Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recap of Enemy Pie and Peek at my Tigers Week!


Okay, if your head is where my is head is at then the answer is no.  No, we STILL haven't had a snow day this year!  We did have a late start for cold temps though, but we aren't counting that! ;)  We do have snow on the ground, but no holding out for that one and only snow day! BAHHA!  

Alright, back to work... this past week we read Enemy Pie!  Such an awesome book, right?  If you haven't heard of it..take a few minutes and you can watch it HERE.  We also spent a lot of time talking this week about friendship!  What makes a good friend?  How do we keep a friend?  How do we make a new friend?

You can download my plans from last week directly below....

 Here are our essential questions for the week....Our second book this week was Sandwich Swap.  Another great one for friendships!


And our vocabulary words....




This past week I set out to tackle the, "I'm Done!!!!"  Each year I change my strategy for my early finishers many times...because the early finishers get easily bored with their earlier finisher task...did that make sense?  Lol!  I had them in their Busy Bee books, but they completed those...so we needed something new!  My blogging bestie, Miss Kindergarten, had just what I needed in her shop! 

Miss Kindergarten has implemented these great All Done. Now What? set of drawers!  I think the kids love it the most because they get to decide which drawer they want to choose from.  Yeah big stuffs ;)  Hadar has a lot of activities to choose from, but I stuck with just a few.  This way I can just switch out the activities within the drawers in a couple of weeks for new excitement!  You can view the All Done! Now What?  activities by clicking HERE!



In drawer #1... the kiddos can choose a sticker and write a story about it!



Drawer #2... students can choose from one of the cards/notes to write to a friend!



Make a list...this one has a couple of different activities in it, but they love them!



We are still plugging along in KinderPhonics Unit Three!  This week we worked on the digraph sh!  Here is our "sh" chart of words!


If you are needing some digraph posters you can download this FREEBIE!



In writing this past week we took a couple of days to write personal friendship narratives and then moved on to fiction writing.  I have to tell you I had a blast teaching fiction writing!  Each day we told HILARIOUS and OUTRAGEOUS stories...the kids rolled and laughed and I just thought to myself, "Oh what craziness you just brought upon yourself!"  We had princesses falling in holes and being rescued by princes, friends with purple hair, families living on the moon, and meeting monsters at the store!  

We worked on adding feelings, speech bubbles, characters, setting, and setting the mood of the story...was it a happy ending?  Did you overcome a problem?  Was it funny?  If you haven't "taught" fiction writing....give it a try!  You'll have just as much fun as the kiddos!



In grammar this week we started using Growing Kinder's Fix-It Ups!  The kiddos have loved doing these...they are excited to find the mistakes and best of all they enjoy checking their classmates' work too! You can view them HERE.


Here is one of my kiddos' papers from last week!  I love that the pen is above him the whole time...that darn pen!

Take note of this little cutie! My niece, Lolah, loves word searches!  So, I whipped her up some kid-friendly search and find sheets! Can you tell she loves them? #kidapproved


If interested you can snag these search and find sheets by clicking below!  



Next week we are ready to study tigers!  We will compliment our nonfiction text with Leo the Late Bloomer! You can download those plans directly below....


Have a great week!!!! :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

March Giveaways, Freebies, & More!

 I can't believe it's time again for a new month's giveaways and freebies!  Why, hello March!  In this post I will be sharing all things, March!  You will have an opportunity to win the set below so be sure to enter the giveaway.  I will also leave you with some freebies and ideas for your kiddos for the month of March!


Up first?  March literacy centers, oh yeah!
 

Sneaky vs. Real - - a fun word sort for nonsense and real words!




Swaying CVC Words- - just like it sounds...students will be writing the three sounds in the word onto the flag




At the end of the rainbow - - students will work with onset and rime!  They will match the two parts of the word and write their answers!




Shamrock shake up - - students will sort the blends, are they bl or pl?  Then, students will record their answers on the sheet.




Pot of Gold Sight Words- - these are my FAVE each month.  The kiddos will use the sight word cards, then build that word in the pot of gold, and record their answers!




You can view these centers by click below!



 And up next are my math St. Patrick's Day centers....
Lucky clover on the loose- - Students write in the missing number within the sequence!




Measurin' up with luck - - practice in non-standard measurement!  The kiddos will use the "clover stick" to measure the items and record their answers.



