Saturday, 13 September 2014

Pigeon Party! Author Study Pack

This pack has been a work in progress for months! I am so happy it is finally finished! Each month in my classroom I focus on a different author. Here are some of the authors we have done in the past:


Now, obviously these weren't all done in one year. I have so many favourite authors that I rotate through different ones each year. There are some favourites that I try to do every year though. Like this particular one:

Mo Willems is always a class favourite! His books are so simple and so funny and always a hit with the kiddos! I have complied a bunch of my favourite activities for a Mo Willems author study into my new pack: Pigeon Party!

This pack includes 84 pages of activities to go with the Pigeon books, Naked Mole Rat, Elephant & Piggie books, Knuffle Bunny books, and more!

For the Pigeon books there are favourite book graph, favourite book response, persuasive letter writing, making ten math centre, labeling, venn diagram, bubble maps, tree maps, hot dog list writing, don't let the pigeon... writing, pigeon craft & writing, and an emergent reader!

For Naked Mole Rat there are a craft & t-shirt design, tree map, and emergent reader. For the Elephant & Piggie books there are tree maps, bubble maps, favourite book response, venn diagram, and an emergent reader.

For the Knuffle Bunny books there are a setting writing activity, labeling, bubble map, tree map, and text-to-self connection writing. Then there is a Cat the Cat rhyming activity, a favourite book response, and a movie/book compare & contrast.

There are so many activities to keep your little ones excited and engaged in a Mo Willems author study! Tons of reading and writing activities, with a little math thrown in too! Check it out at TpT by licking on the picture below.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Monday Made It - September

I'm totally a few days behind, but I really wanted to get this post up. It's been a while since I have linked up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for her fun Monday Made It linky party and I finally have some fun creations to share with you! :)

I found this adorable fold-up container with a chalkboard label at Dollarama. I loved how big it is and knew it would be great for storage. Do you know how much stuff a tiny little baby has?? Toys, books, and clothes galore! I bought one to store Zoe's book collection in. I think I need another one for her toys! I just used a white chalkboard marker and some inspiration from my favourite KG fonts and voila! A cute book bin!

My husband thinks it's silly when he sees me making things for school... I'm not going back to the classroom until next September, so why am I making things already?? I just can't help it! I see all these awesome ideas on my favourite blogs and I just have to do it! Case in point = tidy tubs! I've seen these floating around the web and think it is a genius idea! Each table gets a small bin to act as a little recycling bin. So when we do art projects/crafts/cutting & pasting work, the extra paper gets put into the bin. This should help eliminate the wandering students and the tiny scraps on the floor! I love this idea! Well, I found these neon tubs at Dollarama and they fit my table colours perfectly! Just made up some cute chevron label and ta-da!

I love the way these turned out. If you would like to use thee labels, I have added them as a "Fan Freebie" on my Facebook page. Go to my page {here}, make sure you like it, click on the tab that says "Fan Freebies!", and then click the picture. That will take you to a Google Docs folder where all my Fan Freebies are. There are eight different colours included in the freebie, to suit any class colours or theme! :)

During the big back to school TpT sale, I scored some awesome new products that I can't wait to try! I have already been printing and cutting and laminating some of these goodies! And yes, the hubby continues to give me strange looks... One of my favourite purchases were these "Back to School Clip Cards" by Doodle Bugs! So easy to prep and makes a fun center!

Now I needed some cute clothespins to go with the cards! I've done the painting thing before. Not bad. Just messy. This time I went with something more fun--washi tape! I bought a bunch of different rolls of the narrow tape from Michaels and just stuck it on both sides of the clothespin. Easy and cute!

My fourth made it is not school related. Hubby decided this year to start a vegetable garden. We live on 5 acres, so we definitely have the space for a large garden. For a first time gardener, he did an awesome job! We have been eating various veggies out of the garden so far, but the weather is starting to get cool at night and before long it will be below freezing! We decided today would be the day to go through the garden and harvest everything we can. Take a look at what we pulled out of the garden today:

We have a huge box of carrots, a box of potatoes, a box of beets, and a HUGE tub full of cucumbers and zucchinis. Seriously. It is insane! That's not to mention the tons of beans and peas we have already harvested and put in the freezer. And there are a number of peppers and tomatoes still hanging out in the garden too. Today was spent peeling, chopping, and blanching carrots. Tomorrow will start my first adventure in canning... making pickled beets, dill pickles, and sweet pickles. Wish me luck!!

