The Big Sale--What I'm buying!

In case you haven't heard… TPT is having a HUGE sale Thursday and Friday. I've been waiting for this for months, as I'm sure many of you have been, too!

I am linking up with a many of my favorite blogging buddies to share what things I have bought on TPT that make my life MUCH easier, and what things I will be buying during the big sale! :)

First up, one of my newest FAVORITE topics to teach is the Revolutionary War. Why do you ask? Thanks to some AMAZING resources that I have purchased.

First up, we have really enjoyed learning all about what led up to this huge war that impacted our nation's history so much! We are using Collaboration Cuties American Revolution Articles and Activities.

My students LOVE reading the articles and completing the activities, and I feel like they are truly learning from them. The comprehension questions that follow up each article are great for homework or a quick assessment, too!

To go along with this topic, we are reading some GREAT mentor texts and LOVING Jivey's Revolutionary War Mentor Text Unit. They have loved all of the books, and are constantly asking to read them again!

During Daily 5 time, my students are LOVING Diane over at Fifth in the Middle's awesome If you Lived in Colonial Times centers. They are hands on and interactive, informative, and keep them engaged for the full 20 minutes! I love it :)

What else is on my wish list? Here are a few items I CAN'T WAIT to purchase during the sale:

I always need more things to teach nonfiction text structure, and these posters and quizzes will be perfect!

 Close reading? YES PLEASE! Love these new March themed passages! :)

 I have had my eye on these Reading Response Menus for a while, and I am finally going to take the plunge! These will be perfect homework test prep for my kiddos!

 We ALWAYS need review on government, and again, Close Reading activities are PERFECT for integrating LA and SS. I can't wait to try these out! :)

 Since LA Interactive Notebooks are such a hit in my room, why not SS, too? I can't wait to pick this bad boy up!

Along with 3 million other sellers, my TPT store will be 20% off, and if you use the code you will get an extra 10%! Fill that shopping cart up, and empty the wish list! There's lots to enjoy :)

Here's some of my latest and most wish listed items you can pick up for a steal!

Enjoy the sale and shop till you drop! We all need those amazing resources to help us survive the rest of the year! :)


Computer and Internet Safety


These are the echoes of my students after I told them Friday we would be starting our Living Wax Museum projects.

I wanted to stop by and share what we will be doing this week and give you a little freebie!

One of the 4th grade standards requires students to conduct a research assignment with adult guidance. Now I don't know about you, but this has always seemed like a daunting standard to teach! Two years ago I came up with a solution: A Living Wax Museum.

This has quickly become the most talked about event in 4th grade. My students ask me about it all year!

I never just launch the project, though. I spend at least 2 days talking about computer safety and Internet safety.
 We take a "pretest" for both concepts, and I use these pretests to figure out what I need to touch on the most, and what the kiddos already know.
We go through basic rules of using a computer, and safety using the Internet. It gives them a great baseline to start their projects!!

You can download this for free for a limited time by clicking either of the pictures above or clicking here.

I will stop by and share more as our projects progress! :)

I'm linking up with my BBB, Holly, for Tried it Tuesday (a day late, I know, but our Internet was down with all of the snow!)


Figurative Language with Music

This will be a quick post because I have a pounding headache and my bed is calling my name :)

But we've been having some fun in 4th grade this week and I wanted to link up and share what we've been up to!

One of my favorite things to teach is figurative language. I LOVE watching the students catch on and find figurative language in all sorts of activities, and then use it in their creative writing.

If you walk by my classroom during the weeks we're working on it, you might be astonished by the noise level and think we're holding a middle school dance. But don't worry, it's just my students learning!

I've found the BEST way to get my kiddos to understand fig lang is to use music. They can all relate to it and ENJOY finding fig lang in songs they know and love.

I was SO excited when I came across Erin's Interactive Notebooks this year because she also uses songs to teach this concept. Combining her and my activities made for a ROCKIN' few weeks!

I introduced each type of figurative language with a little part of a song and examples. We talked about:

Then, found figurative language in poetry and in the books we were reading.

We completed this foldable from Erin's notebook to recap what we'd learned:
{We color code all fig. lang to make it easy to color code when we find it in texts.}

Today was our rockin' music day! We jammed out to a few fun songs such as "Fireflies" by Owl City, "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Replay" by Sean Kingston, and "Firework" by Katy Perry.

I was SO proud of my kiddos and all of the figurative language they found in the songs!

{This activity can be found in my figurative language freebies!}

Tonight for homework I gave them 24 cards with different figurative language. They have to sort them and label them to review for their test tomorrow!

How do you teach figurative language? I'd love to hear what you do! 

I'm linking up with the wonderful Erin Cobb for her Thursday Throw Down linky party and the amazing Jivey for Workshop Wednesday! :)