Monday, March 12, 2012

Monster Writing

 Some of my best ideas are not really planned at all, they just kind of come when inspiration strikes.  I will admit that I'm not the best planner- I could be a tad better.  That's what happened today during our visit to story time.  Our school is reading and voting on the California Young Reader books. Our firsties get to go to the library every Monday and hear another one of the nominees read by our librarian.  After they have listened to all of the books, they will get to vote for the book they liked the best.  They love to hear the results to see if our school picked the book that was chosen state-wide.  Today's book was just too cute and the kids L-O-V-E-D it!  It's called I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.

It is loaded with great adjectives, which is something we've been working on a lot in writing.  I thouht it would be really cute to have them make their own monster with construction paper and lots of googly eyes of course and then have them write about it.  I'm imagining all the great things they'll come up with for their monsters.  I made the writing paper for their story and will try to post pics of their crazy creatures when they're done.  Click here to get a copy of the writing page. I really need to find out how to embed the link to the image :(

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Little Break

Hello Blogging Friends,
It's been a while since I've posted.  Life just kind of got in the way, as did Pinterest.  I've been so caught up in finding all the cool stuff that everyone else has been up to, that I have neglected my own blog.  In the time that I've been away, I've mostly been creating a lot of resources for my SmartBoard.  Our school used to only have 3 at our site and now, through fundraising efforts of our Parent Teacher Club (which I serve as the treasurer for) we have been able to purchase 6 more this school year.  Did you know that you can use Scholastic dollars from your Book Fair to purchase SmartBoards?  We purchased 2 of the 6 through this option. 

Anyhow, I will be posting many of the lessons that I have created through my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  All of my materials that I have posted there are FREE!  You heard it right- download whatever you want and feel free to "tweak it" however needed to suit your classroom needs.  There are tons of resources out there and I'm a firm believer in not recreating the wheel if you don't have to, but sometimes you just can't find exactly what you're looking for.  This is why I create so many of my own resources.  The one I'm posting today is for "possessive 's". 
It's a lesson we used a little earlier in the year, but the kids enjoyed it and you can always add it to your files for next year, right? 
Have a great week!