Mentor Text 4.27.14

Hello there; time for Mentor Text!  This week the theme is End of the Year books…doesn't that have a nice ring; can't believe it's almost May!  Sarah and I have started our end of the year "to do lists," which are always very long.  One book we like to read at the end of the year is Last Day Blues.  This is by the same author as First Day Jitters (which is also a cute book).  Last Day Blues is about a class of students that is preparing for summer.  They are thinking about all of the fun they will have but also all of the things they will miss; including their teacher.  This is a cute and clever story that students (and teachers!) are sure to enjoy! 


Below is an End of the Year graphic organizer that you can use with your kiddos for this book or any other End of the Year book.  Click here if you'd like a FREE copy!

The book report is one of the activities included in our End of Year Fun packet.  End of Year Fun includes over 20 activities for your kiddos to enjoy.  Reading, Writing, Math, and Language concepts are all covered in the activities.  This was a big seller last year.  Our kiddos loved it and we know yours would too!  

On the topic of end of the year, we also have this fun freebie for you.  Click HERE if you'd like your free copy of our End of the Year awards -- there's one for each grade (K-5)!

Have a GREAT week! 

Five for Friday 4.25.14


Here's a peek at our week:

We started our week with this fun Earth Day project:

Our Flat Stanley's are still coming back!  The kiddos always love to see his adventures!

We learned about homophones this week.  Homophones are always fun to teach.  We made these fun flip books to show homophones.  

This book is great for teaching homophones:

We had a trip to the science museum on Thursday.  The kiddos had a blast.  There was so much to see and fun things to interact with.    

Our kiddos are loving our Prove Yourself math journal prompts.  They are great for providing evidence while solving math problems (which our kiddos really needed practice with).

 After reading a math statement, the students decide if it is true or false and their reasoning for their answer.

Have a GREAT weekend! 

Mentor Text 4.20.14

Good Morning!  We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky.  This week the theme is Social Studies.  One of the books that we enjoy reading during our map unit is The Scrambled States of America.  

At the first annual "states party," Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?


This book is a nice fit when we are in the middle of our Flat Stanley project.  Do you do Flat Stanley at your school?  Our kiddos sent their Flat Stanley's all over the country before Spring Break.  Each day they are excited to see if their Flat Stanley has come back.  Once we read the Flat Stanley letter and check out the pictures (and other fun things they send along), we hang the Flat Stanley in the hall with string attached to pinpoint the location it came from.  It's neat to see how many states are represented when all of the Flat Stanley's have come back!   

Enjoy your week! 

Five for Friday 4.18.14

Hello all!  Here is a peek into our week:

Make sure to hop on over to our store!  

While there, check out our Spring Math Bags for K, 1st, and 2nd:

and our Summer Math Bags for K, 1st, and 2nd:

Sarah had a fun egg hunt for her kiddos to wrap up a fun week!

And their prize at the end:

We had a fun time making "spring themed" postcards to send to our pen pals (Amanda and Aylin's kiddos) this week:

This week we started the Questioning reading comprehension strategy.  

Students recorded their before, during, and after questions on post it notes to stick on the chart:

We also used a few graphic organizers (which you can get HERE for free):

We are linking up with Molly over at Lucky to Be in First to share a fun freebie! We've created a summer story and reading comprehension mini pack which would be a fun activity for your kiddos now or at the end of the year!  Click HERE for your free copy.  We're also sharing over at Manic Monday

If you're ahead of the game and need more End of Year / Summer fun like the freebie above, check out our End of the Year Fun packet!  Sure to keep your kiddos engaged during those last few weeks of the year! :)

This feedback for the packets is priceless (SO TRUE)…

Enjoy your weekend and HAPPY EASTER! 

Mentor Text 4.13.14

Good Morning!  We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text linky.  This week the theme is Science.  The book we are sharing is The Great Kapok Tree.  Have you ever read it?  If not, it is a must read.  The Great Kapok Tree is about a man that is chopping down a kapok tree.  While taking a break all of the animals and even a child speak to him about the importance of trees and protecting them.  Once he awakes he picks up his ax, fortunately setting it down again and walking off.  The illustrations are beautiful and the message is very clear.  This book is a perfect read with Earth Day coming up!  

 Using the worksheet below students decide if the man should continue to chop down the tree or not and reasons to support their choice.  If you'd like a free copy, click here!

If you're looking for more Earth Day fun, check out our What a Wonderful World class book!  It's one of our favorite activities during the year!

Five for Friday {4.11.14}
Yay for Friday!!  We've made it through our first week back after Spring Break!  We hope you've had a great week.  Here's a peek at what we've been up to!

Over Spring Break, we completed our Seasonal Math Bags for grades K, 1, and 2!!  We also bundled them together.  Now you can get a year's worth of math center activities in one purchase!  We want to celebrate with an AWESOME deal this weekend.
This deal will be set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!!  If you LOVE Math Bags, this is a deal you CAN'T pass up!!  Click the picture above to head to our store for a whole "bundle" of Math Bag love!

We wrapped up our Genre Unit this week by reading several books on the same topic, but in different genres.  So we took the topic of DOGS.  Then we read several dog books from different genres.  We had the kiddos think about from which genre they liked to read about dogs and why many authors write books on the same topic.
We've got 3 Genre FREEBIES in our TpT store!! 

Spring Has Sprung in our classrooms!!  Since returning from Spring Break, we've had warm weather, which has been AMAZING!!  We are loving it!!  Not to mention, it has greatly helped our Spring activities in the classroom this week!
We had some great Spring Scholastic News Magazines piled up that fit in perfectly!  After we read an issue, kiddos complete a Spring activity from our Spring Has Sprung pack.
This Spring passage and comprehension strategy pack has been wonderful for guided reading groups this week!  It is a great time to review what comprehension skills we've done so far this year!

This week we picked back up with our Authors as Mentors Writing Unit.  We are studying Mo Willems as our author.  We are LOVING how excited the kiddos are to read his books!  During Daily 5 they are always grabbing them off the is so fun to hear them read them with exaggerated expression!
We used the Pigeon books to talk about different sentence types.
We used the Elephant and Piggie books to look at motion lines....
 and dialogue in speech bubbles.
We've been recording the writing crafts of Mo Willems on this chart.  To find out more about these activities and find more great resources to teach Author's Craft, check out our Pinterest Board for this unit!

Tamra is back at school after her maternity leave!!  I (Sarah) am SUPER excited to have by best teaching buddy back at school!  We've already been chatting like crazy at recess!!  To welcome her back, I made her a few goodies:
Photo Cubes with her adorable cuties!!

Guacamole - her favorite snack!!