Now, you may or may not have noticed.... but someone got a little makeover!!! Kassie over at Designs by Kassie redesigned my blog and I am OVER THE MOON about how it turned out! It looks so fresh and new and I am so excited!! :) Well, I have to give all my other spots a little makeover too now! I have started matching up my Pinterest boards. I saw this idea over at Ladybug's Teacher Files and loved how it looked. This is definitely a work in progress, as I'm not sure if I like the covers the way they are. I will probably play with those a bit in the next few weeks!

Well, that's it for now! I promise I will be back with a new Author Study soon.... starring my favourite little pigeon! ;) Have a great night!

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Currently

I think it's all pretty self explanatory! We're heading off to a cabin next weekend. It will be Zoe's first sleep away from home! It's my mother-in-law's birthday, so the whole family is heading out to the cabin for a weekend of boating, swimming, food, and fun! :)

Have a great week everybody!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Dollar Tree Ideas {with freebies...}

Every teacher loves a good ol' shopping trip at the Dollar Tree! Last time I was there, I found a few goodies that would make awesome math and literacy centres! First up, I found these cute spinners! There are four in a pack and they have numbers from 1-8.

I made a cute recording sheet to use as a quick and easy math centre. Super Spinners! The student spins the spinner and writes the number in the first circle. Then they spin the spinner again and write that number in the second circle. Then they solve the addition sentence and write the sum in the last circle. Super easy to prep and lots of fun!

I had seen this idea from Teacher Tipster before {watch video here}. Love him! He took a puzzle with a back, then on the back of the puzzle pieces he wrote addition or subtraction sentences. On the back board of the puzzle he wrote the answers. So I picked up some super simple puzzles.

I made some super simple puzzles that would be good for the beginning of the year. One is matching ten frames and numbers. The other one is matching dice patterns and numbers. An important number concept we practice lots at the beginning of the year! This can be made with any concept though... addition, subtraction, base ten blocks, number words, shape names... The possibilities are endless!

Here's a quick sight word game I whipped up to use in my guided reading groups. This makes a fun and easy warm up activity. I bought a couple sets of a match game. 

I printed out some sight words on little mailing labels and stuck them to the tiles. Simple sight word match game ready to go. I make the students read each word as they flip them over. You can adapt this to any word list and any level. You could also do compound words or contractions.

Another fun find was this Fruits & Numbers domino game. One side of the domino has a number and the other side has some fruit. Thought these would be perfect for some addition practice.

I made a recording sheet so that students could choose a domino, write the number in one circle and count the fruit and write that number in the second circle. Then they add the numbers together and write the sum in the last centre. Not only does this practice addition, but also counting/subitizing the fruit.

Lastly, I found some monster gift boxes that I knew would be awesome for something!! I didn't know what exacly, until I got home and a fun literacy centre idea hit me!

And so the Monster Munchies were born! My original idea is to use it as an activity in m guided lesson groups to practice letter sounds. I would take a few sounds that we are working on, spread out some of the picture cards on the table, and ask students to feed the monster something that starts with "s". They would have to find a picture of something that starts with that sound and feed it to the monster.

I created a recording sheet to go with it as well so it could be used as a literacy centre. Students would write the letter on the monster's tummy, draw a picture of something that starts with that letter, and write the word below it.

I made a few different packs of cards to target different skills in each guided reading group. Some of my lower level groups still work on alphabet sounds. Some groups need to focus on vowels (different vowel sounds and difference between short/long vowels), and some are ready to go onto digraphs.

If you don't have any monster boxes, each pack has provided you with some different options: use a gift bag, a paper bag, or a plastic container. There are four different monster pictures you can print out and attach to a container or bag of your choice.

There are three different options for each pack:

{1.} The teacher/leader calls a letter and the student must feed the monster something that starts with that letter.
{2.} Students sort all the picture cards by the letter monsters. (3 pictures for every letter.)
{3.} Students write a letter on the monster's tummy, draw a picture of something that starts with that letter, and write the word below it.

Here are the packs available. Alphabet Sounds: includes a letter monster and three picture cards for each letter sound. This focuses on beginning sounds (except x is ending sound). $3.00 on TpT. Click the picture to check it out!

Vowel Sounds: includes a letter monster and three picture cards for each short vowel sound (a,e,i,o,u) and long vowel sound (a,e,i,o,u). $3.00 on TpT. Click the picture to check it out!

The last pack is a freebie! Digraphs: includes a digraph monster and three picture cards for each digraph (ch, ph, sh, th, wh). Free on TpT. Click the picture to check it out!

That's it for my dollar store find. Let me know if you've found anything good lately!! :)