It’s GIVEAWAY DAY on The Inspired Apple as we continue Celebrate Reading month! I hope you’ve had the chance to check out the previous days, but if not CLICK HEREto see all the reading goodness.
Let’s get right to the giveaway goodness!
Meet Paul and Jessica Marsh, the sweet couple behind Taproot & Co. They are part of my church family and I am so grateful to partner with them on this amazing giveaway!
From Paul and Jessica:
We are parents to three beautiful girls; Harper, our oldest, is four, and our twin girls, Norah and Lyla, are 18-months. I am a dental hygienist turned stay-at-home-mom, and Paul was a science teacher turned dispatcher for a local company. Our lives are very busy, and after our twin girls were born, getting out for date night was almost impossible.
After the girls went to bed, we began creating, refinishing, and building items for our home and LOVED doing this together. Our friends and family would come over and ask if we could make them signs we had made ourselves. After much prayer, Taproot and Co. was created. We are thrilled to work together and have our three little girls be a part of the mix. It has been a journey as a family and we love how we have been able to be a part of some of the biggest moments in others lives!
We have been blessed to help design nurseries, weddings, anniversaries, family photo shoots, baby showers, wedding showers, baby gender reveals, pregnancy announcements, classrooms, and help brand and launch other businesses! It doesn’t get better than that! We are humbled. We are blessed. We owe it all to God.
I love all that this company stands for – family, marriage, togetherness, and faith!
Taproot & Co. will be offering ONE lucky winner a customized 18″ round sign! And, YES, you can customize it for your classroom OR home! LOOOOOOOVE!
Giveaway Details: To gain entry, complete the form above which requires entrants to follow Taproot & Co. on Instagram and Facebook. One entry per person. This giveaway automatically ends on March 18, 2018 and the winner will be selected randomly through the PromoSimple winner generator. Winner will be notified to claim his/her prize and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected in his/her place.
It’s Day Six of Celebrate Reading Month! I’m a little delayed on Freebie Friday, so it’s a Freebie Saturday instead
If you’ve missed the previous posts, no problem! Fun activities, free stuff, and more are all yours by visiting THIS link. Definitely go check them out!
Today, we’re going to talk about teaching key details and main idea – something that can be a challenging to teach and learn. However, I think this series of lessons will break it down for you and give you practical strategies for teaching primary students about these reading components.
If you teach kindergarten or first grade, you must begin with the very basics – definitions and introductory language that builds their knowledge before they get deeper into discovering key details and the main idea for themselves. (*Spoiler Alert* Stay tuned because you can grab the lesson plans, definition poster, activity sheet, and exit slip for Activity 1 at the end of this post!)
In the first activity, you will teach students about details using bubblegum! They will learn a basic definition and spend time thinking about and examining the characteristics (details!) of bubblegum. You can also incorporate instruction about adjectives.
The second activities builds on the first one, and you’ll discuss why details are important in reading and where students can find them in children’s picture books.
The third activity is one of my favorites! Students get to practice their ability to pay attention to details with a game-like observation activity.
Activity Four is really fun, too! This is the lesson where students use details to help them visualize what they’re reading. The teacher will model drawing out a visualization based on a very simple description and then will give students the opportunity to illustrate a visualization to a detailed description to contrast the difference! This lesson carries nicely into writing, too!
Activity Five moves on to using key details to discover the main idea. Students will work in small groups using details in text and pictures to form the main idea.
Activity Six builds upon the previous lessons and gives students the opportunity to practice what they learned about details and main idea in the previous days’ lessons.
The last activity is fun, project-based summative assessment. Students will read a text, which can be chosen by the student or teacher, and the find key details that support the main idea. They’ll create a ‘key ring’ of details and the main idea as their assessment. SUPER FUN!
That’s it! Seven different activities that you can use to help teach your students in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade about the importance of and how to locate key details in order to find the main idea!
And, as promised, you can grab ACTIVITY 1 right now! Simply fill out the form at the bottom of this post.
If you’d like to have all the other activities pictured above, click the graphic below. PS. It’s ON SALE for a limited time! (If you’re reading from a blog reader, the links may not work, so type bit.ly/KeyDetails4u into your browser.)
Hey! Welcome to Day Five of Celebrate Reading on The Inspired Apple! This month has kicked off strong, with lots of ideas, activities, and even a giveaway that are ALL related to reading!
Today, we’re going to talk about setting up a Guest Reader Program in your classroom. My kindergarteners and first graders absolutely LOVED this program, as did the family members that came into our classroom to be our reader.
I am a BIG proponent of having guest readers in our classroom for several reasons. First of all, it’s one way to bridge the gap between home and school. Parents, grandparents, and even older siblings were always welcomed to be a guest reader and their student was always OVER THE MOON when they had a family member show up in the classroom to read. Secondly, our little readers need to have good reading models in their lives and while, of course, the teacher is always representing this, it is so impactful to have a family member share its importance, too. And, lastly, it allows family to invest in their child’s school day and share in this unique experience, ultimately making the child feel special. You can’t beat that!
