I don’t even know what week it is anymore…

Wow!  Did anyone else blink and it was the end of January?  Seriously.  How can February be Wednesday? Someone please slow down the clock!!

 

So…it’s been awhile…CLEARLY!  I don’t even know what week it is anymore.  I had great plans to get this whole weekly blog post thing going…and then I blinked.  And I hadn’t written in awhile.  #lifehappened

You see…we are trying to get our house ready to put on the market…I’ll cut this short by saying it’s been a living nightmare at times dealing with contractors.  The good news is: we’re almost done!  Woo hoo!

Ok.

A lot has happened since I wrote last…too much to fill ya in on ALL the details…but I’ve taken some pictures along the way and wanted to show off some awesome students doing what they do best…LEARNING!  :)

So sit back.  Relax.  Enjoy your favorite tea.  Lots of pictures coming.

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We’ve been practicing our mad revising and editing skills with several sets of task cards lately.

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Students worked in groups to answer the questions to this Revising and Editing Task Card set.  They worked their way INTO the correct answer by talking about why all the answers were correct or incorrect.

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They had a blast and did VERY well with everyone participating and talking about the rules.

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Don’t you just love it when students enjoy what they’re doing…and it works just as well as shoving a worksheet their way? Yeah.  So. Do. I.

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We’ve also had some interesting entertainment around here.  Our principal, counselor, and literacy coach all got pies in the face from some lucky students who raised lots of money for our school.  That was a sight to behold!

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And then came the days of craziness before Christmas.  You know what I’m talking about.  Haha. This was my sign to encourage my friends to be on their best behavior for the week.  And I must say…they were pretty darn good! 😉

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Quick mom moment.  I am so lucky to work at the same school where my son attends kindergarten.  And I have great administrators who allowed me to visit my handsome little boy during his Christmas party.  All the heart eyes for this one. :)

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And then the break was over.  I blinked.  It was over. (I might have blinked a few more times than I thought.) When we came back to school, we looked at our writing portfolios that follow each student from year to year.

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They loved looking back through their old writing.  I told them to look for something that they liked, and I challenged them to find one mistake they made in their younger days.

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It was so fun to watch them as they pilfered through their old writing pieces, reminiscing about stories from their past. “Oh, I remember THIS!” and “Look at how much my handwriting has changed!” and “I used apostrophes on all my words!” Haha.  So stinkin’ fun!

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New years come with new goals.  Students were challenged to come up with one to three goals for the new semester.  I was very proud of what they came up with.

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We played some revising and editing games, too. Y’all…they have so much fun with these.  I’m so glad I created them.  It’s such a great way to practice that puts a little fun into it.

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If you need a set, you can click here to get one.  I have a few others in my store, too.  :)

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Almost done!  We’ve started our newest expository piece, and we tried out two of the introductions from my Expository Writing pack.  We created a riddle and a thought introduction for this piece.

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Wow!  They came up with some AWESOME introductions!  I’m so impressed!!  I can’t wait for them to finish these so that I can show them to you. I know you will just love them!!

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Oh yeah…I got to go down to a first grade classroom and do a little writing with them.  They were so adorable!!   We used “I’m a Little Teapot” to think about structure in writing.

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And then we created a short story as a class.  We pretended to be an elephant.  Did I say how incredibly adorable they were?  I love them!!

When we were done, they created their own.  Do I have a picture of them? No.  AHHHHH! I’m hoping to get one soon.  I’ll have to share them with y’all because they are great!!

This comes from the new book that I’m coauthoring with Gretchen Bernabei.  It’s going to be an amazing tool for lower grade teachers to begin the process of teaching text structures to little minds.

 

Whew!  If you’ve stayed with me this long…thank you for reading all about what we’ve done in the past few weeks.  We’ve had a lot of fun together, and I’m looking forward to much more.  Our next Writer Celebration is this Thursday.  I’m going to try to share all about that this weekend….but don’t hold me to it!  I’ll try my hardest.  I promise!!  :)

How have you been?  Is there something you’ve tried that the rest of us just HAVE to know about?  Do you have a question that you’d like us all to address?  Just drop those in the comments.  Let’s all help out!!

Until next time…

(And don’t blink too much!!)

 

 

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How to Add Topic and Concluding Sentences

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Do your kids struggle with adding sentences to an already written paper?  AKA…the revising portion of STAAR!

I’ve put together a slide show that might just help!  This one is all about adding a sentence to state the central topic in the introduction and a concluding sentence at the very end.

I have been studying the STAAR, and this is what I found to be true after looking at the past 4 years of released tests.

One thing that kids HAVE to understand is that with a central topic sentence, it HAS to state the main idea of the paper.  That’s why many of our kids miss those types of questions…they miss that part!  It’s not a reading test…but it is!  *Sigh*

With concluding sentences, it is VITAL that the reader feels satisfied that the paper is over.  No new information.  No statements that make you think, HUH?

You can download it for FREE here.

I’m also working on one for adding in supporting detail sentences.  Hopefully this helps!

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Grammar Scope & Sequence with Daily Activities

Hi, friends!  I promise to start blogging more regularly again this year.  I have had an extremely busy summer, and the first part of this year I have spent SO MUCH TIME creating some products to help in writing and grammar.  Now that my ENTIRE year is mapped out, I’ll have more time with the computer to blog rather than trying to figure out my next steps!

For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Instagram (the buttons are over there to your right if you feel the need…), I’ve created a grammar scope and sequence to get you through the year using Gretchen’s newest book, Grammar Keepers. Grammar Scope & Sequence

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It is set up just like the one I did for Writer’s Workshop, with a daily calendar with activities, overview of each week/unit, notes to the teacher for each week, and a resource guide.

If you are interested in trying out either of my scopes, you can visit Gretchen’s blog to get the first 6 weeks free! The grammar scope isn’t uploaded yet, but the writing one is there.  Just keep checking back for the grammar.

Thank you to those of you who have already purchased either one or both!  I hope that you find them useful, and more than that, I hope that it eases your mind about what to do and when to do it…and how to implement her amazing strategies into your classroom EVERY day!

If you haven’t bought either one…and you’re interested in them…you can get BOTH of them for a discounted price.  Writing and Grammar Scope & Sequence BUNDLE  You’ll see this:

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You guys are awesome!  As soon as I get permission forms from my kids, I’ll be back with some lessons and pictures for you!  :)

 

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