Sunday, May 6, 2018

Number Patterns with Tops and Bottoms, Realistic Fiction Writing, and The Empty Pot

Hello Everyone!
We had one of the best number sense weeks we've ever had! We worked very hard on number patterns up to 120. Because we were also in the middle of a plant unit in science, I decided to use "Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Stevens, as a theme for some number pattern activities as well.   I have shared my Tops and Bottoms unit before, but I've added this math component for you to download and print.  Here are a couple of pics.

The unit also includes a huge measurement component!!!

For the past couple of weeks we have also been busy trying our hand at writing realistic fiction pieces.  We are following Lucy Calkins fairly closely.  As inspiration, we are reading a lot of realistic fiction literature, and I think the kids are getting the hang of it. I put together a mini unit with posters, planners, and checklists.
Here are a few pics.

Here's the link to the printable !!!

Finally, this coming week we will be working on author's message in stories.  I chose "The Empty Pot" by Demi.  It is such a lovely story about honesty and bravery. If you have not read this yet to your kids, do it now!!  I put together another little mini unit to accompany this story.  The unit will help kids see the value in such a piece. 

I am so looking forward to using this with my kids this week!!

Well, that's all for now!!!   I hope you have a wonderful week that is filled with the JOYS of watching your kids learn!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Good Morning Texas Teacher of the Month Surprise!! Writing Poetry and Comparing and Ordering numbers to 120

Hello Everyone!!
I had the most wonderful surprise happen to me last month.  One afternoon we were in the middle of our science lesson, and all of a sudden, a whole group of people came into the room with cameras, microphones, and packages!  The Good Morning Texas and Care Now crew surprised me with the "Teacher of the Month" honor!  One of my sweet parents (I have had all three of her sweet children!) nominated me and I was selected for March!! I was almost speechless!!!  The honor came with a wonderful prize package and lots and lots of hugs!!! A little overwhelming for someone who doesn't like surprises!! HAHA!!  But so incredibly honored, humbled, and thankful!!!
The segment aired on Good Morning Texas on March 31. Here's a link to the broadcast if you want to see the surprised look on my face!!!
WFAA Teacher of the Month Video

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all involved!!!!

Now on to our poetry writing unit!  We finally finished our unit last week!!  I wanted to share some pics of some of the fun ways we published our poetry!

We also published all of our hard work in our very own anthology!!!   So proud of these kids!!!

I did add a few poetry ideas to my unit.  I know I already shared it, but if you want the jelly bean and egg
ideas, go ahead and download the file again using the following link.

And finally, in math we are working on comparing and ordering numbers to 120.  I worked on a little unit to add some fun to this objective. 
Here are a few pics of the 70 page unit!

I hope you're having a good week!!! I am looking forward to next week!!!  Got some fun things planned!!!  We are starting a new writing unit on realistic fiction, so I've been gearing up for that.  I'll share that in a bit!!!  Till then, have a good one!!!  Thanks for stopping by our little Window on Wonder!  See you soon!!!