Language Lessons

Most of my day was spent planning  science and social studies with my co-workers for next year.  We got a lot done and it looks great.  We put out our plans on a long term planning form that I quickly downloaded this morning from Jodi at clutter free classroom.

The form was simple but it kept us organized and we soon had the whole year written down.  The painful task of putting our plans  into our pacing guides will be another story. Thanks Jodi, I will be back looking for more ways to stay organized.

I am super excited to announce another sale TPT will be having tomorrow! I will be having everything in my store at 20% off and type in code BOOST at check out for another 8% off. 
Now that I know for sure what I will be teaching next year I have lots of items I plan to purchase again tomorrow.
So I want to let you know about a favorite item of mine that you might want to get on sale. This pack is my Common Core Language lessons with Test Prep. Yes, now would be a good time to grab this pack because it is a bit expensive.  This is a huge unit and it took a tremendous amount of time to create but I love using it in my classroom.  It is easy to implement and my students love working in their language workbooks. They stay engaged are learning skills that need to be taught.  Before I created this pack I had many resources and had spent a great amount of time searching and copying many different resources to teach these lessons, but now I have it all together and it has been a great big time saver for me.
This past week I totally updated this file and I know you will like the new look.
These language lessons work great for my 2nd and 3rd graders. Yes, I do something different with my youngers when they are working on this pack. So staying organized and having everything ready while I am doing sometimes three different things is pretty important for me.
  It is a humungous pack with 50 language lessons along with 50 review pages. Every lesson has a coordinating poster to go with the lessons. The lessons take about 15-30 minutes.  We discuss the lesson, do a few examples, and my students work in these booklets.  We do these lessons about twice  a week.  A nice break from writing but truly needed skills the students need to know.  The vocabulary on the review pages are  also essential for  students to understand for general academic instruction but also these terms will be used throughout the standardized tests and if your students do not understand what the vocabulary means the students will struggle.  Also on the review pages are practice questions similar to what they will look like on the tests and practicing this format is also valuable.You can check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Word Work and Phonics Activities

Teaching in a multiage class means you have a very large range of learners in your classroom.  I love it, but I can't always do the traditional classroom kinds of things.  For example during our reading block the reading levels  in a 1-3 multiage classroom is very huge. So I do not have centers that students rotate through but instead I have a variety of activities that my students do during word work time during the Daily Five.  This year I will have 5 new youngers (first graders) so I needed to create some activities for my beginning learners. In this pack I focused on phonics skills but I also have a sight word activity and I added some handwriting practice too.  I love teaching the first graders how to read.  Having been a reading teacher I am always up for a good challenge. The great thing about the first graders is seeing their progress throughout the year and for me I see their progress through the three years I have them.  It is truly rewarding! Here are a few pictures of what is included in the pack.

This is available in my teacher stores and contains 10 different activities and a sound office.  The sound office is made up of 5 different pages of sounds that a first grader needs to learn and be taught. You can do many things with these pages.  Put them in writing folders, use as posters in your classroom etc.. I made these into little offices. You just need two file folders and glue them together to have a total of six sides.  Glue the pages around the folder and you are done, a great little reference for you and your students.
What is included.

Vowel Sound Cards-All 41 Vowel patterns

Code breaking activity-Beginning sounds

Short vowel word families

Handwriting wipe off cards

Word family wipe off posters with mini posters of word families

Magic E -cvce words

CVC word puzzle cards

Building blends

Diagraph sort

Sight word-Read, build and write

And sound offices for you to use with your students.
You can grab this pack here.
Happy teaching, and happy August!


Back to School Giveaway!

I have been sponsored in a "Back to School Giveaway" hosted by Emily from Third in Hollywood.  Emily did a fantastic job of putting together some great products for this wonderful Giveaway.  Please enter Here. Winners will be announced on August 8, just in time to get ready for the new school year.

Also I am super excited about Teacher Pay Teachers back to School sale which is on August 4 and 5.  Every item in my store will be 20% off and then  at check out enter code BTS14 and you will get another 8% off for a total of 28%. That is huge savings and great for my back to school wish list. 

So you will want to check out some of my new items.           Here are a few....

And some new free items...

Have fun shopping, today I make a trip to IKEA! I will let you know what I purchase. 
Happy August everyone.