Friday, April 29, 2016

How to Include the Summer Games in an ELA Classroom NOW!

Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
With the summer games occurring this August, why not start incorporating the theme into your classroom now?  It would be something fun, something different, something of interest to many of your students (and you!), plus get them excited about watching this summer.  Below are some simple ways you can incorporate related themes into what you are already doing!
ons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the  games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!



Idioms are hard for students to grasp and sometimes just have to be explicitly taught.  Once learned, your students will get a kick out of them.  I had no idea that there were so many sports related idioms. Check out this list from Wikipedia. Apparently so many are derived from baseball that it gets its own list here.  I made a triple match idiom FREEBIE for you using a few!  This activity contains 18 different idioms with sentences and definitions to match each.  Grab it by clicking on the images below.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!

ons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Below are some read alouds about summer sports.  Click on any of the images to find them on Amazon.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
ons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports  in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!I first discovered this book in a multicultural literature class. It tells the story of Sammy Lee, a Korean American diver. Not only was his father insistent that he become a doctor, he was discriminated against all throughout his childhood while trying to find pools he was allowed to practice in but eventually became the first Asian American to win a gold medal in the Olympics. 
Another true story of overcoming obstacles, this book tells about Wilma Rudolph who was the first woman to win three gold medals in an Olympics.  She was sick as a child and not even expected to be able to walk after being diagnosed with polio but overcame all to become an inspirational track athlete.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!This book shares Michael Jordan's childhood journey to becoming a famous basketball player and gold medal athlete.  As a kid, he felt like he needed to become taller in order to be taken seriously.  His family continued to encourage him to keep trying hard and never give up.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!Gold medalist Michael Phelps wrote this cute book to tell kids just how much he had to practice, eat, sleep, swim, etc. to win his medals.  It would actually be a great book if you teach math as well because it is full of numbers.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!This book is written by gold medalist soccer player Mia Hamm, but from the perspective of when she was a child and only wanted to win.  The book teaches kids that they won't always win but that they need to keep on trying.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!I have not read this book, but it seems like it would be cute for kids.  The pig tries hard in the animal games, but ends up performing very poorly.  He learns that it is okay that he did not win and looks at his losses as practice for the next games.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!If you like ABC books or just want a good overview of many sports, this is the book to get this spring.  It contains lots of information in paragraphs on the sides of each page, so you can choose to share as much or as little as needed with your students.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!Since so many of the above books have a theme related to working hard or not giving up, I created a sports themed graphic organizer for theme that can be used with any of the texts. You can download it for free by clicking either of the images.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
When I taught second grade, we did a huge research project during the last six weeks.  It was always on animals so the science standards could be covered at the same time.  But, if you aren't tied to something else, having students research a sport or a famous athlete would be a great thing to do instead this year.  Here is a list of all the summer games that will be include this year.  Here, here, and here are some lists of great athletes if you need some ideas (all subjective of course).
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Use sports related nonfiction texts to teach about text features.  This will be especially useful if you are having students do research since many of the nonfiction books are about several sports or are very long.  Students will need to know how to use the table of contents, headings, and index to find information as well as how to read captions, diagrams, charts, etc.  

