Five for Friday with a Freebie!

Hello alliteration! Did you like that title? Alliteration can be fun (and dorky)! I am linking up with 5 for Friday at Doodlebugs Teaching.

#1 I am also linking up with Mr. Hughes for his Share the Wealth Saturday which is where the freebie comes in (and Classroom Freebies and Freebie Friday too for that matter).

Here is my freebie - a free editing practice page for your second graders (and perhaps for differentiation at first and third grade!). Click on  the image to get it from my TPT store... and when you're there look around because there is a HUGE sale starting soon. Almost every seller on TPT is involved. Put some things on your wish list!

Click on Mr. Hughes' image below to go to the linky (starting on Sat. morning).

#2 Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a great time to think about what we are grateful for and I was so thankful that a number of you linked up with me to do my Time to be Thankful linky! Click on either image below to go to the linky and see who joined me.

#3 I had a really nice Thanksgiving this year - how about you? My mom is amazing - she was able to throw together a great dinner for more people than she probably had anticipated! It was yummy and great to see everybody.

I am so appreciative of the extra sleep this weekend. It almost (ALMOST) cancels out the fact that I have to spend most of the rest of the weekend doing REPORT CARDS. Ugh! Usually not due the Monday after Thanksgiving. It is bad timing this year. Also, Parent conferences start this week and I have 18 conferences on Wed. and Thu. I had two already and two in two weeks. I will be exhausted so I guess it's good I am resting up!

There is a lot going on for teacher bloggers this week! Starting in a few days is the huge Cyber Monday TPT sale, a big Teachers Notebook sale, I will be involved with the 12 days of Christmas blog hop (starting Sunday) and a Facebook Frenzy (starting in a week) . What a crazy, busy but fun time! Check out the cute images below for the sale and the hop.

How cute is this - thanks to Jen Jones!

             Dixie from Teachin' Little Texans designed this - adorable!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and have a restful weekend!

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Take Me Back Tuesday (pre-Thanksgiving)

I know everyone is super busy getting ready for Thanksgiving (I am cooking squash right now, too) but I thought I would take a minute and link up with 2nd Grade Shenanigans for Take me Back Tuesday! I found this fun post in December of last year about my favorite book series. I'd love to know what books series top your list. The original post is here but just take a look below. Also, please click the image of Take me Back Tuesdays to go to Holly's page to see who else linked up . Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday I was thinking about my favorite book series. There are so many (and so little time)! Some I loved when I was younger and some I discovered when I started teaching. These books are all fun for read-alouds and independent reading. I love Fox books, Frog and Toad, and Henry and Mudge for small group work during RTI.

Adore her ! Last time I read a Madeline book, a student mentioned the fun rhymes!

Curious George
I read a lot of him as a kid. My brother loved him but I haven't read as many lately but always great! George is so endearing!

Fox series
Fox is so cute! He never wants his sister Louise to come along and they tend to get into a pickle frequently but it always works out.

Frog and Toad
Frog and Toad are wonderful. I vaguely remember them from when I was a kid. When I student taught, the multiage 1-2 teachers used them a lot and I got back into them.

Henry and Mudge
Mudge reminds me so much of my giant dog, Saint Bernard Bailey! Giant dogs are so wonderful.

Magic School Bus
I read many of these when I was babysitting for a little boy about 15 years ago. I learned a lot and they go great with science curriculum. The videos are fun too, and yes, that voice is Theo from the Cosby Show!

Magic Tree House
I was thinking about this series and I've had over 300 second graders and I believe all of them have read more than one of these. Mary Pope Osborne is a genius!

Vet Volunteers
I checked these out! They are great!

Wayside School
This series is so wacky! You've got a computer being pushed out a window, Miss Mush's mushroom surprise, and a backwards chapter. How can you lose?

Ramona Quimby
As I mentioned a few days ago, LOVE her!

Little House on the Prairie
A classic!

Time to be Thankful! A Linky Party

During the month of November, I always take time to be thankful, no matter how stressful my life is. Would you like to join me? I made up a template where we can share the things (10 of them) we are thankful for!

The background is from Schroeder's Stars and the font is from Kevin and Amanda. I had downloaded the clip art last year but there was no terms of use so I don't know who to credit. If it looks familiar please let me know. Below is my Time to be Thankful list and a blank template. At the end of the post is the linky so feel free to link up your Time to be Thankful blog post! Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to you!

Tips to use template: Right click on it and click "save image as". Open a Power Point doc, insert the image (size it to cover the full page), click insert text box, and type in your list, aligning it to the numbers 1-10. You can also insert an individual text box for each number which is how I like to do it for the Currently Linky from Farley.

The Gift of Reading Blog Hop!

The blog hop has ended ! Thanks everyone who stopped by!

Welcome to My blog, Reading and Writing Redhead! You have arrived at  


At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letter to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

Why is reading a gift? Could there be more reasons?! I have always loved to read and found it fairly easy to learn as a child; but as a teacher I know that is not only the case. That point was really driven home to me when I went to the Wilson Language Institute for their introductory training. We learned a bit about the history of Wilson and how the founder actually originally used Wilson to teach adults how to read and spell. It is horrifying to be reminded that many adults who have been through our public schools have never learned to read. We saw a really inspiring video of a man learning how to read CVC words such as "bud" in his first Wilson lesson and then just a couple months later how to read words like "splash" and "strong". Here is a link to an inspiring story of Jill Baldarelli talking about her struggle to read and how she finally learned as an adult. Click here to watch. She shares how learning to read has changed her life and opened so many doors. Learning to read has given her self-confidence and after years of feeling "stupid", she now is proud of herself, as she should be!

With that being said, my goal as a teacher is to get every kid reading and feeling good about their skills. Breaking down words into syllables is a great skill to help kids who are working on reading longer words. I made a winter themed freebie to help with that. Click on the image below to grab it!

My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new post, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image Below. 

Don't stop now! Hop on over to The Reading Tutor/OG to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays! 

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 

Thanks and have a restful weekend!

Simple Acts of Kindness - Guest Post from Charlene/Diamond Mom

Simple Acts of Kindness
Thanks Bex for the opportunity to guest blog for you. Today I would like to share with your readers some resources that will help our students to better understand that they can make a difference with simple acts of kindness.
I believe that when we have an attitude of gratitude, we are more likely to experience the blessings life has to offer. At this time of the year, I like to focus on giving and being kind. It is so easy for children to get caught up in the commercialism of advertising with Christmas just around the corner. It is important that they think about giving instead of all the things they would like to have. I shared with my class the concept of paying it forward when we were talking about peace and veterans and all they gave for our freedom. I created a paying it forward poster using poppies to show how quickly this could explode.
Recently, someone shared this video and I immediately thought about how it showed examples of paying it forward with simple acts of kindness. It takes so little to make a difference. It costs so little, but it pays big dividends.

More Videos of Kindness

Here are some more video clips that share acts of kindness and the impact they can have. I have shared these with my students for the last couple of years, and it is amazing to see the impact it has on them.
I also spend time working on the concept of bucket filling and creating positive self esteem with my class. This helps them to understand the importance of being kind to one another.  As we think about each other and how special we are, we can help make other people feel special too. Here is a great video that shares this idea. My kids love singing along with it.
Here is a copy of my paying it forward poster using children instead of poppies. I hope you will find it helpful in sharing the idea of giving and sharing during this season and all year round.
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