Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mother's Day Acrostic Poem Freebie

Here's a lovely Mother's Day acrostic poem project your students might enjoy. Various pages are included for mom, mommy, mother, and grandmother.
Click HERE to download this fun Mother's Day freebie from my TPT store.

You might also like my Mother's Day mini-book project:

This Mother's Day Card Activity ~ Accordion Fold Mini-Book is available in my TPT store by clicking HERE.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Idea! Share, Share, Switch ~ A Sharing & Feedback Activity

Try a Share, Share, Switch activity with your little authors!

         I did this activity in the computer lab with my second graders' published pieces. They love to show off the color of their borders and clip art since our printers only print in black and white.

         You could easily do the activity in your classroom with paper copies of your students' writing as well.

         Chose a student helper and demonstrate each step of the activity with your own writing example:
  1. Stand up, hand up, pair up and choose a partner.
  2. Decide who wants to share first.
  3. Take your partner to your spot and have them sit in your seat.
  4. Read your writing to your partner. Your partner should be thinking of a       
      compliment and a question while listening.
  5. Listen to your partner's compliment and question.
  6. Thank your partner and answer the question.
  7. Go to your partner's spot, sit down, and repeat.
  8. When done, go to the "switching spot" and switch partners (wait there if no 
      other students are available yet).
  9. Repeat for several rounds.

         Students LOVE to share their work! This activity keeps all students involved at once and gives them many opportunities to share, listen, and respond to comments and questions from their peers. It's sooooo much better than whole group sharing and is a more comfortable situation for students who are nervous presenting in front of a large group. This activity also helps meet Common Core listening and speaking standards.

I hope you enjoyed my Share, Share, Switch Bright Idea!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Freebies! Earth Day & Easter

Are you ready for some fun April freebies?

Earth Day is April 22. This acrostic poem freebie includes literature suggestions, letter brainstorming ideas, and a girl/boy acrostic poem printable page. Click HERE to download from my TPT store.
Also, be sure to check out Tabitha's Earth Day freebie video HERE, featuring my acrostic poem activity.

Easter is April 20. Students will love decorating an Easter egg printable, brainstorming ideas for an Easter egg hunt narrative, and writing their stories on the publishing pages. Click HERE to download.

I hope you enjoy these April freebies!

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