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Whether you head back in August or September, let's make sure you are ready for the new school year.  Head over to my Instagram page and enter to win a $10 TpT Gift Card and $10 to spend in my TpT store.  This is a super quick giveaway and ends Monday at Noon (PST). Good luck!

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A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue

When students do not know the difference between tattling and reporting, it can eat up instructional time and frustrate even the most experienced teacher. I like to spend a good chunk of time at the beginning of the year teaching and using examples to illustrate the difference.  Today I want to share some ideas for using the book, A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue in the classroom to address tattling and reporting.

Julia Cook makes my job a little easier with her picture books.  If you aren't familiar with A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue, here's what it's about:

After reading the story, we discuss the four tattling rules.  Then I give the students some examples (some from the book) for a classroom discussion.  Together we talk about each situation and determine whether it is tattling or reporting:
(This sorting activity is NOT included in the book companion, but you can grab it here.)

The next day we will revisit the story.  This time my focus is on comprehension and vocabulary.  I have these comprehension questions pre-cut and in a cup.  Students can draw a question and then answer it.  

We also discuss the vocabulary.  Since I always work on a story retell at the beginning of the year, my students work on a retell at their seats as a follow-up.  At the beginning of the year, I allow students to use a combination of pictures and words for their retell.

On the third day, I'm usually ready to have my students apply what they have learned with tattling vs. reporting and complete a writing extension.  Usually this means giving my students a situation and having them give some advice on what should be done.  This helps me gain insight into who gets it and who needs a little extra support.  I added this craft for some of my fast finishers to go with it:

You can add your own writing page:

or use one of the pages from the pack:

You can find these resources and more in this picture book companion for A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue:

Happy Teaching!

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2 for Tuesday (7.26.16)

How is your summer going?  My mother-in-law and I took the kids to the county fair a few days ago.  Little man may be 3 feet tall at the doctor's office, but he wouldn't stand up straight at the fair so the only ride he managed was in the stroller - boo! 

Anyhow, I'm back today to participate in another #2forTuesday deal.  Today's math packs are great for math centers, fast finishers, or guided math rotations.

First up is In the Math Mix.  The math games and centers in this pack target addition and subtraction, counting and comparing coin combinations up to $1, and working with a hundreds chart (1-100 or 1-120). These math games and centers were created to use with my second graders at the beginning of the year, but many of the skills could work well with first graders, too.

Here's a peek at the addition and subtraction games:

You'll also find ways to get your students comfortable with the hundreds chart:

Also included are games to practice counting and comparing coin combinations:

Next up is Math Mania.  These math games & centers target addition and subtraction facts, telling time, counting coin combinations, and comparing coin totals. I use them with my second graders in the fall. The games/centers could also be used with first grade students or third graders who need to review these skills. 

Students can practice addition and subtraction using these math fact sorts:

I love to make math fact practice fun, so I've also included two games in this pack: Cover-Up (not shown here) and Take 10:

 Students will also practice counting and comparing coin combinations:

You'll also find telling time practice.  The game has times to the quarter hour, to the 5-min interval, and to the minute.  I was able to use these games all year long!

You can find these packs on sale today along with many other great deals.  Head over to TpT and search #2forTuesday

Happy Shopping!

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Stuart Little Resources & Activities

Even though Stuart Little was originally published many decades ago, this story of friendship, family, and adventure still captures the hearts of readers today!  This story is a great read aloud for a second grade classroom, but third and fourth graders can tackle this book during reading groups.  Today I'm here to share some resources you can use with your own class in either a large group or small group setting.

If you aren't familiar, this story features a very small mouse on a very big adventure!  Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse.  Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his family.  But when Stuart's best friend goes missing, he's determined to leave home and take an epic journey to find his friend.  

When reading this with a small group, comprehension and vocabulary are always my top priority.  I tend to make reading response packets for my group.  These can be printed on colored paper (as shown) or white paper so the kids can decorate how they want:
Inside their reading packets, students will find graphic organizers, vocabulary practice, and comprehension questions for each chapter of the story.  To keep the packets from getting too thick, I like to copy pages back-to-back.
For this particular book, I have a few different vocabulary options that have worked for my students.  First, I keep a list of targeted vocabulary words for each chapter in their packets.  I also have a vocabulary graphic organizer that we use from time to time (NOT with every word listed).  Every few chapters students will choose one word to add to the graphic organizer to solidify their understanding of the vocabulary term.  I also added a sailboat craft to tie in with the story and keep vocabulary work fresh and exciting.
 Students can also collect interesting words along the way with this WOW Words Organizer:
FYI - Chapters 6 and 7 are loaded with vocabulary related to ships and sailing.  I am not fluent in those terms myself, so I recommend finding a ship diagram online or in a book.  Your school librarian or media specialist might be able to help you with this.

