Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made IT ... AND MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!

Linking up again for another Monday Made It!


I L.O.V.E teaching writing, especially when I taught First Grade. First Graders make such a HUGE transformation in a short period of time, especially in reading and writing. I would compile all of their writing in Writing Folders and long about April, pick them up and just stare in awe of how far they had come from "just out of Kindergarten" to "almost 2nd graders."

I made this huge writing packet for my store on TpT that compiles all my favorite topics, bulletin board ideas (I loved showcasing their writing on the hall bulletin board), and GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS, anchor charts, and MORE! Every lesson and independent activity in this packet I have done. Some of them are very dear to my heart. (especially "Fishy" and "Trees in Fall") Check it out if you have a sec and let me know what you think. :)

CLICK TO SEE IT AT TpT!





Graphic organizers, in my opinion, are like a 1st grader's best friend when it comes to writing a story. To move my young writers to the next level, we would always:
BRAINSTORM - PLAN (using graphic organizers) - then WRITE! 
 
I am pretty sure a lot of other 1st grade teachers feel my pain when I say - at beginning of the year, getting a first grader to stay on topic in a story is.... well... is sometimes a "challenge." By using graphic organizers to plan a story beforehand, it helps them not stray off topic.





Finally, I am SUPER excited about my very first GIVEAWAY since starting my blog! Deniece at This Little Piggy Reads has featured me in her Clipart and Coffee Talk feature! Go check it out and enter to win!

Here is what you'll get if you win!

 
 
Oh - and there is a freebie, too - to celebrate my obsession with CHEVRON and BUNTING BANNERS!
 



 
If you enter in the giveaway good luck and if you download my freebie I hope you enjoy. One idea I had - (for those of you that don't like red or blue) you could print out the banner in "gray scale" and back it with a color you like! That would be really cute!
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Stay inspired. :)
 


7 comments:

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    1. Thank you Nicki! Good luck. :)

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  2. Your writing unit looks great...I could even use this with some of my second graders.

    thanks
    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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    1. Thanks Matt, I agree- especially for second graders just entering 2nd grade. :) thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I'm glad that you enjoying teaching writing. It's my weakness in teaching! My 3rd graders do okay but I wish I enjoyed teaching writing!

    -Katie
    My blog: Building a House of Love

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    1. We all have "that one subject" don't we! Mine is social studies... Man it's my weakness. :/

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