Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fun Fall Fiction and Non-fiction Freebies

I like to focus on the difference between fiction and non-fiction at this time of the year with my kinders and firsties which is great because there are so many great fall and Halloween books to read.

To go along with first grade's apple unit I use these 2 books to talk about fiction and non-fiction...





Using these books, we also begin to talk about character, setting, and plot.

For fun, I use these fun fiction books about fall and Halloween with my kinders...






Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

These books are also great to use to talk about character, setting and plot.



I have made activity sheets to go along with each of these books and have bundled all of these into one fun freebie for you.  You can download it HERE.  Let me know what you think.

Happy Fall!




Monday, October 3, 2016

New Fall Bookmarks

If you follow my blog at all, you know how much my kiddos LOOOOOOOOVE bookmarks.  I try to make new bookmarks each month, holiday, or season, but I realized I didn't really have any just basic fall bookmarks.  So....

New fall bookmarks are here!


I created a set of 4 free bookmarks which includes 2 color and 2 black and white bookmarks for your kiddos to color.  You can download this FREEBIE  HERE.  Please let me know what you think.


I also created a set of 24 bookmarks which includes 12 colored bookmarks and 12 black and white bookmarks for your students to color.  You  can purchase this pack HERE for $2.00 in my TpT store.

Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Where Did September Go?

It's already October.  I feel like I totally missed all of September.  It is such a blur.  I had to leave during the end of August, right before the start of our book fair for a family emergency.  I had to leave so quickly, I didn't even get a picture of the final set up before the fair started. However, I felt very blessed to have some wonderful co-workers and some great volunteers who ran the fair while I was out.   I was out for 6 days and it seems like it took me forever to get back to a routine.


Just as I thought I was about to catch up, the annual West Georgia RESA Technology Conference was upon me and I was out another two days with that.  It was a good conference.  I got to talk with my friend Shannon Miller and I even won a Keurig, although I don't drink coffee. But it's all good because the hubs does drink coffee and his birthday is coming up.


So I thought my luck was changing, but the next week I got two flat tires...in less than 12 hours!  But PTO brought cupcakes that day (my favorite!) and I got an email confirmation that I am registered for my favorite tech conference in November. That made the situation a little less stressful.


The awful back luck continued last week when a nasty viral infection struck me down on Tuesday afternoon. Hard.  I started feeling bad and within an hour I was down for the count.  Although it wasn't the flu, I can't imagine that the flu would have felt much worse.  Everything hurt and then came the sore throat, runny nose, cough, nausea.  I was a walking bedridden Nyquil commercial. I am starting to feel better today, which is good because I really do not need to miss any more work.

In between all the bad luck, I did manage to teach some classes including



Kindergarten and First Grade First Checkouts of the Year


Second Grade Library Centers
You can purchase a copy of the library centers I use HERE in my TpT store.



Third Grade Dictionary Skills
You can read about the Dictionary Dudes and download a free copy HERE.


Fourth and Fifth Grade Fiction Book Hunt with Aurasma
You can read more about the Aurasma book hunt HERE.



Fourth Grade Non-fiction QR Code Hunt
You can read more about the QR Code Dewey Hunt HERE.


So that was my September.  I really hope that October is less eventful.