Sunday, October 20, 2013

Visual Plans (October 21)

I'm popping in quickly on my last day of fall break to share my visual plans for this week with you. These plans are kinda minimal because I could spend all day on my visual plans but I decided that I'd rather enjoy my last day of fall break.

This week, we are working on cause and effect in reading. I absolutely love teaching cause and effect because there is so much that you can do with it.  (By the way, you should check out Readworks. They have free units with ideas for teaching many comprehension skills.)

Math is another story this week. I do not enjoy teaching money. I don't know who decided that children should first be introduced to money in 2nd grade but I'm not a fan. I'm relying on my bloggy friends to get me through teaching about money by using their amazing ideas.

Our unit this week is sound and I just haven't found anything great to use to teach it. I doubt that I will have much time for unit anyway because teaching money always takes so long.

Some books that I am reading this week are:

As always, click on any of my visual plan images to download. After you download, all the images on the PDF will lead you to the correct links.

 I hope you have a great week friends! I'm still relishing the win by my Vols yesterday! It's awesome to finally win a big game again.

I also wanted to share with you how awesome my mom is. She tore out all my student's math pages for me because our district buys us these big books that must be torn out.

This is not even all the pages that she tore out. I have 2 crates of these. So thankful for her!

I also made my first wreath over fall break. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Once I got the technique down, it was pretty easy. 

Have a great Sunday!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Fun"damental Phonics (Part 1)

Happy Thursday friends! I'm just dropping by to let you know that I have added a new product to my store. This product has definitely been a labor of love because it has taken me forever to get it together.
I believe in the power of phonics to help my students develop their reading skills. However, phonics instruction can be so boring for the kids. I've been working on ways to make phonics more fun and I've come up with some games and activities that your students are sure to love. 

There are 13 skills included in this set. Each week contains similar activities to make it easier to include them in centers or in small group instruction.

 Some of the activities included are in the picture below:

Best of all, I've included the short vowel activities for you as part of the preview.
Click on any of the pictures to view on TPT.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Visual Plans (October 14)

It's Sunday so it's time for Visual Plans. My plans are much shorter this week because I have Fall Break at the end of the week. WOOHOO! Can't wait! We also have a ton of events this week that will cut into teaching time.

These are my favorite kinds of weeks when I can teach thematically and do some fun activities.

As always, click on the plans to download and check out the links.

This week, I am reading:

Be sure to check out more awesome visual plans at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.
I don't know about you but I love peeking into other people's classrooms to see what they are doing. So fun!

Don't forget that the TPT flash sale ends today! My store is 20% off to celebrate and TPT is giving a percentage off if you enter the code FB100K at checkout. So get your shopping on today! 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Smart about Text Features (with a freebie)

This week, I have been focusing on introducing text features to my kiddos. The skill with our reading series has them finding facts and details from the text features but it's kinda hard to do if they don't know what a text feature is. 

On Monday, we read a book from Bookflix (by Scholastic) and found the text features in the book. We made a chart with my text feature cards and listed why each feature is important. Please excuse my messy writing! 

We went over a few more text features on Tuesday and I used Scholastic Storia and showed them a book on the iPad. I absolutely love Storia for reading books to the kids because they can see the text right in front of them.

Today, we did a text feature scavenger hunt in partners to look for text features in nonfiction books. 
The kids each used a separate nonfiction book that were on their levels.

We used some of the series below.


Here is the page we used for the text features scavenger hunt.

Click on the image to download.

Tomorrow, we are doing a Write the Room activity to review. We will be playing a board game on Friday for a fun activity.

Have a great night friends! I'm off to rest my eyes. My right contact bothered me all day. One day I'm gonna be smart enough to keep a spare pair of contacts in my purse. Anyone had lasik surgery? I'm really considering it because my contacts have been driving me crazy.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Visual Plans (Oct.7)

It's already Sunday so it's time for visual plans. 

 I had a hard time doing my visual plans this week because our skills for reading and unit are so blah. Our main reading skill is facts and details which comes from the CC standard (RI.2.5) which mentions text features so I'm going to focus on that.

I really like teaching place value so these math plans were fun to make. 

As always, click on any of the images above to download my visual plans. Once you download them, you can click on the links to take you to the freebies and files that I am using.

Since I couldn't really find what I needed for text features, I made my own pack.
You can find it in my TPT store.

This week, I am using the books below.

Have a good week!
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