Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Author's Purpose {Freebie}

Happy Leap Day! I hope you all had a great day! I certainly did, and it was much needed.  I got a new student yesterday and the rest of my friends interpreted that to mean "Let's act real crazy and scare our new friend."  

Okay, it wasn't that bad.  But whenever your typically sweet class has such a difficult time following simple directions all day, it's always makes you leave school whispering "Did today really happen? Or was it a really bad dream and I'm just now waking up?" 

Today we got back in our groove and I was so, so glad!   We've been focusing on author's purpose this week and I've been loving it.  For some reason, I really love teaching author's purpose and my kids LOVE it this year.   

We turned our introduction story from our weekly Treasures story into an anchor chart and we've been referring to it all week.

 I also created a little parking lot for them to "park" their examples of each part of the author's purpose "pie" using some awesome signs I downloaded from Mrs. Gilchrist's Class

My kiddos really loved this and we're on our second piece of construction paper for entertain.  It's got them thinking about the skill beyond our weekly story and has sparked some great conservations about books!

Oh, and I've got a little freebie for you.  When doing author's purpose, I like to have my friends read the entire selection and then determine the author's purpose.  Then they use details from the story to support their answer. 

 Click on the image above of {here} to download your own FREE copy! :)

Also, in honor of Reading Counts week, each classroom was asked to decorate our doors with our favorite books.  I was a rebel and put mine outside my room.  My kids and I loved this Dr. Seuss Birthday Cake from A Cupcake From the Teacher:) 

I finally got smart and ran the templates through the copy machine on colored paper and this activity came together in a snap.  Although, I should have made the base of the cake red instead of orange.  Oh well,  they're still adorable!

 Since it was 60 degrees outside today, I also decided to down my winter accents, I can't say bulletin board board because I don't have a bulletin board, and hang up my spring ones! :)  

Hope ya'll are having a great night!  Don't forget, there is still a little under two hours left in the TpT Leap Year sale!  :)  

It's the perfect time to pick up with this little unit
Which sadly, I have NO pictures of because my sub on Friday decided to send my kiddos' Gallon Guys/Gallon Girls home with them, even though I said not to.  They came out SO cute and it really helped the concept stick!  So bummed.  So if your kiddos make Gallon Girls and Gallon Guys, could you email some pictures my way at storiesfromsecond  at gmail  dot com?  I'd love to post some kid examples in my listing/blog! 


  1. We'll do it in a few weeks. I'll make sure to take pictures. =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

  2. We are going to do it before open house too (the end of the month) so I will send some pictures too! :) I think the orange cake bases are cute!!! Thanks for the freebie and HAPPY FIRDAY tomorrow!!!!!! :-)

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  4. Wow! This is great! As a first year teacher free resources are a life savor! Can't wait to use this in my class. Thanks so much!

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