Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sharing Sunday November 15

There is a decided chill in the air. Even down here in the south. Winter is coming. What better time to snuggle up in your jammies with a hot chocolate and a good book. NO need to worry about those pesky lesson plans to take you away from your happy place.

The folks over at the Primary Peach are putting your plans together for you!


*Click on the image below to get to the file where you can click each link.

 I know the typical spooky time of October is almost over, but I love this time of year. I try to extend as long as I can so I use this Monster Pack to enhance conversations and deep discussions with my students. Our school is big on text dependent questions and this pack takes five great spooky tales and helps students dig deeper and respond to each other.

Hope you enjoy!


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

I Need My Monster!

The time is almost nigh upon the witching hour. The fogbank prowls closer to the front door. No need to worry about that whispering; it's just an old friend. Come to sit beside you and tell you a story.

Do I have you in a frightful mood? Well, I have a creepy little packet to share with you.

I put this together last year to get my students to have more in depth discussions about books and to put all their talking skills to GOOD use!

There are five spooky tales to with your class, or to break them into five small groups to discuss one at a time.


We practice a lot of conversational skills such as eyes on the speaker, sitting still, and responding to what is said. I have an anchor chart about Conversational Starters. It helps students form their responses and pay closer attention to what the other children are saying. Something I find they don't often do.
The poster includes things such as:
I like what you said about ______________
I think your idea is interesting, but ______________
I agree with _____________
That's a good point. Have you thought ______________
It also helps set a spooky mood when you turn off the lights and tell the stories by flashlight!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Fall Freebies over at the Primary Peach

Double Double, toil and trouble.
Fire burn, and Cauldron bubble!

Tons of fun (and freebies!) happening over at the Primary Peach.

Check out my Pumpkin Day post for some fun freebies.

Oh, and you won't believe the giveaway happening! Three different chances to win some swag!