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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reading Comprehension

I'm sure everyone will agree with me that you can never have enough interesting, engaging, and challenging reading comprehension resources for our students. We need to support our readers, by...

-teaching decoding skills
-helping to build fluency
-building and activating background knowledge
-teaching vocabulary words
-motivating all readers
-and engaging them in discussion

I love to create reading resources that accomplish all of the above.
That's why I'm so excited to show you this new resource, which also has a phonics focus, so learning is maximized!



These 40 stories will surely engage and challenge students!
First, they read a short story.
Next, they highlight the silent e words.
Then, they answer three comprehension questions, which will help them develop the ability to find the evidence in the text.
And, finally, they write three of the silent e words from the page.

There are two different versions included.
The first version has multiple choice questions.

The second version is a bit more challenging.
Students read the questions and write in their answers.

Some of your students may not be ready for writing their own responses and some may. Having two versions makes it easy for you to differentiate instruction.


These comprehension stories are perfect for small group instruction. This is the perfect time to help students become good readers by teaching them how to use the strategies of monitoring, predicting, inferring, questioning, connecting, summarizing, visualizing, and organizing. In the beginning, the children will need a lot of support, but, gradually, with practice, they will become more confident, knowledgeable, and capable.

Eventually, for many students, these stories can also be used as morning work, center work, independent work, and homework.

To further maximize learning, you can use this pocket chart activity.


It contains the same stories as the comprehension pages. Students read the stories and match the picture to the story. This is a great center activity and students will definitely enjoy matching the pictures. An optional recording sheet is included, where students copy one of the stories and illustrate it. You can use this as handwriting practice.

Want to try these out in your classroom?
I included two free sheets in the preview.


To get them, just click here and download the preview.
If you love them, then you can check out the full pack...

Click here to see just the reading comprehension stories.



Click here to see just the pocket chart stories.



Click here to see a money saving bundle of both!



Monday, July 31, 2017

TpT Gift Card Giveaway for BTS 2017!

How exciting is it to begin a brand new school year?
It's time to sharpen those pencils, organize those bins, and welcome a new group of eager learners.

If you're anything like me, right about now, you're probably thinking of some new ways to excite, engage and challenge your students. If so, you surely don't want to miss the TWO DAY Teachers Pay Teachers sale.




Are you currently using interactive notebooks in your classroom? They are a very valuable learning tool. Click here, here, here, and here, to read my blog posts about them. 







If you're a kindergarten teacher, looking for some exciting activities, you may want to check out some of these...


If you're a first grade teacher, looking for some engaging activities, you can check out some of these...


Shopping during a sale is a great way to score some really good deals. My whole store is 20% off on August 1st and 2nd. And, TpT is giving everyone an additional 5% off if you use the promo code: BTS2017. Don't forget to use it!

And, because we ALL love gift cards, I am giving away two $10.00 gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers. You can use it to purchase some of your new goodies, whether they come from my store or someone else's. Not ready to shop during the sale? No problem! You can use this gift card any time you're ready. They never expire.
I'll choose two winners before the ONE DAY sale is over, and email you the code to your gift card.  Good luck everyone and happy shopping!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

CVC Word Family Booklets...perfect for back to school!


Are you ready for the new school year yet? 
It's almost time for some of us!

If you are ready to start planning, then you may want to check out these brand new CVC Word Family Booklets!

Teaching word families is a year long journey, and these books are more than ready to take that journey with you!

I'm all about hands on learning, but, you also need to have plenty of printables, as well. That's where these books will really come in handy!

There are 24 different books, one for just about every short vowel word family. And, each book comes with a whopping 16 DIFFERENT fun and engaging activities. 

The activities range in level of difficulty, making it very easy for you to differentiate learning. Some students may be ready for the challenge of putting words in ABC order, or reading and writing sentences, and some may not.

Children LOVE to make books! If you're a book maker, like me, then you'd use the covers. The one shown below is an example from the -at family. You can also treat these pages like any other printable, and not make books. It's totally up to you!

So, let's say you decide to assemble books...

Just print the cover and any of the 16 DIFFERENT activities for the word family you are teaching. I print them front to back to save paper. Then, staple the books and hand them out. It's that simple!




Let's take a peek at all the activities included for each of the 24 books.

Configuration Station
Students write the words in the correct boxes.





Break the Code
Students use the code to figure out the words. Then, they write the words on the lines.

Word Search
Students find and highlight the words in the word search.

Unscramble Me
Students unscramble the words and write them on the lines.


Word Fluency
Students color in the words and then read them five times.


Read it, Rainbow Write it, Write it Fancy
Students write the words using different colors and fancy writing.


What's Your Word Worth?
Students find the worth of each word, using the scrabble tiles. Then, they write the word(s) that are worth the most and the least.


Fill it In
Students fill in the missing letters of the words.



Find and Highlight
Students highlight the words in each row that are spelled correctly.

Word Family Houses
Students write the words to match the pictures, plus one bonus word on the lines. Then, they write the words in the house.


Spin and Color
On the lines, students write the words for the pictures in the spinner. Then, they use the color code to color in the words that are already written in each gumball.


Roll and Write
Students roll the dice and write the words for the numbers they roll. Then, they write which words they rolled the most and the least.


Color, Write, and Highlight
Students color the picture, trace the word, write the word, and highlight the letters that form the word.



ABC Order
Students write the words in ABC order.

