Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Disappearing Alphabet

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition - The Disappearing Alphabet Book Review plus Freebie

Reading level: 4.1

Theme/subject: school, spelling, writing
Genre: humorous, rhyming
This book is definitely more advanced and will get your students thinking outside the box.
What would the English language be like if we didn’t have all 26 letters in our alphabet, making all the different sounds they make? A mind boggling concept if you really think about it. 
With that said, have your students think about it. After reading the book and thinking about how the author writes, challenge your students to come up with their own scenarios.
Have students think about a noun (person, place or thing). Have them list some words that are associated with that noun, including some antonyms. Have them then pick a letter from that noun that would be the disappearing letter.
For example if you think of the noun school and have the A be the disappearing letter, you could come up with this.
If there was no A then there would be no math, or reading, or teachers at school but there would be lots of books, and science experiments, history lessons and RECESS! 
For the next example if you think of the noun ice cream and have the C be the disappearing letter you could write something like this.
If there was no C then there would be no cold coffee ice cream cones but I would still be able to enjoy a bowl of  vanilla frozen yogurt with rainbow sprinkles.
Let your students give it a try using the worksheet graphics below. To use just copy and paste the worksheet graphics below into a MS Word or PowerPoint document resizing it to fit the document then print. 
The copy with writing lines missing in the circle is for students to write and then draw.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition The Disappearing Alphabet Freebie The Picture Book Teacher's Edition The Disappearing Alphabet Freebie  

Have fun!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Surprise Prize Giveaway #2

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Book Review

It’s time to look back and re-look at an old book review.
Click the button below to take you to the Pinkalicious review.
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Since we are looking back, let us know how you have used the book and what lessons you taught using the book. Just curious, has anyone bought my packet and used it?

Congrats Colleen, I will email you the Pinkalicious packet. I hope you will be able to use it!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chanterelle Finds a Family by Nicole Brierre

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For all those animal lovers out there, this is a heartwarming story about an abandoned puppy finding a family to love her. The story starts with the puppy all alone in the woods playing with her friend Porcupine and then going to visit her friends the Beaver family. After watching the Beaver family doing everything together, she wonders what it would be like to have a family to call her own. One day a family is hiking in the woods near her burrow. The puppy is so curious she follows them on their hike. When the puppy gets suddenly hurt by a bunch of porcupine quills the family decides they must help this poor puppy. They are able to coax her into their car and finally get her to the vet. When the puppy is ready to go home she is surprised to learn that she will be going home with the family and not back to her lonely burrow in the woods.
I have created a story map freebie to go along with this book.
Reading level: 6.1 
Theme/subject: animals, pets, family
Genre: realistic fiction
Suggested Vocabulary/phrases: burrow, meadow, edge, perched, ledge

