Guided Reading Know How and a Guided Reading FREEBIE!

I have taught for about 11 years and taught guided reading for 10 of the eleven years.  When I first started teaching, many teachers were actually still doing whole group reading instruction with novel studies.  While I think that novel studies definitely have a place in the reader's workshop, I feel that students must be instructed in small groups to meet their individual needs as well.  Working with students with disabilities for the last three years has done nothing but reinforce that belief.  It has also made my teaching of reading "bag of tricks" much larger- I had no choice.

When I taught third grade I always felt like I really needed to make sure my students could read and comprehend ALL texts because many teachers feel like in fourth grade "students no longer are learning to read, but reading to learn" (I hate this phrase and philosophy by the way, but I will spare everyone my soapbox!  When I heard a principal say it I about fell over).

Sooo...I decided to create a packet all about how I implement guided reading in my classroom.  I started working on this in October 2012.  Yes, it has taken THAT long to organize my ideas, take photographs, continually adding ideas, and then more ideas, and then more ideas!!!   This packet is jammed packed with photographs (including some full page collages), examples, and just-print-and-they-are-ready to use activities!  it is listed for only $10.00!!






This is just a small taste of what is in the packet.  I am so glad it is done!  To celebrate its completion, I made a few FREEBIES to celebrate!  Yahoo!


For the next THREE DAYS (July 10th-12th) I will be giving away  ONE copy of the Guide to Guided Reading packet each day and posting a NEW freebie.  The freebies are all to help organize guided reading groups with a different theme!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below on THIS blog post with your name AND classroom theme if you have one (like frogs, monkeys, etc).  This giveaway will also be on my Facebook page so click over there to double your chances! :)

So without any further delay the FIRST freebie is a pink and green polka dots and chevron OWL THEMED guided reading icons and editable center cards.

You can post them in a pocket chart to show your guided reading rotations similar to this:




Here are the matching editable center cards.  You can type in the activity you would like each group to complete.


Make sure to leave your email and classroom theme below for a chance to enter!

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108 comments

  1. I have a color theme this year which will be blue and green.
    Thank you for the freebie.
    sleepnght@yahoo.com
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  2. I'm doing a superhero theme. Love the reading group cards!
    abbyowens@gmail.com

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  3. My colors are black, turquoise, and lime green with polka dots : )
    dyoung112880@gmail.com
    Thanks!!

    Donna

    Hokie Teach

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  4. I am having Chevron and Owls!

    rachelmd93@gmail.com
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  5. littlepurplemidget@gmail.com
    Jungle theme

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  6. What a wonderful idea for a packet. Thank you for the freebies. Ihave a blue and yellow theme with bees. E-mail: Jacqueline.hall@lewis.kyschools.us

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  7. I am still doing a hot pink, lime green, and black theme!
    jlynns26@yahoo.com
    Jessica
    Fabulous and Fun 4th Graders

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  8. I'm doing bright colors & kid stick figures. Thanks for the chance to win. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  9. My classroom theme is all bright colors with polka dots, stripes, and chevron! I love your blog!! Thank you! :)

    Amy Hoopingarner

    ahoop25@gmail.com

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  10. I use light blue and white in my room. I like a calming affect. I use light blue shower curtains on the windows that look like water.
    Great blog.
    teacher125@yahoo.com

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  11. My classroom theme is bees. Thank you for hosting this contest!
    sherrymc62@bellsouth.net

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  12. I don't really have a theme, but I use bright colors!

    Ms. Smith
    ksmith3535@gmail.com

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  13. I haven't decided on a Theme for the decorations yet but I love what you have created! Thanks for doing the contest!

    Charmaine
    cwilkie@gmail.com

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  14. Wonderful!! I'm doing Dots on Turquoise this year. primaryinspired@gmail.com

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  15. No theme, but yellow/red/green with black.

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

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  16. My email is CourtneyLynn8907@hotmail.com and my theme is jungle! :)

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  17. Hi! I dont really have a theme...but I use bright colors... I love this guided reading pack... I'm moving from Kindergarten to Third in the fall so it will be a bit of a different guided reading time for me! Thanks

    Karmen
    carmenb104@gmail.com

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  18. I have an ocean theme. I love your colors of pink and green. I am always looking for ways to improve guided reading.
    Eileen2002@msn.com

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  19. Just colors for my theme: lime green and turquoise!
    anhudacek@gmail.com

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  20. Hi Mandy!
    KSEnnis@gmail.com

    1st grade with a jungle/monkey theme.