Tons of ideas and freebies for including the summer games in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!Buzzing with Mrs. B. has a great text features hunt freebie (see right) in this post as well as some tips for using it.                                                               If you have access to any Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines, those would be perfect for this, especially since they could cut out headings, diagrams, and so on.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including the summer games in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more! Tons of ideas and freebies for including the summer games in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
It is difficult to find books about less common sports, but National Geographic and Sports Illustrated both have series of books for the most popular ones.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including the summer games in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more! Tons of ideas and freebies for including the summer games in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Most biographies can be used to teach nonfiction text features as well.  Above are a couple of series that have some athletes included.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!While you've got the nonfiction books out, use them to review main idea and details.  A lot of times the nonfiction books students are using for research are much too long to read aloud in their entirety.  Or they may be about a bunch of different topics and only a certain section is relevant.  It's fine!  You can totally do a mini lesson on main idea using just ONE PAGE from a nonfiction book.  I do this all the time and my kids think it's fun.  Choose a page and read them the paragraph.  Their job is to figure out the topic, then the main idea, and then to determine the details.  They see it as a challenge.  Below is a sports themed graphic organizer you can use for this.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Many sports have lots of similarities and differences.  Having students compare a new sport to one they are already familiar with would be a great way to learn some new information and focus on details.  Here are some examples and a Venn diagram your students can use.  
    Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
  • basketball/handball
  • judo/taekwondo
  • rugby/football
  • table tennis/tennis
  • badminton/tennis
  • archery/shooting
  • track cycling/road cycling
  • field hockey/ice hockey
  • decathlon/triathlon
  • shot put/hammer throw
  • sailing/canoeing
  • wrestling/boxing
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including the summer games in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!Since many students have had experiences either playing sports or seeing them on television, they tend to have some background knowledge to share.  On the other hand, students are naturally curious about sports they aren't as familiar with.  Just showing students a photo of an athlete playing handball, water polo, fencing, or rowing and they are bound to have lots of questions!  Younger students need lots of practice forming questions.  Select any of the sports from the top left corner of Team USA's site and you will find plenty of photos and/or videos to share with your students. You Tube is a great resource for videos from previous competitions as well, particularly this channel.  Below is a KWL chart you can use for sharing prior knowledge, asking, and answering questions.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
All of the graphic organizers shown above are available for free on TpT by clicking the image below.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Making inferences is a skill that students need constant practice with.  Sports are great for this because they do have some background knowledge they can use along with new information to figure things out.  I recently finished a new product that contains FORTY task cards each with a paragraph about a different summer sport and a question that requires making an inference.  I also made three different graphic organizers that can be used (and you can get for free here).  Find the product by clicking on the images.  I learned so much writing these, I know you and your students will too!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
To download a FREE SAMPLE of this product (four paragraphs and three graphic organizers) simply click on the image below and you will find it in Google Docs.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
If one of your standards is to have students WRITE procedural texts, or EXPLAIN a procedure have them choose a sport and tell or write how to play it!  I've written a post in the past with procedural text resources.  This template below is a freebie from that post.  Just click on one of the images to download it.
Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!

Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
Action words are great for teaching shades of meaning and checking for understanding because you can have students physically show you what the words mean!  Go outside and give your students words that have similar, but different, meanings.  Have them perform the actions and determine the differences in the words.  Here are a few examples:
  • jog - run - sprint
  • hop - jump - leap
  • toss - throw - hurl
  • bump - hit -whack
  • catch - grab - snatch


Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!

Sports are perfect for reviewing nouns and verbs!  Find and cut out photographs of athletes and sporting events from newspapers, magazines, or just print them from the internet.  Have students glue one on a piece of paper and have them list all the nouns and verbs related to the photo.  Add in the adverbs and adjectives if your students can handle it.  They could then use these words to write a descriptive paragraph about the photo.  Very simple, no prep activity. All you need is photos and paper.

Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!
I hope that you have found a few activities that you can use as you finish up your year or even in summer school.
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Tons of ideas and freebies for including summer sports in your reading/ELA classroom right now in preparation for the games this summer!  Making inferences, informational texts, parts of speech, graphic organizers, idioms, and more!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Making Inferences Outside of the Text

I'm blogging over at Adventures in Literacy Land today about how you can use everyday experiences to teach students how to make inferences.  Click the image below to head over.
Do your primary students have trouble making inferences?  Try teaching them to make inferences outside of the text first!  Use these daily opportunities to teach students what it means to make an inference


Friday, March 18, 2016

Growing Readers and Writers by Teaching with Mentor Texts

Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
As the weather warms up, The Reading Crew is here to bring you mentor texts and freebies for spring!   Each blogger is sharing a favorite spring themed mentor text along with corresponding reading and/or writing activities that are free at least through this weekend.  You will find all the participating bloggers as well as a rafflecopter for an Amazon gift card at the end of this post.
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
The book I chose for this hop is It's Mine by Leo Lionni.  It's actually one of the $5 Kohl's Cares books this month so I just picked it up and read it for the first time the other day.  It's a sweet book with a moral simple enough for younger kids to understand  (the copy I have actually calls it a fable on the front cover), a clear beginning, middle, and end, and it also incorporates some great vocabulary.  

