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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Welcome Back...First Day Idea!

I absolutely can't stress enough what a fabulous book this is for the first day of school.
We always focus on how the kids feel BUT what about their parents?
This book would be ideal for grades K, 1, 2 and maybe even 3.
I love this story because it opens the discussions of:
What a wonderful summer they had and all the things they did.
How they get ready for the first day or school to begin school again.
Finally how is dad feeling? 
Connect...how did your parents feel?
Making connections and encouraging thinking and conversation is so important and this book certainly supports these strategies!
If this is not a part of your literature collection...check with your librarian.
I know others in your school will love sharing the story.

Here are a couple of pages I created that you might like to use.

And if you like what we have been talking about check out the packet I created for my class!
Use the activities as valuable tools for quick assessment of student levels and to create a fun filled first day or two of school. After completing these activities I think you will have a pretty good idea of  skills students have.  There is word work, writing, critical thinking, mathematics, and activities that would be perfect for posting in the classroom.









Giveaway Winners!! Congratulations!!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

August Calendar...Interactive Journal!

Yep August is almost here!
Just a couple days.
And there is no better way to teach time and mathematics than through daily calendar activities.

There are 16 colorful vocabulary cards for posting.
The anchor chart is ideal for your writing center.
There are 31 numbers with sunshines.
I use mine for my calendar BUT you could also use them for counting to 120.
Just copy, laminate and cut.

The second part of the packet is the Calendar Journal.
My class uses this everyday after lunch.
It is a way we regroup and get ready for the afternoon.
I have a meteorologist each day who shares the weather and temperature with us using Weather Channel.  Using the SMARTBoard we love comparing our area to another state.
Step One: Fill in the date and add any special events.
Step Two:  Mark the Weather Chart
Step Three:  Record the Temperature

Next is a journal page for each day.
Today is...Mon. Tues. Wed. Thur. Fri.
Write the date August ___, 2017
8/21/2017
It is warmer or colder than yesterday.
It is sunny etc.
How many days of school
Tallies, word, and more!!
Plus a daily math review.
As you move through the year it is amazing to allow students to solve mathematical problems.
If it is 45 degrees yesterday and 50 today is it warmer of colder?
How much warmer?
Show us on the number grid.
or
How many more days until ____?
Use the calendar if you need.
Write a problem to show how you found the answer.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck! by Lisa Wheeler

I am so excited!
I just discovered that Lisa Wheeler lives just 3 miles from me in my small town of Addison, Michigan.
Until a visit to a local gift shop I had not read even one of her books and now I cannot seem to stop exploring them all.  




I had Porqupining...A prickly love story!(2002)...in my collection and read it every Valentine's Day to my class.
Never made the connection that Lisa was the author.
But now that I have discovered her and the delightful stories she creates I will certainly read more!

To date my favorite is Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck written in 2003.

This delightful story will capture your student's attention, bring a smile to their face, and have them wanting to read it again and again.
Its sequential pattern, delightful characters, and rhyme bring the trip to town in Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck a trip to remember.
"Moooove over" says Bossy Cow.
"Baaaad idea" says Woolly Sheep.
To celebrate my find and to thank Lisa for sharing this amazing story I want to provide all my followers with these FREEBIES! (PS...If you don't have the book talk to your librarian OR better yet find one for your classroom set.)

Note how each activity is differentiated to meet a variety of levels.



If you like these and want more for this wonderful story read on!!

I have differentiated the entire packet so grades k, 1, and 2 can work comfortably.


To follow the story I know your class will benefit from these activities.
An Author Study and two math games...one for addition and another for subtraction.

There is a sequencing page, a who/what/where/when/why, and a character chat about Farmer Dale.

Students will describe the pickup truck, summarize the story and thing of questions they would like to ask Farmer Dale.  They will also predict why he is going to town.

Word work includes making words, ABC order, and Character match.

Finally work with cooperation...that is how the problem is solved.




Let Me Introduce Myself #2

SPOTLIGHT each and every student!
Perfect for a class banner or a locker decoration!

Perfect for a class book.
Included in package is an idea for home/school connection backpack!



Monday, July 24, 2017

Let Me Introduce Myself!

In todays interactive classroom feeling comfortable with your peers and being able to take risks in front of them is important.  This is difficult for some students, especially if they do not know their peers. These PRINT AND PLAY games are perfect for your BACK TO SCHOOL plans. They provide an opportunity to LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF!  Perfect for small groups.  Play right along with your students so they will get to know you too!



Force and Motion...Let's Play Ball!

Your class will LOVE learning about Force and Motion using this "baseball" theme.
It is perfect for sharing examples of "force and motions" that students can easily relate to.

Check out Miss Force and Mr. Motion.
What fun for decorating your class.

There is lots of informational text in differentiated levels and styles.

Vocabulary is always key to any new topic.  There are cards for posting and practice activities.


The main themes include...motion, position, push/pull, speed.
These will fit perfectly with key concepts your class should know.
Also included in the packet are explorations and reflections.

Writing is also included so you can embed this topic into all subject areas.

Finally a game is provided for assessment or review.