    Thanks for being so generous with your time and talent!

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  21. Love it! I have primary colored polka dots in my room.
    Lisa.cain.sped.teacher@gmail.com

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  22. My theme is hippos!!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!
    angelanerby10 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  23. Lnabors@kingwoodchristianschool.com
    I am going with ocean/beach. This will be my first year doing a theme. :)

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  24. I would love the packet. I struggle with guided reading in the upper grades. My theme is super heroes this year.
    ABaran720@aol.com

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  25. I can tell that you took your time on this packet. It looks amazing. I'd love to win a copy. My theme this year is bright colors with chevron and polka dots.

    Jeannie
    The 2nd Grade Surprise

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  26. LOVE this!! My email is shannon.engley@gmail.com, and my theme is bright colors with polka dots, chevron, and owls. :)

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  27. Hi,

    My name is Teri..I am doing an owl theme!

    Thanks,
    Teri

    teripodlesney@yahoo.com

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  28. Owls and bright colors :)

    Kristina
    ksolberg1@msn.com

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  29. I have been looking into Guided Reading for my 5th graders. I am doing a black and white theme with a pop of color.
    kmhteacher@yahoo.com

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  30. I did not have a theme last year because I was in someone else's classroom, but when I had my own room, I guess you could say I just decorated with color. I love purple so I had purple pens, made copies on purple paper, had purple baskets and decorations. If I knew where I was going this year, I think I would do a "bee theme" or a Peanuts theme.

    Renee from Reading Really Rocks
    Renann72@yahoo.com

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  31. Hollywood theme bobkat20837@aol.com

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  32. I'm trying a monster theme this year.
    Leslie Jones novfeb14@aol.com

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  33. This freebie is perfect!!! I'm doing owls in bright pink, green and blue!

    Mandi
    thirdgradeandlovinit@gmail.com

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  34. I am in LOVE with today's freebie because my theme for this year is... OWLS!

    Thank you so much!

    petzold.courtney@gmail.com

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  35. Hi Mandy! My theme is bumble bees!!! We are the Beasley Busy Bees!! Love your Guided Reading packet!!!

    lee_ann_beasley@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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  36. I have mostly monkeys and lots of bright colors.

    melindacasas@gmail.com

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  38. Thanks so much for the freebie. My colors this year are pink, blue, green, yellow, and orange with chevron and polka dots.

    Thanks for a chance to win this awesome looking guided reading packet.

    dbibb5134@gmail.com

    Dee
    Mrs. B's Nook

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  39. Lots of us doing the same theme.....and I concur, this freebie is awesome because I am doing owls in pink & green :)
    Thanks for the chance to win the guided reading packet....it looks great!

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  40. oooppppsssss! sorry, I forgot my email! sconnor@midlakes.org

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  41. I have a cupcake theme with hot pink and lime green colors.

    This packet looks awesome!

    Courtney
    courtneyice1@gmail.com
    4thGradeSprinkles

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  42. my theme is explorers so I've incorporated jungle/safari/rainforest so it's versatile thank you! pcolagal1963@gmail.com

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  43. This looks like a great packet! Love your labels for guided reading groups. My theme is safari, lots of cheetah and zebra! :)

    Epollick@knights.ucf.edu

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  44. My theme is polka dots and owls.

    lraines78@gmail.com

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  45. It must be such a relief to finally finish. It's a great contest/giveaway. My theme is ocean.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination
    Temske@gmail.com

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  46. Hi Mandy! My theme is zebras and bright colors accent everything.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Theresa
    tlfernan@mail.usf.edu

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  47. My classroom theme is pink and green with owls. Thanks for the awesome freebies! Thanks for the chance to win your amazing guided reading pack too!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  48. I'm doing bright colors, polka dots, and owls. Love your site. Thanks for the freebie.
    kpeterson@elkmound.k12.wi.us

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway and for the freebie. My theme is jungle animals especially lions.

    lyons.cori@gmail.com

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  50. I am doing primary colours in my classroom. I've been doing Guided Reading for about 12 years and think it's a great way of teaching. And my kids love doing Literacy Centers while GR is happening. Couldn't agree with you more on the Learning to Read vs Reading to Learn.

