Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ocean Life and a "freebie"

Since I am off to the beach for Spring break I felt it was perfect to post these with a little freebie about "sharks"!!  Each one is filled with information text (shark, dolphin, whale, octopus, sea turtle) as well as several word work and writing activities.  Each species has suggested reading and responses for the stories.  The shark "freebie" is a mini example.  I hope you will enjoy it.  See you in a week.  Michele

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We had a wonderful time measuring with jelly beans today.
Following the measurement activities we completed our color graph and then the best part...we ate (new ones of course) our measurement tool!
On vacation for the next week.  Enjoy!  Michele

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


It started as a late start and ended in a snow day!  Thank you Mother Nature.  She had perfect timing.  Makes a 4 day week now a 3 day week.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Growing" our knowledge of plants...freebie!

I just updated my Plant Packet.
If you have purchased it I hope you will download it again.
I have added and made it more teacher, kiddo friendly.
I am also sharing with you today a little "freebie".
Get that compost started.  This week information on how so your
kiddos can plant their seeds in the compost.  Good stuff!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This year I have really focused on helping my students read and write using informational text.  For a little extra practice I created these sheets  shown in the sample.  The one shown here is on ants but there is a section on ladybugs, butterflies and frogs too!  I create my own mini books for reading the informational text and then practice writing about facts in the text.  For you I have included a few pieces of the Frog Life Cycle.  I hope you can enjoy it!  We are ending our third quarter so guess what I will be doing this weekend??!!  Michele

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Thinking Ahead and a "freebie"!

I was thinking ahead this weekend and decided to do a new packet on Earth Day.  It is filled with activities everything needed for a balanced literacy based week.  This has worked so well for me this year.  I have embedded all my science and social studies standards into my Literacy Program and I love it.  Students can read and write about these critical pieces of information.  Guided Reading can enhance the theme, videos can enrich understanding about the topic, essential questions can help students make connections and build meaning.  This done you can work in vocabulary related to the theme (Word Work), writing about the theme and finally reading related leveled readers.  Can't think of a better way to spend the morning and to gain real information and understanding about our science and social studies standards.  This being said welcome to Earth Day...Let's Celebrate!

This is a wonderful way to build vocabulary and assess student understanding of the concepts presented.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday FINALLY! freebie too!

Sometimes a week with the leprechaun can be exhausting!!  So my title says it all.  It is finally Friday!!
Next week is one of my favorites.  Each day we will focus on a story.  Our reading, writing and word work will be embedded in the theme!  I may have shared this freebie before but for those who did not get it I will add it again. Have a great weekend everyone!! Michele

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Potato fun!

We are ending our week on St. Patrick's tomorrow.  It has been so exciting and a wonderful learning experience as we visited Ireland, stretched our vocabulary and practiced reading and writing with our leprechaun friend.  Today we will have the "potato race".  Perfect fit with the Force and Motion Unit we are currently completing. (Speed, friction, size, motion)  We also learned how to plant and grow a potato.  Pretty great experiences that embed the Common Core.  For the story we are talking about the character.  What he sees, feels, thinks and does.  Enjoy your day!  Michele

This little guy leaves us a treat and a note each day.

Students entered today with a treat and a game to play quietly at their seats.

Vocabulary we are learning to read and spell.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

There was an old lady...freebie

Today we will have fun with There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.  No matter what age level there are so many things you can do with this delightful piece.  I am providing for you the pieces for a retell and if you visit my store in my St. Patrick's Day packet for only $4.00 and on sale starting tomorrow you can find other activities to accompany this story.  Enjoy!  Michele

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I am so "LUCKY"!

A great idea for bulletin board or room decoration.
Super simple!
Super cute!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Think "green" this week! Freebie

This freebie comes with a pre-writing page as well as a craft for enhancing the writing page.
Enjoy!  Michele

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Spring Fever!

I have Spring Fever...and when I think of Spring frogs come to mind.
I am so excited about this packet.  It is an old one completely redone.
If you bought Five Speckled Frogs download it again.  You will NOT be sorry.
It is filled with science, writing, language and even math.
For you of course a little "freebie"!
It's my birthday so I am off to celebrate.
Enjoy your weekend.  Michele

Friday, March 8, 2013

Seuss Hat Day...Friday Freebie!

Today is hat day in honor of Dr. Seuss.  The students designed hats and are bringing them to school today!
I will post pictures later.  Here is the link to the activities I used.  Michele
A "Seuss" Freebie...Whose Hat?
Click here if you'd like a copy.

Thank you Dee!! Correction "site...sight"!

How do I miss these things?...I do not know but thanks to all of you I get another go.
Site should be sight and it's corrected now.
Thank you followers...I appreciate you WOW!!
Corrected Version

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Suess and Freebie!

Yipee!  That's the sound this teacher makes when she sees her students doing amazing things.
After reading Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? the class made connections from the text and then made connections from their lives.  AMAZING sounds were invented.  Loved this activity and now you can do it too!  (Not the same font as I am at schools BUT still the same results!)
uTube has a fantastic video on the story.  So much fun!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Seuss and a "freebie"!

Fun making Oobleck!  Fits perfectly with "matter can change".

What if cookies fell from the sky.  Each student enjoy two treats and then chose what they might have fall from the sky!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day two with Dr. Seuss! ...a freebie!!

What to do, what to do!
Seuss has so many books which ones do I choose!!
The class is having fun with Dr. Seuss and so am I.
Below are some pictures of the Cat in the Hat along with the "freebie"!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Seuss Week!

You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose!

I absolutely love these Seuss words as I think it describes why we are teachers.  We inspire, help kiddos explore and enrich their days with experiences that will prepare them for the future they choose.

This week we are all about Seuss so each day I will try and post something for you.  I am going to start with the "freebie" I goofed on a week ago for those of you that missed it.  Tomorrow I will have for you a mini book about Dr. Seuss and a comprehension page to predict how well they comprehended the informational text.  (Trying to make every experience tie into the Common Core!)

Coming tomorrow!