Friday, July 19, 2013

200 Followers? Freebie Time!

I started this blog out of boredom and curiosity last summer, and now I am so excited to have 200 followers! I want to say "thank you" to all my blog readers and fellow writing teachers with this task card freebie. If you teach fourth grade writing (especially in Texas), there's a good chance you'll need to teach your budding writers to differentiate personal narrative writing vs. expository writing at the start of the school year. I hope this set of 12 task cards helps you do just that!

Click HERE for the freebie! Enjoy!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Parts of Speech Sort

Are you ready to go back to school? I'm starting to get antsy at home, but I am not ready to give up sleeping in! I'm not even going to tell you what time I woke up this afternoon morning. The most important grammar objective that I want my fourth graders to master at the beginning of each year is forming complete sentences. Later in the year when they're still having trouble differentiating complete sentence vs. fragment, I always kick myself for not spending enough time at the beginning reviewing basic parts of speech. (You have to know nouns and verbs to understand subject and predicate!)

I found this great sorting idea on Pinterest about a year ago, originally pinned from

I thought it'd be fun to make some back-to-school themed sorting cards for this paper bag activity. I included 54 words comprised of various nouns, verbs, and adjectives. I hope to do this with small groups during the chaotic first week of school! Check it out:

Click HERE to download all 54 cards!

If you have the pleasure of teaching these same objectives, don't forget about my Subject & Predicate FREEBIE! It's ready to print and go. I am thrilled to have almost 200 followers. It might be time for another freebie pretty soon! Any requests?