Monday, January 30, 2017

We LOVE Fly Guy!

We just LOVE Fly Guy!
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
We did this a looong time ago, but I thought I'd share.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 We began the year with a book study using a simple chapter book. This made students very excited- they read a 'chapter book'!
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 To make it even more special, it's about Fly Guy- a pet fly to a boy named Buzz. :)
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 Students worked together to "dig into" the story. Great close reading practice!
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 Here are some of the focus vocabulary words I pulled from the story.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 We talked about each character's traits and the story elements.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 They answered questions about each of the chapters in the book.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 Text-to-self connections allowed students to relate the book to their own experiences.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 More pictures of the vocabulary wall and pages.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 Fly Guy won an award at the pet show. Here students had to get creative and design a ribbon for a category that they would add to the pet show.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
 Story notes allow students to share their own opinions and feedback about the book.
Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.

Our class LOVES Fly Guy! Here are some fun book companion activities we did with the book Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold.
You can find the book study {here}

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Favorites: Kids' Favorite Valentine's Day Books!

A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.

A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
This book is sure to make your students laugh! Crankenstein is a regular kid who turns into 'Crankenstein' because he hates all the lovey-dovey yuckiness associated with Valentine's Day...until he finds someone else who feels the same! It's written by Samantha Berger.
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the K-2 classroom.
Find some book companion activities{here}
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
This is a very popular Valentine's Day book, written by Felicia Bond. In it Cornelia Augusta makes special Valentines for each of her friends, made from the unique hearts that unexpectedly rain down from the sky.
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
 Find some book companion activities{here}
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
On Valentine's Day, Splat wants to give his crush, Kitten, a special card he made himself. Unfortunately another classmate, Spike, also wants to win her heart. A cute story by Rob Scotton.
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
Find some book companion activities {here}
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
During her class Valentine Card exchange, Junie B. Jones receives a mushy gushy Valentine from a 'Secret Admirer'. Of course she needs to figure out who gave it to her! This fun story is by Barbara Park.
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
 Find some book companion activities{here}
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend is technically not a Valentine's Day book, but it IS all about friendship, and that is the theme we try to promote in our class during Valentine's Day (and throughout February). In this fun story, Scaredy Squirrel makes lists of what requirements are necessary to be a perfect friend and how to make a friend. Written by Melanie Watt.
A great list of kids' favorite Valentine's Day themed books and book companion activities for the classroom.
Find some book companion activities {here}

Do you have some to add to the list? I'd love to hear about them- please share them below!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Kindness Project

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
I forgot to post this activity from last year, but it is timely and perfect to share with you before your Valentine's Day festivities begin!

We began by talking about how, as a class, we are part of a special community. We come together each day to share, learn and grow.
Within our class community, we are unique individuals created with different interests and abilities.
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
 Students were given cards with each of their classmate's names on them. They had to think of something special about that person, and write their sentence on the 'compliment card'. 
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
 This was a FANTASTIC exercise to have students pause and reflect on every single member of the class. They soon realized that they could not just write the same sentence on every card--what may be true about one person would not apply to another person.
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

 When the 'compliment cards' were completed, students cut out the names and put them in piles {by student name}. I took the piles and randomly distributed them. The only thing I made sure of is that they did not get their own name...the rest was random!
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
 Using materials donated by generous parents, students set to work decorating the posters. They all worked SO hard to make the posters look fantastic!
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
 They were spread out in the classroom, hallway, and other rooms so that the posters were kept TOP SECRET. We did not want anyone to know who had their name!
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
 Earlier in the week, I asked students WHY are we doing this project?
Here are some of their responses:
...to be kind
...to show we love each other
...because we're friends
...to show respect
...to show how well we know each other
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
On the day of the big reveal, they were excited to see their posters, and to read affirming messages from every classmate, written especially for themselves!
Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!

Valentine's Day Kindness Project where students compliment their peers and make posters about their classmates. A very special community building class activity!
I just love this community-building project, that also highlights the uniqueness of each individual within it! 
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