Meet My Friend, Alley! (And don't forget to enter the giveaway!)

I would like to introduce you to a new blogging friend today!  Alley is a fourth grade teacher in Utah, and she is currently working toward earning her Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented Education.  She is finishing up her third year of teaching this week.  Alley teaches all subjects, but she says her favorite subject to teach is reading.  She has a 1:1 Chromebook classroom, so she intends to write several blog posts related to how she integrates technology into her classroom lessons.  Some of her favorite things about teaching include coming up with hands-on ways to learn, incorporating movement and music into her classroom, and helping her fourth graders develop a love of reading! 

Alley is brand-new on the blogging scene, and I am so honored that she chose to write her first blog post about using some of my main idea resources in her classroom!  (Click HERE to read her post!)  I especially like how she used the main idea task cards as a formative assessment that guided her in placing students in groups for additional small group instruction based on the skill they were struggling with!  I hadn't thought of that possibility before!

I am giving away my Main Idea MEGA-BUNDLE of activities as a way to encourage Alley as she begins her blogging journey!  Please take a moment to check out her blog and then hop around and view her other sites.  Then, enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post for your chance to win!

Alley is also giving away one product from her TpT store (up to a $5 value) to the Rafflecopter winner.  She has several task cards to choose from, plus some other great items!  (I can see where she got her blog and store name... everything looks super-engaging!)  Here are just a couple items:

I am really looking forward to reading Alley's blog posts in the future and finding out what is going on in her classroom! 

Fraction Anchor Charts (includes a freebie!)

When my "Anchors Away" Monday anchor chart link up came to an end last month, I thought it would be a while before I posted another anchor chart... but here I am with two new anchor charts!

If you follow my store, you know that the last few weeks my mind has been focused on fractions.  I created five fraction math bundles for grades 3, 4, and 5.  As I was creating, I repeatedly envisioned anchor charts that I could construct to accompany some of the fraction lessons.  Today, I am going to share just a couple of my visions!  

These two anchor charts focus on 5th grade math skills.  One thing that struck me when I was reading through the standards is that 5th graders have to remember quite a few steps to perform each operation as they relate to fractions.  You know I love plays on words, so I couldn't resist "running with"  :)  my analogy as I created my fraction materials.  The first one addresses the steps in adding & subtracting with mixed numbers (and unlike denominators).  
The steps to add and subtract fractions

This second anchor chart addresses the steps in multiplying & dividing with fractions and whole numbers.
The steps to multiplying and dividing fractions

My matching fraction bundles:
Adding and Subtracting Fractions: PowerPoint, Craftivity, and more!   

Click on the image below to download this set of free task cards!

Math Bundles: A Giveaway!

My blog posts have been few and far between lately (dance, soccer, and softball have been keeping the Hansons extremely busy!!), but I invite you to hop on over to Upper Elementary Snapshots where I blogged about my favorite ELA project to do with fifth graders at the end of the year!!

When I have had a few moments to spare, I've been creating math PowerPoints and craftivities.  Multiple teachers contacted me in the past year and asked me to consider creating math PowerPoints, so I decided to give it a try!  And if you've been following me or my store for awhile, you know me... where there is a PowerPoint, there is almost always a craftivity to be found!

If you would like the opportunity to win one of my new math bundles, feel free to enter the Rafflecopter following the cover images!  Good luck!  A winner will be randomly selected next Sunday.

Thinking Aloud with Mentor Texts... My Lucky Day!

Have you ever read My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza?
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I have read this book to all elementary grade levels, and students have always enjoyed the book, regardless of their age.  I believe strongly in the benefits of providing teacher think-alouds during read-aloud time.  I have found that "watching" teachers think aloud can really help our struggling readers and English language learners, in particular.  As teachers model their own thought processes, students are able to view what they should be doing while reading.

My think-aloud statements vary based on the grade level I am reading to.  When I read My Lucky Day to upper elementary students, these are some of the things that I focus on:

When reading this very first page, I read it incorrectly.  (During my time as reading teacher, I witnessed students misread stared and startled hundreds of times without self-correcting - they usually read it as started- so I simply cannot pass up this opportunity!)  I read "As he polished his claws, he was started by a knock on the door."  I pause a moment to see whether anyone tries to correct me.  If no one does, I say, "Wait a minute... that doesn't make sense!  He was started by a knock on the door?  Let me look at that word again.... oooohhhhh!!  It's startled.  He was startled by a knock on the door makes more sense!"

Another teachable moment happens after reading the second page.  I ask myself aloud, "Now why did the author use italics on these last two lines?"  Then I quickly remember, "Oh yeah, authors use italics to show that characters are thinking something in their head rather than saying it out loud."

When I read the above page, I usually make a simple statement. "I am impressed by the exact word choice on this page. The author could have said, 'He got twigs.'  Instead, though, he used a more exact word for got, and he wrote, 'He collected twigs.' I'm going to try to remember this more exact word for got when I am writing."

As you read the entire book, you quickly realize that Pig had actually planned this entire scheme as a way to be fed dinner, given a warm bath, and receive a relaxing massage.  At the end of the day, Fox collapses from exhaustion, and Pig is able to run home.  On the second-to-last page, Pig ponders, "Who shall I visit next?", and then the book ends with this image:
As we study this final wordless image, I ask my students:
Can you draw a conclusion about what is going to happen at Bear's house?
Is Pig really feeling as scared as he looks?

With upper elementary students, I also like to quickly name character traits for Fox and Pig.  In this particular book, Fox is pretty gullible and Pig is quite manipulative, which are both advanced vocabulary words that I want to introduce to my students.