Thursday, September 27, 2012

Polacco Magic

Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors to use in the classroom.
She is such an engaging storyteller.  My class was riveted to this author study video today.

I plan to now have my students practice sharing a family story of their own with this assignment:

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Which Patricia Polacco story is your favorite?
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall is BOOtiful

I'm not sure the weatherman in my neck of the woods know it is fall based upon the continuing warm weather. But, regardless, I'm looking forward to fall holidays. Halloween will be here before we know it.  I always do a class Halloween Howl Joke book.  

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Kids always get the most fun out of riddles and jokes, so I make a lesson out of it.
Students are assigned a joke to present and then illustrate for our class book.

Here is a finished sample:

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I'm having a fall sale at my store through Wednesday, so you can grab this and be ready for October fun.

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(Thanks Traci for the image)

I'm also linking up with a Halloween Book Linky
What are your favorite's for the season? Go link on up.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's Fall

This is a Fall Flashback post, with a new video addition.

I show my class this beautiful fall scenery video before doing the art

Fall is here!  I love doing fall leaf art with the accompanied poem,      
"If I Were a Leaf"  

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Click to grab a copy of this poem
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Happy Fall Y'all

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's About Time

Time...where does it go?
I'm in the middle of midterm progress reports and can't believe 6 weeks has gone by already.
I can barely find time to post regularly or blog hop, but I did make this:

These are cute and effective ways to add time telling skills into your classroom routines.

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Quick question: Why does it seem that time DOESN'T fly by when you are grading papers?

Off to grade!  Happy Saturday all.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Fabulous Find Friday

I'm joining Fabulous Find Friday to share with you a word generator from Game Gal that you can 
use for quick game time fillers, indoor PE, or rainy day activities. I plan to bookmark this to have quick access to fun games like Charades or Pictionary. It does the "thinking" of the word for you. So cool!
I can also see how you could use this for vocabulary games or writing topics. Display it on your projector and have students brainstorm about the word shown, in this case, picnics.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Gooney Bird Greene

I must say that I adore Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry!
And my class quadruple adores Gooney.

I just finished reading this to my class last week and this one little story has SO many good teaching points for mini lessons. Plus, Gooney Bird Greene models wonderful story telling!

Here's one teacher's take on all the teaching opportunities for this book.

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