Jump Into Summer Writing

Want a quick writing ideas for summer writing. Check out this little set for all kinds of writing with a summer theme.
Summer is (almost) here. In Coastal Virginia, we have a few more weeks and we can rest, recharge, and review the year and reinvent some lessons while we refresh others. Whew!

That being said, I wanted something for my students to do that was quick and fun for summer writing. A few years ago I made this set. I just updated it and added black and white versions of each month for easy copying.

Want a quick writing ideas for summer writing. Check out this little set for all kinds of writing with a summer theme.
I made up 3 months of activities we a weekly schedule:
CVC Sunday
Make It Monday
Topic Tuesday
Word Wall Word Wednesday
Thinking Map Thursday
Word Family Friday
Sentence Saturday

Each day can be differentiated for the needs of your students. CVC Sunday asks students to write the CVC word pictured on the date. Students  can also write more words in that family, write sentences, write a story, draw a picture, or anything else you want.

If you would like this set, it will be FREE until my last day of school, June 14, 2019. After that it will be just $2.

Click the link to my TPT store and enjoy the FREEBIE.

If you like it, share some of your summer writing with me in the fall.

Memorial Day...More than a Day Off

Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school. Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
I know we are all at that time of the year when we are DELIGHTED to have Memorial Day off of school.  In my part of Virginia we go to school until the middle of June, so Memorial Day is the "beginning of the end" for us.

BUT, we need to take a step back and realize it's bigger than that.
Teachers have a critical role in teaching the next generation about the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Seems this generation of students is more "me-centric" and the value of paying respect is being watered down daily.

We have to share Memorial Day with our students.  There are some great picture books available for this task.  The H is for Honor book can be "heavy" for some early learners, but choosing a few pages to share can be a perfect way of sharing this material.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
As a follow up to the books, I have created some materials to support writing about Memorial Day.  You know I love my 4 Square and this is an easy fit.  I also created a Memorial Day Vocabulary Card and writing paper.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
The FREEBIE also contains 2 word work ideas for Memorial Day.  The first is a "make it, break it" activity using the letters that spell "Memorial Day."  This can be a teacher directed activity, a small group activity, or an independent activity. The last activity is a Word Family flip book.  I chose the 
-ay family (Memorial DAY). Students can make the flip book and write about the -ay family.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.

Finally, a teacher at our school has a son currently serving in the military in Japan.  Just recently he lost his best friend in his unit.  The idea of Memorial Day and showing respect is more important than ever.  This week she put this in our faculty lounge.  What a great way for adults to remember.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
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Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school. Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
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Word Ladders: Climbing with Word Features

Using Word Ladders combines manipulating and applying letter/sound knowledge. It's a great way to help students truly understand the relationships with words.
Word Ladders are such a great way to see what your students can really do with manipulating letters in words. I first used Tim Rasinski's Daily Word Ladders (I don't get any money for this link). This was the warm up for my word work and students were directed to read the clue, then read the directions, move the letters that were not changing and fill in the letter that was changing. We had the process down. I really wanted them to try and do these independently, but the clues and directions often held hurdles for my earliest readers. I decided to make my own (because it's what I like do...lol).

CVC Building ~ The Bridge to Reading and Writing

CVC Building helps students build a bridge to reading and writing.
The Bridge to Everywhere!

The majority of early learners need very specific things:  a foundation of letters and sounds and their clear connections, a bank of known words, and exposure to lots and lots of words.  If I could have 1 literacy center to bond all those skills together, I’d take CVC practice.  (Well, I’d sneak in lots of writing ~ both scripted and unscripted.)

6 Mini Lessons for Structure Errors

I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors. This is the last in the a series: structure errors. Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.
If you've ever read a post from me about reading, you know I completely believe in miscue analysis. You have to know why they made errors before you can help fix the confusions.  I have previously blogged about Meaning Errors and Visual Errors.  This is the last in the a series: Structure Errors.
I have previously blogged about meaning errors and visual errors. This is the last in the a series: structure errors. Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.
Structure errors are all about the structure of the sentence and understanding the English language.

Structure errors are also known as syntactic errors or errors with syntax. Structure errors are errors with natural language, grammar, language patterns, or knowledge of the English language. Once you have determined the errors are structural in nature, the following activities are great for helping students with these errors.
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