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Thanksgiving Literacy Freebies

Teaching K-3 means making lots of different activities for my small groups.  I'm so busy lately, running from group to group that I forget to take pictures.  I also forget to post about what I've made. This week we read all kinds of cute Thanksgiving books and we practiced a short vowel review by decoding real and nonsense words with a little game I made. Here are a few things for your K or firstie friends.  

Click below to grab a cute little Thanksgiving decoding game.

Click below to grab a few fun little emergent readers I wrote. 

I hope you can use them.  I'm so thankful for everyone that still stops into this little blog. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. 

Sunday Sneak Peek!

I can't believe we are just two weeks away from Thanksgiving Break.  I have a bunch of activities for the next two weeks. Here are my plans for this week. You can download my plans and click on the pictures to find lots of freebies and great resources for teaching literacy.  

I didn't include this in my plans, but I'll also be using this resource throughout the year with my second graders.  You can download it free by clicking below.  
I hope you have a fabulous week. 

Sunday Smorgasbord: 11/1/15

Can y'all believe it's November? I feel like life is seriously flying by. So here is a little bit of randomness about my crazy life and my week ahead. 

I created a new unit for one of my favorite books ever, Too Many Pumpkins! It's jam packed with meaningful learning. There is a prediction page that goes along with this very cool book trailer and read aloud. There are tons of activities to practice vocabulary, a summary sheet and sequencing cards, character traits at two different levels, and a comprehension game and worksheets. There are also comparison activities, and a lesson on different types of sentences. This week I'll be using this unit with my third graders. The great part of this unit is, I'll be using it with my intervention kids and my sweet teacher friend will be using it with her students who are quite advanced. This unit has many options.  And in the end, we're all having a pumpkin party! Pumpkin foods a plenty make this unit a win!  

 I've also been doing all kinds of decorating.  I'm so happy that I'm finally filling our house with pieces I love.  I've looked everywhere for this desk chair I found on Instagram.  It's really cool and tufted and the back is burlap, which makes it perfect. I also got this beautiful little couch for our bedroom.  

We also got a new couch for our living room,  since my husband complained daily about the sectional I bought a few months ago.  Seriously, the man sent me out and said he didn't care what we got and then he whined every time he sat on it. So he picked out this instead. 
Ignore the lack of coffee table decor. There is more shopping to be done.
Of course I have to share my cute Trick or Treaters.  We approve of only one of these costumes. Go Buckeyes! 
We will also be starting to work on long vowel sounds.  I always introduce the long vowels with the "Super E." Have you seen this awesome video by Mark D. Pencil? The minute I saw it, I knew had the perfect lesson. 
First we watch the video. Then I give my students their super student glasses I purchased at Michaels.
Then I give them a mission to find word cards around the room.  They used their super vision and returned to the carpet with all of their cards. 
Next we do a super sort, sorting Super E words from the other words. Finally, My kiddos  apply their learning by highlighting the Super E words and we read them as a group.  
Here is a picture of the package of glasses.
If you would like this lesson with the sort cards and worksheet it's available here.
Finally, we are back in stock! The black chair pockets are in and you can check them out in my store. 

5 For Friday 10/23

Is it just me or did Halloween totally just sneak up on us? I don't think I've ever felt an October move so fast in my life.  It's been a crazy month, but I thought I'd link up with Kacey tonight.
As I've already said, I absolutely love fall. Especially all the activities that can be done in the classroom.  Here are some pictures of the October we've had. 

 I purchased a few pumpkins and some grabbers and wrote words on Halloween balls. Students used the grabbers and read the word. After reading, they wrote and graphed. You can grab this sheet here.
Here's a fun short vowel sort. Grab it here

In this center, students put 10 eyeballs in two different pots to find ways to make 10. Grab the sheet here.
In addition, last year we read Too Many Pumpkins and then had our very own pumpkin part full of pumpkin treats. This weekend I'll be posting the unit I just made for the book, so you can have a pumpkin party too. 


Not only are we knee deep in pumpkins a plenty at school, but it's almost time for the 50th Day! WOOHOO!!! It's one of my favorite weeks of the year.  I always show the following episode of Leave it to Beaver.  There are so many comparisons to live today and in the 50's. How they behaved in school, the cars, phone, the dress, etc. 
We also dress in 50's attire and do both of these units. If you have a "Then and Now" standard to cover, this is the perfect way to cover it. Cara's unit has some really cute cravtivities! My unit focuses on the then and now elements as well as centers and writing.  You can check them both out by clicking on the pictures. 
Here are some activities in my unit:

There is nothing I love more than watching this guy play flag football. I'm biased, but he's pretty dang good. More importantly, he loves it and has so much fun. I'm sad to see the season come to an end. 

Well since wishing isn't working...

I'm currently feeling so blah! Being kicked out of our house while selling and then stressing out during our move and starting a new job just took me back to some unhealthy ways. This week is my time to take back control. I'm thinking I'll get back to Body Pump, Jillian's Shred and I might even do Advocare's Cleanse, to make me feel less yuck! 
Hopefully a healthier, fitter me is ahead. 
Houston, we have a problem! 
This just opened 5 minutes from my home. 
I think I might need these. 

Click HERE if you want to link up with 5 for Friday too.