Saturday, August 4, 2012

Linky & Printables

I love Oh Boy 4th Grade so much that I don't even mind, as Farley puts it, "the lack of sentence structure!" I read her blog tonight and felt compelled to join the "Currently" linky party:

I also want to share some back-to-school printables for all you hardworking writing teachers out there! They've been uploaded to my TpT Store, but I have yet to post them to the blog!

I'm proud of this one: Revising vs. Editing. I've learned that acknowledging them as two different steps of the writing process really is important if you want your students' writing to grow. Revising is typically more challenging for young writers since it can be so vague at first, but it's so worth all the hard work! I will board that soapbox another day. Anyway, we have a couple chants that go along with this printable:

Teacher: "Revising is..."
Students: "...making it SOUND better!" *make a hearing gesture*


Teacher: "Editing is..."
Students: "Making it LOOK better!" *make hand binoculars*

Then, I'll throw examples at them. I'll ask, "If I read my first draft aloud to you, would you be able to hear that the word "august" needs to be capitalized?" etc. The possibilities are endless...

My other printable is a FREEBIE that will help ease the pain when your students hear the tragic news: "Said is DEAD!"  We had so much fun with this motto/theme last year, and I can't wait to do it all over again with our new group!

I hope I've given you a little inspiration for a brand new school year! May your workroom be stocked and your coffee be caffeinated!


  1. had me at IKEA! Ugh, now guess where I am heading out tomorrow!!!???
    I need to make those cute organizers from Classroom Clutter Free and she said go to IKEA and I keep forgetting, but thanks for the reminder!
    I hope your school year is as good as mine will "BEE"

    1. IKEA is the best! Have a wonderful school year, Natalie!

  2. I'm with you about the Grande Mocha from Starbucks! That is my a cream cheese danish. :-) I'm glad there's not one TOO close to me or I'd be in trouble!

    Have fun at IKEA - I've never been to one. Don't think they have them in Central New York.

    Mrs. Allen’s 5th Grade Files

    1. Mmm.... cream cheese danish... I'll need to try that with my mocha next time. There aren't nearly enough IKEAs!

  3. Two places I LOVE...IKEA and Starbucks!! Have you tried the mini vanilla bean scones? Yum! Thanks for the writing ideas!!

    Shoelaces and Sugar Cookies

  4. Love IKEA!!! I'm with you on the Starbucks! I start back to school tomorrow, and I'll be pulling through the drivethrough on my way! Thanks for the freebies! They look great to use with my class! I'm your newest follower!

  5. Love Ikea so much! And the revising/editing venn. So hard for the kids to get! I'm a new follower. I found you through the linky!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

    1. It is very difficult. I'm even making a bulletin board of the Revising vs. Editing venn diagram so it's in plain view at all times! Thanks for the comment!

  6. I gotta make a trip to Ikea! My hubby hates it but I'll have to drag him along. I found your blog through the "currently" linky. I'm your newest follower:-) I love your freebies and will pass them on to the fourth grade teachers at my school. Thanks for sharing! Deana

  7. Love your Editing and Revising Venn Diagram and thanks for the Freebie! I am your newest follower and also a 4th grade teacher. Hope you will stop by and check out my blog at

  8. Love the Venn diagram - I have teachers who struggle to understand the differences between revising and editing! New follower :)

    Buzzing with Ms. B

    1. I had to "relearn" the difference when I started teaching! :)