Monday, April 22, 2013

Two Amazing Books to Teach Character, Vocabulary and Comprehension

Hello All,

I hope you were able to take advantage of all the links posted from all creative and talented teachers that contributed to my first "link party"! Thank you for sharing your work with us!  In the near future, I will host another "link party".  Next time it will be a different theme.

These past few weeks, I've been focusing on Character Education lessons.  Now since I work with special needs and language impaired children my character lessons target vocabulary and comprehension skills.  Last week, I made activities based on the book, My Friend and I by Lisa Jahn-Clough.  This week my lesson began with another book by the same author, Alicia Has a Bad Day.

I love these two books, as I was able to make interesting and motivating activities to go along with the book.   I was very pleased because I read to books out loud for my kiddos and it kept their attention.  The simple short sentences coupled with the vivid illustrations, captivated my students and inspired me to create fun lessons.
This book helped my students with their social skills

Besides comprehension and vocabulary, my students were able to practice social skills.  They gave each other compliments and stated why they appreciate each other.
The illustrations captured my students' attention

If you will like the activity I produced for my students, CLICK HERE.

Also, I constructed other activities for the book, Alicia Has a Bad Day.  

These activities are available at my TpT store.  CLICK HERE

Keep visiting for more opportunities to "link up", freebies and giveaways.

Have fun,


Friday, April 12, 2013

Freebie Language and Vocabulary Linky Party!


Would love if you're able to link up your free language and vocabulary products.  I'd like my followers and homeschool parents to have quality resources they can use with their kiddos!

I hope I did this correctly!  It's my first time throwing a linky party.  :)

Happy Linking!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Emotion Commotion

Fun Activities to Promote Emotional Intelligence and Vocabulary

Hi Everyone!

I've been out for a little while-not too long.  Sometimes inspiration doesn't come so easily, but today that spark began to ignite again. If you have students who are struggling with regulating their emotions or verbalizing what they feel, I just may have an activity that can help your kiddos gain the words needed to articulate their feelings more appropriately.  With this activity you will also be addressing other goals. Such as understanding prefix, suffixes, understanding synonyms/antonyms and manipulating parts of words to create new words.  There are also a few more surprises that aligns with a few ELA Common Core Standards nicely.

This activity is meant for students in 3-4th grades.  Click on the link to access the packet.  I hope it is useful for you.  Let me know how it works out in your classroom or small groups.

Click Here for Fun Activities to Promote Emotional Intelligence and Vocabulary

It's Free!!!!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Character Education Freebie

Looking for activities to reinforce your character education lesson?  Try these quick and easy printables that focus on respect.

I created these printable activities and I hope your students enjoy it!

Click for Character Ed freebie here

*Note:  This is the answer key for the unscrambling words activity....

1. friendly

2. caring

3. loyalty

4. patient

5. integrity

Describe It!

Promote oral language development and writing for your students with these fun activities.

This packet is aligned to these Common Core Standards:

Aligned Common Core Standards
Speaking and Listening
First and Second Grade
First Grade Speaking and Listening Standards:
•SL.1.4. Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
•SL.1.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
Second Grade Speaking and Listening Standards:
•SL.2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
•SL.2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
•SL.2.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification
*Speech and Language Pathologist may align goals to these specific Common Core standards

This set includes:

How to describe (explanation of describing skills)
What's in the Mystery Bag? (Game)
What's in the Mystery Bag? (Writing Activity)
Sorting Descriptive Words by color, shape, size, smell, sound and texture
7 Graphic Organizers
What Am I? (Guessing Game by Description)
Tell Me About It! (Game of Details)
Recall and Describe (Game with cards)
Yes/No card tasks
2 Descriptive Word Sort Acitivities
Descriptive/Expressive Language Rubric for Assessment

Go directly to my TpT store

Hope it is useful!