Thursday, February 28, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
The kids favorite center activity is the readers' theater basket. I use it as part of the reading station because it's not very long. Over the years, I have collected lots of different toy animals and puppets. I put a new readers' theatre once a week. Sometimes I turn our stories into scripts. This week was Frog and Toad: The Garden. It's a little late but I just found another frog puppet. I like to use figures because one student can act out all the parts by herself or with a partner. This is a little clip I took today.
Last week was Where Are My Animal Friends? The week before that was The Frog Prince. I didn't get pictures of it.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This week we finished up Where Are My Animal Friends? It's such a cute little story that's actually a play. In the reading station, there's a readers' theatre each week with different characters for the story. I just put them in a binder. Last week was "The Frog Prince" (I typed that one up myself). You can find it here on TPT.
I used a topsy turvy frog prince puppet. They LOVE those kinds of puppets. I also have a puppet like that for Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. I had a little Red Riding Hood topsy turvy puppet when I was little and I used to love that thing.
This is the EXACT same one I have, except I got mine for $5 at a teacher workshop. Score!
Anywho, I printed this week's story from soundcityreading.com which, if you don't already know, has all of the Reading Street stories. I've been gathering animals for a long time in different places- Parent-Teacher Store, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Michaels- so I have a whole bucket full. Usually pretty easy to find all the characters for each story. I took pictures today. They were having a really good time with this activity. I had a really great hummingbird but somebody lost it last year. So we made do with a parrot :(
I forgot to remove his tag.
Also, for this story, I created some comprehension questions and a cut and paste writing activity. We will probably do that on Friday. You can find it here.
That's what we've been up to this week!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Have I mentioned I really like Dollar Tree? Here are a few of my finds from today...
teeny tiny bags for manipulatives- 50 in a pack
I like to use these beads for counters. The kids can use them while they do their paper and they have enough room on their desks. Not so with unifix cubes. I am going to make small ten frames to go with these.
More pirate "gold"
The little counters in the teeny bag. I like all things smallish. There are 22 beads in this bag.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
This is going to be super short. I am all about saving some money. I was at Walmart yesterday and saw these adorable pirate napkins. I think they were 99 cents. So I bought them and took them home not sure what I was going to do with them. Then I saw my super cool laminator I got for Christmas from my most awesome husband. Who is great at getting hints, by the way. Everytime we'd walk by a laminator - "ooh, what a great gift that would make for someone who's wife is a teacher..." Anyway, I've never tried to laminate a napkin before, but it works! I did have to leave about a quarter inch border so the layers wouldn't come apart. I'm going to use them for On/Off game with "gold" coins I got from Dollar Tree. How cheap is that?
Speaking of pirates, this is the anchor chart I made for the /ar/ sound. "Arrgh, arrgh! I'm driving me car!" The kids thought that was hilarious.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
I love hearing my girls (and sometimes a few boys) outside chanting rhymes. One of their favorites goes, "If it's a girl, I'll give her a curl. If it's a boy, I'll give it a toy. If it's twins, I'll wrap em up in toilet paper, send them down the elevator..." Anyway, we're doing r-controlled vowels ir, ur, er this week, so I made this chart to go with that rhyme. I think they will like it. I made a decoding practice page also and uploaded it to my tpt store. It's free. Hope you can use it in your classroom.
Verbs that add -s.
I also made an anchor chart for verbs that add s. My little people have a really hard time with this, so maybe this will help.
This is an anchor chart for compound words that I forgot to post earlier.