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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Emergent Reader Freebie

This reader was inspired by the students in my class. A few weeks ago, we were in the library browsing books, when a few children started to quarrel over a flip flap book! Everyone wanted it! It was then I set my mind to creating flip flap book for my class!  
I also have discovered how nice it is to have emergent readers on slideshare, since it eliminates my need to write up the text on sentence strips for the pocket chart.  All I do is pull up this presentation and project it from the IPad.  You are welcome to use this as well.
Presents From Santa: An Emergent Reader by KinderBlossoms from stinablossom

Get your copy here:


We made our Mayflower Ships again this year.  I changed the pilgrims inside.  These ships were filled with snack donations from parents and placed in a clear gallon baggie.  Each student was given one to take home after our class performance and refreshment period.
Last year I only had the picture posted.  This year I will give you more assistance.  It is a little late to do now, but save it for next year! 
The idea and templates are from the dollar tree website.

But I added these to my projects....

(Print on card stock, color, bend, and tape in.)

Our performance pictures...

These were taken the day before the performance during the dress rehearsal.  Students looked much better in the plain, white, gray, black, or brown shirts they wore as recommended. 
Our performance was simple.  We recited some Thanksgiving poems and sang songs. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Concepts of Print (Sorting Words, Letters, Sentences) Freebies

If you are coming from the YouTube link, here are your matching printable pages as promised! 

If you are here to visit this blog, feel free to download anything you might find useful.  I embedded the video toward the bottom of the post so you can see what I am referring to if you wish. 

Here is the booklet referred to at the end of the video.  The pieces match the print in the video.  The video was intended as a tutoring tool, so the idea was to provide extra support for struggling students. You could have students search for letters, words, or sentences in magazines and place them in the booklet if you feel they are ready.


 I wrote the book print on sentence strips and copied the numbers so they could be changed for each problem. I also printed up turkeys for visual help. Students came up and put each piece in the correct area. 
When you download the preview file for these math readers you get a free pumpkins place value book!
Click here!
Remember that headband obsession!! Well now my colleague has it too and insisted I make a turkey version! So I'll post it here if you want it too!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pete's Thankful Class Book

I hope you are ready for a third helping of Pete!  This is a really simple activity that aligns with Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving and those predictable charts I was talking about a few posts ago.  
(I got my new Pete book from a Scholastic book order and I saw today that it is still available.  The price is better through Scholastic books than at the book store.)

I read the story to my class today.  I had one little boy who was very excited because it is a flap book. He made a point of telling me how much he loves books with flaps! 

The last line of the story Pete asks, "What are you thankful for?" This transitioned flawlessly into this pocket chart activity. Each student gave me an ending response which I wrote on the paper and I added the student's name in Pete's bubble instead of on the bottom of a sentence strip. 
I was very proud of my students. They really understood the concept of being thankful.  I had some terrific responses. Students told me that they were thankful for love, the world, homes, pets- not toys!!

Here is a copy for you to use if you are interested in doing this with your class.

 I am prepared this time, so we will have a class book made for the  final activity!  
This is a sample page for the inside of the book. There is also a page that does not have the sentence starter, if you have students that are more independent.
 Here is a copy if you would like to use this.

Here is a link that outlines the steps of this lesson format if you are not familar with it:

We just finished up these activities.  
Our hands-on experience was touching the inside and outside of a pumpkin and our vocabulary was generated on this bubble map.  The dictation portion was done using the map as a guide. We  rehearsed the starter sentence. 
"Pumpkins are__________." We used our generated vocabulary on the bubble map to fill in the blank. That is what was written and read. 
I really like this song for this time of year.

I can sum up Halloween with one word!
"Grease" is the word!
Hope you had fun too!