Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween-What I'm teaching this week.

Hello from rain soaked Dallas! We have had CrAzY amounts of rain since Thursday. Out by me we have had about 5 inches and other parts of the state have had up to 18 inches! That is just NUTS! Weather sure is crazy down here!

Well, get ready folk cause this week is one for the books! Every kid all OVER will be thinking about only 1 thing this week...HALLOWEEN! If you have taught before you know what I mean. From the second the walk in on Monday it will be all the think about...coustumes, parades, parties and of course Trick or Treating. 

I am really happy that the actual day fall on a Saturday this year. Who is with me on that??!! The day after sugar crash is NOT a fun one to deal with. Luckily that will not happen this year.  :)

To keep my little ones as busy and on track as I can this week, I have taken some fun Halloween themed stories and filled them with activities galore! This week most of the resources I am using come from some of my favorite sellers!

We are starting off the week with this story
Last year Primary Graffiti came out with the most AMAZING book companion set with this book!
It is FILLED with so many amazing activities to go along with this story
Vocab cards to start off with before we read, interactive notebooks pages that focus on rhyming and verbs, and some great comprehension response sheets  for compare/ contrast, sequencing events and a story map. She even has it on sale for half off this weekend! Click the cover above to check it out!

Another FUN book my students love to hear this week is
This is a cute story about a skeleton who gets this hiccups and can't get rid of them. His friend the ghost suggest several ways to get rid of them but, none of them work. 

I created these flaps for students to put into their notebooks to help re-tell the story:
 I also happened to grab 3 of these bone themed Cheetos a few weeks ago!
How fun are those?!?!?! Of course I had to get a bag to keep for my kids and we may and dug into it already ;)
For those of you who teach math there is a great freebie on TPT that goes over sorting, graphing and more.

We are going to using the labeling sheet and turn that into some skeleton writing this week. Click the cover above to check it out.



Our reading centers this week will of course have a Halloween theme to them!
These are the centers my kinder kids will be working on:
                                                 Syllable stew
                                     Rhyming words- long vowels
                                   Beginning Sounds Memory Game

You can find these activities and more right here

                        My Firsties will be working on these centers this week






I know it is going to be a Spook-tacular week! Hope you have so much fun with your kiddos too!

If you would like the sheet that I am going to use with the Skeleton Hiccups book leave me a comment with your email and I will send it your way.
Happy Halloween!!





Sunday, October 18, 2015

What I am Teaching This Week...Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

Hi friends! This is such a fun time of the year. SO many fall ideas and never enough time to get it all done! 
This week for reading we are discovering Pumpkins!! Here is just a few of our books




We are starting the week off with Pumpkin Jack



This is a great story about what happens when a pumpkin is left outside. I also use it to teach the life cycle of a pumpkin. We are going to use these pictures to sequence how a pumpkin grows
I also love to use the book



My students are going to create a flip books that shows the different stages and what occurs during that time






Another great book to use this week is Pumpkin Town
It is a great story and the kids just LOVE it when the pumpkin chaos hits the town! The end of this story is perfect for students to write about what could happen next so, I made this for my students
Have you read The Runaway Pumpkin?



This story is about some boys who find an enormous pumpkin and cut off the vine. Without thinking about how they are going to get it home. Students love this rhyming crazy adventure!

I like to use the books to help develop the skill of cause and effect as well as sequencing the events of the story. I found this great freebie on TPT
click the cover to grab it

 You can grab the pumpkin sheet if you would like them by just clicking 


I would love to hear what you all do in your classroom with pumpkins!




Sunday, October 11, 2015

What I am teaching this week...Columbus Day, Verbs and Puncuation

Happy Sunday friends! Today I am writing to you from the lovely Chicagoland area. I flew home to spend some time with my parents and sisters this weekend. It is always nice to come home and be a "kid" again. Even though it was a very short visit I am really glad I did. Great ME time!

This week is all about Christopher Columbus.  I know some places might not touch on this historic figure many places are off of school on this day. I use this piece of history to incorporate the concept of never giving up. If you have a dream and want to accomplish something keep on trying!

Now I do go over this history of who he is, what he wanted and how to was able to do that. I have found 3 books that help us gather facts about why Columbus wanted to do this and how he succedeed.
  

This book is my favorite way to learn about Columbus. It is perfect for any K-2 class and gives a good back story about who he was as a child and how he got his ships for his voyage.


This book has a great rhythm and rhyme and tells the students about who he is and why we celebrate him. 

Once we are done reading I found this great anchor chart made by 
                                       A Cupcake for the Teacher


I have a few graphic organizers for my students to fill out depending on their level 





To help with building vocabulary my students will have this write the room activity this week as well as some word work activities





                 All of these activities are from my Columbus Day mini unit


                      Click the cover to see everything I have packed into it.

I also found this ABC order FREEBIE from More that Math by Mo. I LOVE how it can eaisly be differentiated for my students. I also found this great reader from Creation Castle


This week we are also diving into Verbs. I have this anchor chart posted and see what verbs my students can come up with


As one of my literacy centers this week my kids will be working on verb task cards. Some students will be idenfying verb by looking at a picture, while others will be reading words and picking out the verbs from the list of words.
                                                                        Picture Cards
words lists


 For our writing center, we have been talking A LOT about punctuation. I have some reminder posters hanging up that remind us of what a SUPER sentence looks like 


but no matter what my kids always use a period. Sooo to expose them to all kinds of sentences I made these task cards where the students need to identify which punctuation is needed to finish the sentence



I am hoping this will inspire them to write more that just a telling sentence. We are also using words from events in October to spark their writing

It is going to be another fun filled, packed week! Are you off from school tomorrow? Have a great week!