First of all, I would like to apologize to all of the Reading Street teachers out there. I intended to keep posting all of my documents throughout the year, but this is like my first year of teaching all over again. Except this time, I know what I've done in the past, and I am being my own biggest critic and worst enemy. :) So, again, I am sorry! This school-year has been a LOT more difficult than I anticipated. Thanks for sticking with me throughout this really transitional time of my life. As you are about to see, I am making use of all of the wonderfully creative ideas out there on the web, because I haven't had the time to reinvent the wheel this year! :)
Anyway... this post is basically a hodgepodge. I am piled under a ton of stuff on my desk, but I wanted to take a quick minute to update you all on some of our recent classroom happenings. Please excuse my crummy Droid-tastic photos! :)
We just started our new unit on Communities...so we made this Pinterest-inspired flip book.
We learned about how exciting, strong verbs make our writing more exciting and vivid, so I taught a highly condensed version of The Teacher Wife's verb packet. We brainstormed verbs and created a web, they made action heroes, and we took a few "boring" verbs and found more vivid synonyms before writing.
We did a little mini-version of Abby's Mystery Box lesson too... and the kids loved it!
We talked about how our prior knowledge or schema works a lot like a file cabinet. Thank you Debbie Miller for helping me access my students' knowledge about penguins prior to reading Penguin Chick.
We also just wrapped up our Pumpkin Book Reports! I used Hope King's bundle... and it was super cute and organized. :) The only setback? Trying to store 48 pumpkins between my room and my teamie's room. If you aren't afraid of a little pumpkin encroachment, I highly recommend this project! With 48 kiddos, there were soooo many cute pumpkins. Here's a sampling!