Friday, March 22, 2019

It's Spring! Baby Animals Accordion Books

It's another snowy day here today! We're expecting over 8 inches of snow. Where's Spring?!

But in the spirit of what is supposed to be springtime, I'm posting this freebie that you might be interested in if you have young readers who love animals.  The following is found in my store, but it is free! Just hop over to Growing Smart Readers and log in, or if you haven't already, create an account at TeachersPayTeachers. It's easy!

By the way, if you haven't discovered this marketplace for teachers yet, you will be surprised to see thousands of freebies. Even many thousands more priced resources are fun just to browse. If you teach on a shoestring as I do, you will enjoy grabbing some resources to fit the needs of your kids.

AND.... if you love the simplicity of an accordion book (at, you will enjoy my four little books--for free. (Options include one page informational text as well--just in case you're not interested in folding.) The cute animal graphics allow for coloring, too!

TERMS: Please do not share on the internet. I'd appreciate it if you only offer the link to my store. This represents a lot of my time and I think you'll agree that people should go to my store link, rather than instantly download it from the internet. Thank you very much for your consideration and for observing copyright law.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


It is a winter wonderland outside my window now, with blustery winds and blowing snow. Despite the weather, it's hard to believe another busy holiday season has arrived. I have to say that I did a lot of grumbling this morning as I teeter-tottered across my icy driveway.

It's been awhile since I've posted anything, so I thought I'd tell you a little about my new readers theater (I it readers' theater or without the apostrophe? Nobody can agree.)  

This script is just right for intermediate and upper elementary kids. Briefly, it's a short story about a girl who seems ungrateful about her life, but finds new meaning in what it is to be kind. This file has a bonus editable version so that you can edit any part of the script, change any characters, and adapt it to your students' needs.

Readers theaters are such an effective tool, an interactive reading activity that gets your kids practicing fluency without realizing they are working and learning.

If you are interested, check this out in my store at Teachers Pay Teachers. I appreciate your interest, even if you are just checking it out! 

Back to winter....I know that having snow and cold is hardly anything that I should complain about with all the suffering and misfortune others are having in other parts of the country--with fires, tornadoes and hurricanes. So, I am truly grateful for my home and family. I sincerely hope that this post finds you well and in good health, and that you find kindness, peace and comfort in each day. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Language Arts Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Growing Smart Readers....Helping teachers grow strong readers and writers!

Enjoy 20% off resources in my store today!

Fall is such an exciting time for kids...especially when it means Halloween is right around the corner. Since Halloween never gets old....I use Halloween theme lessons to make reading and writing extra fun....Activities such as these will keep your kids enthusiastic and motivated while learning new skills. The resources below have been the most popular!

Stop by to see what else is on sale today through Sept. 10, 2018 at Growing Smart ReadersBrowse the Teachers Pay Teachers site for many more quality products created by teachers from all over the world!


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ice Cream & Popsicles Writing & Craftivity

Are you looking for a fun way to motivate your kids to write? This set includes 2 craftivities along with paragraph writing organizers with ice cream and popsicle graphics.  These frosty pals may help your reluctant writers get going! Watch your writers grow!

Check out the link at my store: Ice Cream & Popsicles Writing and Craft    Click the next image below for free paper.

Here's a preview of the organizers.

Free popsicle writing paper!
Click on the image below, and right click to "save image as" and instantly download to print.

Due to copyright, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, do not share this on the internet in a blog or website. This post is for you only~ but you may direct others to this blog. Thanks for your understanding!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Get Ready for Summer!

Are your students getting itchy?

          Your kids will have fun writing the room and using words related to the beach. Keep their summer vacation anxiety under control by having a few fun beach-themed activities! This resource is great for summer school, too! Parents, this is a fun set for home as well. Tape up the vocabulary words around the house, and have your child (or children!) record their findings on their recording sheet. Your family will have a blast playing "I Have, Who Has" with the same words that are used for the Write the Room activity. Answer sheets and coloring pages are included.  If interested, check this out at: 

Here are some sample pages!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Guess What's Happening May 8th and 9th?

Join thousands of teachers and parents from Tuesday, May 8th to Wednesday, the 9th for up to 25% off at Teachers Pay Teachers! Now's the time to cash in your credits and check over your wish list! I'm an author-seller, but I'm also a regular buyer at TpT, and constantly adding to my wish list! Browse through the site...and don't forget to stop by Growing Smart Readers. 

Don't forget to put in the code: 
THANKYOU18 when you check out!