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One Wall At A Time ...

Today I went back to my classroom for the first time this summer.  I leave it so long because my room is always the last classroom to get cleaned in the school ... and as it turns out, it still wasn't cleaned.  Only the floors had been done.  I had my youngest with me, so my time was limited.  (She had a great time gluing, yes gluing, scraps to my desk, though - guess what I'm scraping off tomorrow).  So, discouraged and distracted, I decided to tackle my smallest wall today.  It took me a while to dust and clean all my shelves, and replace books which for some reason were not in the same spots I left them ... and then I got to work.

This is the before picture ...

And this is after ...

I know - it doesn't look like a lot has changed ... but having one little wall done has made me feel much better (and I managed to clear out some of the clutter from my dining room).  I LOVE my new bulletin board colours - so happy I made the switch from orange.  I like my stools in front of my library, and the READ letters on top of my bookshelf.  I actually glue gunned the letters to the top so they won't get knocked off.  And I'm very excited about my new Character Rocks bulletin board.  I have a bucket of character rocks (click here to read a previous post about them), my basket of character ROCKS cards, and an empty bucket to be filled.  I wish the buckets were a little smaller, but that's all I could find at the Dollar Store at the time.  I am on the lookout for smaller ones, though.  I got the poster in the middle from TeachFactory - you can download her classroom posters from Flickr.  She has some AMAZING talent!  I ended up with too much blank space on my board after I had put everything up, so I glue gunned some of my character rocks to the board.  (In case you're wondering, I've decided that "glue gun" can be a verb - just like "google").

That's about it for today - on my way home I made a stop at the hardware store for some paint and more baskets.  Tomorrow I'm tackling my math cabinet and bulletin board.  Stay tuned ...

Happy Tuesday!

A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 7

Well, it's my last craft day for the week, and I have to admit - I'm going to miss it.  But I do need my evenings back to get everything ready before school starts next Tuesday.  And it will be nice to get my dining room back - my crafts and school supplies have taken over!  I'm taking a trip out to my school tomorrow to drop everything off.  I also plan to get some "before" pictures of my class at that time.

So, let's get to it.  I love the tissue paper pompoms that are hanging from the ceilings in the classrooms I've seen.  I pinned this from Keen on Kindergarten.  Her room is soooooo cute!  It's one of those rooms that makes me wish I taught kindergarten ... for a moment or two, at least.

I found instructions on how to make them from good ole Martha Stewart.  Click here to see them.  The article said to use 8 sheets of tissue paper, but I read in the comments that you should use more to make them fuller.  I used 15 sheets of 20 x 26 tissue paper for each one.  I wanted to make 5, but it turned out I only had enough paper for 3.  I hung them from the ribbon I had left over from my crayon wreath.  Another quick, cheap, and easy craft.  They'll look great hanging from the wooden beam that runs across my classroom.  So great I'll probably have to run out for more tissue paper ... I guess I'm not done with the crafting, after all.  Actually, they look pretty great hanging from my pergola on the deck - I must remember to make these for my next summer backyard party.

My latest "dress-down Friday" T-shirts arrived today from Cafe Press.  I love them!  I use the "Let's Eat Grandma" as part of a comma lesson every year.  The students LOVE this!  "You wish you could hit like a girl" will be my new coaching shirt - I coach the girls' volleyball team.  And "The dog ate my lesson plan" is just plain old funny!

Happy Monday!!!

A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 6

So I'm a day late in posting this.  I got sidetracked back-to-school shopping with my kidlets yesterday.  I didn't even get a chance to work on my latest craft until last night.

This was my pinspiration.  It was posted on a forum from Two Peas in a Bucket.  I've seen the crayon monograms floating around the blog world, and I thought this was a neat take on it.  I've already made the crayon wreath and the melted crayon art, so this was a nice change.

This craft was very inexpensive to make.  I got 10 pks of pencils from Staples for 25 cents each.  I used about 25 pencils for this craft.  I bought the picture frame (shadow box frame) from the Dollar Store.  I glued some scrapbook paper to the back of the frame.  Then I printed out a template of the letter R on the computer.  I used this template to measure where I needed to cut the pencils.  I cut the pencils with a scroll saw (see - I told you before - I like using power tools).  When everything was cut, I glue gunned the pencils on.  I did almost fry my pencil sharpener (which would have made this an expensive craft), but it started working again after I gave it a rest.  I think this will look great on the top of my filing cabinet.

