Monday, October 26, 2015

DIY Text Feature Posters

I have fallen in love with Non-Fiction over the past few years. I used to find it so challenging to incorporate into my reading instruction. Now, it seems that there are endless tools, strategies, and resources for teaching non-fiction. I just couldn't wait to dive-in to some of our favorite non-fiction texts this year!!

I always like to start things off with exploring TEXT FEATURES! Last year, I received this very cool poster with my order of Scholastic News....
My students loved how they blew up a page from one of the magazines in order to label the different text features!!

This year, we decided to have students create their own Text Feature Posters, to provide a more hands-on approach to learning about the different features!!!

To create our DIY posters, we used our latest edition of Science Spin from Scholastic. At the end of the week, when we were done with the magazine, we got to work!! I had my students cut the pages down the middle, and glue them onto a piece of 12x18 construction paper. Then I provided them with a title and a strip of labels with the different features.

Students then colored their titles and labels to make them stand out on their posters...

Finally, they glued on their titles, used their stickers to label the different text features, and used black sharpie to connect the labels to each feature!! They turned out amazing, and my kiddos were so proud!!!

This was such a simple, easy, fun, and interactive way to introduce text features to my students!! Below you can download the labels and titles that I used for this activity....

Click HERE to download!!

I hope that you and your students enjoy this activity as much as we did!!! Looking for more ideas on how to use classroom magazines?!?! Check out the following product in my TpT shop!! Lots of great organizers and activities to explore Non-Fiction Texts!!!
Click HERE to learn more!!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween Blog Hop!!

It's time to celebrate the Halloween season with TRICKS, TREATS, and a HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to my blog, Create.Teach.Share. I am thrilled that you stopped by my "door" for some fun TRICKS and TREATS!!

Here is my treat for you.... 
Halloween Logic Puzzles, to keep those young minds thinking, even during this crazy Halloween time!!
{Click the Treat Bag below to grab this freebie!!}

And now a little "trick" from my own classroom...

I love to celebrate holidays like Halloween in my classroom. However, I try very hard to keep our celebrations as "educational" {and FUN} as possible. Last year my students worked with "Frightening Figures of Speech". We spent time discussing these different idioms, and writing sentences for each.
Next, students go the chance to write a sentence for, and illustrate their favorite Frightening Figure of Speech!!
I love how we got to explore one of our language standards, while also having some Halloween FUN!!

Want a chance to win more TREATS, OOZING with Halloween fun?! Check out the TREATS (no tricks here) that are EERILY EXCITING in this giveaway! This CAULDRON OF TREATS features fabulous TpT products for grades 3rd-5th, as well as a TEACHER TREAT BAG that is to DIE for!
Knock on the door to see who you will be Trick-or-Treating with next! Get your treat bag ready, I have a feeling you'll need it again!
{Click on the door image below!}

Monday, September 28, 2015

Upper Elementary Tricks & Treats

Over at Upper Elementary Snapshots we have some TRICKS & TREATS up our sleeves!!!

We have put together a FREE eBook full of fabulous tricks and treats to celebrate the Halloween season.

For my contribution, I am sharing a fun Halloween-themed STEM activity. It's a twist on the marshmallow and toothpick tower challenge, using marshmallow candy corns!!

Students use toothpicks and candy corn marshmallows to build the tallest tower they can in 15 minutes. It's so fun to see what they come up with!! This sheet is great for planning and reflecting on this Halloween-themed challenge!!

Click here to grab this fun freebie, along with many other free Halloween goodies from Upper Elementary Snapshots!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

More Back-to-School Fun!!

I am loving all the wonderful Back to School blog posts offering tips, tricks, freebies, and OF COURSE....


Here's another one you don't want to miss!! I am joining the teachers of iTeach Fourth for an amazing giveaway!!

Visit iTeach Fourth for a chance to win a brand new iPad Air 2, an adorable owl-themed case, stylus pen, and a $15 iTunes giftcard!!!

Click HERE to learn more about this fantastic giveaway!!!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Back to School in a Flash: Curriculum Must Haves {Plus, a GIVEAWAY!!}

Once again, I am celebrating BACK-TO-SCHOOL by linking up with Fancy Free in 4thRamona Recommends, and Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher for their "Back to School in a Flash" series. Be sure to visit one of their blogs to learn more.

This week we are sharing CURRICULUM "MUST-HAVES"....

I am sharing a favorite product that I created, a favorite from another amazing teacher, and a favorite product from my back-to-school TpT wish list....

The first product I am sharing is one of my own! I created "Exploring Non-Fiction" to use with Scholastic News in my own classroom. Scholastic News was such a great source of informational text for my students, and I wanted tools that would allow them to dig deeper into the articles they were reading. Pages from this resource were used weekly in my class last year, and will continue to be used for years to come!!

Next, these "Informational Text Structure Cards", from Teaching With a Mountain View, were a life-saver for me this year!! While they were great for teaching text structure, I ended up using them for so much more!! They served as a great source for teaching all about informational texts!!

Finally, I am very excited about Hello Literacy's "Short Informational Text Articles for Close Reading". They seem very engaging and appealing to students, they cover a variety of close reading skills, and I think they will be great to use for small-group instruction!!

I would love to hear more about your "CURRICULUM MUST-HAVES". Be sure to visit the rest of the blogs below to find more great resources, and then don't forget to share some of your own!!! While you're here, don't forget enter the giveaway below!! There are lots of great prizes to be had for Back-to-School!!!

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