Monday, April 21, 2014

The Mysterious Tadpole

We have been having SO much fun with "The Mysterious Tadpole" by Steven Kellogg. Above you can see their Multiple Meaning Frogs we made. Doesn't the one with the tongue just put a smile on your face. Inside they wrote down words that had multiple meanings.
Below you can see our "Story Structure Frogs" where they practiced what the characters, setting, problem, and solution was.  I love the wiggly arms! Also, again the tongue on the one. I just love it!
Click on either of the pictures, and it will take you to my teachers pay teachers store. There you can find my pack for "The Mysterious Tadpole".

If the Easter Bunny Never Came!!

What is the Easter Bunny Never Came???!! We contemplated this in class the other week. Their reactions in their writing were HILARIOUS to read. I strongly suggest doing this writing prompt with you students if you want a good read. ;)

Half-Chicken- Antonym Chickens

"Cluck, Cluck". Another fun activity we did just recently. They are antonym chickens that are laying eggs filled with antonyms. I let them choose how they wanted to make the nest that they laid their eggs in. Love how all their little minds work :).
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The Goat in The Rug

I feel like life has been so crazy lately. I decided I was going to post a little more this week so everyone can see the work my class has don't. This is from the story "The Goat in The Rug". They weaved main ideas and details. Which was amazing to tie in with the story since the weaving of the goat rugs was one of the main things discussed! They had so much fun weaving, and keep begging me to come up with another weaving activity. I'm trying I just wish I had more time in my day! Click the above picture to check out my pack at the teacher pay teacher store. That is stuffed full with other activities that are tied in with the story.

Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend Idiom Craft

We did these sweet Idiom Kites a little while ago, but I never had a chance to post them. I took a quick picture though before I took them down today since they were being replaced with frogs. This was a cute way for them to practice their Idioms. One of the boys in my class often gets done early, and asked if he could make a "box kite" with the kite pieces. I though why not :). Didn't it turn out cool??? Love it when I can let them use their own ideas in their work. He was so proud of it. You can purchase this "Idiom Kite" from my teacher pay teacher store. It is part of a pack that is full of other ideas. Click on the above picture, and it will take you there.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Groundhog's Garden Grew

Whew! I feel like these last few weeks have been a whirlwind! I am in the process of applying to elementary schools in the Seattle area. Yup, this girl is moving back to beautiful Seattle area! It is so stressful, and I am so sad to leave my amazing school and 2nd grade classroom. Who knows what grade I will be teaching next year :/. Ahh! Oh well for now I am still busy creating, while also studying for Washington tests, applying to jobs, getting ready for the big IRI state test, and teaching!!! Oh and my sister-in-law is getting married this weekend, also my husband just graduated with his degree last week. AGAIN Whirlwind!
Okay enough complaining onto what you want to hear about. Last our second grade was on the story "How Groundhog's Garden Grew".  (If you have the 2014 version of Journeys you would have been doing "From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons) I was especially excited for my sequence of event activity, and they really did turn out adorable!!!  They are now going all the way down our second grade hallway. Which brings a little ray of spring with the occasional snow flurries we have been receiving :/.  Don't worry it is getting warmer!!
When I did this activity I had them do a rough draft before writing it on the carrots.  The top picture is actually of one my colleague's students. She had them add the bugs since that was one of the kids favorite things about the story. HOW CLEVER!
You can see my bulletin on the second picture. I let them draw their own back grounds. Some chose to add rain and clouds to represent that gardens need water as well as sun.
Anyway this groundhog pack is packed full, and for only $4.00 who can pass it up. Click on any of the pictures to purchase the product at my teachers pay teachers store.