Cooking Up a Great Year

Welcome to the Cooking Up a Great Year Hop!  We are so glad you dropped by.  We hope to stir up a little excitement for the year by sharing a feast of yummy activities you can use in your classroom. My bloggy friends and I have worked hard to prepare interesting posts filled with a variety of activities and tips for you. We'll be sharing ideas from cooking in the classroom, to cooking chemistry, recipes for those long school days to recipes on how to get the most out of your students this year.  We know you will enjoy the great menu of fun we have in store for you. Below, you'll find the list of participating blogs who are ready to serve you.
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While you are visiting, be sure to tip them with comments of what you like and perhaps feedback on any freebies that are shared.  Everyone loves tips, right!!

Now on to my tips.  You may not be aware, but big things have been going on all week here at Comprehension Connection.  Very generous bloggers have shared a LOT of great prizes to help me celebrate 1000+ Bloglovin fans and 10,000+ Facebook fans, and I have been sharing tips all week to wet your appetite for the great stuff being shared in our hop. If you'd like suggestions on cooking with K/1, you can check out Monday's post [here].  It includes two book lists for cooking with little people and quite a few freebies developed by other TPT sellers. 

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Tuesday's topic was fluency.  Second grade is the year to really target fluency, but we continue to address fluent reader skills until the student is well, fluent!  [Here] is the link to that post which included this poem I wrote for repeated readings and phrasing practice.  I love to box, highlight, and underline new vocabulary, sightwords, and phonics elements. I thought it turned out well, and I hope your students will enjoy it too.  You might follow it with the writing prompt below.  
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Wednesday was dedicated to writing and fourth/fifth graders.  I shared a variety of mentor texts and a writing activity.  [Here] is the blog post link, but you can download the writing set by clicking on the image to the left.
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Finally, {yesterday} featured Fresh Baked comprehension materials and an assortment of goodies for Middle School and Clip Art.  Wow...what a celebration!  Guess what?  It isn't over yet.  You can enter all of the raffles up until midnight on Sunday, so after the hop is over and you've recovered from all the tasty treats you're about to enjoy, come back and place your entries!  

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Graphics:  Teaching in the Tongass and Sonya DeHart
As you go through the hop, there are a few things to watch for so you do not get lost.  We're using the next stop button to the left for the next stop, and if you get lost, look for the button to the right which will be linked back here. You can use the map below to reroute if needed. 

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Finally, we have joined together to offer a few fun things.  We just learned that August 20th is going to be another big sale day at Teachers Pay Teachers since some start school later and may not have been ready to shop quite yet.  We have one $25.00 gift certificate that will be given to one lucky winner. Two winners will receive these awesome aprons which will make him/her the envy of the whole building. Who wouldn't want an "I teach.  What's your super power?" apron?  You could probably wear it backwards like superman/woman too if you liked.  Finally, if all else fails, we all love to shop at Target, so it appears we have something for everyone.  
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I believe you are set to go.  Chef Andrea is waiting for you next door at Chez Reading Toward the Stars where your next course is ready.
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Until next time, happy dining!


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