Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Classroom Management FREEBIE!

Do your kiddos have a hard time differentiating between noise/volume levels like mine always do?  It often seems like kiddos only speak in their OUTSIDE voices.  I designed these **free** voice level posters to help students understand the different voices that are used at different times.  I spend A LOT of time teaching voice levels during the first week or two of school.  {I also spend a lot of time REVIEWING these voice levels throughout the year, hehe.}  These posters are an easy way to remind students of your expectations for volume based on what is going on in your classroom.  
 
 
 
 
 
I created similar posters in a BLUE, GREEN, and WHITE design.  You can download those for free HERE:
 
 
 
 
Do you use "secret hand signals" in your classroom?  My kiddos love learning and using my secret hand signals during the first week of school.  It's our special way of communicating.  :)
  
 
I created the same hand signals in a green, blue, and white version as well!  Check it out! 
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guided Reading Question Cards

One of my sweet readers asked me to create question cards for her Guided Reading groups.  I had so much fun creating this product, and I wanted to share it with you here.  

There are questions to ask BEFORE reading, DURING reading, and AFTER reading.  The cards are color coordinated for easy organization.  I also created different cards and questions for fiction and nonfiction texts.  Take a look at a few examples:
Before Reading:
 During Reading:
 After Reading: 
The nonfiction cards are similar in color and design, but the questions vary.
I created the question cards in two sizes (two/page or four/page) so you can decide which is best for your classroom.  I had some leftover straws from my little one's Sip & See Party last month, and I thought they looked darling with these question cards.  You could also use popsicle sticks or craft sticks.  Another idea is to put the question cards on a metal ring.  

I also included editable blank templates so you can add your own questions!   YAY!
If you are not currently doing Guided Reading groups, these question cards would be perfect for whole-group ELA instruction, in your classroom library, or for use with Daily 5!  

Leave a comment and your e-mail below and let me know what you think...Two lucky readers will WIN this product.  WooHoo!
Last but not least, I wanted to share a recent picture of my little one...It's hard to believe but Mr. Reed is already 3 months old.  He's sleeping through the night, smiling, and rolling over....PROUD MAMA!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Back to School Printables

Hey friends!  Good news to share...I've updated one of my best selling products: "Essentials for the 1st Week of School."  I've added even more great printables for your students to work on during that CRAZY first week of school.  These activities require no prep time (other than making the copies!) and are simple and kid-friendly.  Take a look at some of the goodies that are included:
 
 
 
**Mini Highlighters were 39 cents at Walgreens!**
Hope you are enjoying your summer and having fun preparing for Back to School!  

Monday, July 1, 2013

Currently July

Summer is in full swing here in Texas, and it is HOT, HOT, HOT!  We're having a bit of a cold front, and I'm in heaven.  The low tonight is actually 65.  LOVE IT!!!
My baby boy is 10 weeks old today!  It's going so fast, but I'm loving every minute at home with him.  
Here are two recent pics of my big guy!  #ProudMama

I'm working hard to finish my Back to School printables pack, as well as some other fresh ideas for the fall!  Promise to send an update as soon as it's done.
Happy July!  

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