Happy Sunday!

500 Followers Freebie Friday Winners

It's a beautiful day here, and I woke up in a great mood, so I decided to send everyone who commented on my 500 Followers Freebie Friday post a copy of my Reading Comprehension Strategy Binder.

Down Under Teacher - I left a comment on your blog.

Mrs. Wolter, NW Homesteader, and Katy - I've already emailed you.  UPDATE:  Mrs. Wolter - my email just bounced back to me - the file size was too large.  Do you have another email address I could send it to?

Carmine, Alison, Bobbi, Christina, Karen Kelley, A Karitz, Louise, and RGossett - leave me a comment with under this post with your email address, and I'll send one out to you shortly.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Saturday!

A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 5

Thank-you to everyone who has left comments this week - your comments totally brighten my day!
OK - day 5 ... here goes ...

Here is my pinspiration for today's craft.  Isn't it absolutely beautiful?!?  There's just something so timeless about it ... LOVE IT!  This is from Cheeky Magpie - and complete detailed instructions are given on the site.  They're written much better than I would've written them, so I won't even try.

Today's craft required absolutely no special materials - and cost me nothing to make!  YAY!  It did however, take some time to complete ... namely cutting all the pages, and then waiting for everything to dry.  I actually left it out to dry overnight, then finished it this morning.  The only things I did differently from the instructions given on Cheeky Magpie were that I used diluted red food colouring for the pages, and I used a glue gun for any gluing.  It actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would.  I was getting worried when I was cutting the pages, because my exacto knife wasn't that sharp, and it was starting to look a little rough.  It turned out pretty well in the end, though.  I'm going to put it on my side table in my reading nook in the classroom.  I know it doesn't fit my turquoise theme, but a turquoise apple would just be ...wrong.



I have another confession today ... (these crafts are good cleansing for the soul).  When I was looking through my bookshelves for a book that wouldn't break my heart to cut up, I found an old copy of Who Has Seen The Wind.  (I'm sorry if anyone is a fan out there, but I just couldn't get through this one.)  When I opened it up to cut off the cover, I noticed that it still had my highschool stamp and name sticker.  I must have committed the crime that drives me so crazy in my classroom now.  I "stole" the book.  So, to my grade 9 English teacher, I'm sorry I kept the book.  I don't know why I kept the book.  But I'm glad I kept the book ... I like it MUCH BETTER now!  ;)

Happy Friday!!!  (And be sure to check out my 500 Followers Friday Freebie in the post below).

500 Follower Freebie Friday

It's a special Freebie Friday today.  I reached 500 followers this week!  As a thank-you, I am offering TWO very special freebies (but get them quickly, they will only be free for the next 24 hours).

These freebies are two of my best sellers.  Each one is part of a larger resource (which are my 2 top-sellers).  Here's the fun part.  If you download one of the freebies and leave a positive rating at TPT, leave me a comment below telling me you did so, and I'll choose two winners (through the random number generator) to win the larger resource.  You can get one entry for each product you leave a positive rating for.  Let me know in your comment if you have a preference - either the Reading Comprehension Strategy Resource, or the Literary Elements Resource.

Let's get to the freebies:


The first freebie is my Summarizing Package - Activities to Use With Any Text.  Click on the picture above to download.  27 pages are included in this bundle to help you teach the strategy of summarizing:  posters, bookmarks, graphic organizers, rubrics, etc.  This bundle is part of my Reading Comprehension Strategy Resource.








The second freebie is my Figurative Language Resources for Language Arts.  Click on the above picture to download.  35 pages are included in this resource to help you teach figurative language:  posters, bookmarks, matching cards, graphic organizers, assignments, rubrics, etc.  This package is part of my Literary Elements Resource.






This freebie offer will end at 12:00 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, August 27th.  I will choose two winners at that time.  Check back tomorrow for the winner names - I will get your email at that time.

Happy Freebie Friday!!!

A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 4

I'm having so much fun this week!  My nights are a little busier, and my wallet is a little lighter, but it's totally worth it!

This was my pinspiration for today's craft.  This picture came from A Girl and A Glue Gun - a great blog full of crafty ideas.  I've seen a lot of decorated clipboards out there, but I really liked these.


