Scarecrows and Fall-What I Am Teaching This Week.

Hi friends. Hope you are all having a great weekend. I am excited because tomorrow I have NO SCHOOL!! WAAHHOO ;)
Down here in North Texas most school get a day off to visit the State Fair. While I liked doing it when we first moved down here I kinda got over it once my boys grew up. Plus it is still kinda steamy out there so I'm not super excited about walking around in the heat. I am sure there are some that will think I'm crazy for not loving the fair but, I see it as a day for ME! So that is exactly what I have planned for tomorrow..late morning coffee and a massage..aaahhhh can't wait!

When we get back in session on Tuesday we will be diving in to learning all about Fall. Here is an anchor chart I found on Pinterest that I will use to start us off

I have lots of books we will be reading from this week.

                                     These are some of my favorites

So many fun activities go along with these books too! Of course all the Old Lady books are perfect for sequencing and talking about cause and effect. I found this great freebie from Sarah Hakinson that has picture cards and printables that go over sequencing and checking for comprehension. You can check it out by clicking on the cover

Another favorite of mine is an oldie but a goodie!

Now down here we are not able to go on a real hunt just yet but I did find some fun fake leaves from Oriental Trading. A few years ago I also found leaf rubbing templates that kids can use to "make" leaves. So those will be used with this book to give my students the ideas of different types of leaves. They will also be doing another sequencing activity that I differentiated for my students.
My on level students will be putting the pictures in order in their reading notebooks.

My higher level kiddos will be using words and cardinal order numbers to put the story together. If you would like to use these activities in your room just click {{HERE}}

Our last book of the week will be Otis and The Scarecrow

This is a wonderful book for talking about friendship.It shows students how to have compassion and doing what is right. I can't wait to share it with my students. I found this labeling activity that we can use with this book. You can see it  HERE.

All our literacy centers will have a Fall theme too! We are using activities from this set

We will also be working with these activities too

So much to do. I know it's going to a fun filled but short week! What are some of your favorite fall activities to do with your students? Comment below and I will pick one reader to win one of my Fall activities shown here! 

Have a great week everyone!

Fall Blog Hop!

Happy Fall Y'all!! That is how they like to say it down here in the south! I am so excited to be joining my favorite blogging buddies for an awesome blog hop! The awesome Mrs D's Corner is hosting all the fall fun! Make sure you hop along to all our blogs to get some great ideas and FREEBIES to use!!

Today I want to share with all of you some of my favorite fall things. When we lived up north the weather sure made it feel more like fall this time of year. Ever since I was a little girl I LOVED to visit the Apple Orchards!

I have such great memories of climbing ladders and filling up basket after basket filled with apples. Then of course once we were done picking a visit to the store was a MUST! Apple cider, apple cake, apple donuts and so much more! Maybe that is why I LOVE teaching all about apples in school :)

Another favorite activity I love to do with my family is to visit a pumpkin patch

These days my boys are not into as much as they used to be..sigh, but my wonderful hubby still takes me and we make an afternoon of it. I enjoy finding the out of the ordinary shaped and colored pumpkins to decorate the front of our home with.

As much as I love picking out a pumpkin I DO NOT like all those pumpkin flavored coffees, treats and such. I LOVE cinnamon. Cinnamon coffee, candles, anything cinnamon! I recently got this coffee from Target and I just LOVE it

In my classroom fall is such a fun and exciting time too! There are so many books I love to read. My favorite is Otis

This is a wonderful book about compassion and doing what's right. It is the perfect fall book for character lesson in the classroom! 

To have fun all Fall long I have created a fun interactive Bingo game for all of you!

There are 24 fall themed pictures. Student can pick when ones they want on their bingo card

Once their bingo cards are filled in you can play a fun game! This game is also great to help develop vocabulary!

   To snag this Fall Bingo Game click the banner below
I hope you and your students enjoy it!

Now hop on over to my friend

blog to read about her Fall favorites and grab another freebie over there.

Happy Fall Y'ALL!!

Apples, Apples, Apples-What I Am Teaching This Week.

Fall is in the air!! Well not really down here in Texas where it is STILL 95 degrees but, everywhere you look stores are ready for fall and so am I! I can't wait for it to get down to the 80's with a nice breeze!

This week is a favorite of mine! As soon as it turns September I begin prepping and planning all that I want to fit in. Even though I am not teaching Science anymore I plan on using tons of books about Apples this week to help teach certain skills. Here are some of the books I will be using.

To start off I love to read books from Gail Gibbons. Her texts always have so much information. We then take what we heard about and create an anchor chart. Here is an example of one

Then my students will fill out a bubble map or a fact foldable of their own from my Apples Printables set

                                                    Bubble Map


This week we also talk A LOT about what the difference is between a fact and an opinion. We use the task cards to help us with this skill.

We sort these cards whole group in a pocket chart for students to see and hear how they are different. I also have them do a writing extension activity where they tell me some facts and opinions they have about apples. 

We will read the book Apple Pie Tree to help with sequencing.Sequencing is a skill we are still working on. I really think it is important for them to work on all year long. It can take some time to realize when comes first, next and last. Sooo to go along with our Apple Theme I have made these life cycle cards. 

I made these cards 2 different ways. One set of cards is just pictures that some students can use. For my higher students I made cards that have the words of the life cycle. We will also be filling out these sheets to help make sure they understand the steps a seed goes through

This set of cards is FREE in my store! If you would like to use them, you can grab them {{HERE}}

Of course our literacy centers will have a apple twist on them this week too! My sentence scramble activities are becoming a BIG hit with my students. I love to see and hear their excitement as they build sentences. Here is an example of one of the sentences

Once the sentences are build they will write them down on this response sheet. Each sentence has a different image so they can see where each sentence should be written down.

I also found the cute noun sorting activity from The Bubbly Blonde


                        Plus it is FREE!!! Make sure to check it out :)

For Social Studies this week we will be reading and discovering all about Johnny Appleseed! These are the books we will be using.

We will create an Anchor chart all about him

            We will be using these activities from my other printable pack to keep track of all our information

I am really excited for the flip book they will be creating based on this man. Here is a sneak peak:
I left the pages blank so student could have an option of either writing or drawing pictures. 

All these fun Apple activities
are on sale til the end of the day!

I am so excited for this fun filled week! What are your favorite apple activities that you do?