Monday, October 10, 2016

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Happy Columbus Day! I hope you are all enjoying your day off of school as much as I am!
I always start the year out with the novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. This is a quick and easy novel that always gets the students interested in reading. 
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Renee Smalley has an awesome novel unit to go with this book. The unit has activities and questions for each chapter that focus on multiple comprehension strategies. There is also an awesome end of the book project included that my students love creating each year. 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing {Novel Study & Art Project}

Check out the pictures below of the some of our completed projects!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Story of My Name Writing

I found the perfect writing activity to start out the school year. For the past few years now, I have used Fourth and Ten's Story of My Name Writing as our first writing activity. 

Story of My Name Writing and Craftivity

This writing activity is paired with a read aloud and has students asking their parents how they decided on their name. The activity comes with a guided step by step process on how to write their paragraph. Once the paragraph is written, students can complete a craft to present with the final paragraph. 
My students were so excited about this activity and couldn't wait to share with the class the story of their name. 
When they were all finished with their projects, they proudly displayed them on their lockers. 
Below are some pictures of the final projects. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

RTI Block

My school is trying something new this year with RTI and I am loving it! This year we have broken down our students into math and reading groups based on strengths and weaknesses. Each day we have a 30 minute RTI block with the whole 4th grade. 
I am working with the high reading group and have been using Alyssha Swanson's Close Reading passages. 

4th Grade Close Reading - Informational AND Literature BUN

The bundle includes literature and informational text. Right now we have been using the high interest informational texts. The students have really enjoyed the topics of the articles and we have also had fun using the Chromebooks to investigate the topics even further.  

If you are looking for something to challenge your higher readers, I highly recommend this product. Not only are the passages challenging and engaging, but they include higher level questions that go along with each passage. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Back to School Fun!

It has been a rough transition going from waking up at 9:00 to waking up at 5:00 and actually having to work everyday, but I'm slowly getting used to it again!
We just finished our second full week of school and I want to share a couple of the fun back to school activities that we did with you!
The Thinker Builder's Back to School pack was a huge hit with my students. It was filled with a lot of great activities. Below are some pictures of the Who Am I? activity that was a part of this pack. 

Back to School Activities "Get To Know You" First Week of School

My students also enjoyed working on Art with Jenny K's Back to School Math pages. This was a fun review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to start the school year. 

First Week of School Math Coloring Pages

What are some of your favorite back to school activities?

Monday, August 22, 2016

We Have A Winner!!

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway for a TpT gift certificate! Random number generator chose number three, which was:


Chelsea, look for an email from me with your gift certificate! Everyone else enjoy the sale!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bonus Sale and Giveaway!

I survived my first week of school, and I'm hopeful it's going to be a great year!

Have you heard about the TpT bonus sale?? My store will be 20% off for the sale and I'm offering a chance to win a $10 TpT gift certificate. The giveaway will end tonight at midnight so don't forget to enter! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pen Pals Anyone?

I had Meet the Teacher Night tonight and everyone showed up! Woohoo! And to top that off I only have 20 students this year! I think it's going to be a good year!
I would love for my students to have pen pals this year. Is anyone interested? Let me know if you would want to be pen pals with my class from Illinois!

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