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March 19, 2017

The Easter Egg Farm

This charming story is about as magical as they come!
I knew I had to share it with you!
Now listen, the cover is not the cutest thing, but the story and the illustrations are so amazing!
 I look forward to reading this book every single year,
and I am pretty sure you are going to love it too!!!
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Pauline is a sweet little chicken who cannot lay eggs, and the other hens know it.  So does Mrs. Pennywort. She owns the farm, and she is not happy with our little Pauline! But, in a sweet little twist, Pauline actually can lay eggs if she concentrates really hard.  Something magical happens when she concentrates! Can you see the magic of her eggs by looking closely at the picture below?

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That's right!
Pauline lays an egg that looks exactly like the thing she is concentrating on!
Mrs. Pennywort is so in love with Pauline and her stunning eggs, that she brings 
Pauline inside the house to live with her.  Mrs. Pennywort displays Pauline's eggs with pride! She likes to put them on the sunny side of the house...
Can you see where this is going?

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Now, since these eggs are not ordinary eggs,
you can bet the farm that the chicks are not ordinary either! 

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This is a delightful tale full of problems! 
Children love to find solutions and be surprised by how the character solves her problems!
 The book also leads perfectly into a darling project 
where the kids can create their own egg and chick!

Check out this chick below. Crazy right!

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Imagine the chicks your students could dream up!

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February 12, 2017

Valenswine and Valentine’s Day in the primary classroom

Happy Valentine’s Day, V-Day or Valium Day! I love Valentine’s Day for a whole lot of reasons.  I dislike it for a few reasons too. For example, the kids saying “ValentiME” drives me to drink.   Here are 5 tips and a few activities that helped me to have a valium-free V-Day:

Start the Day Off Right
Keep the kids in your class  busy while you take attendance- From Teacher to the Core
Little kids can be crazy! Taking attendance on Valentine’s Day can be almost impossible! Kids are running at you with candy, flowers, their valentines in bags and who knows what else!
So before entering the room, I ask them, “Who has something they need to give me this morning? Raise your hands.” Then, I tell them that I can’t wait to see what they brought to school. However,  before we can do anything, they get to color while I take attendance.
Just in case you forgot, I have MAJOR issues remembering to take attendance on party days.  I just get caught up with all their joy/mania and I forget. 
While they are coloring, I remind them that they are to stay seated and color neatly while I take attendance. The kiddo with the most hearts wins, and if it comes down to a tie, neatness will be the tie-breaker. If you win and it’s sloppy, you are disqualified.
After attendance I give them five more minutes to color. During this time,  I can collect what the students have brought to school. I do this one table at a time.
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Timing is EVERYTHING

Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity
Can I hear an AMEN for lunch time? We used to party the last hour of the day,  but then I am breathless and my room looks like a bomb went off in it as the kids leave.  No, thank you! After lunch we did some great Common Core Valentine learning, cleaned up the room, and ended our day like we always do. We read a story, packed and stacked, and had our daily awards ceremony. It was calm. It was beautiful, and it was calm. Wait, did I already say that it was calm?


Bag it up, Baby!

 
How do kids get all their stuff home? These bags! I batted my eyelashes at a box boy and he gave me 30 grocery sacks. Using grocery bags instead of making envelopes was fast, easy, and cheap. Are those words music to your ears?   Plus, the bags stand up straight for the easy “dropping in” of the valentine cards. To get this darling Valenswine art freebie click {here}
Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity (3)
Valenswine Close Reading!
I love this book! It is a sweet and easy read for your little darlings! You can grab it from Scholastic or Amazon (From 3rd party sellers)
Great book for Valentines Day- Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
The rhymes are precious and the story leads young Polly Pig to her family to find love. I think that “family love” is important at this age. The Disney Channel teaches kids too early to look for love in their peers. Let’s keep them loving their family for as long as possible.
If you don’t have time to buy the book and have it delivered, you can show your class this story time YouTube video.
 
