Monday, November 9, 2015

Taste the Rainbow of Adjectives

      Today we used skittles to learn about adjectives. We reviewed what nouns are and gave examples. Then we reviewed what adjectives are. Next we made connections to the characteristics we used to describe Crankenstein and the Peasants in Stone Soup. BrainPop Jr. has a great video on adjectives that the students really enjoyed. We discussed adjectives used in the video. Then I handed out one skittle to each student. I showed them how to hold it with their palm open so they could observe it and so it wouldn't get sticky. We observed our skittle with each of our five senses. Then students discussed with their partner adjectives that describe their skittle. Finally we shared out and added adjectives to our anchor chart. The students really loved the lesson and had a concrete understanding of adjectives.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Stone Soup-Peek at my Week

     This week we are reading Stone Soup. This book is one of my favorites! I remember reading it in second grade, everyone bringing an ingredient to make stone soup. We also acted out Stone Soup for the monthly PTA meeting. Those are so sweet memories. I can't wait to dig deep this week with Stone Soup in my classroom.

     You can download the pdf here.


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Saturday, October 31, 2015

November Literacy Stations & Self-Control

      I finished my November Literacy Stations earlier today. There are five activities and are TEKS aligned. The activities include:

*Thankful Synonyms-match synonym pairs
*Gobble Gobble Verbs-sort verbs as strong or weak
*Thanksgiving Common & Proper Nouns-sort nouns as common or proper
*Turkey Trot Spelling-spin a spelling pattern and record words
*Terrific Thanksgiving Sentences-locate hidden words in a picture and create terrific sentences

     Each activity includes an answer key and recording sheet.

     I also uploaded my Character Traits: Self-Control unit. It includes eight activities to teach self-control along with a poster, quotes, discussion questions, and awards in color and black & white.
The activities are:

*Introduce using poster
*Create a self-control example anchor chart
*Self-control scenario sort
No, David! response
*Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day response
*Self-Control List Poem
*Self-Control Writing or Predictable chart
*Three Ways I Can Show Self-Control

     In honor of Halloween, my entire store is on sale for 20% through Monday evening.

Happy Halloween!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Spiders-Peek at my Week

     We will be using Spiders by Gail Gibbons and lessons from Amy and Katie's Rooted in Reading October unit. My students were so excited about Stellaluna last week, and I have a feeling they are going to love learning about spiders this week!

     Download the pdf here.


    Head over to DeeDee's to link up and view other lesson plans.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Enemy Pie and Kindness

     I always love when we read Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. It's a story about a boy who has a new boy move in down the street from him and how they go from being best enemies to best friends. Our character focus last month was kindness, and this story has some perfection examples of how kindness can change everything.

     After reading Enemy Pie, we discuss examples of kindness and unkindness in the story. Then students wrote about the ways the boys showed kindness to each other in the story. We also did a directed-art drawing of the main character. We glued our writing and our illustrations to a sheet of construction before hanging them in the hallway. The students did such a great job-I'm so proud of how they turned out!

     This activity is from my Character Traits: Kindness unit.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Peek at my Week 10-13-15

This week I'm excited to use the Stellaluna lessons from Amy and Katie's Rooted in Reading October unit! We also have midterms on Tuesday and Thursday.

Download the pdf here.


Head over to DeeDee's to link up and see other plans.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Peek at my Week and October Literacy Stations

     This week we are reviewing content and skills for our midterms next week. We will also be reading some of my favorite fall stories.

     You can download the pdf here.

     I just added October Literacy Stations to my store. There are five activities that cover different skills. I will use these activities as part of a mini lesson this week in whole group before adding them to literacy stations. The activities include:

Pumpkin Sentences-types of sentences (statements, questions, commands, exclamations)

Halloween Photo Subjects & Predicates-match sentences with pictures, circle the subject and underline the predicate

Monster Sentence Mash Up-combining subjects and predicates

Apple Singular and Plural Nouns-sort nouns as singular or plural

Monster Nouns-sort nouns as people, places, or things

You purchase it here. It is on sale for $3 until tomorrow night.

Head over to DeeDee's to see more visual plans and link up.


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