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You got it folks, it is Sunday Funday here at the Wild Things and I am so excited to share with you this AMAZING deal!


Very excited to be a part of the bundle with Educents! I have gotten to try out each and every product in this bundle and they are all amazing! Truly quality products jam packed with resources and creative teaching ideas. Which product of mine is included? My BEST selling Using Nonfiction Text Features Pack! Wanna know more?

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate nonfiction into your classroom? Need a way to introduce this new type of book to your students and reinforce those skills? This pack will help you tremendously in helping your students successfully read nonfiction. With this pack, students will make a booklet for all nonfiction text features where they will give definitions and authentic examples. It is a great reference tool to use throughout the year! There are also materials for a teacher-made anchor chart, many graphic organizers, a treasure hunt fun for students, and bookmarks! This pack can open many doors for teaching more nonfiction in your classroom.


My students LOVED this activity last year, and I can't wait to do it again this year! I love that it's my number 1 selling item, because it truly is very useful and engaging!






There are 23 other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  Hop along to see all the goodies you will get!  




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A Quick Monday Freebie!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop in and share with y'all a freebie that many people on Instagram have requested I share.


Every Friday my teaching partner and I send home an e-newsletter to all parents of our kiddos to tell about the upcoming week. We include A LOT of information on these newsletters. We have found it is the best way to keep parents in the loop about what is going on in our classroom, hold parents and students accountable, and just open up the doors of positive communication.

Things we include in our newsletter:

  • I CAN statements for each subject
  • Important vocabulary words for each subject (Ex: Reading-explicit, inference, main idea, characters)
  • Spelling words
  • Upcoming Dates (picture day, test days, etc.)
  • Important Info (anything parents NEED to know about)
  • A picture section
  • "Out of the Mouth of Babes" (a funny quote from one of our kiddos)
  • Character Quote (a character skill we will talk about for the next week.)
This year, we have gotten SO many compliments on our newsletter and praises of thanks. Some of my favorites include:

I LOVE your newsletter … thank you for keeping us informed.

Great newsletter, ladies!  I realize this takes a lot of work and it is very appreciated.

That has to be the BEST "Weekly Newsletter" I have ever received. WOW! You're Awesome. 

It has been wonderful to get this feedback and to keep contact with our parents. Here's what our newsletter looks like:


You can pick up the editable template for FREE here. Just make sure you download the KG fonts I used or choose your own :) 

Happy Monday, everyone! Let's make it a GREAT week!



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SIGH... It's Friday Freebie time!

Oh my gosh. How many of you feel like you've been running around in a tornado in the opposite direction?! OTES, PGP, RIMP, RTI, and all the other ingredients in acronym soup are making me feel like I want to curl up in the fetal position and cry. I am EXHAUSTED to say the least. In fact, I am SHOCKED that I am awake and it is 10:30pm. However, I am *TRYING* so very hard to stay positive and keep on teaching on!

We had such a busy week and I want to share about everything we did and give you a fun freebie! *Beware, LOTS of pictures to come!

So I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!





We started off the week reviewing characterization with the book The Rough Faced Girl. We completed this fun post-it note characterization activity from Head over Heels for Teaching.  Just the idea of using post-its to compare Cinderella to the main character of our story excited my students so much! They loved it, and so did I!





This week we talked about the writing process and wrote our first big writing piece, narrative stories. We used my freebie Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street pack to kick this off last week, and continued working through the writing process. My students LOVED creating the foldable, and we glued it into our notebooks so we always have it to reference. 




Download these foldables for FREE here.


We are totally rockin' and rolling with Jivey's Mentor Sentences Weeks 1-10. We read Enemy Pie this week and worked with this mentor sentence. My students did an AMAZING job adding more to the sentence to make it more detailed and imitating sentences.  They absolutely love these activities and I am so proud of all that they are learning in grammar and writing. 