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  51. Hi Mandy-- Your packet looks fantastic! What a lot of work! No "theme" per se, but colors are black and white, with brights-mostly pink, green, purple, and blue. Thanks for the awesome freebie--so cute and totally goes with my colors! firstandsecondlooptroop@gmail.com

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  52. Wow...that is awesome! The beach is my theme-surfboards, palm trees! turnertroupe@aol.com

    Thanks, Wendi

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  53. My theme this year will be polka dots.

    cotoclaudia@gmail.com

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  55. I don't really use a theme. I use black and bright colors (like your title). :)

    searssh@gmail.com

    Packet looks fantastic!

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  56. I set up a new classroom last year and have black and rainbow brights as my theme. I like this because all of the baskets and poster sets I have still match. Your new packet would be so helpful to have and perfect to share with my student teacher in the fall! Looks like a lot of thought went into this item. I love photos!

    Jeannine
    Creative Lesson Cafe
    creativelessoncafe@gmail.com

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  58. Great idea for a giveaway and thanks! Beki Moore
    beki_moore@earthlink.net My theme in my classroom is Bees. :)

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  59. My theme is pink and green with polka dots
    ❤ Karen
    flamingofab@gmail.com
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

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  60. Morning! I work in a remedial school, so I have a limit on "cuteness" so kiddos can concentrate...but I sneak in fun pretties when I can! :)

    brooksandamy@hotmail.com
    http://gigglesandchalk.blogspot.com/

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  61. My theme is frogs with a little bit of pink and blue added.

    jackiecan04@yahoo.com

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  62. What an awesome giveaway and freebie! My theme is turquoise, black and white! I REALLy hope I win! I am heading back to teaching 4th grade after teaching in a middle school for 4 years and I got rid of all my guided reading "stuff". I have been frantically gathering ideas again. This would be an awesome packet!

    Tina
    Crofts' Classroom
    croftsclassroom@gmail.com

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  63. My theme is owls! Love your materials😄,they would be perfect.
    Mradtke@aurora-schools.org
    Mary Radtke
    3rd grade

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  64. My classroom theme is Outer Space! I have a great rug with tons of bright colors (mostly primary colors) so I supplement with those!
    These look great!
    Hilary (hilzgard@yahoo.com)
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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  65. As a fellow 4th grade teacher, I'm really excited about this giveaway! My color scheme is black and white.

    Cowgill's Corner

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  66. Hi Mandy, I love your products I appreciate finding materials to motivate my second grade kiddos and enrich their learning experience, thanks to creative colleagues like you.
    My classroom theme is blue and yellow with bumblebees. Although I can't use your Freebie, I know my teaching partner will love it! Keep up the good work!
    aduval@newbedfordschools.org

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  67. I would love a copy. Thanks for the freebie today.
    g8tr410@yahoo.com
    owl theme

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  68. Looks awesome!
    tch319@aol.com
    Theme: nautical

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  69. Great job! Love it!
    My classroom is pirates with black, gray, red, yellow Chevron.

    LuAnn Garrett
    luanngarrett@hotmail.com

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  70. This guide looks great! Just what a newbie, like me, NEEDS!! I do not have a theme, but my colors are lime, turquoise, and yellow. Simple and clean and bright - I have a huge window along one wall and I keep my blinds open. Thank you for sharing your talents!
    Lindalouhoo
    piccolal@bellsouth.net

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  71. Thanks Mandy for all your tips and help...I am starting my second year as a behavior teacher K-3, and I need all the help I can get! I am thinking of adding owls to my classroom this year.
    Sharon
    sroknich@gmail.com

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  72. Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing product! I am switching from first grade to third grade this year. I am thinking about doing a polka dot theme this year! laurmrizzo@gmail.com

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  73. Oh, these center activity cards go beautifully with my walls. Thank you so much. I love the ideas for your guided reading. dtjami@yahoo.co.nz

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  74. Owl theme in my room. These are soooo cute!
    amandahaleyapplegate@gmail.com
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. I'm thinking a racetrack with cars in red, blue, yellows and green. Thanks1

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  76. I have monkeys in my room but I am also incorporating BRIGHT colors with chevron, polka dots, stripes, and whatever else that is BRIGHT!! :)
    Love your packet preview! May have to purchase that!
    lindsay.holman@matsuk12.us

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  77. I have some frogs in my room, but my theme is bright colors. I have a mix of stuff in there. I love the brights! I would love to have this!

