Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October ...Five Little Pumpkins!

I just love Pete the Cat and James Dean's delightful illustrations.  As I was walking through the bookstore I spotted this delightful little treat and of course I purchased it and decided to come up with a packet for enhancing the October curriculum.

Your class will love singing along and the words are even printed at the bottom of the screen.  Just one way to bring the book to life!! THIS WILL BE FREE FOR 24 HOURS AND THEN I WILL PUT IT UP FOR $2.  TRICK OR TREAT!

Here are some samples to the activities!

Word Work

Story Recall
Another page is one that helps kiddos recall story elements.

Here you will find caption and opinion but there is also paragraph practice.

So cute!  It would make the perfect bulletin board or hanging!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Linking them all, graphing, opinion writing!

Teaching students about opinions is sometimes a difficult task.  This year I decided to link opinions to   data collection and then graphing.  The packet I have prepared is filled with activities to support this goal.
There are 8 "big questions" in the packet...
What is the best way to get to school?
What is the best sport to watch?
Which field trip would you rather go on?
Which would make the best pet?
Which activity would you rather do?
Which is the best weather?
Which is the best season?
Which is the best food?
Each of the "big questions" has three choices for posting.
I used magnetic tape to post mine and used a large magnetic white board.  Each student is then given a picture with a magnet on the back to place their opinion.  If pictures of your students are available these are more fun to laminate and use but if not I have provided pictures for you.
Once every student has posted their opinion we take a look at the big picture.  I have included discussion questions for you to ask.  If you are using a magnetic white board you can even write the numbers so students can visually see them.
These really get the students thinking about the data collected.  You can even have them get their white boards out or a blank sheet of paper and write answers as you discuss.  
Next each student is given the graphing page with their own opportunity to create a graph and gather numbers related to the data...key vocab...more/less  The final question on this sheet asks for their opinion which is the perfect lead into opinion writing.
At this point students can complete the pre write and then the final write.  I have included an extra paper for those who write on and on.  I also included an example to share the appropriate way to write an opinion paper and finally a rubric for grading.  

Here is a freebie for you to see if you like it!! Instead of visually posting the results the class will ask peers their opinion and record it on their paper.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"OWL" bet you will love this for fall!

A great topic with some delightful literature to accompany it for autumn is OWLS!
One of my favorite stories is Owl Babies.  It is filled with facts about owls with a delightful fiction theme. Sarah, Percy, and Bill are three baby owls who wake to find their mother is missing.  As you read the students will identify with some of the facts true to the owl such as "they wake in their home in a hole in the trunk of a tree".  I included comprehension activities on story elements and sequencing.
Each of the owls has a unique personality.  I created this page so the children can "chat" about Sarah.
Other stories can be available in your room as well such as Owl Moon and Good Night Owl just to name a few by popular authors.
Informational text is also included in the packet.  I created a mini book filled with information about owls and pages to record information after reading. (Reading for detail and information.)
The nice thing about these mini booklets is each child can have their own AND they can highlight and circle words and passages.  When they get home they can reread them to their parents.
These two non fiction books are perfect for the classroom.  I like the National Geographic for the primary child.  This allows practice with the standards for literature.
Finally there is a craft that I used scrapbooking paper and buttons.  I think it would make the perfect autumn bulletin board.  It is offered as a freebie and includes a word search for those who finish creating early.

The packet is also filled with word work and informative writing for your literature centers or for whole group experiences.

OWL bet you and your class will love this!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

What Can I Write About?

How many times have you been asked that question?
Well I have come up with something that has certainly helped in my classroom.
It is PART of my Constructing a Writing Center Packet with a little tweaking.

In the writing center I begin to introduce the types of writing one at a time.  The practice pages are put in a bin with the choice cards out and laminated.
An example would be that you are introducing how to write a letter.  During center time you encourage students to write letters.  This would be in the center.

Each time you introduce a new type of writing a new bin is put out.  Here is an example.
Because students have choices after all types of writing have been introduced the record their writing in a folder and keep their work their for me to check.  I can take it home to work on or the student can bring it with them to the writing conference.  The check list assures that the child is working on a number of selections and by looking at the date they started I can see how long they are taking.  
They check their own work and I check their work as well.

The topics the kiddos get to choose from are fun and include pictures. Here are just a few examples.

The packet also includes final write pages as well as graphic organizers for idea gathering.
The cards are easy to cut, laminate, punch, and put on a ring.