This was a really cheap and easy to make craft.  I already had the scrapbook paper and mod podge, so I only needed the clipboards - which I found at the Dollar Store.  The most difficult thing about these clipboards was getting the paper to fit around the clip at the top.  I made a template with a blank piece of paper, then used that template to trace all the other tops.  I finished the boards with three coats of mod podge ... I might add a few more coats ... I've been known to knock my coffee over on my desk on more than one occasion.  I do have a tip - I used wood clamps to hold the clip open to apply the mod podge and let it dry.  It worked like a charm!
My youngest thought it would be funny to "pop" up from behind the chair just as I was taking the picture.  Too funny!

I made 4 boards for myself.  One for Language Arts (I use a clipboard when I'm conferencing with my students, completing running records, keeping track of DRA testing, etc.).  One for Phys Ed - I always bring a clipboard to the gym with me (makes for quick and easy assessment and observation), and I need one for coaching (volleyball season is just around the corner).  One for homework (I keep a board to keep track of completed homework, and assignments coming in).  And one extra - for whatever I want.  Voila!  LOVE them!  I wanted to keep the turquoise theme going, but I wanted them to be bright and colourful, too.  Mission accomplished!


Time for a confession - I'm one of those teachers with the "piles" on the desk.  OK - who am I kidding ... piles on the desk, on the counter, on the bookshelf ... you get the picture.  As a result, my clipboards sometimes get buried somewhere in the piles.  Enter great idea ... I glue gunned magnets to the back of the boards (took a few more than I thought it would, but I had lots left over from my magnetic pebbles).  The wall beside my desk is metal, so I can just stick these little babies up on the wall, and keep them away from the growing piles.



And the best part ... this morning when my girls woke up excited to see what craft I had finished last night, I surprised them with clipboards of their very own.  Which makes me THE BEST MOMMY EVER!!!


Happy Thursday!

A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 3


I've been wanting to make these crate stools for 6 weeks - that's when I first pinned this one from What the Teacher Wants.  She has fabulous (and entertaining) how-to instructions for making these crates.

I put off making them for a bit because I didn't think I'd have anywhere to put them in the classroom.  My classroom is very small and I don't even have a guided reading table.  (I do however, have the lunch room just outside my classroom which is full of tables and chairs I take advantage of ALL the time!).  And then I had a brainstorm ... or at least excuse to make them.  My students LOVE my classroom library, but I know they don't LOVE sitting on the floor while looking through the book choices.  I thought I could make the crate stools and keep them in front of the bookshelves.  And I can definitely use the extra storage - I can see them full of recycled newspapers, old magazines, sports equipment ...

I got the crates from Staples, and the fabric and foam from Walmart - I already had everything else, including piles of wood in my basement.  I've had the supplies for over a week ... but it's taken a week of nagging
asking nagging my husband to cut the wood.  (Ironic thing is, I can do all this myself - I'm actually quite proficient with power tools.  What kept me from it is the possibility of bugs hiding behind or under the wood stacked in the corner of the basement ... blecchhh!)

Anyhow, long story short ... they're done and they're FABULOUS!  The colours fit my new theme PERFECTLY ... Yay!

Happy Wednesday!!!

The Lesson Cloud

Today is the official launch of the Lesson Cloud blog, and we are celebrating with FREEBIES, FREEBIES, FREEBIES!!!  The Lesson Cloud is made up of a group of fantastic blog authors (including me!) from kindergarten to secondary, so everyone is sure to find something to meet their needs.  We'll be posting freebies all day, so be sure to check in often.  Look for the tag in the sidebar to find an archive of all our freebies.  With all of these GREAT ideas, it will be like you're on ... Cloud 9!

Click on the button to get started.



A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 2

I must admit, I'm having fun with this.  And I love showing my girls my new creation when they wake up in the morning.


OK - on to day 2.  I had pinned these FANTASTIC letters made by Jaime at What's The Buzz in 1st?  You can see all of them at her Etsy store by clicking here.  They are sooooo cute it makes me wish I had a ladybug theme in my classroom (but I'm not sure my grade 6 boys would go for that).




And then, two days later, my sister came out to the cottage with THIS - a birthday present her kids had made for Popa.  I knew fate was telling me I JUST HAD to make these letters ... so off to Walmart I went for some 8" letters, scrapbook paper, ribbon, and mod podge.





