Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween Math, Literacy, and Science

Can't wait for my "little people" to see my math and literacy unit for Halloween.  They will have fun this month reinforcing learned skills while thinking about their fall costumes.  We will be making "Punctuation Pumpkins" this week.  We've already been talking about punctuation and the "little people" are so proud of themselves when they remember to use them and what they mean.  You can't blame them.  I'm pretty proud of them, too.  But these pumpkins will really help and will get our classroom ready for fall. Check out my Halloween Math, Literacy and Science unit on TPT.


Columbus Day is on its way!

Columbus Day is next Monday, October 8, 2012.  We will be celebrating in our classroom this week since we won't be at school next Monday.  We will celebrate with a 2 day SMARTboard lesson and of course "spice" cupcakes.  Did you know that Columbus was looking for spices and riches in the indies when he discovered the Americas?  He did not actually discover North America.  He actually discovered San Salvador and surrounding islands.  But, he did prove that the earth was not flat and opened the door for later explorers to discover our great land.  Check out my Columbus Day SMARTboard lesson on TPT.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Fair

We're promoting the Scholastic book fair at our school this week. Some of the more popular book characters came and visited our class with the help of our 6th graders. Can't wait to help my little people pick out some books to get them started on their life long reading journey. I just want them to love reading. They don't even have to be good at it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Johnny Appleseed Made the Paper

So proud of my little people with their creative Johnny Appleseed costumes.  We even made the paper.  It was a great day!

Click the picture to read our quick little article.  We had fun with the editor of the paper and he learned a little himself about ol' Johnny Appleseed.

Sneaky Little People

I'm not really a fan of sneaky little people (or big people for that matter). But today, my little people were supposed to be putting their books and folders in their back packs when I saw a little girl in the back row writing on a small spiral notepad. I normally don't let them write, much less have little notepads because they tend to be a distraction. She was sitting on the floor and by the time I got over to her to ask her to put it away she was already tearing a page off and handing it to me. I felt a little guilty for fussing at her and quickly gave her a big hug. This is what I got:

You know you're doing the right thing when you get a note like that.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!!!

Today we celebrated the big day!! Johnny Appleseed's birthday. Our local librarian came and read to us and played her guitar for us! Oh, Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed. Thank you, Mrs Lulu!

We made a cute apple craft and had carmel apples for a snack!!

We drew pictures to go along with our new vocabulary words: pioneer, wilderness, orchard, and frontier.

This is a sample page from my math and literacy unit. You can get this Freebie by clicking on the picture.

Here's all my Little Joannie Appleseeds.

And, all my Little Johnny Appleseeds.
These two really had fun with it!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1 More Day 'til Johnny's Birthday!

Getting ready for Johnny's birthday tomorrow meant making little Johnnys to help us with our seat work today. We played apple games in PE and practiced addition and subtraction using apple trees with apples on the trees and on the ground. We enjoyed part 2 of my Johnny Appleseed SMARTboard unit and had apple turnovers for a snack. It was a great day!

Monday, September 24, 2012

2 Days 'Til Johnny's Birthday!

We had a great lesson today about Johnny Appleseed finding out just who he was and what he was famous for. My students enjoyed these delicious "apples" during the movie as I suspected. We created this cute little art project for our bulletin board in the hallway.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Getting Ready for Johnny Appleseed's Birthday

My Little People are going to be soooo excited to see these babies tomorrow!! We are celebrating Johnny Appleseed's birthday Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Each day we will have a special apple treat to go along with our SMARTboard lesson and Johnny Appleseed math and literacy unit. You can get my math and literacy unit on TpT. Just click on the link above. 


Check back in each day day to find out how we celebrated Johnny's birthday.  Wednesday my students will be dressing up just like Johnny!!  Should be cute!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hoot -n- Annie

This is the anagram game I showed you in my sneak preview. The first week of school two of my students already had the opportunity to play the game and earn "smart beans". They are already beginning to think about putting letters together to form words and patterns within similar words. You can get Hoot -n- Annie at my TPT store. My students love it!

Halloween Project

This is a Halloween craft project waiting to happen. Any ideas?