Friday, May 8, 2015

Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I am so glad that you dropped by today.  In honor of fantastic teachers every where, I am giving a few of my favorite teacher must-haves.  If you haven't yet, hop on over to the blog I collaborate on with a few of my reading bloggy friends to see some teacher must-haves and then hop back here to participate in the giveaway.

Adventures in Literacy Land

Favorite Teacher Things Giveaway

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring into a Good Poem

Welcome to our Spring is Here Blog Hop!  My bloggy friends and I are sharing poetry resources in celebration of the arrival of Spring and because April is National Poetry Month.   National Poetry Month was established to "highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets" and "encourage the reading of poems."

I am so glad that Spring is finally arriving in my part of the world.  Winter is not my favorite season.  I love to see new life beginning to bloom and the feeling of hope for a better time after a bleak winter season.  Thinking about "a feeling of hope"  and welcoming spring made me think of the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus because she writes about the Statue of Liberty and welcoming immigrants to the United States to begin a better life.

This poem is one of the 4-5 text exemplars provided in Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards.  "The New Colossus" can be a challenging text for students to read; however, I believe it is important to challenge students in safe, structured environment with support.  Students must learn to persevere in order to lead productive lives and my goal is to teach them how through different experiences - one of them being reading.

 In honor of that poem, I created a small close reading resource that includes a writing piece as a culminating activity.  I aligned the resource to the fourth grade standards but it could also be used in fifth grade.  This is not a one and done activity.  It could take several days to complete.  I would complete one or two steps each day.  Click on the image below to be taken to the file.

Thank you for visiting.  The next stop is The W.I.S.E. Owl who will share a shared reading poetry freebie.  Make sure to check it out!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter Wonders

One year ago today, a group of teacher-bloggers began a new adventure when the website Adventures in Literacy Land was created to share tips for effective literacy instruction. In honor of reaching our first full year of blogging together we are hosting a Winter Wonders Blog Hop and Birthday Celebration. Join us as you read a short post by each author, download a free literacy resource, and enter a raffle for a chance to win a Barnes and Nobles gift certificate at our collaborative blog.

Today I am sharing a Build a Snowman Sight Word Game for second grade.  Students play this game in groups of two to four. The goal of the game is to collect all the parts of the snowman before the other players by reading the sight words correctly on each card drawn from the pile. The sight words included in this game are the second grade Dolch words. At the end of the game, students will record the sight words they have in their hands on the recording sheet. This game would be great in a literacy center or for review in a small group setting.
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Thanks for stopping by!  The next stop is Teacher Mom of Three.  Click on the button below to visit her.   Don't forget to travel all the way through the hop to find your winter wonders freebies and enter the rafflecopter at Adventures in Literacy Land.


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