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Springing To Action: Top Notch Literacy Tips for Your Favorite Skills

Springing To Action: Top Notch Literacy Tips for Your Favorite Skills


HAPPY SPRING!

Welcome to the 
Spring Blooming Readers Linky!
This blog hop features creative posts and 
resource freebies from members of 

We have collaborated this
month to bring you some of our best literacy tips for your 
teaching your favorite skills.


Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


My post focuses on helping students recognize and use preposition words to help make their writing more descriptive.  A new book I discovered, The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre, is the perfect one to help them do that!




Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


Realistic and beautiful watercolor illustrations by Patricia J. Wynne compliment the simple, straightforward text that is full of both action verbs and words that identify time and place.  Previewing the pages shown above is a good way to start a group discussion on how words like behind, beyond, and around help chart the journey of the bee as she looks for a place to build her colony.




After highlighting place and time words in the story, introduce the definition of a preposition and share examples of how they are used in phrases.


Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!




Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


Then use either chart paper or the following vocabulary cards to build a word bank or list of familiar preposition.  These can be displayed on a bulletin board or in a pocket chart.  Have students generate their own examples of sentences with prepositions to reinforce their understanding.  Some good examples follow:

The children put the toys inside the cupboard.

The pipes below the sink were broken.

The actors stood on the stage behind the curtain.


Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


Once you have read The Bumblee Queen, go back through the text and re-read sentences with prepositional phrases to reinforce student understanding of the concept.  Examples you will find include:

The bumblebee queen begins the spring below the ground all alone.

New bees and drones emerge from the hive.

Drones from many colonies zoom across the fields, dabbing drops of bee perfume.


You could also use the vocabulary cards to coordinate a movement game where students follow your oral direction that includes one of the preposition words.  For example, you could say:

Zach, look under the front shelf and bring me a Junie B. book. 

Sierra, go across to the window and bring me a blue marker.

Joseph, walk down the hall to the drinking fountain.




Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


An outline of my lesson, along with an original poem and practice worksheets are included in this generous FREEBIE you will find in my TpT store {HERE}!

Students can practice reading the preposition poem independently, as a group choral read or with a partner.  They can then highlight the preposition words they find.  A fill-in-the-blank practice worksheet and a write-your-own worksheet are also provided to help you reinforce and assess student understanding.


Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!




Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


Another good follow-up activity to this lesson involves providing a variety of non-fiction and fiction books about bees for your students to look through and find more preposition words.  They can then write sentences with the words from their collections.

You will find more useful bee-themed books, activities, art projects, and decor ideas
I have collected
{HERE}!





Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest primary grade students in poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


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Be sure to check out the next blog post in our linky from Nichole over at The Craft of Teaching!

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Once you have read her post all about using mentor texts to teach genres,
be sure to hop through the rest of these great ideas from some of my best blogger buddies. 
Be sure to download all of the fabulous FREEBIES!

As always, thank you for stopping by!  It has been a LONG time since I have blogged and created, and it felt good to get the old juices flowing again!  My chemotherapy treatments leave my brain in a bit of a fog most days, but I hope that you will find my tips for teaching grammar skills clear and useful!

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Honeybee mentor texts are the perfect way to interest and engage primary grade students poetry and using prepositional phrases in their writing!


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#TpT Love Sale

#TpT Love Sale



Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I am having a sale
to honor YOU, YOU, YOU! 

Do not miss this Feb. 14-15 Valentine sale on resources that pair perfectly with your favorite picture books!

Well, I am also honoring my favorite celebrity couple as well.  Because This Is Us is not on for the next two weeks due to the Winter Olympics, and I MISS THEM.  Their sweetness, honesty, humor, and shared sorrow just makes them my favorite and the perfect Valentines!  To quote some silly lyrics from the musical GREASE....

They go together
like ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong!
Shooby-do-wop-do-wop!

Some other things that go together like peanutbutter and jelly, salt and pepper, cream cheese and bagels, and macaroni and cheese are my thematic resources!  Check out these activity pack trios and duos that will make classroom learning fun and literacy-based!

They are all on sale at a 25% discount through today and tomorrow!
Be sure to scoop up the savings!

Do not miss this Feb. 14-15 Valentine sale on resources that pair perfectly with your favorite picture books!




Do not miss this Feb. 14-15 Valentine sale on resources that pair perfectly with your favorite picture books!


Do not miss this Feb. 14-15 Valentine sale on resources that pair perfectly with your favorite picture books!


Do not miss this Feb. 14-15 Valentine sale on resources that pair perfectly with your favorite picture books!


Do not miss this Feb. 14-15 Valentine sale on resources that pair perfectly with your favorite picture books!


Before you hop over to my shop, be sure to visit my Facebook page before 5 p.m. EST today--
Wednesday, February 14, 2018-- to enter my GIVEAWAY!

I am offering a $10 TpT Gift Card and your choice of one resource from my store.  What you need to do are follow these two easy steps!

1.  Leave your e-mail.
2.  Leave the link to your preferred product.

Know that I am SO very appreciative of every purchase you have made, every kind feedback comment you have left, and every blog post you have read.  It warms my heart to know you as followers and friends!

If you are not yet subscribing to my e-mail newsletter, please take a minute to fill out the form at the top of the right sidebar!  I try to send out one per week and include a FREEBIE, depending on how I am feeling after treatment.  I am now five treatments away from being done with my chemo and hope that I can reignite my creative spark!  Woo hoo!

Peace,


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Four Years of Stories and Songs...

Four Years of Stories and Songs...



Welcome long, lost friends!


It has been five months since I posted here, but I am back to share a celebration and a sale with you!
 

Celebrate four years of blogging and creating for TpT with a Thanksgiving resource sale!


In honor of my four-year TpT and blog anniversary, all of my Thanksgiving resources are 20% off today through Wednesday! 


Celebrate four years of blogging and creating for TpT with a Thanksgiving resource sale!


Consider it my simple way of expressing my gratitude for your continued support and readership.  I will continue to cherish both in the days ahead as I undergo treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma.  I was diagnosed three weeks ago, and will have my second chemo treatment this Friday.  So far, my side effects have been minimal and my attitude is positive.  I am currently on medical leave from school, and spend my days resting, reading, eating right, and watching Netflix!  I have tremendous support from my family, teaching colleagues, and friends.  #TeamJen has rallied in my time of need, and lifts my spirit. I feel exceptionally lucky and loved.


Celebrate four years of blogging and creating for TpT with a Thanksgiving resource sale!


I am not sure how much energy I will have to create or blog in the months ahead, but know that I am with you all in spirit as you continue to do the good work in your classrooms and serve the children entrusted to your care.

As always, thank you for sharing my stories and songs.  Continue to hold both close to your heart, and share their magic.

by Henry  & Felice Mancini

Sometimes
Not often enough
We reflect upon those good things
And those thoughts always center around those we love
And I think about those people
Who mean so much to me
And for so many years have made me so very happy
And I count the times I have forgotten to say
THANK YOU
And just how much I love them


Celebrate four years of blogging and creating for TpT with a Thanksgiving resource sale!



Peace,


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Spring Into Reading Linky

Spring Into Reading Linky


Welcome friends!

I hope that you are enjoying your stops along The Reading Crew's spring blog hop! May you gather great ideas to use in your classroom in the days ahead!  My contribution to this month's collection of favorite mentor texts is a thought-provoking story that will help you teach compare and contrast skills to your primary grade students.


Primary grade students will love comparing and contrasting both the character traits of Bear and Hare, and the vegetables growing in their garden, using Janet Stevens' TOPS AND BOTTOMS as a mentor text.


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