Sunday, February 17, 2013

Point of View Freebie!

So last week, one of our lovely teachers was out sick, so I got to teach fifth grade Saturday School! Eek! It was fun, though. I got to plan a little lesson about explaining different forms of third person points of view. This was kind of a neat lesson to do, because I hadn't taught that in fourth grade - we just differentiated between first person and third person.

I shared three different versions of the same short story, first. We identified the differences between the three and marked them with colored markers. Then we used these differences to explain which point of view each story was written from and added them to our anchor chart.

This is the anchor chart we made:


I put red lips on who was telling the story. The red lips are on the character in the first person, but they'e on the sidelines in both third person forms. The yellow shows whose thoughts you know. In first and third person limited, you know only the main character's thoughts, but in third person omniscient, you know other characters' as well!

After we made our chart and used the stories to create clues to look for, I had students practice with the materials I found here for 2.50 on TPT. They're simple paragraphs designed for students to use the clues to sort. We created a tree map with the paragraphs and highlighted the evidence.
This is the freebie pack I revised for TPT! Please check it out and download. It includes the three versions of the story I used, the sample anchor chart, and some printable posters for first person, third person, third person limited, and third person omniscient!



Have fun teaching point of view!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ballentimes Day!

That's what the kids call Valentine's Day where I teach. Ballentimes. As in, "Will you be my ballentime?"

This year is my first Valentine's Day out of the classroom. I still managed to eat a lot of sweet stuff, but not as much as I used to. 

Every Valentine's Day, I would gladly accept all cupcakes, cookies, heart-shaped boxes of candy, and chocolate covered marshmallows, and shove them all into my face. ALL of them. As I received them. 
As in, "Thank you, Daniel. I love chocolate covered cherries. Munch Munch." "Wow, Jericho! Heart-shaped marshmallows! Shove shove." "Awww, Desiree! Fig Newtons dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles! Yay!"

I had a lovely lunch packed (lovely is a strong word. Perhaps edible is better) but by the time lunch came, I was full of sugar sugar sugar. My whole body was tingling with the after effects of a sugar rush and I wanted more more more. After tasting my lunch, I would go back to class and finish off my pink-frosted cupcake.

By the end of the day, I'd pack up all of my goodies (my pink stuffed monkey, a new mug with hearts on it, and maybe a notepad or two) and drive home, borderline comatose.

Dropping my bags by the door, I'd shuffle to the kitchen and grope in the fridge for something protein-y. Meat. Cheese. Grunt. Balance out my disastrous day of sweetness with something from a basic food group.

And then, after I ate it, I'd look in my bag and see if there was any chocolate left.

Happy Ballentimes.


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Sunday Sales!

In case you've got a wish list a mile long, be sure to check out TPT and Teacher's Notebook this weekend! Both sites are having a BIG SUNDAY SUPER SALE and I am too! So spend your Sunday (and Saturday at Teacher's Notebook) shopping and browsing, completely ignoring whatever your hunnybun is shouting about.

Clickety click here to check out my 15% off sale. Use the promo code SUPER for even more savings!


Want to get shopping a day early? Check out my Teacher's Notebook Store for a 15% sale, too! 


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Sunday Sales!


I'm not the biggest football fan. Baseball is interesting. Football is not. (Sorry - I'm sure you'll disagree. But I'm not changing my mind. I think this dates back to when I was a very small child and my mother would come home from the grocery store to find me laying on the couch with a bottle propped in my mouth while my father completely forgot I existed in the midst of a football game on TV.

So football isn't my favorite. I tend to sit in the room where the game is on, but notice absolutely no details about the game. I just really like chips and dip.

BUT this weekend, TPT and Teacher's Notebook are having a BIG SUNDAY SUPER SALE and I am too! So spend your Sunday (and Saturday at Teacher's Notebook) shopping and browsing, completely ignoring whatever your hunnybun is shouting about.

Clickety click here to check out my 15% off sale. Use the promo code SUPER for even more savings!


Want to get shopping a day early? Check out my Teacher's Notebook Store for a 15% sale, too! 


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