Gingerbread, Pronouns, and a Freebie: OH MY!

We have been doing our best to stay focused in Room 3 in the last week or so, but I have a feeling this week is going to be a *bit* harder.

We started teaching pronouns shortly after we came back from Thanksgiving and my kids were struggling a bit when it came to choosing the correct pronoun for a given sentence. This is pretty typical for my ELL learners, but it did mean that I needed to find some new resources so that we could work in some extra practice.

We used a bunch of freebies from the fabulous Amy Lemons...

Oh Pronoun Tree, Oh Pronoun Tree!

This was definitely a class favorite. Both classes LOVED making a Christmas tree and I loved being able to differentiate which pronouns my students were using. I used my tee-tiny post it notes to hand out pronouns. This kept us from copying our neighbor's word or repeating the same pronoun over and over. It also let me challenge a couple of my kids with pronouns like myself and yourself

My kids are also going NUTS over a song I found on Pinterest from Mrs. Braun's 2nd Grade Class! I charted it out but they have been begging for a copy to keep in their Skills (Grammar) Notebook, so I thought I would share it with you all as well!

Click the picture to grab your own copy!

 It's sung to the tune of "Spongebob Squarepants" and we have loved ending our morning meeting with a song for the day! :) Just click on the picture to grab it from Dropbox! One "twist" my kids have especially enjoyed is to have the boys and girls take turns singing the bold  and plain sections.

I also started using the revamped resources from my Gingerbread Goodies unit!

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This is the first time in several years I've been able to use seasonal resources and I am SO excited! The kids have been pretty pumped too.We've been reviewing character traits and while I was at "teacher school" on Thursday, I had the sub read The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell. They loved it! I just found out there is also a sequel - The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers (HA!) and it's on its way to our class via Amazon! You can check them out by clicking on the pictures below (affiliate links). 

After they read the book, I asked them to write about one of the main characters in the story. We've had several lessons and discussions on how to write about the characters in our books, but I was pretty proud of the work they did! 

Note to self: Work on using the word wall to spell because instead of just "cause"...

Love this kid.
I'm also printing off these games to use this week. I'm pulling one of them out on Wednesday for my observation, but I wanted to share it with you guys today! 

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This pack has 2 different classroom activities - one for the whole class and one for small groups or partners.
Whole group: There are 20 different task cards that I like to hang up around the room for the kids to find and answer. They are practicing the skill I need them to work on, but they are moving and getting some of the Candy Cane Crazies out at the same time! 
I've also included a recording sheet and an extra practice page that you can use for homework, classwork, or even as an easy sub activity!


The second activity is a simple Concentration or Memory game with its own recording sheet. Students have to match the pronoun with the underlined noun or phrase on the sentence card. You can peek at the preview on TpT to see more of that game. :)

Make sure you are following my December Pinterest Board! 

There are LOTS of freebie pins and I'll be pulling ideas from there all week. I have monthly Pinterest boards for the entire school year, so if you want to get a head start on the rest of the year give those a follow as well!

See you soon!


Festive Fact Practice {Winter Product Swap}

I've gotten together with some of my favorite blogger peeps to do a little product swapping just in time for winter! 


I was extra excited when I found out that I was going to be paired up with the amazing Fern Smith again! Who gets that lucky twice?! This girl!! :) 

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

Last time, I got to try out two of her fraction benchmark games with my kiddos. This time she sent me three of her multiplication and division games that are PERFECT for December!

My teaching partner and I have changed up our morning work routine this year. We used to have the kids come in and work on a daily morning work page. The kids were stressed out because they didn't always arrive in time to complete it and we were stressed out because we didn't have time to go over it. (We're departmentalized, so time is precious!!)

Simple, seasonal, and so much fun!!

We made the executive decision to stop being stressed. However, we knew we still had to find a way to get the kids into the day's routine and review concepts we had already covered. What better way to do this than with games?!

We decided we would use games the kids had already played in class + new games with simple instructions they could learn on their own.

Enter Fern and her fabulous self.

When I tell you that my kids were OVER THE MOON about these games on Monday morning, I am not kidding.  Not even a little bit.


When I tell you that they were easy to prep, I am drop dead serious. I printed, laminated, and then the kids cut them out! How easy is that?!?!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thirteen-Christmas-Multiplication-Division-Mixed-Center-Games-Bundled-407282I love that there are a different set of cards for each group of facts. This makes it incredibly easy to find the "home" for a stray card.

Each game has a cover sheet, game cards, and student friendly directions.

The kids are loving that they can focus on the facts they need the most practice with, and we love that they are practicing their facts!!

Even better, M loves that she can leave these out as an early finisher or a sub activity. We've got several training days this month (Whose crazy idea was that?!) and the kids are going to love having some extra time to play with these!

You get 13 division and multiplication games for $10.00. There are over 200 pages in the bundle, so that's less than ten cents a page! You can't beat that!!

If you're looking for a fun (but less expensive!) way to bring a little Christmas cheer into your classroom, you've got to check out Fern's favorite Christmas freebie as well!

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Make sure you follow her blog and TpT store as well!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

You'll also want to check out the rest of our product swap peeps for more FREEBIES and reviews!



Deck the Halls with TpT!

I'm sure you've heard by now that TpT is having their annual Cyber Monday Sale on December 2nd! I can't wait!!

Courtesy of Krista at Creative Clips!
Today, I'm linking up with some of my favorite blogger peeps at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge to bring you...


Check out the "playlist" Christina put together!

I've got a few "tunes" I want to share with you today!


My kiddos especially love the poem I wrote for this unit. We were working with it just before Thanksgiving, and we *may* have used it for a few brain breaks during the week.

They loved reading it in different voices (a baby, a teenager, a granny) and it really started to build their reading fluency. I'm looking forward to using other poems the same way when we go back this week.

I think I'll even start with the poems I've got in this next "tune"...


I listed this fun pack just after the holidays last year, but my kids and I had a blast using it! I'm "dreaming" of how easy it will be to review nouns and verbs with the sentence sort on Monday as a quick grammar lesson. We will start reading our large collection of gingerbread stories this week as well, so you will see our reading responses pop up soon, too!

Last, but not least:


This time of year seems to be "crunch time" for our kiddos in terms of fact fluency. As part of their morning work for the next few weeks, my kids will be able to practice their facts with these easy-prep games! It seriously took me 10 minutes to print, laminate, trim, and find my game chips. What I love is that because they are so easy to prepare, my kids can work on whatever facts they need the most practice with right now - addition (2 levels) or multiplication (2 levels).

I'm hoping to add more boards to these as well in the next couple of weeks - be on the lookout!

Alright, bookworms! I'm off to go "organize" my wishlist and sip on some coffee with my sweet Mama and Daddy. I have been at "home" for a few days and I am soaking up every second I can in the North Carolina mountains!

Make sure you check out the rest of the playlists over at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge!

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