Monday, April 23

Farm fun

We finished learning all about the farm. It was a lot of fun and the kids loved it. I used Deanna Jump's Fun on the Farm unit and Julie Lee's faces of the farm activities.

After learning about sheep and pigs we compared the two animals.

We created cow glyphs from Deanna's unit.

We made a T-chart and listed what each animal gives us.

We graphed our favorite farm animal and analyzed the data. This is from my farm unit available on TPT.


We wrote a farm fact book from Mrs. Lee's faces of the farm activties.

Here are some thinking maps also found in my farm unit.


We made giant farm animals and wrote animal facts using interactive writing. This idea is from KinderbyKim. Her farm ideas are amazing.


 We read Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm and wrote mud poems. Then they made Mrs. Wishy Washy. This idea was inspired by Julie Lee.


We have been working on asking questions. We used this chart by Kim Adsit while reading a nonfiction book about pigs. My kids came up with some great questions.

Here is my retelling rope from Castles and Crayons. We used this to retell The Very Busy Spider.

Then I paired the kids up and we made a flow map of The Very Busy Spider. They drew and water colored each animal and dictated to me their part of the story. Another idea from Mrs. Lee.

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Friday, April 20

Giveaway Winner

Congrats to the winner, Annie Moffatt!
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Tuesday, April 17

oviparous animals

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I used this poem (not written by me) and this book to teach my kids about oviparous animals.


Here is what we did with it . . .


We made this adorable chick from Julie Lee's Faces of the Farm activities and attached the sentence strip.

We glued the eggs poem into our science journals and illustrated oviparous animals.

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Sunday, April 15

silverlicious giveaway!

Today I have a very sweet giveaway for y'all from GameMill Entertinment. One lucky reader will win a copy of the popular Silverlicious story from the best-selling Pinkalicious children’s book series and a copy of the new Silverlicious DS game. I am also throwing in my tooth unit featuring Silverlicious.



To enter, follow my blog and comment below telling me why you love Pinkalicious. The winner will be drawn at random and announced next Thursday! Good luck!

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Sunday, April 8

wild west unit week two

This long weekend has been so nice. I really needed a break . . .
We finished up my wild west unit. We had so much fun learning about cowboys and all things Texas.
Here is a look at week two! 

We read this adorable book and then completed the writing, "Every cowgirl/boy needs ____ boots."

Here is the craft we made to go with our writing. They water colored the boots.


Then we graphed who had cowboy boots and analyzed the data on their recording sheet.

This was my favorite activity. We read armadilly chili and made our own chili in a crock pot. They thought I was the best cook ever. (I used chili in a can!) We completed the chart using interactive writing. Then they each completed their own how to writing.


We labeled the cowboy and cowgirl to build oral language. While doing this they each completed their own brace map.


We having been working on writing to inform and at the end of the week they were able to publish their own Texas book. These stay in the classroom for everyone to read.


Our bulletin board with all our crafts we made throughout the week. The bluebonnets, and rattlesnakes are from Chalk Talk.



We also made chili pepper patterns. This idea is also from Chalk Talk.


Check out my wild west unit on Teachers pay Teachers.


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