Monday, June 23, 2014


Here is the TREE material for Opinion and Argument writing.  I think you can slide these materials right in to the themes I've posted over the past several days. If I added a graphic to match each theme, I thought it looked too busy. This packet includes small copies for attaching to a student's desk or in a writing journal.

I will work on the material for narrative writing next.

I hope this works for you. Please keep checking back for the narrative info. I have meetings every day this week, so It might be a little while before I get it posted.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Plethora of SRSD Freebies!

I guess all these posts on SRSD freebies qualify me as a binger, huh?
You've been coming up with great ideas for themes, so I couldn't stop!

Here are two more....Hollywood and camping!

Don't forget to check out this book on using SRSD with writing.

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Even More SRSD Freebies!

I'm just about caught up with all the requests I've received for SRSD freebies. I hope you've been able to find a theme of SRSD freebies you can use. If not, let me know and I'll try to help.

Here are the latest versions.

Click on the pics above to get your freebies.

Friday, June 20, 2014

3rd Installment of SRSD Freebies!

This is getting fun! If you haven't been checking my blog this week, go all the way back to Tuesday and see what we've been learning and sharing about SRSD.

Here are three more themes for you. To get your freebie, just click on the pic below that you like. If you don't see a theme you like here or from the previous two days, leave a comment and I'll try to make one for you (as long as I already have the clip art).

Don't forget to check my Pinterest SRSD Board for more ideas for SRSD by clicking {HERE}.
I've ordered the book below and can't wait for it to get in. We might just have to do a book study when I get it. What do you think?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

More SRSD Writing Freebies!

Thanks for all the interest in yesterday's post on freebies to support SRSD for Writing. If you want more info on this strategy for teaching writing, click {HERE} to see the original blog post and grab some freebies.

I mentioned yesterday that if you needed a specific theme for the freebies and I already have the clip art, I will try to make you a freebie packet for your theme.

Here are three more themes based on requests from yesterday.
If you don't see one you like, leave a comment below and I'll try to help you out.

Just click on the pic you like to get your freebie.

Next up......Ocean Creatures Theme!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SRSD????? --Freebies!

Our State Department is training teachers to use SRSD as we teach writing.
I've been asking for a reliable way to teach writing for YEARS! Here it is FINALLY!
(At least I hope so.....the proof is in the pudding. We'll see what happens when we use it at school this year.)
SRSD stands for Self-Regulated Strategy Development. Students are given strategies, mnemonics to help them remember, and lots of modeling and practice to help them internalize the strategies. For more info, click {HERE} to visit the thinkSRSD website.

I've made three packets to help our teachers as we incorporate them into our instruction this year. If you would like any of the information, just click on the pictures below. Each packet contains 25 pages of materials to help you as you implement  SRSD. There are different versions of the materials to help you differentiate for your students. Everything is free! I designed the files to be used in a writing notebook. Make sure you visit their website so you'll know how to implement the materials.  As I learn more, I'll be updating the files and adding more goodies. Keep checking my blog to stay up to date.

If you have a certain theme you'd like to use, leave me a comment and I'll try to make one for you if I already have the clip art. I think this is THAT good and want EVERYONE to know about it!

(Click on the pic below to follow my SRSD Pinterest Board. It's my latest obsession for pinning!)

If you want more info, check out the following book.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I Mustache You All About Closed Syllables -- Freebie

One of the main goals for our third graders is to decode multi-syllable words. We devoted a lot of time this past year to helping them learn the six syllable types so that they can break multi-syllble words apart into decodable units. Teaching the six syllable types was a big part of this. If the kiddos can recognize the six syllable types and use that knowledge to decode words, that's half the battle!

This freebie gives practice mapping closed one syllable words. It can be used in all grades, even kindergarten! The higher grades can use it for remediation.

Click on the pic below to get your copy.

If you haven't been following A Class*y Collaboration this summer, click {HERE} to catch up! We've added some brand new authors with lots of new ideas for you.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Fortune Teller Word Game - Freebie!

Here's a fun word game for any grade level.

Use the blank sheet of cards to write any vocabulary or spelling words your kiddos need for practice. Students pair up. One partner gives clues to the other to help his partner guess the word. Teams score one point for every guess. The object is to have the lowest score at the end of the game.
Keep the word cards turned face up during the game if your kiddos need a little help.

Click on one of the pics above to download your freebie.

The game is in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store with a card for the 1,000 Fry words. Click on the links at the right if you are interested.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Books to Teach Relationship between Illustrations and Text

Common Core requires students at all levels to be able to pull information from illustrations that accompany the text to add meaning to what is being read.

Kindergarten: RL K.7  With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

First Grade:  RL 1.7  Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Second GradeL RL 2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Third Grade:  RL 3.7  Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).

The first two books will help you plan lessons to meet this standard and are probably already on your bookshelf.

All of Chris Van Allsburg's books have wonderful illustrations. Jumanji is just one. Remind students to look for the little white bull terrier that appears  in most of his books and write reasons why the dog belongs in the particular story.


Who doesn't love the zany antics of Gloria?
Cover up the words with Post-its and let students guess which safety rule is illustrated.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

You might not have a copy of Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, but if you don't, go order one now.  I have one of the portfolio sets so that I can post one of the pictures and the caption in the room or in a literacy station. My students love when I put one of these up. They will scour the picture for details.

Here's a link to the portfolio edition.

And last, but not least, is a collection of short stories written by familiar authors telling what they think happened in the Harris Burdick pictures. This one is on my wish list, but I think it will be fun to share these stories with my kiddos after they write their own.

Do you have any other books that are your favorites for linking illustrations with the text? Share them in a comment. I'll choose one of the comments to win a product of your choice from my TpT store. Leave your comment and email address before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 2.