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February Fluency!

My students have absolutely loved our January Fluency Practice centers! So I got busy and made a February Fluency set! Here's a look at my latest packet...........
It includes six different activities similar to the ones in the January packet but with a Valentine's theme! 
 Pocket chart coral reading cards, also make a great independent center, Voice cards for some fun practice with changing your intonation as you read, and "spy glasses" and pointers for reading around the room. You can pick up the glasses and pointers at my blog for free, just click on the picture above.
Five timed reading stories at a first/second grade level and a graph to chart repeated readings. Five original poems about Valentines day. Five two person reader's theaters for partner groups.
 Roll a phrase game using heart dice from the target dollar spot (of course you can always use plain dice too!) My kids have really liked this one, I've added a couple new rules like "pass your cards" I think they will like!

If your looking for February fluency fun click on any of the pictures to come to my store and check it out! Don't forget to stop by my blog for the freebie from this unit!

Check Out Contraction Crash!

WE've been BUSY in class! :)  We just learned about contractions in my classroom and I always introduce it with the *CONTRACTION CRASH*!

Click {here} for Contraction Crash!

100th Day Giveaway!

*Button created by the ever-so-talented, Amy Lemons!

The 100th Day of School is approaching for many of us.  For some of it past and for some it is not until the end of February.  And for our Australian friends, you are just about to start day ONE!    Whatever day of school you are on, this giveaway is one you will want to enter.  You could win these fabulous prizes by these amazing Blog Hoppin' authors!  If you cannot use the prize right now, enter anyway and be extra prepared for next year!  
**Click the images to checkout the blogs of these fab ladies and make sure you are a follower. 

Please, enter by using the Rafflecopter below.  Two winners will be chosen.  The contest ends on January 28th! 

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose {Sub Tub}

Are you prepared for a last minute sub?  Would you like a themed day of activities for the days things just don't seem to work out?  I just posted There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Rose Sub Tub. The activities are developed to align with skills and themes featured in this book. All lessons are developed with common core standards in mind.

I was emailed recently about my tubs and wrote up answers to this message in my most recent blog post! If you've been a follower here or at Primary Graffiti, then you are aware I've been created tubs for the Swallowed Series.  Although I've been in a pickle a few times and left the file for a sub, I have used the files myself as a themed day on Fridays before the holidays.  I just love these books so much that I can't give them all to a sub!!! 

Soooo what's included in Swallowed a Rose...

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Pocket Chart Sequencing
Pocket Chart Vocabulary
Kindergarten Skills Lesson
First Grade Skills Lessons
Interactive Emergent Reader
Friendly Letters
Posters and Songs
Color and Blk/White
Retelling Props

If you are interested in what you see, you can link to my post here for a chance to win a copy.  I've included a link to my store with the first graphic.  Happy Teaching!

Teaching Fluency!

Our school has focused on teaching fluency this year. If students can't read fluently then taking standardized tests is a terrible experience (I know it's not fun if you can read either, but it's much worse when you can't)!

As a special education teacher I have watched frustrated students skip the reading and fill in answers, try to read and give up, and even seen them in tears because they felt so bad about not being able to read the test.
 It is very hard to motivate someone to read for pleasure or enjoy a book when they struggle so much to read the simplest books.

So while I still focus on comprehension during mini lessons my biggest goal is to help my students become good readers so that they can actually read the passages they are expected to read on tests, and more importantly to me they can learn to enjoy reading!

My brand new January Fluency Packet includes six activities that can be used in small group or centers to help students practice their fluency!
Pocket chart choral reading cards, I use with small groups and then place in a center with some pointers. We use the voice cards to practice changing our intonation as we read, the kids really love this!
 A Roll a Phrase game all about winter. Students will get lots of practice reading sentences that have different punctuation, I always point out to them that the question mark, exclamation point, and period mean different things, and those sentences should be read differently.
Beat the timer includes five original passages for first and second grades, students read and re-read tracking the number of words read in one minute! It's so fun to see their excitement as they improve with each new read.
 The winter poetry set includes five original poems for students to practice and perform for each other or the whole class. The readers theater also includes five original scripts for partners to learn and perform. Lots of chances to practice reading fluently with each of these sets.

All you need are some fun pointers and timers to get your kids practicing reading! All the passages and phrases are about winter fun! My students have loved using them this week! If your students need to practice their fluency then come on over to my TPT store and pick up this package it's on $4.50!! You can get there by clicking on any of the pictures above.

Stop by my blog for a freebie from this pack!!

Five for Friday Linky Party


I wanted to invite you to join me in my weekly Five for Friday Linky Party tomorrow.

It’s pretty simple.. share five things from this week.

You can see last week’s post {here}.

Grab the button above and come on over and link up!


xoxo, kacey


A Winter Writing Bundle!

Hi Blog Hoppin' Friends! I just wanted to take a quick second and share my newest unit with all of you! If you need some extra writing ideas for the winter months, you will definitely want to check it out! 

The bundle is packed with 174 pages of resources to help your kiddos build those writing skills. It is also aligned to the new Common Core Standards and includes narrative, informational, and opinion pieces. This resource includes differentiated materials and will be perfect for 1st-5th grade. Since I love crafts {and so do my kids}, each unit includes the templates needed to make a fun craft at the completion of each writing that will be perfect for winter bulletin boards! 

You can click on any of the images below to check it out at my TPT shop

Here is a look at the five units included... 

Since my kiddos loved our "Shades of Fall" so much, we will be doing this activity winter style! 

I will be uploading each unit {separately} to TPT in the near future. However, if you choose to purchase as a bundle, the price is much cheaper!

You can check out two of the units at my TPT shop now, or you can click {HERE} to purchase the bundle. I have decided to keep it at the sale price of $12.00 just until Friday night, so snatch it up fast! ;) 

Hope y'all have a great week!