Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back to School Book Companion...Dad's First Day!

At the beginning of every school year we often share how the kiddos feel on the first day of school but this story has a twist.
How did your parents feel on YOUR first day of school?
I always love listening to the student's responses and having them share why they think this is true.
Some are thrilled...Others are sad...
In this story Oliver's Dad is sad because they had a terrific summer together.

There are colorful vocabulary cards for posting.
Writing about how our parents might have felt.
Sharing how they felt and what they did on the first day.

One of my favorites is having the share and compare with Oliver what they did over summer vacation.

Then there are several comprehension activities...sequencing, sorting, story elements, and more.

Word work includes a word search, word match, ABC order and developing meaning...nervous.

The packet ends with some math games.
Use one, two, or three dice to add difficulty.

Back to School...Book Companion...Daddy's Back to School Shopping Adventure!

Every student young and old love shopping for NEW school supplies just like the family in this story.
Sometimes our WANTS go beyond our NEEDS and there are adorable examples of that in the story.
This is a new look at a new piece of literature for the beginning of the school year.

Following the story there are activities to promote building comprehension strategies.
Compare/Contrast, Sequence, Story Elements, and Sensory Recall
Use one, use them all, or provide students with a choice.

And we can't forget vocabulary as it is key to building understanding and reading fluency.
There are vocabulary cards for posting with pictures, a word search, ABC order, Word match and for the whole group growing our vocabulary with the word "nostalgia".
Students can make their own supply list and there is a sort for a school supply and an item that should be left at home.

Then at math time what could be more fun than buying supplies and finding the price.
Students can do this with partners in case some may need support with adding money at the beginning of the year.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Marvelous May Activities!

Yes the month of May is just about here!
You know, that month when school is almost out but NOPE not really.
The kiddos are "checking out" and you still have curriculum to teach.
Well let's take a look at some packets that just might help you..MAKE MAY MEANINGFUL!

Let's start with Cinco de Mayo on May 5th.
What a perfect time to compare and contrast another country with ours and learn about an event celebrated here and there.

Soon after comes Mother's Day.
An ideal time to celebrate our family.
This packet is filled with reading, writing, word work, and even some math.
There is a craft and even a gift for mom.

The end of the month brings Memorial Day!
For many the start of summer but this day means so much more.
Help your class understand the reason for the holiday.

Need an extra about these word searches with May themed word finds.

And I love these little mini books...print, fold, read...even color.
Read as a as a group.

I love the poems for May dedicated to Mom's Day, Fireflies, Baseball and Summer.
Read, write, and sequence.

These are ideal for assessing comprehension skills.
They come with lesson plans, I can cards, activities, and literature suggestions.
May covers...Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Fancy Nancy's Marvelous Mother's Day Brunch, From Tadpole to Frog.

Take the comprehension a step up and add writing to it with the May "Let's Write" packet filled with differentiated writing activities to build writing strategies using the same 4 stories.

And oh my!
Using Rainbow Fish and The Hungry Caterpillar your class will practice writing strategies and the final products will be perfect for decorating a bulletin board or locker.

And what fun you will have with this book companion from the Old Lady Series.
An I can't think a better way to start your morning or afternoon than using this interactive May calendar journal.
It ends with a journal page for each day and a math review.

May instruction can be meaningful!

Avoiding Summer "Brain Drain"!

Keeping kiddos engaged academically in the summer is a difficult task.
After working so hard during the school year to make progress it seems summer comes, academics are forgotten and by the time the new school year begins a great deal of time is needed to review past strategies and skills in order to move forward!
As a gift to my students and parents I presented them with a booklet on "AVOIDING SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN"!
There is a neutral cover for you in the packet. Pick some of your favorite pages and send this home with your class.

Each section has an explanation for parents as well as activities.
In many of the section a record sheet is included for students to record what they complete.

I absolutely love the reading section and the coupons perfect for parents to reward accomplishments.

The writing has a "BINGO" board for suggestions and stickers to put on the square as the project is completed.  There is a journal included in the packet with differentiated writing pages and graphic organizers to support students.

The math section is filled with games parents and their child can play.
Use one, two, or three dice to increase difficulty.

Pick and choose what you like best.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

End of the Year...June Writing with Craft...We Made A Splash This Year!

Preparing your classroom for the end of the year can be so much fun with these two themes...
We Made A Splash This Year
Our Summer Looks Bright
Make the craft and then use one or both with your class to enhance their writing.

Don't you just love these cuties.
Perfect for a bulletin board or hanging to decorate the room.

Each theme has 3 pre write activities for gather ideas.

They are followed by a class book or pages for posting.
The writing pages are differentiated.

Then as a little "looking ahead" students will write about what they are looking forward to next year!!
It has the same "swim theme" so fits perfectly with the crafts.

Teaching Comprehension Strategies with Favorite June Literature

Digging for those strategies to develop a deeper understanding of the text we read is so important.  This packet provides activities for just that using favorite June literature pieces.
Each of the four stories include...
I can strategy cards for posting
Lesson plans
3 comprehension building activities

Last day Blues looks at main idea, cause and effect, sequencing.

No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks covers summarizing, making predictions, and inferencing.

The Night Before Summer Vacation details compare and contrast (self to text), sensory conclusions, writing a definition using text (anticipation)

And using literature to gather facts with a House For Hermit Crab.
Students work with K<Q<L, Author's purpose and Hermit Crab...wanted, discovered, found.
The packet ends with an open ended "making connections" page that can be used with any piece of literature.