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Rockin' Teacher Materials - Hilary Lewis

I am currently teaching 3rd grade high ability in Carmel, Indiana. I have taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade in the past 32 years. I'm getting to the time in my career where I can retire, but I'm having so much fun, who wants to retire?

I am currently teaching 3rd grade high ability in Carmel, Indiana. I have taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade in the past 32 years. I'm getting to the time in my career where I can retire, but I'm having so much fun, who wants to retire?
Boggle Game Freebie

Boggle Game Freebie

A fun way to get kids thinking about spelling and words with this bulletin board Boggle Game. Enjoy! Hilary Lewis Rockin' Teacher Materials
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FREE Contraction Flip Books with How-To Video and Rubric

FREE Contraction Flip Books with How-To Video and Rubric

These contraction flip books are a great way to check for understanding after teaching about contractions. Included in this file is: *3 different flip book packets with different contractions in each one. *A link to a 'how-to' video to help you get the booklets put together. *A rubric to grade the flip books. Have fun! Thanks! Hilary
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Alliteration Alive-Bringing Alliteration to Life for Young Children

Alliteration Alive-Bringing Alliteration to Life for Young Children

This 101 page, huge file is packed with picture cards to make building sentences with alliteration a blast! My kids always love when we do alliteration in class. These cards make it so much fun to write silly sentences using alliteration. I like to spread the letters out amongst the kids and make an alliteration alphabet book. Then, we add it to our classroom library! Included in the pack: *poster to help get started *color-coded poster to help the kids know what to do *sample alliteration sentence with matching picture to use for an example *small letter cards to place on the backs of the picture cards, to help distinguish the cards that go together (a letter card for each picture card) *Picture cards to use for letters 1. Names 2. Subjects of the sentence 3. Objects for the subject to use 5. Where the subject is 6. 4 different writing pages with different sized lines for various developmental levels. 7. Alliteration Alphabet Class Book Cover 8. 5 pages of blank cards for each category so you can add your own words or pictures. Make some with your kids' names on them! Picture and letter cards for letters: A, B, C, D, F, G, H, J, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, V, W
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Contractions FLIPPERS Word Work Activity

Contractions FLIPPERS Word Work Activity

Everyone has seen these awesome flip cards on Pinterest that help kids learn endings for words. I've even made my own, but it was such a pain to fold them 'just right' so I decided to make something that would be a little more accurate. Words included in this contractions pack are: it is, it has, I have, we are, have not, has not, is not, they have, I am, do not, does not, did not, cannot, was not, what is, that is, she is, he is, you are, they are, you have Thanks so much for stopping by! Have fun! Hilary Lewis
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Plural Noun FLIPPERS - Adding -s, -es, -ies, and Irregular Endings

Plural Noun FLIPPERS - Adding -s, -es, -ies, and Irregular Endings

Everyone has seen these awesome flip cards on Pinterest that help kids learn endings for words. I've even made my own, but it was such a pain to fold them 'just right' so I decided to make something that would be a little more accurate. 21 Words included in this plural noun pack are: car+s mug+s truck+s church+es fox+es leash+es glass+es potato+es dress+es puppy-y+ies army-y+es cherry-y+es goose-geese mouse-mice child-children foot-feet tooth-teeth person-people And there are some that don't change at all! sheep-sheep gold-gold corn-corn Thanks so much for stopping by! Have fun! Hilary Lewis
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Genre Posters

Genre Posters

These colorful posters will help your students readily identify various genres in literature in a fun way. Use them to sort your classroom library books into different areas, or just use them as a reference in your library. Genres included are: Informational & Expository Text Fantasy Mystery Poetry Biography Realistic Fiction Autobiography Historical Fiction Traditional Literature Science Fiction There is an individual genre reference page included as well! ALSO INCLUDED..., the individual reference page is great to help young children learn to choose a variety of books and it is simple and easy for them to use. I print enough copies for the entire class in color. I then put the reference page into a sheet protector that goes into a durable, plastic folder for each child. (I keep the folders with the reference pages for next year's class so I don't have to copy from year to year)... The students refer to this page when they write down the names of books that they have read. They also graph their reading so they can see if they tend to read from the same genre too much or if they do a good job of reading a variety of materials. It is also a good way for me to monitor their reading and allows me to make suggestions based on what they have read. If you like this item, please rate it and give me a vote! If you would like to know when I load new items, become a follower! Come see me at my blog for more ideas and items! Thanks! Hilary
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Creative Writing with Minecraft

Creative Writing with Minecraft

Kids love to play Minecraft, so why not combine what they love with creative writing. This pack includes writing pages, pictures of the characters, tools, animals, etc., to help get those creative juices flowing. Thanks! Hilary Lewis
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Guided Reading Goal Setting Bookmarks-FREEBIE

Guided Reading Goal Setting Bookmarks-FREEBIE

I use these bookmarks with my kids during guided reading groups. After I conference with them, we discuss the goals they will work on for their next meeting with me. They put the bookmark in their book and take it home with them. Then, their parents also know the goal that should be practiced. Included are bookmarks with 5 different teachers...pick the one that has the same color hair as you! Hope you are able to use these in your classroom! Thanks! Hilary Rockin' Teacher Materials
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Book Bingo with Reading Kids Reward Bookmarks

