TPT Appreciation Sale & Animal Actions Freebie

TPT is having a sale this Tuesday & Wednesday!! I am already moving some items off my wish list to my shopping cart. I love sales!
I am linking up with Collaboration Cutie's Language Arts Mentor Text. I have 3 books that I use to teach action words (verbs) with my students. My favorite is Who Hops? and a close second is Animal Actions.
After reading one of these books, I have my students brainstorm actions with their shoulder partners. We write them on an abc chart. Afterwards, I use large index cards to write our favorite ones for each letter. On one side of the index card, I write one set of letters (Aa, Bb, Cc, etc.) and the other side is the action word that starts with the sound. On the other side, I have my students illustrate a picture to match the action words. I use these cards as a brain break. I show my class the letter and they act out the associated action. I do not have an example here at home, so I created a visual for you to give an idea of what I am writing about. (I am such a visual person... otherwise it is blah, blah, blah to me.)
Another activity that I do with my students is a pocket book. In kindergarten, my students write one action word on each pocket. Then, they use strips of paper to write an animal that can do that action. They also illustrate the animal doing the action. In first and second grade, I did the same pocket book, except my first and second graders wrote a sentence using the action word. I do not have any samples currently, but click below to get a freebie Animal Actions pocket book for yourself to print out.

Use these directions to help prep the Animal Actions pocket book.

In my newest packet, Investigating Insects, I have included an Insects Can... action pocket book as well. It is on sale, and will be another 28% off on Tuesday & Wednesday. Remember to use the code TAD13 to get more than the 20% off.
Now that I have completed another unit for TPT, I would like to give one away. If you would like to win it, leave a comment and tell me what is your favorite tradition for the end of a school year. One of my co-workers is starting a tradition in hanging up 15 balloons for the last 15 days of school. Inside each one is a way to celebrate on a slip of paper: popsicle party, borrow a classroom pet for the day, etc. I think I may try this for the last 10 days of school. One of my traditions is to put something away that I no longer need, and my students try to figure out what I put away. The student who guesses it, helps me decide what to put away next. It's a great way to start cleaning up for the summer. I will pick a winner tomorrow evening (Monday, May 6th).



  1. I have never heard of those books. Thanks for sharing! I really like the idea of making a pocket book.

    Eclectic Educating

  2. Great selections! I only have one, so will need to add them to my wish list... Thanks for sharing the great ideas!

    Have a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  3. Hi Gwen,
    These books sound so fun! I love your follow-up activity with the ABC cards- what a great idea! (And btw- I totally appreciate your visual you created- I'm definitely a visual learned too, so it made me happy!) :)

    Learning to the Core

  4. I pack up at least one box per day as the year ends.
    This year my partner and I will alternate watching the kids so I will be able to do more.

  5. ABC activity countdown is a favorite tradition of ours!

  6. Gwen~ Thanks for sharing the Verb books! I love to have extra examples when we focus on Word Choice in writing during the fall!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  7. This year I am doing an ABC countdown! I am excited to start it!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  8. These books are both new to me. I love using abc books at the beginning of the year. Thanks for the suggestions.

    School Is a Happy Place

  9. I have never seen these books! I love that you link up books we don't know and tell how you use them! Thanks so much for linking up each week!!!

    Collaboration Cuties


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