Visual Plans for the Week of October 20th - Bats!

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I am linking up with Deedee Will's Peek at my Week.

This week we are diving into a bat themed science unit. 

I have updated the packet above to include interactive notebook files!  Please, redownload if you have already purchased.  If you have not purchased, check out the packet by clicking the image, I am listing it at a reduced price for today only.  

If you want to check out a freebie from the packet, click the image below.

Here are some of the read alouds I am utilizing this week. 

Here are some pictures of a few of the activities from my packet:

Last week we finished up our pumpkin unit and we dissected a pumpkin to label the parts.  The guinea pigs enjoyed the treat!

We shared the other half with Mocha the rabbit next door.  Then she stopped by to visit.  She is so sweet and soft. 

The computer lab was closed on Friday, so I did this cute number line activity from Cara Carroll's FrankenFun packet with the kiddos.  First we watched this cute little video about Frankenstein. They loved it. 

Story: Frankenstein read by Greg Vaughan for... by speakaboos

Then we did Cara Carroll's Frankeline activity.  How cute are they?!

This weekend I went to a Great Gatsby themed Gala for Southside Hospital.  I rented this dress from Rent the Runway.  I will definitely try them again!  They send two sizes and you get $25 off on your first rental.  Click {HERE} to check them out.

Have a great week!

October 14th Visual Plans - Pumpkins Continued

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For my plan book format, check out this packet:

I am linking up with Deedee Wills for her Peek at the Week.


We are using my Short o Literacy Centers this week.  As well as the Words of the Week packet and Spelling Homework Menu.

Our science theme is still pumpkins.  I updated my pumpkin packet about four times last week!  So if you purchased, please check to see if you need to redownload.  I updated it because I am getting observed this week for math centers and I wanted math centers to go with the standards we just covered with Engage NY.  I am no expert on the Engage NY program, so please don't ask me for advice.  I honestly don't have any advice.  Maybe just to make sure to get math centers in somehow so that the math is not so dry for the kids.  Maybe by next school year I can be more of a help.  I am just trying my best to figure out what parts of the program to include.  There is no way I could fit all that they have in for a day into my day.  You can check out Engage NY for free online.

Here is a little post for my focus wall.  You can snag it for free by clicking the image.

The "Number Bond" math center above meets the standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.B.4 
Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem.  This center is from my Pumpkin packet. There are two versions of the number bond recording sheet to promote differentiation.  If you notice, for this version, the equal sign is not always positioned last.  I told the students that was to keep them on their toes and focused and not to let that trick them. 

 The "Ways to Make Ten" Center above meets the standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.6
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.  This center is actually part of my Halloween Math Center packet.  I found these erasers at Target in the Dollar Spot!  I also have a version of this available in my pumpkin packet.  The version in my pumpkin packet also includes a "Ways to Make Ten Number Bond" recording sheet for early finishers. 

This "Is it True" Center meets the standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.D.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.  I originally included a work mat without the space to use manipulatives and some of my students could do the adding in their heads.  However, most of the students couldn't, so then I updated the packet to include the work mat you see above.  The pumpkin counters are mini-erasers from Target's Dollar Spot.  

In addition to pumpkin themed centers this week, I picked a center from my Domino Math Center Packet.  I noticed Engage NY was using dominos and thought this center would help reinforce the skills taught in the math lesson.  I also have varying levels of this activity to promote differentiation

Thanks for stopping by!

Pumpkins & Short i: Visual plans for October 5th & Freebies

I thought I would grab your attention with a little freebie.  This is my first year trying interactive science notebooks, so I am slowly adapting my old packets to add interactive science elements.  I thought I would give you these two freebies!  Just click the image above to download.  

Here are my plans for the week!  Just click to download. 

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Again I am linking up with my pal Deedee for her Peek at the Week linky.

Short i is our phonic element of the week.  I have gotten so many compliments and kind words on the phonic center packets I created for my students.  Teachers love that the format stays the same but the focus changes.  This makes the centers so easy and time-saving to implement.  The students don't need directions each week, they just dive in.  The same goes for my Words of the Week Packet.  One less thing for this teacher to spend precious time on!!

I have added 33 more pages to my Pumpkin packet below!  Please, redownload if you have already purchased.  If you havent' purchase, I suggest checking it out.  You can get 136 pages for the limited time reduced price of only $7.50!

Here is a peek at some of the activities in this unit.

On Monday, we will do a Schema chart...this is a photo from last year, without my cute little signs included in the packet!

Here are some of the old and new Common Core math activities in the packet.  If you use Engage NY, you need to check these activities out! 

In addition to my unit, I will be using the following activities from fellow TpT sellers for our "Pumpkin Day."  Parents will be coming in on Friday to help with pumpkin themed centers. 
The glyph above is from Deanna's Pumpkin Patch Palooza.

Pumpkin Anchor Charts!
Last year, I immersed the students in all things pumpkin. We touched pumpkins on the inside and outside (Cara Carroll & Deanna Jump's ideas).  We created many anchor charts.


Then we focused on informational text features.  I plan on doing this next week.  I had the students label informational text features.  I did this by scanning pages from a couple of bat themed books.  I then printed and laminated the scans and taped them to chart paper.  Throughout the year, I have been trying to stop and point out text features during read alouds and guided reading.   I created text feature definition cards.  I mounted them on cardstock and laminated them.   Then for a lesson, I read the text feature cards (click here to snag yours for free) and had the students match the cards to the feature.   The completed anchor chart is now on display in the classroom for the students to use as a reference.
(The definitions cards are included in my free lesson plan download.)

For another lesson, we sorted books by genre.  I really wanted the students to see the differences between informational texts and realistic fiction.  We used Rachel Lamb's adorable genre posters as guides.  

We used Pumpkins (The Life Cycle Of) as a mentor text we went through as a class and used post its to label the informational text features.  

The students then worked in pairs to use post its to label the informational text features.  They struggled with "heading" and would often write the actual heading of the book.  This helped me plan my follow up lessons.  I will see how the kids do this year and tailor me lesson accordingly.
For my follow up lesson, we reviewed the informational text features and completed the anchor chart matching activity for a second time.  Then we applied our pumpkin learning to what we knew about informational texts and created possible headings for our own informational writing pieces on pumpkins.

The students turn-paired-shared the headings they wanted to write about.  Once at their seats,  they filled in their heading on their writing paper.   I walked around and reminded the students to stay focused on the topic of the heading.  I also encouraged the students to add other informational text features to their writing.  I was really impressed with the writing and the application of informational text features.  Check out some of my top writer's informational pieces from this lesson from last year. Notice we used folders instead of interactive notebooks for science.

I hope you enjoy these ideas and can incorporate some pumpkin fun into your teaching!

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