Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bat and Owl Fun!

Bat and Owl FUN!

We had a three day week with the kids this week. I did a quick focus on 2 nocturnal animals: owls and bats.  My students really liked the activities!

I used DeAnna Jump's Owl Glyph to teach collecting and displaying data. They really enjoyed making their owls and comparing the data results! :) 

I also used A Cupcake for the Teacher's Going Batty Craftivity to review diagrams and non fiction text features. Once I get them up on the wall, I'll get pictures up! I didn't use the craftivity exactly the way it was intended but they really turned out great!

Thanks to both teachers for the wonderful freebies! My students LOVED creating them! 

Finally, I made a few "Can-Have-Are" graphic organizers to use to encourage my students to write! We read books about bats and owls and filled out the "can-have-are" charts afterwards. The next day, I modeled how to use the charts to write sentences/mini reports about bats & owls! My kids really loved doing this! Here are a few pictures of the students using their charts to write sentences! 
So proud of my kids!!

Her desk may be cluttered, but she is busy at work! :)

He is matching his printing to the font on the chart...he's just great! :)

This little sweetie is hard at work writing sentences using her "Can Have Are" chart! :)

This was a surprisingly easy & fun activity for my kids. I emphasized that this is the kind of things that older boys and girls do so they were pretty pumped to complete this activity! I am thinking I will do this great is this for teaching note taking and "report" writing?!

You can download the charts free from my TpT Store. Click here be taken to my store to download the charts! Enjoy them! If you like them, please consider rating them!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Autumn is Awesome!

There is nothing better than Autumn activities! Actually, there is nothing better than Autumn!!!! :) I've been trying to incorporate Fall into everything that I teach lately! I've got Fall Fever! 

I've already made my students play Halloween-themed games! They have been having a lot of fun with them too!

Playing "Candy Corn Counting: A Ten Frame Game"
These guys are playing "Picking Pumpkins".  This game encourages students to focus on number sequence by having them identify the number that comes before, after, and in between other numbers!
These darlings are playing "Witches Brew". It is a simple number recognition game. They LOVED using the little cauldron!

These games are part of my Halloween Centers if you want to check them out... :)
If you would like it, here is a free page from my Halloween pack:

Here is the link to the Google Doc

We also made a scarecrow to come!

Fall is FANTASTIC! :)