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Do you want to know more about phonological awareness? Did you ever think you knew a lot about a topic only to find out you barely knew anything at all? That’s how I felt about phonological awareness until I read the book Equipped for Reading Success by Dr. David Kilpatrick. Here are some of my top takeaways!

Do you have an Erin Condren Teacher  Planner?  Check out this post and get some freebies so that you can personalize it even more!  Even if you don't have an Erin Condren Teacher Planner YET - there may be something you can use in your current planner!

I made my own planner each year since I started teaching.  But this year, I finally took the plunge and got an Erin Condren Teacher Planner and there is no turning back!  I have come across some fun hacks and want to share some great freebies to help you personalize your EC Teacher Planner!

Last month I attended the always amazing #tptflock16.  I was lucky enough to win my very own Erin Condren teacher planner that came with some great accessories thanks to Mikey D.  Here is the amazingness that was included:

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 I can’t wait to use it next year!  But now let’s talk about my current planner and some freebies for you! I am a reading teacher so not all sections seemed applicable to me - hence the need for personalization!

Monthly Plan

First off we have the plan your months.  I don’t necessarily have curriculum to map out so I used it to help map out yearbook tasks for the year. (unnecessary side note: I ended up procrastinating to the yearbook until the bitter end and not breaking it up by months)

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 Attendance Log

I also do not have a need for an attendance log and I can't remember a password to save my life so I turned this page into a list of all of my passwords and usernames!  I have included 4 different versions for you!

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Time Slots

This is perhaps the most life changing freebie I have ever come across - editable schedule headers for the top of each weekly spread!  I simply type my times and print it out on a full sheet label!  I have more groups than time slots, but I can fit two group times can easily fit into one slot.  Thank you to Stephanie from Third Grade Thoughts for this brilliant idea!

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Washi Tape Dividers

This is another great idea from Third Grade Thoughts!  She uses washi tape on the side of the page to section off trimesters.  I change my washi colors by major schedule/group changes.  Washi tape is so much fun so use it in whatever way that  works for you!

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So You Need to Remove a Sticker

This happens to me every….time! I thought that I was carefully applying my monthly stickers, and of course I was not!  So rather that rip up the sticker ruining both it and the page I used Undo!  I first learned about it in my previous life as a scrapbooker.  It works like a charm and never rips the paper!

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Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I always love joining my Reading Crew friends to share some great resources and mentor texts!  Be on the lookout for my mystery word which will be in blue!

Book Summary

The title of the book is a very accurate summary!  The award winning book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla is based on the real life events of  Ivan the Gorilla who was taken from the wild and brought to a mall in Washington State where he spent most of his life.


Lesson Intro

There were a few topics that were important to go over before we could dive into the text.


Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.
First we talked about main idea.  It can be a tricky topic to teach but this anchor chart provides a great visual to help students understand.  (I have included a template that can be used for your anchor chart.You can just project it and trace it)

Next, we went to the website PebbleGo and read about Gorillas.  There was a lot of great information and it helped set the stage for students to read the book about Ivan.

When we looked at the cover, we also had to take a moment to discuss that even though the book had illustrations, it was a true story about a Gorilla. It was also an odd concept for students (and myself) to understand that at one time there was a shopping mall that had a wild animal living in it.

How to Use this Resource

There are a variety of ways this resource can be used, depending on the grade that you use it with.  I used this particular chart with primary students.  After I read the book, we brainstormed some big ideas/main ideas about Ivan.  One student said that Ivan was not like other gorillas, and we went with that!

Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

We pulled up the digital version and got to work.  We brainstormed some supporting details on the chart.  Then students independently filled in their own supporting details using a paper/pencil chart.

Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

Extension Activities 

In this video, the author, Katherine Applegate, talks to Ivan’s zookeeper, Jody Carrigan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwbbu4uDaKs

This is the publisher's website that includes an incredible book trailer and a video from the author.
http://hmhbooks.com/ivan/

If you do not have a PebbleGo subscription, this National Geographic Kids link is a good source of information about Gorillas. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mountain-gorilla/#mountain-gorilla-closeup-eating.jpg

The author also wrote The One and Only Ivan, a chapter book that is a fictional story inspired by the real life of Ivan the Gorilla. This book was the inspiration for the non-fiction picture book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla geared toward a younger audience.

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It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!


It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! I see small groups throughout the day, and punch cards are a huge hit with kindergartners - all the way up through fifth graders!

My students get a punch each day if they: 1 - tried their best 2 - followed directions.  Thankfully there are very few occasions where someone doesn’t get a punch!  Punch cards can also be used in a large group, as well.

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!


Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate punch cards into your day:

Good Behavior

Students can get a punch for something as general as following the rules, or for a more specific target behavior like keeping your hands to yourself or using kind words.

Task Completion

Have you ever had a student just stare into space during independent work time?  Having them punch a card once their work is complete can be very motivating!  It can encourage them to complete tasks independently with minimal teacher reminders.

Reading X number of books/chapters

Punch cards can be used to help increase student stamina while reading, or encourage them to read more at home or independently.  Depending on their age, students can punch their card after reading a book or a chapter.

Turning in Homework

An added bonus to bringing back your homework could be punching a punch card!

Acts of Kindness

Acts of kindness always make a classroom a better place!  You can encourage these kind words or actions by offering a punch every time you witness an act of kindness.  It can be by individual student, or the whole class can work off of one punch card.

My cards is full - now what?

There are really endless possibilities!

  • Some students are happy just to bring their completed punch card home and get another!  
  • One of my teammates has a prize box for students to choose from when they have completed their card.  
  • I have a box of reward cards that students can choose from.  

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!
Some examples are: Think Ink (using a pen for the day), Teacher Helper, Stinky Feet (taking their shoes off during our group), Teacher Chair (sitting in an extra teacher chair), Instagram Photographer (taking pictures during our group and I will post one that night)

The great news is that punch cards and the goal you are working toward can be individualized by student so you can determine how many punches they need for your determined reward!

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!

How do you manage punch cards?

I personally have a bin that students pick out of.  They are organized by theme and the kids have gotten to the point where they know the routine and go grab another card once they have filled theirs!

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!

Each grade level keeps their punch cards in a specific library pocket!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope that you were able to find a use for punch cards in your classroom!  If you are looking for punch cards check out some of the choices below!  The GoNoodle punch cards are a FREEBIE!  Click on the picture to check them out!

 



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Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

Instagram continues to inspire me in so many ways!  I love looking at what teachers are doing and seeing neat tips and tricks! Here are some of my favorite posts from February! 


Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

The Dollar Tree never ceases to amaze me!  Here is a sweet sign that I found over the summer, but they still add new ones throughout the year. Kids are so excited when I whip these out while they are working.  I may or may not put these up next to my own computer when I am working hard too!

Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

I love Word Clouds - especially when they can be shaped into a dog!  I wrote a blog post about how I use these Word Clouds to teach character traits.  There are also some freebies included in this post!  Click here to check it out!

Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

I was lucky enough to go to a hybrid conference on RtI at Work and it was A M A Z I N G!  This was a great quote that we heard!

Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

This still makes me giggle every time I see it!  I swear this is an accurate depiction of my children every...single...morning.  It can also sum up some kids a school as well!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Instagram Inspiration for the month! 

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Have you ever asked a student to describe a character and they answer: nice - or start making a list of their eye color, hair color, etc.?  Click here to get some free resources and tips that you can use to help students start to dig deeper!

Have you ever asked a student to describe a character and they answer: nice?  Or start making a list of their eye color, hair color, etc.?  Click on the picture above to head on over to Adventures in Literacy Land to check out some tips and free resources to help students start to dig deeper!

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