Friday, November 29, 2013

Its beginning to look a lot like.....

CHRISTMAS!! The holiday season has begun! I really hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!! Now that it is over I need to start working on all my Christmas and holiday activities.  I'm starting with a vocabulary activity pack on The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg!  I love all of his books but this is one of my favorites since I love everything about Christmas!

This activity pack includes a vocabulary matching, an I Have... Who Has... Game, a context clue graphic organizer (this is great to use while you're reading the story), and context clue task cards.

I know the students in my class really love playing I Have Who Has games.  I usually use them before we read a story to review the vocabulary words.  

The next activities in this activity pack involve context clues.  The first one is a graphic organizer that you can use while your reading the book The Polar Express.

I have also created context clue task cards.  I use task cards for my literacy centers while I'm doing reading groups.  This gives my students engaging activities to complete while I work with a small group.  My students enjoy them more than just completing a packet or worksheet!

Check back soon for more great The Polar Express activities!!

Get this vocabulary pack by clicking HERE!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I am thankful for....

Happy almost Thanksgiving!! This is one of my favorite holiday's, besides Christmas :).  I love getting together with family and really appreciating all that I have.  This year is the first year my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving so I am excited for that!  Well anyway I created a Thanksgiving Activity pack to use with my students the week before Thanksgiving.  With all the state testing they have to endure I love to make the holiday's packed with exciting lessons.  So take a look!!

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Anyway... the first activity in this activity pack is a sequencing activity.  Through classwork that I have been giving I have noticed that my students are struggling with sequencing so I thought I would put this skill into the activity pack.

The students read the story about a girl named Jenna on Thanksgiving morning.  This story also leads into a great writing assignment where students can write about traditions their families have on Thanksgiving.  Just a thought :)

This activity pack also gives you a part of speech word sort.  It contains sorting mats for Noun, Adjective, and Verb.  Also 30 vocabulary cards for the students to sort!

Check out this item plus more Thanksgiving activities on my TpT page by clicking HERE!!!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sea Life Syllables

My students have been having a really hard time dividing words into syllables. They can tell me how many syllables are in a word but are really having a hard time dividing the word into syllables. Since this is such an issue I've been creating a bunch of activities to help students with this skill. I really feel its important because it gives them the knowledge to sound out unfamiliar words.

 This activity is a spin off of the Fall Syllable activity I created where some students had to sort words by syllables while others had to divide the words into correct syllables. You can find this activity on my TpT page here. Fall Into Learning - A Differentiated Syllable Activity

Ok so now to Sea Life Syllables.  After having my students complete the Fall into Learning activity I wanted all students to work on dividing words into syllables so I created this differentiated activity to focus just on this skill.

There are 2 sets of cards in this activity.  The first set contains words that are 3-4 syllables and the second set contains words that are 4-5 syllables


Look for this great activity on my TpT page by clicking HERE!!!