Friday, December 08, 2017

Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

'Tis the season to get out your favorite Christmas books!
Here is a list of ten Christmas books that kids absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources to go with each one!
Favorite Christmas books for kids, and book study companion literacy activities for each title. Each unit is packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #kindergarten #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookstudy #bookstudies #Christmas #christmasbooks #guidedreading #literacy #picturebookactivities #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #2ndgradereading #1stgradereading #christmasbooks

HOW TO CATCH SANTA
This fun book by Jean Reagan has children planning out ways to catch Santa on Christmas eve. My activity pack explores the book and includes planning pages where students can devise their own ways they would try to catch Santa! Find it {here}

OLIVE THE OTHER REINDEER
 Olive the dog hears a line from a Christmas song 'all of the other reindeer' and thinks it's 'Olive the other reindeer'. She becomes Santa's helper and saves Christmas! Find the book study pack {here}


THE POLAR EXPRESS
This Christmas classic is written by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a Caldecott Medal award winner, and has been translated into stage productions and a movie.
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}


MRS. WISHY-WASHY'S CHRISTMAS
We LOVE Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and this adorable book features Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her animal friends...all about making mistakes, being sorry, receiving forgiveness, and showing love. The spirit of Christmas at its best!
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
There are so many versions of this story! I love this one by Eric A. Kimmel- it has fun characters, and a refrain that students love to chant together.
Classroom activities that go along with ANY Gingerbread Man book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL
 Your students will LOVE the adventures of the Gingerbread Man as he searches the school trying to find the class of children who created him. In my activity pack, students will design a MISSING poster! Find the book study {here}

THE GINGERBREAD GIRL
Kids love how the Gingerbread Girl outsmarts the fox and escapes the fate of her brother. Lots of activities to go with this book can be found {here}

MOOSELTOE
 This fun Christmas story is about a father moose who works very hard to make Christmas 'perfectly perfect' for his family, but he forgets to get something very important! He saves the day thanks to his giant 'moostache' and antlers!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

SNOWMEN AT CHRISTMAS
 Similar to Snowmen at Night, this book leads its readers to imagine what snowmen do at Christmas time!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

THE CRIPPLED LAMB
 Joshua the lamb has a crippled leg, and can't follow the other sheep to the pasture. He heads back to the stable for the night, where he witnesses a wonderful scene...that he would have missed had his leg been healthy. This book study is found {here}

Saturday, November 25, 2017

TPT GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

CONTEST CLOSED- THANKS FOR ENTERING!

I have a $10 gift card for TPT that I will be giving away on Sunday! 
To win it, you just need to answer a {super simple} question: What Christmas themed book study in my store begins with the letter H? 

DO NOT POST THE ANSWER HERE! 
Email the answer to mrsbremersk@gmail.com for your chance to win. 

Start hunting in my shop for the answer! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anita-Bremer

Sunday, November 05, 2017

$50 Target Gift Card Giveaway {4 cards to win!}

Hey K-2 teachers! 
We’re giving away four $50 Target gift cards!

Enter our short Rafflecopter: http://gvwy.io/nueep4l

Runs November 4-11, 2017
Good luck!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

12 favorite Halloween books for kids, with companion activities and book study resources for each one! Packed with fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #Halloween #picturebookactivities #bookstudy #kindergarten #literacy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #guidedreading #bookstudies
Halloween will soon be here, and it's time to use some fun Halloween themed books and activities in the classroom to engage students in literacy learning!

I have created a list of 12 favorite Halloween themed books and activities...and some are great even if you don't 'celebrate' Halloween in the classroom. In fact, many include great lessons on character and inclusiveness!