Students are often surprised to find the story doesn't end the way they thought it would.  I like to extend the story and have my students write about one of the following:
Stuart's Next Adventure
Stuart Returns Home
Stuart Finds Margalo

For this activity, students complete one of the writing prompts and then complete a mouse craft to hold their writing.

You can find all of these resources and more in this Stuart Little Book Companion:

I hope you'll be able to use some of these resources in your own classroom.

Happy Reading!

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-ed Endings Freebie

Just wanted to stop by and share a quick little freebie with you today.  It's a sorting activity and reference posters for the different sounds -ed endings make.
Happy Teaching!

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2 for Tuesday (7.19.16)

I hope your summer is going well!  I'm popping in really quickly today to share another #2forTuesday deal with you.  I don't know about you, but I am anxiously awaiting The Olympics.  My favorites to watch in the summer are women's gymnastics and swimming.  In honor of the upcoming games, I'm putting my two Olympic-themed book packs on sale today:

First up is Magic Tree House #16, Hour of the Olympics.  In this story, Jack and Annie head to Ancient Greece and learn all about the early Olympics.

This pack has comprehension questions for each chapter, vocabulary practice, graphic organizers, and more!

Next up is the nonfiction companion, Ancient Greece and the Olympics:

This pack also contains comprehension questions and vocabulary practice.  Also included are graphic organizers, fact & opinion practice, and more!

You can grab these book packs here.  You can also see what other deals are available today by heading to TpT and searching #2forTuesday.

Happy Shopping!

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Enemy Pie Activities & Resources

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is one of my favorite read alouds to start the school year!  Not only does this book provide teachable moments about friendship, but students relate to it and love the surprise ending!  Today I'd like to share some of my favorite activities and resources to use with this book.

If you aren't familiar with this story, here's a book summary:
It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! 

I usually start reading Enemy Pie on the fourth day of school, which has always been a Monday in our district.  By waiting a couple of days, I can gauge which activities are most appropriate for the class I have (it changes slightly each year) and I have Friday afternoon to pull and copy all of the materials I will need.  During our first read, I simply allow my students to enjoy the story.  After reading, we talk about the qualities of a good friend and record them on a chart.  
(a student copy is included with the book companion)

Before our second reading of the story, I introduce my students to a handful of the vocabulary words.  I read each word aloud to my students and tell them to keep their ears open during the story for them.  Instead of hearing me read the story again, I like to show this video of Camryn Manheim reading it.  Besides, my voice is tired of talking that first week of school and it allows students to hear the story in a different way.
(video first appeared on Storyline Online)

After hearing the story, we go back and discuss the vocabulary.  I help them find the words in context and we discuss what each word means.  Then we'll complete a vocabulary match-up together (some years I give the students a copy of their own to work on with me).

After the vocabulary, we do a group comprehension check.  I have the questions printed, folded, and placed into a container.  Sometimes you need to engage those reluctant students and entice them to participate.  With this book, I put the questions into an empty Mason jar and used a mini whisk to mix up the questions.  I think it could be fun to put the questions into a pie plate, too!
The comprehension questions can also be answered in written form on the printables included in this pack.  You'll also find several graphic organizers to help students retell and/or summarize the story.

On the third day, I read the story to them again (unless my principal or another adult is available). We revisit the qualities of a good friend.  Then it's time to work on our friendship pie recipes.  I scaffold this for my students by helping them with key words they might need.

dash - sprinkle - cup - touch - pinch - teaspoon - tablespoon - handful

kindness - loyalty - trust - patience - support - laughter - respect - time

The Steps
pour - mix - knead - combine - stir - mold

After our recipes are written, it's time to make some pie, too (the paper kind, of course!):

Since crafts and writing can take quite a bit of time at the beginning of the year, I like to have an activity on hand for my fast finishers.  Here's a little game they can play:

As I mentioned before, this book touches on the theme of friendship.  At the beginning of the year I like to give my students scenarios they may face during the school year and ask, "What would you do?" That's why I added this Friendly Advice Pie craft.  Students are given four situations, which open like a pie slice.  Students can write their responses under each flap.

You can grab all of these resources and more in this Enemy Pie Book Companion.

I hope you have found some activities and resources you can take back into your own classroom!

Happy Teaching!

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