Valentine’s Exchange 2016 ~ Sign Ups Open

Looking to add some fun to your classroom during the cold winter months?  Last month’s Gingerbread Exchange was such a success that I have decided to host a similar exchange for Valentine’s Day. The Gingerbread Man Exchange linked together 140 teachers and more than 2,500 students.  Here is a quick look at the Gingerbread Man exchange.  To see a full recap of the Gingerbread Man exchange, check out this POST. What’s a Valentine exchange you ask?  During the month of January, your class will create 20 paper valentines and decorate them in any way you would like.   They should…

January Pick 3: Check Out Some Great Ideas

As much as I have tried to avoid the idea…it’s time to head back to school.  Thankfully, I have found some great ideas on Pinterest to keep this month fun! Click on Image to View Original Pin I gave this pin a try this weekend and it was super simple!  Even without a sewing machine, I was able to sew up a couple in under an hour.  Once filling with rice, it only took 20-30 seconds to warm in the microwave.  These will be great to throw in my jacket pocket on cold mornings.   How absolutely adorable is this?…

New Year’s Celebrations Around the World: Word Search Freebie

Just finished up a fun FREEBIE to go along with a study of New Year’s traditions around the world. Click HERE or on the image above to download a copy of this New Year’s Eve word search. Looking for a more comprehensive unit to teach about New Year’s traditions around the world?  This set covers the traditions of 8 different countries.  Check it out by clicking HERE or on the image above.

The Mitten Interactive Read Aloud Freebie

I am looking forward to reading one of my favorite winter books this week during read aloud time.  If you will be including this text in an upcoming read aloud, I encourage you to download this FREEBIE and give interactive read alouds a try in your class.   I have been using interactive read alouds in my classroom for some time now.  I am so proud of how much my little readers are developing in their ability to think about what they are reading as a result of participating in interactive read alouds. For The Mitten, I have all the…

January Nonfiction Passages: Grab a Free Sample Passage on Polar …

Looking for an engaging nonfiction passage to use next week?   You can download this passage for FREE by clicking on the image above.   This passage on polar bears comes with text based questions and graphic organizers.  Click on the image above to download this passage and comprehension resources for FREE. Looking for more nonfiction passages for January?  Check out the complete set.

New Year’s Traditions: A Freebie to Help Jump Start …

Raise your hand if you will be spending a lot of time this week trying to get ahead on you planning for January!  I know I certainly will be!!!  I wanted to share a quick FREEBIE for you from one of my favorite units to teach this month.  This FREEBIE focuses on the New Year’s traditions in Switzerland and includes a reading comprehension passage, text based comprehension questions, graphic organizer, and a word search.  This FREEBIE is part of the full New Year’s Traditions Around the World pack that takes kids on an 8 country journey around the world.  You…

Winter Break Reading Bingo Freebie

My kids loved Reading Bingo over Thanksgiving Break so I put one together for Winter Break.  I passed out these today to help keep my little ones reading over the holidays.  It is available for FREE to use in your classroom by clicking on the image above.