Friday, October 30, 2015

Anchor Charts - Text Features

Anchor Charts for Text Features #anchorchart #ela #reading #textfeatures #freebie

Here are a few great anchor charts on Nonfiction and Text Features from around the web:

Fiction vs Nonfiction Anchor Chart - iHeartLiteracy
From Stories by Storie

Nonfiction Text Features Anchor Chart - iHeartLiteracy
From Second Grade Style

Nonfiction Text Features Anchor Chart - iHeartLiteracy
From Karen Teaches

Do you have a favorite Text Feature anchor chart?  If so, share a link to it below in the comments section.

If you're working on Nonfiction Text Features in class, check out this freebie:

Nonfiction Text Features Freebie - iHeartLiteracy
Nonfiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to the Trick or Treat Blog Hop!

This blog hop will run from October 24th - October 31st.  Each blogger will share a classroom tip (a trick) and  have a freebie and a giveaway (a treat!).  So after checking out this post, be sure to click the button to "hop" to the next blogger for more tricks and treats!   

One of the best "tricks" I have for hooking elementary students who are tuned out or just not interested in an activity is to bring in my Word Monster

"A what?" you might be asking. 

A Word Monster!  Much like the Cookie Monster loves cookies, this friendly little guy LOVES words, letters, and everything reading and writing related.  

Word Monster - A fun way to engage students when learning about leters, sounds, literacy, and more!  from iHeartLiteracy

Don't tell my students, but Word Monster is actually just a small cardboard box (probably from Amazon) covered in blue paper, stamped with vowels, and has taped on googly eyes and teeth. 

Even with those humble orgins, Word Monster has taken on a life of his own.  If students are struggling to focus, Word Monster might come over to watch them work.  He's also up for listening to any story, especially when a student needs a reading buddy.  Plus, he will eat anything with writing on it, but he has one rule: you must read him the letter/word/sentence/short passage before you feed it to him.

Word Monster is a great motivator, especially for those students who don't love reading and writing.  You can easily make your own Word Monster, or if you're brave, you could have your students each make their own monster! 

If you or your class make a monster, I would love to see them!  You can e-mail me pictures at:

And for one of the best parts of Halloween: the treats!

Halloween Rhyming Words
FREE during this Blog Hop only!

Halloween Rhyming Words Cut & Paste (which comes with three different levels to easily differentiate instruction) will be FREE for this blog hop.  Grab it between October 24th and October 31st 2015 and have some rhyming fun with your students.   

Halloween Rhyming Words
Halloween Rhyming Words

Along with this Halloween flash freebie, I'm holding a giveaway for the Community Helpers Activties and Centers pack (great any time of the year).  Enter below for your chance to win!

Community Helpers Activities & Centers Pack!

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Don't forget to hop over to the next blog:
Hop to the next blog!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Anchor Chart - Punctuation and Types of Sentences

Anchor Charts for Punctuation and Types of Sentences #anchorchart #ela #reading #punctuation #types of sentences #freebie

Here are a few great anchor charts on Punctuation and Types of Sentences from around the web:

Image Only - Do you know the original source? Let me know!

From Lessons with Laughter

From Life in Fifth Grade

From The Adventures of an Air Force Family

From First Grade Fairytales 

From Simply Sweet Teaching

From Crafting Connections

Do you have a favorite Punctuation and/or Types of Sentences anchor chart?  If so, share a link to it below in the comments section.

Do your students need help with reading punctuation correctly?  Try these FREE Punctuation Fluency Strips that are great for K-3 students!

FREE Punctuation Fluency Strips let students easily practice how to read punctuation like periods, question marks, and exclamation points. #punctuation #freebie #readingfluency

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