Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Reader's Theater Script: WHERE ARE MY MITTENS??

Where Are My Mittens? is a ready-to-go, Reader's Theater script, written with a lighthearted touch and a winter or winter holidays theme.

Two characters, a brother and sister, get ready to go outside and play in the snow. But wait.... do they know where their mittens are?

Color words, simple contractions, to and too, demonstrative pronouns and adjectives, possessive adjectives, place prepositions, they're and there, winter clothing, winter weather, where and wear, "ea" dipthong, simple compound words, and sequencing are all practiced, with a few new vocabulary words introduced.

This script can easily be used as a performance piece (get students to "dress up" in their own winter clothing, or in funny, large clothes, etc.), with different "teams" performing. You can use it in your reading centers, or refine it for a Holiday Performance selection - parents will love it too!

Reading Level: 2nd-3rd grades.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Goldilocks & the Christmas Elves: A Reader's Theater Script

Get ready for a rip-roaring romp across the North Pole in this mixed-up fairy tale Christmas play. Goldilocks wakes up Sleeping Beauty and transports her to the North Pole, and what follows is a hilarious adventure with lovable and memorable characters, including Santa Claus himself, and a madcap variety of Christmas Elves! PERFECT for a Holiday Performance for grades 4-9.



Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? Is it a huge family feast in your home?

It usually is for us, but this year is going to be so quiet, with family members away. I'm not sure how I feel about it - a little forlorn I guess, but I have to admit too that there is less stress for planning.

Leading up to Thanksgiving in the classroom I always needed a few extra activities to keep the kids engaged, and incorporating the holiday theme always seemed to help, whether in math with shopping costs tasks, or with writing and literacy tasks. (For math, get flyers and have them plan a menu, "shop" the local stores through the ads, tally all costs, and come up with a viable meal with a given budget. Or compare store costs for given items on the busiest shopping day of the year. Plan a budget for gift-giving, make a list, and see how many of those items can be covered, tallying up the costs with shopping the sales, again through the weekly ads. Younger kids can make pie charts to graph the Thanksgiving pie preferences.)

I have compiled a mini-pack of useful writing and literacy worksheets here to help you out, and I've thrown in six printable pages of Thanksgiving stationery as well, useful for final writing projects, being grateful letters, etc.

I hope you find this mini-pack useful right now, and I also hope you get a restful long weekend holiday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

This little packet is great for last-minute Thanksgiving-themed literacy activities, for grades 4 through 8. Fourteen pages in this mini-pack include:

- Thanksgiving using Hyperbole
- Corny Words - words containing "corn"
- Thanksgiving: Being Grateful Acrostic
- Thanksgiving Tales: A Creative Writing Worksheet
- Thanksgiving Word Play
- Writing Adjectives with a Descriptive Thanksgiving Menu
- Thanksgiving Reading and Spelling Challenge
- Answer Key for teachers
- and 6 printable Thanksgiving Stationery choices

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Olympic Winter Games Colorful Mitten Word Walls
Celebrate the Olympic Winter Games 2014 with these colorful word wall or vocabulary cards!

Need some activities? Try these:

Mix up your word wall activities with the blank templates and the sports names for older students: have them write down the USA team athlete names, and then match them up (game style, or on a bulletin board display) to the correct sport.

For older students as well, you can shuffle the cards, hand out three cards apiece, and have students write an Olympic Games paragraph, incorporating those terms, of course!

Use the cards also on bulletin boards, as title markers. Bring in stats for winners, news clippings, etc. and post them under each mitten title/header.

Finally, hold a spelling bee with the cards. Shuffle your deck. Line up your students. Give them the name of the term on the card you pull, which the student then has to spell (and/or define). You can split your students into "country teams" for this one, and see who gets the gold, silver, and bronze!