Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Proofreading Detectives - An Editing FREEBIE!

Today I have for you a fun and easy activity to help students with proofreading.

My kiddos always loved the idea of being detectives and searching for clues.

Using magnifying glasses always 
seemed to make them feel smarter.

Capitalizing on that idea, 
here's a fun way to make the kids

By using these magnifying glasses,
student search for errors in their writing.

Cut out the inner circle of the magnifying glass 
and laminate.  The laminating make it look like 
there is really glass there!

Start by writing a short passage on a piece of chart 
paper or the board, making several 
capitalization and punctuation mistakes.

Call students to the board to "magnify" the mistakes 
they find and correct them.

The handle of each magnifying glass has reminders 
to help the kids remember what they are searching for.

There is also a poster to provide a visual reminder.

Then send the kiddos back to their desks with the smaller versions of the magnifying glass for them to keep in their writing folders or notebooks so they can investigate their ow writing.

They will soon become proficient Proofreading Detectives and be able to spot errors quickly.

You can grab this Proofreading Detectives FREEBIE by clicking on the image below.

I would love to hear what other fun ways you use 
to get your kiddos to work on editing!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Loved That Lesson! Comparing and Contrasting Using a T Chart

Today I am linking up with my buddy Meg over at

If you are like me and have been teaching for a while, 
you have, no doubt, 
used VENN Diagrams for comparing/contrasting.  
I used to use them a LOT!

Then came along Thinking Maps,
and the Double Bubble Map was born.  
I have used this one quite a bit too.

The problem I had with both of these models 
was that there was never enough room 
for the students to write their information 
in a neat and cohesive way.

Then recently I saw a post or pin
(I have no idea where or when.  
If it was yours, please let me know 
and I will give you credit here.)
about using a T Chart instead.

This week, a class I was subbing in was working 
on comparing different versions of fairy tales.
I decided to give the T Chart a try.

I Loved it!
It was so much easier to write in the information
READ what the kids wrote on their papers.

Here's what we did...

I drew the T Chart on the board.
We started with how the stories were similar and added that information to the top of the chart.
Then we looked for ways that the stories were different and wrote that information underneath each title.  It was much easier to go back and add information that we had missed or add more information because there was not a space limitation.
It was also much easier for the students to replicate this chart on their own papers.

Here's the one we had on the board.

I will be definitely be using this strategy again.
I L♥ved That Lesson!

Hop on over to The Teacher Studio to see what is working well for some of my other friends!

Don't forget to check out this great bundle from Educents!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Sunday Scoop

On this beautiful Sunday,
I am linking up with my friends at 
for the

So here goes...

My have tos for this week are all about organization!  I have a couple of reviews to do and one BIG giveaway to plan.  You won't want to miss this one!

I hope to finish reading the book I started.  The Book Borrower is a little different from what I usually read, but I am enjoying it.  Just haven't had enough time for reading lately.  You can check out the book here.

I am always happy to spend time with my kids.  My son moved out over a year ago and I don't see him as often as I would like.  It is always a pleasure when he just stops by.  My daughter is a junior in high school.  She'll be off to college soon.  Time just goes by so fast!
What are you up to on this fine Sunday?

Don't forget to check out this great bundle from Educents!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sight Word Center FREEBIE and an Educents ELA Bundle

I have been working hard to finish up this fun freebie for you.

Here's what you'll need...
An empty Pringles Can, some duct tape,
3 oz. plastic bathroom cups, and some labels.

Decorate the can with the cover and label provided.

Label your cups with sight words.
You can either write them or use the labels I provided.

And you will have this quick and EASY center ready to go in about a half an hour!

I got to try out the game with a group of my friends in a special ed classroom, and they L♥VED it!
These kiddos are a K-1 range MI/MO self contained class.

It was perfect for working on sight words AND fine motor skills!
We had so much fun!
They want me to come back so we can play again.

You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking here or on the image above.


 I have also teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you! Loaded with great activities to keep your ELA engaging, fun, and educational!

The fun products of mine are sure to be a hit with your students!
In Build a Better Sentence,
students follow along with an animated slide show 
with a fun construction theme to build sentence fluency 
by creating more detailed sentences.
A printable student page is included for them to complete 
along with the slide show and/or 
independently for extra practice.

The Perfect Pet
is a persuasive writing activity to compliment the books
I Wanna Iguana and The Perfect Pet
which you can grab below.

The prompt takes students through the steps to create 
a strong persuasive paragraph 
to convince their parents to allow them to get a new pet.
Complete lesson plans guide you through the 
week-long writing process, 
including brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing.
The finished pieces make for a fun display!

But that's not all! 
The bundle covers all the following topics 
that you will be teaching this year:


sentence fluency
synonyms, homonyms, and homophones
A-B-C order
graphic organizers
print concepts

Look at all these goodies!

For a limited time it is $9.99 from Educents which is about 76% off!  
8 instant downloads for your 2nd and 3rd grade learners.  
 671 pages of materials ready for you to use!  
There is sure to be tons you will love!

Head on over to Educents and grab yours NOW!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Made It for September

Now that summer is over, Monday Made it is monthly instead of weekly.
I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics
for this month's

It's what's for dinner!
I made this yummy pasta tonight and it was a big hit!
Even my finicky daughter liked it.
Her friend had seconds!
Did I mention that it was super EASY?
Ready to eat in about 15 minutes!

You can grab the recipe here.

I also had a very busy week creating!

I made this 10 Frame Clip Card Center Set for one of my kinder buddies.

Head on over here and grab a copy for yourself!

But probably my biggest Made it for the week
is that I actually made it to work and back today.
This is what Phoenix usually looks like...

It's usually warm HOT and dry.
After all, we do live in the desert.

But here's what parts of the valley looked like today!

The usually DRY washes and river beds looked like this!

This is what the Interstate looked like this morning!

Record rainfall, my friends,
and our district schools were

Getting to work was tough going to say the least.

So, how was your week?

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