Friday, June 29, 2012

Reading Odds and Ends- last day giveaway!

Wow, thanks so much if you have been coming alog with me on my guided reading journey!  I have enjoyed sharing different things with you all week.  If you are just stopping by today- make sure to scoll down to the last several days to see all that has been shared.  Today I'd like to share some great things I've discovered.
Sarah Snippets
First off... have you been to Sarah's First Grade Snippets?  If not get on over there... she has AMAZING stuff and I could spend hours on her blog! Well she had a great post and a freebie (on TpT) of some guided reading "snapshot" sheets she uses with her kids.  They are great for getting a feel for how your students are doing AND they are great to share with parents!!  You can click this link {HERE} to read more about it on her blog OR you can go {HERE} to get a copy of them for free!! :) 

Teaching in the Early YearsI also found this GREAT idea from Shelley Gray~ she has a product on TpT called "Thinkmarks."  They are bookmarks for your guided reading time.  She lays them out on the table and as the students have a great thought while they are reading, they grab the bookmark and put it in the book.  Then they can go back and discuss their thoughts when it's time to share!  I LOVE this idea!!  You can get her awesome product by clicking {HERE} Click the button to the left to go to her blog and her facebook page is {HERE} :)  She has 
                                       fabulous ideas~ so stop by!!

Finally, I wanted to share with you a pic of all my guided reading sheets.  This is how I keep them organized.  I keep them in a pretty giant file cabinet behind my reading (kidney shaped) table.  It looks like this:

Click HERE to get some great organizers!
I usually copy a bunch of sheets at the beginning of the year so that I can just grab a sheet when I need it.  I pick sheets that I can use for any type of book or genre.  I don't always use a "sheet" but I feel that sometimes its a good follow-up activity to what we are reading so I can gague their comprehension.  When I need to do a running record, this is a good activity for the rest of the group to be working on.  In case you missed it (as I posted this before), here are some of my favorite ones that I have created. Click below the sheet to get more!------------->

Ok, so off topic and unrelated BUT... Tonya @ Tonya's Treats for Teachers AND Patti @ Tales From a 4th (and 5th) grade teacher gave me this award!!

It made my day!!  I just love this blogging community... I have had so much fun doin' the bloggin thing the past few months.  Thanks SO much Tonya and Patti!!  I know there is something I need to do that goes along with this award... I will do that sometime this weekend. :)

Last and final (I promise) thing... today is the LAST DAY FOR MY GIVEAWAY!! 
Congrats to Lisa... yesterdays winner True Random Number Generator
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 I've have been giving one of these out every day this week:
 Today will be my last one... sadly :)  HOWEVER- because I have had so much fun this week and have LOVED all your comments and feedback I have decided to make this 50% off all weekend!!  The last winner will be chosen and contacted at 5:00pm central time today and then this will remain on sale until Sunday night!!  Click to check it out!

Ok, since I've posted 6 days in a row (a new record for me), I'm takin a slight break!  I'll be back soon with my blogger award update AND TEACHER TIPS TUESDAY with another featured blogger!!
Thanks for reading!!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing my Thinkmarks, Tori! Have a great weekend!

    Teaching in the Early Years

    1. Thanks for stopping by Shelley! I love the thinkmarks-what a great idea!

  2. Thanks for sharing those great finds. Your word families pack looks great :)What a great idea to give one away every day of the week :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

    1. You are my winner today Heidi! :) I'll be emailing you with the pack now :)

  3. I just wanted to thank you so much once again for the Word Families Unit! If you did not win the unit you must go get it. It is well worth it!

  4. Thanks so much Tori! You are so sweet. :) I appreciate the shout out and the other great ideas here!

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets