Monday, April 30, 2012

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly


I don't know why she swallowed a fly....do you? We read another one of our favorites today! With the help of this adorable little old lady, cute story pieces, and a fun song by Dr. Jean we all did a retelling of the story. After we read the story and did our retelling, the children completed a journal assignment. They were asked to extend the story by thinking of another animal the little old lady could eat and tell why. Some of animals chosen were bear, dinosaur, giraffe, whale, and elephant.
This fun pattern with the pieces can be found in our Teachers Pay Teachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Fly-retelling-and-writing
Let us know what you think!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We read one of our very favorite Eric Carle books on Friday, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We made these adorable caterpillars with a Pringles can. All you have to do is wrap the can with green construction paper and cut out a mouth on the lid and viola! Caterpillar!
Using clipart for the story pieces, the children worked in pairs to retell the story and "feed" the caterpillar as we went along. We had lots of fun feeding the very hungry caterpillar and all the children love when she turns into a beautiful butterfly!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Writing Practice

Do you write everyday in your classroom? We do! We are always working on our letter formation, sentence structure, and creativity. We are always thinking of new ways for the children to practice what they have learned. New to our Teachers pay Teachers store is a packet of writing activities to match our insect theme. We have black and white and color versions of each activity. These can be done as an extension to your lesson, as homework, or put in centers.
This is a picture of a child working on copying insect names in the writing center. You can laminate the page and have the children use dry erase markers to practice writing. These markers come off very easily so the activity is ready for the next child. Some of our students ask us to put out more writing all the time. The cute clipart will also help motivate those reluctant writers you have in your classroom.
Also included in this set is sentence practice. At this time of the school year many of our students are writing several sentences independently. This paper has pictures of seven different insects and lines next to them where they can write sentences. We encouraged our students to write what they wanted to write about each insect. It could be a fact, something they know about the insects or they could write a little story. Below are some examples of what our students did. The first one shows what one child thought about ants. I think he is right...some people do not like ants. Maybe it's because they come in our house and crawl over our food.
This child decided on a story. Before this activity we read a non-fiction book about the life cycle of a butterfly. In it we learned that sometimes when the caterpillar hatches out of his egg he will eat the egg because he is hungry!
We decide to include everyone's favorite insect, a stink bug! Do you like stinky things? Well, according to this child if you step on a stink bug it will stink. So, if we don't want to smell it we better not step on it.
We had so much fun reading what the children wrote. Sometimes they say some of the cutest and funniest things. Please check out this pack of insect themed writing papers here:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Buggy Bits!

We started a new theme today, one of our favorites...INSECTS!!! We are so excited to learn all about these creepy, crawlies bugs that some of us fear. Should we fear them? This is something our students will be discussing over the course of this unit. Here is our newest addition to our Teachers Pay Teachers Store, an Insect Pie Graph. The adorable clipart and colorful activities will not only make this a wonderful learning experience, but also lots of fun. See it here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Buggy-Bits-Insect-Pie-Graph

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Big Wide Mouthed Frog

Who are you and what do you eat? I am the big wide mouthed frog and I eat flies! 
What a fun book this was to read. We read The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga. The main character, a curious frog with big mouth, hops around talking to different animals asking them who they are and what do they eat. He is very loud and boisterous until he meets a crocodile that says he likes to eat big wide-mouthed frogs. This story was enjoyed by all!
Afterwards, we made this adorable wide mouthed frog. The children painted both sides of a paper plate, one side black and one side green. Then they cut out front legs and back legs, eyes, and tongue and glued them together. This is the adorable final product! It makes for a great bulletin board!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Frogs on a Log!

Do you like frogs? Do you like logs? Do you like spelling words? Then we have the perfect activity for you! This Frog on a Log center will help your students practice spelling CVC words and CVCe words. You can find it in our Teachers Pay Teachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Frogs-on-a-Log-A-Spelling-Center-with-CVC-and-CVCe-Words

We are learning about pond this week and of course no Pond Unit would be complete without learning about frogs. Today we learned about the life cycle of the frog and read The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain. If you don't have this book in your classroom library, you should definitely add it. It is an adorable story with even cuter illustrations by Jack Tickle. Just make sure you watch out for the big bad fish!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Springo!

Bingo, bingo, everybody loves to play bingo!! So how about a fun round of Springo? You can find it in our Teachers Pay Teachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Springo-Spring-Bingo
With adorable spring clipart, there are enough cards for your whole class to play for hours (or as long as you can allow). Our students had so much fun playing this game, they request it all the time now, it seems like all that reading and math get in the way of playing Springo! Introduce to your class and I am sure you will be hearing, "More Springo please!" :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pond Life

What is a small body of water on land? If you said a pond, than you are right!! Today we started our new theme! Here is a picture of the ponds we made in class today. Very cute!! What animals do  you see? Can you think of any other animals that live in or around a pond?
Tomorrow is all about frogs!! I love this theme!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Do you love spring time as much as I do? What is your favorite thing about it? Is it the sound of children playing outside or the birds chirping in the morning? Maybe it is the beautiful flowers that are starting to bloom and the green leaves growing back on the trees. Whatever it might be, they are all happening now!
In our classrooms, we have been talking about the signs of spring. What is happening around us now that we are moving from the cold days of winter to the beautiful, warm days of spring? To add to our learning, the children worked on a Spring Scavenger Hunt in the classroom. Each group of children was given a scavenger hunt card with sentences. Children worked together using their learned reading strategies to figure out the unknown word. They then had to go look for that word, which was hidden somewhere in the classroom. They then placed the word on the card to it's matching sentence. Who knew learning and reading could be so much fun?
There are four Spring Scavenger Hunts available in our Teachers Pay Teachers store. Please visit here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Scavenger-Hunts
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