Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gingerbread Displays

We created our Gingerbread Cookie Glyphs and have them displayed in the hallway. I think this glyph is patterned after one Mrs. Jump had on her website (before her blog). I added the student data sheet to mine. 

Here is the key and class data sheet:

My display:
If you like the banner, you can grab a free copy here!

And Mom's Gingerbread Display:

I hope to finish my next display tomorrow. The tree is almost done. My students wrote their wish lists and I will put them all around it.  I used green glittered wrapping paper and cut it into strips then layered it and added a bow.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Life Cycles & Oviparous Animals Literacy and Math

There are several themes in the Life Cycles & Oviparous Animals Literacy Unit. I just could not decide so I included lessons about Friendship, Life Cycles, Oviparous Animals and geese & butterflies. The book Farfellina and Marcel By Holly Keller would be perfect to use with this unit. There are chart pieces, graphic organizers, student writing pages, picture cards for sorting, and many literacy centers. Click here if you are interested. 
I wanted to thank Teachers Clipart for the geese clip art. She also made the ducks for my Ducks Unit.
The link to her TpT store is here.

My entire store is 20% off beginning today, Sunday until Tuesday and Monday & Tuesday you can get an additional 8% off using the code CMT12 when you check out.

I will be working on a Seeds and Plants Unit this week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Write the Room - Freebie!

Here are some charts mom made for the story, Little Panda.

I am working on a Life Cycles Literacy Unit and Math Centers today. It would be perfect  to use with Farfallina and Marcel!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Grouping Students - Partners or Cooperative Groups

In our classroom, we have lots of opportunities to share - talking and telling answers to our shoulder buddies during carpet time and when working at tables, and sharing their writing on the document camera during Writer's Workshop. These are just some of the ways we share. I needed the students to not only have opportunities to share and show their work, but also provide feedback to each other about the work. I thought this would be easier to do with just 2-3 students in a group and not the same student they sit beside. So I used music and they walked around the classroom and when the music stopped the students shared their work with the person closest to them. That has been working great until they discovered that they could just follow the person they want to share with around the room-so smart! So I created grouping sticks and necklaces to group my students (either randomly or strategically) into partners for sharing or in cooperative groups for working on projects. I just pass them out to the students and they match up using the pictures.

I am selling these and have more photos and directions in the packet. They are easy to make-click here if you are interested.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gingerbread Unit and a Freebie!

I also made a Gingerbread Unit that includes Literacy Activities for Whole Group Lessons, and Literacy & Mathematics Centers. The unit is aligned with the Common Core standards. It is organized like my other Literacy and Math packets. The books that could be used with this unit include: Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt or Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone, Gingerbread Baby & Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett and Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell-Ernst. Click here if you are interested in this packet.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Growing and Changing Literacy Unit and Math Centers

This Literacy Unit includes many activities, chart pieces, graphic organizers, student writing and response sheets, and many literacy centers for the theme "Growing and Changing." The book See How We Grow by Katacha Diaz would be prefect to use with some of the activities in this unit.

Up next-Life Cycles! Enjoy your afternoon-I will be working on 3 constellation projects with the triplets (yes, at the same time-yikes!)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Feast

We had our Thanksgiving Feast on Friday and spent time preparing for it this week! Here are some photos:
We used small sentence strips and sticker dots to make our headbands.

We used beads and pasta to make the necklaces. We discovered that using the pasta without dyeing it and then adding the beads is just as pretty as using pasta that has been dyed.

This stuffed turkey project was one I found on the Martha Stewart website then I was a SAHM. We revised it this year and folded the bag down instead of bunching it and putting a rubber band around the top.

For the tables

The vests and dresses. We just use them every year.

Headbands and necklaces

Mom's Turkey Feather Family Projects. The turkey is almost 20 years old. She made it out of bulletin board paper.

Ready for the Feast! It was so fun. The students sang a few songs and then ate and visited with their families!

Here is a chart I use for the book, Little Quack. We read all the Little Quack stories and then list the story events.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thanksgiving Freebie!

Here are some worksheets I made that you could use for morning work, center work or anytime!

Here is a picture of my teepee. A big thanks to my mom and dad for putting it up for me. If you like the teepee and want the instructions to make it, I can post them later.
Before the word wall cards
After the word wall cards. They can be purchased here and here.
We wrote about what we are thankful for.
I displayed the writing in the hallway. The turkey project can be purchased here.

We voted on the foods that will be served at our feast next week.
The students wrote their names under the food they would like to eat.
This activity was part of our nutrition unit this week. We also were able to tie in our math skill- greater and less.

Here is a great activity to use for the story, A Bed for the Winter.
We discussed the reasons that the dormouse gave for not making these places his bed for the winter.
The pictures are part of my Hibernation Literacy Unit.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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