Sunday, December 30

The Polar Express

Friday we had our Polar Express viewing party. Everyone came to school dressed in their pajamas. The kids had to show their ticket and get it punched to ride the Polar Express. They had to earn their ticket by showing me good behavior. I had the chairs set up in rows to look like a train. Then I passed out hot chocolate for them to drink while watching the movie.
Here are some graphs we completed leading up to the viewing party.
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Saturday, December 29

Grinch and reindeer fun

Where did the month of December go? Seriously, it flew by. I have completely neglected this blog. Because we had four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas I finally had enough time to do all the fun Christmas stuff I normally just whiz through.
We had a whole week of Grinch fun. We brainstormed some adjectives that describe the Grinch. We also brainstormed some adjectives that describe the Grinch's heart at the end of the strory.

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I passed out reindeer noses for my girft to the kids.
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 These are the reindeer ornamants they made for their parents. I got the idea from Mrs. Lemons over at step into second grade.
Here is a peek at the non-fiction reindeer unit I actually had time to teach. We never have four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We compared real reindeer and fantasy reindeer and made a venn diagram. I read them the sentences and they had to tell me if it was fantasy or real.

We added this poem to our poetry journals. They had to illustrate the poem and butter the popcorn words.
We learned that an adult reindeer stands about four feet tall. Then we measured to find out how tall we are compared to a reindeer.

 We used interactive writing to write about reindeer.

We practiced non fiction writing.

 We did a reindeer directed drawing. First in pencil then we outlined in black crayon. Then they painted the reindeer. They used their fingerprints to make the snow. Then they measured how tall their reindeer was using cubes.

We started the unit with a schema chart and added to the new learning section throughout the week.
 Enjoy your time off. It goes too fast. You can find the reindeer activities in my reindeer unit on TPT.

Monday, November 26

Cyber Monday Sale

My entire shop is 20% off and you can get an additional 10% off by entering the code CMT12 at checkout. Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 22

Happy thanksgiving

Our turkeys made it safely past Thanksgiving thanks to their disguises. You can find the turkey pattern and letter home to parent from Mrs. Nelson. I love doing this activity after reading Turkey Trouble.

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Here is our Bulletin board


We read If  You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and did this activity inspired by Deanna Jump.


We learned that Pilgrims had many chores. We made a circle map of chores at home and school and completed the sentence prompt below.


Here is our treasured work wall


Here is one of our Jazzy journals from KinderbyKim.


We wrote a three step how to from Deanna Jump and made coffee filter turkeys

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We practiced reading and writing number words with this cute craft inspired by Julie Lee.


We learned that Pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower could only bring one trunk with them. We did this craft inspired by Cara Carroll.


Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones.

Sunday, November 11


Seriously a week and two days left until Thanksgiving break! Time needs to slow down. Here is a peek at our pumpkin study. Here is our very own Pumpkin Jack. He sits in our courtyard. We voted on how to carve Jack. You can see how we did it here.

We have been recoding our observations of Jack in our science journals.
We also used Pumpkin Jack to learn the life cycle of the pumpkin. Here is the craft we did.
We read the biggest pumpkin ever and compared the two main characters Clayton and Desmond.

                                                                  Pumpkin brace map

We labeled the parts of a pumpkin together and then they drew a pumpkin in their science journal and labeled the parts.
 We used our five senses to describe the outside of the pumpkin. We wrote the adjectives on sticky notes and put them on our pumpkin. Then we cut the pumpkin open and described the inside.
We compared apples to pumpkins.
Look what I found at IKEA! He is perfect for counting syllables and stretching words.
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