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!

Monday, July 31, 2017

TpT Sale 2017!

August 1st and 2nd

Get ready to stock up for your classroom.

Save up to 25% on everything at Teachers Pay Teachers!
Be sure to enter the Code: BTS2017
at checkout. 

Happy Back to School Teaching!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Baby Animals Accordion Pocket Books

My reading group enjoyed reading these interactive and engaging booklets. Especially appealing to students who are struggling in reading, these little nonfiction booklets may help them feel successful. Kids who struggle in reading feel less stress when they see text on a single page or a mini book. They like to fold their own pages and see how a single page transforms into an accordion book! 

Content specific words are in bold text. Teachers and parents may want to preview the words in bold text prior to reading. Another idea is to create flash cards of the bold text. (I may be adding this to the packet soon!) 

On another note, these little books would be suitable for reading stations or centers during the school year, and for summer tutoring, too. 

If you are interested in this product, please check it out at my TpT store:

This resource is fun to read as little folded books. 

Easy directions for folding the papers into accordion booklets are included.

I've included the same text in the format of a single page for each animal book. This one is for baby seals. The paragraphs are numbered for reading in sequence.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Fluency Graphs for Students

Kids Track Their Own Fluency Progress!

I have lots of success motivating kids to set fluency goals.  These graph templates are really helpful when you need to get your kids up to speed.  In my store, Growing Smart Readers, you'll find this fun, student-friendly tool. Choose the template that best fits your gang.  Currently, I have two resources that have been well-tested and received: The Animal Track theme, and Monster Theme.

The data can also be used for parent/teacher conferences, and team meetings. Kids love to keep a notebook of their increasing speed and accuracy!


Click on the link below to check out this resource!


Click on the link below to check out this resource!

Fluency Graphs with a Monster Theme

You'll find more fluency like the ones above with other interesting themes right here:

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring, Summer and More Things to Share

     For anyone who has returned to this blog, you may notice that I'm not very regular about blogging. That's okay, because I have been busy sprucing up and spring cleaning my store! And what a chore it is! Making resources that are high quality and engaging for children is time-consuming, and yet I love doing it.  It's not about the money either, because if I were to really average in all the time for how many downloads I get, it it means I'm probably working for less than 50 cents an hour. Ha! Well, my real job is teaching, and that's where I need to put most of my energy until the day I retire!  

I enjoy creating and exploring new ideas--so whether I get big sales or not, it's worth it!  By the way, if you've ever checked out my store, or purchased anything...I want you to know that I DO appreciate it!  

Thank You!

This is a great little packet that includes an "I HAVE, WHO HAS" game related to sports AND a writing booklet--easy to assemble and write in using the prompts given at the top of each page. The booklet is made up of 12 half pages, just the right size for hesitant writers. They don't feel overwhelmed with lines and text--and the pressure is off them for having to write a lot on a page.

Below shows how to create the easy book from the pages in the file. Suitable for students in grades 1-2, although if you have some hesitant third grade readers or writers, this would work for them as well.

Below is a preview of some of the pages!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

FUN with Tongue Twisters, Alliteration, Fluency and Silly Nonsense Words!

Hello Friends,

This is one of my newest single products I have just posted in my store! I'm really excited about this because it is the third tongue twister product that I have now. It was added to create a bundle of tongue twisters that are tempting enough to tangle the tongue of your terrific second and third graders.

Take a moment to check out these sample pages. I had a blast coming up with nonsense words like tippytots and blabblerblast. These silly nonsense words are just right for giving your students practice with phonemic skills and syllabication. 

The plus with this type of resource is that it works for kids who need to practice reading AND speech. My other two tongue twister resources usually get positive feedback from SPL therapists.  This is brand new, so I am hoping to see some feedback soon on this one.
I'll admit, this one is the most challenging. I recommend this for grades 2-4 because it really can get their tongue in a twist! Click on the link below to find this is my store! 

Thanks so much for checking this out. Please stop by my blog again soon!