May 4, 2015
April 25, 2015
We are really bugging out in my classroom! I am about 3 weeks from open house, but we are almost ready! Each afternoon, I dedicate 20 minutes to informational reading. We have been using my Bugging Out Unit to read, write, and explore the world of insects.
I started the our unit of informational reading with this great close reading passage. I asked the kids, “Are you an insect?” “No!” they yelled! I asked are you sure? How do you know? They didn’t know. So we read the passage below titled “Are you an insect?”
After reading it once, we determined that while we are similar to insects (legs, heads, abdomens), we are very different and indeed NOT insects. (What a relief- That was a close one!) We did a second close read of the passage to see if we were able to remember main parts of an insect’s body. Then we began studying specific insects. We began with these darling busy bees. I started our 2-week study on bugs with a fluency passage called “Busy Busy Honeybees”.
The kids were insane for the videos I showed them on making honey, queen bees, bee dancing, and finding nectar. Of course, I included all those links in this unit. The common core wants us learning from multi media. I took that to heart when lesson planning for my students. As a bonus we watched the Magic School Bus video on Bees!
After bees we headed into our study of ants!
I made a giant ant hill and we began learning about the different jobs an ant might have inside the anthill. We color coded our answers on the Anthill passage to verify our thinking was correct. The children all got to chose a job in anthill and do a little write up in our folded art. This art took us minutes, but the the learning and visual impact are big!
Our ladybug study started with a grammar lesson. We discussed compound words and how the compound word actually reveals meaning. A snowman is a man-like shape made out of snow. A backpack is a pack we wear on our backs. It was the biggest ah-ha moment for them. They were dazzled! We created compound word ladybugs, read about the life cycle of the ladybug, and enjoyed another week of fluency.
Lastly, we moved onto butterflies, which are my favorite bug!
We read text, color coded our questions and answers, made stunning art, and we wrote. The kids wrote like champions because they had learned so much! The Q-Tip Art paining was so easy!!!! These butterflies took us 5 minutes!!! The art and Butterfly Fact and Opinion is a freebie from me to you! Just a few more things to do, like our ladybug writing and I am getting close to being ready! This is such a fun time in the year and I can’t wait for this Open House to be my best yet!!! If you are looking for a great lesson plans and activities about bugs, look no further.
April 24, 2015
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April 19, 2015
Look at that little smiling face! I think he loves his Earth Day hat! And really what’s not to love about a day devoted to caring for our planet. I plan a whole day full of rich literacy, math review, and writing focused on turning my students into “Planet Protectors”.
We read and interact with a little books, color code several passages, watch a couple Discovery Education clips, a do some reading comprehension too.
Right after lunch we GET MOVING into the hallway and do a fun little spin on “Read the Room” It’s called “Helping or Hurting”. Then we do some darling art. We end our day with marching orders to help our families learn to love the Earth with a super simple community project!
Each night this week my students will take home an Earth Day paper from my unit and the fabulous freebies above! This really drives home the concept and the kids are practicing valuable literacy skills! Of course, I end all the learning with a writing unit and some grades in my grade book using a great test from the unit. Hallelujah for a Social Studies grade and a Paragraph Writing grade!
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April 12, 2015
Sometimes I feel like the classroom nag.
- Sit in your chair correctly.
- Write your name on your paper.
- Don’t eat your crayons.
- Write your name on your paper.
- Stop licking your neighbor.
- Write your name on your paper.
I am no longer the classroom nag, no sir-ee. I end my day bragging!
Here is the deal. I still use a clip chart/ card pulling chart. I think kids need a visual reminder of how it’s going. And you know what, it just works for me. It keeps me from having to give dirty looks, give and get tickets constantly, and the constant vocal appeals to control their behavior.
During last recess, I start pulling notes from a pocket chart (my friend uses a shoe holder) and I write names on the mini awards.
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March 29, 2015
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March 27, 2015
If you laminate it before they write on it, then you use it year after year. Our campus laminator is forever broken, unavailable, and moody. So mine was not laminated. It will look darling up on the walls and then I will raffled it off and a child can it home.
It’s time to get them comprehending and let me tell you that this unit will get you huge results. Wednesday, I added 5 more days worth of activities and a darling new poster to this product!
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