Sunday, September 30, 2012

Freebie Alert

Hey everybody,
   Just a quick post to let you know about an awesome freebie.  Head over to Rowdy in Room 300 to find out how to snag this huge fall pack.  There are over 70 pages of fall themed Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies activities!  All you have to do is follow 4 awesome blogs (2 of which were new to me and 2 I was already following!).  Here's the kicker - the offer is only good for a week, so you have to hurry!
Rowdy in Room 300

Saturday, September 29, 2012

First Grade Common Core

I am so excited to share this link with you! I had seen lots of bloggers posting about the new Common Core Workbook for Kindergarten. I checked it out (and the one for first grade) and they look awesome! I saw that they were even giving away the Kindergarten workbook download for free. I was a little sad because, well...I don't teach Kindergarten. I thought, "Man, I wish this was a first grade workbook." I even considered emailing them and asking if they could sub the first grade workbook instead of the Kindergarten one. Well, someone apparently read my thoughts, because you can now get the first grade workbook download for FREE!!! But you have to really hurry, because it ends tomorrow (which is why I am breaking the two posts in a day rule - will you forgive me?)! Just go here to check
 it out:

I did download the preview and it looked really good.  If I do get the free download, I might still buy a hard copy (yes, I am a book junkie - I'm visual and like to have the actual pages right in front of me). 
Hurry and check it out!

Apple Week(s)

This week, we began our study of apples.  We spent this week talking about Johnny Appleseed.  We even had Tasty Tuesday - we made apple pizzas!  YUM (and they make the classroom smell sooooo good)!  Anyway, I wanted to share some sheets that I made to go with these apple books:
Picking Apples by Margaret McNamara
Amazing Apples by Jeff Bauer
Apples by Jenne Simon
Big Red Apple by Tony Johnston

I like to send home books that go with the theme we are studying as they are often more interesting than the take home readers that come with our reading series.  The homework sheets I made are nothing fancy, but they do give the students the chance to practice writing answers in complete sentences and going back in the story to find the answers to questions.  You can pick them up below if you think you can use them.
Picking Apples Homework Sheet
Big Red Apple Homework Sheet
Apples Homework Sheet Amazing Apples Homework Sheet

I'm waiting on a parent to send me the pictures from our Tasty Tuesday.  I gave my camera to my mother in law.  She took my kids to Mickey's Halloween Party at DisneyWorld this weekend!  I'll post them when I get them.  So, how many of you do a bunch of apple activities this time of year?