Sunday, July 1, 2012

Favorite Things Sunday

teaching resources, differentiated reading, Bloom's taxonomy, writing

Glad that you have joined me!  Every Sunday I share some of the best ideas I have found throughout the week.

I love the beginning of the month because that means it is time for Farley's Currently linky party.  As today is Favorite Things Sunday, it is a PERFECT fit since it is one of my favorite things!!

So, the AC.  At the beginning of my summer break, the AC in my home stopped working.  I thought I was going to die.  We went a week with cold air.  As it is over 100 today, the sound of the AC is wonderful sound.

I hope you didn't miss the Blog Swap and Hop yesterday.  If you did, no worries, I created a PAGE on my blog with all the links.  Lori from Conversations in Literacy wrote a fabulous guest post for me on fine motor skills.  I was honored to be a guest at Raki's Rad Resources talking about using mentor texts in writing.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordian is my favorite read aloud for grades 4-8.  The chapters are the perfect length with many ending with cliff hangers.  Percy Jackson is a character that many middle schoolers can associate themselves with.  Strategies That Work is the book that helped get me through my first year of teaching reading to seventh and eighth graders.  Harvey and Goudvis gave me a starting place for teaching reading strategies.  I also found The Comprehension Toolkit that gave me the resources and the language to teach reading comprehension strategies better.

Go see Farley, link up, and remember to follow the Rule of 3!

Sight Word Game
A Turn to Learn shared a sight word game called "Boys vs. Girls vs. Teachers."  The game requires very little preparation:  all you need is sight word cards and students.  Line your students into two lines.  You guessed it:  boys and girls.  Hold up a sight word.  First student to say the word correctly gets a point.  How do teachers get points?  Click on A Turn to Learn's button below and read her post.  She also gives you a really cute point board to print out.

A Turn To Learn

Gift Bag Journal
Shelley from "Teaching in the Early Years" starts her post with this:

***WARNING!! What you are about to read is going to rock your world. I'm not even joking.***

She isn't joking.  She shows you how to turn a dollar store gift bag into a writing journal and it is AWESOME!  She shows you step-by-step in words and pictures exactly what to do.  My plan is to make these for my focus class next year.  I am going to start working on this summer and give them to my students on the first day of school.

Click on her button below and be amazed.

Teaching in the Early Years

Task Cards 101
Rachel from Minds in Bloom switched blogs with Laura from Corkboard Connections for a day.  Rachel is the task card queen and she wrote a lovely post on what task cards are and how to use them.  She also offers a free set of antonym task cards.  Click on the button below to check them out.

We Read, We Blog, We Teach
Today is the first day of the Grades 3-7 Daily 5/CAFE book study.  Abby from Third Grade Bookworm is our first contributor for Chapter 1 of The Daily 5 book.  Stop by and share your thoughts in the comments.  Every three days we will introduce a new chapter.

I hope you have enjoyed "A Few of My  Favorite Things" and come back each Sunday to see what other fabulous  finds I have gathered for your enjoyment and to add to your resources.


  1. thanks for linking up... I like strategies that work too... and I am so happy that I am one of your favorites!!! (((blushing)))

  2. I am going to have to check out the Comprehension Tool Kit. I teach 2nd., but use a lot of thrid grade material. Thanks for the recommendation!
    My Second Sense

  3. Mmm I want watermelon now too! And I loved the Blog Swap and Hop, I had fun having a guest blogger!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilitites!

  4. Strategies that Work was a text for one of my college classes - one of the few that I kept and liked! Such a great resource for teachers!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

  5. Farley - I always love linking up!

    Tania - There is a K-2 version of the Comprehension Toolkit also. I was fortunate enough that when I moved to working with PK-3 grade, my school bought this kit. LOVE IT!

  6. Miss T - I had a blast with the Blog Swap also. This was only the second time I had written a guest post so I was nervous. Lori did a fab job on her guest post for me. I can't wait to do something like this again.

  7. Strategies That Work saved my bacon this year! And watermelon is very yummy.

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  8. I really enjoyed the Blog Swap & Hop too!! It was full of great tips!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  9. Oh, watermelon...Yum-O!!! Our AC is running full force but can't keep up with this 108 degree weather! Sheesh!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  10. You just reminded me that I had saved a piece of watermelon to eat later! I want to check ou this Comprehension Toolkit! I also am glad you Linked up to CURRENTLY because I just found your blog and am your newest follower!

    Sweet Seconds

  11. I love The Lightning Thief series, too. It was so hard to pick just one book!

    Krazy Town

  12. I found you at the link party. =) Now, I am also craving watermelon.... thanks a bunch! I'm your newest follower!

    I Love My Classroom

  13. mmmmmm mmmmmm watermelon!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

  14. Just stopping by to let you know that I awarded you the Versitile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to check it out!

  15. Thanks for sharing. Watermelon is my all time favorite food. Thanks for the links. Have a wonderful day.


  16. Thanks so much for sharing about my gift bag journals, Jana! I appreciate it!

    Have a great day,

    Teaching in the Early Years

  17. I just discovered your blog! I am your newest follower.

    First Grade Magic

  18. I love the Lightning Thief! Sometimes I like the YA fiction better than the grown up stuff. I love visiting your blog and have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by to see!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  19. No kidding on the AC!

    Your newest follower,

  20. I agree on the AC sound!

    Your newest follower,

  21. Love your blog! You have so many great ideas!

    I have given you an award...come on over and check it out!

    The Polka-dotted Teacher

  22. Congrats Jana! The Goonie Gals have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger award.

    Stop by, read our post and grab the award!!!

    We recently found your blog and enjoyed your Common Core work and were impressed with ALL of the sharing you do!
    The Kindergarten Goonies XOXO


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