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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Guide to Genre

I promise I am not going to turn my blog into a big advertisement for the products I create for Teachers Pay Teachers, but I've just uploaded a new one you might find helpful.

In Texas, as in other states, the reading standards have a heavy focus on genre. Because of that, many of my lessons for readers workshop were based in teaching students how the various genres were constructed. That knowledge was helpful to them in comprehension of what they read.

You can consult the Oracle (Google) and find lots of information on genre, but I found it easier to have one big guide with me when I was lesson planning. I've cleaned up that document and posted it for you to access.

It includes a definition of each genre as well as the main characteristics for each. I have also included some key vocabulary terms associated with the genre.

Please go take a look. Just click on the picture and it will take you there.



Monday, March 31, 2014

April Currently

Yay! I get to link up with Farley for this month's Currently.

{PuFFy} HeArT Farley, don't you?

Here's my Currently!



Listening to Perry Mason. He's on twice a day on ME TV and I am hooked! I love to read mysteries and watching Perry in black and white is so much fun.

Loving that I don't have to have anything to do with state testing any more.

Thinking about all my friends who are still in the trenches. I hope all your kiddos do really well the next couple of days!

Wanting to hang my new metal art I bought a few three months ago. I love it and need to get it up on the wall.

Needing to start that exercise program I've been talking about forever!

Hours and last day? None. I'm retired!

Now go link up with Farley and check out all the other posts, too! Don't forget her Rule of 3!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dipping My Toe in New Waters

I vanished from Blog Land there for a while, didn't I? Sorry about that. I spent some time with my sister in Alabama after she had knee replacement surgery. And I've had kind of a tough time coming up with blog worthy material since I retired. So I decided to work on revitalizing some of the teaching materials I made for my classes and open a shop on Teachers Pay Teachers. Today I posted my first product.

I am a big believer in Reading Workshop. But when I first started using it with my classes, I had trouble figuring out what to talk to my students about when I conferred with them individually. Then I had the bright idea to make a "cheat sheet" to use with questions grouped together about specific areas that were tied to concepts covered in the mini-lessons I delivered. Over the years, I adapted it into cards to put on a ring to make it easy to carry with me from kiddo to kiddo.

These cards have questions about characters, plot, setting, mood, style, theme, author, and illustrations for use with students reading fiction. If the student is reading non-fiction or informational text, I have included cards on content, accuracy, style, illustrations, and text structure. I've also included a handy reference card listing many of the genres upper elementary students need to know about.

If this is something you think you can use, I'd love for you to hop over to my store and take a look. Just click on the picture of the cover below and it should take you straight to it.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Love For Sandy Hook

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

All during this week, please promote the RAK on social media.  Use the hashtag #love4SH


Friday, November 1, 2013

Long Time, No Blog and November Currently

I've been gone from blogging for a long time! Sorry to disappear on you. Since I retired, I don't have classroom news to share. I definitely need to get back on the horse, though, so I will use Farley's Currently to jumpstart my return!

I love home improvement shows, and my tv spends lots of time tuned into HGTV. You might think that my home has benefited from all this watching, but not so much.

Our local university had their first game tonight and came out with a win. So glad to have women's basketball to look forward to again! We have a new coach, 3 seniors, and 7 freshmen this season. Thinking it might be a rebuilding year.

I've got puppy fever. Still. Still not doing anything about it.

I've got new car fever. Doing something about this one, though. Tomorrow! I will update you later.

Here's my yummy pin!


I made this and took it to a friend's house when she invited us to dinner. It was yummy! If you decide to make it, though, cool the cake, turn it out on a plate, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake, and then pour on the glaze. Trust me, it will be much better than the way the recipe describes!

Here's where you can find the recipe: http://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2013/10/food-friday-with-the-benson-street.html

Now get yourself back to Farley's blog and don't forget to follow the rule of three!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Winner! Winner!

Today I get to announce the winner of this book!


Ten people left a comment on the post. I used a random number generator to pick for me.

Here is comment number 5:

Congratulations, Teach80. I will be emailing you for your address so I can get your book on its way!




Sunday, September 1, 2013

Currently September

It is September first, and that means it's time to link up with Farley for her monthly Currently!


  • I am listening to (and watching) the Perry Mason movie marathon on the Hallmark Channel. The 80's styling is cracking me up!
  • I am loving the fabulous produce I am getting from Bountiful Baskets coop. I pay $15 plus a $1.50 handling fee and in return, I get fabulous fruit and veggies! The last basket had a bunch of spinach, a head of romaine lettuce, 4 tomatoes,  zucchini, 4 green bell peppers, a bunch of bananas, 4 small avocados, a bag of carrots, 5 ears of corn, 4 Asian pears, 6 peaches, and 7 Hatch green chiles. Click the link to see if it's available where you live!
  • I have been eating healthier, but now it is time to put some movement with it. Maybe this 100 degree weather will cool off and I can walk without melting.
  • That healthy eating plan is fine and dandy, but I sure am wanting some ice cream. I might splurge tomorrow and get some Orange Leaf frozen yogurt.
  • I need to get started on a packing list for my trip to Destin, Florida at the end of the month. I can't wait to see some beautiful beaches and water!
  • My three things for me are easy: Start walking, get busy on a writing project I have set for myself, and get that storage unit cleared out!
Make sure you visit Farley's page and check out what everyone else is up to and don't forget the rule of three!