Friday, January 25, 2013

A Bad Case of Stripes (The Book Nook!)

 

Happy Friday! We had a two-hour early dismissal today due to a little snow. I was excited to rush home and get some work done. I threw on my pajamas and hopped into bed with my laptop. But, before I knew it, I was feeling so sleepy. So, I ended up taking a nap. For FOUR hours. Yikes! Am I the only long-napping soul in the world? I always know how to mess up a good sleeping routine with a ridiculously long nap!

Anyway…let me stay on TASK. Ha!

This week’s featured picture book is A Bad Case of Stripes!

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Here’s a little synopsis of the book from Amazon.com, incase you’re unfamiliar with it:

“Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes!”

You can find a read aloud of the book below {just click on the link}:

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This book is perfect for teaching *lots* of different skills, and is SUCH a fun read.

I recently used this as a read-aloud for teaching the visualizing strategy. My kids LOVED making visualizations while listening to the story. I had them stop at three different points and draw their visualizations. I gave them a little bag of crayons so that they could add details. It was a blast! 

Click here to grab the template I used:

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If you’re teaching your students all about character traits or story elements, you could do this cute idea. I was inspired by posters found here and here.

After reading the story, give each student in your class a colored strip of paper. Have them write a character trait or the problem/solution in the story. Then, tape them to the bottom of the chart as a fun interactive board.

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While I was perusing some other blogs, I found some fabulous ideas that I had to share:

This precious door is from Pencils, Glue & Tying Shoes. So cute, right? Look at those adorable little pill bottles. That would be a really fun creative writing activity. The original idea for the pill bottle is from Brooke Perry (Perspectives).

{Photo Source: Pencils, Glues, and Tying Shoes}

{Photo Source: Pencils, Glues, and Tying Shoes}

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{Photo Source: Perspectives}

Another awesome idea is to have your students create their very own self-portraits with a bad case of stripes. Mrs. T.’s First Grade Class made these awesome art projects. Amazing! This would also be a fun craft to do along with a descriptive writing activity. Students could make text-to-self connections by writing how they would feel if they had a bad case of stripes!

{Photo Source: Mrs. T.’s First Grade Class}

{Photo Source: Mrs. T.’s First Grade Class}

Teaching your students cause and effect can be so tricky! But, Amy Lemons over at Step Into 2nd Grade has a wonderful activity for teaching cause/effect using this book! She has some free resources over at her blog.

{Photo Source: Step Into 2nd Grade}

{Photo Source: Step Into 2nd Grade}

It’s amazing how one book can be used in so many different ways!

Do you have any ideas for teaching A Bad Case of Stripes?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

the book nook (the snowy day)

 

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I’m so excited for this week’s featured book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This book is perfect to read in winter and  it is great for teaching all about multiculturalism (Keats was one of the first authors to use an urban setting in his stories). All of his books are darling, but this one holds a special place in my heart. I have read it countless times and it never gets old

My students loved making text-to-self connections to the book by brainstorming all of the things we love to do in the snow.

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Then, we made our own visualizations while reading the story.

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Afterwards, I gave them this little poem I wrote and they drew their visualizations using chalk. We compared our visualizations to The Snowy Day. They loved this!

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Here is one of my student’s visualizations of the poem. I love her creativity.

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You can download the poem and visualization activity page for free here.

Want more ideas? Click here for more activities that correlate with great winter books.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Survey Says…

 

This week we’ve been conducting surveys, surveys, and MORE SURVEYS! You’d think my kids would be surveyed OUT, but they are completely obsessed. So obsessed, in fact, that after a survey-filled math lesson today, they still wanted to survey each other during indoor recess. My favorite survey question, you ask? “Do you kiss your mommy before or after you read a goodnight story?” SERIOUSLY? Are these kids for real? I MELT!

Funny enough, I remember conducting surveys as a kid and loving it too. I was a HORRIBLE math student (math and I were not friends as a kid!), but I LOVED surveys. It made sense to me! I could relate to it. I could use the information. And, I *think* that’s why my kids love it too.

Last week we spent a good chunk of time analyzing (BIG WORD!) our survey data. I made up all kinds of silly surveys and we had to gather information from each one. This week, it was time to take it a step further and MAKE OUR OWN! You would have thought I was passing out king-sized candy bars. My kids were squealing!!!

First, we had to brainstorm some survey topics.

They were REALLY good at this, considering they had analyzed about a billion surveys the week before!

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Then, they had to identify their audience. In this case, they were asking each other, which they LOVED. I had them select 10 classmates so they weren’t completely overwhelmed.

Lastly, they had to decide how they were going to record their data. Most of my students used tally marks.

I made this little poster to help guide my students. It definitely helped keep them on track!

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You can grab a few printable posters below, along with some other fun survey resources. I hope these help you when you’re teaching your students all about surveys! Click here to download.