Basically, there are three frogs sharing a pond only they are constantly arguing and saying, "It's mine."  They don't want to share and are quite unhappy and bothering everyone else with their bickering.  Then there is a dangerous rainstorm and the frogs end up huddling together to make it through, comforting one another.  By the end of the story, the frogs realize they are much happy getting along and sharing their home.
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
I posted this past week on Adventures in Literacy Land about using word clouds as a pre-reading activity (see this post).  But, the texts I used were nonfiction.  So I decided to give it a try with this book to see how it would work.  
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
I made the word cloud on www.wordle.net and limited it to just 50 words so that it wasn't too overwhelming.   While not as simple as using a word cloud of a nonfiction text, I do still think this could be a different option for pre reading.  Students should be able to infer the setting (an island/pond) and share some background knowledge about it.  Also, the three character names are present and students could likely infer that they are either frogs or toads, thus leading to determining that the book is fiction.  The title of the book is "It's Mine" and mine is a large word in the word cloud as well, so students might be able to infer what the problem is in the text.  This word cloud as well as a blank and white version is included in the freebie.

The text contains some difficult vocabulary primary for the word argue so I made a vocabulary sort to use before (or after) reading the text as well.  There are three sets of cards: words that mean argue, words that mean yell, and words that mean hop.  If I was doing this with my second graders, I would give them each a card and have them sort themselves into three groups after giving them the categories.  If working with younger students, you might introduce less words if you think they'd have trouble.  The first three words on each page are the ones included in the text. The other cards are just synonyms.  A black and white version is also included in the freebie.
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
I made two wheels that students can use to examine how either the frogs' feelings OR actions change throughout the story.  They are fairly similar, it would just depend on what you want to focus on.  You could also use paper plates to do this.  The text has a fairly apparent beginning, middle, and end.  Students could then use the wheels to retell to a partner.  I included a blank ones in the freebie that you could use for any text as well.
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
As an extension, I made a theme graphic organizer for students to state the theme and provide evidence from the text to support their reasoning.  I have made this before for other seasons/holidays and it's worked out well.  You could really use it for any spring themed story if you want!  Another extension option would be to have students make a personal connection to the theme.
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
To download everything you see above to use with the text (or others!), click on the image below and you will find it all (for FREE) in the Google doc.
Free companion activities for use with the spring mentor text It’s Mine by Leo Lionni.  Included:  pre-reading word cloud, vocabulary word sort, character wheel for analyzing actions and feelings, and a theme graphic organizer
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Using Word Clouds as a Pre-Reading Activity

Do you use word clouds in your classroom?  I've got some tips for using word clouds made from the text of picture books as a pre-reading activity in my post over on the Adventures in Literacy Land blog today.  Click on the image below to find it!
Do you use word clouds in your reading classroom?  Check out this post on how to use a word cloud of a picture book as a pre-reading activity with your students.  It’s a fun way to help students identify the topic, genre, important vocabulary, set a purpose, develop questions, and access prior knowledge before reading.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Ideas & Freebies

