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Monday, September 28, 2015

BOLO-A Sneak Peek at my Middle School Halloween Product

What does BOLO stand for? "Be on the Look Out"! Thank you to these wonderful bloggers for creating an awesome linky party for products that are in the works and ones you should look out for!

What have I been working on lately?

I am currently working on two products. First is my Halloween product: Dracula's True Story-Teaching Narrative Writing, Perspective and Parody. In this product, students will learn the meanings of these terms, and they will be asked to apply them to the activity. The second product I am working on right now is Centers in the Middle School Classroom-A Thorough Guide to Creating Centers for Your Classroom with Activities and Ideas. I thought I would give you a sneak peek preview of my Halloween product!

The activity ask the students to create a parody song to Taylor Swift's, "Bad Blood". Here they have to create a song that tells Dracula's true story about how he has come to be and how he is misjudged. How much fun will your middle school students have working on a song about Dracula!

The product will include the full lesson with the Common Core Standards, a ditto for the students to review parody, narrative, and perspective, Taylor Swift's song lyrics to "Bad Blood", a ditto to model the song lyrics, and colorful Halloween-themed ditto to display the final product.

Have any suggestions? I would love to hear from you! Would you like to see anything else?

Here are some sneak peek preview pictures of the product:


How would you like to win a copy of this product when it is finished?  Enter the raffle, and win the product!






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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Interactive Notebook-Part 1 of September

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great start to the new school year.  This year I am putting a ton of effort into really having my students buy into the Interactive Notebooks.  Last year was the first year I used them in my classroom, and it was quite a learning experience for me.  This year, I have really tried to perfect them.

I wanted to share some pictures of where I have started from the beginning of September.  I plan on updating each month to show you what I am doing, and how I am incorporating it into the interactive notebook.




This is my requirements sheet for English.


This is Reference Page # 2.  I created this ditto to show the students how we set up a page with the date, title, page number, "I Can" statement, and an "I Learned" Statement.


The importance of the Interactive Notebook ditto.


The Table of Contents for the writing section.  We glue in a table of contents for each section.


The first writing assignments my students do is writing about their favorite summer memory.  I always model the work, so I wrote about my favorite summer memory as well.

If you ever have any questions about how to set up an interactive notebook, please feel free to e-mail me!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Classroom 2015/New Faces of TpT EBook

Hi everyone!

If you are like me and started school today, I hope you had a wonderful start! I greeted 116 students today, 7th and 8th grade, some of whom I had the year before. It was a wonderful day, besides the 90 degree heat and a sweltering classroom.  Like most schools, we do not have air conditioning, and by the end of the day today, I felt like I ran a triathlon.

I thought I would share some of the pictures of my classroom.


This is To Kill a Mockingbird Tree-All the leaves of the tree are made out an old book.  My theme is "Treeat" Yourself To a Great Book

 A view from my desk.

My homework board


I also made the New Faces of TpT Ebook, and I am so excited! Each of the books features 20 new sellers, and we are all offering great freebies!

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EBOOK!


Best of luck in the new school year!

Kim