Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sizzling with Free Summer Reading Resources and Activities

Here in Tallahassee school ends on May 31st. I've put together some great ideas and free resources to help stop the "Summer Slide" for your kids and their parents. We all know how important it is to keep our kids reading and writing all summer long so I have put together a few for you to check out.

At the local level parents should check out their library for their summer reading programs for elementary students. I know I always signed my kids up each summer. Usually there is a theme and books related to the theme as well as fun activities each week.

Scholastic has a wonderful  on line reading program with printables that you can check out and register for by clicking on the picture below.
You might also want to check out Reading Rockets which has a wonderful list of activities and websites with free reading and writing activities as well as great tips and ideas for parents about other summer activities to do with your kids. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below.
I found several Free Summer Reading Programs listed that you can access for different reading levels which you can check out by clicking on the image below.
 Education.com has a 10 week fun program to help kids beat the summer slide. There are lots of fun literacy activities for each of the 10 weeks and all you have to do is register. It's free. To find out more you can click on the picture below.
I just revised my Hooray for Summer Literacy Activities for Grade 1-2 that you may want to check out.
There are 8 different literacy activities to include a Summer Word Sort, Summer Noun Sort, Summer Word Syllable Sort, Summer Compound Word Match and Writing Activity, Making and Writing Sentences about Summer and a few more fun activities. When you download the Preview you will get this free activity.
How about another literacy freebie?  This free packet includes 2 Summer Phrases that students can make words and then write sentences using a few of the words they made. It would make a fun end of the year activity! It can be done in pairs or individually as a time activity, literacy activity or contest.
If you would like to download your free activity packet just click on the image below.
I have lots of educational Pinterest boards for you to check out by clicking HERE. Hope you will follow me on Pinterest. 
Here is my most popular one you might want to follow.
You may also want to check out some of my other blog posts about summer for some great free activities and resources. Just click HERE.

Thanks for making a difference for all the students in your classroom this last year. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer vacation and take some time for yourself.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with a Gift

It is hard to believe that there are only 4 weeks left of school here in Tallahassee. For the past 4 months I have been a volunteer tutor for 3 Korean 4th grade girls who speak very little English. I have so enjoyed teaching them but being back in the classroom has given me a whole new perspective of what it's like to be a teacher with all the new Common Core Standards and new Assessments. This year "Teacher Appreciation Week" has a whole new meaning. So I decided to make one of my products FREE starting today and during the TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale: May 5th and 6th. Everything in my store will be 20% off but don't forget to use the Promo Code: THANK YOU at check out to get 28% off your whole purchase. It's a great time to stock up on Back to School items! Just click on the image below to check out my store for great Poetry, Summer, Memorial Day, and Back to School items! You can earn additional TpT Credits when you leave Feedback on paid items so this is a good time to do that as well!
My Special "Thank You" Gift to all of you who make a difference for students each and everyday and follow and view my blog, TpT store, Pinterest Boards, and Facebook is my Back to School Literacy Activities Packet. Just click on the image below to get your free packet.
I appreciate each and every one of you! I hope you will consider following me and would love your feedback. Have a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mother's Day: Free Poems, Craft Ideas, and more for Pre-K through 1st Grade

Can't believe that it's time to be thinking about Mother's Day already! For the Pre-School and K-1 classrooms making crafts and having a Mother's Day luncheon or tea are always popular activities. 

I found some great craft ideas and poems that would be wonderful for those who teach Pre-K and K-1 that I'd like to share with you, too. I got lots of comments about the Tulip Craft that I though I would share again. All the instructions and free tulip templates are included. Just click on the picture below to find out how to make it.
I also found some great earth friendly recycled  Mother's Day crafts which you also might be interested it. Just click on the picture below to check these out.
How about a cute foldable card for your students to make? This one I found at DLTK. Just click below for directions. You can also link to lots of other free activities for Mother's Day.
If you are looking for free poems I have found some at Apples4theTeacher- there are quite a few to choose from.

If you are looking for a Shared Reading Book, Guided Reading Books, and Writing Activities for K-1, you might want to check-out my "Mom's Are Special People" Packet. You can click on the picture below to download the Preview file to see the new revised Preview file and get 2 free activities.

Last but not least is a special free Mother's Day poem that I wrote. If you are planning a Mother's Day Luncheon or Special Class Celebration, this would be a great poem for your students to learn and present during your special celebration. You can also include it in a Mother's Day card.  Just click on the poem below to get your free copy.
If you are looking for some wonderful free resources and activities for Grades 2-3 please click HERE.
It has been fun bringing you all these great free resources and hope that you have found some great activities to use in your classrooms. I hope you will check-out all my all my Pinterest Boards by clicking HERE and follow me.

Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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 What kinds of Mother's Day Celebrations do you have in your classroom?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leaping with Frog and Toad ELA Free Activities

A few years ago my granddaughter and I found a frog in my back yard. She really wanted to catch it and she finally did. She was so excited and looked so intently at it as you can see in the picture below. Of course we let it go, but she always asks if we can look for more frogs when spring rolls around. Children are fascinated with them.
I wrote an "Ode to a Frog" a few years ago and have revised it. Most of you who read my blog know that I love writing poetry and I love making freebies for my followers and viewers. If you would like to download this free poem and writing activity just click on the image below.
 If you are looking for more Spring Poetry Activities you can check-out my Spring Poetry Packet by clicking on the image below.
When I worked with my ESL and Struggling Readers I also started my units with a Shared Reading. Many times I would read a Non-fiction Book and a Fiction book and then have them compare and contrast the 2 books. Most classrooms have the Arnold Lobel, Frog and Toad books like the one below. Although they are fictional characters, there are some things about each that can be true. So why not read a Non-Fiction book like "Frog and Toad" by Melissa Stewart and have your students compare and contrast fictional frogs and toads with real frogs and toads. You can find each book by clicking on the images below.
I have put together a free Compare and Contrast Fictional and Real Frogs and Toads packet that you can download by clicking on the image below. There are 2 different Venn Diagrams and Writing papers included in this freebie.
You may also like my "Frogs and Toads" Packet which you can check-out by clicking on the image below.
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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

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