Monday, August 10, 2015

Books Bloggers Love: September Edition!

Hey all! The talented ladies above and I are back again this month for Books Bloggers Love! This is where we share one our favorite books with you in preparation for the upcoming month (September)... It'll be here before we know it! We also give away FOUR books!!
You can read last months post here.

I am so excited this month to be sharing a book with you that I have recently become obsessed with! 

The book I wanted to share with you today is called, "Bad Apple - A Tale of Friendship" by: Edward Hemingway. This book is perfect for back to school time -or- our ever so favorite apple week!

This book is about an apple who stays firm in his friendship with his worm friend, Will. He was getting bullied by some other apples because apples aren't supposed to like worms. He got called, 'rotton' and 'a bad apple' because of his new worm friend, Will. After all of the bullying, Will left him so he wouldn't get bullied anymore. But, Mac, the apple felt lonely without him. So, he decided he would rather be a bad apple than a sad apple without his worm friend Will!

This book sends such a great message to students about friendship and bullying.

This year, I will be using this book for a week long whole group literacy unit.

We will not only be focusing on the moral of the story, but also other important story elements! 

When teaching my whole group literacy units, I love to use anchor charts during my mini-lessons. After my mini-lessons we complete a quick graphic organizer that is quick and to the point!

I'll be using in with our apple week activities while also hitting on the importance of being a good friend. It'll be a great time to bring that message around again after all of the back to school madness!

Feel free to grab this little moral of the story freebie anchor chart by clicking the picture below!
You can also read more about this unit here.

If you are interested in the entire unit, click here!

If you want to win THIS BOOK along with three other books being blogged about, then enter the rafflecopter below! Then, go check out Jen, Meredith and Emily's books!

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Also, be sure to hop around and read other AMAZING posts about some great books to use in September!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Editable Station Checklists!

I'm so excited to finally share my station checklists with you! Last year, I tried out all different versions. Thankfully, the kids stuck with me! I love that kids are resilient! I combined my favorites into an editable pack to share. 

There are four different checklist options available! 
See below for the explanations!

Remember: All text on these checklists are editable. 
So, if you want to change one to math, or call your reading stations something else, you can!

The four choices include:

The Daily 5 Tracker

This can be changed to any time of literacy or math station tracker. It keeps track of where the students go each day. It also has space provided for students to write their words for the week!

My Daily Stations
(AKA-The Reading Choice Board)

This is the one I used quite a bit in third grade.
Just has a new name now! :-)

This one has options! This one is perfect if you don't have to visit 5 stations a day. I've created checklists that have slots for 2-5 station visits a day. Their is also space for you to determine how frequently students visit each station throughout the week.

The Daily 5 (reading stations) Checklist

This is just a simple checklist. Students check off the stations they visited that day. Don't forget, if you don't do Daily 5, you can change the station names!

Picture Checklist

This checklist includes pictures!! Students color in the picture of the station they visited that day. Unfortunately, this one could not be editable due to copyright. I did provide you with two options.

As a little present for you, I also included little posters!

I hope you can find these useful this year!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Shop till YOU Drop!

Today and tomorrow are the big Back to School Sale days! 
I've been waiting allllll summer to buy a few goodies!

Here are a few goodies you might want to think about grabbing from my little TPT shop to get yourself ready for a rocking school year!!

If you're teaching first grade this year, then you'll definitely want to purchase this little bundle! It has everything you need to get back into the swing of things!

This bundle includes:


I've always had trouble managing who knows which sight words, and how they know which ones they need to practice....So, I created a little system to keep me organized and to keep my students motivated with fun incentives!


Another favorite packet of mine to keep myself organized are these Editable Name Cards. I use these to label book bins, assign students to their guided reading groups and organize math groups!


Also, be sure to stock up on my Interactive Math Journals! They are at an insane price today!!


Also, don't forget to check out my seasonal math and literacy stations!

Happy Shopping!! I hope you save lots of money today!!! :)