Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rocks, Soil, Water, Recycling and Day and Night

Recently, I put together these ideas for the kinder and first grade teachers in my district. They are activities and lessons that go with the science TEKS they are teaching this six weeks. The lessons are on rocks, soil, water, day and night, and recycling. There are a few things I gave out as handouts. I will scan those next week and add them to the post then.


rock unit -


ROCKS SOIL WATER FIRST GRADE UNIT -


rock math -


rock flowmap -


Rock Research 1 -


Day and Night -

Hoot of Loot

I found this site called Hoot of Loot. It is an online classified ad for schools, teachers, and homeschools. You can sell your unwanted teacher items and buy other items that teachers are selling for cheap. Just thought I would share the site for anyone who might be interested.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Polar Express Unit

I put together all of the ideas I have on using the book the Polar Express. I would love feedback. Do the ideas I wrote up make sense? Is there something I should change? Is there something you really like about it? etc. Please look it over, use it, and let me know how I could make it better!!


The Polar Express Unit -

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Can't Get Enough of Other's Blogs!!

Here is another new blog to check out. I know Thanksgiving is almost here, but I am already collecting ideas for next year!! Check out The First Grade Parade!

Lesson Plan SOS Thanksgiving Give-Away Winner

Thanks to all of you who commented on all of the wonderful things you are thankful for. I loved reading all of your posts! Through a random drawing, a winner was chosen for the gift certificate. and.... the winner is Gladys!! Gladys, I have sent your email information to the ladies at Lesson Plan SOS and they should be contacting you soon about your gift certificate. Thanks again to all of you for participating!!

I am thankful for all of the people I have met through blogging and all of the wonderful ideas I have gotten from all of you!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Turkeys

I used Kim Adsit's 5 Little Turkeys Lesson from her Thanksgiving unit and her Turkey Glyph Lesson this week.

For the 5 Little Turkey's Lesson- I read the book the first time just for fun. Then we reread the book several times so that students could act out the story. I used a white chef hat for the cook. After reading and acting out the story, I used a farm work mat to act out story problems as a whole group model. Each story had some turkeys playing and some hiding. We focused on making different combinations of the number 5. After a whole group model, I had students use their own work mat and 5 little turkeys to act out the problems themselves. Kim's unit has several options for recording sheets. She also has the pages for the 5 Little Turkey's book. After some practice, I had students make up some of their own story problems and share them with a partner.



The farm pictures for the work mat are not included in the unit. I added them for some additional support for the students I was working with.

the turkey glyph lesson-







The teacher turkey book is designed as a flip book. You flip the pages down for each question and Velcro the pieces on your turkey as a model for the students.

What I Saw in Schools This Week

I was in several schools this week and saw these ideas and thought I would share.

using the book Olivia and comparing Olivia's family to your own



why do we need to know how to tell time... students made their own clocks and wrote about why it was important to learn to tell time






using thinking maps





using the book The Lonely Scarecrow



Using the book Up in the Tree by Margaret Atwood and brainstorming what you would see. Learning about nouns....



TLC directional art activities






Deanna's Gingerbread Man Unit

Just in time for the first week of December, Deanna has posted her NEW Gingerbread Man Unit. Go to Teachers Pay Teachers to purchase it! You can purchase the 50 page unit for only $8! The unit includes: an original Gingerbread Man story written by Deanna. Picture cards and word cards for students to rebuild the story in a center. A gingerbread man syllable sorting center with full color picture cards and two recording sheets to fit the needs of your students. Literature response sheets, Full color directions for making a gingerbread man pie graph, students sheets for analyzing the data, graphing sheets, math journal word problems and manipulatives, a gingerbread man bubble map and more! This packet includes a holiday and non holiday version.

I have seen all of the activities in this unit!! They are are so great and LOTS of FUN!! Everyone definitely needs to purchase this unit for their classroom!!

Blogs and New Ideas

Here are two new blogs I found. I love the Three Sisters lesson. Check it out at The Alphabet Garden




I also love the writing about the Wampanoags and their homes.



On What the Teacher Wants, I love the work chart for students who have trouble finishing their work. I also love the post on growing and repeating patterns.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Great Blogs!

Here are a few new blogs I have found this week. They are great! Check them out!
Langston's Learners
Mrs. Wheeler's Tidbits
Mrs. Kimbrell's Kindergarten Kids

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Blog and Cute Scrapbook Turkeys!!

A fellow blogger just emailed me to share her blog. Everyone should check it out at Literacy and Laughter. Amy did the neatest scrapbook paper turkeys with her students and they wrote great signs for their turkeys.



Thanks for sharing Amy!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Blog- Crayon Bits

A former co-worker of mine just starting blogging. Check out her blog for new ideas at Crayon Bits- A First Grade Blog.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Nouns and Verbs

Today, I modeled a lesson on nouns and verbs. I used the book Doing the Animal Bop. First we read the book just for fun and acted out the animal movements together as we read. Then we read the book and looked for nouns (naming words) and verbs (action words) on each page. We focused on the animal names (nouns) and the animal actions (verbs). We read the book again, still acting out the animal movements, but stopping on each page to find the noun and the verb. After this reading, the students took turns pulling a stuffed animal out of a big basket and naming it and telling something it does. For each animal, I had the students repeat back that nouns are naming words or words that name things and that the name of the animal is the noun and that action words are verbs and that the action the animal does is the verb.







