Saturday, March 9, 2013

Chevron Behavior Chart

My behavior chart has seen better days!  The construction paper I used has started to fade and the students' clips have done a number on the edges.  I've decided to go with magnets {Click HERE for an awesome tutorial!} instead of clips for next year and am hoping that will help it last A LOT longer!  Here is the new chart I made -
I still really like the idea of using the sticker gemstones for each time a student makes it to the top of the chart, so I created a Outstanding Behavior Hall of Fame poster and stars.  The students will earn a star once they make it to pink and will place it under the Hall of Fame poster.  They will be able to add a gemstone to their stars each time they get on pink!  Click on any of the images to check this out in my TpT store.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Leprechaun's Gold {Freebie!} and Centimeter Shamrocks

The Leprechaun's Gold is one of the Saint Patrick's themed stories I will be reading to my class next week!  It is a good one to use when trying to work in some "Common Core" skills and comprehension strategies.  I created a short activity sheet for my students to complete after reading the story.  Click on the images to download it for free! 

I've also uploaded a new product to my TpT store for students to practice measuring (in centimeters).  It can be used as a center or scavenger hunt.  Click on any image below to check it out!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shamrock Story Map

Once the week starts, I know I won't have time to post the story map I created!  (Sorry for so many posts at once!)  This shamrock-themed story map can be used during the month of March for a quick comprehension check and for organizing story elements.  Click on the images below to download this at my TpT shop!
Enjoy all of your fun Saint Patrick's day activities with your class this month!  :)

{Crockpot Cocoa} Procedural Writing and Yummy Recipe!

If you are in search of a way to give your students a sugar buzz, I've found the perfect recipe!  :)  Okay, the sugar buzz may not be so great, but it's well worth it!  I found a recipe for Crockpot Cocoa on Pinterest last year and had been eager to try it out.  Last week, I made some for my class and they LOVED it!  It is very rich, so just be ready! Even the aide working in my classroom said, "This is like drinking cake!"  :)  The recipe is from the blog Mrs. Happy Homemaker.  I tied this tasty treat in with procedural writing.  (There are many great resources for Cocoa How-To Writing on TpT.)  The students first met in groups and brainstormed the steps they used for making hot chocolate at home.  Then, they planned out their writing and wrote a final draft of their paragraphs.  We followed up our writing with an adorable hot chocolate craft from Teri at A Cupcake For the Teacher.  She has an entire packet full of writing paper, graphic organizers, and planning options for this activity.  Be sure to check it out!  We ended the week by trying out the crockpot cocoa recipe.  I doubled the recipe (it was brimming, but it did fit in a 5 quart crockpot) and decided to make it the night before.  It turned out perfect!  I typed up the recipe into a handout that could be given to students (an co-workers).  :)  I adapted my steps to fit Christina Bainbridge's Procedural Paragraph Frame.  (This is the planner I always use for How-To Writing.)  Click the image below to download the recipe handout I created for my class {freebie}!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wacky Weather Stories - Oobleck!

In celebration of Dr. Seuss, we will be reading one of my favorites this week - Bartholomew and the Oobleck!  (This could also be used with Judi Barrett's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.)  I've put together a creative writing activity for my students to complete after we read the story.   They will brainstorm another type of precipitation that could fall from the sky and will tell about the problems this could cause. This seems like a popular writing idea, but I had a hard time finding anything that was already made to use!  So, hopefully someone else can find the packet I made useful!  You can click any of the images below to download it in my TpT store!

We will also be using the Oobleck Experiment sheet from Chanty at The Teaching Bug to make oobleck and investigate its properties!