Saturday, July 2, 2016

Schools Out Blog Blowout

School's Out Blog Blowout

July 2, 2016 -July 8, 2016

Hi Everyone, I have teamed up with some awesome teacher authors for "School's Out Blog Blowout." We have many wonderful and exciting things planned for you this week! During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to preview some awesome book reviews, download some limited time freebies, and enter a giveaway for a chance to win a $100 TpT gift card. Yes, you read that right! A $100 TpT
gift card!  I so glad you are here so let's get this blog hop started!

I absolutely love reading over the summer! Like all of us, I get so busy during the school year that I don't always have the time to dive into and read all of the books of my book list. Well, its summer and I am going to read, read, read! The first book on my list is 50 Literacy Strategies Step by Step by Gail E. Tomkins. Tomkins'  book is full of many quick and easy reading strategies that can be used across the curriculum. Here are just a few of my favorite strategies and be sure to enjoy these limited time freebies:

 Anticipation Guides

Anticipation guides are a great resource to use to determine and activate your students' prior knowledge.
Before Reading: Students response to statements/questions about a nonfiction text or a content text.
During Reading: Students can check statements that are correct and make notes about statements that are incorrect.
After Reading: Students reflect on their reading and then response to the same statements/questions.

Click on the picture to download the limited time free editable anticipation guide template.

KWL Charts-- 

What We Know, What We Wonder, What We Learned

KWL charts are an excellent way to activate students' prior knowledge, as well as, allow teachers to scaffold their instruction. Students learn how to ask questions about the content in which they are reading and how to organize their thoughts. 
Click on the picture to download the limited time free KWL Chart packet.

3. Open-Mind Portraits

The Open-Mind Portraits are my absolute favorite! Here students have the opportunity to dig deeper into a character's view point, events from the story, and so, so, much more! The directions suggest that this strategy is used for fiction, however, I really think you could use it with important people you are learning about too. To complete an Open-Mind Portrait students draw two outlines of the character's head. On the first outline, students color it to make it look like the character's face. Then on the second outline, students create a web with words or phrases that describe the character. Students could also, describe how the character was at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Click on the picture to download the limited time free Open-Mind Portrait Template

Remember these are limited time freebies. So be sure to grab them this week! July 2, 2016 -July 6, 2016

Summer Bucket List

1. Relax – Yes, I know this probably show my age, but I really think that summertime needs to be a time of relaxation and renewal.  I love this quote, because it is so true.

2.  Spend as much quality time with, Sarah, my daughter. She is 18 months old and full of life and energy. I love watching her getting excited about hearing the book Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow. However, I must admit the best part is watching her "read" the book saying "No Monkeys Jump on the BED!" It warms my heart witnessing her love for reading beginning to grow at such a young age.

3.  Paint, Paint, Paint-- I love to paint: crafts, pictures, furniture, and so much more! I find painting such a relaxing activity. It's as if time stands still and there are no worries in the world. This summer I want to paint Sarah a chalkboard patio table.

4. Photography -- Another hobby I have is taking photographs.Capturing that special moment(s) in time and creating a visual timeline to enjoy day after day is truly a pleasure. Hopefully, this summer I will be able to fit in an online photograph class and learn more tricks of the photography trade. 

5. WOW! I don't think I can think of anything else. When I complete these top four summer bucket list items I will be one happy lady!

Giveaway Time-

School's Out Blog Blowout  

Wishing Each of You a Restful and Relaxing Summer!

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