Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Fun!

I want to share some of the fun Thanksgiving activities my students did this year. Maybe you can add these to your TpT wishlist and use them next year!

This year we only had school Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. I knew I didn't want to start anything new, but I wanted to do some fun, yet meaningful Thanksgiving themed activities. So, I purchased Deb Hanson's November Craftivity Bundle. 

November Craftivity BUNDLE (Main Idea, Fact & Opinion, Syn

It has four different craftivities in it. A main idea, fact and opinion, synonyms, and book report actitvity. Unfortunately, I didn't purchase the set until last week, so we were only able to do two of the activities this year. Next year I will plan a little better so we are able to do all of them! Here are some pictures of the Thanksgiving Main Idea Turkey Craftivity and the Scarecrow Fact and Opinion Craftivity. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I enjoyed the extra days off along with lots of family time and good food :)

I don't know about you, but I have been anxiously awaiting the TPT sale coming up! My wishlist is filled with great projects that I have been looking forward to purchasing! The sale starts on Monday and runs through Tuesday. 

I am linking up to share with you some of my top wishlisted items!

Feel free to grab the images and link up with us! Share two items that people have on their wishlist of your items, and share one item that you have on your wishlist that you will be purchasing during the sale. 

The number one thing people have wishlisted from my store is my Animal Adaptations "I Have, Who Has" Game. My students actually just played this last week to prepare for their science test. They even made me get out my phone to time them to see how quickly they could get through the game!

Animal Adaptations "I Have, Who Has" Game

The second most wishlisted item is my Government Task Cards. These task cards are a great way to review government terms!

Government Task Cards

I have so many things on my wishlist right now that it's going to be hard to figure out which ones to buy. I had to set myself a spending limit because I seem to have a TPT shopping addiction these days. The one product that I REALLY can't live without though are more of Deb Hanson's partner plays. My students are loving these partner plays. We just finished up with all of the animal adaptations plays and now they are ready for more! So instead of just buying one set I might as well buy the bundle right?! Wouldn't want to miss out on any!

Partner Plays 4th-5th BUNDLE (a set of 90 2-person scripts

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Veteran's Day Decorations

Our school puts on an awesome Veteran's Day breakfast and assembly each year. The students do a great job of decorating the hallways for the Veterans. This year I struggled to come up with a decoration to have the students make until I came across a post by Upper Elementary Snapshots. As soon as I saw the post, I had my students get to work! Here is a picture from Kelly's 4th grade class. 

When I showed my students the example, they couldn't wait to create their own. Here is a picture of the ones my students made :)

Thanks for sharing your Veteran's Day project, Kelly! I am definitely going to do this for years to  come!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Accelerated Reader Point Tracker

In the past, I have used a sticker chart to keep track of student AR points, but this year I decided to change it up a bit. I printed out cards with point values in increments of 5 and use clothespins with students names on them to keep track of how many points the students have. The students are very good about reminding me to update it every Friday :) It has been great motivation to keep them all reading!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Anchors Away Monday: Synthesize!

Today I want to share the synthesize anchor chart that I copied off of  Pinterest. I am not very good at coming up with my own anchor charts, but I sure do enjoying copying the ones that I find on Pinterest :) I am seriously so jealous of all of you teachers that are so creative, and I am very grateful for Pinterest for allowing me to recreate these ideas! I took ideas from a bunch of other anchor charts that I saw to create this one, so if any of these are your ideas let me know and I'll give you credit!

I'll be honest, synthesizing is my least favorite reading strategy. It is a hard concept for students to grasp, so I had to refer back to this poster multiple times. We will continue to work on this strategy this week, so if any of you have suggestions of activities to use for synthesizing, I would love to hear them!

Monday, November 3, 2014

No Talking by Andrew Clements Novel Study Flash Freebie!

My class just started our newest novel, No Talking by Andrew Clements. My students enjoy this book every year and always want to try their own no talking contest when we finish the book. They never last long. They quickly realize they all love to talk way too much!
This year I decided to work on my vocab and question sheets and spice them up a little. I finally have it all finished and it is up in my TpT store. Since this is a new product, it will be free for the next hour or so. If you download, I just ask that you leave me some feedback! Let me know if there is anything I should add or change! Click on the picture below to head to my store. 

No Talking Novel Companion Pack