Students love studying insects and the ‘common’ ant may not be seem so common after this unit! Ants have some unique capabilities and there are more than 10,000 known ant species around the world. This resource is an , Science project that will engage your classroom in .
Smoky Night is a 1994 children’s book by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of a Los Angeles riot and its aftermath through the eyes of a young boy named Daniel. The ongoing fires and looting force neighbors who previously disliked each other to work together to find their cats. In the end, the cats teach their masters how to get along. The book made the list of One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century compiled by the Staff at the School Library Journal. They added the book to the list as paving the way towards the genre of serious picture books. David Diaz’s acrylic, collage-like illustration of the tale earned the book the 1995 Caldecott Medal.
Here is an engaging resource to use when reading and studying the book and it’s topic….
This Reading / Literacy resource offers and that will help students get the most from Eve Bunting’s book, Smoky Night. (1995 Caldecott Medal award winning book illustrated by David Diaz!) During this unit, students will be asked to , , use and !
What it includes:
For the Teacher:
Suggested Pre-Reading, About the Cover, After Reading and About the Art work questions are provided. These should be teacher directed. Guided reading
is ‘small-group reading instruction designed to provide
differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading
proficiency’. The small group model allows students to be taught in a
way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs,
accelerating their progress. Questions have been designed to help assess students in a variety of ELA skills (see those chosen).
For the Students:
Worksheet for students to answer questions from the story
Worksheet to produce questions while reading
Worksheet to produce questions after finishing the reading
3 art responses
– Word Wall / Flash Cards with definitions provided (Suggested use:
Have students match definitions and discuss during group)
Vocabulary Fill-in-the-blank worksheet
2 extended writing prompts with pages to produce student writing.
All writing pages include dashed and solid lines because this has
been designed for 1st -3rd grades. You choose what is best for your
students’ needs and abilities!
Want some Language Arts (Literacy) and Math worksheets to use during the months of December and January? The below resources all have Winter themes (non-Christmas – just Winter) and cover a large number of early learning skills such as word creation, word families, rhyming, matching, suffixes, number work, arithmetic, money work, measurement, patterns, shapes and more!
Winter themed skills workbook to give your students of Language Arts and Math activities for January! There are 29 student pages that can be used for mini-lessons, extra practice for struggling learners, seat work for early finishers, homework, group work, and centers. Print and Go – No Prep required.
Matching pictures with sentences
Rhyming words work
Matching capital letters with lower case letters
Making words (changing first letters)
CVC Word work – Short ‘a’ – ab, – am, -ag, -ap
Suffixes -s, -ed, -ing
Money: Pennies only, Pennies and Nickels, and Pennies, Nickels and Dimes
This circle letter resource is designed to give younger students the ability to see a word and then spell it using circle letter manipulatives. This resource can be used to reinforce letter learning, letter sounds, formation of words and much more.
With an October-theme, students will love
creating / forming words that are related to Halloween such as bat, web,
pumpkin, squash, candy, spider, cat, leaf and house. You will receive
two copies of each word mat (color and b/w).
You can use for whole class instruction, small group interactions or in centers.
Here are 2 examples of variation of use: #1
For whole class instruction, make transparencies using the colored word
mats. Give students prepared circle letters (instructions included) and
the b/w word mats. As you display each transparency, students can
follow along and spell each word on their word mat using their circle
#2 For centers, laminate and attach each colored word
mat to a metal backing (such as a small cookie sheet). Laminate and cut
out the circle letters and attach a magnet on the back of each. Students
can then use the circle letters to spell each word on the metal backed
word mat! FUN!!
Want to teach additional October-themed vocabulary words? Simple! Just make a list, and as you teach each word, have students use their circle letters at the desks to spell each word!
The most important thing to foster when teaching is student engagement. If students are engaged, they are learning. Using videos (the right kind of video) in the classroom is one aspect of using a multimedia approach or strategy which can truly engage students.
So how do you choose the correct types of videos for your classroom. To truly engage students, a video (or accompaning materials) should require something of the students. Students should be asked to actively think and participate. That is why I’ve created several teaching videos to help teachers engage students during reading instruction – specifically learning (or review of) word families.
How do my word family videos engage students?
First, I’ve created the videos with a cute “Monster Detective” theme! These little colorful monsters are fun and inviting….
Second, I’ve created the videos to directly engage students in the ‘hunt to solve the mystery of finding the correct words‘… After each ‘mystery’ is presented, the video gives students time to think and select the word before showing the correct answer…
(If a teacher believe the student(s) need additional time to solve the mystery than what I have provided, it is easy for the teacher to simply pause the video.)
At the end of the video, students will continue to be engaged as they review all the words in the video…
(As with the earlier segments of the videos, the review section gives students time to think about which word is the correct one! )
Third, to engage students even more, I provide a student workbook that directly corresponds with each video. The student workbook can be used along side the video, after a video is watched, for homework or any way the teacher believes is most appropriate for his/her students!
As of 7/18/19, I’ve created in this Word Family Video series the following:
This WINTER – Snowman – Themed 1st grade Math packet has been designed to use for reinforcement of skills, in math centers, for seat work or to give as homework. Perfect for January or any winter month!
2 digit and 3 digit addition with sums up to 20, 30
Addition of Doubles
Addition of 10’s
Even & Odd
Number words to 19
Comparisons: Greater than / Less than
Comparisons: Tallest/Shortest, Smallest/Largest
Completion of number sentences
Before and After
Graphing – Reading a Graph / Creating Graphs
Reading a Thermometer
Counting Money: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters (Less than $1.00)
Fractions: Comparing and Recognizing
Can also be used for advanced Kindergarten or remedial 2nd grade.
Preparing for your February Math classes? Looking for ways to make Math lessons fun and Math review holiday themed? Here are several resources for Prek – 3rd grade!
Sweet Math -n- More
27 pages of Math for young learners! Use as thematic morning work during the month of February, use in a Math center or send home for extra, reinforcement and practice of skills.
Skills include: recognition of numbers and number words, counting, simple addition and subtraction, finding the missing number, comparing numbers (biggest / smallest), finding differences, creating similarity, color by number, tracing, coloring, cutting and matching.
17 pages of Valentine’s Day / Heart themed work covering the following skills:
– single digit addition (with and without carrying)
– double digit addition (with and without carrying / Sums to 20 / Sums to 30 / by 10s)
– even / odd recognition
– single digit subtraction
– double digit subtraction (with and without borrowing / numbers to 20 / numbers to 30)
– roman numerals
– ordinal numbers
– in/out ‘function’ tables
– reading a pictograph
Students will love these hands-on, creative activities and at the same time, practice their graphing skills! Students will love creating ‘Heart Butterflies’, ‘Heart Animals’ and using Valentine Heart candies in these graphing activities!