Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1,500 Follower Giveaway

Two years ago this summer I started blogging.  I really never dreamed anyone would follow me.  At the beginning, no one really did! LOL! :)  I rememeber having giveaways where there were less than 20 entries.  I didn't know a thing about anything...and then, overtime, I met people who helped me...with EVERYTHING!  After I'd been blogging for about six months, I met Marie.  In those days, 100 followers was a big deal! :)  Through lots of ups and downs, we've stuck by each other! ;) We've become great friends and will get to meet for the first time as roommates for the TPT convention in Las Vegas!  When we realized that we'd hit a milestone together, it was natural for us to want to celebrate together!  Thank you Marie for coming on this wild ride with me, and for being one of the best bloggy sisters a girl could have! :)  So excited to share this time with you! :)

Our celebration will last for five days. Each day there will be a brand new freebie and a daily deal! :)  I've picked five items to offer at a 50% discount--but only for one day!  So, you'll have to check and visit me on Facebook to see what deal I'm offering! :)  The other items in my store will be 20% off Friday through Sunday! :)  Last but not least, Marie & I are offering a $25.00 Amazon gift card! :)

Let's get started! :)
Today's Daily Deal is my Complex Text Unit on the book 'How People Learned to Fly'.
I used it for the first time last May and really had a blast with the kids while doing it! :)
If you are looking for a way to get started with complex text, this unit has explicit day to day plans to help you get your feet wet! :)  You'll love it! :)

Click HERE if you'd like to see this unit on TPT!

Today's Exclusive Fan Freebie is this brand new Comparing Numbers Game! :)
I love dice games like this, and they are easy on the ink! :)  
If you'd like to pick this up for your class, click on the caption below the picture! :)

Click HERE to pick up this Comparing Numbers Freebie!
It really does mean the world to Marie and I that so many of you have followed us so faithfully!  We hope that these tokens of appreciation and the sale will help you find resources that will benefit your learners without breaking the bank! :)  If you like what you download...don't forget to leave us some love in the comments section!  It keeps us encouraged to know that what we do is helping YOU! :)  Sign up in the rafflecopter to get a chance to win a gift card! :)

Don't forget to stop by Marie's blog to see her Daily Freebie and Deal! :)
The Hands-On Teacher in First

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Close Reading

Hello friends! :)  Thanks for stopping in today!  I am linking up with 2 Brainy Apples today to talk a wee bit about close reading! :)

Close reading is a careful, purposeful, re-reading of text for the purpose of connecting with the author's purpose and deepening your own own understanding.

You can check out this quick video from Dr. Fisher...a leading authority on close reading!
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In my classroom, we close read often.
There are times when I'll break down a complex text over several days and I analyze it for story elements and even phonetic patterns.
I will offer this caveat...with emergent readers, when it comes to text analysis, I think it's best to just allow them to learn how to read first.  They can learn to think about important concepts in the text through a read aloud.
With students who are reading and comprehending you can start to really dig into the text! :)

This is a sample of a text I might use in my own class for close reading.
In my room, I like to use text that are right around my student's independent reading level.
This particular text has a GLE of 2.9--(second grade, ninth month).

Each day, I would have the students read the text for a one minute timing, then read it completely through just for understanding.  I would talk with them about the question of the day and answer one question from the text coding section.  I wrote the questions to scaffold throughout the text.

On the last day, I allow the students to use their computer time to research the 'internet question'.  They love to learn on their own! :)  I give a list of suggested sites for them to look at--after I've previewed them, of course!

I have this particular close reading text as a freebie on my blog.
If you want to download it and try it out in your small group reading time with some of your learners,
Please click HERE! :)

If you would like to check out other close reading passages in this same style, I have several freebies in the files section of my blog, and some paid products in my store.  Look for Differentiated Fluency for Seconds! :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

SundayFunday....on Monday!

I am linking up with A Burst of First and Lucky to Be in First for their weekly Sunday Funday Linky! :)
This Sunday was Easter Sunday at my church!
The hubs and I went together!  It was a great service!

Our spring break has been over for two weeks, but I still feel like this every Monday.

Photo: My Spring Break is officially over �� in the morning....
Can ya'll relate?
The after Spring Break Blues have hit this teacher HARD. :(
Standardized testing for the intermediate grades was last week...this week...and half of next week! :( 
We used to have our specials in the afternoon, which gives the children a break in the afternoons just when they need it.  Two and a half weeks of 8:45 specials is KILLING ME! :/

On a happy note...
I mean a REALLY happy note...

I also just found out that Winter Park, FL is getting their very own Trader Joe's! :)
No more driving to Gainsville for me! :)

I spent a lot of the weekend working on several freebies because I'm celebrating! :)
My friend Marie from The Hands on Teacher in First and I are celebrating 1,500 followers on TPT! :)

We will start on Wednesday! :)  Each day we will have a fan freebie for you as a thank you for your support! :)  Our stores will both be on sale too! :)

We're really excited about this! :)
Hope you are too! :)

See you on Wednesday!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

4,000 Facebook Fans and Counting...

Happy Saturday to you all! :)
It was a great week in my room! :)  This week, the intermediate grades had FCAT and the whole week was topsy turvy!  We kept busy with lots of wonderful activites though!
The kids loved the Easter Egg Hunt we did on Wednesday!  We even saw a robin's nest complete with eggs!

We had a field trip to the Orlando Rep this week too!  We got to see The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!  It was a fun trip!  I was really glad that Brooke could come with us! Next week is her last week in the classroom! :(

This week I hit two really cool milestones!
I now have 4,000 fans on Facebook!

I also now have 1,500 followers on TPT! :)
Who would have ever thought so many of you would come along on this journey with me! :)

So, to celebrate my 4,000 milestone on is a brand new freebie! :)



If you would like to download this freebie for your own classroom, please click HERE, and don't forget to leave me some love in the comments! :)  I really am so encouraged by all of the comments! :) So, thanks so much! :)
And to continue the have to stay tuned!

Check back on Wednesday for some really fun stuff!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Fluency Folder

Do you have a fluency binder or folder for your kids?  Wat do you put in it?
Comment below with your thoughts. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Product Swap: First Grade Smiles

Happy Sunday everyone! :)
I'm so excited to be a part of a product swap with several of my favorite firstie bloggers! :)
Before I get started...let me thank Cassie over at Adventures in Teaching! :)

Adventures in Teaching

She got us all together for this little bit of Sunday awesomeness! :)
Thanks so much Cassie! :)

Meet Melissa of
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First Grade Smiles
She has a wonderful set of writing papers that are easily added to any Daily 5 writing station! :)
I love how easy these are to use!

When you first open up the pack, you'll see that she has some generic writing papers that could be used from Kindergarten through second grade.  The versatility in the lines can be used by writers in any stage!

Within the pack, she's provided task cards that are not only specific to the theme of the month, but there are also options for the writing style as well!  You have a choice of opinion based prompts, narrative prompts, informational prompts, and year round style prompts to give students lots of different idea starters for writing!

My favorite part are the writing slips that are included to match the prompts!
In my room, students can use their writer's notebooks or writing paper provided in their centers for draft writing.  Having the slips available to the children to use makes it so much easier for them to get started and be INDEPENDENT!  Just glue and GO! :)

Every student has the purpose for their writing at the top of their writers notebook automatically! :)  No needing to visit with me to check on what to write about!
Because of the variety of prompts included in the pack, we have lots of opportunities throughout the month for shared writing experiences!  For example, this week, we'll be going on an egg hunt as a class!  There are several prompts that relate to an egg theme'.  Students will have the shared background knowledge to write competently about the topic!

This one pack was so good, I had to comb back through her store to see if there were others!
And guess what....

There WERE! :)

This week, Melissa is blogging about how she uses my fluency passages for the spring in her classroom! :)
I can't wait to read it! :)  I hope you'll check it out! :)
You can click on Melissa's button above to be directed to the site!

There are other Firstie Friends that have swaped great products too! :)
Check out this list of fantastic bloggers!!

Click on any of the links below to check out who else was swappin' up some serious goodies this week!

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Would you like the chance to win Melissa's wonderful writing pack...or any of the other swappable goodies that are listed here?

 Fill out this rafflecopter for a chance to win!
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