September 25, 2014

Apples Day 2 {Facts & Opinions} + Alligator Munchin'

Today was all about fact and opinions in our classroom.
I began the lesson by introducing fact and opinion 
using the fabulous signs by Abby.
Students then worked in table groups to determine 
if their sentence was a fact or opinion.
No need to make an anchor chart with these cute signs!
Simple, easy and much needed today.
Once each group was finished, 
we then checked our answers together and moved 
anything that was necessary.
On my commute to school, I decided a little fact & opinion 
about Miss Peare would be a great activity.
Anyone else "weird" and get ideas either in the shower or driving?
{I did remind them everything needed to be nice:)}
We then read each fact and opinion 
and moved anything that was needed.
As you can see, many were moved!

This helped me see quickly that we needed 
a little re-teaching on opinions before we moved on.
We then added more opinions using the purple sticky tabs.
It was a rough morning and a rough day, to be honest.
And this kiddo's opinion on how I felt is pretty on. 
 It gave me a great laugh.
Math was all about greater than and less than today!
I know from last year that our curriculum only hits 
on this skill here and there.
Yet, 3rd grade has reported how much it is used.
I really wanted to find something to really *stick* 
in my little learner's brains!
This also was a last minute idea.  
I know, many of you are probably thinking,  
"What is up with these last minute ideas"
 They just pop into my brain even when I don't want them too!
So today, I created a little Alligator Munchin'.

I began the lesson by showing the > & < symbols 
and asking students to share what they knew about each symbol.  
I was floored.  
Seriously, floored with the responses I was hearing.
I w.i.s.h. I had recorded their responses by video 
or at least made an anchor chart.
Alligator Munchin' is as easy as it comes.
Place two cards on the ELMO.
Ask students to "munch" the biggest number.
We then practiced reading the math sentence 
such as "8 is greater than 7."
The bottom, right picture shows the = sign.  
I stuck up the two equal cards to see what my friends would do.
THEY immediately created their own hand gesture with no prompting.
Say, what?! LOVE.
As a math wrap up in small groups,
students pulled two cards each and read their number.
I then did a quick check on place value by asking, 
"What is the value of....."
Students then discussed what number was larger and WHY.
No moving on without the "why" answered!
The student with the largest number kept all four cards.

September 24, 2014

Wild Apples + Blog Hoppin' Freebies

Happy, Wednesday!
Stopping by real quick to let you know 
that I blogged over at Blog Hoppin'!
My post includes two freebies.
Make sure you head on over and grab them!

If you follow me on instagram, 
you've seen my Wild Place Value centers.
I was in need of place value centers 
and since it is apple week in our room, 
a little "Wild Apples" it is.
Bright colors make me happy!
{I went to take pictures at school with my students play 
and my battery was!}
I *plan* to add a few more centers in this packet by this weekend.
I realized there was a few more place value skills 
we need to review...big....time...

September 23, 2014

Apple Week ~ Day 1

I love, love, love apple week! 
I only wish I could take a big bite into a whole apple.
It's been 4 years, my friends....4 years.
Braces=need to come off immediately

I wasn't feelin' the best today, so everything is 
basic, non-fancy, but gets the job done!
I started off our week asking my kiddos 
what they knew about Johnny Appleseed.
Due to meetings on Monday, today was our first day together.
Not 1 of my students have any idea who Johnny A. is!
A few sweethearts used a book cover 
to come up with a very good prediction!
 Since I already knew that our background knowledge was zero, 
we went ahead and did the "W" altogether.
*Who is Johnny Appleseed?
*What is his story?
*Where does he go?
*Where does the story take place?
*Who is the main character?
*Is it a nonfiction story or fiction?
*What does he do?
Can you tell we have been working on predictions, inferring, 
and asking questions?!

We then watched the Johnny Appleseed video on BrainPop Jr.
And they immediately asked to watch it again?!?!
{I'm pretty sure this week is going to be awesome with all of the interest they are showing!}

For Social Studies, we read this book.
Students then paired up to complete a compare/contrast chart 
on Johnny Appleseed's life (then) to our lives (now).
Then, we came together to make a quick chart together.
For a reflection, students wrote a quick entry 
in their social studies notebook!

For writing, we did a quick review of our anchor charts, previous book,
and then read a book from my "A Little Unit on Johnny Appleseed."
{Worst glare, ever!}
After reading, it was time for group work 
to fill out brace map all about Johnny!
I was floored with the discussions I was hearing.
Especially since it was the end of the day 
and I was pretty much done for the day.
So I am sure my kiddos were, too!
This group was done with their sheet and asked to color.  
At first, I told them "no" since they didn't all have a sheet 
but they looked at me and said, 
"Miss Peare, we will take turns and color together!"
Say, what?!  I loved this cooperation.  
Color away my friends, color away!
And of course, a whole group chart to finish it up.
They filled this little chart up 100% on their own!
For a closure, I asked my kids to write a few sentences all about Johnny.
This will help lead us into tomorrow's writing activity, 
an informational paragraph all about the man of the week!
{I have all stages of writers currently!}

September 19, 2014

Find your Pirate Treasure Linky with Freebie!

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Today is 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'! To celebrate, 
I have joined with some friends to give you 
the chance to find lots of pirate booty!
Each blog will have some different treasure for you to find!
I want to share with you, a free sample of my 

You can find it by clicking on the image below, 
and download it from Google Drive:
You can also click on the image below 
to find my whole TpT store on sale! 
Blimey, that is good news!
Don't forget to pillage some other bloggers buccaneer's posts 
for more great teaching treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! 

September 14, 2014

Apples of Fun! {Giveaway included}

Hello, there!  
I hope the new school year is going fantastic.
Trying to get back into the swing of things.
I fall off the dang thing every August.
One day, I may just be able to hold on like a pro.

I'm skippin' right over my room and back to school pictures.
They need some prep before I post.
I'll get there, one day.  I promise:)

Tonight, I want to bring you a little apple fun!
You can see what I did with apples last year
Last year I shared this last minute idea that was a hit!
Sadly, the link has been broken.

But the good news is that it is ready to go!
You can grab it here.
I hope it is not too late for some of you.
Since I am teaching the exact same story as
I was last year at this time in Journeys,
of course we are on nouns during apple time again!
Reading rotations are not going amazing yet in with my new class,
so I was in need of a pretty basic noun sort for this coming week.
We will also be getting ready to use my
"A Little Unit About Johnny Appleseed."

And of course, a little "Partyin' Apples" creativity!
{It's free!}
For more apple fun, head on over to Erica's post!
It is full of great resource!

Erica and I are joining up for a giveaway.
One lucky winner will when both products!
This is a QUICK giveaway!
It will end Monday evening.