Monday, November 30, 2015

Gingerbread Week: Where do I start?

In December, I love to pick a theme a week. I am NOT a theme kind of girl. But I try my best to do a theme a week in December because it's SO much fun!!

This year I am signed up for an exchange of adorable gingerbread men and I can't wait to have my students make them! We are going to be making gingerbread, reading about gingerbread, and even having a chase around the school this week! I'm starting off with sharing just today's activities:

It all started with the tree... doesn't it always? The kids L-O-V-E-D having their own tree in our room! I can't wait to see how excited they get with all the plans I have for these trees!!!

I decided to go with a GIANT anchor chart for gingerbread week. Each day we read a different story and then use this to compare/contrast the books all week long. It's a great visual for the students!

We used Jennifer Kadar's template to make gingerbread ornaments for our exchange partners. I can't wait to get them in the mail!

I totally hit up Hobby Lobby and Michael's last week for some great holiday accents for our projects. My students were very excited about picking out their gingerbread decorations.

We also used them (and green triangles) to create our tree puzzle for our classroom door.

Now in reality.. we all know that classrooms are not perfect... which is why my math tubs are totally still Thanksgiving themed..... and that's a-ok. :D

All of these are from the amazing Deanna Jump!! Love her things!! These activities are PERFECT for this time of year: easy prep, engaging, meaningful, and cover the standards. 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Resource Round Up (7 New Freebies!)

We can do this... 15 days... we can do this!! To make it a little bit easier, here are some great freebies that I have found for this month:

My printer is getting a work out and my students are going to love every last item from this list!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Favorite Anchors (right now...)

Yesterday I looked around my room and though, "Man, I love these anchor charts I have going on!" Sometimes my anchor charts could be actual charts and sometimes they might be mentor papers or 'charts' from activities that we did and have been left up.

The first was our first word family 'chart' from an activity earlier this week. We had magnetic letters that we used to fill in the blank next to at. We talked about if it was an -at word, not a word, or a word that wasn't an -at word (i.e. oat).

This is the most useful chart in our room! Once we really mastered sounding out, writing, and using the word wall for sight words, we needed to have a chart of ideas. Each day we focused on a different topic and generated a list. My students honestly use this chart daily in their writing.

This week in reading lessons has been all about retelling. We started the week off with just B/M/E. This was our chart for 'The Three Little Pigs' (in pink) and 'Owl Moon' (in purple).

Our bat finally got filled in last week with our learning from books. Plus we added ears to the bat so he looked more like a bat. The kids love looking at him and talking about our learning :)

Retelling! I found this image and printed it poster size. On the opposite side is the Non-Fiction retelling hand. The kids love that I have this suspended from the light right over my head.

Modeled writing is the best! Our topic of the week is lost items. Lots of Corduroy books being read this week. I modeled to the class and then we went back and underlined ALL the sight words that could come from our wall. Light bulbs went off all over the classroom after this modeled piece! 3 sentence writing was everywhere in my room this week!

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