Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Harcourt Trophies Basal III: Here and There


This download offers Harcourt Trophies "Here and There" Basal III supplemental activities for guided reading groups and centers. You will find supplements that correlate with the rigor of Common Core Standards for Harcourt Trophies Basal 1-3, which includes the stories: I Am a Butterfly, Did You See Chip?, Tomas Rivera, On the Way to the Pond, Friends Forever, and The Fox and the Stork. Materials can be used in a writing center, reading center, phonics center, pocket chart center, game center, & art center. 

Each story has customized:
-Teacher Talk cards
-Focus Skill graphic organizers 
-Writing Prompts 
-5 in a Row: Word Fluency Game
-Reading Tic-Tac-Toe Game
-Scrambled Sentence activity
-Pocket Chart materials

Also included:
*Bonus writing templates, graphic organizers, and flip books that can be used interchangeably with each of the basal stories.
**Directions, Harcourt Trophies Focus Skill outline, and Common Core Standards List. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Get Some...

Here are some complimentary pages to accompany any End of the School Year Memory Book!


The first page is for students to write kind thoughts about their classmates. This can be done in addition to an autograph page. Provide students with the “One Thing I Like About…” page. Each student will write their own name in the rectangle. Then direct students to rotate around the room with a pencil and visit each of their peer’s desks. At each desk, students will write one nice comment or compliment on one line. Remind students to write neatly, use only one line, leave appropriate comments, and write their name after their comment. Upon completion, every student will have a page of comments and compliments to remember their classmates by.


The second page is for an end-of-the-year election! Read each description to the class. Provide explanations if necessary. Students will think of a classmate that the description describes and write that student’s name on the line. Inform students that they can change their votes as needed. However, they can only write another classmate’s name once. Upon completion, gather the election pages and tabulate for results. Sometimes teacher’s votes must help decide.


Last, here is a cute little poem that I found on the Internet years ago. 
I like to give this poem to my students on the last day of school along with a little gift {usually pictures or a slideshow video of class pictures from the school year}. 


{Click here for an End of the Year Game Day idea!!}

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

End of the Year Memory Book

As the end of the school year approaches, help students reflect by creating their very own End of the Year Memory Book. This keepsake includes the following pages:

  • Memory Book Cover 
  • About this Year 
  • My Favorite Things 
  • My Favorite School Lunch
  • My Favorite Recess Activity 
  • My Favorite Subject
  • My Favorite Book 
  • My Favorite Class Activity 
  • My Favorite Field Trip 
  • I Will Never Forget When 
  • The Funniest Moment 
  • Special Letter to My Teacher 
  • What a Friend 
  • Next Year
  • Autographs

There are 18 pages in all. As students (and teacher) anticipate summer break, start wrapping up the year by writing about the journey. 
Click {here}!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Now Why Didn't I Think of That?!?

Have you ever tried to have first graders sit in rows of 3 facing forward? I tried it *briefly* my first year teaching first grade. I found out the hard way that first graders move all day long and so did their desks
Where did my neat little rows go?
With 23 students this year, desk logistics have been a source of irritation. So, I decided to wrangle these desks into submission and take charge. Say hello to my new buddy, "Cabl E. Ties"!
You can even put a mark on the floor so students know exactly where to realign their rows. Now, why didn't I think of that!?! Thanks, Mr. Tie!