Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Character Awards

I hope everyone is enjoying their time off with their loved ones.  I love this time for celebrating and being with the people who mean the most to me.

Today, I would like to share one of our final projects before heading off to break.  Our final reading unit was on mysteries.  Here are the books we read.

(Our special ed teacher also worked with me on this unit.  Her students read an A to Z Mystery.)

We have been working a lot with story elements.  I really wanted to take my students further with character traits.  I decided to have them create awards to give to characters from their reading.  I found some super cute award clip art from Little Red, and created these awards.

After designing the awards, students cut them out and glued them to a piece of construction paper.

Students also had to complete a written explanation of why the character earned the award.

Students had a lot of fun producing our own award show.  Each reading group presented the awards complete with envelopes and a microphone.

I left the students' copies at school, but I will try to post a finished sample later this week.  I am sure to be in school again at some point this week.

I put the awards on a Google doc.  If you are interested, you can download them here.

Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hoppin' Homophones

I know it has been a while since I last posted on my blog.  I took on a few extra responsibilities at work and in my personal life, and they have kept me quite busy.  Any way, I spent some time organizing and updating my TPT store last week.  I was able to finish a project that I have been working on for quite a while now.

This set of activities is called Hoppin' Homophones.  My students always seem to get these words confused, so I wanted to create something that would help.  If you would like to check it out in my TPT store, you can click here or on any of the images below.  The task cards are also sold separately, if you are interested in those.  Both the task cards and the entire bundle are on sale for 20% off until the end of the day tomorrow.

If you are interested in just the task cards, you can get those here.

I am looking forward to catching you up on some activities from my classroom this week.

Thank you, and have a great week!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dialogue Foldable Freebie

I hope everyone is enjoying this crazy, fun time of year.  I know I find myself even busier than normal these days.  However, I am doing things that make me happy, so it's all good.

In an earlier post, I shared some ways that I teach dialogue in my classroom.  This year, I taught dialogue in a very similar way.  The Flocabulary song was a must!  My students loved it so much that a few of them downloaded it to their iPads.  If you are not familiar with this song, you can check it out below.

This year, I am into interactive notebooks more than ever, so I wanted to create a way to incorporate them into this unit.  I ended up creating this foldable.

After reviewing the rules for dialogue the previous day, we highlighted the capital letters and punctuation related to the dialogue rules.  Then, I had students glue the foldable into their notebooks and write their own sentences under each flap. 

Now, students have two model sentences for each placement of the speaker.  I still have some working on dialogue in a small group, but I have seen a huge improvement with this skill.

If you are interested in this foldable, you can download it here.

Have a great week, and please enjoy this holiday season!

Thank you!