Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Earth Day by Mercer Mayer ~ Freebie!

My week to plan Kindergarten's ELA unit is fast approaching and it is all about Earth Day.  Our anchor text chosen is, It's Earth Day by Mercer Mayer.  This is darling book reminding us that each person is responsible for helping keep our Earth a safe place.

There are so many fabulous activities on teacher blogs.  My favorite is from The First Grade Parade.  I LOVE her art project so much that I made the headers for our Kindergarten teachers to use for this. You can use the freebie below to make her adorable project or one of your own.

Many thanks to Cara Carroll for this inspiration! 

Click {HERE} to download your freebie.

I will be linking this up with Manic Monday freebies and Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday this week.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Anchor Charts and Annotating With Math

Our teachers have tried many new methods for teaching this year.  The one universal method for delivering instruction has been  through anchor charts.  

The additional use of anchor charts has been an opportunity to verbally talk through processes and annotate with students.  The benefit of anchor charts is that the STAY on the wall for reference so specific skills are reviewed again and again.  This is just best practices and our teachers are really getting the hang of these strategies!  Check out the math anchor charts and annotating below.  They cover elementary school through high school!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure ~ Early Literacy

 I have fallen with Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure.  ALL of the Pete the Cat books have a beautiful theme of positive attitude and characterization.  Big Easter Adventure continues this theme with focusing on service to others. 

Book jacket excerpt:
When Pete wakes up on Easter morning, he finds that the Easter Bunny needs his help!  Read along to find out if Pete can help the Easter Bunny before Easter is over!  

I created a unit for this book focusing on Grades K-2 that align with the Common Core State Standards AND is just plain fun.  See slides below.  If you are interested, head on over to Teachers Pay Teachers.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Fossil Fuels Freebie

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Our fourth grade team is learning about fossil fuels and their effects on the environment.  To kick-start this unit of study, they are reading What's So Bad About Gasoline?  Fossil Fuels and What they do by Anne Rockwell.

I found a fabulous idea on Pinterest, and decided to use it as inspiration for an anchor chart along with a cause and effect text structure organizer to keep kids on track.

This is a freebie for you to use in your classroom.  As we have teams of teachers in our buildings, sharing is caring, so you have permission to share with your grade level team at your school.

I am super excited with the results!  Let me how you use this in your classroom.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Freebie Friday ~ Space-Themed Writing Paper

To celebrate my new Solar System flap-book, I have created a freebie writing sheet that you can use with ANY space-themed writing prompt for your classroom.

I am linking up with Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday to share this with you!  Happy Friday!

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This writing paper is the companion to my Solar System Flap Book.  You can find it by clicking the picture below.

Solar System ~ Favorite Books and Interactive Flap Book

Solar System, here we come!

Our third grade team is orbiting the solar system and have incorporated the most fabulous books into their curriculum.  Here are my recommendations.  We have an anchor text that is revisited daily and additional instructional texts to read to students for additional ideas and discussion.

For Studying the Earth, Day and Night~
Our anchor text  for week 1 is Planet Earth.

Moving on to the Moon~
The anchor text for week 2 is If You Decide to Go to the Moon.

Spectacular Solar System Selections~
The anchor text for week 2 is Discover  More:  Planets.

It is time for students to firm up the difference between fact and opinion so this is the main focus for these three weeks.  We use an anchor chart to point out key differences in fact and opinion statements.  In addition, students are making flip-flap books focusing on their opinion of each planet and facts to support their opinions.  This is interactive and open-ended for students to practice these skills!

I have put the anchor chart headers, I can statements and labels for the solar system flap book on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Click the link below to  check it out!

Preview Below:

Happy Teaching!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Government Lapbook Part 2 ~ The Finished Products

Our third grade team did such a wonderful job with the third grade Government unit.  See {LINK} to books that we used and a step by step outline of this project. Here are a few completed pictures~totally amazing!!

Love the mustache...

Were all of our presidents so smiley? 

 Our current President~adorable!

If you are interested in this project, the link to TPT is {here}.
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