Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Who doesn't love a great read aloud?  We are educators, let's face it, we are all obsessed with children's literature!  I am an addict!  I can't get enough!  I have thousands and I can't stop!  I have a special cart in my room right beside my chart stand and carpet area.  In that cart I hold the ultimate treasures.  The most royal of all my books!  The READ-ALOUDS!

Topping the special read-alouds list is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.  I can't even explain how much I adore this book.  I don't go through a school year without it and I long for the moment I get to read it to my students.  I love watching them devour every word, every event.  For me, their excitement makes me feel like I am reading it for the first time.  Since I love this book so very much, as well as the kiddos,  I had to create some great resources to go with it.  I just completed a 100 slide product full of resources for this book:  Graphic organizers, sequencing mats, writing helpers, books, flapbooks, literacy center activities, guided reading resources, vocabulary cards and activities.  I can't wait to add it to our Edward Tulane experiences in the classroom.

Just a VERY small sample of some of the activities/organizers in this resource pack!

I love the idea of this Journey book below!!!!!  The students can write about and add clothes and backgrounds to Edward in order to depict his journey!

The book has 27 chapters and I have created what you see below for every single chapter.  There is a variety of activities you could do with the vocabulary cards and the worksheet can be used to write definitions or to use the words in a sentence.  There is also room for an illustration.

There is SO MUCH in this product to go along with this story.  I have shared just a small portion of examples.  If you should decide you need this as much as me, you will be so happy with all that is included.  I hope you will click HERE to go check out the product and download the preview.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had an amazing Easter weekend with your family, church family, and friends.  He has risen!  Have a blessed week! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Raise Awareness and Make a Donation!

Teachers Pay Teachers has featured my Autism Awareness Unit in their teaching blog!  I am so excited!  Plus, Jenny McCarthy's autism charity, Generation Rescue, is partnering up with me in order to raise awareness and money for their charity!  I need everyone to consider purchasing my unit!  By purchasing my unit you will have a great unit for your classroom and your money will go towards an amazing organization that focuses on treating the symptoms of autism and providing hope for families effected by autism.

Check out the Teachers Pay Teachers blog here.  Keep posted to my blog in order to hear more about my partnership with Generation Rescue!  I hope you will help with this amazing fundraising experience for National Autism Awareness month!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Autism Awareness

It is National Autism Awareness Month and you can help make a difference!  I am so very excited to share this information with you and NEED your help!  I have worked really hard with my friend, who has a son with autism, to create a positive and kid friendly unit to present to the elementary classroom.  This unit is designed to raise awareness to all students, so that they may see autism in another light and understand it so much better.  This unit gives kids with autism a voice.  

Here is a look at what you can purchase to make a difference by informing your students and making a donation.  All of this can be done with just a $4.00 purchase!

Here is a close up of the mini book that is included in this unit.  It is my favorite part!!!  Couper is my best friend's son.  I was so happy to use him in the story.

I promise this unit will make an impact in your classroom!  You get to spread awareness and donate to Generation Rescue, just by visiting my store and placing this unit in your shopping cart.  That's it!  Easy! Fun! Educational! Beneficial!  Provide a voice for autism!  Click HERE to do your part in raising awareness for national autism awareness month.  Thanks for stopping by and happy spring!