Synthesis Superhero & A Linky!

Can I just give a quick “Thank you!!!!” to my Houston friends who have emailed me and offered their help?!?!  THANK YOU!!!!  Quick update {if you’re interested}…put our house on the market around noon{ish} last Thursday and got a FULL.PRICE offer 6 hours later!  Say what?!?!?!  True!  I mean, I knew God was going to take care of us, but I never could’ve guessed it would’ve been like that!  Since then, it’s been a whirlwind.  We headed down to our new town this past weekend and found ourselves a house.  We’re in the process of putting an offer on it, so we’ll see how it goes!  I’m faithful that God will put us exactly where we need to be!  SO…with that said…let’s talk business :)

Last week we learned about synthesizing in reading.  This has always given me a little anxiety to teach {if I’m being totally honest}.  I racked my brain for ways to make this easier for my kids to understand and I came up with a few fun little ideas. The kids LOVED it and y’all…I swear they were knee deep in “synthesizing” and recognizing what they were doing as they read last week.  Love.

First up, I introduced myself as a “Synthesis Superhero” and displayed this little anchor chart as we learned all about synthesizing {click on the pic to download}/


Then I threw on my mask and cape :)  And the kids got their own, too!  Once we were in our superhero garb, we knew we could synthesize with ANY story.  So I pulled out “A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni and you should have heard them synthesize as we read!  Y’all…it was AWESOME!!!!  They were totally in character!  HA!  After we read the story…and synthesized aloud…I had the kids complete a couple of recording sheets using the story as their guide {click on the pics to download}.



I don’t have a template of the mask or cape for you, but they were SUPER easy.  I just cut a cape template from butcher paper and glued on the “Superhero Synthesis” emblem.  I hole punched a couple of holes on either side of the cape and tied a piece of yarn from hole to hole.  I found a mask template online and used it as a tracer.

The next day, we talked about making Synthesis Sundaes.  I mean, seriously…who doesn’t love ice cream?!?!  I introduced this anchor chart and then we read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.  I think this is a GREAT story to teach synthesizing!!  And the kids LOVED it!


After we finished reading, the kids filled out their own synthesis sundae.  I wanted the kids to make cute little sundaes with construction paper as a follow up, but it never happened.  I’m planning on using that format this week!


{click on the pic to download}


I gotta say, I *might* be a fan of teaching synthesis now! 


In other news, sweet Erica is having a linky party and I’m playing along!  Did y’all get a chance to take advantage of the TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale this week?!?!?  I did and ohmiword…LOVING what I got!!! 

LOVE this Thematic Folder Word Wall from Miss Erica herself!  I’ve had my eye on this for a L-O-N-G time and now it’s mine!



I’m a HUGE Sarah Cooley fan {who isn’t!??!} and I pretty much am obsessed with everything she does.  I LOVE her Sticky Notes Research Packet!!!! 

Y’all know I love me some Kelly & Diane from Made for 1st Grade.  Well…I HAD to have this Animal Antics Unit!!!  SO stinkin’ cute!


And just incase I teach Kindergarten next year, I wanted to add Kathleen’s Zero the Hero packet to my files.  You can never be too prepared!  Thanks, Kathleen!

Don’t know if y’all saw this yet, but Abby has the cutest little companion packet for the book, Charlotte’s Web.  We haven’t read it yet, but now that I have this I swear I’m starting tomorrow!!!  I think this might even fit in with our synthesis study!

I know it’s pretty much the end of the year, but my sweeties STILL need reminders about punctuation.  When I taught 2nd grade, I remember my kids needing the same kind of reinforcement!  I HAD to have {Michelle Oakes’} Punctuation People and ohmiword…IN.LOVE.

And since it’s the end of the year, I couldn’t resist these Candy Bar Awards from Regan Tunstall.  SO stinkin’ cute!  And I know my kids will LOVE!!!

Now I’m off to get a few last minute things before the sale ends tonight!!!! 

Hope y’all are having a WONDERFUL week being appreciated & loved for the fabulous teachers you are!!!  Blessings!!


  1. Congrats on the offer- good luck in your move and good gravy- you were a very busy shopper!

    Going Nutty!

  2. Loving the synthesis freebies, thanks! Those masks and capes are TOO cute :)

  3. Wow! Congratulations on the quick sale of your house! When you give as freely as you do, it has to come back to you! God bless...

