Monday, February 27, 2017

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY ACTIVITIES


Read Across America Day is this week, and my kiddos are super excited about it! We love Dr. Seuss! If you're looking for some fun and easy ideas to do this week, I've got you covered :) Here are some of the things that we will be doing.

MY ADVENTURE WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT

The Cat in the Hat always takes the kids on fun adventures where they learn about the amazing things in our world! For this activity, kids imagine that they could go on an adventure with Cat. First, ask the kids what they would want to learn about. Have them jot down some notes, such as:


  • What topic would you learn about?
  • Where would Cat take you?
  • What would you do there?
  • Who would you meet?
  • How long would you stay there?


Once they have all of their ideas, students, write their adventure story. Depending on the age and writing level of your students, choose the number of sentences or paragraphs they should write. My kids wrote their stories on lined paper (about half of a sheet) and then glued them to the bottom of a sheet of construction paper. Then they drew an illustration of their story on white paper and glued it above the story.

Here is an example that was done by a first grader.



WACKY WEDNESDAY

Dr. Seuss is all about silliness, and this is the perfect week to bring out the fun and silliness in our students! Kids love being goofy and expressing their silly sides, so take a day this week to embrace it.  It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

Here are Some Ideas

  • Wear shirts inside out or backwards
  • Wear mismatching socks or shoes
  • Have a crazy hair day
  • Draw pictures of Dr. Seuss characters and tape them to shirts
  • Paint nails different colors
  • Do your school day in reverse order
  • Talk like a Dr. Seuss character during a lesson or subject time

HORTON HEARS A...

After reading Horton Hears a Who, play a game of telephone. Students sit in a circle. One of the students makes up a sentence. The sentence is something that he thinks Horton might hear. The student whispers the sentence to the person next to him. Then that student whispers the same thing to the next person, and so on until it comes to the last person. The last person says the sentence out loud, and the person who started it tells everyone whether or not it is correct. Kids always think it's hilarious to hear how much the sentence changes after going all the way around the circle. I hope you and your kiddos have fun celebrating this week!



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

FEBRUARY READ ALOUD-PETE THE CAT VALENTINE'S DAY IS COOL



It's time for February's read aloud and freebie! I hope you and your kiddos enjoyed last month's read aloud and FREE craftivity for Snowmen at Night! If you missed last month's post, no worries!


If you are new to Pages Of Grace, let me fill you in :) I LOVE incorporating holiday and seasonal fun with math & ELA! It can be so hard to meet all of the standards each day, let alone have time for holiday and seasonal activities. That's why I create learning activities that do both! If you would love to incorporate more holiday and seasonal fun without sacrificing valuable learning time, be sure to sign up for my VIP email list to receive ideas and exclusive FREE resources with each new season.

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As we started planning our units for February, we found this Pete the Cat book and knew we had to check it out! It seems like Pete is everywhere right now, so what better time than now to incorporate him into one of our monthly read aloud activities :)




In this book, Pete isn't so sure about Valentine's Day, but his good friend helps him see that it's all about appreciating the special people in our lives. Valentine's Day isn't just about mushy gushy 
love ;) My kiddos and I talk about how we love and appreciate our family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and all of the people who have a positive impact on our lives. 

I created a fun (and free!) ELA activity for you to do with this book. It's about common and proper nouns. Now that our kiddos have mastered nouns, I wanted to introduce them to the difference between common nouns and proper nouns.  This activity has kiddos looking at nouns in the book and determining if those words are common nouns or proper nouns. 




If you haven't yet introduced common vs proper nouns, this is a great activity to do it with. Your kiddos will be super engaged with this activity, since all of the nouns are words form the book. If your kiddos already know about proper nouns, this is great activity to allow them to practice and review proper nouns. I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this activity!







If you do this activity with your kiddos, I would love to know how it goes!  Come back and leave a comment below telling me all about it :)



RELATED ACTIVITES

Looking for more Valentine's Day ELA activities? Here are a few of our favorites :)


SENTENCE WRITING CENTER ACTIVITIES




FEBRUARY QUICK WRITES




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Saturday, January 28, 2017

UNIQUE AS A SNOWFLAKE


Every child is unique and special. From their appearances to their strengths to their personalities, each child is one of a kind and should be celebrated. Since we are still covered in record breaking snow, I thought this would be a great time to do this fun snowflake activity!




Just like our kiddos, every snowflake is unique and one of a kind. While the overall look may be similar, it's the small details that make each one special.