Book Bingo with Reading Kids Reward Bookmarks

Do your students tend to read the same sorts of books over and over? If they do, then this is the activity for them! This reading bingo game makes reading all sorts of books FUN! Kids read from the different categories to make a BINGO...In the meantime, they are reading a variety of books! Each time the child earns a BINGO, they receive a punch on their reading bookmark. These bookmarks are great to use as a reward system. They have 25 numbered apples on them...5 rows of 5...I use a hole puncher and punch a hole for each BINGO. I do, however, encourage the children to get several BINGOs before handing in the BINGO card. Each time the student gets 5 punches,(1 row)they get a small prize from my prize drawer. When they fill the entire card, they get a BIG prize. :) Check out my other items and my blog! Thanks! Hilary www.rockinteachermaterials.com
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Comparative and Superlative Adjectives with -y - Word Sorts

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives with -y - Word Sorts

Word sorts are highly effective in teaching literacy to young students by helping them grasp the meanings and relationships of words. Students use cards with printed words on them and sort them into groups. Sorting pictures gives students a stronger oral language base than looking at the sounds in isolation on a worksheet. They deal with words at a visual level, so they can analyze the speech sounds that go with the pictures. They have a phonological understanding they don't get when just looking at written words and letter combinations. So, get your kids reading better than ever. Check out my blog for other ideas and info about sales or contests. Thanks! Hilary
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Biography Presentation Ideas for Students with a Rubric

Biography Presentation Ideas for Students with a Rubric

This packet is all you need to get your kids started on their biography. It includes 14 fun and diverse project ideas to give your biography presentations some flare. These presentation activities go beautifully with the new common core standards. This packet includes: *a note to parents *a rubric *reminder notes to inform students of their presentation date These activities are designed for 3rd and 4th graders, but I've used them with 2nd graders toward the end of the year. If you have any questions or would like modifications, contact me...Hilary Lewis at hilary35@mac.com Check out my blog for ideas on how I use my items! Hilary Rockin' Teacher Materials
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Book Clubs Made Easy

Book Clubs Made Easy

Did you know that kids can lose up to 2 reading levels over the summer? What do you do??? You make reading fun, that's what you do! Book clubs are a fun way to get those kiddos reading. This packet is all you need to get successful book clubs running in your classroom or in the neighborhood! Included in this pack is: *Lesson plan on how to get the book clubs set up and running. *Planning sheet that the kids use to help guide them through an INDEPENDENT book club meeting. *A page to record thick questions that will be asked at the next book club meeting. *Thick question cards. *Make it yourself Book Club Rule Booklet with directions on how to make the booklets with your kids...or have a parent help you make them! These can also be cut apart and made into flip booklets. *Links to the Thick and Thin Questions poster from Beth Newingham's wonderful website. *Poster and/or cards with questions to ask yourself before, during, and after reading. *Self-Evaluation page for kids to reflect on their book club experience. *Teacher Grading Rubric I hope you are able to have some rockin' book clubs...I did! See my students running their book clubs! Hilary Rockin' Teacher Materials
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Alliteration Spinners to Create Sentences and Teach Kids About Alliteration

Alliteration Spinners to Create Sentences and Teach Kids About Alliteration

Included in this pack: *6 spinner pages-letters B, C, D, M, S, T, and a blank 'DIY' spinner *a planning page that helps kids plan their sentence *a page of adjectives that will help kids write their own sentences using alliteration *2 different writing papers for publishing sentences with a place for illustrations *sample pages I am so excited about how well this alliteration activity worked with my kids and they absolutely LOVED it! I decided to do this as a whole class activity, but it could definitely be used in a small group or at stations. Here’s one way to get started in your classroom: Give each child a ‘spinner’ page and paper clip. Kids spin the paper clip to find a 'name', 'who', 'where', 'with what' and 'describing words'. Kids write the words from the spinner in the correct boxes on the ‘sloppy copy’ planning sheet. They then write a sentence using words from the boxes. Have them use describing words to make the sentences more interesting and colorful. I checked the sentences on the sloppy copy and provided a final page for the published sentence. The kids illustrated their sentences and then shared them with the class. I have to say it was a HUGE hit with the kids. I heard "Can I do another one?" over and over again! I know your kids are going to love making these sentences too! Have fun! Hilary
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Article and Demonstrative Adjectives Practice and Worksheet

Article and Demonstrative Adjectives Practice and Worksheet

Help your students learn about Article and Demonstrative Adjectives with this activity pack. Your kids will have so much fun playing 'games', they won't even know they are learning! Included in this pack: Directions poster for the word sort 18 popsicle puzzle cards to practice adjectives - Put the answer on the back to make it self-checking! You can also cut them into puzzles so the kids have to match the correct sentence with the correct picture as well. a Worksheet to assess Article and Demonstrative Adjectives mastery Answer sheet for the worksheet Have fun! Thanks! Hilary Lewis
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Compound Words -Word Sorts and Worksheets

