Category: Writing

Organizing reading and writing conferences

Organizing for Reading and Writing Conferences

So, let me start by saying that I am NOT the most organized person on the planet. That being said, this is what works for someone who is organizationally challenged! Let me help you to get organized for Reading and Writing Conferences!     This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase (with no extra cost to you). For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link!  I do reading and or writing conferences almost every day! I usually start with small

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Reading Conference Forms Writing Conference Forms

Conferring with your students for reading and writing just got a little easier!

Looking for a quick way to help manage your Reading and Writing Conferences with your students?   Look no further! I will admit, I LOVE doing individual conferences with my kiddos for reading and writing! I will also admit, that sometimes I am at a loss for what to say, or what to teach next. I needed a way to help me focus!       So, I created these Reading/ Writing Conference Labels, Forms, and Rubrics. They help keep me focused on what I am looking for, plus give me space to take a note or two. When I sit down

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Fun Word Work Idea

Fun Word Work Idea!

Ah, sight words.  They need to be taught, and retaught, then taught again.  It is so well worth the time when your kiddos are reading fluently, but not much fun to teach all the time.  I have a fun word work idea to share about something new I started in my classroom the other day. So far, so good! Fun Word Work Idea! So, this year we decided to forgo weekly spelling tests and focus more on Word Work.  We have five sight words a week, then focus on a chunk or chunks of those words for word work for

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writing a description with beanie babies

Writing a Description with Beanie Babies

I really enjoy teaching writing a description to my second graders! I make it highly engaging with Secret Snacks, Beanie babies, and technology!   As a team, we start with each class choosing a “mystery” snack.  I do a whole mini-lesson about using our senses to write a description.  Then, they get their paper with the graphic organizer, a snack, and go back to their seats to write.  Of course, they also get to eat their snack!  The next step is to come back together to write a detailed description of the snack that we shared.  After we have our description written, we then

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Monster Menu! Halloween Writing Project Idea!

Monster Menu: Halloween Writing Project

Free Halloween Writing Project Hello!  Did you come here looking for a Fun October Poem and Writing Activity?     Maybe you just came looking for a great Halloween Writing Freebie?Either way, you are in luck!   Things didn’t quite work out the way I planned on Friday, so we decided to make Monster Menus! Each year about this time we read a poem called If a Giant Monster.  I am not sure who wrote the poem, but it is about inviting monsters in to have something to eat.  Of course, this lead to a discussion about what Monsters eat.  It got a little

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Monster Menu! Halloween writing project with a freebie!

Things didn’t quite work out the way I planned on Friday, so we decided to make Monster Menus! Each year about this time we read a poem called If a Giant Monster.  I am not sure who wrote the poem, but it is about inviting monsters in to have something to eat.  Of course, this lead to a discussion about what Monsters eat.  It got a little grisly, but we had some good giggles. We also talked about what monsters might pay with if they had “monster money”.  Here is a picture of our brainstorming session: I was love doing

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Mini Lessons for Writing : Ideas!

3 Fun Mini Lessons for Writing Workshop Ideas

  his post has some mini lessons for writing workshop about finding ideas of things to write about! I have been working really hard this year to try to do my mini-lessons in a sequence that makes sense.  It makes sense to me at least! Of course, I started with building stamina for Writer’s Workshop.  If you are interested in seeing our daily routine check out the post HERE. Now that we are into the routine, we get down to the nitty-gritty! T Mini Lessons for Writing Workshop: Brainstorming Ideas! We decided as a class that having a good Idea

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Classroom Snapshot! Writing Part 1: Our Writing Workshop Routine.

Thank you to Creative Clips and The Enlightened Elephant for the clipart and Kimberly Gerswin for the font for my button. Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I am starting my little series on the kinds of things that I do in my classroom.  I thought that I would start with my favorite part of the day: Writer’s Workshop! I have been using some sort of Writer’s Workshop in my classroom ever since I started teaching (a while ago). This is what is working for me now.  Of course, I am still tweaking and each year it changes

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Phew! Updating is hard work…

Hello all!  I have been working all day on updating a few of my “older” products.  I have learned so much since I started on TpT, so I am working on doing some updating!  This is actually one of my best sellers and one of the things that I use the most in class!  I added quite a few new pages, and now I have horizontal and vertical orientations to all of the pages!  I also added several new line styles!  This bad boy went from 14 pages to 36!  Phew! My December “I’m Done!” Menu pack is updated just

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Publishing student writing (classroom style!)

I wrote a post a short time back about publishing my student’s writing in my classroom (you can find that post here).  I have always tried to do some sort of publishing in one fashion or another, but I have been working on it really hard this year.  It is such a motivator for the kiddos.  They are willing to put in the work because it is so cool to “publish” your book, read it in front of the class, and add it to our classroom library!  They really get a kick out of watching me bind their books with

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Coffee House Poetry!

Program I have mentioned in several of my previous blog posts about Coffee House Poetry and a few people asked me to tell them more!  So, here we go!  We did our Coffee House Poetry Celebration today and it was a hit!  I have to say that this in not an original idea it comes from Debbie Miller’s wonderful book Reading with Meaning.  (She has since come out with a second edition that I haven’t read yet, but it is on my wishlist!)  As soon as we get back from Christmas vacation, we start our poetry writing unit.  This is

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Classroom Publishing…and a freebie!

Hey everyone!  It’s been a little while, but it has been crazy busy around here.  Who isn’t now a days right?  Anywho, I wanted to blog about a subject near and dear to my heart today.  Classroom publishing!  Do you “Publish” your kiddos writing?  It is a huge motivator in my room.  The kiddos love to see their finished writing all pretty and put together.  It is a process though, it does take a lot of work.    Up until recently I have had to use our school binding machine.  But I won a binding machine of my own and

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