Friday, July 31, 2020

Let's Write ... Face to Face or Distance Learning

As we return to meeting with students either face to face or distance learning having them engage in communicating and writing about their summer vacations allows for them to recall experiences making writing a little more exciting.
Two of my favorite stories to read to them are How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Arthur's Family Vacation.  With the first story for those who say I didn't do anything encourage them to write about what they would have liked to do.  Arthur's Family vacation gets students recalling their vacation and talking about families.
How many people are in Arthur's family?
What do they like to do together?
How do they feel about each other?
The final part of this resource ends with Johnny Appleseed.
With Fall approaching APPLES are everywhere!!
For some it may be their first experience writing with informational text.

Slide One has students reading some simple text about summer.
It includes pictures with labels to support those needing it.
Students are then asked to share three things they did over the summer.
Slide Two is a lesson on using the word AND to put their ideas together.
This summer I ____ and _____.
Slide Three begins with text about families.
Student then write about their families using sentence starters.
Slide Four is a lesson on punctuation.
Reading sentences about families students add the correct punctuation. (click and drag)
Slide Five provides informational text about Johnny Appleseed.
Key details are highlights.  Students are encouraged to use those to write about Johnny Appleseed.
Slide Six is a lesson on adjectives.
Students will use suggested adjectives to describe an apple.
Slide Seven is an assessment.  Students will write about two different topics.
Pictures and labels are provided to support writing.
These digital lessons are WRITE ON!!

Are you ready?
Let's Write...
This packet is designed to provide students with practice using the CCSS.
There will be new packets each month.
These packets have three levels to provide DIFFERENTIATION in your writing program!

September focuses on Narrative and Informative writing with the topics: Summer Vacation, Back to School, My Family, and Johnny Appleseed.
Literature Used:
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Teague
Brand New Pencils Brand New Books by deGroat
Arthur's Family Vacation by Brown
Johnny Appleseed by Kellogg
The packet includes two sections.
This part includes:
Literature Suggestion
Lesson Plans
Graphic Organizers
"Sloppy Copy" page with editing
"Sloppy Copy" page
Editing Note for student and teacher editing.
This part includes:
Pages for publishing
Cover to make a class book
Skill worksheets and posters are included in each of the four lessons.
Lesson One...Summer Vacation...Punctuation
Lesson Two...Back to School...Connecting word AND
Lesson Three...My Family...Pronouns
Lesson Four...Johnny Appleseed...Adjectives
Each of these skills with enhance student writing skills.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

September brings Grandparents Day! Face to Face Activities or Online!

Grandparents  are so much fun and your class will love completing these activities to share about them!  My favorite stories to share are:
How to Babysit Grandpa
How to Babysit Grandma
What Grandpas/Grandmas Do Best

 The slides begin with a delightful poem about grandparents that can bee sung to the song Frere Jacques...Are you sleeping?
Students then share 3 things they like to do with their grandparents.
Slide Two shares text about grandparents.
Students are then asked to interview one of their grandparents and write the answers to the questions they ask.  Maybe a Zoom or Face Time call?
Slide Three students prepare a slide about their grandparents.  I encourage students to find a photo to insert in the frame.
Slide Four supports writing a paragraph about their grandparents.
Slide Five has students making words with the letters in grandparents.
Goodness there are so many!!
The final slide has students dragging words into the correct parts of speech.

Listen to grandpa here.                

 Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish have done it again. 
These "how to" stories will bring a smile to all as they listen.
You love having Grandma babysit but how would YOU babysit Grandpa or a Grandma?
I love the opportunities these stories provides for text to self and text to world.
These packets contains:
Selfie with Grandpa/Grandma
Graphic Organizers
How to Babysit Grandpa/Grandma
List of things to do
Story Elements
Cause and Effect
Favorite thing to do with Grandpa/Grandma
Sensory page
Favorite parts of having a babysitter
Class Cover
Three leveled final write pages
Word Work...
ABC Order
Word Search
Parts of Speech
Making words with Babysit
Addition to 12
Subtraction to 10 
(games for partners and centers)

Celebrate Grandparents Day with this delightful packet.
It contains:
Grandparents Day:
Suggested Reading with Comprehension Activities
How to Babysit Grandma and Grandpa
What Makes Grandma and Grandpa Special
Interviews with Grandma and Grandpa
Vocabulary Cards for Posting
Vocabulary List for Writing Center
ABC Order
Word Search
Making Words...Babysitter, Grandparents
Meet My Grandparents Poster
Grandparents Are/Have/Can ...Graphic Organizer
Making a List...Grandparents Like To
Grandparents Poem for Reading
Activity to accompany Poem
Class Book Cover
Graphic Organizers...My Grandparents
Mini Interactive book on Grandparents
Mini Book with Text on Grandparents
Grandparent Day Activities:
Classroom Tour
Certificates...who traveled farthest, who has most grandchildren
Treat bag for grandparents (Hugs and Kisses)
Craft...Grandparent Hug
Enjoy celebrating Grandparents!