Professional Development

November 20, 2012

Winter Literacy Fun!

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I am out of town for the week and have been doing TONS of traveling to see family in Pennsylvania!  It has left me with lots of time to work ahead on things for the next few weeks before the Christmas break is here.  {…and it will be here before we know it! Have you gotten your shop on yet?? I AM a Black Friday lover…I must admit!} Anyway, I just wanted to pop in to share what I have been working on lately – some winter literacy fun!

First Grade Winter Literacy Stations

This First Grade Winter Literacy Station Pack is filled with seven literacy activities that go right along with what I will be teaching the next several weeks. Each winter literacy activity is aligned with first grade TEKS and will add a little fun while you cover some difficult standards! It would also be great for second graders who need a good review of these topics. Besides literacy stations, you could use these activities to introduce new concepts to the class as a whole group or use them in a small group setting to reteach a concept. I will be using it to introduce and review concepts that are covered in my Morning Grammar Work.  Some of those things, such as prepositional phrases, are just TOUGH for 6 and 7 year olds! YIKES!

If you need kindergarten winter literacy station ideas, you can find those HERE! They are also aligned with TEKS, have teacher directions, simple directions for students, and activity/recording pages.

Build a Gingerbread Kid Craftivity

I also finished up the Build a Gingerbread Kid! Y’all know how much both the kids and I love the Build a Scarecrow and Build a Turkey.  We are just wildly successful with it!

So what is the Build a Gingerbread Kid? It’s a craft with a purpose! After completing a writing piece, students will self-assess their writing. Then for each writing convention, they get to earn a gingerbread piece. It gives them a great visual! You can read more about purposeful crafts HERE. Our revising and editing has improved so much since I have started using this concept.

I hope you are enjoying your time off or soon to be time off!! I most certainly have! 🙂  Have a great day!


Happy Teaching,


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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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