Friday, February 22, 2013

Wild Weather Research Reports!

I've created another mini research project to do with my class.  This one covers storms and wild weather!

  I will be using Scholastic's Science Vocabulary Readers (Wild Weather Pack by Alyse Sweeney), but it can be used with other books or internet sources as well!

This project is aligned to both first and second grade Common Core Standards.  Click HERE to check it out at my TpT store!  :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Some Freebies, Ideas, and Classroom Happenings

Hello, bloggers!  I'm afraid to even look at the date of my last post....I absolutely love to, but have not been able to find any time to blog, let alone look at the posts of anyone else!  Anyone else feel like it SOMEHOW gets busier and busier (with work) every year?  Well, our corporation has a 4-day weekend, so I thought I'd take some time to kick back, relax, and share some things!  Keep reading to see some of my favorites from the last...month...or so....  :)

We did our "How to Blow a Bubble Writing".  Check out the hair on this one! Love it!!
(Original idea and printables from The Teacher Wife)

We celebrated the 101st Day of School...dalmatian style!
(Click HERE for my earlier post about this fun day!)
My classroom aide, Angie, and I - I'm the one in the dots (bad pic...ew).
I wish I could share some of the kids instead!  They are MUCH cuter!

We learned about pronouns and used the FABULOUS idea from Lindsay at Teacher Bits and Bobs and made "Pronouns Pockets"!

Click the picture below to download the template I created for this! {freebie}

We read Jane Yolen's book, Owl Moon to reinforce visualization and descriptive writing.  (This book is perfect for practicing this skill!)  Then, I had the students use a white piece of chalk to illustrate their mental images on a blue piece of construction paper.  They were in love with the chalk!

I created some "less-blah" posters that you can download for free if you'd like to do this activity!  Click the images to download!

For Valentine's Day, we made these adorable treat bags!!  The idea and design is from Jennifer at Darling Little Learners.  Head over to her blog to download the templates!

I've been making a few activities that correlate with stories that I've been placing in the listening center for my students.  I've uploaded the Cats vs. Dogs activity and Martin Luther King, Jr. activities I created.  You can grab them for free at my TpT store!  Click the images to check them out!

Cats vs. Dogs (nonfiction) - A predicting activity to complete with Elizabeth Carney's book

A Man With a Dream - A timeline/text-to-self activity to complete with Alyse Sweeney's biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

And last, but not least, I had a Kindergarten teacher request a more simplified version of my Writing Goals Chart for lower grades!  If you are interested in this version, you can check it out HERE at my TpT store!