Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Work on Writing Binder

This is very similar to my Word Work idea..... a Work on Writing binder.  Having several resources in a binder is one way to help keep Work on Writing resources organized.  It will also help students get started faster!
Most resources are from

Binder Cover 1 from: Zebra Poster  made by Kelly M.
Cover 2 from: Chevron Daily 5 Poster  made by Amanda Bryant
1.  Binder pocket for pens, die, Crayola Twistables colored pencils
2.  Binder pocket for stickers (for sticker stories)
3.  Personal Word Wall  made by First Grade is a Hoot
Possible Writing Resources to include:

4.  Respond to Text sheet
     Respond to & Chat About Informational Text by Sarah Helm

5.  Roll a fairy tale  made by Krista Carlson

6.  Monthly Work on Writing Resources from Second Story Window
7.  Roll and Write made by Where the Wild Things Learn
8.  What Can I Do When I'm Done? Poster! Menu of Choice! Differentiated for writing! made by Pinkadots Elementary

9.  Work on Writing resources by Kelly Williams

10.  Writing Ideas
11.  Recipe template - (add measurement / recipe words)
12.  Write a bucket filler
Link to Bucket Filling Poster
Snowman Bucket Fillers

Not free, but worth considering:
Writing Mini-Office {A set of writing resources for K-2nd Graders} by Rachael D'Elia

Word Charts for Every Month of the School Year!  by Karen Jones

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Reading Mini-lessons

The following mini-lessons will help students better understand Amplify Reading 3D written comprehension questions.

Most lessons are from 

Context Clues:
PowerPoint - This PowerPoint uses the read aloud A Bad Case of Stripes.  This story is on storylineonline.   

Context Clue Tic-Tac-Toe Game

                                         Baloney Context Clues Activity
                        Baloney (Henry P.)                                         

Finding the Theme:

Theme Poster and Anchor Chart - made by Juiceboxes and Crayolas

Main Idea:

Main Idea and Norman Rockwell

Character Traits:

Character Traits - posters and graphic organizers

 Cause and Effect:

Cause and Effect Activity - find a partner game

Cause and Effect with Camilla Cream - by Amy Lemons - uses A Bad Case of Stripes  (My class made this last year.  Great lesson!)

The Bugliest Bug - Cause and effect activity


Summarizing Cards and Writing -  by The Teacher's Cauldron

Lesson Learned:

Monday, December 9, 2013


We're continuing to work on opinion/persuasive writing. Students picked whether they wanted to write a letter or paragraph about why Santa should hire them to be his next elf.  Many decided that Santa might be persuaded if he knew they would be very fast at making Xboxes!
Elf craftivity idea from:  Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten

Introducing Eric..... Our Elf on a Shelf
(The helper of the day was allowed to name our new visitor.)
Day #2 - Eric let the class know how much he loves math!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Promoting Bucket Filling in Your Classroom

Such an important thing to do....

A great visual for students:
Showing that unkind words cannot be unsaid or undone.

Link to more information

The book we use in my classroom:
A global book:
Bucket Filler videos:
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

A Bucket Filling Moment
Our Daily Bucket Filler Jar    - My students make requests to use this!  I like to choose a new card each week.
My favorite one:
Snowman Bucket Fillers  by Alisha Sanders


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Word Work......Getting it organized!

The Word Work bookshelf can be a little like shopping at Target.  You go there intending to make it a short trip..... then you soon find yourself distracted by all of the neat things to look at!  To help students avoid this problem, I have created two Word Work binders.  (possibly will make more later) They just grab one and go!   

More ideas and links are on my previous post on Word Work. 

Binders include:
Pocket pouch that has dry erase markers and one foam die
Word Work Roll / Create 
Scrabble Spelling Addition
Rainbow Roll-N-Write 
iPad Spelling
Alphabet stencils - from Amazon
Spelling Task Cards - (I used page two.) 
See the previous Word Work post for the following links:
Sign Language
How Much is Your Word Worth? differentiated - 2 different levels


Friday, November 8, 2013

The Best Part of Me...... Opinion Writing

This is one of my favorite ideas for opinion writing (besides taste testing Oreos!).  I found it while searching Pinterest for opinion writing ideas.  My class really enjoyed reading poems written by students from Durham, North Carolina.  Great inspiration for opinion writing!

Book link - The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald
Three examples from my class:


Scholastic's ideas about this topic

Friday, October 25, 2013

Number of the Day

Here's something we use all year long.  Students use this activity for morning work two to three times a week.   You can use the actual school day number or a higher number to make it more challenging.  Students create a number web in their math journal to show all 15 ways to show the number. 
Other ideas:  Roman numerals, 10 more / 10 less, number sentences, tally marks, pictures, temperature (decide if the number would be cold, warm, hot)

Charts are from the dollar section at Target.

Number of the Day poster

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Opinion / Persuasive Writing Resources

.... Our writing focus for the second nine weeks

Sentence Starters anchor chart - link

Opinion Words Vocabulary Chart    by: Janiel Wagstaff

Great example of giving reasons:  My dad is an alien video
Opinion Writing with Oreo Cookies by First Grade Fanatic! blog   
Mentor text - Duck! Rabbit!    resource link
Mentor text:  Spoon
First Grade Buddies Blog - free resource for Spoon
Mentor text:  Cats vs. Dogs
Pitner's Potpourri blog - resource for Cats vs. Dogs
More Mentor Texts: