30 December 2015

Gingerbread Themed Read-Alouds

When we get back from the break, my sweet seconds and I will be diving into folktales (right after we do some New Year activities)! We spend the entire 3rd 9 weeks comparing and contrasting all sorts of folktales (Goldilocks, 3 Little Pigs, Cinderella...you get the idea).

The week we get back though, we're reviewing procedures, routines, expectations, and rules. It's kind of like a mini-back-to-school boot camp.

A nice segue between the holidays and getting back in to the groove of school, is to do a Gingerbread Man (or girl, cowboy, pirate, baby) unit! It's fits in perfectly with folktales, and is still kind of festive!

Here are my favorite Gingerbread themed read alouds...kid tested, teacher approved! You can grab them here on Amazon (Amazon Affiliate link)
Basically, we read a gingerbread themed book each day, and complete various activities to go with. Things like: problem and solution (challenge and response), characters, comparing and contrasting, beginning, middle, and end, and we also do short reading comprehension quizzes that go with each book.

Here's a peek at the activities I use:
You can find the entire mini-unit, including a guided drawing here, or by clicking the picture below.

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28 December 2015

FAVORITE Read Aloud for New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year (almost)!

It's this time of year that I start thinking about my own resolutions for the new year. Granted, we all have resolutions we don't keep (or for not very long), and regardless about how your feel about resolutions, it's a great chance to be reflective!

I like for my students to be reflective learners as well! One of my favorite read alouds for jumping back into the swing of things is Squirrel's New Year's Resolution.
It's a cute story about Squirrel, who can't seem to find a resolution, and yet all her friends already have one! Plus, it EXPLAINS what a resolution is in kid-friendly language...way better than I could explain it!

You can grab Squirrel's New Year's Resolution HERE. Or by clicking the image below.
Anyway, we read the story, talk about resolutions, brainstorm some resolutions, and do lots of different activities with the book, which you can see here.

To go along with the book, I created a few activities that will have my students brainstorming, thinking about story elements, beginning, middle, and end, character development, and finishing up with writing about their own resolutions.
It's PERFECT for our first day back from the break, and helps review all the stuff we've learned so far about story elements and such!

You can grab this book companion here or by clicking the picture below!

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20 December 2015

Winter Break To-Do List

Hey There, Friends!!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, although, I might use that same phrase as summer break nears too! Haha!

I have LOTS of sleepy days exciting things planned for my break, but it's also a time when I like to catch up on lots of things that I just don't have time for during the hustle and bustle of the school week.

Here's my reality though: I lazily wake up, think through the things I'd like to accomplish, and before I know it, it's 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon, I have to be back to work the next morning, and I haven't done ANYTHING! Oh, and I'm still in my jammies!

I decided I'd try to fix that this year by making myself a little calendar to help me try to at least accomplish something.

Feel free to grab a copy here!
Anything you're hoping to accomplish during your break?


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01 December 2015

On the 12th Day of Winter...Read Alouds Galore!

So it's not really winter yet, but it's coming, and so is Christmas!

My bloggy buddies and I over at The Primary Peach are bringing you a 12-day series: The 12 Days of Winter FILLED with more freebies and ideas than you could possible dream of!

I'm kicking it off over at The Primary Peach today giving you THREE different read aloud list suggestions! Looking for a Christmas book? Got ya covered. Going to be doing a Holidays Around the World Unit? Got that too! And, last but not least, winter themed read aloud suggestions to use when you return from your holiday break! Grab my lists HERE!
What's YOUR must-read seasonal book??? Share it in the comments!

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