Shark Week SALE with some Freebies!

Have y'all seen the hilarious commercial for Shark Week featuring Seal?  My son and I couldn't stop laughing!


While we were watching last night, I couldn't help but think about writing a blog post with some of my favorite shark goodies in honor of....


Are your students (or YOU) shark obsessed?  We sure are at our house!  Both my boys have shark themed rooms and love any and every opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures!  That is why Amy and I just knew we had to sneak some shark nonfiction learning into Rooted in Reading 2nd grade.  We decided to put the individual Shark unit and May of Rooted in Reading on sale through Wednesday the 26th. 

Click on the picture to check it out on TPT!


The best part of Shark Week in my 2nd grade classroom was all the AMAZING books you could find!  
{Click on the picture below to access my affiliate link for some pretty awesome shark books on Amazon!}


I loved decorating my door for the week and my kids were absolutely giddy once they saw the door!


We also took some time to watch super short and informative videos on youtube called Shark Academy.  You should definitely check them out!


If you want to purchase ALL of May Rooted in Reading (4 weeks of ELA plans), you can do that HERE

A few months ago I made the freebie below and completely forgot to blog about it! Eek!  Emmie's teacher requested a math game for the students to practice their budding multiplication skills!  


You can find this freebie in my store by clicking the picture below!



I also wanted to direct your attention to two AMAZING blog posts that Amy wrote about her Shark Week.  Click on the picture below to see all the fun her class had!

Oh and Shark STEM?  I think I am in love!


Wow!  I hope you enjoyed all these shark goodies!




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Storybook Stem Novels and a FREEBIE

So I really hope you follow me on instagram... because posting a picture is just so much easier than blogging :)

But hey! Did you look around at my new blog design from Megan?!  I love, love, love it! Eventhough my resources are intended for many other grade levels now, I just can't let go of my original blog name with "first grade" in it. It's been with me for about 6 1/2 years soooo it has stuck!

If you are someone who frequents my Facebook or Instagram, then you know that Brooke from Teach Outside the Box have been SO busy the last three weeks or so.  We had lots of interest from readers in expanding our Storybook Stem units to include older learners, specifically 3rd to 5th grade. So Brooke and I looked and gobs of chapter books for a wide range of ability levels. After doing so, we came up with this list of books!


Seriously have you ever seen such a pretty stack of chapter books in your life?!  Imagine all the life lessons contained!  We have now completed Charlotte's Web, Wonder, and Out of My Mind

Each unit contains three STEM challenges and all printable materials needed to dive in deep with your students. Brooke has done such a fantastic job of providing you with vocabulary, planning guides, and much more. 


She has also included Maker Mat options and research opportunities.  We have included a lot of digital options in these units as we know many of our older students have access to technology to demonstrate learning. 
In terms of literacy instruction each unit comes with a color (for digital use) and a bw version chapter guide for comprehension checks.  These questions can also be used to guide class discussions. 

Anchor charts, literacy printables, and writing opportunities are also included!




These novel units have given me the perfect excuse to stick my nose in a book and not emerge for several hours.  I also love being part of a project that combines science and math with  phenomenal literature.  Let Brooke and I know what y'all think! 

I have created a quick freebie to go along with Out of My Mind that you can snag right here! 




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Interactive Notebook Freebie

Hey hey there! I know that many of you are enjoying long and lazy summer days. I also know that many of you are still trucking away in your classrooms and my thoughts are with you! I wanted to give you some extra insight into Rooted in Reading and especially give you an idea of how I set up my interactive notebooks with my students.

If you have NO idea what I am talking about when I say "Rooted in Reading" read THIS POST here to see all about the 2nd grade version.  You can also look at the Bundle or the August unit by itself.  Amy did an amazing job on the previews so we hope that answers a lot of your questions!



If this is your first time using interactive notebooks, having them organized from the beginning can help you avoid a lot of headaches down the line.  Most 8 and 9 yr olds need the extra help with organization (goodness my 34 yr old husband needs a lot of help with organization), and I think these notebooks will be a great way to scaffold this skill!

Step 1: Clearly mark the covers of your notebooks.  We always had several notebooks for different subjects so this helped lessen confusions.  I have included a color and black and white cover that you can print on bright paper if you would like!


Step 2:  Print out tab dividers on Astrobright paper AND laminate.  I promise the laminating step is key to having these bad boys last!



Step 3:  After cutting dividers out use clear packing tape to put your dividers into your notebooks. The order I chose was Anchor Charts, Comprehension Activities, Vocabulary Words, Daily Deep Dive, and Grammar. Before doing this you will want to think about how long you want to use the notebooks.  I personally liked a notebook per semester so I would put enough pages between each divider to get me through the semester!  I also suggest lining up the tabs so only the bold words stick out the side- cover up the cursive word with the clear tape.  If you are using a standard size composition notebook AND all five tabs, you will also need to overlap them a little!



