Christmas in the Classroom Giveaway!

One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the new year.  Between working hard to make magical memories with are littlest learners and making merry with family, we often overlook our own desires. 

The holiday season is about all about giving, and I can't think of a better bunch of people to spread the holiday spirit of giving to than teachers. You are all so deserving! So this year, a group of bloggers are getting together to give teachers the chance to win what they really want for Christmas!


This one is HUGE, and, yes, it really is a Laser Printer.

In fact, you could win the exact HP Laser Printer shown above. It literally prints 1000s of pages before it ever runs out of ink. This is an AMAZING item for any teacher to win.
But that's not all. Because we want to spread the teacher love of the holidays to as many people as we can, each of my blogger friends will be giving away a favorite school supply item on their own blog in addition to the Grand Prize Laser Printer.
I'm giving away a Visual Rubric Pocket Chart.  I use this chart to assist students in their daily writing with expectations clearly defined in a mini lesson.  Link here to see how this pocket chart is used. 

I don't want much for Christmas, I just want the person reading this to be happy, healthy, and loved!  Wishing you snowflakes, friendship, and winter wishes!  Good luck...
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Now head over to the other participating bloggers below for more chances to win great Christmas in the Classroom items. You won’t want to miss any of these amazing giveaway items. So hurry, giveaway ends midnight December 12th. 

Resource Round-up

Just popped in to share some fun finds that I put to use already!  I couldn't be more excited about the collection of goodies...

Small groups have forever been changed with Teeny Tiny Teacher's Reader's Theater!  Having all three packets allows for me to differentiate the groups with appropriate leveled passages.  My favorite thing about this product is the rebus formatting for the kinder and emergent passages to provide the necessary support!  Link here, here, and here to check out each of the packets!

I've been using A Differentiated Kindergarten's Word Work Bundle for short vowel word families.  It's just about the most amazing hands-on activities.  The options, visual support and the vivid images are over the top!  I couldn't resist scooping up her long vowel and digraph bundles!  You can check her files here and here.
I've been pinning handprint ideas for several years and have always wanted to give handprint calendars a try.  What I love about this product is the step by step instructions on how to paint the hands with visual steps to guide you along.  I'm having some high school volunteers help prep the kid's hands for paint.  Please take a peek at this product from Little Warriors here.
Another purchase that I adore is Susan's Phonics Poems.  I pulled intervention groups this morning and put this file to good use already.  I've used phonics poems in the past but these are engaging.  Her poems begin with short vowels and guide students through long vowels before ending with digraphs!  One of my darlings said with pure excitement,  "Now I have more poetry that I can record in my response folder!"  Melts my heart.  Link over and check out Thank God It's First Grade's file here.
Finally, I purchased The Bubbly Blonde's Me on the Map. Alisha did a phenomenal job with the flip flap book!  She creatively used the bright papers and worked tremendously hard to ensure those purchasing would have the necessary pieces, for their state, to mark on the map.  Please check out her product here.
Did you find a file in the TpT sale that you'd like to share?  Please link the product in the comments.  I'd love to check it out!

The Gingerbread Man (Book Companion Freebie)

It's official, I'm enchanted with the holiday season.  I can't resist all the catalogs.  With each turn of the page, I find something a little more enchanting. 
As I plan a gingerbread day, I decided to create a small unit to use for our learning. My planning became a way of channeling my excitement for the holidays. 
Thank you for all my loyal followers and those I've recently acquired.  I enjoy reading your comments and seeing your feedback.  As a thank you, I want to share my book companion!
Click graphic above to access the freebie.  Click graphic below to display The Gingerbread Man.

Have a bliss filled holiday season!

Snowmen at Night, at Work, at Christams, and All Year {Book Companion}

The best part about creating book companions has been pulling out all the treasured tales I use to teach my kids skills and concept while taking a deeper peek at the text.

The next book companion features all books from the snowmen series...

I'm going to share how I plan to use this unit.
Begin building background knowledge with the topic of snow.  Record information gathered in a KWL.  An alternative is to discuss snowmen with a Have, Can, Are chart.  Throughout the week, keep track of details from each story with a matrix.  The matrix will be a large component of learning on Thursday and Friday.

Building vocabulary background each day will assist your language learners.  The format remains the same for each book: vocabulary poster, student journal, and interactive page to save on copies.  An additional blank card is available and made editable.  I decided the book Snowmen All Year didn't have the depth of vocabulary and opted to review the matrix by Friday.

Reread the story to assist in reviewing interactive skills pages. Included are essential questions, flip flaps for note taking, and a student page for informal assessment. Each of the above options are provided for rhyming and compound words.

You'll find engaging comprehension response sheets for compare/contrast, story maps, plot, adjectives, making connections and a response to literature.


Develop writing through the week with a fun published paper with a craftivity.  Provided are poster images for a shared writing.  Depending on their background knowledge, I've provided images to create a functional story on How-to Build a Snowman and How-to Decorate a Snowman.
If time provides or the following lesson, allow time for kids to work with graphic organizer. Optional writing pages for published stories or elaborating on the graphic organizer is found at the end of the packet. 
Follow up writing with a fun craft.  Allow students to select a setting.  A template on how to color the backgrounds is provided.  Students will color setting, assemble and attach their snowman. 

You can link to my store by clicking the first and last image.  The cover and preview have links embedded too!