Sunday, December 4, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
First of all, it's a winner with the boys because there is FIRE, SMOKE, BURPING, and a DRAGON!
Secondly, it's a winner with my girls because there is a PRINCESS, a LOVE STORY, and a BRAVE lead character who doesn't put up with "A BUM!"
I love reading it! They love hearing it! They want to read it OVER and OVER! #WINNING
And it makes a GREAT FUN and ENGAGING end of the year activity that reviews SO MANY standards and still feels like playing! There's story elements, story retelling, working with a group, artistic elements, reading, speaking, and so many more! Check out this POST if you want more details on how we roll out these projects!
So if you are looking for the perfect way to end your year with a meaningful AND fun read...give this sucker a go! It's a winner for sure!!!
Be sure and HOP over to Katie at Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree to check out another GREAT READ!!!
Thanks so much for reading! We hope your year ends with a BANG, in a FLASH, with a big old BOOK BASH! (See what I did there!!!)
Saturday, April 2, 2016
We tried to make the unit super simple to use by breaking down each of the activities into categories:
Checking for Understanding
...and Free Choice!
There are TONS of resources and teaching tools...over 100 pages!
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Last Friday was a teacher work day at our school and it was awesome! We had our first ever EduGator Camp (what the heck?? Our school mascot is the gator). Anyway this workshop was for teachers by teachers at our school and it was amazing!!
We learned so much from our amazing staff! WE can't wait until the next one. If you are looking for a way to earn a level 4 on tkes or if you are at a school with awesome teachers, you should have your own educator camp. What would be the name of your camp??
Thanks for reading!!!
Monday, February 22, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
You'll find writing, reading, and math activities, games, and more that help you stay focused on the standards while still letting your littles be little and celebrate this FUN holiday!
Be sure and snag this St. Pat's Day FREEBIE while you're here too!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
When the kiddos entered the room, the Italian music was playing, the room had been transformed, and their teachers had been replaced by chefs for the day! (That would still be us, just decked out in wigs, chef coats, and strange new accents that were supposed to be Italian...but somehow migrated towards "Southern", "Jamaican", and "Irish" throughout the day! :) For the record, the kids didn't care! They were HOOKED!
Next up, we began the day with the actual baking. We were, of course, in a bakery for Pete's sake! We chose a simple recipe that could be made on a hot plate and did not require baking just to speed up the process. We made Oatmeal Chocolate Bars (similar to these) but with ONE.SUPER.HUGE recipe adjustment. I told them I didn't like things that were too sweet, but more recipes that were salty-sweet. So I changed the recipe and left out 1/2 of the chocolate that was called for and used 1/2 CUP of SALT (you read that right) instead of BROWN SUGAR! I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell you what THAT did to the recipe. I'll just let their faces tell you instead!
It was NOT good people. It was AWFUL. It was INSANE. We had to SPIT.IT.OUT!
That was how we began the lesson! Now you KNOW these people were ALL in. So we talked about how that did not work AT ALL and maybe we should try it again and FOLLOW THE RECIPE with out leaving out any ingredients and without changing the recipe.
We decided to wait until later in the day. We had WORK to do. But this baking fiasco got our CONTENT kick-started. We talked about WHY the recipe was a disaster...left ingredients out, changed ingredients that didn't fit... Then I tied that all in to how BOOKS are a lot like RECIPES. They have certain ingredients (story elements) and they follow a recipe (beginning, middle, ending).
Next up I read a story. But being the busy chef that I was, I only read the beginning and the ending. They were like "Well, that didn't make sense. What the heck happened in the middle?" Again we talked about stories needing to "follow the recipe" to make sense.
Next up we read When Will It Be Spring? The WHOLE book this time!
We used story sequencing cards from Heather Cacak. To make it fit our bakery flip, the kids used pie pans to order the "ingredients" into the pans using plastic tongs. The whole table had to work together with each person taking turns to add "ingredients".
When all groups were finished, we got to play the PIE FACE GAME! (It's a tradition in Chef Valenti's Bakery, don't you know!!!) We just let each kiddo come up and have 1 click so as to speed the game along AND make sure everyone got to have a turn. We were CRACKING up I tell you!!!
Next up, we came back together and made our own RECIPE for a GREAT STORY on the Activboard. Now we are really tying in the FUN with the CONTENT!
Next up, the kiddos worked with a partner to complete a story elements interactive notebook page from Deanna Jump's Reading Interactive Notebook K-2 pack on TpT. The kiddos did an outstanding job looking for all of the elements and details in our book.
Whew! That's enough for tonight. We'll finish up the day in Part Three! Check back soon!