Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pizza! Pizza! Write All About It! (With Thinking Maps)

Mama Mia! Did you know that October is National Pizza Month?

We started this informational writing lesson with a great "pizza" literature! If you follow the Journeys curriculum, you're already familiar with Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington.

We brainstormed pizza toppings and made brace maps.



Next one of our sweet mama mias came to help us make real pizzas.











Next we illustrated flow maps to show the sequence of steps. This drawing helped us organize our thinking for our informational writing.

"I unwrapped the dough. I got a spoon and some sauce. I got some cheese."
"We stretched the dough. We spread the sauce. We sprinkled the cheese."



There was plenty of learning in every slice of this lesson. If you want to see more writing prompts with thinking charts like this one, place your order on TPT here!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Ideas: Math Centers Triple Pocket Organizers


Upon taking inventory of my laminated centers, I've counted about a caboodle of them and that makes a kazillion parts and pieces. AND even though I had gracious plenty centers, I didn't have them handy when I needed to spend a few extra minutes with a struggling learner. 

Recently I found these nifty little plastic sleeves with double pockets and they've saved the day. 



For each center, I put the recording sheet and answer sheet or other large pieces in the largest pocket, the sleeve. I put all of the other pieces in the front pockets.


Finally, I put the centers in notebooks by skill, strand or season. For example, all of my centers for comparing numbers are right here ready to pull and use.


I got mine from Staples (three pocket sheet protector, item 952556).

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's Fall Y'all! Get Your Freebies!


Unbelievable! The freebies in this Facebook hop? The wonderful fall products posted by talented teachers?

Yes, but no. It's only 59 degrees this morning in Georgia. IT'S FALL, Y'ALL!!

To get started putting freebies in your bushel basket, just go to my Facebook page. Look for the Free For All tab on the left. 

And just because I'm so excited about the cooler weather down here, I'm putting the following products on sale through Monday.

Lift-the-Flap Writing Prompts
$1.50!


 Interactive High-Frequency Words Books
$1.25!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? Art and Writing


Your students are sure to dig these designer dinosaurs! If you're following the Journeys curriculum in Kindergarten, you know that How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? is the extended text in lesson two. This book is perfect for discussions about school rules and manners.

Here's how you can make your own designer dinosaurs. I found easy directions for how to draw a dinosaur in this book. Great news...you can see the directions with this link. Just click the cover to go to the Scholastic store and you can look inside the book. It is on page 31.



We practiced drawing the dinosaurs on our white boards. 

Next we drew them on white construction paper with pencil.

Then we traced our pencil lines with black Sharpie markers.


We colored the dinos with artists chalks. 
However, you could use watercolor paint, oil pastels or just crayons.


I sprayed the dinosaurs with cheap hair spray.

I cut out the dinos and glued them to black construction paper.


              



Be sure to leave a comment if you try out this art project!
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