My friend Fran told me about ViewPure and it’s been amazing for cleaning out ads and comments from my You Tube Videos! Click here and see how the video above was purified! It so easy and free.
Freebie- Valenswine movies and book activities plus ways to clean up your You Tube using View Pure
I love this book so much that I have created 3 activities to go along with it. The 1st activity is a close read printable.
Close reading for the book Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
I also created a summarizing activity for another day this week.
Summarizing for the book Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
Here is the story elements page with emphasis on problem and solution.
Story Elements for the book Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
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Dance and Drop
I am the mean teacher that does not allow the kids to address valentines to their friends. I only allow them to sign their names.  This is because we dance Conga line style through the room and drop a valentine into every bag. It’s easy and FUN! This year 29 kids handed out valentines in under 10 minutes! I kid you not! I played Gloria Estefan’s Conga Song and we were done is a snap. The quickness also allowed us to spend time doing other fun things during our party. I was leading the conga, so I could not take pictures- Sorry. The LAST thing you want to see is me doing the conga! Here is the song if you want to play it during your own class conga line.
Valentines = Academics
I skipped categorize and classify in my HM story a few weeks ago because I knew I was going to do this with the kids.
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I am telling you the kids learned a lot, and they had a great time negotiating where each valentine should be classified? Should the Hello Kitty with Dove chocolate go on “Characters” or “Candy”? We ended up separating them so that they could go in both places. It was a perfect way to teach that sometimes a question can have more than one correct answer. 
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If you want to do this, have 4-5 blank hearts ready.  Then as the kids are opening their cards, walk the room and look for the most common categories. Be sure to make an “other” category to cover the random valentines that don’t fit any category.  “Where did I get the valentines to glue on?” you ask. Oh every kids always has one left over because I ask the parents to send in 1 extra. It is usually not a problem since I have 29 kids and valentines tend to come in packs of 36. Usually the kids have  6-7 extra!
Staple the Bag Shut
If you stop the candy intake, you can avoid the candy-induced freak out {maybe}. I let them look through their goodies and cards and then I hand out a plate. I ask them to set one treat from their Valentines Stash onto the plate. Everything else is going to go into the bag.

Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity (4)
While they are eating their treat, juice, and whatever else was sent in,  I run around stapling the bags shut. I still saw little hands try to sneak into their bag, but they had a hard time getting through 5 staples.

Valentines = Academics

My final fabulous, fun, and academic idea comes via Curriculum Castle! Seriously, friends, this is a real winner! I bought a bunch of plastic test tubes from the Dollar Tree. I put 3 test tubes on every table in order to keep Valentine’s Day as academic as possible!
Super fun Valentine Candy Heart science experiment from Curriculum Castle via Teacher to the Core

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Sending you Hugs and lots of love!

February 7, 2017

Show and Tell Aprons

Have you heard of these amazing Show and Tell aprons!?!  Everybody is talking about them! And I am giving one away on my Facebook page because I want you to have one too!
Look amazing and teach skills all at the same time with these Show and Tell Aprons
I am telling you that the options are endless with this apron. Above is a great way to work on chunks and word families!
Teacher to the Core loves these Show and Tell Aprons
I have a really low group and at the start of the year some didn’t know the difference between a letter, a word or a number.  I can slip this child-sized apron onto a friend who get’s it and they can help the strugglers! Kids LOVE wearing these aprons! They feel so grown up.
Shoe and Tell aprons help me teach skills in an exciting way
This is the apron that I am wearing a lot right now.  It’s a tutu !!!! I died and went to teacher heaven when I saw this! So, the cards inside… I want my 1st graders to figure out how to make the equation true by the time I am done taking attendance. It’s so easy to change out the cards AND you can stack the cards inside each pocket as well ! So I can have 5 equations ready to go inside the pockets. Just pull out the top cards and BAM! New equation revealed !
These Show and Tell aprons help you teach skills in a fun and exciting way
Here is another tutu apron, but this one is child sized!  I can let a little princess assist me with lessons! In this lesson, the cards show verbs that we are going to add -ed to.  Once we add -ed (making the word past tense) we say the word a few times and listen to see which ending sound the -ed makes. The card can go into the pocket behind the sound.  The aprons are easy on off so you can change assistants easily. Did you notice that I wrote on the last 3 cards? Yep, you can laminate plain paper and use a dry erase marker!
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So where do you get the cards and aprons? Why Teachers Pay Teachers of course! You will be heading to Sand’y store if you click the pink link above!  I love her! We hang out at all the conferences and she even let me stay in her room when my flight home was cancelled! As you can see, in the photo below, I love this woman!
Sandy is the creative genius behind show and tell aprons!
If you want to read more about Sandy’s amazing aprons, then click on any picture below.  You will head to Deedee’s blog and linky party!
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January 15, 2017

Biographies and President's Day in First and Second Grade

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book series!!!! These truly are book that teachers love!!!! Hard to tackle subjects are thoughtfully presented to young children in ways they can grasp.
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids is the best on the market
This series tackles the hard to understand themes in history such as separatism, bravery in the face of an unkind world,  being different, seeing your passions come to life, and doing the impossible. 
Every single book in this growing series is amazing. I know this because I own ALL of them!

The Helen Keller book took my breath away. One of the pages is almost completely black. This alone shocks kids. The author tells the kids to close their eyes and ears. This helps the kids understand what a blind and deaf person might experience. They can empathize with how Helen might have felt. When a book series can transport children directly into the lives of historical figures, you KNOW you have found a teaching jackpot!
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series -Helen Keller

If you are getting ready for Black History Month in February then you will want the Rosa Parks book for sure!
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids-Rosa Parks
Is that powerful or what!?! Until these books, my students could not understand how and why the bus boycott really worked.  But the simplicity of the word choice is beyond brilliant!

