Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Fun & How to Catch a Leprechaun!

 Have you read How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace? 
I ordered my copy from Scholastic, and was instantly in love!
It's about some children who try to catch the elusive leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day. They set up lots of great traps and try to fool him with some sneaky tricks! 
I created this book study packed with companion activities to to along with the book. It includes an activity where students can design their own leprechaun trap...AWESOME!
How to Catch a Leprechaun book study companion activities- perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
Find it {here}

 A fun activity for younger students is Write the Room...with a St. Patrick's Day theme, of course! Perfect as a writing center or as part of your Daily 5!
St. Patrick's Day themed Write the Room pack- perfect as a writing center or as part of Daily 5!
Find it {here}

And just for fun, I will be throwing a St. Patrick's Day sale! Follow the rainbow to some fun teaching resources by clicking the button below.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Rhyming Activities Round Up

Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
During this month of all-things-Seuss, it is a great time to practice the phonemic awareness skill of rhyme! Especially since many of Dr. Seuss's books are filled with rhyme, which act as the perfect springboard.

Here are a few fun activities to help students with their rhyming skills.

RHYMING BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN
It's played like London Bridge is Falling Down, and is sung to the same tune.

Two students are the 'bridge', the rest make a line-up and take turns passing under the bridge as they sing:

Rhyming bridge is falling down,
falling down,
falling down,
Rhyming bridge is falling down

My fair lady-o.
Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
Whoever gets caught in the bridge has to come up with a pair of words that rhyme before they are released.
eg. bear, chair
Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
Play continues until everyone has a turn getting caught & making their rhyme.

To aid those who are not yet confident in their rhyming abilities, give a prompt such as:
Can you think of a word that rhymes with ....

This activity was so much fun, and is a great way to reinforce phonemic awareness skills while getting up and moving around the room!
Find out more {here}

RHYMING CARDS MATCH
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
A quick and simple literacy center, students match the cards that rhyme. Perfect as a pocket chart activity center.
Find it {here}

DAB-A-WORD
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Do your students love using Bingo dabbers as much as mine? These pages help students practice rhyming skills while using a fun learning tool!

RHYMING READ THE ROOM
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Active learning! Get students moving around the classroom looking for the picture cards. Then see if they can identify which cards have rhymes and which do not.

WORD FAMILIES
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Using alphabet cards and word family mats, students manipulate the beginning sounds to create word families. A recording sheet is provided.

REAL OR SILLY?
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Using another fun learning tool- highlighters!- students identify which words are 'real' and which words are 'silly'.

MAKE SOME RHYMES
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including matching cards, dab-a-word, read the room, and a Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down class game!
Students illustrate pictures of things that rhyme with the picture provided. A great assessment tool!

Find these activities {and more!} as part of my Rhyme Time pack {here}
Activities to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten and First Grade, including dab-a-word, read the room, word families, and more!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday Favorites: Fun Dr. Seuss Themed Classroom Ideas

Here are a TON of Dr. Seuss themed classroom decor and class party ideas that are perfect for Dr. Seuss month!

FUN CLASSROOM DECOR



FUN SNACK IDEAS



Find more Dr. Seuss ideas by following my Pinterest board!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Magic Tree House Activities...for ANY Book in the Series!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are SO many Magic Tree House books in the series, that when we do this as a guided reading book study, I let students choose ANY book they like!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 First, we spend lots of time reading and enjoying the books- anywhere in the classroom!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
After the book has been read, students work at their own pace doing activities that go with the ANY book in the series!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are pages that focus on story elements, character traits, and their favorite character in the story.
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There is also a fun section where students can design their own tree house- tell what it needs and then illustrate what it would look like!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are many text-to-self connection pages where students compare their own experiences with that of Jack and Annie.
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 There are activities that delve into the genre of Magic Tree House books- how they are adventures and how they are fantasies!
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 Lots of activities delve into the story, where they describe the setting, story events, the characters in the adventure, and how Jack & Annie return home again.
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!

The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
 You can find the Magic Tree House pack {here}
The activities in this book companion study pack can be used for ANY Magic Tree House book in the series! Perfect for individual, small group, or whole class guided reading!
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