Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dr. Seuss Is About to Be on the Loose + Upcoming SALE

Happy End of February Friends!,

I don't know where this school year is going, but it is flying by faster than any other school year, IMO! Before you know it spring will be here (I'm sure my northern friends are wishing for this on a daily basis!)
So next week marks one of my favorite themes to teach this school year: Read Across America/ Dr. Seuss!! I am so excited to receive this shirt that I ordered from Claire Lynn Designs in the mail:
Grade Rocks! (Dr. Seuss)

ADORBS!!! Isn't it?!?
Next week we are doing a culmination of non-fiction study and snacks to celebrate our friend, Theodor Seuss Geisel. I have my favorites ready and so much more:

I don't know if you saw, but sweet Michelle over at Apples and ABC's found these Dr. Seuss videos for $7 at Target!!! Say what?!?! You better believe I ran there as fast as I could.
We will be starting off our week next week with my brand new non-fiction unit: Let's Talk About Theodor Seuss Geisel.

 I don't know about you, but my students just LOVE nonfiction studies. It opens up a whole new world of interest for them! To prep, I have printed out these vocabulary cards and colorful posters. As with any unit, I always like to address the vocabulary first and foremost. I cut out the vocabulary card and place them in our vocabulary corner on our whiteboard.
 

For the younger grades, I like to keep information simple. Therefore, I created these colorful posters with each aspect of Dr. Seuss's life that we will review throughout the week and use to complete our Theodor Seuss Geisel Fact Keepers! I leave these up on the board throughout our study. My students love these fact keepers with all of our nonfiction units, because it's a keepsake that they can take home and look back on whenever they want.
 
 
  

 Incorporating writing is a huge importance to me in the classroom. We use thinking maps several times a week. Once we learn the information on the posters, we will be filling out these graphic organizers and putting our thoughts together into writing.
 Perhaps my MOST favorite part of this unit is the Theodor Seuss Geisel book study flip book that I created. We are going to pick 4 Dr. Seuss books and we will discuss our favorite part, characters/setting, problem/solution, predictions, and summarizing. Of course for the book study, I will be choosing from books of substance, not just the rhyming books of "Go Dog Go", so it aligns with the activities of the flip book.
 
 
Due to popular request, I am selling this in it's entirety as a unit or with the flip book by itself.
For the entire UNIT: click HERE
 
For the flip book only: click HERE
 Of course, no Dr. Seuss unit would be complete without some snacks. Have you seen this amazing website with 25 different Dr. Seuss snacks? We will be borrowing a few ideas for next week...
Dr. Seuss Snack Ideas
Click HERE above to explore!!
 Now for some more exciting news, TPT has announced their Teachers are Heroes sale on Wednesday February 25th!!! There is so much to grab!! Click on the button to check out my store!!
 
 

I hope this gave you some ideas!! Happy Seuss Week!! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Let's Talk About Turkeys Nonfiction Study + Freebie!

Gobble Gobble!!
 
Thanksgiving is coming near! I don't know about you, but I am in desperate need of a few extra days of R & R, turkey, and some retail therapy!
Until then, we are waddling into our nonfiction study on TURKEYS!!!
Not only are the holidays fun for the obvious reasons, but I just love to bring nonfiction studies into this time of year. My students are so excited and engaged to learn about nonfiction topics, such as pumpkins and turkeys.
In our Let's Talk About  Turkeys nonfiction unit, we begin by discussing important vocabulary that pertains to turkeys, as well as study nonfiction books and pictures about turkeys.

 We use our close reading posters to learn about each aspect of turkeys, including general information, habitat, offspring, features, the history of how turkeys evolve, differences and similarities between turkeys and chickens, and some fun trivia facts about turkeys (such as...did you know that turkeys have heart attacks?- My students get a kick out of that one!).
 
Throughout our studies, we use several graphic organizers to display our learning, such as circle, tree, bubble, and double bubble thinking maps. Then we take those organizers and transform our thoughts into writing.

 

 
The best part about this is the fact keeper booklet that they create as a keepsake to take home after this unit is complete. In their Fact Keeper is a vocabulary section, label a turkey, and several pages that they have to complete the sentences with the correct vocabulary for each topic learned about turkeys.
To change things up a little, we also create a turkeys fact craftivity booklet with turkey facts that we have learned! :) Who doesn't like craftivities right?!? We proudly display these on our writing bulletin board in the hallway.
 
 
Here is a bubble map freebie that goes along perfectly for any nonfiction turkey study!
 
All of this is included in my Let's Talk About Turkeys nonfiction pack. Click on the picture below to learn more! Happy learning!
 


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holidays Around the Blog!

