Fan Freebies

Interested in some great freebies? Then become my Facebook Fan and you will get some awesome resources that are not offered as a free product in any of my stores. From time to time I will be adding even more resources just for you. Just CLICK HERE and join my over 1600 fan base. That's a blogful of fans and freebies, don't you think?:)


Teachers Pay Teachers Sale 2013

Well it's about time! The great Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School site-wide sale is finally here! This is the time when you can get great savings when purchasing your much needed resources. So I'm joining the super opportunity at my Teachers Pay Teachers store A Teacher's Idea to hone in on the action!  This phenomenal  sale will take place from Sunday, August 18th through Monday, August 19thEverything in my store will be at a whopping 20 % off! TPT gives you an additional 8% off. That makes it a total of 28% off! You can get these AUGUST best sellers at the lowest prices ever!

All you do is simply go through my store and select those resources that you wish to purchase.
**Wait till the Sunday through Monday sale to checkout!**
When checking out use the promo code, BTS13 to get additional savings.  Remember to click on the "Apply" button after entering the promo code to ensure that the savings goes through.

So hop on over to my TPT Store and start adding those resources that you will need for the school year to your cart.  



Enjoy and start stockpiling HERE for the best savings opportunity! :)

Making Connections As We Read

Have you ever had the experience of listening to a child read quite well, but, at the end of it he was unable to answer higher order questions? As you look at his face you see a completely blank expression, almost as if he was in no way connected with what he just read. In most cases, he probably really wasn't! There are many kids who pretend to read by simply modeling the behaviors of a successful reader. Those kids 'call out' the words successively and successfully, however they are unable to complete the reading act which is understanding those words on the page. In order to get them to make connections as they read we need to give them much needed support and guidance.

Helping children to make connections as they read can be done by teaching them how it is done. The 'schema' theory explains that we make connections with text through our experiences. The things that we know, the things that we experience and the things that we understand can all help in bringing meaning to the printed word. Keene and Zimmerman (1997) identified three such connections that helps students comprehend better. They are text-to-self, text-to-text and  text-to-world. Get your students to relate what they read to their own lives. Get them to relate what they read to other books that they have read, and get them to relate to the general world. When we guide our students in the right direction theY would be able to use this framework to analyze any text.

For more ideas on how to make connections click HERE!

For my Making Connections Resource Set click the picture below: