Saturday, June 22, 2013

How Can Parents Help Their Children Read?

Here is a great poster from Resources for Teachers

You can also find a printable PDF version and a version for primary students on their website: Resources for Teachers.


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

A big HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the dad's out there!

Have a great one!  :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ideas for the Classroom: Class Timeline

I found this fun idea from Science Notebooking:

It's a class timeline and I think it is a great way to show off what is happening in your classroom each month.  Plus, (to tie in some literacy) I can envision creating writing prompts and activities based off of the timeline:
  • Look back over September on the timeline.  Write about your favorite memory from that month.
  • Look over February.  Create a story based on one of the pictures.
  • Look over the whole timeline. Describe an activity, learning opportunity, or memory from class is missing from timeline.

How else could you use the timeline?

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Resource Round-Up: June 11, 2013

Critical thinking skills are key for students to succeed not only in school, but in life as well.

So today we have three resources related to critical thinking:

1) A fun cartoon to get things started:

2) Top Jobs for Critical Thinking: This can help teachers explain that all important "why are we doing this" question

3) Bloom's Taxonomy & Critical Thinking Skills: This provides a good foundation for building questions that will help spark more complex critical thinking as you move down the graphic


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Resource Round-Up: June 4, 2013

Father's Day is soon approaching.  Need a cute craft for your students or for your own kids?

These websites should give you a few ideas:

1. 30 Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make - 30 ideas to spark your creativity

2. Golf Club Protectors - Cute & made from socks - I like the argyle!

3. Father's Day Gift Bag - Make any gift even more special by making these really cute gift bags

I might have to make some of these gift bags for any present I give to a male friend/relative!


Updated "About Me" & New Look Coming

Hello!  I hope you are having a great end of year/beginning of summer depending on your schedule. 

Updates to my blog and TPT store are on their way.  You may already notice some changes.  Over the next few weeks you'll begin seeing a new look on the blog and a few updated sections.

One recent change is the updated "About iHeartLiteracy" section.  Take a gander at it if you're interested.

More changes are on their way!

Monday, June 3, 2013

TPT: Common Core Reading Assessments - 2nd Grade

My new Common Core Reading Assessments - 2nd Grade is now available!

There are 20 unique reading assessments to help track student's growth across the Common Core Reading: Literature standards.

The packet includes:
1) Terms of Use
2) General Suggestions
3) Common Core Standards
4) Note on Related Texts
5) Note on Passage Reading Levels
6) Reproducible Recording Sheets
7) 20 Unique Reading Assessment Passages

All Reading: Literature standards are covered in each passage's comprehension check.

For more information, check the pack out here: Common Core Reading Assessments - 2nd Grade

*Remember that all new products are 50% off for the first 48 hours!

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