My Turn! {Special Education Blog Hop FINAL Day!}

Welp, here we are! The last day of February and my turn to spread a little Special Education love in the form of *FREEBIES!*

Today only, I am sharing not one, not two, but three fantastical freebies from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

1) Because telling time is an essential life skill!

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2) Because teaching social skills and replacement behaviors is

Just. So. Hard.

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Aaaaaaaaaaand…

3) Because spring is right around the corner!  {Praise the Lord!}

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If you download, please show me some LOVE in the form of feedback and follows.

I hope you have all had a great month and enjoyed the blog hop! So many talented teacher authors and bloggers coming together. How awesome! I have definitely gained some great ideas and resources!

Don’t forget to show love all year round.

“A friend loves at ALL times…”

(Proverbs 17:17)

Love Always,

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Teachers Pay Teachers Sale Extension!

Teachers Pay Teachers has extended the sale for one more day!  You can STILL get 28% off your purchases using the promo code HEROES.

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I hope you find something you SUPER!

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

(Luke 16:10)

Love,

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A Sitewide Sale & A New Product!

Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing a sitewide sale called “Teachers Are Heroes!” Love it. The sale is this Wednesday, February 25. Use the promo code HEROES to receive 28% off your purchases!

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I recently added a product which I am super excited about. It’s a fluency and comprehension pack of 8 passages on a sixth grade reading level. The theme? Social Media. What could be more relevant?! It is regularly priced $5.00 but will be marked down to $4.00 during the sale, plus you can get it for an additional 8% off using the code!

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This packet contains 8 fluency passages with accompanying comprehension activities. The fluency passages range from 6.1 – 6.9 Flesch Kincaid readability levels. They are all on a sixth grade reading level. Each passage describes a different social media platform including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and Vine. They are all nonfiction informational text.

Using one fluency passage per week, this would provide interventions for 8 weeks. For each passage there is a teacher copy that you can print in color and reuse. There is also a black and white copy that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it. The comprehension questions and activities allow students to spend time on each selection and participate in close reading strategies to build reading skills. It draws upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to encourage higher levels of thinking skills.

*How to Use*
These fluency passages, comprehension questions and extension activities were designed to use as a reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. For each week and fluency passage, it would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, comprehension questions or activity (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, extension activities (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating).

These materials could be used in other ways as well including as whole group fluency instruction or as homework. The materials in this packet are aligned to several Sixth Grade Common Core Language Arts standards.

I try to make my fluency passages a little more fun than other ones I’ve used and who doesn’t love social media? I included my fluency progress monitoring graph to track students’ fluency progress with this packet. I also included labels for file folders to create “fluency files” for each student.

***Make sure you teach your students about safe Internet use rules, social media etiquette and guidelines. For the majority of these sites, you need to be at least 13 years of age. You may want to get parent permission before using these materials with your students.***

Feel free to use the Q&A link on TPT for any questions you might have!

#Ireallyappreciateyourfeedbackandfollows
#Iamsohappytosharethiswithyou

“But test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

(1 Thessalonians 5: 21-22)

Love,

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More than Words {Worship Wednesday}

It’s time to link up with my amazing Christian teacher friends for the Worship Wednesday linky party.  Yeah, I realize it’s Sunday night, but I like to be fashionably late to all “parties.”  😉

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The pastor at my church is doing this compelling series right now called Stand: Does It Really Matter What You Believe?  It is preparing us to answer the tough questions so that we can be the best witness for Jesus Christ that we can be. I am Facebook friends with a couple atheists that I went to high school with and when they post these tough questions, I just cannot NOT respond.  I just want to do it the right way.  I don’t have all the answers.  And I definitely need to spend more time in the Word.  But I just love the Lord so much and want everyone to know God and feel the beautiful amazingness I feel every time I think about who He is and all that He’s done for me.  I wanted to share a couple points that really resonated with me from the last couple sermons.

“If there is no God, then this life on this Earth is a cruel cosmic joke.”

It is ludicrous to me to look around at this life and believe that there is no God.

What would be the point?

Also, this.

“The idea that everything we are going through is pure luck is horrifying for people who are really suffering.  It makes our existence an inescapable nightmare.”

My mind won’t even let me go there.

He also made the point that I have illustrated with the photo below.

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And that is just the intersection by my house and look how Amazingly Beautiful it is.

And what REALLY drives this message home for me, is looking at the faces of my beautiful babies.

Looking in their eyes, the window to their soul, at their beauty, their innocence, their smiles, hearing their sweet giggles, and feeling like my heart is going to explode, I Cannot for the Life of me, understand how anyone can look at the face of a child and believe that there is no God.

