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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Increase your Holiday Book Order

This year for my class Christmas Party we are having a book exchange as 
I have done for many years but with an added twist.  

Click on the letter below to get an editable google doc.

So if you have 20 students that is $100 in orders.  You then receive an extra 200 Bonus Points, $10 to spend right now and 5 free books!  Plus, place your order by Dec. 11 with the code 50443 and earn an additional 100 bonus points. What a great gift for everyone.

I work in a low income area so for those that can't afford I will use existing bonus points to buy them a book!  I only had a few.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Word Order Cut and Paste Freebie

I made up these simple cut and paste sheets to use in my guided reading groups and literacy centers. We did one in small group and then the next week it was in their center.  

They are leveled A=Approaching, O=On Level, B =Beyond in the top left corner so you know which group to use them with.  These levels were based on my first grade class but you can adjust them to fit your needs of your students.

You can use the lines for the students to rewrite the sentences and work on the handwriting at the same time or you can increase the difficulty by having them write a continuation to the "story"!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Vocab Center - Multiple Meanings

This week the students had fun looking up a word in the dictionary and looking for multiple meanings of the word.  I loved when they told me their word wasn't in any dictionary they looked in!!

Using a 9x12 piece of construction paper fold it in half short of an inch from the bottom.  This leaves space for the vocab word. 

Then cut a slit to the fold so the student will have 2 flaps.

The student writes two different definitions for the word after they look it up in the dictionary.  On the top of the flap they write the part of speech (noun, verb, etc.)

Students illustrate the two meanings on the front of the flap book.

I pre-made all the flap books and programmed them with words of my choice so I knew they had multiple meanings.  The words varied in difficulty.

Such an easy center to put together and the kids loved it!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Character Day

Character Day was a great completion to the end of a character unit.

All week we explored character traits of Raffy from the book Moon Sandwich Mom.  I forgot to take pictures of my other anchor charts.  We brainstorm characteristic traits that were on the outside and personality traits that were in the inside, such as loving, disobedient, and kind.

Students had an assignment to read a book of their choice at home and make a list of character traits associated with their character from the book.  On Wednesday, they dressed up as they character.  Some forgot to come dressed up but they still participated in the activities.

They colored these adorable characters and added what the character thinks, says, likes, does, and going to do.  I was impressed with how indepth they were with their thinking.  They not only colored the character but the surrounding with items that involved the character.

Have you done a character day?  What did you do?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pumpkin Science Continued Day 12

Day 12:
Pumpkin Jack - outside
There is definitely more mold today! 

Jack's mouth had red mold.  I've never seen that before.  This mold was describe in the
 Rotten Pumpkin book we read. 

Pumpkin Penny has lost her teeth!

Time for Pumpkin Penny to go into a bag.  We do not want all of the mold spores all over the room.  I have one student allergic to mold.  She spent the weekend in a bag and it's beyond gross.

 We cut 2 pumpkins in half and left all the pulp and seeds inside.  These are not molding very quickly.  They are drying out.  The students thought it was very interesting.

We brought in a vine that contained flowers, green  pumpkins and over-ripe pumpkins.  They got to explore and it was fun to watch them.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pumpkin Science Continued Day 5 and 8

Day 5:  Both of our pumpkins are starting to show signs of a little mold.  Pumpkin Penny who is inside has a bit more than Pumpkin Jack who is outside!



Day 8:  Wow after the weekend the mold in Pumpkin Penny really started to grow!  Yuck!

We didn't see much change in Pumpkin Jack!  They are starting to draw conclusions as to why that is but it not a complete discovery yet!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pumpkin Science

What an exciting project!  We are testing our hypothesis of which pumpkin will decompose first.  A pumpkin that is inside or outside.  We started by reading the story Pumpkin Jack by Will Rubbell and Rotten Pumpkin by David Schwartz.


Meet Pumpkin Jack!
Jack is living outside!!

Meet Pumpkin Penny!
Penny is living inside on our window sill.

After 5 days both pumpkins were showing small spots of mold.
Stay tuned for an update!

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