Step 4:  Glue in the book list to the inside of the notebook on the first page.  Either one or two copies depending on how many books you plan on covering using this book.  I LOVE this addition because I think students will love looking back over the list of books that they have so lovingly studied this year.  I also think the genre column is a key component for test-taking skills!


You can find all the materials I used in a freebie found in my store Here!  If you have other great ideas for setting up notebooks, we would love to hear them!  If you are on instagram use our hashtag "RootedinReading3rd" and Amy and I will definitely check you out!

Phew now that we have those kids all set up, we can talk about YOU- the teacher!  My personal favorite way to store my units is in binders.  I spent a couple hours one morning and printed all four weeks of August out.  I went a head and laminated my anchor charts and prepped the nonfiction mini-readers so the students can see an example.  Don't they look pretty?!?!


We even have binder spines for each books so you can feel extra organized!


You can find everything you need for organizing your teacher binders in the freebie below from Amy! 


Other Blog posts you may want to check out to learn more about Rooted in Reading:




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3rd Grade Rooted in Reading Book List


Guys.... it's time!  3rd Grade Rooted in Reading is coming your way.

Amy and I have read a gajillion picture books over the past few weeks in search of the VERY BEST literature for your 3rd graders.  Thanks to Amazon Prime we've had several books delivered to us daily {#booksuponbooksuponbooks}.

Some were great.  Some were NOT.  You see... we needed FORTY books... FORTY books that were wonderful, deep, and engaging.  FORTY books that would captivate your students.  FORTY books that would help your students find new authors, characters, and storylines to love.  FORTY books to make some of your readers fall in love with reading again.

And, y'all, I think we did it.  We've got a collection of books that are diverse, from different genres, and set in different time periods.  We've got FORTY of the most beautiful stories you ever will read!  Are you ready for it???

HERE IT IS FOLKS:
Are you in love yet???  Because we are already so attached to all of these great reads!

Without further adieu, here are the books for each month...

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:

January:

February:

 March:

April:

May:

All of the books above are linked to Amazon.  We are in no way saying they have the best prices.  We are just obsessed with Amazon Prime because we like fast delivery, ha!  Here's what we suggest... Print out the 3rd Grade Book List that you can find {HERE}.  Take it with you when you go to Half Price Books, garage sales, your friend's house, etc.  Collect books as you find them, beg for books from neighbors, heck... take the list to your principal and see if they are willing to buy the collection!

Click Below to grab a printable list off of TpT.  We will be adding an overview of skills in a couple of months.  In the document you will also find unit release dates and the genres included!
Our August unit will be released in May so that you can have it waaaaaayyyy before back to school!
We hope that you enjoy all of these charming picture books as much as we do!
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ALL things Basketball with freebies!


Are you a basketball fan?  We definitely are in my house, but I also know that my students were all gaga about basketball too.  I am a huge advocate of tapping into what kids are into and taking advantage of that excitement.  My personal kids wanted to learn more about the schools that are in the Sweet Sixteen so I made this ABC order.   


Not too long after I started working on this ABC Order I received a request from Emmie's teacher for a few centers.  So voila!  Here they are!  Okay, really there was no voila.  More like 2 1/2 days of nonstop work! HA!


These centers are a combination of challenge/review to get those kids ready for end of the year assessments.  I also have to say that aesthetically they are some of my favorites yet!


For Math:
Fractions
Money to Five Dollars
Perimeter/Area
Multistep Word Problems
Time to Five Minutes
3D shapes

I am very aware that a couple of these centers are above what is expected of 2nd grade.  I marked 2nd/3rd on TPT for a reason.  These are definitely meant to stretch your on grade level to above grade level students.  You know your students best and you know what they are ready for!


For ELA:

Onomatopoeia
Homophones
Genre Sort 
Parts of Speech in the sentence
BBall Vocabulary
Ending Phonics Patterns (-ble, -dle, -tle)

The Basketball Centers are on sale for HALF off until Friday morning!

You know I can't write a blog post and NOT give you book recommendations.
Have you read Salt in His Shoes {affiliate Link}?  It is one of my favorite books about perseverance.  Kids love Michael Jordan (especially if you show them MJ's TOP 10 dunks on Youtube).




I also LOVE the book Basketball Belles.  It is a fantastic book on its own, but especially relevant during Women's History Month! You can find lesson plans for Basketball Belles HERE.

You can even see a SUPER fast snippet of Storybook STEM in action from Chloe's awesome class. So cute!


You can find a FULL week's worth of lesson plans for Salt in His Shoes HERE!  Amy also has this fantastic graphing freebie for a whole class lesson below.  You can can snag that by clicking on the picture!


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