Friday, September 30, 2011

Science Week - GIVEAWAY!!

Hi Friends!!

It's been fun participating a little bit in TBA's Science Week. It's been super fun to see so many great ideas posted. I've gotten so many new ideas and feel so energized and excited about teaching science! 
Thanks everyone for sharing your fabulous ideas!!

In honor of science week, here's my quick/little giveaway!

This is my Physical and Chemical Changes Resource Pack
It is designed for the upper grades matter science unit. 
(Sorry in advance to all our  awesome kinder, 1st and 2nd fans.... this probably won't work for you... Sorry!!)

Three lucky winners will receive the entire pack!
Here are some sample pages:


All you have to do to win is leave a comment.
 Make sure to include your email address so I can notify you if you win. 
As simple as that!
{Only one entry per person, please.}

Giveaway will end Saturday at midnight (MST) and winners will be announced on Monday. 

GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You're the apple of my eye!



apples


 I'm pretty sure most kinder, 1st grade and 2nd grade classrooms are teaching about apples right now or in the near feature. I thought I'd share my ideas with ya...and my printables! :) I love doing this apple unit in 1st grade! Thanks to my team for all the great ideas!



First, I teach my kiddos about the parts of an apple and then label them in our science journal:
I made this apple out of construction paper. 




Then we play the apple parts games!  I give each of my students one of the following cards. Then, I read a clue for one of the parts of an apple. For instance, "this part of the apple protects the inside of the apple". The students with "skin" will hold up their card.  Then, I give another clue and those students will hold up their card. :) It's a great vocabulary game that I got from my teammates.





I give this little test at the end of the week:









In the new common core, the students need to do a bit a lot of opinion writing.  So, this is the week I teach fact and opinion. I do it with apples, of course and I use my pocket chart.






Then, we taste apples! I send home a note a few days earlier and students bring in one apple of their choice. I cut up all the apples and we taste each kind. They decide which one they like the best and write an opinion piece {for the beginning of the year, I only have them state their opinion and one supporting sentence}.




Our graphing math activity for apples is so YUMMY! I bring in apple sauce, juice, pie, and a plain apple. We taste a small bite of each of them and vote for our favorite. Then we record:






We also talk about Johnny Appleseed!  My teammate had the cutest Johnny Appleseed that we did {sorry, no printable for that!} and then we completed a  little vocabulary sheet:





And last but not least...here is a little card I give my kiddos at the end of the week:

No worries, there's more! I've been droolin' over some of the blogs out there! Apple ideas galore!

I also found some WAY cute apple ideas on Cara's blog, The First Grade Parade. Check em' out!

Fran, from Kindergarten Crayons, has a cute pattern/apple book!

I am loving the cute apple bulletin board Miss Elisabeth has posted on her blog!

I found this great apple labeling idea too, from Mrs. Bumgardners 1st grade class!

Math and apples make a fine combination in Mrs. Wills' kinder class! LOVE A LOT!

Busy Bees are just that...BUSY! They have so many ideas to keep you and your kiddos busy with apples.

Michelle has the cutest pre-k ideas! Check out her apple stuff!

Watch out for the CUTEST Johnny Appleseed main idea chart from Abby at The Inspired Apple.


Frames by Print Candee
Clipart &/or fonts copyright and used with permission by DJ Inkers
Clipart by Scrappin Doodles


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Science Week - Favorite Videos

I thought I'd share some of my favorite videos with you all to celebrate science week.

 This video was created by my old co-worker, Mr. Brunner, who is now a principal in a school in my district. 
Such a fun science experiment to do for Halloween!!

...and...

This video is my student's all-time fave!!


This video is great if you teach about Matter!

I have my students sing-along and they LOVE it!! Here's a free download of the lyrics:

Someone asked for the Solid, Liquid, Gas video (also by They Might Be Giants). The lyrics are included on the download above.



FYI - For more Matter resources check out my Physical and Chemical Changes Resource Pack available on Teachers Pay Teachers

Monday, September 26, 2011

Science Week - Favorite Books!

This week is Science Week of at Teaching Blog Addict, so I thought I'd participate in today's event: favorite science books.
 I love the Kids Discover magazines! A couple years ago my team spent some of our textbook money and purchased a couple class sets of different science and social studies magazines.

These maganizes are great and full of important information that will help you teach your science curriculum. Here are a couple of the magazines we bought:

 Join us this week as we celebrate Science Week!





Science Week


(And... make sure to join us on Friday for the Friday Giveaway! I'll be giving away a copy of my brand new Physical and Chemical Change Resource Pack... check it out at my TpT store.)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hey! You're Great!

I know we all love the book, "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"!  It's such a great book to encourage our little ones to fill others' buckets and in turn fill their own bucket.  If you want to see more, go {here}.

Well, I've found another amazing book to help 
with your students' self esteem. 

The book is:
Amazon


This book is so cute! It's about a grandma teaching a lesson to her grand daughter.  Back in her day, Grandma felt the pressure to fit in. She bought her clothes from the Hap {like the Gap, but not}, worked out at Silver's Gym {get it? Like Gold's Gym...haha} and tried to be just like Mallory Emma McBane. Until Mallory started acting like Laura LaVan. This is such a fun rhyming book about the importance of being yourself and LOVING YOURSELF! 

Ok, I'm pretty partial to this book since a great friend of mine wrote it . 
It really has a great message and I like it so much
 I made a mini-unit to share with you for FREE! :)


Here are some of the activities to do with your students:



Student mini-book {just staple in the corner}:


They add a piece of tin foil to this page to act like a mirror!



Some writing activities too:






Whole class chart:

Whole class sequencing chart to go with the book:





Head over to Amazon, pick up the book and help your students feel good about themselves!






Clipart &/or fonts copyright and used with permission by DJ Inkers

Friday, September 23, 2011

Predicting, Reading responses and rhyming

As we work on more comprehension strategies in my classroom, I've noticed that many of my students don't know what the word "prediction" means!  So, I hurried and created a mini-lesson to help!

First, you introduce what predicting means {guessing is what I compare it to} and use these cards to hang on the board:


Then, you tell them that when they predict what is going to happen in a story, they can say one of the following:






We then read the book, Do you Want to Be My Friend? By Eric Carle.

{source}


This is a perfect book to predict! The mouse is looking for a friend. On each page it gives a hint as to what animal he will ask to be his friend {it shows their tail}.  I have my kiddos raise their hand if they can predict what animal it might be. They will say:

I predict...
or
I bet...
or
I think...


After that, we practice our predicting skills!  I use these animal posters and cover up most of the picture and have them predict what animal it is. {so when you download this mini-lesson, you'll have to cut out your pictures and find a piece of paper to cover up most of the picture}











They record each animal on their recording sheet. Afterward, we go through to see if their predictions were correct.


Click {HERE} to download the predicting mini-lesson!




Oh and I have some reading responses that I put on my TpT store for Free {11 pages!!!!!}!  
Go grab them {here}.


Ok...like the title of this post said...I've got one rhyming/matching game. Some of my sweeties are having a really hard time with rhyming {I've never really had a problem with it in years past}.
 I'll say, what rhymes with {mop} and they'll say {cat}. It's quite frustrating, but I just smile REAL big and say, no let's try again.


Needless to say, a few do not have rhyming down quite yet. 


Here's a rhyming/matching game!  
{click the picture to download for free}  



Ok... so I've done rhyming games, word families, and songs....NOW WHAT? 
How can I help my little sweeties with rhyming when they just aren't getting it? HELP!

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