Sunday, April 15, 2012

Safari Time and a bunch of freebies~!

So we are kicking off our two week safari unit! I started by pulling all of my safari animal books out and borrowing some from the library. Here are a few of my favorites:

After we read "The Giraffe Who Was Afraid Of Heights", we did a story sequence activity.

You can get your copy your freebie HERE for Sequencing !

Then, we did a writing activity.
We turned our safari theme into a mini research unit . The students each had one of the nonfiction books that we read aloud in class. I was lucky to find several copies of the Pebbles Plus African Animals Collection. I had a set as well as the library and other teachers. First, they brainstormed all of their thoughts on scratch paper. I let them draw circles and inside the circles they had to write one fact. Then they
wrote a mini research paper. And a little animal to color and cut out, and viola! They really enjoyed this activity!
Next, we put it all together in an official "research packet"!

For literacy centers this week, I used my Safari-Literacy-Math-and-Writing-Packet. It includes:

Literacy (8) Centers

Monkey Memory

Literacy Activities/Centers

Elephant Word Sort nouns, verbs ,adjectives

Safari True/ False

Giraffe, Zebra, & Elephant Writing Activity

Writing Prompts

Safari Word Sort IE & IGH

Safari ABC Order

Noun Word Sort ( Pronoun, Proper, Noun)

Math (2 Centers)

Zebra Addition

Zebra Number Match

Writing Research Packet

Fun Facts:

Giraffes, Elephants, & Zebras

Of Course I have to tie in some freebies :)

This week we are finishing up with Elephants, Lions and Zebras!

I think we have 8 Mondays left of school! I am kinda of sad, though, as I am still unsure if I will be at my school or in a whole new state. God always has a plan :)

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Does anything ever go as planned??!

We finally have our house listed on the market! It has been one thing after the next trying to find the time to finish all of our little "projects" but...we are done :)

This week was a busy week, both in the classroom and in real life :) First and foremost! My husband Re-Enlisted in the Navy for 6 more years. This will finish up his career. It was a such a beautiful ceremony and I am so very proud of him!


Now to the stuff ya'll came to see :)

This week we were supposed to start our camping unit. The back bone of my plans came from Cara From The First Grade Parade. However, I ordered a bunch of books to go a long with the unit, and they didn't come in time. So I had to come up with other ideas as the kids were pumped about starting this unit.

First we started off with Amelia Bedelia! You can never go wrong with Amelia Bedelia!  We read Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping. The kids loved this book! 

This week, we can start out camping unit as I originally planned. The kids are so excited about this unit.

Last week we started  Long O words. 
I am used Made For First Grade's Long-Vowel-FUN Packet!  I love this packet! I needed more station activities though, so we started using my Long O Packet. The kids really love these cute rock stars! They thought it was such a blast.  Check out my LONG O Packet on TpT! It's on sale! Long-O-Rock-Stars

And Since I had such a WONDERFUL Week, My Circus Literacy Packet, is FREE :) Go over and get your copy of my  Circus-Literacy-Packet and rate my products!

Another GREAT TpT Find this week---Fun-in-the-Sun-Literacy-and-Math-Center-Game-Packet This packet is soooo adorable and I can't wait to put it to use soon!

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