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Guest Post – Happy Happy Halloween by Andrea

guestblogger_iconAndrea, who reviewed our Focus on Fiction Seasonal Reading Passages last year has shared her experience using another one of our products with her students – our Happy, Happy Halloween pack!


happyhappyhalloweenI used the Happy, Happy Halloween packet with my second graders who need help with comprehension strategies.

Since the passage in the packet was easy to read, we were able to work on comprehension strategies and not on decoding. We talked about the dialogue and how it works with the story. After reading the story, we worked on answering the comprehension questions by highlighting where we found our answers in the passage. The students also put the events of the story in order. Instead of just writing the numbers in the blanks, we cut the events out and put them in the correct order to help them make sure they were correct. The students also practiced alphabetical order with the page from the packet.

I did not use all parts of the packet with the students because we were not working on those specific skills, but I love that it included other parts like quotation marks, inferences, and writing prompts. Students also have the opportunity to be creative and create jack-o-lanterns, which I will do with my students over the course of this week.

Thanks again for sharing with us, Andrea!

Guest Post – The Star Lady by Kacey

guestblogger_iconKacey is our guest today to share her experience using our The Star Lady package with her 5th grade students. The Star Lady is a story by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey published in 1917. It tells the story of a girl named Tabitha who meets Betsy Ross and George Washington.


LRS_TheStarLady_ColorBefore we started The Star Lady, we read a non-fiction selection called “Flags” out of our student reader from the reading program “Good Habits, Great Readers”. Betsy Ross and the origin of the American flag was included in that selection, so The Star Lady was a great transition piece to conclude my unit.

We began reading the letter from Tabitha as a class, which was very exciting for the students because she was 10 years old, just like them. We talked about the different phrases and the way they spoke back then and compared it to our way of communicating today. After each page, the students independently completed the comprehension questions. Then, we would come back together as a class to discuss our findings. I was very impressed with how well the students were comprehending the selection even though the language is very different from ours today! Each day, we read a new page of the letter and dissected the information to put it all together. The students were always bummed that we had to pause to change classes; they kept wanting to read more!

The supplemental activities provided in this product were very helpful in keeping the students’ interest and reinforcing the skills that good readers possess. In describing the characters, I had the students list three character traits for each, and they had to explain why they chose that character trait based on evidence from the text. They enjoyed sharing their answers in a whole class discussion; I actually had to have them turn to a partner to tell them the rest, because there were so many hands up wanting to share. That says to me that they were confident with their knowledge of the characters and proud of their ability to successfully describe them!

We moved on to the Venn Diagram, and I allowed the students to work in pairs to come up with a few similarities and differences. Then, we also shared these findings in a whole-class discussion. To supplement, I found pictures of the Betsy Ross house, and an online video tour to show the students what the house might have looked like while Betsy was living and working there. At the conclusion of the unit, I had the students take The Star Lady quiz and they performed great at it!! Most finished their quiz within 10-15 minutes, and all of the students passed with either an A or a B!

This product was great for keeping the students engaged and interested in what they were reading. It was a unique approach to have the selection be a letter that connected to a real-life event. The students loved reading from the perspective of a child their age.

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Kacey!

What You Made – First Grade Schoolhouse

whatyoumadeWhat You Made is where we show how people have incorporated our clip art designs into their projects!

We have some wonderful items to show you today made by Mona at First Grade Schoolhouse. She has used a few of our winter and Christmas themed clip art sets in these particular products. For more great stuff check out Mona’s TpT shop here and her blog here!

FGS-1This unit for first graders is called I Love Christmas Literacy and Math. It includes a whole bunch of activities plus 6 centers. A few of the activities included are compare and contrast Rudolph and Santa’s elves, writing a Christmas poem, making a list of red and green things and making a class book of traditions.
Check out the First Grade Schoolhouse shop to see a bunch more units like this one in her “I Love…” series!

FGS-2 Here’re another couple products for firsties! These packets – Winter Math Story Problems Addition and Winter Math Story Problems Subtraction – include five problem types with three themed activities for each. The themes are winter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Mona says, “Use these whole class, in small groups, or in a math center. You can adjust the lessons by using different problem types and numbers. They can be used for math strategy lessons. Students are able to share their work and strategies with the class by showing how they solved the problems.”

FGS-3 Finally, here is First Grade Schoolhouse’s Winter Math Centers Pack. This is a collection of eight centers covering such topics as two-digit number order, place value to 50, telling time and graphic/tallying. Besides the centers themselves there are some useful extras included like labels for the centers and award certificates.

Click here to visit First Grade Schoolhouse on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Here are some of the Little Red’s Clip Art sets which we’ve spied in these products:
(Links go to our website shop – all sets also available on Etsy and TpT)
Frosty Snowmen Clip Art
Santa and Elves Clip Art
Telling Time Clocks Clip Art
Winter Wear Clip Art

Have you used our clip art to make something which you’d like to share? Feel free to leave us a comment with a link either here or on our Facebook!

Guest Post – Reading Royalty Comprehension Pack by Dinah

guestblogger_iconDinah is a homeschooler who lives in Panama. She’s used our Reading Royalty Comprehension package with her kiddies and shared her thoughts with us!



As a homeschool teacher I am always on the look out for easy to use products that I can incorporate into our classroom. With a busy schedule and different age groups to teach, I can genuinely appreciate a product that can be used with minimal explanation. This frees up some valuable time that I can use teaching other subjects! Little Red’s Schoolhouse has some great items that do just that.

This last week our classroom was able to use Little Red’s Reading Comprehension packet. This packet has over 80 pages of great learning materials. There are worksheets AND fun activities included!

I found this packet simple to use. First I selected worksheets that we would use during the upcoming week. I then printed them out as booklets. After folding each booklet, they were ready to use! (Some of the kids used brads or raffia to beautify their booklets:)

This product is geared for grades 3-5. I used it for my 2nd – 8th graders! My 2nd grader used it to learn about new language topics, while my 8th grader used it as a review!

This packet has easy references so you can use each page for before reading, during reading, or after reading. The attractive layout and cute graphics were an added bonus to these worksheets. There are definitions and simple explanations on each page.

This worked great for our classroom! Even though all my kids are reading at different levels, they were all able to use these to learn and reinforce important language concepts.

Everyone here has been learning a bunch this past week! We will be using the other reading activities this next week along with the cute Reading Royalty Achievement Certificates and Badges when we are finished!

Thanks for sharing with us, Dinah! Visit Dinah at her blog, The Travelling Classroom!