Monday, March 30, 2015

SUPER Sentences! {Sentence Building Activities in a Superhero Theme}

This month we have been really working hard to create
SUPER SENTENCES!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!

Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
We started by distinguishing between sentences and sentence fragments.
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Then we moved on to capitalization.
They had to highlight the letters that should be capitalized, and then rewrite the sentence the proper way.
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Then it was time to talk about punctuation.
Periods, exclamation marks, question marks, quotation marks...oh my!
We learned that sentences are MUCH more interesting when they include adjectives.
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!

Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
In this activity, students chose character cards and created sentences about them.
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Then it was time to choose an action card to add interesting verbs to the sentences.
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Time to write paragraphs!
Students chose a page with a partial picture and had to add to the illustration. Then they wrote paragraphs about them! The checklist at the bottom of the page helped students double-check their work.
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
These little bitty character books were a fun activity to keep on practicing that sentence-writing!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!

Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
This little flip book helped students focus on the characters, verbs/action and setting in the story. When the pages flipped, it made silly sentences!
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!
Does your class need some help with writing SUPER sentences?
Find the pack {here}
Sentence building activities where students learn to use punctuation, capital letters, adjectives, and verbs all in a superhero theme!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Celebrate Canada!

To launch our study about Canada in Grades 1-3, the Grade 8 teacher and some grade 7 & 8 students put together a morning of FUN activities to help us get excited about CANADA!
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
PIN THE LEAF ON THE FLAG
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
Students were blindfolded and spun around a few times. Then they had to try to put the leaf in the correct spot on the flag.
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

COIN TOSS
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
Students had to toss coins into the Tim Hortons cups. The total amount of coins that the group got inside the cups were tallied.
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

HOCKEY SHOOTOUT
It just wouldn't be a celebration about Canada without some hockey!
 Students took turns taking shots on net, and the accumulated goals per group were compared.
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

LEGO INUKSHUK BUILDING
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
Using red and white Lego, students built Inukshuks at this station.
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

SCOOTER RELAY
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
Students had to scoot around the pylons and take a shot on the net with a hockey stick and ball.

BOWLING
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
The groups worked together to knock over as many pins as they could, and group totals were compared.

CANADA TRIVIA
TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.

TONS of fun Canada themed activities to celebrate Canada! These activities were done during a Canada unit with Grade One, Grade Two, and Grade Three.
At this station, students did a Canada-themed word search as well as filled in the blanks to our national anthem: O Canada.

After the fun and games, we were treated to a delicious pancake lunch. The Grade 7 and Grade 8 students did a great job getting us excited about our Canada study!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Daily 5

Yes, another post about the Daily 5!
My students love it so much, they get upset if we miss it for one day :)

WORD WORK: HIDDEN WORDS
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
 Students wrote their spelling words using white crayons, then colored over the words with markers, and revealed....HIDDEN WORDS!
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
You can find the free template for this activity from Adventures in First Grade {here}.

WORK ON WRITING
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
The kids are never bored in the writing center! Check out this boy's story all about...super heroes! They also love to write about hockey :)

READ TO SELF
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
OK, the picture doesn't lie. Sometimes 'read to self' includes sharing a good part about the book you're reading...we'll go with that.

READ WITH A PARTNER
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
Cara's fluency phrase cards give great practice with words from PrePrimer to 3rd Grade. Perfect!

LISTEN TO READING 
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
No WiFi signal means QR code stories won't work...good thing for TumbleBooks!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Daily 5

This is my first year doing the Daily 5. I am so happy with how it is going, and with all of the great learning that is happening! My students are so independent, and are taking responsibility for their learning.

WORD WORK
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
 Our spelling list included digraphs, so this activity from Tara worked perfectly! Students used the picture clues to complete the words on whiteboards. Great practice!
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade

READ WITH A PARTNER
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
My students can't get enough of Roll, Read, and Highlight (from Cara). A fun way to practice fluency phrases with a partner!

WORK ON WRITING
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
Many students are getting more confident in their writing, and are making books!

SELF SELECTED READING
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
Nothing makes me happier than to see this happening in the classroom!!!

LISTEN TO READING
Daily 5 activities for first grade and second grade
After scanning the story's QR code and listening to the story, students fill in a little story map to show their learning.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Fraction Action!

After working on symmetry activities {here} it was time to begin some fraction action!
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
COIN TOSS
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
Students had to flip a coin ten times, and record whether it landed on heads or tails.
They tallied their results in the corresponding sections...
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.

Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
then had to add the values of their coin tosses. The could choose to use a nickel, dime, quarter, loonie, or toonie. It was a great way to include money practice as well as skip counting! (by 5's 10's, 25's, 1s, or 2's)

FRACTION PIZZAS
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
To begin, each student had to make a plan- how many of each topping would go on the slices?
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
Then it was time to put the plan together...
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
fraction pizza!
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
This fun activity is from Amy {here}

SHOE FRACTIONS
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
Students compared attributes about their shoes, then made fractions to show the data.
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.

Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.

CANDY FRACTIONS
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.

Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
On Valentine's Day we used candy to sort by colors, then made fractions to show what was in each packet.
Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.

Fraction Action! We compared shoes, sorted candy, tossed coins, and designed our own pizzas to practice fractions in fun ways.
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