Tomorrow’s Alphabet Lesson Freebie

tomorrow's alphabetI have been so busy I haven’t had time to blog lately.  I promised you a freebie and here it is!  I love teaching with children’s picture books and sophisticated alphabet books are one of my favorites to use.  If you haven’t seen the picture book Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon, you simply must get it.  It starts out with A is for seed….. tomorrow’s apple, and follows that pattern throughout the book.  It’s great for talking about change,  making predictions of what the next page will be, and even bringing in cause and effect.  I like to read the book to my students, and then I give it a new twist.  I tell them we’re going to create a Yesterday’s Alphabet book!  Sounds simple, right?  Well, it’s much harder than  you think!  This activity is designed for students in grades 3-5.  I have tried it with younger students, and it really is too difficult.  The kids have to think backwards and that is difficult for some of them.  Brainstorm with a class the different ideas you could represent for each letter.  To do this, you  have to think about what that object could have been earlier in time.  For example with the letter A, you could say  A is for calculator, yesterday’s abacus,  or A is for oak tree, yesterday’s acorn.  Certain letters are going to give them  difficulty.  I have included in this freebie a copy of a completed Yesterday’s Alphabet book, two planning pages, and templates for each letter of the alphabet for your students to create their own Yesterday’s Alphabet book.   I let one student illustrate a letter to make a class book.  Here are some sample images from the download.  Each page is actually 2 pages so that kids have to turn the page to see the answer.  I love to have them try to guess!  This is a 57 page download that I hope you’ll love! Just click on the image below to download it from Google Docs!  I’d love it if you would send me some pictures of your students’ books!

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Enjoy and remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Currently For May

May Currently

I am so excited!  This is my very first time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly Currently linky, so here goes!

I am currently listening to my 14 month old grandson trying to say Marmie.  It’s so close to Mommy that I think I will accept that!  He and his mommy and daddy used to live here in Montgomery, but moved to Birmingham a few months ago.  I sure do miss seeing that little fella, but I do get lots of pictures and it’s not too far for a quickie trip.

I am loving that I am taking half a day Friday and driving to Birmingham to pick up my daughter for a quickie trip to Atlanta and Scott’s monthly antique market.  Of course we’ll have to shop for clothes as well!  We’re celebrating Mother’s Day and my daughter’s May 19th birthday!  It’s so great to have a fun mother-daughter getaway!  I’m going to spend the night with them in Birmingham Saturday and go to church with everyone so I can spend some time with the grandson as well!

As excited as I am about this trip, you’d think I would have made the reservations!  I’m thinking I’d better make them tonight!

Every time I walk  out in my back yard I’m wanting to start pulling weeds in my flower beds!  I desperately want to hire a yard man to clean out those beds and put down fresh pretty pinestraw.  I think I’ll get on it as soon as school is out!

All of the gifted specialists will be spending the next week with me to begin developing curriculum for next year.  The gen. ed. classes all have testing, so our classes are suspended during that time and we work on our units for the next year.  Since this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, I’m needing something cute to give them  to let them know how much I appreciate them.  They are an awesome group to work with!

And finally, I really have only one thing on my summer bucket list and that is to go to Cozumel with family and friends to do some scuba diving.  While I’m there I also want to take some great underwater photos to use for a product about animal diversity!

Well,  that’s all for today!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Huge Teacher Appreciation Sale!

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Teachers are the backbone of our society.  They work harder than any other group of people I know, they spend thousands of their personal dollars on materials to teach our kids, and sometimes they are greatly underappreciated!  In honor of teachers everywhere,  I am having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6th and 7th.  Everything in my store will be 20% off!  But wait!  Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an extra 10% off everything you buy those two days, so you can purchase some fantastic materials at 28% off!  Be sure to use the code TAD13 when you checkout to get the extra 10%!    Just click on the sale graphic to go to my store!  It can’t get much better than that!  I already have my wish list filled with items ready to be purchased during the sale!  Here is a little shout out to Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs for their great sale graphics.  I love her clip art and use it in many of my products!  Just click on her store name to get to her site!

It’s Giveaway Time All Over the Place!

You wouldn’t believe all the giveaways teachers are having on their blogs right now!  It is the perfect time to enter for some fabulous products you can use in your classroom next year.

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First up is a great giveaway at Curriculum to the Core.  Marlie is celebrating a 100 follower giveaway which feature 75 free products!  This is one giveaway you will definitely have to check out!  My Watch  Me Tell Time unit is one of the prizes along with some other great products!

stacey giveawayStacey Colegrove over at the Learning Lab has another great giveaway that starts today and runs through May 12th (Mother’s Day YAAA!).  She has three prize packages, so check them out and enter one or all three for some fabulous materials!

Be sure to check out these giveaways!

That’s all for now!  Remember to always Keep ’em Thinking!

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