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!












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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!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Take your kids out to collect bugs!


Hello!
      Winter's been slow to arrive here in northern New England. So I hope this post finds you much warmer than I am right now. I awoke this morning to more snow on the ground. Ugh! I actually love snow...it's just that after five months, it's lost it's novelty.

Just to break the "ice" here, I have a freebie for you that you might enjoy when you have the chance to get your gang outdoors. My kids have always loved to check out the bugs and other critters outside--in the grass, by the brook, or near a pond... A mini field trip gives your gang some real fresh air, too.

This freebie will be a great start for your curious entomologists to discover and collect some insects or spiders. Whether 6 legged, or 8 legged, it's exciting to observe these creatures.

Grab a magnifying lens, a little box, a jar or a paper cup with a lid...you're good to go. (It would be even better if each child had a lens and a container.) Your kids could buddy up, too. The most important thing is to have fun exploring and observing...So, get this little freebie after you've caught your "catch"; then study, write and draw...and let your live critter go! Remember: Catch and release!

Here's the freebie...Just click on the link. It's easy to download. Just go to my store and here you go!  Happy Spring! ~ Karen

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Bugs and Critters...Be an Entomologist!

Thanks for your interest!  As always, your interest and business are VERY MUCH appreciated. Please leave feedback to let me know how this worked out. Consider following me at my store, too. You'll get updates and flash freebies. If you follow me at Teachers Pay Teachers, you'll get an occasional note in your TpT inbox that goes to all my followers. Often, I will include a free resource that is normally priced in my store...and only available to followers! One more thing,  I usually have a sale each month!

Earth Day 2018, Green Up Day Freebie




Hello!
    Earth Day is almost upon us! Every year, it falls on April 22nd. But every day should be Earth Day-- do you agree? But at least we can really focus on doing what's right for the environment on the calendar's Earth Day! This is a certificate for recognizing students for being stewards of the earth!

We are all "care-takers" of the earth, and have ownership in keeping our environment clean and green! Think of some activities you can do with your kids to demonstrate that ownership. An afternoon of cleaning up a playground, or helping the custodian with recycling paper....the ideas are of course, endless! Reward them with a certificate or a special ceremony! Be sure to recognize your deserving students after completing a unit or helping in the community to green up, clean up, recycle, reuse, or reduce! 

If you like the FREE EARTH DAY CERTIFICATE, you might like this: Earth Day We Are the World-A Literacy Mini Unit


Thanks for your interest!  As always, your interest and business are VERY MUCH appreciated. Please leave feedback to let me know how this worked out. Consider following me at my store, too. You'll get updates and flash freebies. If you follow me at Teachers Pay Teachers, you'll get an occasional note in your TpT inbox that goes to all my followers. Often, I will include a free resource that is normally priced in my store...and only available to followers! One more thing,  I usually have a sale each month!

Thanks a lot for checking this out! Wishing you a Happy Earth Day every day! ~Karen



Saturday, April 14, 2018

ELA Summer Tutoring Materials

Hello!
       Are you already thinking about your summer program? Do you need a bundle for your multi-level classes? This would help you get started, and it may be all you need. Many of the resources are geared to the summer theme. You'll find a variety of language activities, including a progress monitoring resource so your kids can track their reading fluency. This bundle has resources that can be differentiated according to your students' needs. Mix up the learning with some fun. Check it out by clicking on the link below. Thanks for stopping by! 

Have a lovely day, no matter where you are! ~Karen



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Hello Spring! Goodbye Winter!

Hello Educators and Parents,

Here's hopping ...I mean "hoping" :) ...you have a wonderful spring coming your way! Or, maybe you already have spring.  For us in the north, it's just around the corner even though the calendar says it is spring. The snow just sticks to us a little longer where we are! Our last snowstorm left us with a whole winter's worth of snow!


I am posting a fun resource that your kids might enjoy. Add it to a literacy center or send home a few pages for them to play with parents at home. This can be a generic game. Use your own word cards, math cards, or the ones included in this file in my store. Black and white pages and lots of cards are available in the complete resource. 


Try out these free sample pages below--- you should be able to download and print. Then, if you're interested check out the game at TpT.





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For more boards and flash cards...go to:
Fun Spring and Easter Board Games for Kids! Print and Go!





You might also like this!

EASTER SPRING BUNDLE



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Saturday, December 2, 2017



Hello Friends,
  December is here! What happened to fall? I'm still recovering from Halloween and Thanksgiving. I hope that you have had time to enjoy family and friends. Things never seem to slow down, do they?

I've been very negligent about posting on my blog, and not as productive with my teachers pay teachers store as I'd like to be. But just recently I was able to create a readers theater, which is probably the kind of product I love making the most. It's called "Where's Rudolph?" In this readers theater, Rudolph is missing on the very night Santa is preparing to take off. Mrs. Claus and the elves do their best to investigate. Finally, the mystery is solved!

 I am hoping to hook my 4th grade intervention group into reading it. It's just the right length for them--and not too babyish, either. I am going to get some hot cocoa to have as a refreshment to add to the fun.

Take a peek at this preview:



Readers theater scripts are a very effective tool for practicing fluency, confidence, and developing speaking and listening skills. What I love about readers theaters is that you don't have to prepare a lot. Make name tags or character puppets on popsicle sticks...or even pencils (with toppers). But if you are ambitious enough, have time, and your kids want to go for it, try turning it into a short skit! Make it a fun afternoon---when you know your kids are already too excited to sit at desks this time of year! 

If you'd like to check it out, please click here. Let me know if you have questions. Just go to "Ask a question" on my store page. (You can always add a comment on my blog here, too.)  



Thanks for stopping by!