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  78. Lime green and teal color theme :) Of course anything polka dot or chevron is welcome too!!

    anhudacek@gmail.com

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  79. This would be so helpful! My "theme" is hot pink and navy blue with a 'sky' background mixed in. Super soothing and fun at the same time! --Brooke872@gmail.com

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  80. Hi Mandy,
    Another fantabulous packet!!!
    Color theme - red, white and black.
    Thanks for the awesome polka dots freebies. foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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  81. Awesome post!! I am the one who e-mailed you about this exact thing. The owls & chevron are adorable...my classroom theme is superheroes and also chevron (sounds weird but it actually turned out kind of cute).

    Brittany- brittany.bruington@gmail.com

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  82. Bright polka dots!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  83. I would love a copy of this! My theme as of now is just bright colors... but I have two months of summer break left, so I may change my mind!

    Stephanie
    sgies328@gmail.com
    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

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  84. I would love a copy of this! I teach third grade and this would be a great asset to my guided reading/literature circles. My theme is polka dots.

    Crystal
    cforro3@gmail.com

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  85. I'm doing a jungle theme in first this year, but I rotate- I also love Oceans and Frogs. Enjoy jazzing it up!I use lots of blue, green and purple in my room as the walls are a harsh cream/yellow.

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  86. This packet looks amazing! I am going to try really hard to implement Guided Reading the right way this year... My classroom theme is Disney but I use lots of bright colors since Disney teaching stuff is nearly impossible to find! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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  87. My theme is owls! Lisa.pragg@appo.k12.de.us

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  88. Wow...amazing! My classroom theme is stars

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  89. My theme is owls...
    throughthegradevine@gmail.com

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  90. My theme is owls. bonnielynnadams@gmail.com

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  91. My theme is owls and polka dots.

    rockingitin3rd@gmail.com

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  92. Caburlison@wsd.net.
    My theme is superheroes - primary colors

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  93. sdrogers.tn@gmail.com TRAVEL/JOURNEY theme! :)

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  94. This looks amazing! I don't have a theme but I have a color scheme of black with bright colors.
    amy_h_brown@hotmail.com

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  95. This is great! I don't do a theme in my classroom.
    Abby J
    abby1378@yahoo.com

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  96. Wow this looks amazing! My theme is frogs. Fingers crossed. Nickie1024@gmail.com

    :) nicole
    tadpole tidbits
    www.mrscorbitt.blogspot.com

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  97. Hey there! Fellow Georgia, 4th grade teacher here! :) I have a beach theme in my room, and I would love to see your ideas for guided reading - I use it in my room but always love looking at ways to improve! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey
    Follow Me On Facebook! :)

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  98. Looks great. I don't really have a theme, but rather just use primary colors.

    Shelly
    projectqn@tx.rr.com

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  99. Owls!!! stockto2276@gmail.com

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  100. Teaching reading is my passion and I'm always looking for new things to add to my routine...
    My Theme is Turquoise, Purple, Gray Chevron

    Carlywizeman@yahoo.com
    First Grade Fabulosity

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  101. Crayon theme

    foxysexyroxy10@gmail.com

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  102. Owls and green, blue and pink theme. LOVE your stuff. Thanks.
    paulanjohn@comcast.net

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  103. I have a frog/green theme this year. Thanks for the freebies! cooney.doublec.laura192@gmail.com
    Great stuff!

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  104. This looks like another fabulous resource! Thanks for your hard work!

    My colors are blue and light green. I have owls as my theme.

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  105. Thanks for the great resource. My theme is bees. Not sure if I commented already. :) beki_moore@earthlink.net

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  106. This is great. My theme is polka dots and primary colors.
    My email is apruitt@anderson2.k12.sc.us

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