INTRODUCE THIS ACTIVITY BY TALKING ABOUT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SNOWFLAKES

1. What do snowflakes look like?

2. Sometimes we see big fluffy snowflakes, and other times we see little tiny snowflakes. Different storms bring different snowflakes.

3. If we look closely at a snowflake, we can see the tiny details. Each one is a little bit different from the others. They are all unique and special.


TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MAKE EACH OF US UNIQUE

1. Everyone looks uniquely different, and those differences are uniquely and equally beautiful.

2. Everyone has different strengths. Some are great at writing, others are great at arts, and others are great at sports.

3. Everyone has different personalities. Some people are silly, while others are more serious. Some people like to be in the spotlight, and others like to work behind the scenes.


EACH KIDDO MAKES A LIST OF 6 THINGS THAT MAKES HIM/HER UNIQUE & SPECIAL

My kiddos listed things like physical traits, sports, academics, medical situations, and helping others.


PREPARE THE SNOWFLAKES

Here's what you need to make the snowflakes:

3 strips of white cardstock for each student (ours were 8.5 inches by 1.5 inches)
Background paper in any color
Scrapbook scissors
Glitter, sequins, rhinestones, puff paint (any type of decorative pieces)




Give students 3 strips of white cardstock, and allow them to choose a pair of scrapbook scissors. Students will use the scrapbook scissors to trim the edges of the white strips. Depending on your kiddos' ages, they can do this step themselves, or someone can help them (or you can skip this step).




ASSEMBLE THE SNOWFLAKES

Glue the strips of white paper on the background paper to make the snowflake shape. Leave a little space at either the top or the bottom (this is where they will write their names). Glue some kind of embellishment on the center of the snowflake.




When the pieces are dry, the students will write their 6 special traits on the snowflakes. The writing can be done in any color or style.




DECORATE THE SNOWFLAKES

Now it's time to decorate! Use any kind of embellishments or art medium to decorate the snowflakes. Glitter, sequins, rhinestones, puff paint, buttons, or crayons are all great options. Turn on some music, and let the kiddos use their creativity to make their snowflakes uniquely their own :)


This one was done by my 6 year old.




If you do this activity with your kiddos, I would love to hear about! Leave a comment or a picture below :)


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This snowflake craftivity is great way to celebrate all children and promote a positive classroom environment! Great winter activity for character education and art class! Click on the picture to see step by step instructions.


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Saturday, December 31, 2016

JANUARY READ ALOUD---SNOWMEN AT NIGHT


Wow! It's a new year! Happy 2017! I hope you had an amazing Christmas and enjoyed some time off! Whether you are a classroom teacher or a homeschool mom, I know you work soooo hard, and you definitely deserve a break once in awhile! Getting back in the swing of things after Christmas vacation can be a little rough. A great read aloud with some fun activities can help us ease back into things :)

I hope you and your kiddos enjoyed last month's read aloud and FREE printable for Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! If you missed last month's post, no worries! You can grab it right HERE!

If you are new to Pages Of Grace, let me fill you in :) I LOVE incorporating holiday and seasonal fun with math & ELA! It can be so hard to meet all of the standards each day, let alone have time for holiday and seasonal activities. That's why I create learning activities that do both! If you would love to incorporate more holiday and seasonal fun without sacrificing valuable learning time, be sure to sign up for my VIP email list to receive ideas and exclusive FREE resources with each new season.


January brings snow in lots of places, so what better time to read Snowmen at Night than now?! If you don't live in a place where it snows, you'll have to use your imagination ;) Snowmen at Night is one of our favorite winter books! There are so many ways to use this book with our students. Here are two of my favorite Snowmen at Night activities.


1. Reader's Theater


Snowmen at Night is a great book for Reader's Theater! My students always had a blast doing this! It's a great way to get students moving and also provides great practice speaking in front of others in a non stressful way. Depending on the number of students in your class, give each student a line or two. Then each student will come up with some kind of action to do while reading the line.

For example: "After everyone has had a chance at racing once or twice, they go on over to the pond to do skating tricks on ice." The student might say this line while pretending like he is ice skating.

When everyone has memorized the lines and actions, the students line up in the order of the book. One by one, each student performs his/her line and action. If you have a buddy class or any other class available, it's fun for the students to perform the reader's theater for other students :)

2. What my Snowman Does at Night


Use this FREE template for a fun craftivity!


