Sharing my LOVE of Literacy!

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December 31, 2010

Happy 2011 !!


Here's to a happy,
healthy and prosperous
new year !

December 29, 2010

Snowmen Everywhere !!

I was at Barnes and Nobles today browsing the holiday books at 50% off and was THRILLED to find this book!

I have Snowmen at Night which I blogged about on January 7th
. Click here to read that post.

Snowmen All Year tells the tale of a boy wishing his snowman was magical. He wishes he could take him to the zoo, camping, to see fireworks, out on Halloween night and to other fun seasonal events.

The text is short and could be written on chart paper for a variety of reading aloud or cloze activities. Certain text could be covered up and a new story could be written. Then students could each have a line to illustrate for a class book.

This story also makes me want to cut out white circles for the students to make their own snowman. Then draw a snowman in a different seasons doing something fun (that is not in the book). I would love to see a snowman in a Hawaiian shirt or on a surfboard.

Here's to another great January read aloud for a snow theme!

Happy Reading!

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas !


I hope everyone is having a wonderful
Christmas !!!

Enjoy your day and
your time away from
you students!

December 19, 2010

Winter Writing

I saw this idea on The Mailbox.com :

Unique holiday celebrations unfold when students spotlight their families’ favorite traditions. Have each child copy “Oh, what fun it is to…” near the top of plain white paper and illustrate a favorite holiday tradition in the remaining space. Then, on a sheet of writing paper, describe the tradition. Next, folds a piece of colorful construction paper in half. Keeping the fold at the top, glues the illustration on the front cover. Then, glue the written work inside it. Provide time for students to embellish their work with markers, crayons, and decorations. For added sparkle, have each child squeeze a thin trail of glitter glue around the oval on the front of her work.


The holiday song lyrics mentioned above sparked my brain for more winter writing ideas for January:

"Walking in a Winter Wonderland." - You could take your students on a winter walk and then write about it when they return.

"Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" - Have student write what they do on a snowy day!

For those middle school English Teachers, I found some winter themed songs as well!

Song for a winter's night - Sarah McLachlan
Long December - Counting Crows
Winter - Tori Amos
Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
Early Winter - Gwen Stefani
California Dreaming - Mamas and the Poppas

There are lots of great lyrics from these songs. With those older students, teachers can print up or play these songs. Use visualization and connections with the lyrics. Then have the students choose one line to use as their title for some beautiful, creative writing!

Happy Writing !


December 18, 2010

The COUNTDOWN Begins !!!


One more week until Christmas!!

Four More Days with my Students !!

The Countdown Begins !


December 4, 2010

Christmas Countdown

Here is an activity I used last year. Here is the post from last year:

Christmas Countdown Activity

This year I have been teaching my students the "magic e" pattern and some of them are just not getting the concept. I am doing the counting with a lot of magic e word patterns!

Here are two pictures I took last year that I forgot to post:


This year I am counting down the days of school until winter break. There will be a few less ornaments on the tree, but the kids still like the activity.

Happy Reading !

December 1, 2010

Happy December Reading !

Here are my favorite December books from last year. Just click below:

December Read Alouds


Hanukkah Books


Jan Brett's Christmas Reindeer


Santa Read Aloud

Happy Reading!!