Happy November 1st friends!,
 
I hope your littles had fun trick or treating last night! I'm still in recovery mode, but it was so heartwarming to see everyone dressed up so cute and excited.
Now the real fun begins...did you know there's only 53 days until Christmas?!?!
Yikes I know, but there's no better time to begin to collect your ideas. Today I'm joining Amy from Learning Lessons With Mrs. Labrasciano for her Holidays Around the Blog linky.
One of the highlights of the holiday season for my students is celebrating Holidays Around the World. I love to expose my students to different cultures and how they celebrate. It's so engaging for them to learn about.
Last year, I thought, "Why not place our Holidays Around the World lessons in a keepsake file?" So the Holidays Around the World Interactive Student Notebook was born!
Throughout the entire month of December, we learn about a different country each day to make it through 15 different countries/customs by Winter Break.
We use several books to supplement our unit. One is a Holidays Around the World book from Reading A-Z.
One of my favorites to read while we are studying Hanukkah is "Latkes and Applesauce"!
Here are a few other recommendations:
 
 
 

We begin by receiving our boarding pass to place in our ISN's:
 
Then we glue our passport in our ISN's so we can glue a stamp on it as we go along learning about each tradition.
Each day, we read about each country's traditions and glue it on the left side of the notebook. My students interact with it by underlining the pertinent information indicated at the bottom of each page.
Then my students create a foldable/craft for the right side of their notebook that relates to the country that we are studying. Here is an example for Italy:
 
Here are some various pictures throughout of our Holidays Around the World Interactive Student Notebook unit:
 If this is something that may interest you, click on the picture above to check it out!


Come and see all of the other wonderful ideas to kick off your Christmas season!
 



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Exploration F-U-N + Freebie!!

Hi there friends!!,
 
Friday officially marks the beginning of the most exciting time of the year. I call it the "triple whammy"- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Not only is it exciting for me, but it is a time for my students to get excited, and I feel like I can get back to the roots of what teaching is about: the enthusiasm and meaningful learning.
Every year, we do a Pumpkin Circuit in my classroom. These are pumpkin exploration centers that integrate multiple subjects for meaningful learning! I usually set up 5 centers that we rotate every 10-15 minutes around. *Side note: This is a good day to ask for volunteers. :)
My students love this day! They are completely engaged and making connections. Their favorite is the pumpkin eruption!

 
We also spend some time reading one of my favorite non fiction pumpkin books, "Pumpkin Pumpkin," by Jeanne Titherington. It is about the pumpkin life cycle and is perfect for the primary age.
 
Following reading the book, we make a pumpkin life cycle craftivity:
 

 
All of this is included in my Pumpkin Circuit Pumpkin Day centers pack:
 
In this center, I have included 10 different pumpkin exploration centers:
*Making pumpkin butter
*Pumpkin Eruption
*Pumpkin Product Taste Testing
*Pumpkin Senses
*Pumpkin Be Gone (testing candy pumpkin in various liquids)
*Pumpkin Exploration Math & Science
*Pumpkin Life Cycle Craftivity
*Making Pumpkin Play Doh
*Pumpkin Oobleck
*Popping Pumpkins
 
 
Click on either picture to take a look!
 
I am also giving one away on my FB page. Come on over & say hi!
 
Here is a freebie as a way to say thanks for following along. This is my Pumpkin Sense page. Students will use their 5 senses to explore a pumpkin. Click on the picture below to download.
 
 
Until the next time friends!!,


Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop!!

Welcome to all of my old friends & new!!
 
I hope you are enjoying our Halloween Bash blog hop so far! I'm the next stop in your hop!!!

Get ready... I have some more goodies for you. :)
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons! Halloween represents the true beginning of fall to me (especially since I live in Florida where the leaves do not change colors). Having a sweet tooth, I L-O-V-E some good candy! Speaking of candy, my favorite Halloween recipe is Candy Corn Bark!!

Click HERE to download the recipe!!
 
Even though I loved Halloween as a kid (although my mom dressed me up in the same witch costume for 5 years in a row... :) ), I enjoy Halloween so much more as an adult. I get to watch my 2 beautiful daughters be excited about it, and we live in the most amazing neighborhood for Halloween!!! There are awesome Halloween decorations all over, haunted houses, and hundreds upon hundreds of kids trick or treat in our neighborhood. It is everything that I hoped my girls would be able to experience! It is truly a blast to partake in!
 
In celebration of our Halloween Bash, I'd like to share my Cut It, Sort It, Glue It Fall Math freebie! It has some addition and number sense activities for your students to review. Click on the picture below to download it!

 

Also don't forget to enter in the prize packs for some amazing fall/Halloween prizes for all grade levels!! It is too good to pass up!!
 
K - 2 Giveaway Pack a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 
2-5 Giveaway Pack a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Secondary Giveaway Pack a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for joining The Teaching 2 Step Halloween Hop. I hope you enjoyed my post, did you know you can follow me on Facebook and Pinterest Hop through more Halloween Bash bloggers below:

 
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