Source Unknown

2.  I love this character traits bulletin board!
Character traits board
Source:  Unknown
3.  I love Patricia Polacco's books, and I love this great anchor chart.
  Picture books aren't just for little kids! For a quick analysis of author's purpose and theme, read a new story everyday for a week. Patricia Polacco is one of my favorites, but this could be done with any author.

4.  These bookmarks are super cute and would be great to make for the class.

Personalized Bookmarks- neat start to school gift
Source: Sixpenny on

5. This author spotlight bulletin board is great for motivating students to read!  I want to make one this year!

Author Study-I love the idea of always keeping an active author study.. There are so many great authors that I would love to introduce my kids to! These are great to set up after a read aloud so students can see more of the author's writings. {Image only}
6.  This is a fun activity that I do in my classroom to help students understand nonfiction text features.

Nonfiction Text Features Activity

7.  Summary anchor chart
Summary Anchor Chart.
8.  Character Reading Journal Entry:
Journal About Characters
Source Teaching Fourth

9.  Great reading bulletin board:
Excellent Reading Board idea...
Source:  Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten


10.  This vocabulary wall is one of my favorites:
I like the idea of posting the vocabulary under the cover of the book.
Source:  My Heart Belongs in First

Enjoy Pinterest and be blessed!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Goin' on a Blog Hunt! Bloglovin

I'm sure you know by now that Google Reader is gone.  Well, I've decided to use Bloglovin, and I just found out that with Bloglovin, I can sort the blogs that I follow into categories and prioritize my blog list so I won't miss my favorites!  I love that! 

So, let's go on a blog hunt together and discover, or rediscover some wonderful elementary blogs!  Just click on the link below!  Thank you so much to Laura Candler for creating this great linky! 

If you followed me with Google Reader, I'd love for you to follow me with Bloglovin!  If you have never followed my blog, I'd love for you to begin!  Just click the super cute Bloglovin Button from Melissa at Common Core and So Much More! 

Be blessed!