Archive | January, 2016

Pinterest Thursday-Tenses and Endings

28 Jan

Here are a few freebie worksheets we used to practice tenses and endings:
These are free sample pages from our Word Endings (_s, _ed, _ing, _es, _ful and _ly) Word Work unit.  In this free sample there are printable worksheets focused on verb endings _s, _ed, _ing and plural words ending with _y.   Our FULL UNIT is 115+ pages and includes worksheets for the following:_s, _ed, _ing Verb Endings* roll and record * word hunt* practice worksheet (scaffolded)* practice worksheet (blank)_s, _ed, _ing Double Final Consonant Endings* word hunt* practice worksheet (scaffol...:
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-ed and -ing endings:
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Students get practice adding -ed and -ing to verbs in this worksheet.This freebie is part of a bigger past and present tense packet.  If interested, you can find it in my story titled:Past and Present Tense - Adding Suffixes -ed and -ing to Verbs:
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Use this short color by verb tense activity to allow your students to show their understanding of the past, present, and future verb tenses. This worksheet uses common verbs that most students have been exposed to throughout their introduction to verbs.:
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All of these worked well for us as some fun practice and a great review!  Enjoy!

Wednesday Words

27 Jan

18 Jokes That Will Definitely Make You Groan. My dad would probably love these.:

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Another funny one.  Enjoy.  🙂

Book Review-Undaunted Hope

26 Jan

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund: Writer Wednesday - Jill Kemerer ...Review: Undaunted Hope is the third book in the Beacons of Hope series by Jody Hedlund.  The book is set in the late 1800s in the isolated mining town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan.  Tessa Taylor has just arrived in town to become the new school teacher, but is immediately met with resistance.  There are those not interested in having a female teacher, and Tessa’s interests in helping the townsfolk lands her in hot water with the strict dictatorship set up by the superintendent of the mine-Percival Updegraff.

But, Tessa has little to lose-her past demands a new start-so she sets out to make the very best of her situation and prove to the town, and herself, that she is worthy of her new position.

Soon she finds herself attracted to a local fisherman named Alex Bjorklund.  He is kind and handsome, and helps her forget the mess she has made of her past.  Then two young students decide that she would make the perfect mother and wife to their widowed father Michael.

Tessa is flattered by Alex and Michaels’ attention, but when she discovers they are brothers that run the local lighthouse, she tries to run in the other direction-having vowed never to step into a lighthouse again.

But tragedies abound in this isolated part of the country-a blizzard, a missing child, a tragic death, a fire, and a cruel set-up with possible jail time threaten to destroy Tessa and the townspeople she has come to know and love.

Will Tessa be able to get over her shameful past?  Will she be able to move on and choose to be happy with Alex or Michael?  What will happen when Tessa steps over the line and crosses the evil and controlling Percival one to many times?

My Thoughts:  This book is pretty good.  It is well-written, has interesting characters, and plenty of twists and turns.  I am not sure if it is because I started with book three and haven’t read the first two, that I had a hard time getting into it?  It just really didn’t grab my attention right away and took me a few tries to really get into reading it.  Once I did, I enjoyed it-it just wasn’t my favorite.

If you read the first two, or enjoy stories involving teachers or lighthouses, you will probably like this book.

As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.

Pinterest Thursday-Geography Lapbook

21 Jan

One of the things we have been using in our Geography lessons lately is this lapbook.  We had never tried a lapbook before, but this one looked really interactive and went right along with what we were studying, so I thought we would try it.  I try not to use products that cost money (Pink Cat Studio projects withstanding) but this one was worth it (and we got it on sale too.)
The Girlio really enjoyed this one and I liked that it was a longer project too and took a few sessions to put it all together.  This project is perfect for kids that are learning about continents, oceans, directions, and land masses, so if you are looking for something along those lines, check it out!
This product is now a part of a GROWING BUNDLE! Download it individually, or save money by purchasing it as part of the Interactive Social Studies Kit BUNDLE!Are you unsure about lapbooks? Watch this YouTube video to find out why I love lapbooks and how I use them in my own classroom.This 30 page download is a complete kit with black line masters and step by step directions for making a geography lapbook with your students.:
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Wednesday Words

20 Jan

Funny pics, humour quotes, funny jokes, jokes funny …For the funniest pictures and jokes funny visit
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(said in my best Arnold impression)
I couldn’t resist.
Hope this puts a smile on your face today.  🙂