Be a Reading Detective!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I just posted this fun Little Detectives Reading Strategies poster pack to TpT and Teachers Notebook! This packet includes the 7 decoding and 7 comprehension strategies I teach my first graders. They really relate to these characters and reference them ALL the time when reading. These have become one of my favorite tools for students! 
I have also created the matching bookmarks. I give students a bookmark to take home and one bookmark to keep in their book box for use during Readers Workshop. We use these bookmarks during our daily guided reading lesson and I have these posters hanging right behind our guided reading table. My teammate had a genius idea and has taped these bookmarks to her guided reading table! 
ALSO I wanted to share our fun Tree Maps we did today for "Nouns I Love". We have been working on what a noun is and so I created this fun little tree map so students could write 5 people they love, 5 places they love, and 5 things they love. 
Here is my list: 
5 People I LOVE - Ellie (my beautiful daughter), Mr. Neal, Mom, Dad and My Class
5 Places I LOVE - Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory, Pizza Hut, the gym, and Weinberg Elementary
5 Things I LOVE - Bella and Marley (our 2 boxer puppies), candy, books and boardgames

After completing their tree map students used a tracer to create a heart shape and then divided their heart into sections to write all of their nouns in. This was a perfect Friday activity because like I have said before, my kiddos are paint deprived! You could seriously hear a pin drop while they were painting this afternoon! IT WAS AWESOME!!!!  The kids art turned out great! 
I learned so much about my students through this activity. I posted a couple pics. Sorry I had to blur out the name in the middle. You can download the Nouns I LOVE treemap here

Happy Valentines Day! 

Happy Groundhog's Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Well it was yesterday BUT I wanted to share our adorable Groundhog's! This cute activity came from The First Grade Fever's Groundhog's Day Fun packet! So cute, thanks Christie for the cute activity!
I am having a SALE!  
I just opened a Teacher's Notebook store so I am throwing a sale to celebrate! Everything in the store is now 20% off! Click on the image to the right labeled "Teachers Notebook" to visit my store! The sale will last until midnight on Monday!

Harcourt Trophies FREEBIE!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Freebie anyone?! I just posted a FREE Harcourt Trophies "A Bed Full of Cats" literacy packet on TpT. The packet includes a literacy response sheet for the four leveled readers, a sight word and spelling word game and SIX literacy stations! 
Follow my blog and TpT store so you don't miss out on other great freebies. I am going to begin working on a literacy packet for "Me On the Map" this weekend. I will let you know as soon as it is posted! Click here to enjoy the freebie!
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