May 20, 2012

Biography Notes (Graphic Organizers)

Hi everyone! Well, it seems I have become a weekend blogger and that was never something I intended to do! It's just been SO BUSY!!! We have 23 days of school left and a lot to get through--so I'm hoping to get on here more and share some items we'll be using in the remaining days.

Tonight, I'm sharing some graphic organizers I will be using in class this week. My students are plugging away at those state projects I mentioned last week and, since many of them have to complete a small biography on a famous person from their state, I made these graphic organizers to help them take notes...
There are seven pages of graphic organizers within this file and it can be downloaded for free from my Teacher's Notebook shop.

I know many of you are winding down your school year at this point, but I hope this is something you may be able to use in the future. Let me know if you can use it...I always love to hear this--it never gets old!

So...when is your last day of school? What will you do on your first day of summer vacation! Help me!! I need to live vicariously through your summer freedom!!! :)

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May 13, 2012

Summer Planning (and dreaming!)

Hadar, Teri, and April are having such a cool linky party--My Summer Bucket List!! There's nothing I love more than dreaming of those long, hot, lazy days where I can plan and create to my heart's content! I have a bit of time 'til I get there (28 days for the students, 29 for the teachers) but that's ok, it's fun to dream!

Usually, I get carried away with classroom design, but I'm going to try and curb that a tiny bit this summer. I'd like to keep things balanced, so here's the plan...
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May 12, 2012

State Symbols graphic organizer

Hey everyone! This is just a quick little share for those who may be working on state projects.

So, even though my class is comprised of ELL newcomers, I follow the grade level curriculum of our 4th and 5th grade neighbors as closely as I can. And, right now, it's state-project-season! 4th graders are working on a state project focusing on a famous person or area of our state, while 5th graders are resesarching any of the other 50 states for their project.

All projects have a visual piece (a trifold board), as well as written pieces (in the form of a report or two).

The only problem? It kind of works out to be three different projects in one class...
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May 6, 2012

Tutorial: Cute Thumbnail Galleries!

I hope that doesn't sound too flaky! But I know I'm not the only one who likes things to look a certain way, so I wanted to share something new I learned today...
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May 5, 2012

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Hello friends! I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

This year, I am particularly grateful for all that I have learned from you within this blogging community. I feel that I am a stronger teacher today, thanks to your constant inspiration, advice, and sharing of ideas.



Every time I look around my classroom or at the lessons I am preparing, I see parts of everything I have learned from all of you--and for that I am deeply thankful.


As a small way of showing my gratitude, I am having a sale at my Teachers Notebook Shop--all items are 40% off this week.

But there is some way more exciting news than that!! Teachers Notebook is having a Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes where 7 different winners can win $100 worth of materials from any of your favorite shops on TN!! Plus, a ton of shops are running sales on Teachers Notebook right at this moment--click on the link above to check it out!

And thank you once again...may you all have a wonderful week of well-deserved appreciation! :)
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