Reading skills and strategies:
  • Asking questions - {possible questions before} I wonder why Chanterelle doesn’t have a family. I wonder where Chanterelle found a family. {possible questions during} I wonder why Chanterelle was in the woods by herself. I wonder how Chanterelle got in the woods. {possible questions after} I wonder if Chanterelle will miss her friends in the woods. **Remember to have your students answer/reflect their questions.
  • Author's point of view – third person. Be sure to find 3 pieces of evidence to support this (the puppy, they, she).
  • Author's purpose – entertain {evidence} the author has Chanterelle and the Porcupine talking. When Chanterelle tells the reader what Papa Beaver says, it is pretty silly.
  • Beginning, middle, end - {most important event from beginning} Chanterelle plays hide and seek with her friend Porcupine. {most important event from middle} Chanterelle follows a family that is hiking in the woods. {most important event from end} Chanterelle gets taken to the vet after Porcupine gets startled and sticks Chanterelle with his quills.
  • Cause and effect – Why does the puppy love the Beaver family? Because the Beaver family did everything together. Why does the puppy follow the human family? Because she is curious about them. Why is the mom covering her eyes? Because her kids are making her nervous by walking on the edge of the rock. Why did Porcupine get scared? Because the boy was listening to them talk and they got startled when he moved the branches apart. Why did the family have to take the puppy to the vet? Because his got covered with the Porcupine’s quills. Why did the family name her Chanterelle? Because her fur was the same color as the chanterelle mushrooms they saw on their hike. Why did Chanterelle jump up and start licking the little boy? Because she was happy to have her own family.
  • Character analysis - describe Chanterelle {looks like, feelings, thoughts, character}
  • Character changes – at the beginning of the story Chanterelle wondered what it would be like to have a family. At the end of the story Chanterelle got her own family.
  • Compare & contrast – compare and contrast your family with the one in the book.
  • Connections - {possible text-to-self connections} Hiking with your family. Having a puppy. Wondering what it would be like to have a family. Having your puppy or pet get hurt enough that you had to take him to the vet.
  • Fact & opinion - {fact} Chanterelle was a puppy that lived alone in the woods. The Beaver family did everything together. Chanterelle and the Porcupine played hide and seek. Chanterelle gets taken to the vet. The family decides to keep Chanterelle. {opinion} Chanterelle is a lucky puppy to live in the woods by herself. Mushrooms are delicious. Hiking is so much fun. Dogs make the best pets.
  • Main idea & details - {main idea} the story is mostly about a lonely puppy wanting a family. {details} The puppy loved the Beaver family because they always did everything together. The puppy would think about what it would be like to have a family of her own. The puppy got a family of her own.
  • Plot - the turning point or climax in the story was when the puppy got stuck with all the porcupine quills.
  • Predict – What do you think the story will be about? Do you think Chanterelle wants a family of her own? What do you think will happen if the family sees the puppy following them? Do you think the family will take the puppy home?
  • Problem & solution - {problem} the puppy is alone in the woods and wonders what it would be like to have a family of her own. {solution} The puppy hears humans in the woods and decides to follow them. When the puppy gets hurt by some porcupine quills the humans take her to the vet and ultimately take her home to be part of their family.
  • Sequencing – The puppy lives alone in the woods. She plays hide and seek with the Porcupine. The puppy visits the Beaver family. The puppy heard a human family hiking in the woods. The puppy followed the family. The Porcupine found the puppy watching the family. The boy heard the puppy and the Porcupine talking. The Porcupine got scared and threw his quills into the puppy. The family put a rope around the puppy to take her to a vet. The vet helped get the quills out. The family decided to take the puppy home as their pet. They named her Chanterelle.
  • Story elements - list title, author, characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, or problem & solution.
  • Summarize - {someone}The puppy {wanted} wanted a family {but} she was all alone in the woods {so} so when a human family was in the woods taking a hike the puppy followed them. The puppy got stuck with porcupine quills and {then} then the human family was able to get her into the car to take her to the vet. When the puppy {finally} finally woke up the family named her Chanterelle and took her home.
  • Visualize – The family was in the woods hiking around and then all of a sudden the puppy came out hurt with porcupine quills in her. The family coaxed the do into the car and took her to the vet. Visualize how you would have reacted to a stray dog coming out of the woods with porcupine quills in him. 
    This freebie is a jpg picture. To use it right click the picture and copy image. Then open Word or PowerPoint (whichever you use) and paste the picture into the document. In the document adjust the picture to fit and then save and or print.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Surprise Prize Giveaway

I have started a Throwback Thursday post reminding all my awesome followers of the 143 book reviews I have done to date. I then started thinking it would be fun to give away the Reading Skills and Strategies packet I created to go with some of the books I have reviewed, but I didn’t want to give the post away by saying what the TBT book was going to be, so I came up with this Surprise Prize Giveaway.
surprise prize copy The entry for the Giveaways will be easy, no following necessary just answer a simple question.
So here it is, the first TBT Surprise Prize Giveaway.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hands on Rounding

As intervention teacher I had a group I met with for math content intervention. I started with place value and rounding and quickly realized that they did not remember how to round, at all.

I had to quickly figure out what to do because verbal directions and explanations was not working. That night I came up with a hands on activity that really worked.

These are the number cards (in white) for the rounding board and the rounding numbers (colored numbers).


This is the rounding board.

Place the rounding number under the number line and place the 10 numbers with the “5” number in the middle. Students will slide the rounding number to the side of the number line that it falls on.

After the rounding number is on the correct side of the number line students will then slide the rounding number and the rounded 10 to the bottom of the rounding board.
Here are pictures of using the rounding board to round to the nearest 10 within 100.


Completed rounding.

When students work on the worksheets they can use the board (as long as you put it in a page protector) with a white board marker.


Hands on Rounding in action!



This hands on activity was just what my students needed. You can pick this up from either one of my stores.
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Not sure if this is still something you need, check out the infographic below.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Vegas Here I Come!

I am heading to Vegas for the first ever TpT conference and I can’t wait!
Vegas here i come
My hubby and I are driving to Vegas on Thursday and then having dinner with one of his business associates. Friday I will be mixing and mingling and learning with teachers, bloggers and sellers.
tpt After the conference I am going to this awesome blogger meet up!

Click here for more information and here to RSVP for this Facebook event.
If you can’t make it to Vegas but still want to have some Vegas fun enter to win an Erin Condren Planner. Click the picture to enter.
I have my new tote bag and business cards ready so look for me and say “Hi” if you are going. I am so looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone (home, pj’s, & computer screen) and meeting all of you!!
See you there!


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