Fall, Apples, & Johnny Appleseed



It's ALMOST HERE!



FALL
The leaves will be changing, sweaters & boots come out of the closet, & PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE!

The world will be "balanced" again!

To celebrate the 
COMING OF THE NEW SEASON

I have a new product!
I LOVE APPLES!
Apple pie, apple cake, applesauce...apple everything!

September is the MONTH of celebrations!
We celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday too.
We make... APPLESAUCE!




To add to this year's celebration..
I have a NEW product.

Apples are the BEST!










September Literacy Booklets for Apples and Johnny Appleseed.

Booklet style..2 on a page..B/W

21 PAGES of Reading, Graphic organizers, Word Work, Grammar, labeling, & Writing!
All in ONE BOOKLET!
Great for Whole Class, Small groups, Partner Work, Independent practice.

Early Finishers WILL LOVE THIS!

Fall themed. 

If you need more Literacy Products... follow 1stgradefireworks

I hope you can enjoy 
APPLES ARE THE BEST!

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FALL  FUN!!!


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It's BACK TO SCHOOL Time...Giveaway!

It's that time of year...


Parents are....   SO  EXCITED!!!



Teachers are...excited  &  EXHAUSTED!

To help with the "OUT OF POCKET" expenses...

We are having a GIVEAWAY!

My friend, Kelly, @ An Apple for the Teacher
has organized a

$100 TARGET CARD GIVEAWAY!

Who could not use $100 to TARGET ? 

Don't YOU LOVE the TARGET DOLLAR SPOT??????


GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $100 Target Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 9/1/17 and is open worldwide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Good Luck to ALL!

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How to do GUIDED READING in 20 minutes or less..(FREEBIE TOO!)

What is YOUR favorite time of the day?
Before lunch?
Recess?

Mine is...

GUIDED   READING!


The place where "MAGIC" happens!
The "AHA!"..the lightbulb...whatever you want to call it.

Last year I got rid of my 
TEACHER  DESK.

This is my 
CENTRAL COMMAND.




Then I added stools from IKEA.
My kiddos LOVE IT!


My next favorite "accessory"
from by
BFF....
AMAZON!

Brewster Wall Pops 

WPE99065 Peel & Stick Calypso Dry-Erase Dots

 with Marker



I put  BIG teal dots on my table!




My kids write on them!





After we read... then
we write questions on them
 and then change seats to answer them!
Musical Chairs!



They LOVE it!
Write & WIPE! 

The BEST!

I use my 


to guide my lessons.


I use it
to assess kids reading levels,
 to group them with like skills,
 and to teach them AT THEIR LEVEL.

Now a couple of things I have learned "on the way"...

1.  Guided Reading is NOT independent reading time!
They read to themselves (READ TO SELF) at a different time of the day.. we do it after lunch.

2. Guided Reading is NOT a time for a LONG teacher LESSON!
 I only have them for 15-20 min.
  Always give them a skill or strategy they can use NOW!

Your goal is to create INDEPENDENT READERS... do not enable them to wait for YOU to do the reading.

3. You DO NOT have to read a BOOK every day!
 This is not the time for HOW MANY BOOKS have you read?

  My lowest reading group needs PHONEMIC AWARENESS. If you don't know your letter sounds...it's really HARD to read.

My "bubble" kids ( those that have some skills , but need support  and practice to move over the "BUBBLE" into INDEPENDENT READERS) need phonics support to be able to solve reading problems, independently!

So Guided reading should be called

GUIDED  LITERACY

Meet them at their level.
Give them a "take away" that they can use TODAY.
Repeat. Repeat.Repeat.

I also use FRIDAYS for assessments ONLY.

NO GROUPS!







I do one-to-one RUNNING RECORDS.
I do fluency assessments.
I do letter, spelling, word family, & phonics assessments.
BUT...

Don't  "DAWDLE"...

Make it quick. Not a "story" time.
Try to get the most BANG for your buck.

Suggestion:

Start with your middle groups.
The "BUBBLE" kids.
They will be moving the fastest.

Next.
 Alternate assessments between your highs & lows.

Your highs probably will make continued growth with "less" support...they came in with strong foundations or they wouldn't be HIGH!  
Don't forget about them. Keep them connected with BOOK CLUBS,    Writing, and LOTS of COMPREHENSION.

My low babies. You can't practice TOO MUCH.
When they become "done"...distracted, unable to focus, etc.
CHANGE IT UP.
Interactive writing, phonics games, reading with "finger pointers", etc. etc.  
 Change the game...not the content.

Here is a Sight Word FREEBIE for YOU to get started !


So I LOVE the guided reading table.

LOTS of learning goes on there.

BUT ALWAYS, ALWAYS, remember...

IT STARTS WITH

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Games for ASSESSMENTS???? REALLY???

Can I really play a FUN game to ASSESS?
Oh YEAH!
We have been playing ( YES...PLAYING) 
fun games this month!
And guess what?
I can use them for assessments! 
( Do I hear OH YEAH!)
Sorry ...my WBT is going to my head!
My new SEPTEMBER game is both.
It's a game & assessment.
I use the foldable game cards as a
September PREVIEW & REVIEW.



I start the month with the cards to see what my kiddos know...
DO I HEAR KWL???
Then I can plan for the month depending on what they DON'T KNOW!
At the end of the month..REASSESS!
Use DATA for review in small groups.
(WOW!!! I think I am getting this down...sarcasm)
It's only taken me 23 years..sarcasm
( Some of us have been teaching this way for years!)
Shhhh...don't tell anyone
Those "young PHDers in Education" may feel sad. 
They think they have created something new..
The education pendulum has swung again!
Smile, nod your head,...and teach!
Do I hear an "OH YEAH!" :)
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$250 Back to School Giveaway! WOWZA!

WHO WANTS A $250 TpT GIFTCARD???

ME!

Here is a 

MEGA  BACK TO SCHOOL GVEAWAY!

*** BACK TO SCHOOL MEGA GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY PART 2 ***

Fancy winning some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom? Myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift TWO awesome teachers with a TPT or AMAZON gift cards. 





PRIZES INCLUDE 
1 x $250 TPT Giftcard. 1 x $250 Amazon Giftcard!

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REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 19th August 2017 12am




GOOD LUCK!!!
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MEGA BUNDLE...for FALL

Happy Fall, Y'all!
(Fun to say ..even if I am a CALIFORNIA gal!) HAHA
Just letting you know of a great DEAL!
I just put together 2 of my BEST SELLING Packets 
into a MEGA BUNDLE!
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ENJOY!
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