Happy Friday!
My Halloween and Christmas-themed Readers' Theater BUNDLE resources were quite popular at my TpT store...so of course I had to create a BUNDLE for the beloved Valentine's Day holiday, too!  Like the other two, this BUNDLE includes multiple scripts, so students can be separated into groups to practice and prepare for a performance for their classmates at the end of the week.
As I've mentioned before, I find that most upper elementary students love having the opportunity to perform for others, and take on their assigned role with a determination to do it justice!  I find it quite entertaining to see them get into their parts... changing their voices and creating facial expressions to depict a whining child, a scolding parent, or an instructing teacher!  (That can be humbling to hear sometimes!)

While the BUNDLE is great for a class-wide activity, there are a number of things that can be done with a single script, too!  With that in mind, I created a FREEBIE with one of the four scripts included in the Valentine's Day Reader's Theater Bundle.  You can use this script as a literacy center.  Five students can read the script together and then be tasked with completing all sorts of different things - perhaps you want them to create a plot diagram for the script they just read... maybe you want them to take note of character traits... the options are endless!  I've included two optional worksheets with the freebie, but there are so many more opportunities beyond that.

So, enjoy the freebie!  I'd love to hear how YOU decide to use it in your classroom.

I've linked up this freebie to Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday.  For more great freebies from other bloggers, stop by!  I've linked this post there and there are lots of other great freebies to check out, too!
Freebie Fridays

Just two reminders - - -
First, if you missed Wednesday's post, keep reading!  There's a giveaway that's still open!

Second, make sure you stop by on Sunday...I think you'll be glad you did!

Classroom Tested/Teacher & Student Approved - Episode 13 {GIVEAWAY}

Have you worked on the ELA concept of Perspectives with your students yet this year?  The classrooms I coteach in have already hit this topic, but I'm sure we'll spiral back to it sometime soon for test prep...  and when we do, I think I'll suggest doing so with my Perspectives craftivity!  After all, sunglasses remind me of summer, and don't we all (students included!) want to think happy summer thoughts right now?!?  That said...I'm back with another episode of my Classroom Tested - Teacher & Student Approved series today.

Lopez Land LearnersFor Episode 13 today, I am linking up with Susan at Lopez Land Learners!

Click HERE to check out her post describing her experience using my Perspectives craftivity in her class

Thanks again, Susan, for "classroom-testing" this Perspectives craftivity resource!

In keeping with the format of my previous episodes of Classroom Tested - Teacher & Student Approved, I'll share some of the feedback that has been left at my TpT store of this product:

Peixotom commented:  "Thanks. It is always helpful to have sample stories to work with instead of finding it myself. Thanks for your time and effort."

Lynn6 left this feedback: "This is a great interactive way to address the CC standards. Thanks for another great product!"

One of the reasons I like this craftivity is because it always sparks discussion (one of my goals as an ESL teacher).  One of the reading passages focuses on two boys' differing perspectives on roller coasters, and kids can't resist sharing their own perspective about how thrilling (or scary!) roller coasters are.  Another reading passage is about a child's perspective on "snow days" differs from her dad's perspective.  Again... more discussion!

Would you like to use this perspectives craftivity in YOUR classroom?  Enter the giveaway!  One winner will receive it!
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Finally, if you missed previous episodes of this "series", I have links to them in the Classroom Tested-Teacher & Student Approved tab above.

**Special note:  I can't resist sharing this as well...I just finished redesigning my Prefixes and Suffixes PowerPoint resources!  To "celebrate", I'm discounting them for the remainder of the week!**


Oh yeah...be sure to stop back on Sunday...and bring your hiking shoes!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Classroom Tested/Teacher and Student Approved Episode 11 {GIVEAWAY!}

Are you up for another giveaway?  I hope so, because I'm back with another episode of my Classroom Tested - Teacher & Student Approved series!
If you missed previous episodes, here's the scoop:  I've sent a number of the craftivity resources I've created to fellow bloggers.  These individuals have agreed to use the craftivity in their classroom sometime this year and then blog about their classroom experience with it!

Teaching with TWitteFor Episode 11 today, I am linking up with Tara at Teaching with Twitte.
Click HERE to check out her post describing her experience using my Homophone craftivity in her class

Thanks again, Tara, for "classroom-testing" this Homophone craftivity resource!

In keeping with the format of my previous episodes of Classroom Tested - Teacher & Student Approved, I'll share some of the feedback that has been left at my TpT store of this product:

Hhaynes commented:  "I've purchased many of your craftivities and have always been very pleased. This one was no exception. Thank you!"

DMooney left this feedback: "This is great, and it will look great on my bulletin boards too! I'm going to use the beginner ones with my 6th grade ELLs and try the higher version for my 8th grade ELLs. Thank you-- well worth the purchase."

