Sunday, September 14, 2014

What To Expect... Reading Carousel **FREEBIE**

I always like to start the year off with my kids moving around the room.  I don't want them to come in and think I'm going to just lecture to them and give them rules.  This carousel allows them to create the rules and tell me about their feelings about reading in a fun way instead of just giving them a worksheet.

I put each of these questions on file folders and have the students write their responses on the inside of the folder.  In the past I had them write on chart paper but it was hard to store.  The file folders go right into my file cabinet and are pulled out at different points in the year to have the students reflect on their progress, or to remind them of the rules they created!

(I'm going to add more pictures after my students complete this activity tomorrow!! Stay tuned!!)

To download this activity FREE click HERE!!

Enjoy :)
Beach Bum Literacy Chick

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Monday, September 8, 2014

Holiday Word Wall Cards and Activities!

Getting back into the swing of things at work! How about you?  I always feel overwhelmed in September since I have a summer of ideas flowing through my head that I want to implement ALL in September!  The next thing I'm putting into my classroom is a holiday word wall!  I want to increase my students vocabulary and feel that my students tend to stick with their known vocabulary out of fear of using a word incorrectly.  By having this word wall I'm hoping my students will be encouraged to use new words!

The holiday's included in this pack are: 
* New Year’s Day * Martin Luther King Day
* Groundhog Day * Valentine’s Day
* St. Patrick’s Day * Easter 
* Memorial Day * Halloween
* Thanksgiving * Christmas

This word wall pack includes 2 sets of words for each holiday.  One set is geared towards K-2 and the other is geared towards 3-6.  This really allows a teacher to differentiate the word wall to meet the needs of their students and challenge students when needed.

To get this holiday word wall pack click here!!

Enjoy :)
Beach Bum Literacy Chick!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Synonym Word Walls **FREEBIE**

I haven't really been writing due to the beginning of school! The first few weeks are always so stressful being a reading specialist. There are tests to administer and grade and schedules to create! Really looking forward to a successful year! After grading a quick assessment we gave I notice the students need to increase their vocabulary. They all use basic commonly used words when there are much better words out there!!

In my classroom I have a synonym word wall.  I leave it up all year and have the students refer to it when they are writing.  My students always find more words to add and really enjoy adding them to our wall.

This is the word wall I have in my classroom.  Each year I end up adding new words based on what I observe in my classroom.

I created a FREE synonym word wall starter set to encourage everyone to start this in their classroom.  The one I created is an ocean theme.  I plan on elaborating more on the file and include many different themes.  If you are looking for a specific theme please comment below and let me know!

To download the starter set click HERE!!!

Enjoy :)

Beach Bum Literacy Chick

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday