Saturday, November 15, 2014

Letter Writing

Hello There!

How was your week? Are you like me and the time change has thrown you off? It seems I cannot get used to the early darkness in the evening...I feel panicked to get home because of the dark only to realize we have already eaten dinner, cleaned up and it is only 6pm! :)

Big news this week...my daughter Ella lost her 2nd tooth! Here is the sweet letter she wrote to the tooth fairy.


Ella, age 5
Speaking of letters...this week I introduced parts of a letter to my students and made an anchor chart for students to reference for the next few weeks.
labels source

You can see more of my Friendly Letter unit I used for this anchor chart {HERE}

In honor of Veteran's Day we wrote letters to United States troops...I am hoping the sweet letters my students wrote will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving!




This letter paper is a freebie from Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher .You can download this paper and others HERE.

Next week we are going to continue letter writing within our opinion writing unit. My students will be learning persuasive letter writing. They will write to our principal to state their opinion and reasons for something they would like changed at our school. I can't wait to see what they come up with....I am hoping it has something to do with chocolate for their favorite teachers!

We are also going to write to our pet dog Scruffy...he has sooo many problems for my smart students to solve! Last year my students just loved choosing a problem card and coming up with solutions. My heart smiles when they show such empathy while sharing their solutions with their classmates (Each day I have the students who wrote to Scruffy during their writing center read aloud his or her story to their classmates).

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 You can see more about Scruffy HERE.

How has your week been?  Do you like the dark?  How do you teach letter writing in your classroom?

Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, November 8, 2014

So Thankful { a Freebie!}


My NC teaching buddies and I are so THANKFUL for our followers! As a way for to show our gratitude, we are each giving away our favorite Thanksgiving Freebies! 



I am giving away my Thanksgiving Write the Room pack! 

My students love moving around the room reading and writing complete sentences. I love that all students are successful because the sentences are differentiated!

simple sentences to post around the room 

advanced sentences to post around the room 

recording printable 


Head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers shop to get this FREEBIE now! {HERE}

I am so grateful that you stopped by! Enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Treat & a Trick { a little late!}

Hello There!

It has been a few weeks...life has gotten busy for a bit as we have entered the 2014 holiday season!! I have a treat and a trick to share with you tonight!

How many Elsas did you see on Halloween??...if you were playing the "Elsa drinking game" you took one for my sweet girl! She is my sweet treat!


Let it Go!

Just "some" of our sweet neighbor kids! #blessed!
I have a trick for you that is working well for me!... A few of my teammates have taken the idea (the best compliment) and like it too!

We are a Daily 5 school and I purchased book boxes for my students from Really Good Stuff (totally worth it...very durable). My only advice, it you make labels for the front of the boxes, just use mailing tape to attach the label rather than peeling and sticking the label, much eaiser at the end of the year to remove from the book box.

I am the queen of "there is never any chaos allowed in my classroom, you may not all go to the shelf at once to get your bookboxes" but I wanted a way for my students to have easy access to their book boxes when they had free time and during read to self. I saw these black crates at Target and got 2 per table group. I used a few zipties to attach the crates and VIOLA, I had a bookshelf at each table group!


It took less than 5 minutes to make all of them, gotta love that!





I am loving my crate shelves, and think I may have to make a fun configuration for my classroom library....I could use a few behind my guided reading table....teacher desk...computer center....haha!

Thanks for reading, I hope this was a fun trick for you too!