 Poor Oscar gets teased by the other dogs about his silly Hallo-Wiener costume. Even though they don't deserve it, Oscar chooses to be kind and help the other dogs when a 'monster' scares them on Halloween. 
 Find The Hallo-Wiener companion activities {here}

 Spookley looks different than the other pumpkins in the patch- he's square! He gets teased, yet chooses to help the others when they are in trouble. The pumpkins learn a lesson in celebrating differences!
 Find Spookley the Square Pumpkin companion activities {here}

 No matter what The Little Old Lady hears and sees on her evening walk...she's not afraid of anything!
 Find The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything companion activities {here}

 The Ugly Pumpkin is never picked for Halloween, because he looks so different from the other pumpkins. An 'ugly duckling' story featuring pumpkins/squash!
 Find The Ugly Pumpkin companion activities {here}

 Jasper Rabbit LOVES to eat carrots, and helped himself...until the carrots came up with a creepy plan to keep him away!
 Find Creepy Carrots companion activities {here}

 Little Boo wants very much to be scary, but needs to be patient until he grows up and becomes a jack-o-lantern!
 Find Little Boo companion activities {here}

 A story about a witch riding her broom...and adding passengers as she goes!
 Find Room on the Broom companion activities {here}

 Farmer Brown hates Halloween, but the farm animals find a way to get him to come to their Halloween party in the barn!
 Find Click, Clack, Boo! companion activities {here}

 Junie B. Jones doesn't like Halloween...there are so many things to be afraid of! So she decides to wear a scary costume to keep the creepy things away!
 Find Junie B. Jones First Grader Boo...and I Mean It! companion activities {here}

 A great book for religious schools that don't cover Halloween in the classroom. This book shows how Christians are like pumpkins...Jesus removes our 'yucky stuff' so our lights can shine! 
Pumpkin Patch Parable book study companion activities for Kindergarten. Fun fall themed literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. #fall #bookstudy #1stgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #kindergartenreading
Find The Pumpkin Patch Parable companion activities {here}

Little Baby Mummy and Big Mama Mummy play a game of 'Hide and Shriek'. Your students will love the things he is, and is not, afraid of!
Find Where's My Mummy? companion activities {here}

Nate the Great is on a mission to find Rosamond's missing cat. His hunt takes him to a haunted house, and Sludge helps Nate solve the mystery.

Find Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt companion activities {here}

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Fall Freebie: Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook!

Well, Happy Fall!

I just wanted to pop in to share a FREE resource that I've just completed. It's a pumpkin life cycle lapbook!
FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about the pumpkin life cycle. A fun resource for teaching about pumpkins in the fall. #freebies #fall #lapbooks #pumpkins #1stgrade #kindergarten #2ndgrade #pumpkinlifecycle
This lapbook offers a unique and hands-on way for students to show their learning about a pumpkin's growth.
FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about the pumpkin life cycle. A fun resource for teaching about pumpkins in the fall. #freebies #fall #lapbooks #pumpkins #1stgrade #kindergarten #2ndgrade #pumpkinlifecycle
Printables, suggestions for use, and photographs of a completed lapbook are included in this *free* download.
FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about the pumpkin life cycle. A fun resource for teaching about pumpkins in the fall. #freebies #fall #lapbooks #pumpkins #1stgrade #kindergarten #2ndgrade #pumpkinlifecycle
The foldables and writing paper provide opportunities for differentiation of learning.
FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle Lapbook where students can show what they have learned about the pumpkin life cycle. A fun resource for teaching about pumpkins in the fall. #freebies #fall #lapbooks #pumpkins #1stgrade #kindergarten #2ndgrade #pumpkinlifecycle
You can snag it {here}

Monday, August 21, 2017

TPT GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Contest closed- congratulations Jaime!
Thanks to all who entered!
I have a $10 gift card to spend at TPT...and you could win it!
Just answer my {super simple} question to win.

QUESTION:
Name any back to school themed book study in my TPT store.
Begin your search {here}

When you have your answer, email it to me at mrsbremersk@gmail.com by 9AM tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22.

If your answer is correct, you will be entered to win the gift card. I will forward the gift card via email to the winner tomorrow after 9AM. 

