I don’t know about you but I for one am very happy that Spring is starting to show up here. Here on the West Coast of Canada, we’ve had a mild winter but an enormous amount of rain and gloomy skies. Today was super sunny and warm and I was able to get out for a nice walk. I have missed you,nature. I wanted to stop in and show you some Spring resources that just may make your life a little easier so that you can spend more time doing the things you love.
With Spring comes rejuvenation! Our GREEN celebration will be here soon – none other than St. Patrick’s Day. What could be more fun than following a leprechaun and seeing if you can get to the pot of gold before he does??
This also seems to be the time of year when many teachers need more writing ideas. Not time fillers, actual writing lessons that will move their students forward. March is the beginning of exciting times in the classroom because you start seeing so much growth and you want some fresh ideas to keep the kids engaged. I have just the set for you!
Follow the Sneaky Leprechaun was a ton of fun to create. It incorporates writing with a theme. Research shows that students do much better with choice (i.e. like book choice) and this includes writing. Giving students choice is powerful! This set is meant to be set up as stations around the room. Each station has another clue or question that students will need to figure out in order to create their story with all the pertinent story elements and traits of writing. There are footprints that you can cut out and put on the floor. Students will go to stations in partners and collaborate and plan out their story with the planning sheet included.
In the end, students will get to decide if they found the pot of gold or whether the leprechaun tricked them and found it himself. Story writing paper is included.
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If your students enjoy this set, stay tuned. I am also working on an Easter one!
Lucky Learners is a set of writing activities that are mindful in nature. Instead of just “luck” having to do with good things happening, what about good things happen when we are kind? This set has several activities that allow even the youngest students to goal set and reflect.
I hope this overview of resources available has helped you to find something that will make your teaching life a little easier so you can spend more time engaging WITH your students instead of planning and trying to find quality materials for your classroom.