Saturday, March 11, 2017

Scholastic Printables

Happy Weekend! I am so excited to be working with Scholastic Printables to share with you about their amazing online resources website. They contacted me and asked me to give them a try, and I am so happy to share about their wonderful resources with others! Stay tuned to the end of the post because I have a surprise for you!

Scholastic Printables give you instant, unlimited access to thousands of skills sheets, activities, lesson plans and more. The best part? These classroom resources are created by teachers and vetted by your trusted friends at Scholastic so you know that the activities and information being shared is top notch! 

Their website is so much more than just worksheets, and I have had the best time exploring the site and finding all of the fabulous tools embedded in their program. Scholastic saves me time and money, and I know that I can browse through their resources with confidence. Want to give it a try? You have access to a free trial just by clicking here.

One of my personal favorite features about the site are the reading passages! We are always on the hunt for text that helps engage our learners in the classroom. Scholastic Printables has a lot of content-ready reading passages and paired activities that are easy to access and use. 

Want so see exactly what you can find on the website? Here are some samples!

  • Reading Umbrella Graphic Organizer (PreK-3)
Encourage students to explore many different types of text by recording each student’s reading on this fun graphic organizer.

                Here is a direct link to try out the freebie. 

  • Make a Rain Gauge! (K-3)
Have your students make a rain gauge to measure daily rainfall with this template and easy-to-follow instructions. 

              Here is a  direct link to the rain gauge freebie. 

  • Quilt a Card: Spring Art Project (Gr 1-3)
This fun-to-make paper project is a creative addition to a unit on American arts and crafts or a great way to target early learning concepts of patterns and symmetry.

           Here is a direct link  to try out the freebie.

  • Spring Activities: Teaching With the Best of Instructor (Gr 1-4)
Nine great classroom-tested seasonal activity ideas, from Crop Circle Geometry to Under a Rock nature journals, to target key math concepts, spark writing, and build observation skills.

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I received a Scholastic Printables subscription in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own! :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jungle Themed Read-A-Thon

Last week, our fifth grade classes ended Read Across America week with an all day read-a-thon. Each classroom was transformed into a different theme. We had a beach room, space room, camping room, and jungle room. 

Our classroom got a jungle makeover, so I wanted to share a few pictures with you and some quick tips on how you can transform your room on a budget! 

First tip--use plastic tablecloths! I trimmed my room in half for this quick transformation and used thumbtacks and green table cloth to make the "jungle walls". I love using table cloth for projects like this because you can get them in a variety of colors, they are cheap, and they are easy to work with!

I did grab this fun tree from Hobby Lobby and a few smaller trees to help add some jungle decor. The floor is made with colored butcher and packaging paper. 

We moved all of our classroom lamps and plants over to the jungle side of the room. I also played jungle/rainforest music from Amazon all day. The sounds really helped pull everything together!

Our amazing librarian loaned us her camping lamps and students used head lamps for reading. We do a lot of "flashlight and glow in the dark" reading time so I have been collecting these $1 head lamps from Wal-Mart over the years. 

 Normally, I would have cut out a hole in the tablecloth for our SmartBoard but it was way too bright for the room this time. Keeping the tablecloth on top calmed down the light and still allowed us to display our jungle scenery. 

Since it was a read-a-thon, the students had a lot of time in each room to read to themselves or with partners. The teachers also had themed read-alouds that they shared with each class. The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry is one of my favorites and paired perfectly with our jungle theme. This picture book is a great resource if you are looking for a book to teach main idea and key details as well as cause and effect. 

It was, hands down, one of our favorite days this school year!