Sunday, July 13, 2014

Big Giveaway with Searching for Teacher Balance!

Good morning! As teachers, we always get excited when a fellow colleague reaches a goal or a milestone... and it's no different in the blogging world! Sweet Marcy over at Searching for Teacher Balance is celebrating her 1 year Blogiversary! Yay! She's throwing a huge giveaway with tons of amazing bloggers who have some incredible items up for grabs - many of them winner's choice! The giveaways are broken down by grade level - you can enter one, or ALL! If you enter the kindergarten giveaway, you could win my Summer Lovin' Sentences pack:

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Read the post from Marcy's blog below to enter and WIN! Good luck!!


I seriously can't believe it has been a whole year since I decided to join this amazing teacher-blogger community.  This year has taught me a ton about challenging myself as a teacher, while staying true to myself.  There have been plenty of hurdles which we know are far too normal in our profession, but it is readers and bloggers like you that have allowed me to keep going.  As a way to say thank you for all of your support I am hosting a huge giveaway, which is only possible because of the amazing bloggers below.  Be sure to enter and tell your friends to enter; there are so many amazing products being given away.

Winner's Choice from:

Specific Products from: 
Positively Learning - A Sentence A Day
The Kinder Garden  - Summer Lovin' Sentences
Wiggling Scholars - Review Writing Units  

The giveaway is broken down into grade levels/bands.  You can enter 1, 2, or all of them.

Thank you again for all of your support this year!  Here is to many more!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Time for School! {Predictable Sentence Builders for Little Learners}

I'm excited to say that I just finished my August/September sight word sentence builders pack just in time for back to school!

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Click on the cover page to go to the product in my TPT store!

This pack is slightly different from my other sentence building backs in that it is specifically designed for beginning of the year kindergarteners. At the beginning of the year, we teach them how words make up sentences and how they can be put together using capital letters, finger spaces, and a period at the end. Predictable sentence activities are perfect for teaching these concepts!

Predictable sentences are sentence stems that use the same words every time with one different word that changes to make a new sentence. For example:

This helps students create a sentence that makes sense using repetitive words to help them get their sentence started. It also helps them gain confidence to write their own sentences during independent writing.

In this pack, there are 2 different versions of sentence building activities that you can choose from depending on your students' needs. The first version has each word split up into separate cards for your students to put in order to create a sentence, like you see my students working on here in the photo below:

The other version has the entire sentence in order on strips where the students will put the sentence stem in the pocket chart first and then add the picture and punctuation cards at the end; as shown in the sample below:

Pocket Chart clip art by Teacher Laura!

This version can be very helpful to students who struggle with putting the words in order!

Each set has multiple printable recording sheets for your students to complete once they have built all of the sentences. There are differentiated options that will fit most of your students' needs!

Also included in this pack are 20 different Read It, Write It, Build It, Draw It! mixed up sentence printable activity sheets! My students absolutely love completing these and love to show me their detailed illustrations! Here's a sample of one of these from my Snow Many Sentences {Sentence Building Activities for January} pack:

Want to check out Time for School in more detail? Click on the preview picture below to go straight to the product in my TPT store and you can see exactly what you'll get with this pack! These sight words fit exactly with the HM Journeys program... but you can use them with any curriculum as they are words from the Dolch list as well!

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And guess what? My entire shop is on sale for 20% off through today... including this brand new pack! I'll be adding it to my Sight Word Sentence Builders for the Year BUNDLE next week... that's where you can find all of my sight word sentence builder packs for a discounted price! It's the lowest price it's ever gonna be right now... after I add this one, the price will go up a bit! So feel free to check it out and see if that floats your boat! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Five for Friday and a 4th of July Sale!

Happy 4th of July, friends! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

I signed up at the gym this summer because I am determined to tone up and lose a few pounds over summer break! The great thing about the gym I go to is that a bunch of friends go, too, so we are keeping each other motivated and going together! The photo below is from one of my favorite classes... we always end up using tons of different pieces of equipment so it keeps it fresh and fun!

One of my favorite things in life is hockey... specifically Phoenix Arizona Coyotes hockey! They threw a big NHL Draft Party at the arena and it was super fun! We all got to go on a behind the scenes locker room tour, sit on the benches, go in the penalty box, sit on the zamboni... etc! 

I was blessed to attend an Arizona teacher blogger meet-up this week! It was so great to meet all of these wonderful ladies. Callie from Teach-a-Roo made us all these adorable nametags and we went to the cutest little restaurant downtown! It was fun chatting and getting to know everyone!

I finally bundled all of my Sight Word Sentence Builder packs! Each pack includes monthly themed sentence building pocket chart centers, predictable sentence activities, multiple printables and recording sheets for both, and tons of Read It, Write It, Build It, Draw It printables for every sentence! It's a $54 value... but you can get it for just $30 right now - the price will go up gradually as I add the last 3 units, so grab it now for super cheap - I'm adding August/September this weekend!

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To celebrate the 4th of July weekend, I'm throwing a big sale in my TPT shop! Everything is 20% off through tomorrow - including the sentence builders bundle! Just click on the picture below to go straight to my store. Everyone have a safe and fun Independence Day!

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