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Saturday Treat for My Sweets: Back to School Roll Say Keep

Happy Saturday everyone!  Sorry this post is rolling out a bit late, I've been busy working on another Daily 5 post as well- stay tuned.  :)  Just in case if you're new to the blog, here's how it works: Swing by the blog on Saturdays to snag a sweet free treatSee a sneak peak of the Sunday Super Steal Deal item (or items)Super Steal Deals start on SUNDAY and last all week!Facebook Fans have an additional opportunity to win the Sunday Steal Deal (so make sure you're a fan!) Today's sweet free treat comes from my School Swing Roll Say Keep game.  It includes uppercase alphabet cards, a game mat and I-Can chart.  Click on the picture for your fun freebie!

Roll Say Keep games are a big Word Work hit with my students all year long!  

What I love most about these packs is they are EDITABLE and easily differentiated.  It's super easy to type in whatever words you need!


You can snag all my Roll Say Keep bundles for 50% starting Sunday- even the bundle!  That's like…

Monday Made It: Clipboards, Letter Cases and Cute Binder Tabs

I am finally getting around this summer to linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!  Don't forget to visit the linky and check out all the fun!

This is mostly what I've been up to this summer:

{best. movie. EVER!}
But as I swinging around Hobby Lobby and Target last weekend I finally felt inspired!  Here's what I made:
First, I re-did my letter tile storage case with these awesome stickers I picked up at the Target Dollar Spot!  I love how they have a picture and the capital/lowercase letter.  Now I need to go find another case at Walmart for all my magnetic letters...
32 Compartment No Spill Case: Walmart, $7 Alphabet Stickers: Target, $1 Eureka Letter Tiles: Amazon, $9 {Total Cost: $17}
P.S. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway for a Target gift card!  Giveaway ends this Saturday!
I finally tried it... mod podge cute clipboards for my awesome new teammates!  Here's how it went- tell me I'm not the only one!  :)  

In the end (six clipboards and three t…

Tales of a Target Teacherista: Goodies & a Giveaway!

Having a love affair with Target is nothing new for teachers.  I've tried to save myself (and my wallet) all summer, so when I headed in yesterday it was like stumbling across an oasis in the desert!  Naturally I can't keep all the great things I found to myself.


Mmmm guided reading supplies!  The Eric Carle bags are absolutely adorable for sending reading bags home.  The word strips I use for Mix N' Fix (scrambled sentences) during guided reading.  I model making a connection and writing it down in a sentence, cut it apart and mix it up, and the kiddos help me fix it.  Then they write their own connection down on the small sentence strip whiteboards.

I love these card sorts, puzzles and bingo games for skill-building in small groups!

It wouldn't be a true Target trip if I didn't stock up some stickers, stamps and organizational goodies.  :)  I love the cute buckets with chalkboard/dry erase surfaces and color-coded baskets (great for turn-in work).  I go through a…

Saturday Treat for My Sweets: B2S Class Books!

I'm back from vacation and ready to roll after a fun week of hiking, free wine-tasting and poolside lounging!  :)  Just in case if you're new to the blog, here's how it works: Swing by the blog on Saturdays to snag a sweet free treatSee a sneak peak of the Sunday Super Steal Deal item (or items)Super Steal Deals start on SUNDAY and last all week!Facebook Fans have an additional opportunity to win the Sunday Steal Deal (so make sure you're a fan!)Today's free treat comes from my two class book packs.  There are TWO covers (black and white/color options) and book-specific prompt pages to help your class start creating class books on Day One!  Click on either picture to snag your sweet freebie.  :)


My kiddos love to create class books.  We usually make 1-2 per week (on Fridays when we have a shortened literacy block).  During this time I do a whole-class writing lesson, modelling my response first before letting them go to write their own pages.  I focus my mini-lesso…

Daily 5 Book Study: Chapters 3-4 {2nd Edition}

Welcome back to another blog post all about the new Daily 5!  This post is all about Chapters 3-4.  We are really getting into the meat of the book now!


One thing I love about most about the Daily 5 Model (and there are many things!) is the gradual and structured release of responsibility.  If you follow the 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence, most of your kiddos will catch right on and it will be smooth sailing from here on out.  Here they are!


This whole process is grounded on what many of us know about memory.  

Let's look at each step in detail!
1. Identify What Is to be Taught Right from the beginning it's important to create a lasting anchor chart (called an I-Chart) with the kiddos.  The first step (in the words of my college supervisors) is to set the objective.  This step outlines WHAT will you be teaching today and is written at the top of the I-Chart.
You may be wondering what an I-Chart looks like.  Here's what our Word Work I-Chart looked like durin…