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I mean if ^that^ isn’t proof that there is a God, I don’t know what is.  😉

And then my pastor said this with love.

“if you’re never persecuted for your faith, you’re not making enough spiritual noise.”

So I decided to write this post.

If you have any questions, I’d love to talk to you more about this,  Just leave a comment.

❤ ❤ ❤

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

(Matthew 5:10-12)

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.”

(John 15: 18-20)

You can listen to this message (or the entire series) here.

Love,

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Clipart for Commercial Use

Thank you so much for checking out this free St. Patrick’s Day clipart! This zip file contains 4 color images and 5 black and white or grayscale images. There are 9 total images and they are all png. files with transparent backgrounds. The clipart is simple and sweet, as usual. Also included in the file is the terms of use and the preview. I hope you love it!

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TERMS of USE:
If you download and like this clipart, please:
1. Rate this item for me!
2. Follow me for more freebies.
3. Like my Facebook page Some Divine Intervention
You can use this clipart for any personal, classroom or commercial use. Credit is not required, but a link to my store would be nice.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Courtney-Keimer
And of course you can’t sell this clipart as your own.

I would say good luck, but God is in control of everything and nothing is outside of his control.  So who needs luck?

“You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.”

(Psalm 139:16)

So instead I will say God bless.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

And ❤ ALWAYS,

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Fluency & Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons Kindergarten Level

Fluency & Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons: Kindergarten Level

Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level is 0.0 for all passages in this packet.

This bundle contains 35 original fluency passages I wrote and 3 comprehension extension activities to accompany each one. The fluency passages are jam packed with sight words and also contain Kindergarten word families. All the fluency passages rhyme as well. Using one fluency passage per week, this would provide interventions for the whole school year. For each passage there is a color copy that you can print in color and reuse for students to read. There is also a teacher black and white copy that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it. It has sections to record fluency scores, rhyming identification and other notes. The comprehension questions and activities allow students to spend time on each selection and participate in close reading strategies to build reading skills. It draws upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to encourage higher levels of thinking skills.

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This packet is different from the other fluency packets in several ways:

1) All the passages are on a 0.0 grade level using the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Calculator. They are not in chronological order, as with the other packets. Anything higher didn’t seem appropriate for kindergarten and first grade emergent readers. The passages do increase in the number of words throughout the packet, ranging from 29-77.

2) There are 3 correlating activities for each passage, but they follow a different format than the other packets. There is a low level page of comprehension questions, a sight word find coloring page to practice sight word identification, and a page with a higher-level thinking writing activity for day 3. The low level comprehension questions and the sight word find can be used either on day one or day two, depending on your students’ needs and your preference.

3) I’ve included the fluency file labels and progress monitoring graph for you to use if appropriate for your group of students. There is not a table of creation activity ideas, as the higher-level writing activity page is included for each passage for day 3. ***Please understand that because of the nature of kindergarten and their varying reading levels, you may need to tweak and be flexible with your utilization of these materials. You can email me at ckeimer@hotmail.com if you have questions!

*How to Use*
These fluency passages, comprehension questions and extension activities were designed to use as a reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. For each week and fluency passage, it would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, comprehension questions or activity (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, extension activity (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating).

It is always my goal to design the intervention to follow this format, but it is easier with some text and activities than others.
These materials could be used in other ways as well including as whole group fluency instruction or as homework. The materials in this packet are aligned to several Kindergarten Common Core Language Arts standards.

I also try to make the fluency passages a little more fun than other ones I’ve used. I included my fluency progress monitoring graph to track students’ fluency progress with this packet. I also included labels for file folders to create “fluency files” for each student.

I wanted to make this a great value for you. One fluency passage and comprehension questions is $2.00 in my store and in this bundle each passage and accompanying activities are less than $0.50 each.
If you like this, please rate me or follow me.  I am so happy to share this with you!

If you have a chance, please check out my

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for more support, ideas and *freebies*.

“Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

(Proverbs 22:6)

Take care and God bless!

Thank you!!!

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Valentine’s Day Fun!

Here is some fun stuff I found for the classroom to help make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter.

Heart-shaped mini chalkboards. Found them at the $1 Spot at Target.  Love.

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Clearance Christmas wrapping paper at Bath &  Body Works that could (should) be used as Valentine’s Day wrap! The snowflakes are made out of hearts.  $0.75 a roll.  Get some while you can and wrap your classroom door or use it for crafts!

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And here is me and my sweet valentine (one of them).  She’s got cheeks for days and I LOVE them.

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“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

(Ephesians 4:2)

Lots of V Day Love,

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