Monday, November 17, 2014

Nonfiction in December & A Bundle

I have one more thing checked off my pre-baby list!  My Nonfiction in December unit is finished.

This packet includes Christmas Around the World (France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Australia), Winter Holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, & Chinese New Year), Reindeer, and Snow.
This 144 page packet will give your students plenty of nonfiction practice in December.

If you plan on purchasing all of these units as I create them, you may be interested in purchasing my growing bundle.

As of right now, this packet includes my October, November, and December packets.  As I create and add January, February, March, April, May, June, August, and September, I will be adding them.  Then, you will be able to redownload this bundle for no additional cost.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

December Games Galore

It's not even the middle of November and I have my December Games Galore packet done.  I can't believe that I'm actually ahead for once ;)  Maybe it's the fact that now it's so cold that it feels like December or that I'm nesting, but TpT style. 

This packet, just like all of my Games Galore packets, includes 10 NO PREP Math and Literacy Games.  I copy mine and keep them on my desk.  They are perfect for those few extra minutes before lunch or at the end of the day.  They also work well for independent work stations.

If you have already purchased the entire bundle, go and redownload it because I have added the December packet.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nonfiction in November

I am STILL in complete shock that it's November!!  October seriously flew by so fast.  Plus....November is BABY month.  Now it's just a waiting game.
So between getting things organized and ready for a newborn and getting maternity leave plans ready for school, I'm trying to keep up on blogging and TpT stuff as well.
Even though it's already 4 days into November, I did finally get my Nonfiction in November packet finished and posted!

These packets are a great way to integrate science and social studies into your reading curriculum.  The themes for this month include: Patriotic Symbols (The Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, Bald Eagles, The White House, & the American Flag), Veterans Day, Turkeys, Thanksgiving, and the Mayflower Voyage.

You will find reading passages with "real" pictures, anchor chart labels, comprehension checks that work well for close reading and finding text evidence, vocabulary, graphic organizers, and writing pages.
You can head on over to my TpT store to check it out.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fluency Fun for Everyone

One of the best things about teaching 1st grade is experiencing those little 6 and 7 year olds becoming fluent readers.  It is just amazing how they go from stretching out one sound at a time to reading sentences and stories. 
I used to think fluency practice was only for "readers," but now I know that fluency work starts right from the beginning.  Children need to be fluent in knowing their letters and letter sounds as well.
Since I have a huge variety of levels in my classroom, I wanted to create a packet that would allow me to differentiate my fluency instruction and practice.
I created Fluency Fun for Everyone, which includes fluency practice for learning the names of letters, letter sounds, sight words, simple sentences and fluency phrases.

I also included a Comprehension Check for my students that are ready to practice fluency with longer passages.  I have found that many times, students become very fluent readers and then they forget what they are reading about.  This gets them to think about they're reading.

You can find this packet by clicking on the picture below.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We are Pumpkin Detectives

Today my students became Pumpkin Detectives.  I enlisted some parent volunteers to help with our pumpkin rotations. 
I split the students into 4 groups. Two of the groups became Pumpkin Detectives.

 We weighed our pumpkins, measured the circumference, measured how tall our pumpkins were with cubes, and predicted the number of seeds.  

We kept track of our information and the students wrote down their findings on their own recording sheets.

The students came up with words to describe the outside of their pumpkins.  Then, it was time to cut the pumpkins open.  The students felt the insides and came up with adjectives to describe the inside of the pumpkin.
Finally, we began counting the seeds.
*I HIGHLY recommend laying down cheap plastic table cloths over your desks or tables and do everything right on top.  Clean up was SUPER easy!  We just rolled it all up and threw it away.
I found that the best way to do this was to scoop some out for each student and have them start putting the seeds into groups of 10.  The group I was working with had 663 seeds!!!

The other two groups rotated between making a Pumpkin Book and completing a pumpkin craft.  Then, we switched and the other two groups were able to become Pumpkin Detectives.

The students had a lot of fun and even though it still smells like pumpkins in my classroom, it was well worth it.
You can download the Pumpkin Detective recording sheet for FREE by clicking on the picture below.

Hopefully, I get a chance tomorrow evening to blog about my new Fluency Fun for Everyone packet.  I am LOVING this differentiated fluency packet and have been using it in small groups!  You can click on the picture below to head on over to my TpT store to check it out.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick and Treat Hop

Fall is upon us and that means it's time for some Teaching Tricks & Treating!

That's right - I have teamed up with my Freebielicious friends again to share some 
teaching tricks and special free treats for you!  
This is a trick that I have shared before, but it's been a couple of years so I thought I would share it again.  I photocopy the front cover of all of our textbooks and keep the copies together with a magnetic clip on my whiteboard.
When I want the students to get out a particular textbook, I pull that page to the front and write the page number under the picture.  It's the perfect visual for students to make sure they have the correct book as well as page number.  It also works well for students that come into the classroom from speech or Reading Recovery and need to know what we are working on.
Now for a treat!  This Pumpkin Freebie is perfect for describing real pumpkins or pumpkins that you have created from construction paper.
Just click on the picture above to head on over to my TpT store to download this freebie.
Hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their Trick & Treat is!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

November Games Galore

Isn't it crazy that we are over halfway through October?  It has gone by so fast and November is baby due date month!  Oh my goodness!  We still have SO much to do!
Anyways, I did get a chance to finish my November Games Galore NO PREP Math & Literacy Games packet.
This packet contains 5 Math and 5 Literacy Games intended for partner play as well as 2 whole group games (November Bingo &  Football Next Number Scoot).
All of the games come in a black and white version, but some also come in full color if you would prefer to print them off and laminate them for future use.

You can check these out by clicking HERE!
Don't forget that if you have already purchased the Games Galore Bundle, you can go and redownload it to get the November packet for no additional charge.
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