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Friday Journals--kids write a note on Friday to their parents telling what they learned that week. The parents write a short response back to their child, and the child brings the notebook back Monday. Each parent response earns a sticker for the cover. Love it--a great way to practice letter writing, and to get parents involved. Helps the children ingrain what has been taught into their memory too.

Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday...

Ok, I actually hate that song but it popped into my head when I started thinking about this post and wa-la! I have a title. Friday is my favorite day of the week! Why? Well, there's the obvious - it's the end of the week, but I do my favorite activities on Friday. Read on to find out! 1. Friday Journals During Writer's Workshop, my students write in their Friday Journals. We start by brainstorming what we learned during the week. The students then write a letter to their parents (or other…

Help your students self-edit their sentences.

Smiley Sentences Poster

Help your students self-edit their writing with this visual reminder! This poster is a part of my Smiley Sentences Rubric Pack...

2nd graders wrote about a time they got hurt (we called them Ouch Stories). We used bandaids as artwork when they published their stories.

2nd graders wrote about a time they got hurt (we called them Ouch Stories). We used bandaids as artwork when they published their stories.

Creating a classroom culture around literacy. This site has some great DIY author's chair examples.

Author's Chair ~ Share Chair

Many years ago, I spent a lot of time making an author's chair. If you aren't sure what an author's chair is, it is "just" (Not really "jus...

It's the Handwriting Fairy! - Reinforce good handwriting by letting them write with fancy pencils.

It's the Handwriting Fairy!

I begin handwriting with a very special pencil! It is quite a big deal. I wait until October before formally introducing the pencil. I tell the children that this is a special pencil that has a special way to hold it - the tripod grip! I teach the proper pencil grip. I do use a triangular pencil that helps the children succeed. If they are using the proper grip - I put a 'sprinkle' of fairy dust on their hand! Here's what I use to make the pencil: I purchased a glitter glue that I painted on…

Writer's Workshop signs

Owl Writing Process Pack

I have a confession...My name is Marisa and I'm jumping onto the Owl Bandwagon!! (thanks Misty! ) I resisted as long as I could. Although this isn't the first owl themed pack that I've added to my TPT store, this is the first that I've actually been motivated to make for my own classroom and I LOVE it. For the past few years I've used magnetic writing process signs on my white board and students have moved a clipart pencil with their name on it to show which step of the process they were…

Here's a neat way to display writing about weather.

April Classroom Pics: Weather Activities

"Creative Teaching With A Technology Twist!" A teaching blog with an emphasis on technology integration.

Writing extension idea for Kevin Henkes author study, original stories about a character

Accept No Limits--Imagine the Possibilities -- Expect the Unexpected

The Mall-ard's blog provides a window into our Kindergarten classroom. You are welcome to take a peek into our daily activities and share in the lives of our Kindergarten students.

Tho Thick

Tho Thick - A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Oh, I’m thick. Thuper thick. If you’re not a regular on this ole here blog, that translates to “Oh, I’m sick. Super sick.” It’s because I was bragging the other day about how I no longer get sick and that I do not have a weak constitution (my sister, Lisa, would rather I say “immune …

Love this visual writing rubric for first grade!!

A Look into Writer's Workshop

Here's a look into our Writer's Workshop... At the beginning of the year we looked at different forms of writing and why writer's write. I showed examples of writing I've completed but also used kid's work. I found this cute poster at The First Grade Parade and had to make one! We've spent time going over expectations and what our workshop will look like. Students learned where to find materials and what to do when they think they're done. They have worked on adding to their pictures, adding…