Top 3 Wish-listed Items- Linky Party

Sunday, November 27, 2016




Are you looking for engaging reading passages to use for Close Reading?  I looked far and wide and decided to create these passages to use with my higher level readers.  Kids love animals so I made a list and asked my husband (who is really a big kid at heart) which animals he would like to read about.    I used his top picks and made challenging yet not too difficult reading passages for my kiddos.  I used them in my reading groups before putting them on TpT.  (After all, if I don't think it's a great product- it's not making it in my store!)


Next we have a great report writing resource that combines learning about farm animals with writing about them.  


I made these to use during our Farm Animal Unit.  
As you know, kids come in all sizes, shapes and levels.  I made this differentiated to scaffold the writing for my struggling students and very open ended for my confident writers.  There are directions for directed drawings of the animals, close reading passages to get information, differentiated rough draft and final copy pages, and so much more.  

These are a great introduction to report writing and research.  


And finally, here is my top wish listed science activity.


These activities are hands-on and really make the kids think.  They are given basic information about pushes, pulls and force and then they are challenged to complete different activities.  

These are perfect for cooperative groups!  Kids really need to work together to problem solve and come up with the solutions.




Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at some of my most sought after products.  




Cheryl Irick

Cyber Monday Sale (a day early)

Hi everyone,

If you are like me, you've started your holiday shopping both online and in stores.  I personally like online better, but that's just me.

I've been browsing TpT and filling up my shopping cart.  I have found some great things but don't want to wait until Monday to get them (I'm in an instant gratification kind of mood) so I thought I would let my followers get a jump on their own shopping too (just in case those one or two items are just what you need for school on Monday).

I'm participating in TpT's Cyber Monday Sale, but I've decided to get it started a day early.  All my items will be 20% off starting today.  Happy shopping!







Attribute Block Turkey Patterns

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Every year my kindergartners work on patterning.  


I have my kiddos build different patterns on the rug, and then I have them move the pattern to form a circle.  This reinforces that the pattern must continue uninterrupted.  You would be surprised how many kid really don't get that concept.


After we build our patterns in a circle I then send them to their desks and they rebuild that same pattern using paper pattern block pieces.  Luckily my school has a die cut machine with these shapes so prepping them is very easy.  We glue these to construction paper and that becomes a turkey tail.


We finish the turkeys by gluing on a turkey body, legs, eyes and a beak.  They alway turn out so cute!
The last part of the project is to count the shapes that we used and add them up. 




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