Thursday, November 30, 2017

Martin Luther King...Crafts and Activities!

Using two special pieces of literature students will explore the life of Martin Luther King and relate to the values and dreams of his using the Crayon Box that Talked as a springboard.

This adorable craft can be a page topper or used independently.

There is lots of informational text ideal for guided reading.

The text is followed by graphic organizers designed to collect information.

Vocabulary cards are colorful and available for posting.
Word work includes making words, a word search, and syllables.

Activities support the idea of peaceful and violent as well as thanking Dr. King for the difference he made to improve our world.

There is a time line and a reading for detail ideal for formative assessment.

This activity relate specifically to the literature suggestion.
Final write pages to showcase student work.

I love using this book when discussing Martin Luther King.
It is perfect for sharing the importance of kindness and positive traits.

Students will explore and make predictions about having one color only!

They will discuss the difference if all "colors" work together.

They work with Acts of Kindness.

Word work focuses on ABC order, Syllables, and Parts of Speech.

Happy New Year!

How much does your class know about the tradition of celebrating and moving into the New Year?
This packet will give them activities to encourage and help them write resolutions as well as learn the facts about traditions that are followed during this special time of year!

Graphic Organizers to help your class write their own resolutions.

Pages to create a class book of resolutions.

Informational text on the New Year and its traditions.

Graphic Organizers for gathering facts.
Reading for Detail for formative assessment.

Pages for class to create a book about what they learned.

Word work about the New Year.
Bright vocabulary for posting.

Compare and contrast Chinese traditions and American.
A math game to put in your math center.

Three suggested stories with comprehension activities to follow.

A craft for posting in your classroom bulletin board.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Chinese New Year February 16th

February 16th is the celebration of Chinese New Year!  
This is an ideal time for making comparisons and using literature for reading, writing, and word work strategies!

Delightful stories for reading and completing comprehension activities.
The Red Envelope is ideal for practicing math activities. (money)

I love the craft that can be used to decorate your classroom and the colorful vocabulary for posting.

There are two different forms of informational text which can be used for guided reading.

Folowing the informational text you may use the "reading for detail" for formative assessment.
There is also a graphic organizer to record details.

Word work includes a making words and a word search.

Finally there is a sensory activity as well as an activity for finding traditions.

Final write pages and a class cover for student entries are included.

The Hat and The Mitten...Jan Brett Favorites!

Two all time favorite winter stories.
The sequential/repeated pattern make it so much fun for the reader to enjoy and follow along.
Jan Brett's illustrations are delightful and add to keeping students engaged while reading.

The activities fit with reading, writing, and word work strategies.
Writing:  Opinion, Sequence
Graph for organizing a retell.
Graph for data collection.

Comprehension: Sequential, Story Elements, WWW

Reader's Theater 
Pictures for name cards.

Vocabulary for posting.
Word Work: syllables, word search, parts of speech

Decorate the mitten and use adjectives to describe.

Making words and a sequential retell.

Math:  Tallies, addition, double

Compare and contrast stories.
Similar activities continue with The Hat.