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How do you teach your students all about surveys?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Book Nook (Enemy Pie)

 

I can’t believe that tomorrow is already Friday. I’m not complaining (AT ALL), but I can’t get over how TIME FLIES!

Last week, I told you all that I was going to start a weekly feature called, “The Book Nook.” Each week, I’ll be featuring a different picture book. I’ll be sharing anchor charts, lesson plan ideas, and all kinds of other goodies! (Note: I initially wanted to start this little idea on Tuesday, but you know how that goes. Bear with me!)

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This week, I am featuring the book, Enemy Pie.

Have you all ever read this story? It is seriously precious! It’s about a boy who was having the perfect summer until Jeremy Ross moved into the neighborhood. Jeremy Ross immediately becomes this little boy’s BIGGEST ENEMY. The little boy’s dad comes up with a solution to the problem: Enemy Pie. But, before Jeremy Ross can eat the Enemy Pie, the little boy must spend an entire day with him.

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My students love this book! It’s perfect for all kinds of lessons, like friendship, problem/solution, and how to be kind to others. Also, it’s a great discussion book…even for those shy ones!

One fun thing you could do is make an Enemy Pie anchor chart. On our anchor chart, we brainstormed ways we can be a good friend. {Laminate your anchor charts and hang them up around your classroom! Your kids will refer to them all year long.}

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Another great activity you could do is make “Friendship Pie.” In pairs, you could have your students brainstorm the “ingredients” needed for “Friendship Pie,” and write the “instructions’ on how to be a good friend. Afterwards, they could work together to make a simple and cute “Friendship Pie” craft (templates are provided for you below).

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You could always have them complete a Venn-Diagram on how they are alike and different. This is a fun way to teach students how to use a Venn-Diagram, as well!

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If you’re reading this book during Language Arts, it fits in perfectly with problem and solution! Have your students identify the problem and solution using this simple graphic organizer.

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Sometimes, I’m short on time in the morning, so I love having quick and simple Morning Work activities. This writing prompt is perfect for those late mornings!

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You can download all of these activities (including the pie templates) free! Just click on the link to grab them. Enjoy!

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Do you have a picture book you’d like me to feature? Leave the name of it below!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

fun and frosty! (print and go activities)

I really don’t mind cold weather, as long as there’s snow on the ground. I love sledding, drinking hot cocoa, building snowmen, and wearing winter attire! I still get so giddy when schools are closed for snow. I am as bad as my students. Some things never change, I suppose!

Over winter break, I spent all most of my days in pajamas. I won’t even dare to tell you the number of times I showered (or didn’t). Ha! I did, however, work on some fun and frosty winter activities for the next few weeks. Confession: I really created these activities with the hope that if we continue to do wintery activities, we will send wintery weather our way. Wishful thinking, perhaps?

I tried to create activities that require very little prep time and VERY little ink. In 2012, I spent ENTIRELY too much time prepping activities and ENTIRELY too much money on ink. I’m trying hard to utilize my time and money a little better this year. 

The only thing I did print in color was this binder cover to make the binder look pretty help keep myself organized. For real, I am trying very hard to be organized. All I did was print the packet in black and white (SO MUCH CHEAPER), punch holes in it, and put it in the binder. This will save me so much time when I am in a hurry to find an activity.

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I plan on using lots of the activities in this packet alongside my current math and language arts curriculum. I’ll also be using some of it for homework and warm-ups!

My students will love learning how to write a friendly letter with the help of Frosty!

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For this activity, students will use snowballs (aka: marshmallows) to help them solve part-part/whole math problems. They’ll literally eat this activity right on up! 

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Fun morning work activities…my kids will love these!

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I know this game will be an instant hit with my kids! For this game, students will work with a partner to see who can be the first one to build a snowman based on their subtraction sums. I can’t wait to do this with my kids!

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Write a wintry story using this word bank…EASY PEASY prepping!

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This adorable snowman craft will accompany the snowy stories perfectly. It is super simple to prep and won’t take long to complete. You and your kids will love this craft!

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Students will practice doubles problems on a “snow much fun” scavenger hunt.

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These snowy story problems will be perfect for morning work and homework. My kids will love seeing the snowy clip art! Seriously, the little things make them so happy!

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You can find all these activities at my TPT shop. I hope they help make January and February a little bit warmer! Or, maybe they’ll help bring wintery weather your way, as well? Haha!

Click on the preview below to grab these activities.

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Also, be sure to go download the preview at my TPT to grab the Frosty the Friendly Letter Helper poster for free.

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The first person to leave a comment telling me their favorite thing to do in the snow will get these babies for free! Leave your e-mail address!

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Need MORE winter resources? In case you’re interested, I bundled all three of my winter packets  (Fun and Frosty, There’s Snow Place Like Home, and Visualizing in Winter) together to make one big package! You’ll be set for the rest of winter with this bundle!

Grab it below by clicking on the preview or click here.

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