Monday, January 19, 2015

Penguin Freebie

This freebie includes three activities/lessons:
- Blubber Experiment: Using shortening, such as Crisco, the students will get to experience what it feels like to have blubber in icy cold water. They will compare their "blubber hand" to their "non-blubber hand." This includes pictures and a response sheet.

- A fiction emergent reader that reviews color word identification. 

- A nonfiction "flippy" minibook - perfect to use to help your students learn some facts about these adorable, flightless birds. No cutting and stapling required. Just fold it "hotdog way" then "hamburger way" (long way, then short way)

Click on the picture below for the Penguin Freebie!!

If you are interested in the full, 45-page penguin unit, click on the picture below.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

25 Ridiculously Wonderful Books To Read WIth Kids in 2015

After finishing a "Clueless" Quiz on Buzzfeed, (haha… don't you just love their quizzes??) I came across "25 Ridiculously Wonderful Books To Read with Kids in 2015."

These look super cute!!  I can't wait to get them!  Many of them seem to have really nice messages, like Please, Mr. Panda.  Others just seem so sweet, like Oliver and Patch , A New Small Person & This is Sadie.

I'm really want to get, Zombie in Love 2+1.   Even the kids are catching the Zombie Craze… I rarely see "hot lava monster" on the playground anymore…. It's always some zombie game!  They will love this!

Has anyone heard or read any of these books?  What books do you plan to purchase in 2015?


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Penguin Unit… So much fun!

We started our Penguin Unit this week!  I LOVE this unit and the kids do too!  This unit usually takes about 2 weeks for us.  For some fiction fun, we have been reading a different Tacky book a day.  The kids love this kind-hearted, odd bird!  We got to work on adjectives and supporting details during this mini-unit.  We also read some nonfiction books about penguins so we can add "new learning" to our penguin anchor chart.

The blubber experiment is always a hit!

I found some really great penguin videos on national geographic kids and youtube….

I learned to always preview!! We watched a national geographic kids video and a cute little, itty bitty penguin got bit by a seal!  I thought it was the video from last year, which didn't have a bitting leopard seal… The kids were so upset!  I know it's nature, but the kids were devastated! I quickly ended that one.  I thought one of the kids were going to cry!  So to cheer them up we put on this fun dance for a quick brain break.

Next week we will be focusing more on the nonfiction side of this unit from my Penguin Unit.  
I have my Penguin Unit posted and updated on TPT.   Go on over and check it out!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Penguin Unit - Need a few extra set of eyes before posting!!!

I just finished my Literacy, Math, and Science Penguin Unit.  I would love a few set of eyes to look it over and make any suggestions… The final draft will be yours to keep.

The first 3 to comment will receive it tonight.  Please leave your email!

Thank you!


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!

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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...