Monday, 25 March 2013

Easter Planning

Back to work today and focused on Easter. It is weird to me how our Spring Break doesn't run into Easter as we just got back from a week off and now we have 2 short weeks in a row.

If you are planning like I am check out the Easter items in my TpT store. The last one is one of my highest downloaded freebies! Just click on the pictures to get the items :)

Here's a fun one for any grade level. Easter BINGO complete with 30 playing cards and 30 cute graphic calling cards.

A 52 page Easter package that includes Language Arts and Math activities. Fun, colorful graphics are used to add fun to your resources!
Activities included are:

*Vowel Sound Sorts
*Rhyming Activity
*Contraction worksheets and Concentration Game
*Compound Words
*Alphabetical Order
*Sentence Writing
*Acrostic Poetry
*Writing Paper
*Addition and Subtraction Facts
*Pattern Building
*Jellybean Graphing
*Word Searches
*Crossword Puzzle and Mazes
*Coloring Pages
And now for the FREEBIE!!!!
 A fun Concentration Game with a focus on building contractions.

I always like to find picture books to read to my class that is grade appropriate. Sometimes it is hard and so far this is the only Easter picture book that I have found that my Grade 4/5 students enjoy. If you know of any other I would love for you to leave a comment below with the name of it.

Happy planning and Cheers,

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Catching Up...

Wow I just realized how long it has been since I posted on my blog. As usual life is crazy right now with finishing my masters degree. My first ahhhh date is April 8th because my action research is due on April 7th and then all I have to worry about is my course work. I look forward to having more time to blog this summer when everything is done.

Well anyways I thought I would share a few things that have been going on in my classroom over the past while. Warning this is a long post....

I was looking for a Valentine's Day ( I know... I know it is almost Easter and I am sharing about Valentine's Day.... Read above :) ) activity to do with my class and saw heart maps all over the internet. Most people have used them for writer's workshop but I thought I would give them a try as a relatively easy Valentine's project. I was a little worried how the boys in my class would like them but they were actually more excited than the girls to work on their hearts.

Here are some close ups of a few of them.

The heart maps will do double duty because when we start writer's workshop this term I will remind them of all the things they put in their heart maps as inspiration.

OOOHHH I am so excited to share this with you. Right now we are working on inferring using Jennifer Runde's Inferring with Chris Van Allsburg Unit and my class is LOVING it ! ! !

 Here is the anchor chart used for the first unit for The Wretched Stone. Me being me I even colour coordinated it to my classroom colours :)

I have to say I was pretty impressed with my students' responses. I was even shocked that one student understood Chris Van Allsburg's hidden message right away. Smart cookie he is! I guess he does have a great teacher after all :)

Here is my anchor chart for inferring inspired by Pinterest of course.

Isn't Pinterest great for classroom ideas. Here is a link to my Pinterest boards if you want to check out all the treasures I find there.

Well since I shared a great find on TpT I thought I would also share my latest item I posted on TpT. It is a fun one for sure. Are you just as addicted to 4 Pictures 1 Word as I am? Well Guess the Word is inspired by the fun game.

Along with the 20 cards (which can be laminated and used as a literacy centre) there is a recording sheet so students/teacher can keep track of which ones they completed.

Today is the last day of my Spring Break so I am back to work tomorrow. I am excited to hear all about the adventures my students went on over this past week. I am sure they are more exciting than what I did. The highlight of my Spring Break was spending Thursday with my husband and son driving (3 hours) up North  to snowy Mackenzie so my husband could do 30 minutes of work and then shopping for soccer gear for my son on our way back. Oh yeah and I checked out the new Dollar Tree in town.

Cheers and have a great week,

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