Friday, January 16, 2015

Thank You to Martin and His Friends {A FREEBIE TOO!}

Every year my little ones are surprised and saddened when they are taught of the injustices that people of the past faced. They are inspired by the bravery that each hero had in their fight to make changes in our society. My heart melts to see the compassion in my students' eyes as I teach them about a topic that can sometimes be uncomfortable to discuss. Martin Luther King Jr. becomes a quick hero, Rosa Parks is instantly incredible and Ruby Bridges is almost like another student that is in our own class!

Here is the journey we took to learn about Martin and his friends...

We read lots of books.

We watched a simple BrainPOP Jr. {found here} and this youtube video.

Another online resource is this Scholastic News Magazine.

We learned about Martin's Rainbow of Dreams. The students got to create a bracelet to help remember Martin's dream. I loved how they wore the bracelet for the rest of the week! 

We completed several activities and crafts from this unit.

We also did a Martin Luther King Jr. directed drawing...I always love how they turn out!
The students shared the dreams they have for making the world a better place too.

Another activity that we completed was inspired by lots of pins on pinterest and this book!
{Again, I can not take credit for this idea...I saw tons of pins on pinterest and I stole the idea.} We read the book and reflected on how things look so much better with lots of colors and diversity. The kids definitely got the connection!

{Idea inspired by Read Write Sing!}

Grab your free copy of the activity and the bulletin board pieces by clicking on the picture above! {This is an editable file (so you can personalize it with your own name) that you will open in powerpoint!}

Looking for more resources to teach about MLK? Check out these on TPT...

Hope this post helps with your MLK plans! Happy Weekend!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lovely Happy Times and a Bright New Year!

It has been a few FABULOUS weeks since I blogged, that is because I have been busy enjoying and loving every minute of the Christmas holiday! I hope you have too! To start the holiday off, my family was here for Thanksgiving. It was such a wonderful time, filled with laughter, love, too much food and decorating for Christmas! It makes my heart happy just thinking about it! 

When I went back to school, it was a CraZy whirlwind...there was Gingerbread Week, Elf Day, Reindeer Day, Grinch Day, Holidays Around the World, Polar Express Day and our Class Party. Oh my gosh...I'm exhausted just remembering the FUN that we had. It took me a few days to recover. I think I'm getting old! ;) I have lots of pictures to share with you about all the fun we had, and over the next few days and weeks I will try to share some of my ideas with you so that maybe you could use them next year! Until then here is a blurry/bad picture of one of my most treasured gifts from a student this year! A pair of pajama pants for Polar Express Day...they even have ruffles on the bottom! Stop it...just too darn cute!

As teachers many times we get wrapped up in everything happening in school and our classroom that it is so easy to neglect time for ourselves over the holiday to really enjoy the magic of it all. I try really hard to make it a point to stop and enjoy the celebrations in my city with my favorite people. Here are some of my favorite sights...snow made out of bubbles and a 600 foot sand Christmas tree...Christmas Florida style!

I can't believe yesterday was Christmas! What!?!?! Anyone else feeling like this today?!

I have been working a little to get things ready to go back to school. When I am organized and prepared I always feel so much more relaxed and stress free! :) When we go back to school my students will be celebrating the New Year together.
The kids will get to wear party hats and we will have bubbly grape juice. 
We will sing and have a little party together!

We will read books about the New Year and learn about New Year's Resolutions. Here are some of the books we will be reading...

Then the kids will make their New Year's Resolutions!

We will learn about the months of the year and practice sequencing them.
We will also be learning about how people around the world celebrate the New Year using this nonfiction reader.

This unit is filled with all these New Year's goodies and it is on sale for just $3! Go grab your copy and let it help make the start of the New Year at school a stress-free one!


Here's a little freebie for you to start off the New Year! Just click the picture below! I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two More Days!!!

I think I can...I think I can...just two more days until Thanksgiving Break!

I always love leaving for a break totally prepared for when I get back. That way I don't need to worry about anything during my time off. So I have started prepping for the first week in December...which means Gingy will be making an appearance! :) Here are some pics of some of my favorite activities...
We will be reading lots of Gingerbread stories and using this cute anchor chart and post-its to record the story elements.

My students will be completing this fun family home project. I didn't get to have my students create a Turkey in Disguise...the month was just WAY TOO BUSY!!! I am looking forward to having them create these cute little incognito gingerbread men so that I can use them as a decoration all December!

We will be doing some yummy science! Math can read all about my Gingerbread Math activities HERE!

The kids love reading texts in the pocket chart that we read during shared reading. I have a feeling that they will love the Gingerbread songs and text! They always really love when the text includes their names so I created a super simple pocket chart text that does just that! Click on the picture below for a FREEBIE!

Pictured below are other center activities that my kiddos will be doing. Some of my friends spotted the centers out on my table the other day, and begged to play some of the games. I got to snap some pictures when several of my little friends tried them out.

Gingerbread Scrambled Sentences

Beginning Sounds in the Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Word Family Sorting Activity

Vowel Cookies

What Shape is in the House? Math Center

Making Ten Practice

Roll and Count {No Prep Math Center}

Base Ten Cookie Friends

We will be making other craftivities and doing lots of other activities too! If you are looking for Gingerbread activities to use in your classroom be sure to check out these two units that are ON SALE! 


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