Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fill Your Basket (FREEBIE!)


Happy Easter! I’m so glad you’ve hopped on over. All of my friends at Freebielicious have joined together to bring you some fabulous freebies!



Can you think of a better way to get into the spring mood than with a little spring writing? I love seeing my students’ writing at this time of year. It AMAZES how much they’ve grown.
These writing activities will help brighten up your writing station! Click HERE to download them for free! Be sure to check out my entire Spring Writing Activity Packet too!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Packet Giveaway!

 

Spring has arrived (in my head, at least!).

I just finished up this Spring Writing Packet. I definitely think these writing activities will help brighten up things in any classroom!

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This 56 page Spring Writing Unit Includes:
-Spring Themed Graphic Organizers for Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts
-Spring Themed Writing Templates
-A Rainy Day Craft {Templates are Included!}

Click HERE to grab it at my little shop!

I’m giving TWO copies of this packet to my Facebook followers. Head over to my Facebook page to enter. I will announce the winner tomorrow, March 27th at 8PM Eastern.

GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Earth Day Activities and Craft

 

With spring right around the corner, I’m starting to get my Earth Day plans together. I updated my Earth Day packet to include *a lot* more activities that I plan on doing with my students throughout April! If you already purchased this packet, go back and re-download it to find all of the new changes!

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Click HERE to purchase at my shop!

My new FAVORITE part of the packet is this story about a litter monster.

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Here’s a little part of the story:

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That’s just the introduction page. In the story, you meet a little girl who teaches the Litter Monster all about the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Your students will be SO into the story they’ll forget they are learning. How cute is that litter monster custom clip art image by Melonheadz? After you all read the story and learn all about the 3 R’s, your students can make their own litter monster out of recycled materials.

In addition to the story, these vocabulary cards/anchor charts will help your students have a better understanding of the 3 R’s and other important words.

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You’ll also find LOTS of Earth Day activities to complete with your class. You can see some of the activities below.

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As a fun culminating activity, we’ll  be completing these adorable “Whole World In Your Hands” crafts. My kids made these last year and LOVED them. We displayed them in the hallway and everyone commented on how cute they were.

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Grab all of these Earth Day resources at my TPT shop below.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

happy as a clam (simile freebies!)

 

My students always get a kick out of similes! I always hear them walking around saying similes to each other after they learn all about them. It cracks me UP!

Tomorrow, similes will be making a little visit to our classroom. I pulled out this anchor chart to help us gain a better understanding of what similes are.

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We’ll also be watching a BrainPop all about similes. We LOVE Annie and Moby in my class.

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We’ll be reading some books all about similes. These will be a blast to read!

And, I found this book online for free, so we’ll definitely be reading/watching this one.  Woo hoo!

Click here to watch:

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Last week, we created our Rainbow Namebow’s from my cute friend, Reagan’s unit. We are continuing with a rainbow theme this week. We’ll be using watercolors to paint the colors of the rainbow. Then, we’ll be writing our similes over top. I love artsty activities like this that are still meaningful. Below you can grab the watercolor page I’ll be using, along with the organizers.

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You can use this organizer for any simile activity. Just have your students fill in the blanks with their words and draw a picture.

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How do you teach similes in your classroom?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

our reading block

I thought I’d share a little of my reading block!

We started off our reading block today with a bit of yoga. This has become a daily thing around here. We are obsessed with “The Sun Dance” song/video. I’m *pretty sure* the video is intended for a younger audience, but my firsties don’t seem to mind. Shhh! Don’t tell them.

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You can watch it here:

Today, we worked at different stations around the classroom. My rotation system is nothing special! I group my students heterogeneously and try to switch up each team’s members often.

Today, we visited four different stations:

1. Stars in Action (Verb Practice Station)

2. It’s a “Just Right Book” (Quiet Reading Station… simple enough, right?)

3. Wow vs. Blah Writing (Writing Station)

4. Rainbow Namebow (Poetry Station)

Here, at the Verb Practice Station, is one of my little ladies snapping pictures and recording all of the verbs she found around the classroom.  My kids were totally loving these simple little cameras. This “Stars in Action!” activity comes from my newest packet, Lights, Camera, ACTION {Verb Activity Packet}.