When I did this with students last year, it was actually quite entertaining to read all of the different sentences! They were very motivated by the cell phones.  Some students asked if they could write the texting abbreviations for words (BFF, 2, R, etc.), and I decided to let them for this activity.  They LOVED that! Students who were normally rather reluctant writers were enjoying writing THESE sentences!  I am excited to do this activity again this year!

Would you like to use this Homophone craftivity in YOUR classroom?  Enter the giveaway!  One winner will receive it!
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Finally, if you missed previous episodes of this "series", I have links to them in the Classroom Tested-Teacher & Student Approved tab above.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Figuratively Speaking... {GIVEAWAY}

Hi!  My name is Kathleen (Middle Grades Maven), and Deb and I are swapping blogs for the day!  We both specialize in upper elementary language arts, so we thought it would be fun to connect with each other’s followers to share some ideas, specifically about figurative language. But first, let me tell you a little bit about myself!

I am currently a fifth grade language arts teacher who lives in Ohio.  As a language arts teacher, I am responsible for my students’ reading, writing, and spelling grades. This is my fifth year of teaching, and in that short time, I have also taught fourth grade and sixth grade language arts and social studies.  I believe every teacher has a niche for a certain grade band, and even though I’m certified to teach grades 4-9, my niche is definitely upper elementary (grades 4-6)!

As for my personal life, I have been blessed with a loving and hardworking husband, my high school sweetheart, Keith. He is the type B personality in our relationship :).  He deals with my crazy very well…We recently bought our first house!  And ever since we got our keys in early December, we have been painting, installing blinds, organizing, putting together furniture, etc.  It’s been a whirlwind!  There’s still so much to do, but I’m extremely happy with the progress we’ve made so far. 

Alright, that’s enough about me.  Let’s move on to the main topic of our post: FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE!  I love teaching figurative language.  There are so many fun books and engaging activities you can use when teaching figurative language.  I always teach figurative language in conjunction with my poetry unit.  The timing of this post couldn’t be more fitting, since we are going to begin our figurative language study and poetry unit when students get back from break tomorrow!

Two of the books I used to teach figurative language last year (4th grade) were More Parts (idioms about the body) by Tedd Arnold and Crazy like a Fox (similes) by Loreen Leedy.  I used the books as a way to hook my students at the beginning of my lessons, and they absolutely loved them!


I always start our review of figurative language by going over the definitions of the terms, as well as examples.  I created some posters that I have hanging in my classroom, so students can refer to them throughout the year.

I also like to use some multimedia components, since my students love video clips.  Here’s a quick (FREE!) video by Flocabulary that I recently found.  I am planning on using it this year at the beginning of our unit. 

This is the first year I have had the same group of students two years in a row.  That’s right.  I taught all three classes language arts in 4th grade, and now I have all three classes in 5th grade!  It wasn’t planned, but I have been enjoying it.  The only part that can be difficult is thinking of brand new ways to teach the same skills and concepts.  A resource that I am looking forward to using this year to keep things fresh is my Figurative Language Interactive Notebook.

Here are some other figurative language products from my TpT store.

Don’t forget to stop by my blog to see Deb’s post about how she teaches figurative language.  She has so many creative craftivities to reinforce your students’ figurative language skills! Click here to see all of the figurative language activities in her TpT store!

One of her most recent products is a Figurative Language PowerPoint presentation that contains definitions, examples, and questions for test prep! How awesome is that?

To stay up to date on what’s going on in my classroom and on my new products, you can follow my TpT store, blog, or Facebook page

Now, for the best part of the entire post….A GIVEAWAY!  The winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway will win one figurative language product from my TpT store and one from Deb Hanson’s (Crafting Connections).  Good luck! :)
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Winter ELA Craftivity Showcase {GIVEAWAY!}

Ugh.  January.

I know I'm not the only teacher who feels this way.  I know most students join us in this sentiment, too.

Ugh. January.

To me, January is synonymous with cold...wind...diet...

Ugh. January.

SCREEAAACCCHHHH!  I'm putting the breaks on that type of thought here and now!  :)  After all, January is one-twelfth of the year!  Opportunities abound!

Last month I shared with you my holiday-themed ELA craftivities.  Today I am excited to share with you my winter-themed ELA craftivities!  I think students will enjoy working toward mastery of standards with these engaging and seasonal craftivities... and don't forget that added benefit to be found by using them for  bulletin boards and hallway displays!

Perhaps a couple will catch your eye - click on any image to be directed to the resource at my TpT store.

If you like what you see above, I suggest you check out this bundle!  (It's basically priced at Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!)

Would you like to do one of these craftivities with your students sometime this month?  If so, enter the raffle giveaway below!  Three winners will receive their choice of one of the above winter ELA craftivities (Snowball Fight Affixes, Snazzy Snow Friends, or S'more Inferences)!
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Good luck!