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 24, 2013

spread the love giveaway winners!

I’m so sorry, you guys! I wanted to  post the giveaway winners last night (REALLY, I did!), but I ended up falling asleep with my contacts in SUPER EARLY! Forgive me, please!

Here are the three winners! You all have won both of my Valentine’s Day packets.

I’ll be e-mailing you three very shortly. Congratulations!!!

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Thanks to all of you that entered the giveaway! You all are SO wonderful.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the featured book of the week. It is a favorite of mine.

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Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

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Can you guess what book I’ll be featuring?

Monday, January 21, 2013

ALL ABOUT LOVE!

If you follow me on Facebook, you may already know that I finished my Valentine’s Day packet last weekend. I love Valentine’s Day (mainly because I love chocolate, so it serves as a great excuse to eat lots of it!).

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One of my favorite little activities in this packet is the “Guess Who, Valentine!” game.

For the game, you write each student’s name on a heart and place the hearts inside a box or basket.

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I made this little box out of a tissue box and scrapbook paper found at the Dollar Bin at Target!

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Then, students take turns pulling out a secret valentine name. They should not tell ANYONE who their secret valentine is!

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After they choose their secret valentine, they fill out this “Follow the Clues" sheet and write a special anonymous note to the person they picked. Then, they place the clues sheet and the “Guess Who, Valentine!” note inside an addressed envelope. You collect all of the envelopes and pass them out to correct recipient.  Your students will have so much fun being secret valentine detectives!

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Another favorite of mine is this Find a Friend activity (similar to something you would do at the beginning of the year.) Except, this activity is ALL ABOUT LOVE!

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I also can’t wait for my kids to make these “I Heart You” crafts. These are the perfect little gifts to give their parents as a sweet Valentine’s Day gift. It’s simple, sweet and VERY meaningful!

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Here are some of the other lovely activities in this packet:

Searching for Love {Addition and Subtraction Scavenger Hunt}

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Morning Work Activities {Mad Lib, Word Search, Acrostic Poem, “What I Love” Graphic Organizer}

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Writing Love Letters {Writer’s Workshop Activities}

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Creative Writing Activities {ALL ABOUT LOVE!}

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Addition and Subtraction Sweet Story Problems

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Tallyin’ Up Sweets and Graphin’ Sweets

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Don’t Break My Heart {Part/Part/Whole Activity Using Candy Hearts}

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All of the activities are INK-FRIENDLY!

Check out both previews below:

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In this 68 page packet, you will find:
-"Find a Friend" Activity (All about things they love!)
-"Guess Who, Valentine!" Activity (Students write a secret valentine to a friend along with a few clues about themselves. The recipient has to use the clues in
order to figure out who their secret valentine is!)
-I Heart You Craftivity (templates are included)
-Love Letters: (Students write letters to people they love.)
-Sweet Stories: (Students can write their own Valentine's Day story)
-Sweetheart Word Search
-Love Acrostic Poem
-Silly Valentine's Day Mad Lib
-Tallyin' Up and Graphin' Sweets
-Sweet Story Problems (Addition and Subtraction)
-Searching for Love Scavenger Hunt (Addition and Subtraction)
-Sweet Sums Sorting (Addition and Subtraction)
-Don't Break My Heart (Part/Part/Whole)

You can read more about it here at my TPT shop.

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I also created this little number. I just couldn’t help myself! February is the perfect time to spread love and kindness all around, and this packet encourages JUST THAT!

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At the beginning of February, scatter little hearts all around the room before your students come in. (I made these out of scrapbook paper found in the Dollar Bin at Target). Then, on your chalkboard write, “The Love Monsters have ARRIVED!” This will definitely pique your students curiosity!

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Then, introduce your students to The Love Monsters by reading them this little story! The Love Monsters are little creatures that encourage others to spread love and kindness all around. Explain that The Love Monsters will be looking for students who are being sweet, loving, and kind.

Here’s are two pages from the story (there’s also a poem version too!)

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When you see a student spreading love and kindness, leave a little note on their desk along with a sweet treat. Your kiddos will eat this up!

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I found these cute little dessert erasers at Target. These are some of the presents I’ll be giving my girls! A cheap and sweet gift.

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Your students can also “spread the love” as a class by doing sweet things for others the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. I’ve included different ideas you all could complete as a day. I also provided you with a blank template so that you can write in your own ideas.

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When Valentine’s Day arrives, your students can make their very own love monster!

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In this packet, you will find:
-Story All About "The Love Monsters"
-Reward Certificates
-Class Activities that Encourage Love and Kindness
-Love Monster Craft
- Love Writing Prompts

You can read more about it here at my TPT shop.

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You can win EVERYTHING in this post. All you have to do is tell me your favorite kind of candy, follow my blog, and leave me your e-mail address. I will pick THREE winners on Wednesday, January 23rd at 8PM.

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.

 
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