Sunday, November 6, 2011

Falling for Fall

     Assessments and Committee Meetings and Freak October snowstorms (17 inches in Connecticut in October?!?) - Oh. my!  It's been a little crazy around here but I'm glad things have settled down a bit so I can spend a little more time in Blog Land!
     Despite the temporary cameo appearance by some winter weather last week, we are enjoying a beautiful Fall here in Connecticut.  There is nothing like Fall in New England (I sound like a Board of Tourism commercial, but it's true!)  My commute to school keeps my in the car for about 3 hours a day and I can be a big baby about it, but not in the Fall.  Driving home from school on Friday I looked around at the lovely tree-lined parkway I travel on and it was just stunning!  How's this for a view to keep the commuter woes away?
     In celebration of the season, I thought I would share something autumnal.  One of the biggest struggles I have is trying to get all of our science and social studies content covered in such a tight schedule.  As teachers have been doing for ages, I often combine my math and literacy activities with this content to get it all in.  Since my latest educational obsession undertaking has been creating emergent books that even the most "emerging" readers can access (there are so few good ones out there...) I've been working on some that cover science and social studies themes.  I use a large full-color version for shared reading, a smaller black and white version for the kids to put in their book boxes for independent reading and another small version with missing text for the kids to practice writing the sounds that they hear.  Matching pocket chart cards go in a literacy station and comprehension and phonics worksheets come in handy for skills practice (and to give the kids something to work on while I'm trying to get my assessments done.)  Let me know if you like this one, I have some others I can post if you think that you'll use them!
Have a great night!

23 comments:

  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work. Thank you for being so generous and sharing!

    Janice

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  2. I will DEFINITELY use this!!! Love it! Thanks so much!

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  3. Love it! Please Please post them ALL!!! :)

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  4. WOW...I love this:)
    I love the teacher big book and then the smaller reader for the children.
    Perfect!!
    I would love to have more for my classroom.
    Thanks for thinking of us and helping to share without cost;)

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  5. Love it! Thanks for being so generrous with your time and your talent!

    Three hours in the car sounds like a lot!

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  6. Thank you so much! I love this... You are awesome to take the time to make all of this and share....

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  7. I am in love with fall! Thank you so much for posting such a goodie!

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  8. This is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Oh this is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! Please post more!

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  10. This is wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing and please post more. They will definitely be used in the classroom.

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  11. These are great! Can't wait to print and put them to good use. Thank you for sharing your work.

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  12. WOW!!! This is an amazing addition to my fall unit. Yes, I will definitely use it with my students. Thank you for sharing. I would love to see other units that you have too! Have a blessed week!

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  13. When I download it from google docs, I get all the pictures but no words or just black lines where the words should be. Anyone know how to fix this? Thanks!

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  14. I am so happy that you are back blogging and sharing your wonderful ideas! Thanks for these fun Fall ideas - can't wait to use them!
    Pati

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  15. Thanks for sharing the readers and fall fun!! I will definitely be using them. :)

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  16. This is an amazing unit! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  17. Thank you! This is beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  18. Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm glad you'll be able to use this in your classrooms, I'll definitely post some more in the future!

    Heather - it sounds like you just need to update your Adobe Reader. If that doesn't work, shoot me an email and I'll send you a direct copy.

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  19. Thank you for the freebie! Very cute!

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