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It’s the week that report cards are due and, as you look over the report card skills and standards, you’re suddenly thinking: Did I assess that? Did my students master that skill? I think he mastered it, but I don’t remember? I think he struggles, but I don’t have evidence? Did I teach this?!?!?!
Well, at least that’s happened to me a time or two!
Since it’s imperative to be intentional with every ounce of time and instruction, I needed a review to be absolutely SURE that my kiddos were ‘getting it.’ This reading foundational and literacy review pack can be used as a review of the standards, preparation for benchmark testing, as a quick assessment, or as a progress monitoring tool. Above all, it helps you easily take note of which standards students have mastered and where there are gaps, so that you have the opportunity to reteach before it’s too late.
I would recommend doing a review activity each day in a teacher-led literacy center. This will give you the opportunity to complete the review together and take note of student success and/or gaps in learning.
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If you do these reviews and catch a kiddo who needs a little bump, be sure to check out these amazing intervention activities – teachers AND kiddos love them!
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Teaching and learning about clouds can be SO fun! Seriously, kids love analyzing the sky, identifying different kinds of clouds, and determining the weather based on their cloud knowledge. Here are some fun science, literacy, and math activities to use while learning about clouds!
Vocabulary is such a HUGE component of developing competency in any content area, so this hands-on sensory bin is a fun way to match up words with definitions and provide students a solid content-specific vocabulary.
And, if your kiddos keep vocabulary notebooks, they can also add these definitions into a little cloud pocket. After the completion of the unit, you can play this little true and false game…
During your cloud study, there many ways to keep your kiddos accountable for their knowledge. From class-constructed anchor charts, to cloud profiles, to flap books where they can tell all about the different clouds.
This Cloud Collector viewer + Daily Cloud Collector log work together so that your students have a visual to use as they scan the sky for clouds each day. Then, they record their findings in the log.
Even some fun cloud-themed experiments will work great in this unit, along with review games, math activities, and more!
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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reviews that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book review idea where students can not only provide a quick review, but it includes EMOJIS! #everythingisbetterwithhearteyes #amiright
Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers to implement and great for students to complete after reading their favorite books!
It’s also fun to do because your kiddos are actually making this bookmark for a friend! When they’re finished, they simply place the bookmarks into the books they’ve reviewed for their friends to find. Then, their friends can read the review, determine whether or not they want to read the book, and they’ll have a bookmark to use while they read!
Did I mention they’re GIANT bookmarks?! So fun!
And, of course, you don’t have to add ribbon to them, but it certainly is fun for your kiddos to add a little personalized ((cheap)) embellishment to them!
This activity can really be used from first grade (with modeling and support), all the way up through middle school. It’s simple, yet efficient!
While it would work great ANY time of year, this resource would be a huge asset to use during the week of Read Across America, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Celebration of Learning nights, open house, and more! It’s always a good time to celebrate reading and books!
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Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to celebrate reading, books, or for an alternative to boring old book reports?! Then, you MUST check out these SIX incredible activities for doing just that! Your students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade will love spotlighting their favorite books and sharing with their friends through these fun book reviews and critiques. They are PERFECT to use doing Read Across America week or to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but can be used year-round!
Here are more detailed descriptions of each activity:
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Teaching my students about adjectives and verbs was SO fun with this activity!
To prepare for them for this SUPER fun and ENGAGING activity, I explained that they would be using their five sense to experience popcorn – from the popping, to the smelling, to the tasting – I really wanted them to pay attention to details of the whole process. Most of them hadn’t seen popcorn popping with an air popper before, and while you could use a microwave or even pre-popped popcorn – using the popper gave them a great visual for the lesson.
Beforehand, we went over the definition of an adjective and added it to to an anchor chart we were making, and I also passed out a response sheet for them to record adjectives about the popcorn to use during and after the popping.
Then, we all gathered around to watch the magic! They were truly amazed!
They completed their recording sheets and brought them to the floor in front of the anchor chart we were working on. We added their adjectives to popcorn pieces and pasted them to the chart.
Then, they cut out the pieces of popcorn and made a little craft with them, which we displayed in the hallway with our anchor chart for all to enjoy!
Because verbs were being taught around the same time, I also added this center to our literacy rotations.
Since I first created this activity, I also added some posters, verb options, and differentiated writing papers.
My kids LOVED this activity and I LOVED teaching it! It helped make an abstract concept more concrete…and it’s always fun to make and eat popcorn!
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The center struggle is REAL, y’all. Kids ADORE them, and – don’t get me wrong – I love a good, solid center, too. But, sometimes the prep gets a little…hmmm…tedious? Or, maybe it’s 5:55am and you or your little one comes down with something dreadful and you’re like Ah! I need something QUICK for my sub! Or maybe you just love a good clipboard like I do 😉
This was the idea behind Clipboard Classroom Activities. Literally, you print the page and add a clipboard! That’s it! There’s no cutting or pasting or gathering of supplies on the teacher-end. The whole idea is to use what you already have in the classroom – books, word walls, spelling lists, listening center, environmental print, magazines, etc. – add the printable to a clipboard and let your kiddos do the work.
Each activity supports literacy and promises to engage and challenge your kiddos!
There are twenty different activities to choose from, varying in focus and skill, that are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Here’s a few snapshots to give you a better idea of what Clipboard Classroom Activities are all about…
From nouns and verbs and adjectives to partner activities to sight words to ABC order to handwriting practice AND MORE! There are so many things to do with this resource!
You can check out Clipboard Classroom Activities HERE!
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So excited to introduce The Science of March to y’all! It was a true labor of love, and my house shows severe neglect as a result of a 2-week creativity bender. #whoneedslceanclothesanyway
This resource is absolutely brimming with activities and resources for you to successfully implement four weeks worth of science and cross-curricular activities into your primary classroom. The Science of March covers clouds, rainbows, spring weather, and the sun, moon, & stars!
While I’m thinking about it, Cara and I have had some questions regarding what grades our science packs would most benefit. We strongly believe that these activities can easily fit into grades K-2, and this is our target audience when it comes to selecting texts, creating activities, and designing resources. Naturally, younger kiddos will need more support and accommodations, but I think that’s a given!
Could these activities work in 3rd grade? Well, neither of us have ever taught third grade, but I personally believe that any amazing 3rd grade teacher could use our science packs effectively with more challenging texts, setting higher expectations, and increased rigor. Totally your call, though!
And, just for fun, here’s a few freebies to use if you plan to study rainbows in the near future 🙂
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Happy Wednesday, y’all!