Do You Want to Build a Story? {A Narrative Writing Lesson}




Do you have that Frozen song in your head now? DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
Well, your students know that song and it's your gateway to teach them about narrative writing. Narrative writing can be a HOT MESS if it's not structured JUST RIGHT! As I'm teaching my students about narrative writing, I have them help me build (draw) a snowman. I relate narrative writing to a snowman! PLUS I wrote a song to go along with Frozen's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"  to introduce narrative writing but we call it...
"Do You Want to Build a Story?" (special thanks to my friend Alyssa who graciously and beautifully sang it for me! You can preview the song here!





This pack is perfect for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade 
narrative writing standards!
Included in this pack:
Do You Want to Build a Story Song (and lyrics)-You can sample the song here
Snowman Storyboard (pre-write)
Story Element Cards
Story Element Posters
First Draft Writing Paper (snowman themed)
Final Draft Writing Paper (snowman themed)
Pre-Write Storyboard (pre-write)
First Draft Writing Paper (no theme)
Final Draft Writing Paper (no theme)
Narrative Writing Rubric
Narrative Writing Editing Checklist
Bulletin Board Letters (Olaf not included)






Check it out here!


Our final products turned out great and now they are on display in the hallway!










Our Favorite Ideas for January!

January is crazy month! Right after the holiday rush you have to keep those kiddos engaged somehow. We've gathered our favorite ideas from over the years and compiled them for your viewing pleasure. ;) Feel free to download or pin to Pinterest for later.





Q-Tip Snowflake
We write this poem on the back (on lined paper)
Snowflake, snowflake
Falling down
On the trees
And on the ground.









Q-tip Snowflake


 Magically Appearing Picture
This magically appearing snow scene can be made by mixing 3 parts of Epsom salt  with 1 part of water.  Stir really well! Use a paint brush to create a winter scene and wait for it do dry to see your picture!






 Marshmallow Snowman
The marshmallow snowman's body is made by dipping a large marshmallow into white paint.  The buttons and face are made by dipping a small marshmallow into black paint.  The accessories are made out of paper.




I posted about some *free* January themed activities that you can check out {here}.





I also have this fun word search that I made for January that you can download free {here}.
Clipart copyright Diane J Hood and use with permission by djinkers.com

Here's what we're doing in our classroom next:
This cute board is from Really Roper. She's got a free mini-unit! Go get it (here)!

Then, we've got this amazing unit that we'll do the second week of January:
I love this unit! You can get this one from Deanna Jump {here}.



And lastly for January, we'll be learning about bears. This is from my Bear Unit.
You can find it {here}


 I found Jan Brett's website and I just loooooooove it.  I printed, cut, laminated and attached a popsicle stick to the animal masks from "The Mitten" and my class and I are going to retell the story by using the masks and acting out each of the part.  I am going to use a white sheet as the mitten and my students will have to crawl in it as we retell.









Clipart and/or fonts copyright DJ Inkers and used with permission: www.djinkers.com
Click HERE for the writing activity.  Click HERE for the mask downloads from Jan Brett's website.



This unit is perfect for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Graders!
This mini-unit is a perfect way to teach your students about Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the great things he did for human rights. 

This unit is for K-2!


Click {here} to check it out!



Do you teach grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th? Then this unit is perfect for you!

Want to read about what this pack includes??


And here's a pretty snapshot of some of the awesome printables and graphic organizers you will receive. 30 pages total.


This unit is perfect for any upper grades classroom {designed for grades 3-6} and will be a fun way to do some great learning about an important time in American History.




10 Teacher Gift Ideas for under $10

Over the years we've had lots of people ask the question, "What should I get my child's teacher for a Christmas gift?" We realize that all parents have different Christmas budgets and a lot of parents don't have a lot of extra money at Christmas time. Here is a list of 10 different gift ideas you child's teacher will LOVE! And great news... they are all less than $10! 



(Please note, this post contains affiliate links.)


1. Pack of Sharpies
Believe me, all teachers love Sharpies! The more colors, the better! This 24 pack is selling on Amazon right now for only $9.99! This is a great deal and would look so cute all wrapped up with a bow!
(Post edit: This price just went up to $12.00 Keep watching in case it comes back down again.)


