Friday, June 22, 2012

New Things, a Giveaway, & Guest Post Freebies!

This week has been super busy!  Aside from a couple of outings, I've mostly just been hanging around the house.  Let me tell you...you can get loads of things done in your pajamas! Don't you just love summer time?  Most importantly...I managed to get my house clean! Floors vacuumed, laundry done, toys organized, the works.  {insert applause} Here's what else I've been up to:

Remember that whole copyright scare with Scrappin Doodle's adorable Seuss graphics?  Well I finally redid my Seusstacular Roll and Cover {Free} and my It's Time for You Know Who telling time activity.  I swapped out the old graphics for the new acceptable ones.

I also completed a new Rock, Paper, Scissors game.  I received a request for a telling time version a few weeks ago and just now was able to get around to making it.
With all of the Daily 5 buzz this summer I got to thinking about my literacy stations.  I organize the movement of my students with what I call "literacy maps."  What I love about these maps is that it allows my literacy stations to be grouped heterogeneously while keeping my guided groups homogeneous.  You can have up to 6 guided groups or as little as you choose.   I usually have 4 guided groups while leaving 2 of the rotations open for reader's and writer's workshop mini-conferences.  I do not use the official Daily 5 workstation names.  I've renamed them a bit.  I wanted to be able to share my literacy maps and the signs that go with them with you but I realized that other people may not want to call their stations the same names as me. Sooo.....I managed to create editable pdfs so that you can label them as you please!  The packet contains my version and the editable ones!

I've decided to give away 3 copies of my Programmable Literacy Maps & Posters for Workstations.  You can enter with the Rafflecopter below.  This giveaway will end on Sunday at midnight and I'll announce the winners on Monday.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway One last thing.  Make sure to stop by Mrs. Stanford's Class today for my guest post.  You can pick up my latest Roll and Cover game while you are there!

27 comments:

  1. I found you through your guest blog. I am so glad I did! Thank you for the freebies.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

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    1. I'm so glad you found me! I'm on my way to check out your blog too!

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  2. What great freebies and a giveaway! Thank you for sharing this at TBA and linking up!

    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith’s Pinterest Boards!

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  3. Thanks for sharing another great activity. You always have such great idea. I'm heading on over to check out your guest post.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)

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  4. OK I have a stupid question but I am new to following Blogs. I have joined many groups but I have not been getting updates. How do I know if I am really following the blog so that I get the updates on them? Thanks for helping me out here. My e-mail is afuller@dentonisd.org

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  5. (FYI since I checked I would follow you on TpT, I already do but it is under my Real Life name which I don't publicize much on the internet. So I didn't cheat! ;-))

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  6. I really like your literacy group names... I put the packet in my cart to purchase next month. Thank you SO MUCH for making them editable! :)

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  7. I blogged about your giveaway!
    Dana
    http://funin1stgrade.blogspot.com/2012/06/extreme-blog-makeover-reveal-winners.html

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  8. Great giveaway and freebies! Thank you!

    Elizabeth
    Epodolski@arcsgalloway.org

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  9. I love these! I'd also love to hear more about your literacy groups. smskdg@hotmail.com

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  10. I've followed your blog for a while... I've loved everything you've shared. Keep up the amazing work.

    Catherine
    my2littleduckies@gmail.com

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  11. Thank you so much for the freebie! Your activities are always so good and the kids love playing them.

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  12. Lovely resources! You literacy map sounds a bit similar to what I do but no reading activities because we do a half hour of reading activities a day in the whole school. So instead I have fine motor, role play and literacy based ICT.

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  13. Made my way over here from Mrs. Sanford's blog. Thanks for sharing! You have some adorable things going on. I'm excited to be following along =)

    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  14. Love your ideas, thanks for sharing. We have nominated you to receive the One Lovely Blog award, head over to our blog to check it out. We can't wait to read more.

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  15. This is so exciting! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

    Heather at TeachItToday

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  16. I posted about your giveaway on my facebook page. Astronomersky.

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  17. Love your blog! Thanks for the freebies!

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  18. I really like your names for your literacy stations!

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  19. Can you tell me more about how you manage your literacy maps? Do your students have to go to each station in order, or can they choose when to visit each?

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    1. Amy,

      If you contact me at mary.lirette(at)yahoo(dot)com or leave your e-mail I'd be happy to send you an explanation of how I manage my stations. It's a little lengthy for a comment! :)

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  20. This is my first time to visit a blog. Stumbled across your information from a friends suggestion. I am not into facebook. This is all so great with all your creative talent. I hope I entered your 'freebie' contest correctly. I will definitely be back. I am beginning to use Daily 5+1 next year with my own slant (a rotation of sorts) so your packet would certainly make it easier.

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