We are doing an amazing job with Daily 5. I am loving my kiddos behavior and growth in Daily 5. We are really rolling with Study Island, too which is giving me so much feedback on my students knowledge and learning. I love it!





We had our Lincoln Walk-a-Thon this week. Have any of your schools done this before? This was the first time we did it and it was amazing! Students raised pledge money for us "Walking to D.C." as a school. It is 362 miles or so! We broke it up into half hour times per grade level and gave each grade a goal. Each kid was responsible for at least 2 miles in 4th grade. My kiddos did AWESOME! Three of my girls and two of my boys ran the ENTIRE time with me and we ran 3 total miles in 28 minutes! I was so proud of them :) {Side note, running in 80 degree weather in jeans and TOMS isn't the easiest! haha} Our school raised $4,500 for this! Isn't that AWESOME?! We finished 400 miles total as a school. We are using they money to buy every student in the school a school spiritwear shirt (since many of our kiddos can't afford them) and then purchasing computers to help us build a computer lab. I am so excited!

My kiddos were so lovey this week! I think with the weather changes there is lots of bugs going around and everyones tired. I enjoyed my hugs and love from my fourthies :)


 After 3 match nights of getting home after 10pm and practice and team dinners until 7 on the other nights, I am BEAT! I got my nails tonight as a little treat for surviving the week and I love them! So fun :)

How was your week? I'd love to hear all about it!




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Workshop Wednesday: Writer's with a FREEBIE

I love Wednesdays, because not only do my kiddos and I go around quoting the Geico "HUMP DAY!" commercial, but I also get to link up with one of my BBB's, Jivey for Workshop Wednesday! :)


If you follow me on Instagram, you can see I've been getting writer's workshop starting in my classroom and posting pictures of our progress. 

Writer's workshop is honestly my FAVORITE new concept to teach to my students. I LOVE the way we start out the year and the way we get our writing skills going! 

Have you heard of this book? If you don't have it.. go out and buy it.. NOW! Yes, it is that wonderful. Every year my class LOVES hearing it, and every year I feel like we get so much out of it. I use this book for 2 whole weeks to launch writer's workshop, and we refer back to it CONSTANTLY throughout the year. Eva becomes a popular classroom name when we talk about writing. 

My students say things like:

"How did Eva make her story so good?"

"Eva was bored with writing too, but she made an awesome story!"

I love that they love the book as much as me! I decided to share the fun with all of you and make a information packed freebie for you to launch writer's workshop in your classroom using the book, too!


This freebie is packed with a 10 day layout for how to use the book, and graphic organizers for every step of the way. I will give a brief over view here on my blog, but download the freebie for a more detailed description and resources!


I start off by reading the book out loud to the kids for the first time. We talk about the main character, Eva, and what her problem is. As she solves that problem we discuss how she does it. We make a list of what makes Eva such a great writer at the end. 

For homework that night, students go home and draw a map of their street. We discuss how this will be the setting for our story.



On Day 2 we make an interactive foldable to glue down to the back cover of our notebooks. We talk about what makes a good writer and strategies from the story to help us be better. This is something that we refer to all year long. I have included this foldable in the pack with a key for how to fill it out. We read the book again, and record our findings.




On days 3-4 we start planning our narrative with the planning sheet, and choosing the best way to start our narrative. We write our opening paragraphs!

Day's 5-6 we talk about different parts of a narrative, and write our rough drafts. We also talk about the best ways to end a story and work on our endings.

Days 7-10 we talk about the writing process, revise, edit, and publish! I give students a checklist to make sure their final copy has everything a good writer does, and we post our work! I love how the stories turn out. (I will share this year's examples when we are finished at the end of this week!)


This always starts our writing off GREAT and I highly suggest even trying to incorporate this book into your Writer's Workshop however you can. I hope this post helped you with your Writer's Workshop in some way :)

Don't forget to check out the Jivey's amazing favorite things giveaway! She has over 1,000 followers..how awesome is that?! Doesn't surprise me though, she totally rocks :)




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