Elf Fun-Day 1

Today we began our elf activities that focus on something a little different from the average elf.  Our classroom elf arrived with specific directions to promote kindness, caring, appreciation and sharing.  This was the letter that she left. 
She was hiding up in a tree in our reading center.  Of course the children spotted her pretty quickly and were extremely excited.  Today's task was to thank one of the most important people in our school, the principal.  We all signed a card for him and were all lined up to head to his office when he just happened to be stopping by to visit our room.  We welcomed him in and thanked him for all that he does.  We took a picture together and completed our first good deed.
Here is our elf hiding up in the tree!
We are looking forward to finding our elf tomorrow and seeing what we have to do!!!
We will also be giving her a name tomorrow.  I had a student go home sick and he was very sad to miss that part so I told him I would wait.

Here is a link to my packet on TPT store.




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Daily 5

Read to Self




Read to Someone


Listen to Books

Writing

We have been working hard to learn the routines of Daily 5.  We have gone over the I charts several times and they are now in their place.  We have some new options for Read to Self this year.  I have added laundry baskets and different chairs. They seem to enjoy them.  I like the basket because it keeps them in one spot!

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Thanksgiving Freebie.... Bear

Enjoy this reading and writing freebie to Karma Wilson's newest story, "Bear Says Thanks".  My children just love her stories so I had to make something to go with this new one.  If you enjoy this I have a complete author study for her other stories.  Check out the links below.
Bear Says Thanks Freebie!


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Turkey Time!

Last week we were working on some of the activities from my Thanksgiving Pack.  We read Jim Arnosky's "All About Turkeys" and completed the aniticipation guide.  Always one of their favorites!! 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Goodies-for-the-Month-of-November-968433
 
Then we worked on creating a web using our web to write an informative piece.  I love how the children check off their items on their web as they write.  They have shown great growth in writing already this year since I have begun using a pre-writing excercise with each writing prompt.  This came from my November writing packet.  We used it a lot this month.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Opinion-Informative-Narrative-Pre-writing-Writing-November-981125


We made our turkey crafts today.  Instead of using the coffee filters, I let the children cut out different colored feathers.  They turned out adorable.  I love how they are all different!


I love how he glued his body!



Can you find my Michigan fan?  I love all the feathers.


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Mitchell Wall of Fame

My "Wall of Fame" board is up and running.  Every Friday we spend about 30 minutes sharing what we worked on at home.  I had four children participate this week.  Two did Be a Teacher, one did a power point, and another did  Website hunt.   The "Be a Teacher" seems to be a big hit with the children.  They read a book that they have practiced at home and then ask 3 questions about the book.  I was so proud of my student today who shared his power point.  It was about Thanksgiving.  He did a great job and the children loved watching it.  Here are a few pictures!!

Sharing his Power Point.

Reading to the Class!

Sharing her website!

Her "Wall of Fame" Bingo Board and her Website Hunt!

This child earned his "Postage Stamp" ribbon under his name for coloring in four in a corner.

"Be a Teacher"

My "Wall of Fame" board

Up under the giraffe's nose you can see a picture.  This is from a student who finished her entire board last year.  She will be on my "Wall of Fame" board forever!!! So proud of her.  As a special surprise she earned a trophy at the end of the year.  Luckily, my father in law makes them so it was an easy treat to give.

Here is a link to my product that has all of the activities and the directions for implementing this into your classroom.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-Motivate-Inspire-A-Wall-of-Fame-Approach-288410
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Bears, Bears, and More Bears!

We have been busy learning about Hibernation, Migration, and Bears!  Last week my students we able to bring in their bears.  We put them in our reading area and during "Read to Self"  and "Read to Someone" we read to our bears.  The children really seemed to enjoy having them and they were not a distraction at all. 
I created a new packet for this week, "All About Bears".  I have been really trying to teach my students the components of non-fiction text and they love learning about animals.  We learned all about bears and created an Informational text writing as well.  They loved learning about bears.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-Bears-An-Informational-Text-Unit-987639

I updated my Hibernation packet from last year and added another mini book to talk about both hibernation and migration together.

 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hibernation-Time-to-Sleep-262015



Finally we included a daily fiction story written by Karma Wilson.  We just love her Bear stories!  I can't wait to read her newest one next week! 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Beary-Fun-Week-Guided-Reading-with-Karma-Wilson-261452


Reading to our Bears

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Surprise!

For anyone that frequently visits my blog and has noticed I haven't posted lately, I would like to thank you for your support.  Soon after Christmas I found out that my husband and I are expecting.  It will be our first child together.  He has 3 children and I have 3 children.  This was a huge SURPRISE to the both of us but one that we both are thrilled and excited about.  When I carried my triplets I was extremely sick.  Knowing that this was only one I was hopeful to not be too sick.  Unfortunately, that has not been the case.  Over the past 75 days (who's counting), I have felt nauseous and sick all day long.  Therefore I have been not able to post much.  My first graders have helped me tremendously each and every day I come to school.  They help keep my mind off of how I am feeling and make the days go by fast.  I hope to post some of our past activities for you to see as I have been taking pictures of the things we have accomplished.  Again thank you for your continued support and hopefully I am over this hump of sickness:)
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