Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stop, Swap & Roll + Giveaway
I am so excited to be a part of this product swap.  Swapping products are a great for everyone.  I got to collaborate with Ashley, of One Sharp Bunch.  I love swapping, because you get to know another teacher through their products and I always feel like I am a better teacher after swapping. 
One Sharp Bunch
 Ashley is amazing!  She sent me her November Poetry Binder pack for the swap.  I have dabbled with poetry on and off in the past year, but my poetry centered around the "FIVES".  Each set of activities was set around one poem.

Ashley created an entire month of different activities that center around 5 different poems.  There are enough activities for each poem that you can keep the poem going all week long.  Genius!
 There are so many options with Ashley's poetry binder.  You can use the activities in class with a pocket chart, in a poetry journal or binder, as homework each day of the week, and there are extension activities for each poem.

If you choose to create a Poetry binder, there is a cover, poems in both black & white and color, parent letters to start out your "I Can Read" homework, and great suggestions on how to use the "I Can Read" binders for homework.
I used this poetry pack with my preschooler and some kindergarteners around the neighborhood.  They LOVED it!  I plan to use each month of Ashley's poetry binder with my daughter.  I searched around the house and I used a binder that I already had.  It is a larger binder, but Ashley recommends using a 1" poly binder from Target or Walmart.  Below is an example of her binder.  She attaches a label to the front of each binder with each students' name.  The smaller binder is more practical for an entire class of kids.
The parent letter is included at the front of the binder.  This is helpful, because parents know exactly what the homework will be and what is expected of both parent and child. 
Another tip, from Ashley, is to add a zippered pouch with crayons and pencils.  This will help students to always have the materials that they need.
Now to the fun!  Here is one of the poems that is included in the November pack.  I printed out the included poems to use in my pocket chart and the matching pictures to help students read the poem. 
Each poem comes in four different forms.  There is a color and b/w version of the poem.  The poem and a graphic are included.  This can be used with a document camera, interactive white board, for a poetry center, to include in a poetry journal, or whatever you choose.  There is also a color and b/w version of the poem in homework form.  The poem is included along with a homework option for Monday-Thursday.  One piece of paper for 4 days of homework.  Awesome!  Students will be working on the same skills that they used during the week and on identifying color words and following directions.
I can go on and on about how much I love this idea!  It is reinforcing the skills that are being used during the week, as well as, only using one piece of paper for 4 days of work.  Also, parents are provided with a framework that allows them to be actively involved in their child's reading progress.  Again, genius!
I created some fall focus wands that are perfect to use with Ashley's poems and for tons of other uses in your classroom or home.  You can get a free set of focus wands here.  I would love to know how you use them!
In the picture below, I had students use the focus wands to identify one of the specific words that we were focusing on that day.  They were able to use the wand to narrow their attention to each individual word in the poem.  You can also use highlighter tape, vis-a-vis markers, pointers, swatters, cool plastic pointy fingers, or anything you can imagine.
I've included a large and small version of the focus wands, so that you can use them with the pocket chart poem and with the poetry binder poem.  Again, students are able to practice the same skills in the whole group, poetry center, and through their homework.
I laminated a copy of the poem and had the kids use vis-a-vis markers to complete the homework activities.  This could be used in a small goup, or individually, with kids that need a little more practice with the skills.  I love the flexibility that this product provides.
Each poem has activities for students to extend their learning.  Here is a game that is included with the poem "The Big Scarecrow".  Ashley created a game called "Shoo!"  Students will practice reading color words and sight words, while watching out for the crow that says "Shoo!"  There are also editable cards for you to fill in your own words.  This makes it very easy for you to differentiate the game for your students! 
Another great extension activity is the "Sail and Spell".  There are 4 options to this activity.  You can differentiate for each student.  There 3 and 4 phoneme options for both types of mats.  In the version below, you will present students with a word and students will stretch, or hear and segment the phonemes of the word.  As they stretch the word, they will move the boat across the ocean.  Each phoneme has its own dot.
 In the more difficult version, students will listen to the word, stretch the word, and write the letter of each phoneme that they hear.  If you laminate the mats, they can use dry erase or vis-a-vis markers to write the letters.
There are also extension worksheets for some of the poems.  Here is a great one that focuses on opposites.
 And another that focuses on rhymes.
I can't get to all of the amazing parts of this pack, because there are so many fabulous resources.  I loved using this poetry program.  I think that the process of reviewing and analyzing Ashley's poetry pack has made me a better teacher.  I know I will incorporate her great ideas into my own teaching and my students will benefit!
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Ashley has put all her poetry sets on sale for 20% off!  You can snatch up these fabulous poetry packs on sale for the length of this hop.  I know you will love them as much as I do!!  Click on the pictures to get the poetry packs.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, so you can win the "I Can Read: November Poetry Binder"!
Don't forget to hop over to One Sharp Bunch to see my interactive play dough mats in action AND hop back to Jungle Learners blog to see some more swaps. 
I put all my Interactive Play Dough Mats on sale for this hop!  They will be 20% off until Monday!  You can also enter a giveaway to win my play dough mats on Ashley's blog!
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  1. I don't have many poetry resources. I "dabble" a little with poetry myself but find it harder to teach. Thanks for participating in the Stop, Swap, & Roll (cute name too)!

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment! I love all the fun that poetry can bring!

  2. Laura, thank you so much for swapping products with me! Your post makes me smile! And I LOVE the scarecrow focus wands!

    One Sharp Bunch

    1. I had such a great time swapping with you! Your work is really superior :)

  3. Thanks for offering a great giveaway!

  4. I love these fun posts/swaps! Thank you!

  5. I love your poetry sets! Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

  6. Love your work!!! My little SPED preschoolers love your play dough mats the most. Thank You for the work you do.


  7. First of all Laura, I just have to tell you that your blog always makes me so happy! I just love the design of it!! Thank you for sharing such a fabulous post with us. I LOVE the variety that is included in this pack. My wishlist is definitely growing with Ashley's poetry binder packs and your playdough mats! (I may have entered both giveaways too!) Thank you so much for participating in the swap. I hope you'll join in for the next one too! Have a great week!

    Jungle Learners Blog
    Jungle Learners TpT Store

    1. Melissa- You made my week! Thanks for organizing such a wonderful swap :) It was awesome!!

  8. Both of you highlighted such amazing products!! What fun they are and the kiddos love learning this way! :)

  9. LOVE the little magnifying glass guy! My kinders would LOVE IT!

    Daisy Designs

  10. The binders look awesome. If I don't win, I'm definitely adding them to my wish list! :) Thanks for the wands - so fun! :)

    Gluesticks 'N Giggles


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