Tuesday, August 29, 2017

All About APPLES!

Friends~It is almost APPLE season!  I love this time of year.  The air is crisp and the applesauce smells sooo good in the crockpot. There is so much learning that can take place with this sweet fruit!

Bringing apples into the classroom in September is the perfect way to ease your students into learning. One of my very favorite apple fiction stories is Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson.  
It is the sweetest story about a young girl and her time picking apples with her family.  It shows real perseverance.  Check out a video read of the story below!
 One of my favorite activities to do with this book is to create purple punch cards for my students just like in the book.  As they work throughout the day, I punch their cards with an apple hole punch. Like the one below.  You could also use the a moon shaped one like in the story. 
Then I reward them with a sweet apple treat at the end of the day as they turn in their cards!
Here are some response questions for you to use during a book talk to help second grade teachers hit RI.2.1 I can ask and answer W questions
 This standard will also work with the nonfiction books below!
I also love to use the fable of the Magic Apple to hit my 3rd grade reading skill, RL.3.2 I can recount fables and determine the central message. 
Below is a video read of the book to add to your lessons. 
 
This file is great for unlocking folktales from Pearson!  Be sure to click below and save!
I love to bring in some factual information about apples too!  This video is a great lead into the nonfiction word of apples.  
Here is another video that is great for the life cycle of an apple!
It is so simple to put a fun life cycle craft together. See the example in the picture below. 
I love the Book I Am an Apple for this project!  Students can use this book to walk them through the life cycle. It is also a great book to talk with students about beginning print concepts.  Take them on a picture walk and discuss the title, cover, spine, illustrations, and words.  
RF.K1 I can understand print concepts. 
or grab this download of the story The Magic Apple for Kindergarteners! 

My favorite book for apple facts is Apples by Gail Gibbons.  
Reading both fiction and nonfiction books on a topic will allow first grade teachers to hit RL.1.5 Ti can tell which books are stories.  
Be sure to check out the video of my All About Apples below!  It will lead you through tons of FUN apple learning and end with a most loved APPLE Day in class!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Character Dress Up & Dr. Seuss



Friends~We had just the best week in 2nd grade last week!  We celebrated Right to Read Week as a school with all the wacky hair, socks, and Dr. Seuss fun. 
We made these simple Dr. Seuss silly FACT hats when we researched Dr. Seuss on PebbleGo.  My kiddos LOVE this site and I 💓 that it is a safe place for them to research.  (Sign up for a FREE trial!)  
All you need is a sentence strip.  We wrote All About Dr. Seuss on the front and they added strips for each fact they found about Dr. Seuss.  We then added stars, hearts, and fish to the end of the strips. 

Check out my sweet kiddos flashlight reading below!
We have really been working on our stamina using online timers.  Click the image below to check out some of the timers we use. 
    
I love this Time Tracker from Learning Resources.  It has audio and visual alarms.


But my FAVORITE part was that each class dressed as one book.  Meaning, no individual dress up.  We had to decide on a book as a class and then recreate it as a class.  Totally not as easy as it looks!  
As a class, we decided on a fairy tale.  The students broke into groups and made lists of fairy tales they knew. 
We jumped into our fairy tale book tub and did some buddy reading exploration. 
We watched some fairy tales on Youtube.  
We then voted...
Our favorite as a class was:
Princess and the Pea!

Be sure to check out Play Posit!  It is a awesome site where you can find pre made "bulbs" with interactive questions for students.  Super GREAT for Listening to Reading!
Check out the two I found below!  Sign up so you can make your own! 

Their PEA hats crack me up!  
Of course I was the princess-tiara and everything! 


Here are just a couple of my AWESOME teammates and a whole bunch of PEAS!  
 You can check out more fairy tale fun with The Schroeder Page HERE!

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