Turkey Trouble Writing Activity

Good Morning!  This blog post is extra special for me because not only am I sharing the news that I blogged on our collaborative blog Primary Punchbowl for the first time, but it is also my 100th post on this blog!  I have loved this adventure from the moment I decided to do it and have learned so much and feel so inspired by all of you!  I can't wait to see where this journey takes me.  Now I feel so lucky to be apart of the collaborative blog The Primary Punchbowl with some wonderful teachers who support and inspire me everyday!

Be sure to click on the picture below to read my post about a November writing activity you can do with the book Turkey Trouble.  It has a FREEBIE included! 

Have a great day!

Five for Friday

Happy Friday Friends!  I am so excited to be linking up with Doodle Bug Teaching for one of my favorite linkys.  I always feel it starts Friday off on the right foot.  I have missed the past few weeks, but for a good reason.  

The Hubby and I moved to our dream house a few weeks ago and we have been buried in boxes and unpacking our little hearts away.  We couldn't be more happier and feel so blessed.  Our two dogs, Mario and Joey have a yard with a fence to run freely in and to have more space is just wonderful.  I am happy to say we are mostly unpacked and I feel like our lives are going back to normal.  Moving is a lot of work.  We plan to stay here for a long, long, long time. :)

This week we have been busy learning how to listen to our peers and take notes.  We are finishing up our last week of our Unit 1 for ELA.  It's been fun to watch the kiddos interact with each other and give eye contact, listen, and then draw a picture or write words to remember their partner's ideas.  Today we are going to start sharing our notes.  It has been a great reading, writing, speaking and listening activity.

That moment you are planning for the next week during your prep and you have a major sweet tooth attack.  Then you remember you have a Hershey's bar in your purse.  Milk chocolate for the win!

We are labeling fanatics and I love it!  They are doing a really nice job stretching out the sounds that they hear and writing the letters.  

I'm going to end with this lovely picture of the tree outside my classroom.  We can't stop starring at it.  Each day it gets more vibrant and it's breathtaking.  

Well, that wraps up my Five for Friday.  It felt so good to recap my week again.  Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and weekend!  Hold on tight folks, we almost made it. ;)


Primary Punchbowl: Fall Blog Hop

Welcome to our Fall Blog Hop!  Fall is my favorite time of the year!  The colors, the cooler temperatures, the comfy clothes and boot weather.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate my favorite season then by participating in a fall blog hop with some of my favorite blogging buddies.  Now grab a cup of hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte and start blog hopping to grab some great fall ideas to use in your classroom, some freebies, and a chance to win TpT gift certificates.  

I try to include a variety of fall read alouds during the season and one book in particular I love to read is The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown.  

This week we are working on the letter Ss and I always incorporate this book into my lesson plans.

If you haven't read the story it is about a little scarecrow boy who wants to go out and scare the crows like his Dad.  His Dad tells him that he is not scary enough, but the boy decides to go out anyways.  As he tries to scare the crows he is quickly learning that he is gotten into more than he can handle and his "scary faces" are not doing the trick.  His Dad swoops in and saves the day and helps the little scarecrow boy scare the crows and the scarecrow boy learns a valuable lesson that he needs to listen to his parents and wait until he is ready.  This story lends itself to a lot of great discussions and inferences.  

We talk about the lessons learned and then talk about lessons that they have learned.  We also make scarecrows out of shapes. 

Use this Fall Freebie during literacy centers to practice letter/beginning sounds.  Students can spin the spinner and color the picture that matches the letter.  

The following products are 50% percent off throughout the Fall Blog Hop.  You can access them here

These packets can be used as you read and work on beginning, middle, end and story elements of Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.  

The Five Senses Packet has vocabulary cards, an emergent reader, graphic organizer, and concentration game. 

Use this literacy packet to practice letter/sound identification, beginning sounds, sight words, and sentence structure. 

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Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Be sure to hop over to the other great blogs to grab some fall freebies and other great ideas.  Also, be sure to hop over to our new collaborative blog The Primary Punchbowl for a chance to win some great prizes including a pair of Kendra Scott Earrings.

Happy Fall!

Nursery Rhyme Mania

Happy Monday!  I'm popping in for a few minutes to share our fun times with nursery rhymes.  This is one of my favorite topics to teach at the beginning of the year because I feel like regardless of the level, all of my kiddos can be successful reading and reciting the rhymes. 

Also, in such a short amount of time we are able to focus on so many fundamental skills:  
Tracking left to right

Not to mention we target reading, writing, speaking and listening all at the same time.

We are focusing on one nursery rhyme every two days.  Last week we did Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Hickory Dickory Dock, and this week we are finishing Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. 

I begin my lesson by having the students listen to the nursery rhyme. I want my students to feel comfortable with the rhythm and rhyme of the nursery rhyme.  We sing it a few times together and act it out.  Then after we sing it I show them the nursery rhyme in print. 

After we read it a few times for enjoyment we dive in and take a closer look.  We read like detectives and look for important words that help us understand the rhyme.  I track line by line and ask my students to tell me words they think are important.  

We take some time talking about the vocabulary words and why they are important. For a movement break I have them quiz, quiz, trade (a Kagan strategy) where students walk around with a vocabulary card and tell why it is important in the story and then trade their card with a partner.  

Next, we work on sequencing the nursery rhyme with pictures. 

Students color, cut, and glue the nursery rhyme in order and then tell me the rhyme when they are finished.  I model pointing to the pictures as we tell the story.  Afterwards they color the nursery rhyme book where they practice their tracking left to right.  I have them get with a partner and practice EEKK (elbow to elbow, knee to knee) as they read the nursery rhyme with a partner.

Finally, we finish our nursery rhyme with creating props to act out the rhyme.  

For kiddos that finish early I have puzzles ready where they can sequence the rhyme by themselves or with a partner.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my nursery rhyme lessons.  It has been fun to watch my kiddos work through these rhymes.  They really enjoy it!  I hope you found them useful.  If you are interested I have all my nursery rhymes available in one bundle or sold individually on my TpT store.  

Have a great night! 

Currently: October

Happy October! It's my favorite month and I'm excited to be linking up with Farley for her monthly Currently linky!  

Listening: I couldn't keep my eyes open last night after Scandal so I saved my new favorite show to watch today.  I started to listen to it, but I can tell already I have to stop and wait until after school when I can focus.  

Loving: I am loving that my favorite month is here.  I just love October.  It makes my heart happy and makes me think of so many happy memories.  Plus, I love the colors, the pumpkins, the apple picking, the warm cozy sweater, ahh...I could go on and on!  

Thinking: We recently sold our townhouse and have a contract on a house.  Our buyer wanted a 30 day close so we are frantically trying to pack up.  I just keep reminding myself it will all get done, it will all get done!  We close next Friday!  I am so excited.  I can't wait! Our new house has a fenced yard and I can't wait for my two dogs to have the chance to run around freely!

Wanting: I can't wait to decorate for Halloween.  My Mom and I love Halloween and growing up I always helped her decorate her house.  She is known to have the best decorations.  She collects Halloween houses and goes all out for the trick-or-treaters. (Plus she gives out the big candy bars ;))  Once I moved into my townhouse she started the tradition of buying me one Halloween house each year.  My collection is growing and I can't wait to put them out in our new house.  

Needing: I can't get enough of my favorite fall drink: pumpkin spice lattes.  I definitely need to stop on my way to work.  Fridays are always better with a Starbucks cup in hand. 

Boo-tiful- I always feel so pretty after I get a manicure and pedicure (which I am in need of)  Perhaps after the move I will treat myself to both.  

Thanks for stopping by and reading through my Currently!  

Happy October!