Friday, November 22, 2013

The Gift of Reading Blog Hop Template

Welcome to A Day In The Life Of A Title I Teacher.
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At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letter to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you are in the right place; A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will come after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!

As educators, we all know that reading truly is a gift! I love to read, just ask my husband or anyone else who knows me. I can't even imagine what life would be like without the skills required to pick up a book and read it for fun. However, there are many students in the U.S. and around the world who don't have these required skills. They struggle with reading daily. They say things like "I hate reading" or "I can't read" or any other hundreds of excuses you've heard when they are struggling. 

I work with the lowest 10% of students, in each grade level, and can I say that it's probably the most challenging job I have ever had and will ever have? Here's a quick example of the struggling readers I work with: One of my 3rd grade boys reads at a .4 reading level, can only read 10 words correctly per minute, doesn't know any of his sight-words, and doesn't know most of his letter sounds! I bet you can imagine the things he says about reading. He "hates it." I've been working with him all year and he is improving and he's starting to like reading a little more each day. The most important gift I could ever give this child is the gift of reading! Each day that I walk into my school I know that there will be struggles. I know that my lessons will not be as perfect as I imagine them to be. I know that I will not be able to do all of the fun activities, crafts, etc. that other teachers get to do. But I also know that I am making a difference in a child's life. I know that with my help each of my 80 students will become better readers and thus better students. I know that I am helping them in a way that no one else is! I am giving them the best gift in the world... The Gift of Reading! 

Now, I know you all came here to get your gifts. Thank you for sticking through my little spill. I just love my students and I sometimes I can't help but tell you all a little about them. My gift to you and to your students is a fun sight words center activity. This activity would be perfect for upper kindergarten, 1st grade, and struggling readers in 2nd grade or higher. I actually use it with my 3rd graders and they love it! I know that your students will love it too! 

Oh and don't forget to collect all the letters along the way. You will use these letters to fill out the mystery quote and enter it at the end of the hop enter the giveaway! You can find the form here
My secret letter is...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new post, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image Below. 

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Hanging Out in First to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays! 

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Come back here to enter the giveaway after completing the hop and collecting all of the missing letters! 
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  1. Shannon,
    When do the "Gifts" and "Freebies" become free? Yours and the next stop (Hanging out in First) are not showing free - they are showing as $3.00. I didn't look past your first two stops yet. Maybe I'm too early for the Blog Hop???

    1. mbarrier,

      So sorry! The gifts should have been live at 8am! Everything is fixed now. I had accidentally selected the wrong product to go free but it's all corrected and working now.

  2. Great game to practice sight words! Thank you!

  3. Thank you! Looks fun, and will work for my striving readers in middle school. Love finding things that aren't obviously for the littles. :)

    1. I would have never though of middle grades! I hope they enjoy it =D I'll have to show it to my mother, she's a 6th grade reading teacher and has some very below level students who may benefit from using these. Be sure to check out my other set's too! I have these games for pre-primmer - 3rd grade!

  4. Thank you for the fun sight word game! My students will love playing it!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. I am glad you shared your little "spill" along with your freebie. I LOVE teaching students how to read...but even more I love watching them grow to LOVE reading! I'm excited about the hop!

  6. Thank you so much for setting up this blog hop! You ladies have done a fabulous job, and I know many teachers around the world are going to greatly appreciate the wonderful freebies you have provided. =)

  7. Out of all the blog hops I've done (they're becoming a mild addiction) this was one of my favorites! I can't thank you, and everyone who contributed, enough for all the great resources. While the freebies are great, I think the best thing from the hop has been the newly found blogs that will be great resources in the future! Thanks again :)

  8. Thanks for leading us in this amazing blog hop! The love for your students and your career shine through in this post.

    Thinking Out Loud

  9. Thank you for this great blog hop. I have found so many resources for my struggling readers as well as my on grade level readers. This is such an awesome gift.

  10. The perfect game to practice sight words! Thank you so much for hosting this hop…what a 'gift' for all of us!

    Read With Me ABC

  11. Thank you so much for hosting! I found so many great products and was so glad to be included!
    Hanging Out in First!