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It’s been awhile since I posted.  I’ve been so busy creating resources for my kiddos, that I’ve totally forgotten to blog about some of them and share them with you!

First up: Sentence Wringer Document

This is a chart I made for my classroom from Gretchen Bernabei’s book, Grammar Keepers.  If you use GK, you know exactly what this is!  If not, you should definitely check out this book!  I can’t speak highly enough about it!  My students are able to use homophones and understand the meaning behind those words MUCH better since I started using this book.  It is a MUST in any grammar/writing classroom!  You can purchase it here.

Anyway, here is a look at the chart (click on it to download the PDF file):

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It’s nothing too fancy, but I needed a reference up on my walls, so this is what I created.  Now…you may be wondering what that last part on the “Yes” section is…yeah, my students realized that if you use an AAAWWWUBIS in the front of a complete sentence and add a comma between that complete sentence and the one following, that this would be a legal way to join sentences.  My STUDENTS came up with that…all because of Grammar Keepers.  So….tell me again why you haven’t started using this book…??  😉

Next Up: STAAR Revising, Editing, and Spelling Rules

Some of you have asked me about what sort of resource I allow my students with accommodations to use on their STAAR test.  Frankly, I didn’t have one…and I had never heard of people using such a thing!  So I did my research and found that you can, in face, create something that students may use on their STAAR test to remind them of the rules as long as it has NO examples on it.  Well, HELLO!  I needed this in my life!IMG_4228

Remember: Not EVERY student can use this on STAAR; only students who have certain disabilities in reading.  Luckily, all of my students who have a 504 for Dyslexia and IEP’s are able to use this!  It MUST be something that students use in class regularly, so we began using this right after Christmas break.  I actually made a copy for ALL of my students to use to check their work when we do revising and editing practice.  They like that they can justify their answers based on our “yellow sheet.” (I run it on bright yellow paper so that it can be easily found!)

Click –> Grammar Chart for STAAR to download a copy.

If you didn’t get a chance to read my last post, you should.  There was another freebie there.  It is a PDF file that you can work just like a PPT to show students how to add in topic and concluding sentences.  Just scroll back on the home screen or click here for that.

I hope your year is going well!  That test is RIGHT around the corner!!  I’m ready!  Are you?!

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If you are looking for some additional FUN resources, you can visit my TpT store where you will find several activities (games, task cards, revision stations, etc.) that make test prep EXCITING!  Smiles GUARANTEED!  😉

 

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Freebie Friday…And a Celebration!

Happy Friday!  Hopefully most of you are over the testing hump by now!  I sure am glad I am!

I’m linking up this Friday with Teaching Blog Addict for their Freebie Friday linky.  If you haven’t ever checked it out, you really should!  SOOOO many amazing products from great bloggers for free.  FREE, people, FREE!  😉

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I recently hit 200 followers on Facebook, and as a celebration, I created a cute “Letter to my Teacher” page that students can fill out and color.  I used black and white line clip art from Melonheadz, always a favorite!  It’s nothing huge, but a simple thank you to all of my followers.

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Want to get yours, too?  Go for it!  It’s in my TpT store for FREE.  Just click the pic or this link.

Be sure to head over to TBA and check out all the awesome freebies from the week…or last week…or whenever.  Be careful: If you’ve never visited, you might want to be sure you have some serious time to spend before clicking around…it’s addicting, just like the title says!!  Just click the TBA pic above.  😉

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Ce—lebrate Good Times, Come On!

If you hear someone screaming with excitement, it’s probably me! My new blog design is up, and I’m head over heels in LOVE with it! Isn’t it amazing?!?!

Ok, ok. I know you don’t care nearly as much as I do, but I was just so tired of the boring old WordPress template! I’m so stinkin’ excited to have something that is much more visually appealing.

May I add…if you need a blog upgrade or redesign, head over to Etsy and check out Sweeties Studio. Natalie was simply AH-mazing. I think our total message count back and forth was over 100! She was so patient with me and did everything I asked her to do…and more! And her prices CANNOT be beat!

I also recently hit 200 followers with my blog subscriptions and Bloglovin’ followers. In celebration of these two welcomed changes, I’m doing what all bloggers do–HOSTING A GIVEAWAY! 😉

4 fabulous bloggers and TpT sellers have agreed to give away products from their TpT stores. The best part…WINNER’S CHOICE!!

 

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Tara from 4th Grade Frolics, Nikki from Melonhedz, Paula from Paula’s Place, and Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade have all graciously agreed to be a part of the giveaway. Be sure to stop by their blogs and tell them THANK YOU! **Feeling loved**

Just like most giveaways, you have to be a follower of my blog, either as an email subscriber or through bloglovin’. You can enter multiple times, and each day you can tweet about it and get one more entry.  Good luck! :)

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Writer’s Celebration

Writer’s Celebration Day.  A day that my students look forward to each time they finish publishing.  A day to get lots of feedback from classmates, friends, teachers, and even administrators.  A day to feel accomplished.

Each time my students publish a piece of writing, we have a Writer’s Celebration.  This may look a little different in my room than it does other places, so I thought I’d share how it works.

I have my students put their writing piece out on their desk with a pencil and a Writer’s Celebration page.  I play fun music for the students as they walk around and make comments on each others’ writing.  Students are only allowed to write positive comments.  Not just any positive comment, but a comment that is specific to a skill or craft of the writer.  I always have to go over sample comments which range from idea development or vocabulary use to handwriting or the use of paragraphs.  I like for students to know what it is that others like about their writing.  They get better and better at it the more they do it.

I really love watching their eyes light up when they see what others have said about their writing.  And this is always followed by chatter with their table-mates about their comments.  And smiles.  :)

If you think this sounds like something you would like to do, I’ve posted the Writer’s Celebration page that we use.  Feel free to download it and use it in your classroom.  Be sure to let me know how you and your students like it!  Click here for the download.

Writer's CelebrationHow do you celebrate writing in your classroom?  Leave a comment below.  I’m always looking for new ways to praise students for their accomplishments!

 

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Only 4 hours left to enter the $50 giveaway!

Good evening, friends!

I just wanted to send out a reminder about my $50 online credit giveaway to Teaching & Learning Stuff.  You have 4 hours left to enter!  Hurry!  Don’t miss out!  Anyone who is a follower can enter (WordPress or email follower).   Click the link below to enter.

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**And thanks to all of my followers!  If it weren’t for you, this wouldn’t be possible.  Thanks for the love!**

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Friday Freebie: Wrist Reminders

I’m linking up today with The Teaching Blog Addict for their first FREEBIE Friday of September!

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Short post, but I wanted to share my wrist reminders with you.  Have you ever needed your kiddos to remember something important to tell their parents?  Have you ever wanted to have a tool to attach a note to your students until they get home?  Try some wrist reminders.

Wrist RemindersNope, they aren’t fancy, but they work.  These are helpful in those times when you need to get messages home with students, but don’t want need to waste lots of paper.  Just cut them apart, write your message, and cut it out.  I have these cut and in a drawer by my classroom door for easy access.  I put them in a drawer by my classroom door since I sometimes remember things last minute.  Surely I’m not the only one!!

To download a copy, click here –> Wrist Reminders.

For more FREEBIES, head over to The Teaching Blog Addict!  Lots of great links!

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