St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
Are you looking for some fun and educational St. Patrick's Day activities to use in your your ELA classroom?  Keep reading for some ideas and freebies!
Note:  This post contains affiliate links.  Click the book images to find them on Amazon.
Free graphic organizer for teaching theme with any St. Patrick’s Day picture book.  Students need to record the title, theme, and three pieces of evidence from the text to explain their thinking.
Free graphic organizer for teaching theme with any St. Patrick’s Day picture book.  Students need to record the title, theme, and three pieces of evidence from the text to explain their thinking.
This is one of my most favorite books to share on St. Patrick's Day and I haven't really seen it on many blogs, so maybe it'll be a new one for you.  It is a simple story about a nice old man who is an excellent harp player.  He uses his skill for pleasure and doesn't make money from it.  A younger harp player thinks this is foolish.  The two plan to enter a contest to find the best harp player in Ireland.  Along the way, the younger man breaks the harp of his opponent to ensure that he is the winner.  Regardless, the old man stops to help a leprechaun, putting himself last.  In the end, he receives help from the leprechauns because of his kindness and wins the contest.
Free graphic organizer for teaching theme with any St. Patrick’s Day picture book.  Students need to record the title, theme, and three pieces of evidence from the text to explain their thinking.
I think it's a perfect book to use to teach theme!
Free graphic organizer for teaching theme with any St. Patrick’s Day picture book.  Students need to record the title, theme, and three pieces of evidence from the text to explain their thinking.
Click on the image above to find this graphic organizer for free here in my TpT store. The best part?  You can use it for ANY St. Patrick's Day book! 
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
I also like to share a nonfiction book about St. Patrick's Day to give my students (and myself!) some history about the holiday.  Gail Gibbons books are perfect for this because they give just enough information without making it too complex.  This book also shares some legends that are common about Saint Patrick that my students always find interesting (like that he rid Ireland of snakes).
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
This would be perfect for practicing main idea and details.  I made some large shamrocks with general main ideas typed inside.  Students can then work either independently or in a group to record details about the main idea on the leaves of the shamrocks.  These would work with any nonfiction St. Patrick's Day text really.  You can find these in Google Docs here.  There is also an editable one that you can use to add any main idea you'd like.  The font is KG Why You Gotta Be So Mean.
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
I also made a St. Patrick's Day mini book that could be used to give students some factual information as well.  It comes with ten "right there" questions for you to post around the room.  Students need to find the questions around the room and record the answers on the back of the book.  You can find this product in my TpT store here.  My students always found these fun and it's a quick way to get in some reading but still incorporate the holiday.
Free idioms activity for St. Patrick’s Day.  Includes 12 different idioms about gold, rainbows, green, and luck.  Matching activity with idioms, sentences, and definitions.
I just made this St. Patrick's Day idiom freebie and love it!  There are 12 different idioms related to either gold, green, rainbows, or luck.  There is a sentence with a blank as well as a definition for each idiom as well.  Students need to match them as shown in the above image.
Free idioms activity for St. Patrick’s Day.  Includes 12 different idioms about gold, rainbows, green, and luck.  Matching activity with idioms, sentences, and definitions.
I made them in black and white so you can save ink by just printing on colored paper if you'd like.  You can find this for free in my TpT store here.
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
Last week, I blogged about a fun experiment that would perfect for St. Patrick's day...making milk rainbows!  I always connect this to procedural text when doing this with older students and typed up a freebie for you all.  You can find the text along with more directions for the making the milk rainbow in this post.
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
I know lots of teachers with younger students hide either leprechauns or gold around the classroom.  Why not connect this to prepositional phrases and have your students describe where they find the gold?  On the desk?  In the drawer?  Under the book?  Simple way for young students to practice using prepositions and oral language.
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
If you want something ready and made, the above product is in my TpT store here.  Just tape the pots of gold up around your room and use one of the recording sheets to have your students write their sentences with prepositional phrases (with or without stems).

I have two additional St. Patrick's Day literacy products in my TpT store.  Click on the images below to check them out.St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
St. Patrick’s Day ideas and freebies for the ELA classroom!  Check out my favorite St. Patrick’s Day picture books and activities focused on theme, main idea, and idioms.
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