Monday, September 29, 2014

Flashback to the Farm

The last two weeks I taught all about the farm.  Two weeks ago, we read Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm and last week we read Farming by Gail Gibbons.  In addition we had several days of Social Studies lessons on farming and products that come from the farm.  I wish I had taken more pictures because this is one of my all time favorite units of the year.  But here are some pictures of our farm fun.

The majority of activities we completed these past few weeks are now available in my newest unit! 
It includes the Nonfiction Reading Plans, Social Studies Plans, Centers, and tons of printables for morning work, interventions and review.  

To see some of my past farm posts click HERE!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fun on the Farm

Hey All!
   I feel like I have a million things to share, so I'll write a post a day until I get all caught up. I'm super excited to be all finished with my farm unit.  I just finished using it in my classroom and we had a blast the last two weeks with farm activities.  I'll post pictures of our week soon.  For years I've posted our farm activities and have been asked if they were available on TpT. Now they finally are! Below is the finished product.

Included in this unit is a week's worth of shared reading with the book Farming by Gail Gibbons, as well as Social Studies lesson plans for the week.  In addition, there are 6 centers that are Common Core aligned and include "I can" cards. I also included a few "Write the room" activities, as well as a ton of farm printables to cover all sorts of standards.

If you would like this unit, you can click HERE
Have a fantastic week friends! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Five for Friday...Better Late than Never

I'm linking up with my 5 this Saturday.  Yes, on Saturday...again! 

So here we go...

Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day.  My pirate units are some of my favorite units I've created.  I always look forward to our two weeks of pirate fun.  The first unit is a pirate themed map unit that also includes centers and a craft. And my Pirate Shared Reading unit includes many common core reading activities.

 I also love this book and so do my kiddos.

Here are some activities we completed last year. 

In addition to these units I also have some pirate freebies in my store. You can check them out below.

This week we read Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm. We talked about how the characters changed in this story as well as chose our favorite characters.  Students had to give a specific reason from the text as to why they liked that character. 

We also learned all about farms this week. Here is our anticipation guide.

 And here are a few of our farm centers this week.  

You can find my plans and resources from this week by clicking HERE.

When I'm not working, blogging, cooking, cleaning or shopping, I'm watching baseball. Lots and lots of baseball and I love every minute, because my favorite players are my sweet boys.  Drew is quite the baseball player.
 And Landon...well, he's something.
 And Gussy likes to watch too.

 So proud! 

Today I did a little shopping. I'm so happy it's finally fall weather here in Ohio.  I love fall clothes. In addition to buying my boys new clothes, I might have done a little shopping for myself.  Here are some outfits and pieces I'm loving.

I bought a cute leather jacket today at Limited.  I love black leather jackets with all sorts of outfits.


Speaking of fall... Decorating my house for this season is my favorite. I'll be buying our mums tomorrow and can't wait to head to the pumpkin patch to complete our porch. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Peek at my Week 9-15-14

Hey friends!
    Better late than never. I'm linking up with the fabulous Ms. Deedee to bring you a peek at my week.  I love this week.  Farm might be one of my favorite things to teach and the reason I'm currently working on a ginormous pack of plans, printables, centers and more all about the farm.  I should have it all finished by next weekend.  Until then here are my plans, as well as a lot of farm freebies. Remember, you'll have to download my plans, then click on the pictures within the plans to access the freebies and units I've listed.  

This is the unit I am currently working on, so it will not be available quite yet. 

Now to rewind to last week. Last week was our Walk-a-thon week. The whole school focused on health and fitness.  We read 2 books last week, Get up and Go and I.Q Get's Fit.  The kids loved both books and we did a lot of great reading.  

On Monday we made predictions!

 On Tuesday we looked at heading and found important details in the text under the specific headings.

On Wednesday, we discuss fluent reading and how good readers pay attention to punctuation when they read.  Students were introduced to the punctuation people and we searched for each of their punctuation in our letter in the morning.  We also practiced reading the sentences fluently according to the punctuation for each sentence. 
 Here is a sweet friend looking for Comma Claire's punctuation.

 After fluently reading Get up and Go, we did this punctuation sheet together.  We then practiced reading each sentence fluently.  
 On Thursday we compared our two stories.  Please ignore the ugliness of this chart. You can tell I prepared these circles at the last minute.  I do love the comparing and contrasting my students did though. They are seriously amazing me! :) 
 And on Friday, we walked! 
Our school raised $14,000.00 through the Walk-a-thon.  Such an easy and fun fundraiser.  

I'll be back soon with some fun on the farm!