Teaching Fact & Opinion with FUNKY Shoes!

Hello! I am breaking the radio silence on my blog to bring you a new teaching resource! I have been working on this one for a long time (a few years actually...) and I am so excited to show it to you! Get ready, because you will need to channel your inner Ms. Frizzle to teach with this packet. You will begin these lessons by decorating your own pair of funky shoes. I got my high heels (pictured below) from a thrift store for only a couple of dollars. Then I got creative and decorated them with glitter, pompoms, jewels, flowers, a butterfly, and markers. You will need to be super creative-- the crazier, the better! For this lesson it’s important to create shoes that will spark some serious conversation, opinions, and interest among your students.

Once your shoes are decorated, wear them to school. You can wear them all day, or just during the fact/opinion lessons. I promise that your students will be very curious about your shoes and they will begin to form their own opinions about them from the very start. (This “attention getter” will set the stage for the rest of the activities.) Take a look below to see what is available in this packet. There are activities that are specific to the "funky shoe" activity, but there are also generic fact/opinion activities for any occasion.

The first two people to comment with their email addresses will get this packet free! 


Puzzle Photo Album

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When I came across this blog post << here >> from Love Them Madly, I knew I had to make a puzzle photo album for my little guy too! I actually made it for his first birthday, and he loved it even more than I thought he would! He can take the puzzle pieces off in record time, and he loves to talk about the pictures underneath each shape. His puzzle has pictures of mom, dad, baby (himself), cousins, and grandparents.

This puzzle photo album was so easy to make and it didn't take a lot of time. First I ordered the Melissa & Doug: Large Shapes Jumbo Puzzle from Amazon << here >>. Next I printed pictures of our family. I printed out a lot of different pictures (in different sizes), because I wasn't sure which pictures I would use and where. When the puzzle arrived, it was nice to have a lot of different photo options, because some photos fit some shapes better than others. 

Once I decided where the photos would go, I traced the shapes onto the photos, cut them out, and glued the pictures onto the puzzle. After this was done, I noticed that the photos were getting a little scratched up, so I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge onto each picture with a foam paint brush. The Mod Podge dried clear and protected the photos perfectly!

My little boy loves to play with this puzzle, because it has pictures of his favorite people on it! It is fun to talk about the pictures with him, and soon I will be teaching him the colors and names of the different shapes (and we will call the diamond a rhombus, of course ).


Keep Your Students Reading This Summer!

As teachers you work so hard to teach your students to read during the school year.  So, of course, you want them to continue reading during the summer! You definitely don't want them to lose anything they have gained during the year and you want them to keep improving during June, July, and August. Here are a few, free ideas to keep your students (or children) reading this summer. 

1. Book Adventure: a fun, FREE way to motivate students to read during the summer. Your students can read books at home, and then log onto BookAdventure.com to take comprehension quizzes. There are hundreds of books to choose from, available on all different reading levels. After successfully completing a comprehension quiz, your students will earn points that they can redeem for neat prizes. Click << here >> to check out Book Adventure!

2. Barnes and Noble Imagination's Destination: will give your students a free book for reading eight books this summer, as long as they keep track of the books read in the journal provided.  Click << here >> to check out the rules and get your free journal!

3. Chuck E. Cheese: your students can earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the reading calendar below and take it in redeem. (Participating locations only.) Click << here >> to download the Chuck E. Cheese reading calendar! 

4. Scholastic: a free online reading program for you students. Through this program your students can participate in a World Record challenge and earn digital prizes. Click << here >> to check it out!

5. PBS Kids: This website will provide your students and their families with fun, FREE projects, activities and ideas that will promote summer reading. Click << here >> to check it out.

6. Your local library!! Encourage your students to get a library card and use it all summer long! Many local libraries also offer their own summer reading challenge and story times with fun activities. Before the school year is over, you may want to take a field trip to your local library and let your students have a look around.

Another fun way to keep your students reading this summer is with this cute Summer Reading Goal writing activity. Click << here >> to check it out in my TpT shop!

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