This craftivity is a fun way to incorporate writing with a little winter craft :) After reading the book, talk about all of the silly things that the snowmen did at night. Then have students do a think-pair-share, where they think about an idea and then talk about it with a partner. Students will imagine that they made a snowman and come up with something silly that their snowman did at night.

Students will then use this template to write about their snowmen. There are a variety of pieces to choose from to decorate the snowmen. You can give each student a whole set and let them choose, or you can print a few of each and have them take turns choosing pieces.



If you do a reader's theater or this craftivity with your students, I would love to hear about it! Please come back to my website, and leave a comment telling me how it went :)

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Friday, December 16, 2016

SNOWMAN MATH CENTERS (ADDITION WITH REGROUPING)



Snow is all around us, and we are having so much fun! We love incorporating seasonal and holiday activities with our learning time, so it's time to bring out the snowman stuff! These snowman math center activities are a hit with my kiddos!

To help you kickoff your snowman math fun, I have a fun freebie for you!

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.

This color by sum activity gives students practice with finding and matching sums, as well as some snowman coloring fun! Grab it HERE free!

Would you love to bring more snowman fun to your math time? These snowman math centers for addition with regrouping will provide your kiddos with tons of hands on math practice and some winter fun!

1. Snowman Spinner Addition


Kids love using a paperclip and a pencil to create their own spinners! For this activity, students spin a number on 2 different snowmen and add the numbers together. There are two levels for easy differentiation (2 digit by 2 digit and 3 digit by 3 digit). 

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.


2. Snowman Puzzles


These cute little snowmen have an addition problem on the top pieces and an answer on the bottom pieces. Students do the addition problems on the top pieces and then match them with the correct bottom pieces. There are two levels for easy differentiation (2 digit by 2 digit and 3 digit by 3 digit). 

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.


3. Roll a Snowman


Students roll dice and match the numbers rolled to the snowmen that are holding the same number. Then they add the numbers written on the snowman. There are two levels for easy differentiation (2 digit by 2 digit and 3 digit by 3 digit). 

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.


4. Snowman Word Problems


This set of 12 task cards features word problems with a fun winter theme. 

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.



5. Snowman Board Game


My kiddos love board games! This game has kids rolling dice, drawing cards, and adding them up in order to help the snowman get his hat! There are two levels for easy differentiation (2 digit by 2 digit and 3 digit by 3 digit).

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.

Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.



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Help your students master addition with regrouping with the fun set of 5 snowman math centers! These activities are hands on and interactive. Dice, board game, spinners, word problems, task cards. Have some winter fun while learning & refining math skills! Great for advanced 1st grade, 2nd grade, & 3rd graders needing extra practice. 4 of the centers are differentiated to allow for easy differentiation. Click on the picture to see a full description & to purchase all 5 centers.


I hope you and your kiddos enjoy the freebie! After you do these activities, please come back and tell me how it went :)

Have you signed up for my VIP email list? If you love incorporating holiday and seasonal activities in your day, you'll definitely want to join my email list! Every few weeks you'll receive ideas and exclusive free resources available only to members of my VIP list.

Aaaand...when you sign up now, you'll receive an instant download of my super fun word work game set! It's a set of 9 board games, themed by month, that can be used with any word list!

This is what the January game looks like :)



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DECEMBER READ ALOUD---CLICK, CLACK, HO! HO! HO!


It's officially Christmas season!! I know it's proper protocol to hold off on decorating until after Thanksgiving, but do we ever wait? Nope! We don't get everything out, but the outdoor lights and the Christmas trees (yep, that's plural...we have one in every room!) make their appearance as soon as the Halloween candy is gone ;) I know you love decorating, too! And now that we are in the Christmas mood, it's time to bring out the Christmas books!

We found a new Christmas book this year, and I'm super excited to share it with you! If you and your kiddos like Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type, you'll love this new Christmas version called Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Farmer Brown and all of the animals are at it again in this silly and fun story.

Add some fun to your Christmas read aloud time with this free printable for the funny book, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho! It includes 3 engaging activities that your students will love! Great for advanced preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.
Written by Doreen Cronin and Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

We all love a great holiday read aloud, right? And we love it even more when we can squeeze in some ELA and math standards with the read aloud! That's why each month on my website I will be featuring a great read aloud to go along with the theme of the month. Aaaaand...to help you give your kiddos some extra practice with the standards, I will be giving you FREE math and ELA activities to go along with the read aloud!