Read, Draw, and Write
Students read the words on the book, draw a picture of each word, and then use each word in a sentence.


Sentence Match
Students read each pair of sentences and put a check mark next to the sentence that describes the picture. Then, they write that sentence on the line.


As you can see, the activities vary in difficulty. There's plenty of choices for every single learner in the classroom.


I created 16 different activities for each word family because I wanted to be sure to have enough choices for those who need more practice. Also, you can use some for morning work, some for station work, some for independent work, some for small group instruction, some for homework, etc. 

I am super excited about these word family booklets and I hope you are too!

Click here or on the image below to see them in my store!




Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Favor for Cody!

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Congrats to Cody! He won a spot in the calendar!
Thank you so much to all who voted for him.


This is my yorkie, Cody.
Isn't he adorable?
He REALLY wants to be in the
He made the Top 50!
Now, he needs to make the Top 13.
Can you please help him realize his dream?
All you need to do is vote for him once daily through July 15.
If you think Cody deserves to be in the calendar, and I hope you do,
please click here and vote for him.
Thank you so very much!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Break the Code Math Edition

I am so excited about these new Break the Code activity sheets! Up until now, all my Break the Code resources have focused on ELA...not anymore!

I really enjoy reading all the feedback teachers write about my resources, and, sometimes, the feedback gives me great ideas for new resources. Someone recently suggested making a math edition of Break the Code, and I totally ran with the idea!


There are 30 different activity sheets. 
Students solve ONLY addition equations.





There are 30 different activity sheets.
Students solve A MIX of addition and subtraction equations.




Students solve the equations and then use the code to figure out what the question is. Then, they answer the question, using complete sentences, proper conventions, and lots of creative thought.

Students will really enjoy the challenge of solving the equations to figure out the question and you will really enjoy reading their responses. Especially if you encourage your students to put part of the question in their answer and to include lots of great details. 

The questions are thought provoking, interesting, and appropriate for young learners.

What a GREAT way to integrate math and grammar!

Break the Code is perfect for morning work, station work, independent work, homework, and days when you have a substitute teacher. They are easy to prepare and will keep your students engaged and challenged.

You can try a FREE addition Break the Code! 
Click here or on the image below...

You can purchase a money saving bundle of 

Or, you can purchase each one separately...



Make sure to try out the FREE sheet!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sweet Valentine's Day Activities

One of my favorite holidays is quickly approaching...
Valentine's Day!
I love to decorate in reds, pinks, and purples.
And, for a couple of weeks before the holiday, I love to plan sweet activities for my students, most of which come from my Valentine's Day Language Activity Pack, which contains 10 fun and engaging language activities for kindergarten and first grade students.


Scrambled Sentences are such a great way for children to learn how to write proper sentences. There are 5 age appropriate sentences, in color and black and white, for students to unscramble, along with two different recording sheets. The one shown below has room for all 5 sentences on one page. There is also a double sided recording sheet that fits 3 sentences on one side and 2 sentences on the other side. There are two lines for the children to write each sentence. I find that my students can easily fit all the sentences on one line, but I included it just in case you have any students who write REALLY BIG!

Rhyming is such a hard concept, and I like to reinforce it all year long. This rhyming activity includes 18 picture word cards, in color and black and white. Students choose a few and think of words that rhyme with those words. There is a recording sheet with space for 5 rhymes and one with space for 10 rhymes. Encourage students to write words with blends and digraphs for more of a challenge.
How much fun is write the room?! In this Valentine version students hunt for Valentine conversation hearts with sayings such as "miss you", "top dog", and "crazy 4-u". There are 12 hearts in all, in color and black and white. Once they find a card, they write the phrases on their recording sheet. Let them use Valentine colored markers, crayons, or colored pencils, for added fun.
ABC Order is an important skill to learn and students will love putting the Valentine words in order. There are 4 sets of picture/word cards. Students put each set in order and write them on their recording sheet. A black and white version is also included.
Labeling is a great activity for young learners. Those who can't quite read or sound out the words, can use their knowledge of beginning, middle, or ending sounds, to help them decode the words. There is a boy and girl version included. You can print a few copies in color and put them in page protectors for students to write and wipe, or, you can make a copy for each student in black and white. After students are finished labeling, there is an optional writing page (not shown), where students can write about their boy or girl, using some of the words they used on the labeling sheet. Encourage the use of descriptive words and strong verbs, as well as, proper conventions.
After reviewing the Roses are Red rhyme, challenge your students to come up with their own version of the rhyme. Brainstorm things that are red, blue, and sweet, before your students write their own rhymes. This is a great time to discuss adjectives! You can bind all of them into a book and use the included book cover to make an eye-catching class book.
Students will definitely enjoy the 3 activity sheets included, which all follow the Valentine theme. Here you see a real word/nonsense word sheet, where students read the words and color in all the real words, and a sheet on syllables. An activity sheet about middle sounds is also included.
This writing activity will give your developing writers a chance to write a few sentences using some sentence starters. First, they plan what they will write using a tree map graphic organizer (not pictured.) Then, they choose their favorite idea in each column and write them in the correct spot on the web.
Finally, they copy their web onto the stationary. I like to meet with each student to help them edit/revise their work, before they publish it.

I LOVE these sweet activities and I'm sure you will too!
This pack will be on sale through February 3, so now is a great time to grab it, prep it, and enjoy it!


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