Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Election Day Writing



Hi Everyone!  I plan to use this activity this week for an Election Day lesson.  We usually read Duck for President, by Doreen Cronin.  This is such a cute book.  The kids love it!  If you have a Bookflix subscription, you can watch it on there.  After reading we take a vote:  Do you think Duck should be president?  (Yes?  No?)  During this vote we  discuss reasons to back up their voting choice.



Then we use the graphic organizer to write 3 reasons why or why not Duck should be president.



Finally, we use our graphic organizers to help us write a 3-5 paragraph friendly letter!



This activity is one of my favorites!

Enjoy my freebie!

I'm also have a TPT 10% off Sale for all of my products.  



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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Name Unit

We had so much fun with our Name Unit.  We learned each others' names while doing some really fun educational activities.  And of course…. they love hearing and saying their own names.  After charting their names we did a few activities...

"My Name As a Pattern" was actually done by my little pre-k daughter.  I forgot to take a picture in the classroom….

We compared and contrasted our names two different ways:
Finding someone with a shorter and longer name.
Venn Diagram




We played a game called "Guess the Name!"  I wrote each students' name on a strip of paper vertically.  I would pull the strip out so that one letter showed at a time.  The kids had to guess the name - using the class chart.  I was thinking this would be a great way to show who is the calendar helper of the day or something...



We even did a science experiment….. "Invisible Ink"
I wrote their names in milk.  The milk has to be whole milk.  Then we let it dry. The water actually evaporates and the fat is left behind.  Then we scratched a pencil on sandpaper and then smeared the graphite on the paper.  Their names magically appear!!!  A little messy on the finger, but a lot of fun.  :)







I didn't have time to do this other science experiment at school, but we did do it at home…. "Disappearing Names"
We wrote our names on coffee filters with different color magic markers.  Then we carefully dropped a few drops of water on the colors and they combined together to make a very beautiful finished piece.  
There are many, many more activities we did- I couldn't add them all here, but you can view them on TPT...





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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Welcome Letter





Wow!! I haven't been on here in forever!  I hope to keep up on sharing this school year.  I'm going to start with my welcome letter.  I have revised it many times throughout the years and this is my most current version.  Download it free on TPT.  It's a microsoft word version so you can edit to match your classroom!

Enjoy!

I also have a Back to School Unit on TPT to help kick start a successful school year!








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Sunday, March 11, 2012

March Door Decoration

I wish I covered the ugly, old door with a brighter color, but I didn't have time!  I'm planning to keep it up for March and April.  In April I will change the pots of gold to raindrops (April Showers)...

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

St. Patty's Inferencing Lesson




 I love St. Patrick's Day (even though I'm not an ounce Irish!). To kick off our lucky month we did an inferencing lesson where the kids had to describe something greeen.  First we charted anything we could think of that was green.  We got so many great answers this year from animals (frogs and turtles) to characters (Shrek, Hulk).  The list went on and on!  Then each kid picked one "green item" from the list to keep as a secret.  Then they wrote 3 clues about their object and wrote it on this kind of flippy shamrock cut out with the answer inside.  Afterwards the kids read their clues to each other and then made guesses.  They LOVED that part!  Now they are hanging in the hallway for others to guess...



 You can click here to view it in google docs
Or
You can click here to download it from TPT

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Free Daily 5 (plus 1) Posters!


Every year I do work stations/centers differently. One year I had about 10 stations and the children had tons of work to be handed in (TONS of work for me too!) Another year I had about 8 stations and I rotated them with a timer.  I was concerned because they just didn’t seem as engaged as I wanted them to be. After reading the Daily 5 over the summer I decided to try it out, hoping the students would be more on task. Sure enough... it worked! I love the daily 5 and it has made my life so much easier. And the kiddos are busier and always doing something related to literacy. One of my favorite daily 5 station is my Read to Someone Station. The way the "sisters" explain how to implement it has been great! That station went from being avoided each year, to being my absolute favorite. They even get to read to someone when they finish their work early.

This is how I rotate my stations this year:




I also make a 2nd copy of the posters and keep them at each station for the kids to refer to (see below)...


You can also download the posters for free at TPT. I printed them out, glued each one to a different colored construction paper and had it laminated. Then the students rotate their names using clothespins. I hope you enjoy!!

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