Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Comparing Things using Height and Length

We are learning about height and length. We are comparing things using taller than and shorter than and longer than and shorter than. My kids loved this book. There are lots of comparisons to be made in it. After reading the book, my students paired up and compared themselves to see who was taller and who was shorter and who was longer and and who was shorter. We shared out and looked for patterns in their findings- such as the one who was taller was also longer. 

The Easter Egg Farm

We read the book The Easter Egg Farm. When Pauline puffed up about someone taking her babies. We made inferences about what was happening. Then we retold the story using beginning, middle, and end. The colorful chickens we made came from the TLC Lessons Farm book. 

Fractions and Doubles

Here are a few things we did recently with doubles. We talked about doubles when we learned about fractions and halves.

We read several books about pizza. Then we created doubles with pizza toppings. This pizza and pizza toppings came from a unit my teammate made on fractions. You can find her K-1 fraction unit here. I modified her activity to make it work with a lesson on doubles. You can download my recording sheet for free here.

We created an anchor chart together as we made doubles using unifix cubes. You can get the anchor chart here

We made doubles using unifix cubes. Then we wrote equations to go with them. 

We  made a bridge map to show the relationship between the parts of a double and its whole. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Bath Instructions and Writing Freebie

Here are the instructions and recording sheet for the pigeons we made. You can download the recording sheet from TPT for free here

Here are the measurements for the pieces you need to cut:
Body (light blue) 6 x 12
Neck (light blue) 2 x 9
Head (light blue) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
White eye 2 x 2
Black eye 1 1/2 x 11/2
Neck stripe 1 1/2 x 2
I cut the legs and beak for them. I free-handed them quickly and passed them out.

To make the pigeons:
1) Have students hold the body piece. Have them clip the two bottom corners and round only the bottom.
2) Use a black crayon to draw on the wing.
3) Glue on the neck pieces.
4) Have students hold the head piece. Have them clip all four corners and round to make a circle.
5) To make the eyes, take the white and black square, clip all four corners and round to make two circles.
6) Glue the head onto the neck. Glue the eye pieces together and glue onto the head.
7) Glue on the beak piece.
8) Glue on the legs.
9) Use sea sponges and brown paint to sponge paint brown onto the pigeon to make him look dirty.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Bath Lesson and Giveaway

I am so excited about the latest pigeon book; The Pigeon Needs a Bath! I mean... who doesn't LOVE the pigeon??!!?? This may be my favorite pigeon book yet! My class and I have already read it over and over again!
Here is what we did with it today. 
We made "dirty" pigeons, made text-to-self connections, and wrote to inform about pigeons. 
We made these pigeons by clipping corners and rounding pieces. 
Then we sponge painted dirty on him using brown paint. 

On top of being SUPER excited about the new pigeon book... I get to give away a copy of the book to 3 lucky bloggers!!

About the Book & Series
The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

First in the series, Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus recently celebrated its 10th birthday this year! Over the last  decade, The Pigeon books have sold millions of copies and enchanted young readers. The books have received numerous starred reviews, have appeared on many "best of" lists, and have even been inducted into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame.

About the Author
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. And his celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as three Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, and Let's Go for a Drive!). Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth. Mo lives in Massachusetts with his family.
©Marty Umans

Official Links
Visit the Official Site
Follow @The_Pigeon on Twitter

To enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment with your name, email address, and comment saying how much you love the Pigeon. 

The giveaway ends Wednesday, April 16th at midnight. Good luck everyone!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Basic Needs

We have been learning about basic needs. We made an anchor chart to show the basic needs of living things.
We compared plant needs to animal needs.
We wrote about our needs and wants. 

We sorted pictures by needs and wants. 
You can get all of the resources we used here

Monday, April 7, 2014

Seasons, Weather, and Rain

We are back to tracking and learning about weather. We are keeping track of the weather each day using a large table. A different student gets to record the weather everyday (they look out the window, report the weather to us, and cut a shape out of paper to represent the weather). Students wrote about something they like to do in a particular kind of weather. 

We made a graph to show which season is our favorite.
We wrote about what we do in our favorite season. 

We read the book Rain. This book is great for a simple introduction to the water cycle. 
We made a map of words about rain. 
We acted out the water cycle.

We wrote about playing in the rain. 
We compared two seasons using a venn diagram. 
You can download the resource here

Eating Fractions

We are learning about fractions. We read Eating Fractions and made our own foods to share. To download the recording sheet for free from Google Docs click here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Inferring With The Chicken Thief

My friend Shelly shared this great book with me. It is a wordless book and perfect for making inferences.

We got to this page and one student decided they were on a romantic date because of the candlelight. From there on my students inferred that the chicken and the fox were in love, going to get married, and have fox and chicken babies. 

Here are a couple of more pages from the book. 

We responded to the book by making an inference about the fox and making these cute fox faces. I have had this fox pattern for almost 20 years. I got it from my cooperative teacher when I was student teaching. Thank you Beckie! I love that I am still doing some of the things that you and I did together. 
"I can infer that the fox will want to date her."

You can download the pattern for the fox from Google Docs here and the recording sheet here