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Nothing beats a good book, right? My kids love finding a cozy spot to read in. When I’m not working with a small group, I usually float around and listen to them read. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day!

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This sweet girl is taking this “BLAH!” sentence and making it into a “WOW!” sentence at our Writing Station. One of my best buddies, Kelley, over at Teacher Idea Factory created this GENIUS activity. I have never seen such motivated children in my entire life. Even my most reluctant writers are HOOKED. You can read more about it here.

The “Blah” Sentence: The crab jumps.

Her “Wow” Sentence: “The loving crab jumps up high on his trampoline.”

(We are still working on b/d…can’t you tell?)

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The last stop was at the poetry station. We are in the early stages of writing poetry, but they are LOVING IT! We used the letters in our names to make acrostic poems. Each student wrote out their name adjectives on rainbow-colored strips. These strips will be attached to clouds tomorrow to create a CUTE Rainbow Namebow craft made by another one of my best buddies, Reagan. You can grab this activity here. These are going to look so bright and cheery when we’re finished with them.

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Well, there it is. A little sneak peek at my reading block.

How do you set up your reading block?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lights, Camera, ACTION (Meet The Verbs!)

 

It’s time to roll out the red carpet because The Verbs have arrived! Who are The Verbs, you ask? Only the coolest and most famous celebrities in all of Hollywood. They can DO it all!

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Explain that actors and actresses can do anything when they are performing. Use these anchor charts to help introduce verbs to your students.

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Introduce your students to The Verbs with these stories. You could read
these stories aloud to your students or they could read them independently or with a
partner.

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Have your students spot the verbs as they are reading the mini-stories about Vicky Verb and
Vince Verb.

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The following activities are perfect for centers. Place the direction
sheet at each center and your students will be all set!
Don’t do centers in your classroom? These can also act as independent work activities!

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Prior to sending your students out on their hunt to find stars in action (also known as: searching for verbs in the classroom), provide them with this fun (and
simple) camera. Just print the camera on cardstock and cut a hole in the center. They will love“taking pictures” of all of the “stars in action” they see.

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These are great extension activities that could be completed at any time after you’ve taught
your students all about verbs. Some of these activities would also be suitable for morning work
and/or homework.

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In this packet, you will find:
- action verb anchor charts
- Vicky and Vince Verb mini-stories
- Act It Out (each student takes a turn acting out a verb and the rest of the group has to guess the word)
-Read the Script (students receive a script and have to act out their part)
-Stars in Action (students walk around the classroom and write down verbs they see all around them)
-Verb Snapshot (students pull a verb picture card out of a bag and write a sentence using that verb)
- The Walk of Fame (verb hunt activity)
- Action Bingo (students have to act out the verb before they place a chip on their bingo board)
- Time to Shine (students write their own action movie using verbs)
- Four Assessment sheets

You can grab this packet at my TPT shop.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

FREE adjective activities (book nook!)

 

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Have you ever read the book, Hairy, Scary, Ordinary? I use this book when teaching adjectives every year. My kids LOVE it. The text is simple and to the point, which is JUST what my little firsties need to help them learn adjectives.

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Tomorrow, after we read the story, we’ll be watching this fun little video (TOTALLY OLD SCHOOL, and I love it!)

I’ll be using this helpful anchor chart to help solidify their understanding!

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Then, we’ll be completing this cute “One of a Kind” adjective craft all about ourselves. I used a large piece of black paper for the background and a white crayon to write the adjectives. Then, I glued the craft onto the paper. You can grab the craft templates below for FREE!

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We’ll be finishing off our morning with a little adjectives taste test activity using Oreo cookies and popcorn (you know I’ll be taste testing too!).

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Also, I just finished my St. Paddy’s Day Making Inferences packet. It’s on sale until midnight tonight! I’ll be back tomorrow to share all about it, but you can find it here, if you’re interested now!

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Happy (almost) Friday!

What fun activities do you use to teach adjectives?

 
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