  4. Congratulations on the quick sale of the house! Asking price too... Whoo Hoo! Love your new synthesis ideas. We are reviewing all comprehension skills the next few weeks, so this will come in handy! Just got my Camping Capers games ready for the last week of school too. So glad I purchased it on TPT!!

  5. 6 hours! Wow! That is amazing. I've been thinking about you during this whole transition and I'm so glad it's all going so smoothly for you
    Love the masks and capes. Too cute!


  6. You are BRAVE tackling synthesis and you are also MY HERO because now I can do it tooooooo! That was me in my super hero voice feeling confidant because of you YOU! Thank you for the great inspiration and lesson freebies! I also LOVE the candy award shout out. I am somehow going to squish Houston and San Antonio together. Congrats on your house selling for full price! I can only imagine how adorable you staged it. I am thrilled that it is all working out so well for your family. Blessings!

  7. Wow! Congrats on the house! I know how stressful that can be with small kids!!!! :) Good luck on the move and the offer on the new house. Thanks SO much for the adorable freebies! We still have quite a few days left, and these will be perfect to fit in a few of those!!! Thanks for all you do and share! :)

    Rulin' the Roost

  8. Congrats on selling your house, and I love, love the synthesizing freebie. Thank you I am going to do this with my firsties Friday, and I'll be posting pics to my blog.

    First Grade Journal

  9. Your super heros are adorable and I love everything you bought!!

  10. Very creative. The students are sure to remember the connection between their synthesis learning and when they got to wear a cape and mask superhero style! Congratulations on your house selling! What a relief. Is pinterest coming in handy as you look for houses and giving you ideas when you buy your new house?

    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

  11. That is amazing news! and YES, God is watching over you and will continue to do so! =)
    I loved your Synthesis Activity! It is a little tricky to teach! Thanks for making it easier!! =)

  12. Congrats on the quick sale!! These days that's amazing!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  13. Wow... that is awesome that got a full price offer so fast. Congrats!

    Love the super hero synthesis idea! It is a tough concept.

    Thanks for the freebies.
    Dragonflies in First

  14. Um WOW! I am totally blown away by your super cute synthesizing ideas and how adorable were those little capes!!?! It looks like I may have to go shopping again for some new stuff on TPT. I keep finding new things I wish I had known about! haha

  15. Thank you for linking up. I LOVE your idea for synthesis. I too struggle with how to teach it. I love how clear you make it for the kids. Thank you for sharing your ideas and downloads.

  16. Hey Cara -

    We're in Friendswood (just south of Houston) so let me know if you need anything as you head our way!

    The Corner On Character

  17. Glad to hear that you house sold so-o-o fast! Yup! God was watching over you! No other explanation.
    thanks also for the freebies! Love them!

  18. I LOVE your Synthesis Superhero idea! You are just amazing! So happy that your house sold so quickly. God is good!

    Delighted in Second

  19. Cara, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you the best of luck on the move as well! I can't believe that your house sold so quick, lucky you. I hope you teach 1st grade where ever you end up! Regardless, whoever gets you will be super lucky!

    I started a blog b/c of you and some others I follow! I'm no where near what you have, but I started it! Come and check me out when you get a second!

    A Frenzy of Fun in 1st Grade

  20. Thanks so much for the Synthesis freebies! Will love using this next year with our unit.
    You are so creative with your blog. When do you have time to get all of the things ready for your class?
    Congrats on your house & your move. Hope you keep us posted on this blog. I think you also
    said you have a food blog which I think I follow. Busy lady! Thanks again, Jackie

  21. Cara, congratulations and good luck with your move! Have you seen Kirste's {brown paper packages} "Moving Binder"?

    Maybe you already do something like this!

  22. Terrific charts on Synthesis. Thanks for sharing!

  23. I LOVE the cape and masks! Thank you for sharing this aMaZiNg are so stinkin' creative! :)

  24. You have the most amazing ideas!! I am a HUGE fan of your blog and always use your lessons. They are wonderful and the kids always love doing them. Thank you for all your hard work, as I first year teacher, I truly appreciate it!!!!

  25. WOW! Love the ideas! Thank you so much for sharing. I teach first grade too in Houston. I have a question..I saw that this lesson occurred in May but did you introduce synthesizing earlier in the year?
    Thank You
    Caroline Shanahan