Friday, April 07, 2017

Favorite Easter Books for Kids

A list of favorite Easter themed books for kids in PreK, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade.
JAN BRETT'S THE EASTER EGG 
Jan Brett is a well-known and loved author known for wonderful storytelling and beautiful pictures! This Easter story follows Hoppi on his quest to design the winning Easter egg, so that he will be chosen to assist the Easter Rabbit! 
Find a companion pack for this precious story {here}
THE PARABLE OF THE LILY
If you teach in a religious school, like me, you might choose to focus on a Christian themed Easter story. This book by Liz Curtis Higgs shares the Easter story as a parable.
I have made a companion pack to go along with this book {here}
KEVIN HENKES' EGG
 Kevin Henkes just released his 50th book, and it's called EGG. This sweet book is full of fun surprises!
This book study companion pack supplements the story! 
Find it {here}
THE EASTER BUNNY'S ASSISTANT
 Students always crack up when we read The Easter Bunny's Assistant. That's because the assistant is a skunk, and when he gets excited...well he creates quite a stink :)
My companion pack for this Easter favorite can be found {here}
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A CHICK
 Of course Lucille Colandro has an 'old lady' book for every occasion, and this is her Easter version!
I made a pack that actually goes with every book in the series! 
Find it all {here}
JUNIE B. JONES, FIRST GRADER
DUMB BUNNY
If your kids are ready for chapter books, this one is fun for them to read or as a class read aloud. Junie B. Jones is invited to an Easter party...and we'll leave the rest for you to find out!
My book study companion activity for this Junie B. Jones favorite can be found {here}
Happy reading!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Poetry Month!

April is Poetry Month!
It's a unique genre to have students read. It also involves the introduction of different formats in student writing activities. 
I have created this poetry pack that introduces students {Grades 2-6} to 10 different types of poems, and includes formats on how to write them!
POETRY TYPES INCLUDE:
Acrostic Poems
Diamante Poems
Haikus
Quinzaine Poems
Rhyming Pairs
Cinquain Poems
Alliteration Poetry
Onomatopoeia Poems
Repeated Words Poems
Cut & Paste Poems

Graphic organizers help students to organize their thoughts and make sure they have all of the required components included. 
Here they are peer editing, see them counting to make sure there are enough syllables in each sentence? :)
Writing pages include space for illustrations and a header for their poem's title.

You can find it all {here}

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Egg {a new Kevin Henkes book!}

Have you seen the newest book by Kevin Henkes? 
It's called Egg and it's ADORABLE!
A yellow egg, a pink egg, a blue egg, and a green egg begin to hatch. Your students will love guessing what is inside each one! 
This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!
It's a great story for making predictions! 
This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!

This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!
It's also great for color learning.
This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!
The book is also about friendship- it is so sweet!

I made this book study pack filled with companion activities to go with the story. It's perfect for a spring theme!
This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!
Students will make predictions, practice color learning, make text-to-self connections, do writing activities, retell the story, do vocabulary activities, compare the story's characters, design their own eggs...and much more!
This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!
You can find it all {here}
This book study is filled with companion activities to go with Kevin Henkes' book Egg. It's perfect for a spring theme!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Fun & How to Catch a Leprechaun!

 Have you read How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace? 
I ordered my copy from Scholastic, and was instantly in love!
It's about some children who try to catch the elusive leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day. They set up lots of great traps and try to fool him with some sneaky tricks! 
I created this book study packed with companion activities to to along with the book. It includes an activity where students can design their own leprechaun trap...AWESOME!
How to Catch a Leprechaun book study companion activities- perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
Find it {here}

 A fun activity for younger students is Write the Room...with a St. Patrick's Day theme, of course! Perfect as a writing center or as part of your Daily 5!
St. Patrick's Day themed Write the Room pack- perfect as a writing center or as part of Daily 5!
Find it {here}

And just for fun, I will be throwing a St. Patrick's Day sale! Follow the rainbow to some fun teaching resources by clicking the button below.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Rhyming Activities Round Up

Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
During this month of all-things-Seuss, it is a great time to practice the phonemic awareness skill of rhyme! Especially since many of Dr. Seuss's books are filled with rhyme, which act as the perfect springboard.

Here are a few fun activities to help students with their rhyming skills.

RHYMING BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN
It's played like London Bridge is Falling Down, and is sung to the same tune.

Two students are the 'bridge', the rest make a line-up and take turns passing under the bridge as they sing:

Rhyming bridge is falling down,
falling down,
falling down,
Rhyming bridge is falling down

My fair lady-o.
Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
Whoever gets caught in the bridge has to come up with a pair of words that rhyme before they are released.
eg. bear, chair
Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
Play continues until everyone has a turn getting caught & making their rhyme.

To aid those who are not yet confident in their rhyming abilities, give a prompt such as:
Can you think of a word that rhymes with ....

This activity was so much fun, and is a great way to reinforce phonemic awareness skills while getting up and moving around the room!
Find out more {here}

RHYMING CARDS MATCH
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
A quick and simple literacy center, students match the cards that rhyme. Perfect as a pocket chart activity center.
Find it {here}

DAB-A-WORD
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Do your students love using Bingo dabbers as much as mine? These pages help students practice rhyming skills while using a fun learning tool!

RHYMING READ THE ROOM
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Active learning! Get students moving around the classroom looking for the picture cards. Then see if they can identify which cards have rhymes and which do not.

WORD FAMILIES
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Using alphabet cards and word family mats, students manipulate the beginning sounds to create word families. A recording sheet is provided.

REAL OR SILLY?
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Using another fun learning tool- highlighters!- students identify which words are 'real' and which words are 'silly'.

MAKE SOME RHYMES
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Students illustrate pictures of things that rhyme with the picture provided. A great assessment tool!

Find these activities {and more!} as part of my Rhyme Time pack {here}
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including dab-a-word, read the room, word families, and more!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday Favorites: Fun Dr. Seuss Themed Classroom Ideas

Here are a TON of Dr. Seuss themed classroom decor and class party ideas that are perfect for Dr. Seuss month!

FUN CLASSROOM DECOR



FUN SNACK IDEAS



Find more Dr. Seuss ideas by following my Pinterest board!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Magic Tree House Activities...for ANY Book in the Series!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are SO many Magic Tree House books in the series, that when we do this as a guided reading book study, I let students choose ANY book they like!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 First, we spend lots of time reading and enjoying the books- anywhere in the classroom!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
After the book has been read, students work at their own pace doing activities that go with the ANY book in the series!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are pages that focus on story elements, character traits, and their favorite character in the story.
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There is also a fun section where students can design their own tree house- tell what it needs and then illustrate what it would look like!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are many text-to-self connection pages where students compare their own experiences with that of Jack and Annie.
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are activities that delve into the genre of Magic Tree House books- how they are adventures and how they are fantasies!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 Lots of activities delve into the story, where they describe the setting, story events, the characters in the adventure, and how Jack & Annie return home again.
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 You can find the Magic Tree House pack {here}
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
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