Harvest of Freebies Blog Hop


Happy Fall Y'All! The fall colors are starting to pop out, and this brings my favorite time of year. Here is what we will have just a few miles out of town, and add that to college football season...well it's just plain fun!  I think college football is now beginning to take over a lot of time on Saturdays since we're now cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones AND the NC State Wolfpack. We actually thought they were going to pull off a major upset last weekend. Even so...it was a valiant effort!



Free October 3-5
For this weekend's hop, I toyed with several topics I'm quite fond of...fluency, writing, and of course...books.  I ended up settling on comprehension.  After all, it is the main ingredient to being a successful student, so it is super important that our students learn to be strategic readers and learn how to comprehend.  For many kids, I think comprehension just comes automatically.  They read the words well and with expression, think about other texts they've read, question and wonder as they read, and visualize it and what will happen next, but for some, we have to demonstrate and provide them with the thinking to make it happen.  We need them to analyze their thinking (metacognition) and annotate their ideas during the process.  I hope that these thinking maps help your students do just that, and I hope that your students enjoy the fall theme too.  Just click on the image to download the freebie.  It will be a paid product when the hop ends.
As an added bonus for the hop, I decided to run a Rafflecopter for my fall units.  I will select a winner to receive the primary collection and a winner to receive the upper elementary collection.  I am sure there are a few goodies in both that would be helpful to our readers, so I hope you'll take a moment to enter.  
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Thanks so much for dropping by, and now it's time to head over to see what my friend, Gay Miller, has in store for your at Book Units Teacher.  Have a great fall, come back soon, and click the next stop button below.  Until next time, happy hopping!

51 comments

  1. I have to ask why you cheer for Iowa State and NC State. There's quite some distance between those 2. I originally grew up in Iowa (mom lives half an hour south of Ames), and I have a brother who lives in Chapel Hill for grad school so I "cheer" for UNC, too.

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    1. We moved to Virginia after college, and now our oldest attends NC State. Oh no...not UNC, Ha! ;-)

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  2. I love teaching Thanksgiving with the Native Americans and the Pilgrims!

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  3. I love to research bats and spiders during October. (only one...I just switch it up for my own sanity!)

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    1. Come back next Thursday for Thematic Thursday. The focus is Spiders. There were several great ideas with Bats shared this week. Thanks for dropping by.

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  4. I love teaching famous Americans. We do some really fun projects to go along with our government unit. :)

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    1. Great suggestion. We've been studying biographies, so I can see that being a topic that everyone could use ideas for.

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  5. I love teaching about Christmas around the world, apples, pumpkins, animal life cycles, hibernation and migration, and U. S. symbols.

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  6. I enjoy teaching about/with pumpkins.

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  8. I plan on teaching with and about pumpkins in the next few weeks also. Bat and the human body (skeletons) are another fun theme. I always enjoy the hard work and information you share with your readers. Wish I had your creativity and energy!

    Burke's Special Kids

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  9. I love animal habitats. So many great animal crafts!

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  10. I love teaching about space, animals (habitats, what they eat etc), castles and transport to name but a few!
    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

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    1. I started with Space, and I did transportation a week ago. I did not get a huge link up response though. However, I did pin a ton on both the Space and Transportation boards. www.pinterest.com/cfedeler

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  11. always like new ideas and strategies. thank you for sharing.

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  12. Themes I'm looking in to this year are great artists and also inventors (for STEM).
    Great Hop, Carla!
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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    1. Thanks my friend! Inventors and Inventions...awesome theme!

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  13. My favorite themes to teach are frogs, pumpkins, penguins and plants. :o)

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  14. I like Christmas around the world, penguins, and life cycles.

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  15. Seeing the photo at the top makes me miss Tennessee in the fall and all of the beautiful colors. It is so difficult to have students use descriptive language in the fall when they haven't seen anything like that in person! Thank you for a great post.. one of my favorite themes deals with History.. explorers, women in history, and anything science related.. kids of all ages really dig that!!

    Susan
    LopezLandLearners

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  16. I love teaching about penguins, maps, and body systems.

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  17. Thank you SO much for the great freebie! I can't wait to use it with my students! I am an AIS/RtI teacher and your worksheets and graphic organizers will work perfectly! I would love to win either your Fall Fun for Primary or your Fall Fun for Upper since I work with students Grades 2-5! Thanks again!! angelina345

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  18. I love holiday themes: halloween, thanksgiving, christmas

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  19. Loving this great blog hop! Thanks for the awesome freebie!

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  20. I love to teach animal themes, especially bats. My students love it!

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    1. Cindy-Look at last week's Thematic Thursday and my pinterest board. Lots of great ideas there.

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  21. I love teaching fall themes - spiders, bats, fall leaves, and pumpkins.

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    1. Spiders...this week. Bats...last week. Pumpkins...coming. :-)

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  22. Love the comprehension packets! I have been teaching for 14 years and I am always looking for new, fresh ideas to keep the students engaged!! (especially the freebies :) )

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  23. There are so many wonderful themes to teach and (after 14 yrs) I have taught so many. The favorites among my students seem to be the holiday themes (especially Christmas/Winter Around the World), animals, dinosaurs, and anything they can explore hands-on (plants, rocks/fossils, volcanoes).

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  24. I do Bats using Stellaluna and Non-Fiction Bat books and articles.

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    1. Check out last week's Thematic Thursday in my archives. You'll see links to lots of ideas.

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  25. You are such a "blogspiration" to me. Yes, I'm sure it's a word! ;) You are such a consistent and thorough blogger, I know when I read something you have written, it will help me become a better teacher. Thank you for the hours and hours you put into your blog on top of working with living and needy children all day.

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    1. Erin West...You just absolutely made my day. I can not tell you how much I appreciate this comment. In fact...carrying my laptop in to show my husband now! ;-) I do have my lesson plans done...finally! Too distracted today between FB, Blog, and TPT. Eek! Glad you dropped by. You spend a LOT of time too.

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  26. What a great freebie, Carla! I love that foliage photo too, by the way. Looks like New England. Thanks again!

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  27. Thanks for the terrific freebie Carla! It is going to work so well in my RTI groups!
    Reading and Writing Redhead

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