Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Online Magazine for Teachers!

Surely you've heard about (and are a big fan of) the Organized Classroom blog from Charity Preston. If you haven't heard of it, it certainly is one you'll want to check out. Either way…I've got GREAT news for you!

As of today Charity has now launched her online Organized Classroom magazine! The first issue is completely free, so you'll definitely want to check it out!

Click the image below to check it out NOW!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pick Apart those Parts of Speech

Have you been teaching your kids the Parts of Speech?  So far my class has concentrated on nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives.  I've introduced them to conjunctions, but they're not responsible for identifying them at this time.  Some of my kids really got the hang of identifying them, and others . . . still need practice.

I've created this fun little center (which I will eventually turn into an early finishers activity) to help my kids pick apart their sentences and see how using various parts of speech help to make complete and interesting sentences.  

It's called Picky, Picky!  Parts of Speech.  I've written 50 sentences to go with the activity, so that's plenty to last your kids many, many rounds.  However, I've also included a blank page for you to add your own sentences that you may want to personalize with names of students and teachers in your class or school to engage the students even more.  If you've been working on a particular use of a part of speech, use these pages to tailor the sentences to the needs of your students!

All you need to do is make copies of the activity sheet and cut out the sentence strips and place them in some kind of container (maybe even a pickle jar).  Students will choose a sentence, glue it into the empty box, color code the words, and count up or inventory how many of each part of speech the sentence has!  Simple as that!  You could even have students write their own sentences in the box if you'd like!

There are 2 worksheet pages.  1 is geared towards grades 1-2 (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs).  The 2nd is geared towards grades 3-5 (adding adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions to the code and inventory).

Grab your copy from TPT or Teachers Notebook.  Enjoy!

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