Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School Teacher Week Linky - WHAT I like to teach and a FREEBIE

Hey all! I am back for What Friday - linking up with blog hoppin' for the Back to School Teacher Week Linky. Today is all about WHAT I love to teach and what I love about my job!

Ok, so those of you who know me know I LOVE to read and obviously I love teaching reading. I went back to school in 2012 just to get my reading specialist degree. I unfortunately have not found a job in it yet, but it has really enhanced my classroom teaching. 

I was setting up my room yesterday and unpacking books and said to my mom, "I keep getting slowed down because I want to read all of these books!" Here are some of my all time favorites (just a few of them!).  For my blog post on 16 Super Back to School Books, click here. What are yours?


My school introducted RTI about 5 years ago. Does your school have RTI? At first it was a little challeneging but now I love having my groups and having my friends get their tier 2 and tier 3 support. I do feel like it makes a huge difference to get that targeted instruction! I have a lot of fun working in small groups with my kiddos and I have accumulated a lot of materials over the last few years!

I love teaching Amelia Bedelia! She always cracks me up. Check out my blog post about reading her books to my class here. I love the fun activities we can do. Here is someone showing what she was supposed to do and what she did instead.

And another funny one. Love the labels!

This was a favorite- from when she "Called the roll"!

And I just remembered I have an Amelia Bedelia freebie! It wasn't the freebie I was thinking of (that one is below, keep scrolling!!!!) but click on the image below to grab it. It is just basically a slightly different version of the paper above. Easy but fun and they are learning!

This year I am getting on the Interactive Notebook bandwagon! I really want to work on writing so I put together my own Interactive Notebook. Here are a few examples of the cover, and what you can find inside. Clicking on any image brings you to see it at TPT. I am really excited about trying these out this year. I like the simple design of my pages - I find that with all the fun fonts, cute clip art,  and zig zaggy curlicue borders that my kiddos get distracted. That is why I went simple. Personally I LOVE some of the other notebooks out there but it is just not for my kiddos. I also wanted to include all the skills and building blocks to improving writing so I have everything in there from parts of speech, subjects and predicates, up to working on types of writing (informational, narrative, etc.)

 FREEBIE time.. if you want to try part of it, click on the image below and you will get a little free sample of a few of the pages from the writing section.

I also just put together a spelling interactive notebook. How awesome would it be to have all the kiddos' spelling work in one notebook! I am going to post about it soon but here's the cover and you can hop over to see it at TPT if you want!

Freebie Fridays



  1. I'm so impressed by how ambitious you are to create your own interactive notebooks!

    1. Wow, thanks Susan K. ! It was a long process but I think it will be worth it this year! :)

  2. Wow, your interactive notebooks are well detailed! Your students will definitely benefit from your hard work. Amazing! :)
    Literacy Loving Gals

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us! I love the interactive notebook!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Laura! You're awesome! I hope your year got off to a good start!

  4. Those interactive notebooks are going to make so many kiddos happy as they become better writers!

    1. Peggy, you hit the nail right on the head. That is my goal! Happy and writing!