I wanted to keep my letters in the same colour scheme I am planning for my classroom, so I was happy (happy dance happy) when I found scrapbook paper in the perfect colour range.  (I actually bought a HUGE package of scrapbook paper so I can bring it into the classroom - the last time I needed special paper I couldn't find any in the ENTIRE school).  I glued the scrapbook paper onto the letters with mod podge and then used a glue gun to attach the small ribbon around the edges (this step was a HUGE pain - literally - I burnt my fingers three times) - but I LOVE the effect ... and I would do it again.  I put two more coats of mod podge on the top when I was done.  Voila!  I can't wait to set these on top of our classroom library!  I took the picture with my letters on my bulletin board paper - I'm so happy with how well they turned out!


What are your pinterest inspirations?

A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Crafts: Day 1

Well, the countdown is officially on.  Two more weeks until I'm back to school.  I think I'm ready curriculum wise ... I've got my first week plans, I have a good idea of my long-range plans, I have my class list for groupings and seating plans ... check, check, check.

What I'm not completely ready with is my classroom decor.  Completely inspired by all your beautiful classroom pictures I've seen posted lately, I decided that this was one area I could definitely work on.  I've got a good start - I know my colours, my bulletin board paper, borders, and letters have all been delivered, I received my first Vista print order ... but I still needed that extra something to "raise the bar".

While I was fishing with the family yesterday, I had a brainstorm - I'd do a post each day this week on a pinterest-inspired craft I had completed.  It's win-win ... it will force me to complete some of those ridiculously cute crafts I've pinned, and it will give me something to blog about this week.  (I'm running out of ideas ... my camera and I have to get back to school).  So, after we returned home from our fun fishing trip (my middle daughter is the only one who caught a fish ... make that two fish), I took a quick trip to Walmart for some more supplies.


Day 1

I had pinned this melted crayon art that I had seen floating around the blog world.  This print is from Etsy, but I got the idea and the instructions from The Techy Teacher.



I bought a 16 x 20 canvas and a box of 96 crayons (I took out the white, black, grey, and all the browns).  Glue gun your crayons to the top of the canvas.  I left all the crayon names facing out (I LOVE some of the crayon names ... seriously, they just make me happy).  Then, I set to work with the hair dryer.  I kept the dryer on low, and aimed it at the middle of each crayon (so the melted wax wouldn't splatter as much).  I have to admit, it did take a while to get the effect I was looking for ... probably about an hour - but I AM LOVING the end result!  This will look great sitting on the top of one of my bookshelves in the classroom.  Voila!


Are there any pinterest-inspired crafts you've just got to try?  I'd love it if you left a comment (and even a link!).

Happy Monday!!!

It's Freebie Friday Time!

I've been working hard on a new writing resource these past few weeks.  I know I've mentioned before that I'm revamping my writing program for my classroom this year.  I'm taking on a more structured Writing Workshop model.  I'm very excited about it!!!  I previously posted about my sample schedule for the year (see here).  I finished writing my first unit, Personal Memoirs, last night and added it to my TPT store.  This 40 page, month-long unit has 12 full lesson plans, posters, anchor charts, graphic organizers, assessment rubrics, and more.  You can preview my new unit by clicking on the picture below.


Today's FREEBIE is from this unit.  It's a poster for Writing an Effective Lead.  I thought it would be a good freebie for today because it's a good general writing resource.  I find that writing effective leads and satisfying endings are always challenging for my students.  This visual will give them suggestions for exciting ways to draw the reader in.  Click on the picture below to download your own copy (uploaded to google docs).


Lastly, the delivery trucks just keep on coming this week.  This morning I was VERY excited to get my new T-shirts from Cafe Press.  I ordered these for dress down Fridays.  I can't wait to order a few more, but I promised my husband I'd hold back on the shopping for a bit ... but only for a bit. ;)

Happy Friday!!!

My Vistaprint Order Came In!!!

So, I'm wondering if it means I've been doing too much online shopping if my daughter takes one look at the delivery truck and says, "Mom, the lady with the boxes is here again."  Oh well, bad thing or not, I'm so excited my Vistaprint order came in!  Yay!!!
This is most of my loot.  I also got an extremely large banner that I couldn't take a picture of yet.  You'll see it when I finally post my classroom pictures.  The brown banner (check out our work ...) will hang outside my classroom over two bulletin boards where I post student work.

