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Spring Has Sprung: Poetry Blog Hop

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog on your way through the hop! 

The topic I would love to discuss today is a relatively simple one: Haiku poetry. I just introduced my 3rd graders to haikus last week-- and they seemed to enjoy it! In fact, I caught one of them creating more haikus after finishing classwork (which always makes my heart glad). 

I love haikus because they are simple-- yet require critical thinking. Just in case you're not familiar, I will show you a few examples! The first is a silly haiku:
But of course, haikus can also be serious and thoughtful:
In case you haven't figured out the format of the haiku-- it's super easy. A haiku is 3 lines long. The first and third line have 5 syllables. The middle line has 7 syllables. A total of 17 syllables. Here is how I used it in my class:

1. Brainstorm topics and words that relate to spring. Have students fill out a graphic organizer for their 5 senses-- I have also included a graphic organizer in my haiku download (at the end of this post).
2. Have students pick 1 topic and write down a few sentences about it (this will help them come up with better haiku sentences and phrases).
3. Introduce the idea of haiku (read a few, show a few on your Smart Board, etc.) Explain the syllables and practice counting them.
4. Pick one topic about spring and work as a class to write a haiku. 
5. Let students write their own springtime haikus. I let mine do it on the back of their planning sheets. 
6. After the kids finished their writing, I went around and checked the number of syllables and spellings. Then I gave them a copy of the final draft paper (also in my download). 
7. I stapled those babies up on my spring themed bulletin board. A fun and easy decoration! 

Here is the finished product:

Click HERE to download your FREE haiku planning sheet and final draft templates.

Thanks for stopping by and downloading! Make sure you click the button below to hop over to the next blog!

40 Earth Day Freebies

I absolutely love searching around TPT and Pinterest for fabulous ideas to use in my classroom. This past week I've stumbled upon several different Earth Day activities and printables-- so I've decided to share! 

Here we go! Click the links below the pictures to visit the products and/or read the original posts!

FREE Earth Day Writing Activities

12. Coffee Filter Earth (Black Hand-prints)
FREE Earth Day Academics
  1. Earth Day Cause and Effect (2 pages)
  2. Earth Day Center: Homophone Match
  3. Earth Day Game Board and Blank Task Cards (4 pages)
  4. Earth Day Article: "Fighting For Our Earth" (2 pages)
FREE Earth Day Printable Posters
  1. Earth Day 8x10 Printable Freebie-- from "Nothing But Country"
  2. 12 Free Printable Posters
  3. Love Earth Poster
  4. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Poster
  5. I "heart" the Earth and Trees Poster
FREE Earth Day Clip Art
6. Earth Day Tree Clip Art  

Lastly, here is 1 more freebie (my own)! Make sure you follow my store on TPT to receive updates about new products, sales, and giveaways! I only need a few more followers before I reach another goal and can host another giveaway!

Snow, Grace, & Springtime FREEBIES Linky

We've had more snow days-- MORE-- which makes about... 24 days now. I'm pretty sick of snow and cold. 

Thanks to all the snow and such I've had a LOT of time to work on my stuff for my Teachers Pay Teachers store. But I am missing my kiddos and my classroom. So sadly I don't have any stories to share right now... 

I think I need to step away from my computer and create something just for myself. Have you heard the song "How He Loves" by David Crowder? I just love those lyrics-- and I saw this really cool canvas on pinterest where they paint it to look like an ocean-- and then have some of the lyrics on the painting. I think that's my next "project". Here is an example: 

On to other news-- I recently met a "milestone" (if we can call it such) by gaining over 100 Facebook followers! Yay! If you aren't following me yet-- click HERE-- make sure you click "Like" and download your "Fan Freebie".

Because of my excitement I'm going to host another giveaway-- and the 3 winners will get their choice of ANY item from my store (whatever best fits their needs)-- But we will get to that in a second!

Here are a few of the items I've made over these superfluous snow days (Click the pics to see the products and their descriptions):

Now on to the FREE stuff! First things first-- enter my giveaway to win an item from my store. And then-- if you have made (or you have used) a FREE item about spring for your classroom, then I want you to link it up. The first one is my FREE spring acrostic poem template-- just revamped it this week-- be sure to check it out! 

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And here is the Springtime FREEBIES linkup! I've already posted a few I found to get us started!

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