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May Quick Start Calendar of Special Days

April 21, 2016



Let’s Go Fly a Kite

February 26, 2016


Interactive Poetry

February 26, 2016


All About Owls

October 25, 2015

owlsgibbons  Owls by Gail Gibbons

Students of all ages are interested in owls. This Owl Slide Presentation provides the following resources for a reading, writing, and art unit. It includes: a video of Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srininvasan; a poem by Douglas Florian; a video that provides facts about owls, a how to draw an owl, and a short list of suggested fiction and non-fiction books about owls.


Scarecrow Writing

October 16, 2015

scarecrow 3

Autumn offers so many opportunities and ideas for writing.
Scarecrows have always been a favorite topic for students, from first to fifth grade.
The lessons provided on this post address the following TEKS:
Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text.   Students are expected to:

  •   3.17 (A) plan a first draft by selecting a genre appropriate for conveying the intended meaning to an audience and generating ideas through a range of strategies (e.g., brainstorming, graphic organizers, logs, journals)
  •   3.17 (B) develop drafts by categorizing ideas and organizing them into paragraphs
  •   3.17 (D) edit drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling using a teacher-developed rubric

Pre-Writing Activities  Includes: lesson plans, how to make scarecrow videos, how to draw scarecrow videos, hamburger paragraph video and graphic organizers, directions for creating an anchor chart for ideas and vocabulary

Want Ad Students will read this Want Ad and discuss the job specifications and requirements for the job of a scarecrow.

Writing Prompt  Writing Prompt based on the specific directions used on the STAAR writing test.


Reading and Writing Connection

September 17, 2015

pigA super teacher and friend of mine is currently using the book by Emma J. Virjan, What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig, as a mentor text in reading and writing.
Mrs. Shope is having her third graders engage in creating a story arch anchor chart.
The students are making the reading and writing connection as they use this mentor text to strengthen their reading skills and as they prepare to write narratives.

Some of the reading skills developed in these lessons include:

  • analyzing characters
  • identifying the heart of the story
  • making predictions
  • finding clues in the text or implied clues
  • identifying the problem and solution


Students will then use this understanding of the story arch and character development to write their own narratives.

Story Arch Lesson


Simple and Compound Sentences

August 22, 2015

Use this slide presentation to review simple and compound sentences.
Videos and activities are included.