I LOVE this poster from Teachfactory.  The students will probably think it's a message for them, but really it will be a reminder to me ... there is enough time to do it all.  The Reading Goals postcards (sorry about the glare) will be for students to record their reading goals and keep in their portfolios.  I have just enough for them to complete one at the beginning of each term.

Here I have my Learning Goals bumper sticker - I'll place it at the top of the board where I have my learning goals chart.  I also got thank-you notes, a sticky pad, a pen, and my Character ROCKS! cards.  I can't wait to get my character bulletin board started and set up all my character ROCKS goodies underneath it.

Last but not least, there is my magnetic notepad, 25 magnets (to give out with my Student of the Month certificates), my Welcome to our Classroom door magnet, and my calendar.  I know I mentioned before how in love I am with this calendar.  I made it with posters from Teachfactory.  I want to use these posters with inspirational quotes for writing prompts this year.  OHHHHH - when I was looking up the link for the posters, I just saw she has a Bucket Filling poster, too.  This will look great on my Character ROCKS! bulletin board.  See it here.

So, that's about it.  I'm still waiting for my husband to cut the wood for my crate stools ... maybe if I nag enough tonight he'll get started on it.  It's a good thing I can use these crates for storage - I'm going to need it to haul all my goodies back to school!!!

Happy Thursday!
 

The Beginnings of my Classroom Remodel

It's starting to come together.  My bulletin board paper, borders, and letters were delivered today.  I also found some great little baskets to match the colour theme at my local Dollar Store!  I've got to get in to my school soon - my dining room is starting to overflow!
All my bulletin boards had been orange before, so this alone will make a big change.

Funny story - last night I was out shopping for my current pinterest-inspired projects.  So I'm walking through Staples, and who should I see ... my sister - another blogger (Meet the Dubiens) and fellow pinterest-addict.  She was also shopping for some pinterest-inspired projects.  I guess we're two peas in a pod ... or two nuts in a shell ;).  Anyhow, she took one look at the supplies in my hand, and knew exactly what I was making.  So here it is - last night's pinterest-inspired project - I had originally pinned Sydney's at Lessons Learned.  I think it will look great on my door - I haven't decided if I want to add my name, yet.  What do you think?

But that's not all - I got the supplies for another pinterest-inspired project ... I'll bet you can guess what it will be!
That's right - I'm making three of those super-cute stools for my classroom.  I think they'll go great in front of my bookshelves - I know my students don't like sitting on the floor while they are looking for books, so I think they'll really like these.  I'm so excited about them I would've got started last night after I finished the wreath, but it was already a late night because it was my middle daughter's last soccer game.  What a GREAT first season for her!!!  So proud of you, Katie!!!

Happy Tuesday!

Some Online Inspiration

I am LOVING all the ideas I'm getting from following all of you tremendous bloggers.  All of these new ideas, sharing, and inspiration have me so excited to get back to school.  I spent the weekend ordering supplies for my classroom remodel (inspired by all the FANTASTIC classroom pics I've seen lately).  I'm going with a turquoise and black and white polka dot theme.  It's made me so happy I don't even think my husband is upset with the money I'm spending ;) ... but wait until he has to help me set it all up.  I don't go back until September, but I'll post pics when I do get it all set up.  I am sooooo jealous of the sheer size of some of your classrooms - mine is so tiny!  I guess the upside of that is that it will cost less to remodel it all.

My inspiration this morning came from this picture I saw on pinterest.  I followed the pin back to Simply 2nd Resouces (which I already follow, but must have missed this idea).  Mrs. Morris has set up the most fantastic math journal (it's just a template for now), using foldables from Dinah Zike. Now, I had never heard of Dinah Zike, but was completely intrigued (math journals are something I start every year, but they never go completely how I envision).  So, I did a little google digging, and you can find so many of her ideas online.  I'm totally going to use this for my math journals this year.  So excited !!!

Another blog I follow has posted a few flash mob videos - I LOVE flash mobs - I so want to be in one!!!  But for now, I get my inspiration watching them online.  The videos reminded me of a project one of our district's high schools came up with two years ago.  It's not quite a flash mob ... but the idea is the same.  They took on this project at the beginning of the year to inspire school spirit before the start of football season.  I thought it was AWESOME, and showed it to my own class so many (probably too many) times.


