28 February 2012

Seuss Rhyming Words Bridge Map-Freebie

Seuss week is already off to a great start, but of course I keep forgetting to bring my camera!  Today we did one of my favorite quick and easy activities, so I thought I'd share.  And I did sneak a picture using my grandpa of an Iphone:).  It is a Thinking Map that I've done with my kiddos the last few years...only this year, it got a lot cuter!

After reading The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, or any Seuss book for that matter, have your students think of two pairs of rhyming words, put them across from one another on the bridge map, illustrate, and wah-lah! Easy peasy rhyming assessment!

Click the picture of the Bridge Map to download it for free!


 

Oh, and as if anyone could forget the exciting sale going on tomorrow, here is your coupon code for tomorrow's Leap Day Sale! Happy Shopping! I know I've got a lot of goodies on my wishlist!

27 February 2012

Permission to Pin :)

Since Pinning has become one of my new favorite hobbies, I was definitely interested to read Laura Candler's wonderful and informative post about obtaining permission to pin images.  From now on, I am going to make an effort to be respectful about my pinning, and just so you know, you have permission to pin any images from my blog and TPT store.  Thanks so much for reading and happy pinning!

 
 

26 February 2012

Fun with Olivia!

Last week, our basal story was Olivia, so we did a mini character study, and it was so much fun! (Even though I missed the first few days to strep throat-yuck!). I made these thinking maps for my students to use, and thought I'd share them with you! The students used the bubble maps to write adjectives describing Olivia.  They also used the class tree map headers and the student tree maps to organize their writing before writing descriptive pieces. (Sorry I don't have any in-class photos of those--the kiddos did those while I was out)  Click on each picture to download using google docs!





We wrapped up the week with Leslie Ann's cute Olivia craft! We added a mini foldable to the front of Olivia's dress focusing on one problem and solution in each child's favorite Olivia story.  I love how they turned out!





P.S. The Olivia image on the above documents was found for free online--it is not my own, nor is it for sale in any way.  The frame used is from PrintCandee. :)

25 February 2012

Announcing the Winner(s...shh!) and a Surprise Leap Day Sale!


Okay, it may be against the rules, but its my contest, so I'll cheat if I want to! Since I had only four entries to my giveaway--let's chalk that up to learning about blogging as I go--I've decided to up your odds of winning to 100%! So, if you entered my giveaway, thank you, thank you! Your Green Eggs and Contractions Unit is on its way to your email account now!

If you did not leave me your email address, please send it to me via a comment or an email to bmrice@ballstate.bsu.edu, and I'll send it to you this weekend so you'll have time to get everything printed and laminated for next week's Seuss-celebration!

Also, I just learned this morning that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a very exciting Leap Day Sale on February 29th! All of my items will be posted at 20% off, and if you use the coupon code L2P9Y, you can get them for a total of 28% off!!  Just click the link below to head to my store!





21 February 2012

My First Giveaway--and it is Seuss-tastic!

In honor of Dr. Seuss Week quickly approaching, I am very excited to announce my first giveaway! And this is just perfect timing because I am linking up to Mrs. Bainbridge and Mrs. Fiorini's Seuss Give-Away and Linky Party!  Click below to check the party out--but don't forget to keep reading to learn the details of my giveaway and to get some freebies!


The details...
I will be giving away my Green Eggs and Contractions Unit to one lucky follower! All you need to do is follow my blog and leave me a quick comment to enter! On Friday, February 24, 2012, I'll use the randomizer to choose a winner.

The prize...
Here is a peek at my unit, which includes the poem Cooking Up Contractions to introduce the basics of creating contractions, a Green Eggs and Ham inspired pocket chart poem with contraction cards and student recording sheets, Contraction Match-Up cards for playing Memory and Who's My Partner?, Scrambled Eggs Contraction Game, and two practice sheets that can be used for student assessment.


The freebies...
In case you missed it before, here is a freebie from my unit! And, if you visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store, you'll find another Seuss-y freebie there as well! Enjoy and thanks for reading!


07 February 2012

More Green Eggs and Contractions!

I am so excited about my Green Eggs and Contractions Unit that I cannot (or shall I say, can't) wait to use it with my kiddos! I just have to wait a few more weeks and then we'll let the fun begin. Because I'm so excited about my unit and Dr. Seuss week, I created a quick game of I Have, Who Has to share with you!  If you would like to download it for FREE, please click here to go to my TPT store.

05 February 2012

Back to Blogging and Other Exciting Adventures:)

Wow! This school year has been crazy! I started this blog at the end of the summer with high hopes of frequent posts, and I've really been slacking! But, I've survived the first half of the year with twenty sweet friends (okay, maybe a few not-as-sweet-as-the-rest), three rounds of Tennessee's new teacher evaluation system, and my baby girl's first birthday party this weekend--it was a Pinkalicious theme, of course!  Although I haven't been great about posting this year, I've been loving reading all of the wonderful k-2 blogs, pinning lots of great ideas on Pinterest, and all in all, I think I am a much better teacher due to all of this wonderful inspiration--I promise to do better on the blogging part, though!

Not only have I been soaking in (okay, stealing) good ideas, but I do have a new one to share! I've been using Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to teach contractions for a few years now, and I finally decided to put all of my ideas together in one unit, just in time for Dr. Seuss's upcoming birthday, and I'm super-excited about how it turned out!  Here is a sneaky-peek of the unit, and if you click HERE, there is a freebie for you! Enjoy!


If you'd like to purchase my full Green Eggs and Contractions unit, please visit my store using the link to the right!  Thanks and happy teaching!
 

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