Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vista Print Groupon and Giveaway Winner



 So I have been a very busy bee, but I need to announce my winner for the blog anniversary. The winner is.....Nicole C. I have sent an email with information about your prize. I also wanted to let everyone know that Vista Print has another Groupon which you can get by clicking here. You can get $48.00 of printing for $12.00. I have talked about various ways of using Vista Print in the    classroom and you can find those ideas here. I hope this is helpful for everyone!






Sunday, January 6, 2013

I Need An Editor For My Common Core I Can Statements



        I have been working on Common Core I Can Statements for 5th grade ELA. I plan to also create a set for 6th grade, but before I start that set I need someone to proof my first set. The first three people to comment on this post with their email will be sent a copy of my Common Core I Can Statements to proof. I really appreciate any help that I can get. Thank you so much!


           I was also so very excited to find out that I won Miss Klohn's 1,000 follower giveaway. I look forward to using all of the great resources I won with my students. I'm going to go work at school tomorrow to get the resources ready to go so I can use them with my kids. I'll post pictures soon. 

Thank you to all the following bloggers for providing the resources: 








Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Vocabulary Instruction Research and a Freebie!



       I have been reading quite a bit lately on vocabulary instruction and the connection to student learning. I have found a lot of interesting research and wanted to share a few tips researchers have published. Researchers suggest teachers do the following in order to make vocabulary instruction meaningful for students learning:

  • Providing multiple opportunities to use words
  • Relating unfamiliar words to familiar words 
  • Presenting words within a meaningful context or theme 
  • Providing explicit definitions of words 
  • Scaffolding children’s language through meaningful feedback
        Teachers should also think about what type of questions they are asking their students. Using a variety of opened ended questions allow the students to have meaningful conversation, which will then improve a students vocabulary. Here are a list of question prompts: 

  • Can you tell me more about…?
  • Explain why….; Describe what….
  • I wonder why…?
  • Can you tell me why you think or feel that way?
  • What else can you say about …?

      Now for a freebie, I have been working on adding resources to my Teachers Pay Teachers account. I have created a Vocabulary Match Set on genre that you can get here.







Thank you for stopping by and make sure you have entered my giveaway by clicking here to go to the page to enter. 




Currently January Linky and My Giveaway!




I'm linking up with Farley 

for her monthly currently feature






Make sure to hop on over to Farley's blog and link yourself up!

Also if you have not entered my giveaway, please go here





Happy New Year!