Incorporating holiday fun with math and ELA standards is what Pages Of Grace is all about :)

So, here is what I have for you to go along with Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Add some fun to your Christmas read aloud time with this free printable for the funny book, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho! It includes 3 engaging activities that your students will love! Great for advanced preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.

There are 3 different activities on this printable:


1. Making Predictions...What is that silly duck doing?

Add some fun to your Christmas read aloud time with this free printable for the funny book, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho! It includes 3 engaging activities that your students will love! Great for advanced preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.

2. Sequence...What animal got stuck first, second, third, and fourth?

Add some fun to your Christmas read aloud time with this free printable for the funny book, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho! It includes 3 engaging activities that your students will love! Great for advanced preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.

3. Just for fun...What would you give these animals for Christmas?

Add some fun to your Christmas read aloud time with this free printable for the funny book, Click Clack Ho Ho Ho! It includes 3 engaging activities that your students will love! Great for advanced preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.

I used this printable with my 4 year old and my 6 year old. It went along great with the book, and they had a blast thinking of their ideas for predictions and animal presents :)

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this! After you do this activity, please come back and tell me how it went :)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL READ ALOUDS



Wow, August is here! And that means it's time to start thinking about back to school! As a teacher and now as a homeschool mom, I always love back to school time. Something about starting fresh with a new school year inspires me to do new things and improve old things. The possibilities seem endless, and I look forward to all of the fun learning that will take place over the next year.

For me, establishing a community of respect and encouragement in my classroom is always the most important thing. We spend the first few weeks doing activities that bring the students together. I want every student to feel safe, valued, and respected. By focusing on these things at the beginning of the year, we build a strong community in our classroom, and it prevents a lot of problems that may arise throughout the year. While we can't create a perfect atmosphere where nobody ever gets hurt feelings, we can teach our children how to show respect and how to resolve conflict when it does arise.

These books are great to read aloud at the beginning of the year. They teach students about the importance of looking at others as valuable individuals. Students see how their words and actions affect others. We use the scenarios in these books as a tool for establishing the type of atmosphere we want to achieve.

Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
How Full is your Bucket (For Kids)? by Tom Rath

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the "bucket filler" books. She sent these 2 books to my kids, and we just love them! If you haven't heard about the bucket filler books, you'll definitely want to check these out! The bucket filler concept, in a nutshell, is that everything we do and say to others either "fills their buckets" or "empties their buckets." We can choose to be kind or we can choose to be unkind, and whatever we choose affects both the other people and ourselves. After reading these books, we talk about several examples of filling and emptying buckets. Some things that you can do after reading are: list examples on the white board, have students act out scenarios, and draw pictures of bucket filling and emptying actions.


(Sorry, I don't have a picture of Have you Filled a Bucket Today...it is currently in a box in my garage!)

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

I recently discovered this book at our local library, and I thought it was a great book to add to our back to school read alouds. The concept of this book is that everyone is different in many ways, but at the heart of it all, we are all the same. We look different, we act different, we enjoy different things, but we all laugh the same, we all cry the same, etc. It is also a great introduction to geography and culture, as each page travels to a different part of our world. 


The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School by Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

I love the Berenstain Bears books! I grew up reading them, and now my children are growing up with them. They are fun and hold your attention, and they always have a good lesson. This one is all about adjusting to going back to school. It's a lighthearted story about new students, old students, meeting new teachers, and just being back in school after summer vacation. This one doesn't have any big character lessons, but it's one of our favorites for just getting in the back to school mode.


Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

I first read this book when I was in college, and I knew that it was going to be a staple in my classroom. The story is about a student's experience with bullies and the teacher who helps her. It is definitely more of an emotional, "heavy" book. It doesn't have the light, fun feel about it that the others do. However, it is very powerful and always ignites conversation and gets the kids thinking.  Since this is one of my favorite books, I created a mini unit to go along with it. I wanted to do some activities with my students that would allow them to dig deeper in this book and help them to set the tone of our classroom.


If you are interested in this mini unit, you can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Just click the picture below to check it out.


I hope you and your students enjoy reading these books and that they help create a positive classroom environment. Here's to a fabulous back to school season and a great year! Be sure to follow my blog by entering your email in the sidebar area. You'll be notified about new ideas, resources, sales, and freebies!

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I hope you and your kiddos enjoy the freebie! After you do these activities, please come back and tell me how it went :)

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This is what the September game looks like :)