Thursday, September 3, 2015


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More Bear Stories...Crafts, Activities, Treats

This packet contains three of my all time favorite "bear" stories:
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Bear Has A Story to Tell by Phillip Stead

It contains two delightful crafts:
One for Bear Snores On with a bear sleeping in a cave.
Another for Time to Sleep with a Writing Topper and writing activity about how do you know when it is time to sleep.



The basic themes are that of Let's Get Ready For Winter!!
So these all are a lead into a study of hibernation, migration, and signs of winter.

Bear Snores On
Interactive flip Book
Story Elements (Read, cut, paste)
Character Identification
Sensory Relations...What did bear hear, see, smell, taste
Compare and Contrast...Bear Snores On to The Mitten

Time for Winter
Flip Book with characters
Cut and Paste story parts into order
Signs of Winter...Identify
Narrative Writing...How do you know when it's time to sleep?
Let's make Words...Hibernation/Migration

Bear Has A Story to Tell
Main Idea and Details (graphic organize)
Story Recall of Characters and actions
Character Chat...Bear of story
Opinion Writing...Would you rather hibernate or migrate?
Two Word Searches

There is also an idea for a treat the class can create and then eat. (Bear Cupcake)

I am "beary" excited about this packet and I know you will enjoy it!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brown Bear, Brown Bear...

Simple but effective. A wonderful piece of literature with delightful illustration to capture "little ones" attention and a story line that encourages activities to promote learning.

Brown Bear by Eric Carle is a favorite of every primary teacher. It stresses color words, animals, and the story line allows for the classroom to "think outside the box"!
This packet focuses on :
ABC Order
Color Match
Data Collection
Simple Writing... Class Book, or Project Topper
Simple Flip Book for reading
Vocabulary Cards for posting or for a center
Teacher, teacher what do you see? You see a packet your kiddos will enjoy!!

Sequencing, Data Collection, Simple Flip Book for reading!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Grandparents' Day is on the way!

This is always such a special time because Grandparents play a special role in their Grandchildren's lives.  Yes, there are some kiddos who do not have Grandparents so make them feel special by having them think about someone in their life other than their parents who are important to them.

You can celebrate Grandparents day very simply or you can make a "party" of it and invite Grandparents in for donuts, lunch, or tea.  Whatever you decide to do plan SOMETHING because it is a unique time to bring together the past and the present.  I have put together some great items for you to make your planning easy!

First here are my 4 ALL TIME favorite stories for reading to the class.  They are perfect for story recall, for making predictions, and for connecting the characters in the story to their own life.
What do you predict is best about Grandpa or Grandma?
How do you think they will babysit their grandparents?
Let's list all the things we can remember from the story.
For the self to story try this list for the kiddos to do.
Use these vocabulary cards to promote reading, writing, and word work.
Put them in ABC order or have them out when the kiddos are preparing their lists.
Lists are great for this kiddos not as proficient at writing because one word will do.
Encourage your more proficient writers to prepare more!
I just love how colorful they are and the pictures promote connections to the words.  They fit perfect in a chart or just on a table for manipulating.

What do your Grandparents like to do?
What might you celebrate with your Grandparents?

In my classroom we invited the Grandparents to lunch.  Depending on your district, socio economic restrictions, schedules this may not work.  We ate in the classroom.  I ALWAYS had it the Monday following Grandparents' Day because families are often together for the event.  You could do something as simple as donuts in the morning or cookies in the afternoon.
The Grandparents love looking around the room and we always talk about "What did you NOT have in your classrooms?"  Computers, phones, markers, etc.  It is an eyeopener for the children.
Then my favorite is I ask 2 great questions and give prizes.  "Who has traveled the farthest to join us?"  I give a $5 gas card and "Who has the most grandchildren?"  I give a picture frame.  What fun it is!  You might also ask "Who is the most mature?" Ha how old are you????

Another favorite is singing the song "I think you're wonderful" from Finding Peace by Red Grammar.
Here is the link:
If you haven't played it for your class you must.  It is something we need to play and sing over and over!!  Each time I play it I wish our classrooms and educators could remember this each day!

After the song we always hand the grandparents Hugs and Kisses in a baggie!I cut these out and attach them with a ribbon.  So cute, so simple, so touching.
As parents to donate the candy, baggies, and ribbons.
While the grandparents are with us what fun it is to complete these interviews.

Now that is the more involved version but for the simple:
Whatever you decide you won't be disappointed you took the time to celebrate.

Stop by and visit!
Thank you for following along with me today!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Labor Day Freebie...

Just put together a little "freebie" for you before tomorrows surprise!
This is about Labor Day. I think you will enjoy it. It will only be free until Tuesday of next week at which time I will put it on sale! Enjoy and thanks again for following me!

Labor Day is a wonderful opportunity for educators to inform their students of the real reason we will not have school on Monday or we have a three day weekend. It brings a real life experience into the classroom and provides opportunity for students to make connections.

This packet contains:
Labor Day Warm Up
Word Search
Flip Book
Word Work on parts of speech
Vocabulary Cards for posting
I want to be...
Writing a thank you
Mini book filled with informational text
Statement or Questions using facts from the text
Writing about Labor Day using facts from text
Making words from occupations

This is designed to use during your literacy time or as a mini lesson!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Oh where, Oh where have I been?

Hi everyone!  The past two weeks have been WILD for me.  I have officially moved from my home of 25 years and am now officially a LAKE GIRL.  There is just one slight problem...the new home I was suppose to move into is NOT DONE so that means storage and renting a TINY TINY house.  Oh well, I am still smiling and have missed blogging with you.  But guess what...I AM BACK!
I took a little time each day to update some OUTSTANDING topics for September and the beginning of October.
The first to come is Grandparents Day!
My packet includes these two delightful story and the suggestion of others.
I am including my family packet as well because Grandparents Day is the perfect lead into a unit on the family!!

Next we move to Johnny Appleseed who celebrates a birthday in September.  
This includes an adorable craft and writing/picture topper.  It is filled with writing, reading, word work and literacy activities.  The vocabulary cards are perfect for posting!! 90 pages.

Early in October we visit Christopher Columbus and learn the true story!
In 1492 what happened?  Why was his discovery important?
The craft that accompanies this is simple and fun to make as we watch the ship sale around the world.
Again the packet is filled with reading suggestions, vocabulary cards, a craft and...writing, word work and a bit of mathematics!!

The final packet I am going to cover today is Fire Safety with is also covered the first of October.
This comprehensive packet is filled with poetry, reading, writing, mathematics, and word work.
I love the writing/picture topper and it features one of my favorite stories No Dragons for Tea.
What a delightful twist on fire safety.  Don't have the book...Not to worry...Check out this link...
I do not doubt for a minute that after you listen to the story you will purchase it for your library!

Hope this has helped you to do some advance planning.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Creative Crafts for the Classroom!

I love keeping one bulletin board in my room for monthly themes.
These crafts were designed to decorate this board using a catchy title.
Many of these come from packets you may have purchased.
The kiddos are always so proud to see their work displayed and I always get a giggle out of the differences in creative talents.  Cutting, gluing pieces in the correct spot, and putting on finishing touches.
Some have heads where bodies should be, glue on everything but the project, and cutting that looks like the scissors may not have had a sharp edge.
I actually have a few of the masterpieces that I saved and framed for my three boys as they grew.
Parents love it when these items come home and I guaruntee if you visited the home they just might be hanging on the refridgerator.
So here it is!
Here they are with a closer look...