Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: Turkey Trouble


Have you read this adorable book to your kiddos?!?  If not, it's the perfect addition to any theme you have going on this time of year!

The poor fellow tries to disguise himself so the farmer won't cook him for their Thanksgiving dinner.  He does such a good job, they end up having pizza for Thanksgiving instead of Turkey.

As a fun family project, we disguise Turkeys to prevent them from getting caught on Thanksgiving day!




We used a different template, but click here if you would like to snag one for FREE.
 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Transportation!

Usually, I always do Transportation the first week of November.  It's the perfect topic to break up Halloween and Thanksgiving.  It also keeps the boys engaged (which can sometimes be very hard to do). 

I always start with this book to introduce the unit.
We discuss all the different forms of transportation that pass by as they are waiting for the bus.


We do sentence building on the Promethean Board (this was super easy to make).


And, we do sentence building in a pocket chart and on paper.  I recently updated my Transportation unit and added a few things.  The car sentence building was updated to give you a different option.


There are 5 thematic math journal prompts.



We also discuss Transportation during Social Studies.  I like to read some non-fiction books and use this to sort what we just learned.


We LOVED to read the room!  Something about carrying around a clipboard made them feel important.


I also have 2 different thematic word walls in the unit.  I like to make a cute one (if time permits) to hang up and then one that can float around during our literacy center time.



Some of the other newly added items are the Boating Beginning Sounds center and the "What can go?" sight word reader.



When I give them a sight word reader during small group, we always highlight the sight word we are working on. 


 If you like these activities you can check them out by clicking the picture below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 10, 2014

In Memory...


This past week was a very difficult one... We had to say goodbye to my husband's grandma and Sara Jo's Gigi.

She was a very self-less, kind, heart warming woman.  She put others before herself many times.  Although I only knew her for about 8 years, I was incredibly blessed to have her as a grandma-in-law.

Unfortunately, the cause was that ugly word we all hate: cancer.
She fought hard for 8 and 1/2 years, but she was finally able to leave the pain of this world and meet our savior.

She will forever be in our hearts.
We love Grandma!


Enjoy your wings!

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Currently!

I'm linking up with Farley for the November Currently!


Listening:
Thank goodness for nap time and the silence it brings. :)

Loving:
Fall Weather!!  Although, Halloween threw me for a loop.. I was ready for Fall-like weather-- not winter!

Thinking:
I constantly feel like I have 100 million things I should be doing at all times.  It's really hard for me to shut down my brain.  I was determined to get a blog post in today (the dirty house can wait).

Wanting:
Sara has developed a yucky cold or something.  We fly to CT tomorrow and I am not excited about her being stuffy during the flight... Please say a prayer for us!

Needing:
To pack!  We leave tomorrow.. so I should probably get on that.
Unfortunately, it's not for a good, exciting, fun trip.. My hubby's grandmother has terminal cancer and we are going up to see her one last time.  Prayers all around would be nice!!!

Reading:
A ladies Bible study I attend is reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  I have really enjoyed it so far!  Definitely worth the read.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Working with Teachers

This week I had the privileged to go into a few different teacher's classrooms and do a sample lesson with the Promethean Board.

I have not been trained by the company, but had a board in my own classroom for a little over 3 years.  I definitely DON'T know everything about these boards, but I truly enjoy creating engaging lesson plans and have a love for the school (MTCS)!


One of the lessons I did was for the Kindergarten teachers.  I had two classes in the room at once, so I had to keep the lesson short and sweet.

They had been working on Pumpkins and numbers. So, I focused my lesson on comparing numbers.  If you have a Promethean Board and would like to have this flipchart, click the picture below.  Pretty please leave positive feedback if you download it.


I also created a simple assessment so I could check for understanding, but also have a few minutes to talk to each teacher about some of the things I did in my flipchart, as well as answer any questions.



Click the picture below to grab this freebie!


I saw so many awesome things hanging on the walls at MTCS, but here are a few I had to snap a pic of!



Is that not the cutest idea for rules ever?!?!?!?


And the K classroom I was teaching in had this genius idea!
Stick sight words in baseball card page protectors and slide them in their take home folder. Love it!!!


I saw some pretty awesome Pumpkin Projects!


I love seeing KWL's for just about anything!!!


And, this book was just adorable to hear.  Make sure to check it out (especially for teaching bible class or at a Christian School).

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween and Weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

All About Bats!

Teaching about Bats is the perfect way to keep the Halloween theme in the classroom without leaving Standards out or offending any students who do not celebrate the holiday.

One of my favorite books to read when doing this unit is Stellaluna.  It has so many lessons to be learned throughout the story.


This is about the time of year we begin introducing the concept of Beginning, Middle, and End of the story.. I use the above graphic organizer to have them write or draw about what happened in the story.


We also use the story in Science to compare bats to birds in our science journals.

During quiet time we watch it on Storyline Online.
Click the picture below to watch!


Of course we have to stick with the theme in our Math Journals.. so there are 5 Batty Prompts in my unit.


We order numbers (this was a picture courtesy of a family using my home school curriculum).


There are 5 total science journal prompts that surround the topic of bats.  When we talk about a new science vocab word, I like to give them the definition and have them illustrate it in their journals.


We can't forget the Vowel Bat song!!!
Click the picture below to watch.


I created a literacy center to go along with the song.
Your students will look at the bat and determine the vowel in the word (middle sound).


We do Batty Beginning Sounds as morning work, and there is also a literacy center for the pocket chart that is similar to this page.


We work on color words and reading fluently all year long.  So, I like to create a mini book to match the theme we are working on.  I use these during my small group time.  We read over them together and independently.  We also highlight color words and sight words.



A counting page: perfect independent math center.


Here are two other fun math center ideas.  
My kiddos love any kind of dice game!!!








Above is a simple cvc activity with the word family -at.

Below is a student made book activity to practice sentence structure, fluency and bat facts.



You can add the book to the adorable bat craft included in the unit, stick them in their book boxes, or send it home.


The bat craft is definitely my favorite!!  Your class can attach it to a piece of construction paper or use them on a bulletin board display.  Either way is super cute!


If you like all these ideas, you can find them in my unit by clicking the picture above.  

Since you stuck around for this crazy long post-- I'll offer this unit to the first 3 people who leave me a comment telling us something you do in your classroom that is halloweenish this time of year.

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