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Thanksgiving Freebies Linky

Things have been busy, busy, busy around here.  I haven't been home on the weekend in a couple weeks!  I can't wait until Thanksgiving break and a few days off!  I have big plans for those few days.  We'll see how much I get accomplished :)

I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun Thanksgiving goodies I've found.
Paper and Graphics credit to Ashley Hughes!  Super adorbs as always!

First, I have these Color by Sight Word turkeys.  I have pages practicing the Dolch Pre-Primer, Primer, and First grade words.  You can download the set for free from my TpT store by clicking the images below.

I also found these great items from some friends.

I love this cute turkey craft idea I found over on Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.

Arlene from It's LMN Tree has some great ideas on teaching thematically.  She also has this Thanksgiving word sort that's great to build that thematic vocabulary.

Michelle from Teach 123 has this some fun Thanksgiving themed phonics freebies.
She also has a few others so head on over and check them out.

And, finally, but one of my favorites, Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade has this great interactive notebook freebie!

I thought it would also be fun to see some of the resources others would like to share!  Go ahead and link a post up below!  Please just link back so readers can see the full list.

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Wednesday Website #4

Thanks to Ashley for the adorable girl clip art!

It's time for Wednesday Website #4!  I took last week off for the holiday but I'm back to share another awesome site with you!  The last couple weeks I shared more primary oriented websites and this week I'm sharing another one that's better for the intermediate grades.
Read Theory is a great, FREE website that you can use to have students independently practice and build their comprehension skills.  It's a relatively new site (just launched this spring) so there have been a few kinks.  But, overall, I think the site is fantastic!

First you need to Register on the top.  I'd recommend you not using Facebook to register since you'll be using this with your students.  You just type in your name, birthday, and email address.  Then they send you a confirmation email.  After you click that, you get the second part of the registration to complete.  This is where you identify that you are a teacher.

Then you need to set up your class(es)!
On the top select My Classes, and then once you're at the classes screen, select to create a new class.
I love that you are able to preassign usernames and passwords for students so that you don't have to *really* keep track of them.  You are also able to assign a level for your students or have them take the placement quiz.  I'm not sure if I didn't see the quiz option or if I just assigned them before, but I wish they had taken the placement quiz.

The website is designed to be intuitive with students' performance.  They're even working on making it better now.  If students score poorly on a quiz, they go down a level.  If they do great, they go up another level.  I used it a few times with my students and enjoyed it.  I look forward to using it all year long with my third graders.

Here are some other helpful portions of their site where you can get additional information.
Content samples for you to check out what the students do.

And the FAQ's.

I hope you find this website helpful!  I can't wait to see what others' link up with!


Wednesday Website #3

Thanks to Ashley for the adorable girl clip art!

It's week 3 of Wednesday website!  This week, I'm sharing another site that's fantastic for the primary grades.  I first learned about it when I was student teaching.  I went to use it again and couldn't find it, but I see that it's with Earobics now (or always was?) and so it's hosted on their site.

Alien Scavenger Hunt is in the intermediate level and says it practices letter-sound correspondence.  Letter Bugs (shown below) practiced CVC words.  Space Trash is not letter-sound that we're used to so much.  It actually practices digraphs and other more intermediate phonics skills.

Fearless Frieda is spelling practice.  When I played, it mainly focused on words with the magic e skill.  Frieda would say a word, and students would type it.

I hope I've shared a new site with you that you can use!  I hope to find some other great sites from other bloggers as well!

Wednesday Website #2

Welcome to week #2 of Wednesday Website!  If you click the image above you can head to the first week's post and link-up!

This week, I decided to go with a website that I've used with my older grades students in the past.  Last week was focused on younger students so I thought it'd be good to go to the other spectrum of things.  Plus, I'll be using this one in 3rd grade next year  {Warning: If you haven't figured it out by now, I am going to be that annoying person that brings something up over and over and over again because she's so stinking excited about it.  Please remind me of this moment in December when I'm ready to cry and hot cocoa and Love Actually is the only thing to lift my spirits!}

NoRedInk is a great, FREE, grammar practice website.  Sign up for a login so you can give it a test drive!  There's a quick (but not quite as explanatory as I'd like) demo once you're signed up.

Then you go to class management (2nd from the left on the blue banner) to set up your class.  Click "Create New Class".  You enter some very basic information and it gives you an invite code.  Students then register using that invite code.  It allows students to choose their username and password.  I told my kids to use the first letter of their first name and their last name as their username (ie tmaguire) and then I told them a password to use.  I am not about to reset passwords every.single.time students go to the page.  Ain't nobody got time for that!  Yo, can you set up a feature where teachers choose the usernames and passwords and auto-enroll?  That would make this website even more phenomenal!  Another nice feature of the site is that when students enroll, they select pop culture items that interest them.  They then use that info to target questions to keep students' engagement.  You'll see more about this below.

Once you have a class set up, now you need to get them practicing!  Right now there are 4 skills that can be practiced: apostrophes, commonly confused words, subject/verb agreement, and commas/fragments/run-ons.  The bonus is that you can further identify exactly what students will practice with that skill.  As default I started with all of them.  However, for my 3rd graders I later modified it so it was more targeted on what the students actually needed practice with.

Here you can see some of the assignments I had my 3rd graders do. 

Here's an example of a question.  There may or may not be something wrong on this one.  Students submit what they think is correct.  You see how they used Shakira in the question?

Here's an example of a question that was submitted incorrectly.  It shows that it was a 2nd attempt.  Students try again or they can select to see the tutorial that will teach them about the skill.  I had some students go to 5+ attempts and really like that it gives them multiple chances.

It also allows you to assign quizzes to students.  I didn't show any of that but it's similar in format to the practice.

I also LOVE that you are able to differentiate for students by assigning different assignments and then tracking their progress.  Here's a report of how my 3rd graders did.  It starts by showing percentages for the overall skills.  We only did this a couple times at the end of the year so it's not the best data.

Then you're also able to drill down and see how students did on each sub skill.  These match those check marks that were on the right on the create-an-assignment tab.
As you can see, overall there were strengths and weaknesses and one student was lower than the other two. Again, since we only did this a few times, this isn't the best data.  But it did give me enough to know that I am going to continue to use this site with my classes of students in the future.

 I hope you find this site beneficial for you and your students.  Check out the linky below for other fantastic websites that you can use in your classroom.


Fabulous Feedback

When I heard the idea for the Fabulous Feedback linky, I was all over it.  I mean, I get an opportunity to showcase and share the nice things people say about what I pour my heart and mind over to create?  Who wouldn't want to do that?  And, honestly, we get some interesting feedback, and interesting might not even be the right word, so getting a chance to show the good stuff is great.  It's not easy for anyone to accept constructive criticism, and I've learned teachers are even more bothered by it, but it's the name of the game.  So, I try to accept each and every quality feedback I receive, learn from it, and improve my creations.  Thank you for taking the time to leave worthwhile and quality feedback.  It helps the sellers hearts and, at times, helps improve them too.

Here is some feedback that warmed my heart well.

If you are one of the 6 people whose feedback I featured, please send me an email because I want to send you something to show my appreciation for your sweet and quality feedback :)

If you'd like to check out the other Fabulous Feedback posts, check out the linky below!

I hope your school has some fantastic goodies lined up this week!