Friday, October 28, 2011

Fairy Tale/Storybook Characters Unit

Here are some of the things we did this week for our Fairy Tale/Storybook Character Unit:

We talked about what a fairy tale is and what fairy tales sometimes have in them.

We talked about the Story Elements in each of the Fairy Tales we read this week.

Little Red Riding Hood

Here is the chart I used to fill in the Story Elements as we talked about them as a class.  While filling this chart out, we made our characters and set up our classroom (setting) so we could act out the story.

Little Red Riding Hood Activity:
They made a picture of Little Red Riding Hood and then filled in the boxes describing her.

Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears

We filled this in after reading the story.

I had the students make this story character map for Goldilocks.


We filled this in together as a class.  I laminated these Story Element Anchor Charts so I could write on them with an Expo Marker and easily wipe them off!

Writing Activity:  If I had a Fairy Godmother...

The Three Little Pigs

I read two versions of The Three Little Pigs and we compared the two stories.

I had the students fill out these WANTED posters for the Big Bad Wolf.

Jack and the Beanstalk
We did a measurement activity.

The Frog Prince

Graphing Activity:
Would you kiss a frog?

Fairy Tale Elements Chart:
After reading each fairy tale we went through and marked what fairy tale elements the book had.

Storybook Character Dress-up Day:

To end our unit we had the students dress up as their favorite storybook character.  They came to school dressed in their costume with their book and we guessed who they were.
  Even all the first grade teachers dressed up!  Here is just a peek at some of the storybook characters the first grade teachers have dressed us as during the years.

The Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Alice in Wonderland
All Laura Numeroff book characters!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reading Fluency

Lately I have been talking with my class about how important it is to read with expression and fluency.  I’ve read a book to my students like a robot would read.  Then, I read the same book with expression.   The students were able to hear how much of a difference it makes to pay attention to the punctuation marks while reading.  I made these posters to help remind my students how to read a sentence with the different punctuation marks. 

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Spider Unit

Here are just a couple things we did during our spider unit this week!
First, we started our unit by graphing if we are or are not afraid of spiders.  Here is what our class graph showed.

Next, we filled in the KWL Chart.  We added what we already knew about spiders and what we wanted to learn this week about spiders.

Throughout the week I read numerous Non-Fiction books about spiders.  Here are some of the books I read:

We talked about the difference between Spiders/Arachnids and Insects.  We labeled the parts of a spider.

For a fun art/writing activity we began by filling in the verb/adjective chart together as a class.


After filling in the chart together, the students used the words off the chart to make a poem about spiders.  After the students wrote their poem they made a handprint spider. They added eyes, a web, bugs in the web, etc. to their spider after it dried.

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We have been talking a lot about the difference between a fact and opinion lately.  For this activity the students sorted and stuck the Spider fact and opinion sentences onto the correct spider.

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As a class, we wrote our own Spider facts.

We ended our spider unit by filling in our KWL Chart again with all the new information we learned throughout the week about spiders.  Finally, we graphed again on how we now feel about spiders after learning about them all week.