Good luck!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Primary Writing- Tools to Make It FUN {Not Scary} the Whole Year Long!

I have taught in the primary grades, and I know that writing is not everyone's favorite thing to do. In fact, some students really dread it! I believe it's because they are fearful of making mistakes. I created some primary writing packs that are filled with tools that take the fear right out of writing. I bundled them up for use in Kindergarten and First Grade.

Let's start with Kindergarten, shall we?
A year of Kindergarten writing center activities and ideas! Includes letter tracing printing practice, name writing practice pages, writing prompts, labelling pages, lots of write the room activities, book-making templates, stationery, sticker stories, and more! #kindergarten #kindergartenwriting #writingcenter #writingcenters #kindergartencenters
This pack is chock full of writing options to provide differentiation. Students can choose to trace letters or work on name printing. They may feel ready to copy word lists {especially those who fear making mistakes in their writing}. Maybe your little learners need to move about the classroom, and so they choose to write-the-room. Maybe they are creative and just need a little nudge with some writing prompts or sticker pictures. And there are always those who LOVE to make books, and can use some of the stationery or book-making templates to get their stories out. Editing tools are included too!
A year of Kindergarten writing center activities and ideas! Includes letter tracing printing practice, name writing practice pages, writing prompts, labelling pages, lots of write the room activities, book-making templates, stationery, sticker stories, and more! #kindergarten #kindergartenwriting #writingcenter #writingcenters #kindergartencenters
 sample word list pack
A year of Kindergarten writing center activities and ideas! Includes letter tracing printing practice, name writing practice pages, writing prompts, labelling pages, lots of write the room activities, book-making templates, stationery, sticker stories, and more! #kindergarten #kindergartenwriting #writingcenter #writingcenters #kindergartencenters
Find out more about what's included, and to check out a detailed preview {here}

A year of first grade writing center activities and ideas! Includes story builders, poetry writing, writing prompts, letters & notes, sticker stories, write the room activities, stationery, book-making templates, and more! #1stgrade #1stgradewriting #1stgradecenters #centers #writingcenters #writingcenter #writing
The First Grade pack includes many of the same components, but branches out to include story builders, story starters, and poetry.
Find more about this pack {here}

I have used them in my classroom, and know that kids find them FUN...and no longer complain about 'having to write'. And as a teacher, I am loving that the activities are spiraled, kid-friendly, and will take me through the WHOLE YEAR. Who doesn't love that! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL...Are You Ready?

 
Well it's time to stock up with Back To School goodies, because everything is on SALE!

Get some EDITABLE resources to organize AND personalize your entire classroom
EDITABLE resources for your classroom set up! Perfect for organizing you class during back to school. Personalize labels and name tags for your students, customize your daily job cards, and provide information about your class for parents. #backtoschool #classroomsetup #classroom #school #classroom #nametags #classjobs #labels
...and some FUN Back To School read alouds
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies
...some fun first day activities
First Day of School craftivity with writing options for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade. Makes a sweet bulletin board display! A perfect back to school activity / craftivity! #backtoschool #craftivity #kindergarten #1stdayofschool #1stgrade #2ndgrade #school #classroomsetup
Selfies! an All About Me craftivity perfect for the beginning of the school year. #backtoschool #allaboutme #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bulletinboards #classroomsetup
...some year long resources that will ensure you have everything you need for the entire year
A year of first grade writing center activities and ideas! Includes story builders, poetry writing, writing prompts, letters & notes, sticker stories, write the room activities, stationery, book-making templates, and more! #1stgrade #1stgradewriting #1stgradecenters #centers #writingcenters #writingcenter #writing

A year of Kindergarten writing center activities and ideas! Includes letter tracing printing practice, name writing practice pages, writing prompts, labelling pages, lots of write the room activities, book-making templates, stationery, sticker stories, and more! #kindergarten #kindergartenwriting #writingcenter #writingcenters #kindergartencenters