Count it up ten by ten - - students will work on their counting by ten skill AND recognize that number to record it.



More or less in the pot- - kiddos will compare the two numbers on the card and clip the number that is more or less.  You can direct them to the skill you are focusing on more at that time!



Yes, siree 3d- - This center will require a little back knowledge!  Students will need to be familiar with the faces on 3d shapes to decide if the shapes listed on the card are correct.  For my kiddos I've left a basket of these shapes with the center so they can get their hands on them and see for themselves!




You can view these math centers directly below...


You can also grab all of my literacy and math centers for the YEAR in this bundle!




 This lifesaver is part of the giveaway bundle! Teachers Taking Back Their Weekends: March Edition.  You can see from the preview that this packet is just as jammed packed as the February and January packets were.  You will get activities for writing, math, word work, content, and a simple print sub plan if you happen to get yourself into a pinch!
 

Click the preview below to view on TpT! 




You can enter to win my March literacy centers, math centers, AND taking back weekends packet!  Just enter below on the Rafflecopter!  The giveaway ends at midnight on Wednesday!


a Rafflecopter giveaway




Now for some March freebies and ideas!  You can grab my freebie monthly writing paper by clicking below!




Another writing project I love to do in March is a How I've Grown and Changed writing booklet!  We read a Tiger Grows Up and Leo the Late Bloomer which fit perfect!  You can download this writing booklet for free by clicking below!




We know that March is all about the lion or the lamb!  We made these last year....they are the CUTEST!  Of course I could have never came up with this idea, Miss Kindergarten had me covered!  You can view this craft HERE






If you are needing some additional ideas for March I found some ADORABLE things on pinterest!  You can click below to view my board!

Good luck on the giveaway and have a super week!



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Recap of President's Day Week and Peek at Enemy Pie Week!


BAM!  That was another week coming to a close.... not that is was an overly tough week! lol!  Honestly, we had Monday off for President's day, professional development on Tuesday, and that left just three days. However, I had one of those three off for an out of town dentist appointment so I had it quite easy.  Let's talk though how we've have ZERO snow days this year....I'm pretty sure if this continues it will be some kind of record.  We did get a few inches of snow ...but it melted away!  Let's see if this little blurb brings us a snow day ;)
Last week we spent time talking about President's day and celebrating our great country!

 You can view these plans by clicking directly below...

Our first day back we read Duck for President and made these adorable and FUN flags!  I really try hard to still get in fine motor practice this time of year.  For these flags I gave each kiddo a half sheet of white and red.  Then one small blue rectangle.  They cut their own red stripes and glued them to the white sheet. 





Then, they came back to the teacher table and dipped a cu-tip into white pain for the stars!  So easy!!!!  I don't do any other form of craft, but easy ;)




I had a proud teacher moment in writing this past week! After reading Deedee's writing goals post we set out  to choose our own goals! They were so quick to know their goals and they all choose exactly what I was thinking for them! You can view a quick video of some of the kiddos stating their writing goals!

*Disclaimer- - I don't use the word sloppy, they got that one on their own!



You can grab the freebie writing goals from DeeDee here: {
http://goo.gl/3qKEU1}

Here are some of our writings from that day....



 I play in snow.  I had a snow fight.


First, I was at my house.  Then, I went to church.  Then, I went sledding.  Then, I went home. It was fun!    {has the transitions down!!!} ;)


 I went to Pizza Hut.  I cleaned my bed room.  My mom is having a baby.

And a look at our writing goals board!  Again, click HERE to view DeeDee's post!


Okay, forward......a couple of weeks ago I snapped these photos, but I didn't share them because I knew you would want to get your hands on these lovelies and I was NOT finished!  These readers have taken so long to compile...I am not sure why exactly, I think because I first off had to search for THE best pictures and then that led me to get sidetracked...lol!  

Anyway, the readers are now finished and I'll leave a link below!  Each of the 15 nonfiction topics have three 3 readers for the different levels in your classroom.




Each of the reader also have this quick fact check page in the back!  It's great for checking comprehension!






If you're interested in snagging these for your kiddos you can click the link below!





You can download my plans for next week directly below....  This week we will be focusing on friendship with Enemy Pie and Sandwich Swap!




Have a great week!!