I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Mine were great; I had time to be productive (cooking, organizing home and school stuff, and Christmas shopping online) and time to relax and enjoy time with my family. I even made time to create a few new resources for teaching writing, as well as updating an old favorite (more below). All this was right in time for Teachers Pay Teachers CyberSmile Sale on Monday (and Tuesday). You can save up to 28% off of your purchases by entering promo code SMILE at checkout. My whole store will be a full 28% off as long as you remember the promo code!
Here are a few items from my own store that are in high demand and have kept my own students engaged in their learning each year during the second trimester:
Mentor Sentences: Fourth Grade Bundle and now serving fifth grade with the Mentor Sentences Fifth Grade Growing Bundle.
If you're looking to save more and elevate the level of editing in your students' writing, this is a resource you will find yourself referring to and pulling from all year round. The fourth grade bundle includes model sentences that highlight parts of speech, transition words, verb tenses, capitals and punctuation, and effective word choice. Students analyze the sentences and then apply what they've learned to create their own sentence with the highlighted concept. There are also reference notes included that are perfect for students' interactive notebooks.
Narrative Writing Unit If you're looking for a complete narrative unit, this will end your students' writer's block as well as understand exactly what you mean when you say, "You need to add more details." Check out my most popular writing unit, get your students ready for the big statewide writing test, and save 28%!
So start filling your wishlist, and come back Monday and Tuesday to save a bundle on some fun, engaging resources for your class.
As a thank you for following along I also wanted to direct you to a few of my favorite seasonal freebies. There are a few must-haves if you are teaching elementary, and a few if you are specifically teaching fourth.
1. Tissue box hygiene reminders. I rubber-band these to each tissue box in my classroom as a not so subtle reminder! Even if you have a sink in your classroom, the place to hang a reminder is not over the sink (where they are already washing their hands). It's on the tissue box itself. Slow the spread of germs this flu season!
2. Holiday Aid for Low Income Students I know I've posted this before, but I wanted to remind you that now is the time to find/re-download your copy! This seasonal freebie for your class is designed to help target assistance for your lower income students. It's perfect if you have funds from the PTO to provide them with a little something for the holiday. I'm lucky enough to work in a school where we give to the families in need every year, and this page will help you get started with that.
3. Homework Reminder Forms This is a gentle reminder for kids who have forgotten their homework. They print 6 to a page in order to save paper, and can be easily glued into an assignment book to help kids and parents see what's due.
4. Synonyms and Antonyms Many grammar tasks ask kids to find what needs to be fixed in a sentence. As a result, kids are exposed to models of incorrect writing! Stop reinforcing models of common grammatical errors. Mentor sentences require them to analyze quality, model writing, then explain what makes it so. This is a free sample of my Mentor Sentences line of grammar, usage and mechanics resources. I've even started a fifth grade version due to popular demand!
5. Coordinate Points and Ordered Pairs Warship Game This is a fun, free math game to help reinforce reading ordered pairs and plotting coordinate points. You can play whole class, put it in a math center, and even put a copy in your sub tub for a fun activity that the kids will happily return to as needed.
5. Context Clues Practice Page Can your students ever have enough practice using context clues? This free page is perfect for practice any time of year. Teach the strategy of how to determine the meaning of words using the context of a sentence. Your students will enjoy the silly twist on this strategy with this fun practice page.
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