Saturday, April 9, 2016

Frog Themed Newsletter Templates

Last May I blogged about Parent Communication and inquiry about the Weekly Newsletters I send home. I was able to put them into PowerPoint which will allow you to add text boxes for full customization.
My favorite Clip Art{ist} Krista Wallden created some cute "monthly frog" graphics and I couldn't wait to use them. My first creation... The Weekly Ribbit.
Click Here for Frog Theme Newsletter Templates

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Word Analysis Journal (VA Curriculum)

 As the school year winds down I begin to reflect on my teaching practices and document what I intend to do differently next year. I've decided that really want to implement a Word Analysis Journal {VA SOL English 3.3 & 3.4} next year.
The first tab/section in the book would be Word Analysis and Grammar Resources. I created some reference sheets that students can glue in the journal and refer to them all year round.
The second tab/section will be reserved for vocabulary words. My goal is to focus on two to three words a week. I created a template that students could glue in their journals or you could just have them "freestyle" the information.
The third tab/section is reserved for poetry activities. I reserved the last 40 pages in the 100 page journal for this section.
Have you heard of Doris Young of Third Grade Thinkers? She's the first Virginia Blogger I started following. She's a third grade teacher and her resources were so helpful when I moved to third grade five years ago. I love her poetry activities. She has some on her blog and in her Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Instead of a reading passage she uses poems and the follow up questions are word-analysis related.
So this is my bright idea for next year, I'm hoping that this journal will give students a concrete resource to aide them in learning and reviewing these concepts. How do you teach these concepts in your classroom?
Click Here: Word Analysis Journal