Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lesson Plans April 21-25

I will be using the books from Journeys Lesson 26 this week. We will read Kitten's First Full Moon, Curious George Makes Pancakes, and Plaidypus Lost. The unit can be found here.

Literacy Centers

We will study words with the long a sound.

We will be reading the book Monster Math Picnic and working on addition and subtraction with word problems and math tasks. The unit can be found here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Egg Hunt

On Thursday we will do our annual Egg Hunt in a different way. I asked the students to bring in plastic eggs filled with candy and instead of taking them outside and hiding them, they will pass them out similar to the way they distributed the Valentine's Day cards. The students will sit in a circle with a bag in front of them and a student will place one egg in each bag. We will continue this until all the eggs have been placed in the bags. Then the students will spread out and see what kind of candy was in the eggs. Every year it is either too rainy, cold, or wet to go outside to hunt for the eggs. And if you do it inside, don't be surprised if you find a few eggs when you are cleaning up at the end of the school year!

Mom is doing something different this year, too. She asked students to bring in a bag of wrapped candy. She has a white bag for each student and is distributing the candy into the bags. She is stapling the bags closed and writing each student's name on the bottom of the bag. Her class will go outside and the students will place one of the bags (not their bag) somewhere in the grass. They will get back in a line and once they all get back into the line, she will let them go and find their bag of candy (which has their name written on the bottom). When they get back into the classroom they will get a chance to look inside the bags.

What other ways have you done an Egg Hunt?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lesson Plans April 14-18

This week we will be reading Bread Comes to Life and Pie In the Sky (Journeys Lesson 25). You can find the units here or here.

Literacy Centers
Phonics Lessons - blends with r
For Mathematics, we will read the book Ten Sly Piranhas and complete activities from my unit here.

Maltipoo Cuties!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lesson Plans - April 7-11

This week we will read Red Eyes or Blue Feathers and Chameleon, Chameleon from Journeys Lesson 24. I plan to include Hide, Clyde and other chameleon books, too.
The unit can be found here or here.
Literacy Centers

We will study words with l blends.

In Mathematics, we will read Ten Flashing Fireflies and the students will solve word problems by acting them out, using a story mat, and then complete a math task. The mini-unit can be found here.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Alphabet Letter Chant - Free

I use this powerpoint as a brain break or a quick review at the beginning of my phonics lesson.
The slides are automatically programmed to switch and I used animation to cue responses. Just choose "start slide show" and the work is done for you. The students will say the name of the letter, a picture than begins with that letter, and then the sound for the letter. I am working on similar powerpoints for blends & digraphs, short vowel word families, and sight words. I will post them here as freebies!
If you want the powerpoint programmed for the letters to show up out of order, you will need to "save as" and rename the chant, then move the slides up and down to show random letters. This is not a pdf file and you can edit the font. I used ABC Print but it defaulted to a different font with the funny a.
You can purchase the ABC Print font here.
This Alphabet Chant powerpoint was Greg's
 lesson featured here. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Write the Room Cards

I have completed the Write the Room cards for Long Vowels and Blends & Digraphs.
They can be found at my TpT store here and here.
The Write the Room Collection includes cards for alphabet letters, beginning letters, and short vowels. 

Please visit the link above to see all the vowel patterns I have included.

Please visit the link above to see the blends and digraphs I have included.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lesson Plans March 31-April 4

Next week we will be reading Oscar and the Frog and Zinnia's Flower Garden from the Journeys reading series. The units can be found here or here. I will also add in the books Seeds and Whose Garden Is It?

Other books to read this week.

Literacy Centers

Short u word families -ub and -um

In Mathematics, we will read Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and do activities from the mini-unit here.

Our Maltipoo girls will be coming home soon!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lesson Plans March 17-21

I am excited to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Monday!
They will color a super cute (free) sheet for morning work from Mel and the link is here.
The sticker scene shamrock is from Oriental Trading. We have done all of these for each holiday or season. They love them!
The Lucky Charms graphing page is a free download from Teacher Laura and can be found here.
The Leprechaun will probably visit our classroom during specials and leave a gold (chocolate) coin!

Our reading stories this week are Tiger Grows Up and Leo the Late Bloomer.
The unit is here or here.
 The students will draw/write about the book and we will research tigers using the internet (Pebblego and National Geographic).  We will write ideas in a tree map and the next day we will take the ideas to write 3 facts about tigers.

On Thursday and Friday we will read Leo the Late Bloomer. They will complete a story map and then on Friday, they will recall events and cite evidence from the text by drawing/writing by writing about what Leo could do at the end of the story.

Literacy Center must-do assignments

Phonics lessons will be about the short u sound (-un and -ug word families)

The Mathematics lessons will feature the book Five Little Speckled Frogs and involve acting out word problems, using a story mat to solve addition and subtraction problems, and completing a math task. This mini-unit can be found here.
We will end the week playing the Double Compare game from Investigations.

Mom had a cute lesson she did during the week her class studied the book Duck and Goose.
She used the Venn diagram to compare and contrast some books about ducks.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Snow Week

Yep, not just a day, but a whole week. So, our Read Across American Celebration will be this week and I will use the plans I posted for last week. I have some new math units posted in my TpT store. I have about 6 more to finish. Each unit has 3-4 days of lesson plans and all the printable materials. These are literature based units so you will need a book and some counters!

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