Sunday, August 24, 2014

Collaborative Conversation Sticks {for ELA}



Do you want your students to have deeper, and more meaningful conversations? I know that I DO!!! Whether you have English Language Learners OR timid students, Collaborative Conversation Sticks are a great idea. I created this product to help my students master the CCSS for both Speaking & Listening which state that students need to be able to: “engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly.”

These 30 Sentence Stem sticks will provide your students, and mine, support to engage in academic conversations.  If you haven't used "sentence stems" before then they will help your student become Active Participants in group discussions during Language Arts. They will also hold the students accountable to contributing and foster critical thinking. The response starters and prompts will focus the academic conversation and keep the students on-topic.




Simply Print, Laminate and attach these 30 sentence stems to a popsicle stick so your students can grab them while working in groups.

ANNNNNNNDDD as a Back to School Twist!!!! I will give this set away to one of my FANTASTIC Followers who can guess my favorite clothing pattern to wear!…. Ready friends, guess and get this fantastic set!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chalkboard Bulletin Board Bunting Signs



I don’t know about you... but this year I decided that I was tired of using the precut letters from the teacher supply store to label my cute bulletin boards. ESPECIALLY after seeing so many cute bulletin board letters from my teacher blogger friends on instagram. So, late last night (sorry Honey!) I decided to create my own Chalkboard Bulletin Board Bunting signs to add some flair to my bulletin boards! 


I chose chalkboard because let’s be honest, everything goes with chalkboard cuteness, no matter what your classroom theme or bulletin board may be! They go with every color scheme, season and subject! They are just so classy!


Today was my 3rd day in my brand new classroom so I got to put these babies up:
My Data Wall which showcases their progress for AR and ST Math-Jiji!

Simply print, laminate, string together and cut! 

I made 24 signs but I also included a lower case and upper case alphabet so you can create your own signs for whatever you may need to fancy up in your classroom! The pre made signs are:


Go snag this chalkboard bunting now during the one day boost sale going on right now… and for the next 3 hours and 24 minutes at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Who's Ready? Supply Picture Cards

So for some Sunday afternoon blogging!!!!

I just couldn't wait to share my newest classroom management product:Who's Ready? Supply Picture Cards


These Supply Picture Cards will help organize your students and keep them on task! You will avoid any confusion and the dreaded UNPREPARED LEARNER!

Simply, print these cards, laminate, and attach a magnetic backing. After you give the class a task, put up these picture icons up on your whiteboard so that your students visually SEE and KNOW exactly what they NEED in order to do the task.
Implementing this is perfect for centers, ELLs or just the daily grind!


The picture icon cards included in this set are:



Want to know a secret??? Shh…. These cards can be used as labels in your classroom as well! Don't you love duel purpose products!

Grab this supply picture set here and eliminate wasted time and confusion in your classroom!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky!


Happy Friday! Today I am linking up with the wonderful Stephanie from Flying into First who is hosting the Meet the Teacher Blogger linky party.  I have LOVED getting to know some more about my fellow blogging friends with this link up.  Here is a little bit about me.

My Name is Layla.  I turned the big 3-0 this July.  This is my 8th year teaching. I have taught grades 4th-7th including a combo class. The challenge of a combo class was not as scary as 7th graders! I have been displaced and moved all around the district and this coming year I am nervous  excited to start at a new school teaching my favorite grade- 4th!


This past 4th of July, my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary… we are both red heads :) and he is a teacher too!


First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…
the babies in the baby carriage


We have 2 adorable ginger babies because a ginger+a ginger=gingers

Penelope Jane- 3years old
Eli Donovan- 14 months
We live in Southern California and LOVE it!




These are a few of my favorite things:
cooking, target, inside jokes, quality time, shopping, reading, exercising and Pinterest


If you weren't a teacher, what would you want to be?
A party/wedding planner


Three little words that describe you.
committed, caring and a savvy


Finish the sentence, "______________ said no teacher ever."
"30 kids in a class is the ideal size


It's your birthday and you can invite anyone (dead or living) to the party. Who are you inviting?
J.K Rowling


If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
Me Being Me


You get to pick one superpower. What is it?
Not needing to sleep


What is your favorite quote or saying?

"There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind." CS Lewis

If you had to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
Wagon Wheel


Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I used to be a night owl but now I'm more of a morning person.


What's your favorite resource that you've created in your TPT shop?
I am really excited about my new Whole Class Journals Bundle.  





