Thursday, July 24, 2014

All About Nonfiction Anchor/Flip Chart

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Nonfiction text features are something that I am constantly reviewing with my firsties.  I love the way these anchor charts allow me to have examples of them at my fingertips during guided reading.  

The packet includes the following 15 anchor charts:

Nonfiction Definition
Title Page
Table of Contents
Bold Type

Here are a couple of examples from the packet.

Friday, June 20, 2014

All About Fiction

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I am so excited about my new "All About Fiction Anchor/Flip Chart".  

It includes 20 anchor charts!!
Definition of Fiction
Elements of Fiction
Problem/Solution or Conflict/Resolution
Character Traits
Character Emotions
Point of View
Cause and Effect

The packet also includes the plans for building a tabletop flip chart stand.
 This stand is a wonderful way to display the anchor charts on a desk or tabletop so they can be used during small group instruction. 

You can purchase this product here at my TPT store.

Don't forget to take a peek at these great anchor/flip chart packets.  
They are now available  bundled together here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"All About Vowels" Anchor/Flip Charts

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During guided reading groups and while working with individual students, I have often wished for a way to bring our class anchor charts right to the students.  So, this summer I told my husband and sons what I wanted, and they had a "friendly" little contest to see who could come up with the best design.  This little stand was the hands down winner and designed by my handsome 13 year old son.  
The chart stand has been a fabulous help to teach and reinforce students about a particular concept during small group instruction.   I can put it right in front of them.  I have been thrilled with the response from my little firsties.  The plans for this stand are included in my "All About Vowels" packet available in my TpT store.

This packet also includes 40 darling anchor charts including:
 Short Vowel Sounds
 Long Vowel Sounds
 Silent "e"
 R-controlled vowels
 "Y" as a vowel
 Vowel Teams (Vowel Digraphs and Dipthongs)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hats Off to Heroes

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We will never forget the tragic events or the precious lives lost on September 11, 2001.   We will also never forget the brave men and women who risked their own safety that day, and every other day, to keep our homes, cities, and country safe.  This week I wanted my littles to learn about real heroes.  When I asked them to tell me about heroes, I wasn't surprised when the talk turned to Batman, Spiderman, and other super heroes from comic books and movies. 
I wanted my students to understand that while those make-believe heroes are fun, there a real heroes who serve and protect us everyday.  We spent our week learning about and honoring police officers, firefighters, and soldiers.  These are real the life heroes who deserve our gratitude and respect.

We ended the week with this little writing craftivity!

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Have a wonderful week!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Allergy Aware Classroom

Pin It One of my littles had a reaction to peanuts today during lunch.  Scared me to death!  I am so grateful she is all right!  It was a huge reminder of how serious food allergies are, and how aware we need to be with these little people.  She was sitting at the peanut-free table but one of her friends (who was not sitting at the peanut free table) gave her a peanut butter cracker and she thought it was cheese.  Not good:(   

I came home and made up a new allergy aware sign for my classroom.  You can download it here.  

I also found this great Arthur video clip about food allergies.  I was thinking about sharing it with my students.   Obviously I won't be talking about specific students, I just want them to be aware of the importance of not bringing nuts into our classroom and not sitting at the peanut-free table unless you have an allergy.

I would love any tips on how you deal with food allergies in your classroom!!