My last inspiration for the day is from last night.  We had a sunset picnic on the shores of Lake Superior.  Sooooo beautiful!!!  There is so much inspiration out there ... I just had to get off the computer for the reminder inspiration comes in so many forms.

Happy Monday!

Oops ... Not Quite 100%

I am so sorry.  When I posted my Friday Freebie this week (see post below), I accidentally left out the rubric I had created for it.  So, I guess it wasn't quite 100% ... ;)
I have updated the file on my TpT page, so if you haven't downloaded the file yet, you can get the full activity by clicking here.
Or, I posted just the rubric on google docs.  You can download just the rubric by clicking here.

Happy Sunday!


100% Me! A Friday Freebie!

It's Freebie Friday!  Today's freebie is an activity I adapted from Sara Holbrook's Practical Poetry.  I LOVE using Sara Holbrook's poetry in my class.  The emotions really resonate with my students.  They learn that it's OK to talk write about feeling angry, or scared, or insecure.  They are comforted by the fact that others DO feel like that sometimes, too.
 
Today's freebie is a GREAT back-to-school activity.  I used it in my class on the first day of school last year.  I orginally made this lesson for my SMARTboard, but I copied the slides and made it into a PDF for you.  Because the original slides were in color (and I couldn't remove the background when I copied the slides), some of the instruction sheets would work best displayed on the ELMO or document camera.  I'm not sure how well they will photocopy.  This activity can be done at any time during the school year, but I like it at the beginning for a variety of reasons:

  • the students are giving you valuable information about their likes, dislikes, hobbies
  • the teacher can get a sneak peek of students' writing and math abilities
  • the finished products make a FANTASTIC back-to-school bulletin board display.  
I even wrote my own 100% Me! poem to share with my students ... so here you go ...

100% Me!

10% kind,
4% hair,
6% demanding,
10% fair,
8% messy,
8% reader,
8% dramatic,
8% leader,
9% stressed-out mom,
1.3% creature,
7.7% student,
20% teacher,
It all adds up entirely,
to makes up 100% me!


Click here or on the picture beside the poem to download your own copy.  If you like it, ratings are always welcome. :)

Happy Friday!

And Now For Some GOOD News ...

The other day, a friend of mine posted a link about the importance of sharing good news stories.  The link reported the results of a study that confirmed people were inspired to do good when they read media stories about Good Samaritans' selfless acts.  You can read about the article here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/03/29/bc-good-news-study.html

Inspired by this, I set out to find "good news" sites on the internet that I could share with my students:
Happy News:  http://www.happynews.com/index.aspx
Good News Stories (might be better suited for older students): http://goodnewsstories.org/
UpBeat News Stories: http://upbeat.net/
Optimist World:  http://optimistworld.com/
Dogonews:  http://www.dogonews.com/

I do current events activities with my students all the time.  This year I am going to focus on positive current events - sharing some GOOD news.  This could be done in many ways:

  • One student per day could research and then present a good news story.  
  • Good news stories could be used for guided reading groups - identifying the main idea and moral of the article, and practicing oral fluency.
  • Good news articles could be used while studying the features of a news article.
  • Good news articles could be used to practice summary writing.
  • Good news articles could be used for shared reading activities.
  • A good news story could be shared over the projector or overhead for students to read as they come into the class.
  • Good news stories could also be posted over the projector or overhead during lunch or indoor recesses - students will read it.
  • Students could write their own good news stories about events going on in their school or community.

I have created a printable to go along with this idea, and uploaded it to google docs.  You may print your own copy by clicking here or on the picture.

Happy Wednesday!


It's Cyber Search Monday!!!




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The Cyber Search Showcase is now over - we hope you found some GREAT products to help you with the upcoming school year.  You can still get some great ideas by checking the blogs below.  If you liked their product, be sure to leave them a comment and let them know.  



I offered my Building Words Using the Reading Comprehension Strategies.  This activity contains 7 mini-lessons for building words, practicing spelling, and reviewing vocabulary. Each mini-lesson has word tiles for the seven reading comprehension strategies: asking questions, determining importance, inferring, making connections, summarizing, synthesizing, and visualizing. Each mini-lesson includes: a page of letter strips to reproduce for students, large letters for posting on the blackboard or on a pocket chart, and 10 questions to build words with the sentence strips. 

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