Celebrating Literacy Giveaway!

Head over to Creation Castle's blog for a Celebrating Literacy Giveaway in honor of Banned Books Week!

The Teaching Bank has added  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Comprehension Packet to the 4-5th grade giveaway!

To win this great comprehension packet and $23.75 worth of other 4-5th grade items from several wonderful teachers enter now!

The giveaway has been broken up by grade level so not only will you find great items from 4-5th grade teachers but you can find items from all grade levels. Feel free to enter more than one! All of these great resources celebrate our freedom to read any book - a few have even been banned before!

The giveaway is ends at 11:59 pm on October 6th, be sure to get your entries in by then. Good luck! All seven winners on October 7th!

Fall Fun Link up!

Looking for some fun, creative ideas for Fall? Head over the the Teacher 2 Teacher Blog for a great Fall Fun Link-up! There are tons of great Fall themed products from some wonderfully creative teachers!

Little Friendly Ghosts

Halloween is fast approaching! Who doesn't love a good fright and lots of candy!

Mel from Graphics From the Pond has put together a giant Linky Party  to share the great products that have been created using her ghostly clip art.

I have worked with Mel several times and she is absolutely fantastic! So friendly and so very talented. Please check out Graphics From the Pond's TpT store if you are looking for some great clip art that is reasonably priced!

Since I love working with Mel I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join in! I have submitted:

Happy Haunting Noun & Verb Sorting Center

The Happy Haunting Noun and Verb Sorting Center is a great seasonal addition to a 1st-3rd grade language learning center. Students can work together or on their own to sort the Noun and Verb ghosts onto the proper spooky tree!

Be sure to head over to the Linky Party to find Happy Haunting Noun & Verb Sorting Center plus many, many more Halloween themed items from some really wonderful teachers all thanks to Mel at Graphics From the Pond!


My Favorite Freebie

Joining in for a fun Linky Party on 2nd Grade Pad's Blog to celebrate favorite FREE products!

The product I chose as my favorite freebie is actually one I just created yesterday!

I created this item not for my classroom or for my customers, but for my 2nd grade son. Sam has struggled with handwriting issues since preschool and has been receiving some awesome OT services since Kindergarten. Sam has started off second grade at a brand new school with a great teacher. One of the ongoing activities throughout the year is to read chapter books at home and complete a "Book Report" form to return. Once he has turned in 10 reports he gets a prize.

Last week Sam completed his first book and we sat down to complete his report form. The form he received at school was designed with small boxes and very thin lines to write in. His teacher had found it on the internet. Sam became very frustrated and didn't want to complete his project. He said he didn't care if he got a prize. I know he loves reading and the activity itself was great, the problem was the design of the sheet. Yesterday, with permission from his teacher, I sat down and designed a new sheet that is more visually appealing and open, hence Book Report Fun!

Since this item is so very close to my heart I have chosen Book Report Fun! as my favorite freebie! Please download it for free from The Teaching Bank store.

It is great to use as Sam does, at home, or in the classroom to monitor student's independent reading comprehension. It helps those with OT issues like Sam but is regular enough for any student to use in the primary grades. I hope it will become as useful in your classroom as much as it has for us!