Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Just In Time

Hello friends! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year! This is our first Halloween in our house and I am so excited to see all the little trick or treaters in their costumes tomorrow night. I also cannot wait to use Abby's Candy Corn Bandit unit tomorrow. My second graders are going to love it!

I created this little freebie to add to my Halloween fun!
Stop by my TPT store to pick it up! I am also putting my Bats! Nonfiction and Fiction Mini Unit on sale through tomorrow! 

This week is also Red Ribbon Week at my school. My sweet room moms decorated my classroom door for me.
How cute is that!! 
My kiddos wrote their pledges on their hand prints.

Happy Halloween to all!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's My Birthday!

Well actually yesterday was my birthday. I was so super busy yesterday after I left school that I totally forgot to get on here to share my little surprise. :(

But... I'm throwing a sale in my TPT store! This is my first sale and I have put everything up for 20% off.

Please drop by and check it out by clicking on the link below! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Going Batty!!

These past two weeks we have been working on informational and literary text. We started off by reviewing what we already know about informational and literary text and made a venn diagram anchor chart to compare and contrast the two.
Then I introduced the kiddos to our new unit, an informational and literary investigation on bats! They were so excited to share everything they already knew about bats! I did more informational and literary text comparisons by using what we know about nonfiction text features to sort a stack of books (On bats of course!) into an informational book pile and a literary book pile. Then we discussed what good readers do before reading an informational text and made this bats pictograph to show our classes' feelings about bats. Hands down the majority of my class thinks bats are cool! I also took a little time to give a brief introduction on pictographs and how we use them to display data.
 Next we made an anchor chart listing all the questions we have about bats that we want to find out during our study. They were able to come up with so many questions! I loved how they were using the 5Ws and How words to develop their questions!
 Now for my new unit! I'm so excited to share this bat nonfiction and fiction mini unit! My kiddos loved using this to enhance their understanding of literary and informational text! This unit goes along with Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and Bats by Gail Gibbons! Don't you just love those books! You can check out my new unit at my little store here! Here is a little preview.

 We also completed this bat craftivity (pattern and response sheet available in my bats unit) to show our understanding of determining main idea and key details in a multi-paragraph text.

Please stop back by tomorrow for a little surprise!! Happy TGI almost F!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quick Update and Freebie

Next week in spelling we are reviewing long vowels a, e, i, o, and u. As part of my literacy station rotation my students always work on a phonics related word sort or cut and paste activity. This week I created a simple read and write the room chart for my kiddos to complete as part of their phonics station. This will give my kids the opportunity to apply what they have learned about long vowels during these past 7 weeks of word study. If you would like a quick activity to be placed in your literacy station, word work station, or to have everyone complete at the same time you can click here for a copy.

We are also finishing up our bats informational and literary text study this week. I'm making finishing touches on my unit and will put it up on TPT soon! I'm so excited about this unit! It has truly been a labor of love and my kiddos have had a blast completing it!!

In the meantime... I hope y'all enjoy the rest of your weekend!!