As a teacher, I loved this program for all of the aforementioned reasons, too, but I also liked that it was extremely easy to set up and requires very little prep on the teacher’s end. I typically sent home a letter about it at the beginning of the year, though you can really start at any time during the school year. I organized it so that we had one guest reader per week.
Here’s the steps for setting up the program:
Send home an introductory letter that explains the program and asks for Guest Reader volunteers.
After you’ve collected the volunteer interest forms, you can pick the dates and times for your guest readers based on the information they sent back to you. Then, complete the follow-up form with the specific date and time you chose. and send it back home with the child.
As you collect guest readers and send home the follow-up form, complete this Guest Reader Log so that you have a working spreadsheet of those who will be coming and on what day/time. There’s also a spot to fill out to indicate whether or not your guests have their volunteer form on file with the school or county. Be sure to check on your individual school’s policy about guests in the classroom!
After the Guest Reader has visited your classroom, be sure to teach your kiddos about gratitude and send home Thank You notes from your students.
That’s it! You and your kids will love it. I promise, this is a program that everyone benefits from!
If you’d like to grab a copy so that you can implement this program in your classroom, grab it from the form below.
Welcome to Day Four of Celebrate Reading Month on The Inspired Apple! I’m so glad you’re here!
Today, I’m sharing a fun writing craft that is perfect to use for book reviews/reports, Read Across America, or anytime of year when you want to get your little readers thinking about reading! The writing component is open-ended, so you can determine the type of prompt your students will respond to. I also know how valuable your time is, so this craft is super simple and requires very little prep on your end.
Objective:Construct a bookworm craft + respond to writing prompt
Materials:Templates OR Coloring Sheets, scissors, glue, writing paper (3 choices – lined, dotted lined, blank)
Provide students with templates on colored copy paper OR coloring page.
Cut out templates OR color.
Paste shapes together to create bookworm OR cut out colored bookworm.
Complete writing prompt (teacher determines what students will respond to).
Paste bookworm to the top of the writing prompt to display.
Have students share their responses with one another or the class.
Where do I get this craft?
You can grab the templates, coloring pages, and writing paper HERE!
It’s Celebrate Reading Month on The Inspired Apple – a whole month dedicated to reading activities, ideas, lessons, freebies, and MORE! Day One and Day Two both included FREE resources and Day Threeis hosting a ongoing giveaway! Make sure you stop by each day to check it out!
It’s Day Three of Celebrate Reading month at The Inspired Apple and I am over the moon about this crazy amazing giveaway! If you haven’t checked out the FREE reading resources from Days 1 and 2, go grab them HERE and HERE after you enter the giveaway!
Now, me introduce you to Lilly and Sarah from Our Elementary Daze. These two girls are inspiring women and educators teaching in Las Vegas, Nevada. They teach first grade together and decided to start their teacher tee shop in order to attend The Ron Clark Academy – they’re actually going to be there this week! How exciting is that?! I love their hearts for their students, their passion for cultivating classroom culture, and their spectacular creativity.
About Lilly and Sarah…
We are both HUGE Growth Mindset Believers and have been supporting such culture in our classrooms for the past year. Teaching our students about Growth Mindset has truly transformed our students and empowered them to be more self-driven learners. As part of our desire to continue to promote Growth Mindset and positivity in all classrooms, we have continued making shirts with inspirational messages for teachers to share with their students.
Sarah is in her 5th year of teaching and can’t imagine doing anything else! She taught Kindergarten and currently teaches 1st grade. Her heart is in primary. She likes to spend her free time doodling, hand lettering, and getting in touch with her creative side! Lilly currently teaches 1st, but previously taught 3rd grade. She loves teaching because of the relationships that she gets to build with her students. In May, she finished her masters in Educational Leadership and hopes to one day have her own school.
I am so excited to team up with Our Elementary Daze to host the first Celebrate Reading giveaway! Together, we are giving away their Read Your Heart Out! tees to THREE teachers!
Giveaway Details: To gain entry, complete the form above which requires entrants to follow Our Elementary Daze on Instagram and join The Inspired Apple. One entry per person. This giveaway automatically ends on March 9, 2018 and winners will be selected randomly through the PromoSimple winner generator. Winners will be notified to claim their prize and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected in his/her place.
It’s Day 2 of Celebrate Reading Month on The Inspired Apple! I’m glad you stopped by!
During our undergrad preparation for our education degrees, most of us paid at least a small amount of attention to Bloom’s Taxonomy. (If you’re not familiar or need a refresher, go check out this ‘cheat sheet’ that will give you a quick synopsis of his work.) In short, Bloom describes different types of questions that we can ask our students to help them think more critically, thereby increasing their comprehension and problem-solving skills. To be honest, I probably learned enough about it during college to ace the chapter quiz and didn’t think much more about it until I was teaching my own classroom of students.
Today, we’re going to discuss Level I questions. Level I of Bloom’s Taxonomy addresses knowledge by asking questions that are largely based on recall. I actually made my students this poster and we referenced it before, during and after reading our literature selection. Clearly, these are very basic questions and students simply rely on their memory to answer the questions.
You can also provide your students with these question stems for them to access while they’re reading individually or in a small group. I’ve made a set for you that you can grab and use with your own kiddos. Each on is Common Core aligned and lists the standard it correlates with right on the mini-poster. Ideally, you would display these in your classroom, but you could also add them to a ring and keep them for students to use at their seats or at a reading center.
Grab them for yourself by clicking the graphic below!
In today’s classrooms, a lot of the reading children are doing isn’t necessarily by choice or based off of student-selection. A love of reading is intrinsic. It doesn’t come from being force-fed close reads or through texts chosen by the district, but from personal, meaningful selection where the child is able to choose a text based on his or her individual preferences . When I think back about my own journey as a young reader, my most memorable reads were the ones that I valued because I chose them myself: The Babysitter’s Club, The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and pretty much anything by Roald Dahl. Because I had a choice in what I read, I read ALL THE TIME. In addition to the books I’d select to read myself, my teachers introduced me to fiction texts in our literature circles that I still adore to this day. Sounder, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Hatchet, Sarah Plain and Tall, and Island of the Blue Dolphins spring to my mind immediately. My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Autry, absolutely nailed it with those selections, especially for them to stand out to me twenty-five years later!
So, on The Inspired Apple this month, I want to profess my own personal love of reading by sharing about all things reading with you – from lesson plans and activities to my favorite books across multiple grade levels to free printables, fun crafts, and MORE! I truly want this month to be a big celebration of reading!
To start, I want to share with you one of my favorite resources. Each activity is dedicated to helping your students recognize themselves as readers or to review the texts they’ve read so that they can share their feelings on a book with others. I want to spotlight some of those activities and give you a free one that you can take back to your classroom to use now! (Yes, I previously said that I would be doing a Freebie Friday, but I decided to kick off the month with one anyway! So, you can come back tomorrow and grab another one!)
First up is this fun emoji-themed bookmark! Your kiddos can color in the emoji that best reflects their response to the book and then provide a brief reason why. Have your students slide them into the book they read so that others can read their review to decide if it would be a good fit for them. I printed these on cardstock so that they would be durable enough to be handled multiple times, though you could always laminate them, too!
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These two are my favorites! They are foldable reviews that you can insert right into the books, again with the purpose that other children can see the reviews to decide if they would like to read them also.
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This little heart wraps around the book and advertises the readers review right on the front.
Another easy way for a child to give a review is on a sticky note! Simply stick it right on the front cover!
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This same ‘Pick Me!’ in bookmark form…
And, lastly, two different flip books – one is A Reader’s Profile and the other is a Reader Review. And, guess what? You can try the Reader Review for FREE! Snag it from the form at the end of this post.
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Check out my Celebrate Reading Resource HERE or pin the image below to save this post for later!
Each Friday of March, I will also be featuring a FREE RESOURCE exclusive to those who belong to The Inspired Apple family. If you’re not a member already, be sure to sign up using the form found at the end of this post. It’s super quick and you’ll immediately receive a set of downloads just for your membership, including a free font!
This is a sneak peak of some of the resources I’ll be featuring in March!
I hope you’ll stop back! I’m looking forward to a fun month!
How was Valentine’s Day in your classroom? Full of candy and sweetness and a little bit of craziness, I’m sure! My kiddos had a blast taking treats to their friends and, of course, bringing home lots of sugary goodies, too. If you’re like me, your classroom stash is pretty heavily stocked right now, and maybe boasting some leftovers from Halloween or Christmas! If that’s the case, I have a great activity that will help you use it right up and incorporates science by teaching about physical properties. What’s better?
Objective:for students to explore physical properties of an object
5 different candies of various sizes and weights
5 paper bags
physical properties definition poster
Divide students into groups. Each group receives a bag with candy inside. Together, they will observe the item and record their findings on the Candy Conclusions page.
After all groups have completed their investigation, meet as a group. Have one person from each group describe the physical properties of their candy to the entire group.
As descriptions are given, students will record what they guess the candy is on the What’s in the bag? sheet.
To make this easier (since the candy possibilities are endless!) you can reveal the candies they have to choose from before guessing.
Would you like a copy of this activity to use in your classroom, including the lesson plan, physical properties poster, and activity sheets, too? Simply look for this graphic at the end of this post and fill out the attached form!
This activity and tons more can all be found cumulatively in The Science of February – a collaborative resource between me and Cara from The First Grade Parade! We’ve also recently split this month into the four individual units it’s comprised of in case you only need a specific thematic set. They are truly an excellent value and come fully stocked with science activities and cross-curricular resources that are perfect for kindergarten through second grade.
February is a fun month in the classroom with plenty of thematic activities to incorporate into your curriculum. There’s Black History to recognize and celebrate, Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Dental Health and the Winter Olympics this year! And, you’re supposed to cover it all in the shortest month of the year, right?! #lol
Learn more about a few fun ways to incorporate these themes into your curriculum by clicking what interests you most. And, don’t forget to grab the 27 PAGE FREEBIE offered at the end of the post! (PS. Links will not work from a blog reader or feed)