Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bats, Owls, and Spiders (and a BIG freebie!)

I may be in the minority here, but I love creepy crawlers and scary creatures of the night, which is why creating these resources on bats, owls, and spiders was just plain EXCITING AND FUN!

In these three resources, I used real-life photographs to make for fun, engaging, and meaningful learning. The format and layout is the same in these three packets. I did that intentionally so that you don’t have to spend an excessive amount of time explaining HOW to complete an activity and can dive right in!

Here’s what topics are included in each of the packets:

Life of an Owl/Spider/Bat
Parts of an Owl/Spider/Bat
Owl/Spider/Bat Babies
Where Do Owls/Spiders/Bats Live?
What Do Owls/Spiders/Bats Eat?

Materials Included:

Posters and vocabulary pages to hang in your classroom
All About Owls/Bats/Spiders Article (to use during whole group)
Mini-Books about Owls/Bats/Spiders (3 different levels for the different ability groups in your class)
Close Reading Passages about specific kinds of bats/owls/spiders and correlating text-dependent question sheets

True/False Sorting Activity and Cut/Paste Sheet
Graphic organizers (including Can, Have, Are, K-W-L, Three Fascinating Facts, Parts of a Bat/Owl/Spider, and Venn-Diagrams.

Here’s a close look at some of what is included in the spider packet. There are close reading passages on Black Widows, Tarantulas, Brown Recluse, and Wolf Spiders. There’s also a passage about the similarities and differences between insects and spiders. After reading about the different spiders, students can choose one spider they want to write a mini-report on!Spider Collage 1 - Copy

Spider Collage 2 - Copy

The close reading passages included in the bat unit are: Flying Fox Bat, Vampire Bat, Bumblebee Bat, and the Brown Long-Eared Bat.

Bat Collage 2

Bat Collage 1

This owl resource focuses on Snowy Owls, Great Horned Owls, Elf Owl, and Screech Owls.

Owls Collage 1

Owl Collage 2

This fun owl craft and book are a perfect activity to complete alongside your unit on owls. Students can make the craft and then attach the all about owls book to the back of the craft. I made sure to include a couple pages on investigating owl pellets in case you were planning on doing a little science activity. Click on the picture below to download this resource for FREE.

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If you’re interested in any of the resources you see above, just click on the pictures to grab them.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

a little fall fun!!!!!!!

Hey guys! I’m on my way back from a trip to Ikea in Charlotte. I left there spending WAY LESS than I thought I would. #winning

I wanted to share a fun fall packet that is the perfect way to celebrate the changes in the seasons. These activities are great for Daily 5 and Math Tubs, but could also be used for centers (math and reading) or as early finisher activities! I kept the needs of a first grader in October in mind while creating these resources. I wanted these activities to encourage independence, be meaningful, AND still be a whole lot of fun! 

The following activities are WONDERFUL for Work on Writing!

These adorable picture cards are great for students to use as inspiration for writing stories. For this activity, students can pick a character card and write a story about that character.

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These cute journals have always been a huge hit in my class! Just print different options and let students choose which pages they want to complete. Then, staple it altogether to create a fun “fall journal.”

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These words for writing always come in handy! I suggest keeping this in an easy to access area. You could even hang it up nearby where students will be writing. Then, they can easily refer to it. This especially helps those perfectionists who MUST know the correct spellings. Instead of having to ask you or a neighbor, they can just look at the chart!

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This is a little five senses book. I tried to make these AS EASY AS POSSIBLE to print! Just print, cut, and staple!

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Now, we’re off to do some Word Work! Last year I discovered the best way for me to store my Word Work materials was using these large envelopes. I’d tape the directions to one side of the envelope, the sorting mat to the other side, and then put all of the materials inside the envelope. Then, I’d place that inside a bin. Students would grab the bin, find a comfy spot in the classroom to work, and begin working.

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I also included some fall math activities!

For this activity, students roll two dice, add them together, and then find the total number on the apple and color it. This could be played with a partner, as well.

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For this activity, students have to look closely at the number sentence, use manipulatives to solve, and then sort by whether it’s true or false.

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For this activity, you scatter the apple cards around the classroom, place manipulatives at each location (I found these cute acorns at Big Lots for just a couple bucks), and then have students go on an apple hunt to solve the problems!

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I also added some autumn word problems. I always have my students read the problem, visualize the problem, draw the problem, and then solve it. I found the leaf counters at Big Lots, as well. Students can use manipulatives before drawing!

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And, finally, I’ve included the templates for these cute leaves and squirrels. We made these leaves last year after reading “Leaf Man.” Students wrote about what they would do if they were a leaf. So fun!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Differentiated Apple Fun!

Learning all about apples as a child is one of my fondest memories. This time of year always makes me nostalgic for my childhood. Anyone else? I absolutely love this time of year!

To help kick off the season of fall, I’ve just finished a resource totally dedicated to the deliciously fresh and crispy fruit: apples!

Here’s a little breakdown of some of what is included:

Life of an Apple” Differentiated Life Cycle Mini-Books - These are differentiated mini-books that can be used during small group instruction.There are three versions. Each version is slightly easier than the last. I wanted to give you options because I know that many of our students come in reading at different ability levels. It is up to you to pick and choose which articles you use with your groups. You can either print in color and laminate or print them in grayscale.

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Here’s are some sample pages from the mini-books. You can clearly see the difference between the three options. Providing differentiation in your instruction guarantees all students will be successful!

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Apple Close Reading Passages (about how to go apple picking and other ways apples are used): These articles are PERFECT to use at the beginning of the year to help you and your students get into the groove of closely reading a text that requires multiple reads and answering text-dependent questions.These can either be done together in small group OR with guided support. Questions about each close reading passage are included.

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These article pages were designed as a way for you to "hook" your students at the beginning of your apple unit. You can display the article pages on your document camera as a whole group or print and display during small group instruction.

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I’ve also included vocabulary words all about apples. Below you’ll find the instructions on how to play an engaging and fun vocabulary game during small group instruction.  I believe providing students with the opportunity to see say the word, read the meaning of the word, and see a picture of the word will help “lock the word in.” All of the cards to play this game are in the apple packet.

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I also made some apple graphic organizers, vocabulary books, and independent practice sheets that can be used however you wish! I tried to offer you many different options to help meet the needs of your diverse group.

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And, finally, these are some posters to hang and to use while introducing apples (real life photographs that show the life cycle of an apple, important vocabulary words, and what happens to an apple tree in winter, spring, summer, and fall)

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