If I had my own class of students, I would reread this book and have students create a tree map or a bridge map. To create a tree map, the heading would be the word "words" with a branch for "nouns" and a branch for "verbs". I would have students draw and label pictures to go in each group. To create a bridge map, the relating factor would be the animal and its action. I would have students draw and label pictures of the animals and pictures of the animals doing something. In both cases, the students would draw their pictures and then we would put them on the maps as a whole group.

The examples below are not nouns and verbs. They are just examples of a tree map and a bridge map so that you can make sense of my explanation above.

the Tree Map example



the Bridge Map example

New This Week!

Here is a new web site I want to share with you!! Miss Sterczek's Rock Star First Grade Site. Check it out!!

This new blog and site were introduced to me this week too- Under the Apple Tree.

And...if you have not already seen...Deanna Jump has a new Christmas unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. You can preview the unit on her blog. Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Deanna Jump's 50th Day of School Unit

Check out Deanna Jump's store at Teachers Pay Teachers and you can download her 50th Day of School unit and her class book We Are Scientists for free and while you are there.... you should purchase her NEW owl unit and her Word Detective Word Work unit. The word work unit is great for literacy stations or use with the Daily 5.

Indian Symmetry- I love it!!

Mrs. Lee just posted this lesson on her blog. What a great idea!!

She made a larger version of the TLC Indian and had her students add a symmetrical design using paper pattern block shapes to the shirt.

More November Ideas

a few ideas I found from Overall Success...

based on the book Pilgrim Children Had Many Chores- brainstorm chores that Pilgrim and Native American children could have had- the Pilgrim and Native American are from TLC Lessons (they were enlarged from their original format)



a turkey glyph


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lesson Plan SOS Thanksgiving Give-Away

Melissa and Nicole from Lesson Plan SOS have so graciously offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to use on their site for the month of November. To enter, all you have to do is post a comment to the following question "What are you most thankful for?"

A few new items I found at Lesson Plan SOS that you may want to check out are The Guided Math Icons and Guided Math Schedule, the 50th day of school celebration packet under the "November Social/Science" Ideas, the Pilgrim and Native American Venn Diagram and Thanksgiving Celebration File, and all the items in the Teacher Reading Binder inspired by Fountas and Pinnell under "Must See Buy Me."

Be sure to leave your email when you comment. The give away will end at midnight on Saturday, November 20th. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing. Good Luck!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Learning about Nouns and Verbs

Today, I modeled a lesson on nouns and verbs. I used the book Doing the Animal Bop. First we read the book just for fun and acted out the animal movements together as we read. Then we read the book and looked for nouns (naming words) and verbs (action words) on each page. We focused on the animal names (nouns) and the animal actions (verbs). We read the book again, still acting out the animal movements, but stopping on each page to find the noun and the verb. After this reading, the students took turns pulling a stuffed animal out of a big basket and naming it and telling something it does. For each animal, I had the students repeat back that nouns are naming words or words that name things and that the name of the animal is the noun and that action words are verbs and that the action the animal does is the verb.







If I had my own class of students, I would reread this book and have students create a tree map or a bridge map. To create a tree map, the heading would be the word "words" with a branch for "nouns" and a branch for "verbs". I would have students draw and label pictures to go in each group. To create a bridge map, the relating factor would be the animal and its action. I would have students draw and label pictures of the animals and pictures of the animals doing something. In both cases, the students would draw their pictures and then we would put them on the maps as a whole group.

The examples below are not nouns and verbs. They are just examples of a tree map and a bridge map so that you can make sense of my explanation above.

the Tree Map example



the Bridge Map example

Some of my Favorite Posts This Week!

Here are a few of my favorite blog posts for the week.

Deanna's Fun With Owls Unit



First Grade Fabulous Boat Float


Bishop's Blackboard Place Value


Put Your Whole Self In S is for Six Sticks
The pictures from this activity are in a Smilebox slideshow, so I couldn't post them, but here are the instructions straight from the blog-

When Amelia was an infant my mom subscribed her to the Dr. Seuss book of the month club. When 6 Sticks came in the mail I knew it would be perfect for kindergarten. Since we are reviewing numbers 6-10 this week, I raided Amelia's book shelf and snuck it out of the house (she is not happy when I take her things to school!). We read 6 Sticks and watched as the mice came up with many different configurations to use 6 Sticks. The kids were very excited to get their own craft sticks and make a picture. It proved to be quite tricky to incorporate 6 craft sticks into what they wanted to make. I was fascinated to watch their individual planning process. Some drew a picture right away and fit the sticks into their design. Some played with the sticks first, glued the sticks down, and then drew the picture around the sticks. I gave each student the sentence 6 sticks make _______________. and I helped them fill in the missing words.

Put Your Whole Self In N is for Native Americans


Growing Kinder's Missing Mouse Game

Friday, November 5, 2010

Shapes That Roll

This week, I modeled a lesson on shapes in a kindergarten classroom. We read the book Shapes that Roll. We focused on the circle and its attributes. We created a Venn diagram to compare the similarities and differences between a circle and a square. Then students did a sort - circles and not circles. As they sorted, I walked around and asked them why they sorted their shapes the way they did.