A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers, spiraled through 5 domains of reading, sight words and word work, alphabet learning with phonics and phonemic awareness activities, listening to reading, and writing. Packed with fun ideas and hands on activities that will cover your entire year of literacy centers. #kindergarten #literacy #literacycenters #kindergartencenters #sightwords #wordwork #alphabet #phonics #phonemicawareness #reading #listentoreading #daily5 #centers #writing
...and something to ensure you are ready in case you need a sub!
Full day sub no prep lesson plans for PreK - Kindergarten. Activities are based on the book Knuffle Bunny. Just add the book and you're all set! #subplans #kindergarten #knufflebunny #noprep #teachingresources
Don't forget to use the Code: BTS2017 to save an extra 5% on your purchase! Sale dates are AUGUST 1 & 2 ONLY!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anita-Bremer

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Communicating With Parents

Communicating with the parents of your students is an essential component in building up the teacher-parent relationship. And a strong partnership will allow you to work together in the education of their children. But communicating with parents can also be a little daunting!

Many teachers utilize a variety of ways to touch base with parents. Here are just a few:
-phone calls
-emails
-parent/teacher conferences
-sending notes home
-social media
-class websites
-school websites
-Google classroom
-information nights
-classroom newsletters

I wanted to share that I have recently made some FULLY EDITABLE resources that are perfect for keeping parents informed about what is happening in your classroom!

EDITABLE CLASS INFORMATION PACK
This class information pack is perfect to send home at the beginning of the year, or to distribute on a meet-the-teacher night. 
This pack includes 17 editable class information package forms to provide information to parents and students. They can be used to create a booklet to hand out during back to school season. Use any pages you wish! Simply combine the pages to create your information pack. #classroom #backtoschool #classroomsetup
Simply type over the text boxes in the product to add relevant information about you and your class. It's great for sharing classroom expectations, wish lists, communication information, school policies, class supply lists, and anything else you want to share! Include as many (or few) pages as you wish. It's completely customizable, so you can personalize everything...even the headers!  
Find the editable classroom information pack {here}

EDITABLE MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
I have also created an editable monthly newsletter pack, where you can share more detailed information with your students' parents.
This pack includes 12 different editable class newsletters to share class news. Simply type over the text where it says 'text' to add your class news, reminders, birthdays, homework, and more. You can change the font, font size, and color to whatever you like! #classroomsetup #classnews #newslettertemplate #newsletter #classroom #backtoschool
You can customize each month's newsletter by typing over the text boxes. Even the headers and month names are editable! They can be one or two sided...the possibilities are endless!

Find the editable newsletters {here}

Find even MORE editable classroom resources {here}.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Getting the Classroom Organized!

As teachers we know it helps to be organized. 
Here are some ways to help organize your classroom...and maximize learning!
This pack includes 24 editable and 24 premade binder covers for your classroom. Perfect for giving your resource binders a cohesive look while keeping materials organized! #classroomsetup #classroom #backtoschool #teachereyecandy
These binder covers {with matching spines!} are for your teacher binders. They will help you keep your curriculum, notes, and program resources on every subject organized. And they are fully editable, so you can change up the binder covers and spines to say whatever you want!
Find them {here}
This pack includes 32 different editable schedule cards for your classroom. Perfect for displaying on a bulletin board or pocket chart to let students know the events of the school day! #classroomsetup #classroom #backtoschool #schedulecards #classschedule
 Consider keeping your class informed about the day's events using schedule cards. This is especially helpful for students who experience anxiety as well as for those may not speak English as their first language. The graphics will help students piece together the day's schedule. The cards are fully editable, so you are able to change out any heading to the subject name of your choice!
Find them {here}
This pack includes 24 different editable job cards for your classroom. Perfect for displaying on a bulletin board or pocket chart to let students know their responsibilities for the day, week, or month! #classroomsetup #backtoschool #classroom #jobcards #classjobs
 It's important for all students to take turns contributing to the classroom. These class job cards provide opportunities for students to get involved. The job titles are completely editable so you can create any jobs you wish!
Find them {here}
This pack includes 32 different editable name tags for your classroom. Perfect for labelling desks, cubbies, book baskets, binders, coat hooks, boxes, and anything else you'd like! The labels' rectangular shape makes cutting simple and quick. Sixteen boy and sixteen girl options are included! #classroomsetup #backtoschool #nametags #classroom #labels
 Name tag labels are useful for SO MANY things in the classroom! Desks, cubbies, pencil boxes, books, portfolios, charts...you name it! These rectangular and circular name tags are fully editable so that you can add your students' names. They can be used on anything at all!
Rectangle name tags {here}
Circle name tags {here}
This pack includes 32 different editable circle name tags for your classroom. Perfect for labelling desks, cubbies, book baskets, binders, coat hooks, boxes, and anything else you'd like! Sixteen boy and sixteen girl options are included! #classroomsetup #nametags #backtoschool #classroom #labels
Find EVEN MORE editable items {here}!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Back to School Read Alouds