The illustrations are second to none. I love how the historical figure is drawn to be child-sized in the big world.  If you look, Rosa is tiny compared to the bus owner. This helps the children really see themselves in the shoes of the historical figure! Plus, the whole book is written in the first person!

The books are also written with a tremendous amount of “heart”. I think every child in the room can see how Abe feels about the boat of people being “sold down the river to new slave owners”.
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids-Abraham Lincoln
I love these two books for use around Presidents Day!!!


These books by Brad Meltzer are a treasure!

This is a cool video to show if you are wanting to talk about author's purpose since he tells us in the 30 second video why he wrote the books.


You can find these amazing books on Amazon by clicking {here}
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Click {here} to download the President's Day
 freebie shown above and below.






After downloading you might want to read 
{THIS} blog post. It has the supporting links, videos, and images for every page of the freebie! You can teach right off of the blog post! Now that's easy!

December 14, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr and the book Martin's Big Words

It is no secret that Martin Luther King Jr is important to me. I have blogged about him several times because he is important to all of us. I teach at a very diverse school. VERY. My husband compliments my class every year when he says “Your class is like those gorgeous United Colors of Benetton ads” Make no mistake this is a compliment. My students are so pretty. Their parents hail from across the globe and they are stunning to look at and it a joy to listen to Nigerian, Indian, and every other accent too. Another thing that is stunning is the fact that without the sacrifice of Dr. King and other in the civil rights movement, my diverse students would not be allowed to be together.  My school of 33 languages, native homelands, and faces of every color that shine like the sun,  would not be possible without Dr. King. Gosh I love him and this is how I teach my students about this great man.
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I love starting any unit with a book, and in this case I let LaVar Burton kick off our MLK study with his reading of A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.
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It’s just the color of my skin, not who I am:
I feel like the kids I teach are tender hearted and have not become jaded by bad experiences yet. They have been sheltered and are part of a happily diverse population. They are a bit shocked to learn that long ago the color of your skin decided your value and who you could become. In some cases, no matter how hard you worked or how good you were, you could not do certain things because of your skin color. We show how silly that is with an egg object lesson.
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We get cracking with some eggs all smiling and colorful. We crack one of each color and we talk about what we see.
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I will tell you that I allowed every child to crack open a REAL egg. It was a wonderful experience. The families were asked to send in an egg for their child. As a result the parents very already invested and curious as to what we were doing in class. It was an exciting week!!!! PS. eggs were sent in Ziploc bags and I sat in the office collecting them so they did not break.
My character is what matters most
It really does matter what’s inside, and we are not all the same. We are uniquely gifted, have different degrees of good and “not so good” character inside us.  So, how do we know if someone is filled with good or bad character? Can we look at their outside? Can we decide by their skin color, their clothes, their smile? No you have to get to know the person.
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I have them sort out all the possible character traits.
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I put 3-5 slips of paper in each egg and the table group will judge the egg. I usually put at least 1 negative trait in each egg.
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It’s important for kids to know that all of us are a mix of good and bad. We have to work hard to show our good character traits and control our negative ones.
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Kids are so tender, so you really have to drive this point home! Everyone has a bit of bad inside wanting to take over. Self control and good choices are ways we can show and grow our good character!
This is such an important lesson that I end it with a very concrete way to be a friend and show good character.
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I love to read several books to the kids including my favorite Martin’s Big Words.
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I adore this book! Martin's most important words are in a huge font, hence the name of the book.

So powerful!!!!





Then, I like them to do some reading on their own.

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We also read about Martin in our fluency passage for the week followed by a quiz. I need those informational reading grades in my grade book. How about you?
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OK,  now do you know Kid President? Of course you do because you are amazing. If you are just meeting him today from this post, then I have done my good deed for the day!!!! I love him. He does such a good job making MLK so accessible!
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Speaking of love, how about a little MLK Rap and putting on your dancing shoes!
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But here is the best part!!! The craft. Oh how I love this easy & sweet craft!
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We head back to You Tube to wrap up our week of MLK and watch the very beginning and very end of his speech. I think it’s important for kids to see the march. The peaceful singing, walking, and talking.  I think this helps them understand that MLK really meant “peace”. There was no yelling, throwing of bottles, or hitting. They walked and sang and changed history.
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On Friday, after we have learned everything we can learn, and our brains are tired and we so proud to be together as friends at the table of brotherhood, we sit down and watch this nice long movie. If you want to watch the movie I strongly encourage you to preview it. There are video clips of real events and it is hard to see some of the clips.
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I  hope that this post has brought some new material to your classroom. It’s always nice to teach with something new. It’s like a new shirt or dress… it’s just fun, fresh, and exciting! All my best to you.



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