Monday, October 20, 2014

Peek at My Week: All About Bats

Bats are what's up in my room this week, folks! :)
As always, thanks Dee Dee for hosting this! :)
Two of my favorite books for the season are Bats at the Ballgame and Bat Loves the Night! :)  Both have great vocabulary and make a balanced approach as anchor texts during a week of study! :)

This week, I'll be using my Bats Unit in class! :)
I fell in love with a few books last year, so I wrote some explicit plans for them, and created the math, literacy and writing extensions to support my plans.  I'm so excited to break this puppy out again this year! :)

One of my favorite parts of the unit is the emergent reader! :)  I focused on student friendly phrases and text so that my kids could read it fluently.
Now for my plans...

This is the bare bones this week, folks! :)
Report cards are due tomorrow and I've still got to finish them up! :/

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Peek At My Week: Week 8 Teaching Comparison

Welcome to another installment of Peek At My Week, hosted by the lovely Dee Dee Wills of Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.

Last week, I was able to see Deanna Jump's Ready, Set, Teach Training!  It was amazing! :)  There were so many hands on strategies.  I am working on what things I can highlight with my team!  I SO want her to just come to my county and train it herself!  Just. too. good! :)

This week, we are jumping into compare and contrast with several stories that are derivatives of 'The Three Little Pigs'.


Deanna shared this cute song from Eric Litwin, the author of Pete the Cat.  It's the story of the Three Little Pigs!  It's so darned catchy!  I did it with my kids today and they absolutely LOVED it! :)

Perfectly Purple from The Learning Groove cover art
Click HERE to listen to the 'song/story' about the Three Little Pigs!  Too cute!
Last week, I started working with my students on a brand new resource! :)

Click HERE to pick up the resource on TPT.

The kids are doing a great job with it! :)  This week, we'll whip out the centers and try those now that we've learned the skill! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Apple Week: Things I learned from Katie

Katie and I in Las Vegas last summer!
I am so excited about this week's Peek at My Week! :)
I'll be sharing some of my favorite apple themed units from Katie over at Teacher to the Core! :)
Thanks, Dee Dee for hosting this linky every weekend! :)
I use *a lot* of Katie's stuff in my room! :)
She can't be beat on a seasonal unit, people.
Trust. me.
 This week, I'll start with my visual plans so that you can see which of Katie's units I'm using, and then break down the awesome that is her apple stuff! 

Click HERE for these plans with clickable links!

I use Katie's American Heroes pack throughout the year! :)  It's super versatile! :)  Katie offers several different resources on each of the famous American's featured.  We read several mentor texts on Johnny...and on apples as well! :) I used her fluency on Johnny and at the end of the week, I used her assessment as an listening comprehension quiz.

We also used her Apples & Appleseed pack! :)
Something I LOVE about her seasonal resources are the mini-books.  They were super student friendly! :)  The students practiced them often.  Next week, we will be able to go back and re-read them in our read to someone centers! :)
We made the applesauce using the recipe from this pack.  I used the mini-quiz from this unit after reading several books on apples! :)

We read the story Millie Waits for the Mail this week as part of our basal series! :)  The kids really loved it! :)

I whipped up this cow craft and then the students wrote about Millie! :)  I'm going to *try* to get a second post out this week about my approach to writing in the primary classroom.  Stay tuned! :)

This story will have your children barley breathing- freebie included in post
Check out Katie's post and FREEBIE, HERE! :)

We finished up our week with this wonderful freebie from Katie's blog! :)  She didn't write it, but she adapted it, and had a writing extension as well! :)
Such a sweet story! :)

I had two wonderful moms come in and help me with my crafts! :)  I even had them teach part of the lesson! :)  They were amazing! :)

Katie...thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful apple themed lessons and crafts! :)
I can't wait to try out your new Columbus Unit next week! :)  Love you girl! :)

Power Passages {Christopher Columbus} Fluency, Writing, Ar
Click HERE for Katie's Columbus Unit!