Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall Time FUN!

Happy Fall Friends! The weather is starting to turn coolers. All around are pumpkins and beautiful fall colors. I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite reading and math activities I love to use this time of year. I have TONS of freebies for you too!! 

 I have a slight addiction to buying books for my classroom. This picture makes my teacher heart so happy! Out of all my fall books I have some favorites that I use every year.

The next few weeks we are working on sequencing stories and learning about verbs. I love to incorporate literature to help with these topics. We Are Going On A Leaf Hunt is a great book to help put events in order. I created these sheets for the students to use after our reading

I have a picture activity for some students and my higher ones will get this sheet with words

I love to see that out the box thinking my students have!

 You can grab these sheets by clicking here Leaf Hunt.

Another book I love to help teach verbs is the book os When The Leaf Blew In

A leaf blows into a barn and that sets off a funny series of events. You can also use this book to help teach about cause and effect too! I found a great freebie to use with this book from  Speech Is Sweet. Make sure to check it out.

This year I have more ELL students than I have ever had. So I have many stations planned with lots of language support. Last year I had this write the room station that my kiddos loved!

Then for my students who needed that little bit  of a challenge doing the same activity I made these write the room word boxes.

You can find these cards by clicking on the cover

I also created this Fall Bingo that I using as on of my stations in the next few weeks

You can snag the cards here  Fall Bingo Cards

One last writing station I want to share with you is my sentence scrambles. Here students get 6-word cards and then they have to put them in the correct order to create a sentence.

 Students need to put the cards in order. Each sentence has the same picture to help figure out which words go together.
 There are also sentences in black/white to help save ink. Sometimes I have students glue these onto a paper and glue it down.

There is also a writing sheet for students to write the sentences they created down. I use this as a check to make sure they are putting the sentences together correctly.

This year I am back to teaching all subjects. I was happy to pull out all my fall math activities! A few years ago I found these fabulous fall plastic items at Michael's Craft Store

My brain went into overdrive with all the cool things I can use them for!  The first thing I thought of was to use these for sorting a graphing. First I give this sorting sheet to a small group.
Then the students can fill in the boxes to see which item they had the most of. One of the graphs was left blank so you can add any type of fall item you have in your classroom.

You  can grab the sheets here Fall object Sort and Graph

I am also going to use them to help with grouping, patterns, building 10 frames and addition.

I also made these fun fall themed centers a few year ago. They will be put into our stations this week.

If you would like to use them in your classroom you can! Just click the cover below.

 I hope this has helped give you some fun ideas you can use in your classrooms over the next few weeks. If you would like to save any of these ideas make sure to use the image below to pin it to your favorite Fall boards.

If you do use them in your classroom I would love to see them in action. Make sure you tag me if you are on Facebook or Instagram. Happy Fall everyone!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fall is such a fun time in the classroom. Routines are now in place and students are getting into the groove of the new school year. The themes you can incorporate into your lesson plans this year are my FAVORITES to teach! Today I am going to share with you lots of ideas with using apples in all areas. I usually teach about apples for a week but, you could do more or less.

These are just a few of the books I share during the week

To start off we read about the apple life cycle. The book Apples by Gail Gibbons has so much great information to start off any topic. After the book we chart about some things about apples. Here is an example that I found on Pinterest.

For some follow up activities I have some math, literacy and science printables that we have out in our stations during the week. Here is a sneak peak of a few of them

Click on the picture to see the whole packet.

We talk about some apple words/ vocabulary with these picture and word cards

The students use these cards and pictures to show the life cycle of an apple seed. You can grab them for FREE just by clicking the picture or here Apple Life Cycle.

For some hands- on literacy centers we have lots activities. One of their favorites is building sentences from word cards and then writing them down.
This set I took the sentence and printed them on colored paper to save some ink. Each sentence is a different color so the words do no get mixed up. You can see the whole set here:Apple Sentence Scrambles.

One new activity I made for this year is this Apple Sorting Activity
Students sort the pictures based on their short vowel sounds. CVC Short Vowel Apple Sort

This is also the time of the year where we start to talk and hear A LOT about fact and opinion. We complete this whole group sorting activity on a pocket chart where students hear what is on the card and then decide if it is a fact or an opinion.

During this time of year we also read and talk about Johnny Appleseed. Here are some books that are read aloud

We create an anchor chart like this with the information that we discovered

From all the information we gather the students work on a few different activities. Last year I had my students make a flip book that told us all about who he was.

Other students sequenced his life with pictures and others did some writing. You can see all of those activities in this resource Johnny Appleseed Printables.

I have more craft, science and math ideas over on my September Adventures board on Pinterest.

 As a thanks for stopping by I am having a sale on all of my apple resources for just this week. They  are on all sale for 20% off this week! You can see them here. Apple Activities

If you would like to share any ideas or tips from  this blog post feel free to pin this image below

Happy Fall Y'all!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Number Sense, Nursery Rhymes and more...What I am Teaching This Week

Welcome back to another year! My goal is to share a snippet of the skills, activities and ideas I will be working on each week. I hope to blog weekly like I did last year and share TONS of ideas and resources with you.

This is week 2 for us. The first week felt like a blur and I am glad that it is OVER! You can read about what I did my first week right here. Since I am new to my district MANY things are given to me to pick from. I have never been this lucky before. For the past few years, I was given the standards I had to follow and then come up with ideas, lessons, and resources on my own. This is the TOTAL opposite of what I am used to! I am now also teaching ALL the subjects. I am excited to be bringing back math and science fun to my room.

This week in math we are working on building number sense. Last week we worked a little bit on building numbers up to 40. This week we are really focusing on all the different ways to make 10. I have this anchor chart that I will be making with my students as the week goes on. I found some great freebies to help with this skill over at Little Minds at Work.  I also loved this activity and we will be working on it Monday.
In reading this week we have been working on setting up expectations for readers and writers workshop. I have never taught writing like this before and I am excited to see my students growth this year. We have been working on setting up our writing folders and creating LOTS of anchor charts about what we can write about, what our writing should look like and more. For readers workshop, I have started using the Daily 5 for the first time ever! I have used something similar before but never realized it had a title.  I made these posters last week while we worked on building stamina.

This week I have some district testing that needs to be completed so we will be starting a few stations.

If you would like these posters for Daily 5 you can grab them  HERE.

Last week we also used nursery rhymes to help with reading and sequencing. I have been using these at the beginning of the year since last year and it really helps the kids build their confidence!

Here is a peek at all that is included in my Nursery Rhyme set

                     Just click the covers to see it in my shop

That is it for this week. Make sure to come back and read all about my classroom reveal! Hope you have a great week of school!