Share something we might not know about you.
My husband and I were in Brides Magazine

Now I am off to go read more about some of you all If you haven't linked up yet- please do! It is such a fun linky!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What Does a Fox Say? Quotation and Punctuation Practice



A standard that my students struggle with every year is punctuating quotations.  "Where do I put the quote?", "Does the comma go inside or outside of the quotation mark?".  I have tried many different resources and activities, some that have worked and some that have not.  In an effort to make this the year that my students become extraordinary punctuators I created a new set that will make this tricky standard one that they can easily master.  AND what is the trickiest animal of them all? THE FOX of course!

 This set is perfect for direct instruction, collaborative work, centers, assessment and individual work.



They will be humming the song "What Does a Fox Say?" as they complete the various activities! There are 24 task cards that will challenge the kids during center time to put their punctuating skills to the test! 



The performance task for this mini-unit is a fun writing craftivity that asks the students to write with dialogue and tell a story of a fox tricking one of his forest friends.  It challenges the students to put their learning to action by requiring them use 5 different quotes with 5 different dialogue tags in their story.



I cannot wait to use these activities this year in my classroom! Grab this set on sale now at my Teachers pay Teachers store to help your kiddos be tricked no more by those sly quotation mark rules!

Monday, August 4, 2014

4th Grade Language Arts Bundle

Happy Monday! For the Back to School Sale I bundled together 4 of my top selling Language Arts products in my 4th Grade Language Arts Bundle...

1) Homonym a Day! 




2) Figurative Language


Included in this set:
-6 Figurative Language Posters with examples
-A Figurative Language Tree Map that students can use to record figurative language that they find in their stories
-A Figurative Language Foldable. Great for introducing the new concepts or as a study tool.
-Figurative Language Hunt- Can be done in partners or individually. Students color code 60 examples of different figurative language examples Students practice not only identifying which figurative language technique is being used, but also interpreting their meanings
-A figurative Language Review Game with 40 different question cards that quiz the students on their mastery of Figurative language. Great for Center work, for fast finishers or for test prep!(Slides 17-38)

3) Root Words


This pack includes:
60 of the most commonly used roots.
60 circle map activities to help build schema and promote understanding of the roots more by: drawing a picture, coming up with examples of the root and writing a sentence with a word of their choice.
In addition, there is a “I have, Who has..?” game to review all 60 roots. Break it up every few weeks, for a great for review and informal assessment.

4) Idioms



Every day present an idiom. Ask the class if anyone has a prediction of what the idiom means. Use it in a sentence to generate more guesses. Write down the definition, have them copy it in their book and then draw a picture to create a visual representation of the idiom. Quiz them every so often.

This set is a steal when bundled together AND enjoy 28% off today and tomorrow! Grab it here!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School TpT Sale!

Have you heard the news?!!?

I have been stocking my cart up and am excited to cash in some of my feedback credits too!  I am participating in the sale, everything in my TpT Store will be 20% off and with the special promo code you get an extra 8% off! 

Here are my top 2 most wish listed items:



I shared about this fantastic product this past summer here and it has taken off with my class! My students are challenged to work together and preserve. 
There are 28 POWs
with accompanying Student Think Sheets

The think sheet requires them to not only give the answer, but also to show work and defend their answer in writing. By defending their answer and showing their work they are required to do more and process their thinking.  

and also….
Teaching roots is a Common Core Standard for EVERY grade level 1st-9th.  In the past I struggled keeping up with teaching roots because they were thrown in here and there.  Teaching root words are SO important because it allows the students to take ownership of their vocabulary.  I came up with a way to streamline teaching the roots with this set.  Now, I teach a root or two a week.

  I compiled 60 of the most commonly used roots, suffixes and prefixes and made circle maps with each root. I run this off as a packet and have them make a root word book.


     I have used vocabulary webs for the past 7 years with our regular story vocabulary. I modified these down for this root activity pack.  All you have to do is introduce the root word(s) of the week, I do this whole group. I ask if anyone thinks they know what the root word means. Then I copy the correct definition on my example. I let them work in pairs to come up with some examples of words that contain the root(s).  We then share some of them as a whole group, giving time to let the students copy down examples that they did not have.  Then, we go over what each of the example words mean, and connect it to the root's meaning.   I keep the roots that we go over posted above my white board as a reference for the students to easily access whenever they may need it.  
     For extra practice,  I created a root word version of the famous "I have..., Who has?" game.  This is a great way to review the roots that were covered every few weeks. It is also a fun way that gets the kids out of their seats and using the words.

Hope these resources help you all! Now, I am off to leave more feedback and earn more credits to spend during the big sale! Happy Shopping!