Friday, November 22, 2013

Gift of Reading Blog Hop Stop #11

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At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it.Collect all of the letters to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

Indeed reading is a gift! My fondest memories of a child are of my mother reading to me, reciting poems, and singing songs.  She sparked a passion in me for reading that has lasted 46 years!  As a teacher and mom for 25 years, my life-long mission has been to inspire a love for reading in children, whether they are my own sons or my students. Reading instruction, despite curricular mandates, should be lively, fun, interactive, and inviting for children. Reading opens doors, opportunities, and offers an escape from our own lives. To help a little one "crack the code", learn to read, and identify themselves as a reader brings me much joy and is the impetus for why I have been involved in education for a quarter of a century!

My gift to you is my holiday-themed graphic organizers and stationery sheets for informational reading.  With the CCSS' emphasis on informational reading for even our littlest readers, I like to use organizers to help scaffold students' reading and comprehension, make it more visual, and offer an alternative to question worksheets.

I have included a variety of organizers to help students identify main idea and details, cause-effect, vocabulary, author's purpose, and more.  Like most of the products I create, my packet is designed for small groups, whether it is Guided Reading or a reading intervention group.  However, these organizers can also be used whole-class, in a literacy center, as an assessment, or used for homework.  They can be used for any informational text!  So as you are reading about holidays around the world, animals, or Christmas, you can add this little packet to your lessons. Click the picture below to download your FREEBIE from my TpT store!

My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new posts, giveaways, and blog hops, follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below.

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Big Time Literacy to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays!

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 


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  1. Lauren-I am so excited to use your graphic organizers this month with my kids. Perfect to use with so many books! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Carla @ Comprehension Connection

    1. Thank you, Carla! I hope you and your students enjoy the organizers. :-) Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Lauren

  2. Love your reading quote! Thank you for the wonderful graphic organizers!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. Thank you, Lori! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! :-) Lauren

  3. Lauren, I love the quote! Your graphic organizers are perfect for the holiday season. I'm super excited to use them in the week to come.

    Read With Me ABC


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