Sunday, 25 November 2012

Into the Garden with Alice in Wonderland

I finally posted my Alice in Wonderland unit on my TpT store!  My students loved the book and asked if I would be teaching the book again this year.  Always a good sign!  You can find the unit here


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cyber Monday and Making Choices

You can find my TpT products on sale this Monday and Tuesday.  Don't forget to use the code CMT12 for extra savings!

I have finally updated my choice bins for literacy.  You can find my Daily 5 bin labels here. This past week the children explored our Work on Writing and Word Work Games bins.  They were a hit!

I love this choice board!  Research and Word Work Games are certainly the favourites so far.  Here are the kids at work with Word Work Trouble (practicing punctuation skills with You've Been "Punct!) and Research (completing datapillars with these great Lakeshore research cards I've had for years).

You can find my research paper chains here.

I added 5 whole class journals to my Work on Writing literacy bin.  Here's how they turned out:
You can find my 5 whole class journal labels here.

There are some great freebies for Work on Writing online.  Check out: The School Potato and Second Story Window for some great ideas on whole class journals and journal prompts.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A Lot Can Happen In The Woods: A Fairy Tale Companion

I have a child in my class on an IEP with modified curriculum.  She loves participating in our Word Work activities at the beginning of the day.  But by after morning recess she no longer has the attention span to remain in class without a break.  So I created this resource to be used with her EA to address the curriculum expectations that are on her IEP but she would be missing in the classroom.

I was inspired by a TpT resource I purchased: Stephanie Kinley's Goldilocks Literacy and Writing Fun!  It is a great resource and complement to these fairy tale printables.

My resource can be found at my TpT store and is aptly called: A Lot Can Happen In The Woods.  Enjoy!

Explore 6 popular fairy tales with graphic organizers, flip books, Venn diagrams, word sorts, highlighting, drawing, writing, cut + pasting:
  • retell stories
  • sequence stories
  • beginning, middle, end
  • story vocabulary
  • high-frequency words
  • write sentences
  • compare characters
  • compare fairy tales

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Hallowe'en + descriptive words

This Hallowe'en I was inspired by Vocabulary on Parade by Amanda Nickerson.  With sticky notes and a marker in hand, the children visited their peers, decided on a descriptive word for their costume / Hallowe'en character, and delivered their note to the child's desk.  It was a quick but effective activity.  They even described Jack!
One of my favourites: miney, crafty.  Can you guess who he was?