There are SO MANY great read alouds for back to school time! I thought I'd share a few of my favorite here. These are great picks for PreK-2 classrooms :)

YOU'RE FINALLY HERE
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
 This is a class favorite! 
The bunny has been waiiiittttiinngg for the students' return to school, and tells about all the boring things he's been doing during his long wait.
You're Finally Here book study companion activities perfect for back to school! Use for whole class guided reading, small groups, or individual study packs. Packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudies #bookstudy #picturebookactivities #1stgrade #2ndgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #backtoschool
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
All students just LOVE David...because he never follows the rules! In this book David goes to school. He and his teacher learn a few things about obedience...and forgiveness.
David Goes to School book study companion activities perfect for back to school! Use for whole class guided reading, small groups, or individual study packs. Packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudies #bookstudy #picturebookactivities #1stgrade #2ndgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #backtoschool
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

CHRYSANTHEMUM
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
In this classic by Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum goes to school and finds that not everyone loves her 'perfectly perfect' name as much as she does...until the teasing students are won over. This book is a great springboard for work on learning student names while teaching about respectfulness.
Chrysanthemum book study companion activities perfect for back to school! Use for whole class guided reading, small groups, or individual study packs. Packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudies #bookstudy #picturebookactivities #1stgrade #2ndgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #backtoschool
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

THE KISSING HAND
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
Chester raccoon is anxious about leaving his mom to go to school. This book is great for easing into the transition of beginning school and being away from parents/caregivers for a time.
The Kissing Hand book study companion activities perfect for back to school! Use for whole class guided reading, small groups, or individual study packs. Packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudies #bookstudy #picturebookactivities #1stgrade #2ndgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #backtoschool
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

THE RECESS QUEEN
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
'Mean Jean' is The Recess Queen who bullies the other kids and bosses them around...until a new student arrives at school and shows how to win this bully over!
The Recess Queen book study companion activities perfect for back to school! Use for whole class guided reading, small groups, or individual study packs. Packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudies #bookstudy #picturebookactivities #1stgrade #2ndgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #backtoschool
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!

A BAD CASE OF TATTLE TONGUE
Back to school read alouds for the Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classroom. Includes book list and book activities for You're Finally Here by Melanie Watt, David Goes to School by David Shannon, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill, and A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.
This book is great for primary grades in that it teaches students to differentiate between tattling and reporting. A must read for classes where there are lots of 'tattle tongues' :) 
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue book study companion activities perfect for back to school! Use for whole class guided reading, small groups, or individual study packs. Packed with lots of fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudies #bookstudy #picturebookactivities #1stgrade #2ndgrade #kindergarten #literacy #guidedreading #backtoschool
Click {here} to find some fun activities to go with this book!
Find even more book companions {here}!
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