2. Flair Pens

Along the same lines as Sharpies, Flair pens are the perfect teacher pen! They write so smooth, don't bleed through pages, and make grading and planning more fun! 


3. Cute water bottle

It's always nice to have a new water bottle around! As a teacher I always had my water bottle filled with cold ice water by my side. You can fill the inside with some candy or add a little vinyl lettering to the outside to make this a gift your teacher will love.


4. Bath Bomb Gift Set

What teacher wouldn't want to spend their Christmas break relaxing in the tub?! Bath bombs are my favorite because they smell amazing and make relaxing so much fun. 


5. Cute Notebook
A cute notebook can be used for so many things. Add a colored pen and this gift would be very much appreciated.


6. Amazon Gift Card


Chances are that if you get your teacher an Amazon card, they will most likely spend in on their classroom. Specifically new books for their classroom! You can never go wrong with an Amazon gift card!


7. New Office Supplies




Now that it's half-way through the school year, your teachers supplies are probably starting to run low. A pack like this would be a fun surprise!



8. Mr. Sketch Markers

Something about scented markers make teachers swoon! And, bonus, this pack is listed as 50% off right now!


9. iTunes Gift Card


iTunes gift cards are perfect because teachers can use them to buy audio books or apps for their iPads for students to use. 


10. Cute Clipboard



You can never have too many cute clipboards! For a cheaper option, buy a regular clipboard and personalize it for your teacher with scrap book paper and some embellishments. 


Bonus:

When in doubt, a nice hand-written card and a $5 or $10 gift card is a great option for a teacher gift! I always appreciated a movie gift card, restaurant gift card, or a shopping gift card. The dollar amount on the card never mattered to me, it was about being able to  have a night out with my husband or friends and relax. Teaching is stressful and the simple act of saying, "Thank you for all you do, please enjoy a night out," always meant the world to me!


Teachers, which of these gifts would you most like getting?
What else would you add to this list? 

Cyber Monday TpT Sale!


It's that time of year again! Let's fill up our TeachersPayTeachers carts with ALL THINGS HOLIDAY for our classrooms (plus whatever else you want.... maybe I need more clipart?). 


Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday sale! Use code CYBER2016 to save up to 28%!





Natalie has a Holidays Around the World pack for upper graders too! It is a fun Webquest that can integrate technology and ELA into your holiday celebrations. 


This 'Holidays Around the World' pack is the perfect way to mix technology integrated lessons, online research, and the fun holiday season! Your students will love using your computers or iPads to learn more about how different countries celebrate holidays in different parts of the world. 

A webquest is a fun way for students to conduct online research projects. Students will use inquiry-based learning to complete the six steps of a webquest: introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, and conclusion.



Want your students to write a letter to Santa this year? Turn it into a persuasive Christmas essay! This Dear Santa writing project is aligned to the Common Core State Standards! In our state (Utah!), all 5th graders take a persuasive writing assessment at the end of the year. This is a perfect way to introduce or practice writing those persuasive essays.  Your students will love writing letters to Santa persuading him to add their name to the "nice list" this year! {Read more HERE!}



Do you teach American History? Try these American History Graphic Organizers!

THE PACK INCLUDES:
A Note to the Teacher
Teacher Instructions
Teaching Tips
Teaching Ideas
A pacing guide sample
4 student book cover page options
-2 color choices
-2 black and white choices (to save ink!)
Table of Contents
40 graphic organizers

 



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I can't believe we are already starting this pack TOMORROW!!!  I love teaching about Holidays Around the World (or HATW as I like to call it) and my students just soak it all up. 







Want to spread a little cheer at your school and in your classroom?  We've loved "RACKing"! Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (could go along great with an Elf on the Shelf)


Click {here} to check it out!


Can't do Christmasy things in your classroom or just want to do random acts of kindness all year?  Check out this Random Acts of Classroom Kindness pack that you can do all year round!
Click {here} to check it out!



And what about Guided Reading? Heaven forbid we talk about something other than Christmas? ;)
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