Compound Words -Word Sorts and Worksheets

Thanks for checking out my compound word sorts and worksheets! This pack includes: *20 rainbow mats with a different compound word on each one *40 clouds with individual pictures that make up the compound words on each one. They can be hung, attached with Velcro/magnets, or nothing at all. *A foldable using a shutter fold to make a compound word flip book. *worksheets that can be used with dry erase pouches or with pencil/crayon (download the preview for a free worksheet to use) You can put Velcro or a magnet on the rainbow and have the kids stick the clouds on with the same. You can use this as a game for several children to play together. Each child chooses a rainbow mat. Put the cloud cards in a bag or box. Each child chooses a piece. If the piece can be placed on their mat, they lay it down to make a compound word. If not, they put it back into the bag. Whoever gets the most completed rainbows is the winner. Thanks for checking out my Rhyming Sorting Mats. These mats can be used in a variety of ways. You can have your kids sort the pictures, make the words, or both! You can pull out 2 of each rhyme and use the cards as a memory game. You can use this as a game for 4 children to play together. Each child chooses a mat. Put the cards in a bag or box. Each child chooses a piece. If the piece can be placed on their mat, they lay it down. If not, they put it back into the bag. I’m sure there are many other ways to use them as well! Thanks! Hilary
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Biography Lapbook to Research Any Person with an Emphasis on Character Traits

Biography Lapbook to Research Any Person with an Emphasis on Character Traits

This packet is a fun way for kids to research and show what they have learned about a person they have researched. It is a creative way to meet the writing standards for research for all of the elementary grades. Of course, speaking and listening will also be covered if you have the kids present their lapbooks. Click here to get some ideas for biography presentations Included in this pack are: *instructions on how I led my students through the research project *pictures of a completed lapbook *2 different cover pages for the foldable *foldable for a timeline of the life of the person being researched *foldable for facts about the person being researched *foldable for vocabulary that has to do with the person being researched *foldable for character traits of the person being researched *Venn diagram foldable for kids to compare/contrast themselves with the person being researched *a variety of foldables that can be used for various other parts of the project *2 each of timeline note page, fact note page, character traits note page, and vocabulary note page *mini-dictionary of 46 words and definitions of various character traits that help make people famous *a rubric to evaluate your students on their project I used this in my classroom for the first time this year and it is going great and the kids are having a blast. Download the preview to see the pictures of the lapbook and of us working on them in our classroom. Thanks! Hilary
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Antonyms - Games, Word Sorts, Puzzles

Antonyms - Games, Word Sorts, Puzzles

Help your students learn about antonyms with this activity pack. Your kids will have so much fun playing 'games', they won't even know they are learning! Included in this pack: Directions poster for the word sort 18 antonym clubhouses 18 antonym word cards to sort into the clubhouses 2 different Worksheets to assess antonym mastery (color and black and white) Answer sheets for the worksheets 20 antonym self-checking puzzles 20 matches to play a 'Memory' game or 'Go Fish' type of game Have fun! Thanks! Hilary Lewis
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Adverbs in Sentences - Flippers How? When? Where?

Adverbs in Sentences - Flippers How? When? Where?

Teaching adverbs can be a bit challenging, especially when you are teaching young children to find them in a sentence. These 'flippers' will teach the children to ask How? When? or Where? to find the adverb that is modifying the action verb in the sentence. (This packet does NOT cover adverbs that modify adjectives or other adverbs.) Included in this pack: *Adverb poster to remind kids to ask How? When? or Where? when looking for adverbs. *6 How? sentence flippers with answers for the back. *6 When? sentence flippers with answers for the back. *6 Where? sentence flippers with answers for the back. *Worksheet with answers to practice finding adverbs in sentences. Have fun! Thanks! Hilary Lewis
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Colours and Colour Words - Sorting Mats

Colours and Colour Words - Sorting Mats

Learning colours has never been so fun! This pack includes sorting mats for the colours red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, pink, black, brown, white, gray, & grey. There are also 2 assessments included...one is a sorting activity and the other is a crayon/paper activity. These mats can be used in a variety of ways. *You can use this as a game for 4 children to play together. Choose 4 colours to focus on. Have each child take a mat. Put the pieces for the colours in a bag or box. Each child chooses a piece. If the piece can be placed on their mat, they lay it down. If not, they put it back into the bag. *Use the cards as a memory game. *Place the mats on a wall in your classroom. All through the day, pull out another colour picture. Choose a child to place it on the correct mat. *Use the posters to hang in your room as a reminder of colours and colour words. I am sure there are many other ways to use them as well! Check out some of my other sorting items! Hilary Rockin' Teacher Materials
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Reading Reward Bookmarks-Christmas Edition

Reading Reward Bookmarks-Christmas Edition

These bookmarks are a fun way to reward good reading habits...and the kids love them too! I punch a hole on the number and use these as a way to keep track of activities or good behaviors. When the kids get 5, they get a little prize or privilege. When they complete the entire bookmark, they earn a bigger prize privilege. Have fun! Hilary
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