Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fairy Tales

We have been working on a unit for fairy tales. We are reading a fairy tale and then a fractured fairy tale. The students are finding character traits to describe the characters in both fairy tales. We then discuss how the character has changed when the point of view (from who is writing the book) has changed.
They are loving it-- and so am I. I am working on a fairy tale reader's response and writing unit. I will post it when I am done. For now though, I am going to put a page from they packet up as a freebie.
Click on the link below the picture. Enjoy! (And, if you download- please leave me feedback!)

Have a wonderful, chilly day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Planning Ahead

After Thanksgiving break we begin a gingerbread unit. We read different gingerbread books, compare/contrast the stories, and write character traits of the gingerbread characters. We cut out a gingerbread man and write adjectives to describe him. He hangs on our wall for a little while, until...oh no!-- he's gone and there's a note: "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" Our gingerbread man runs away! The kids DIE over this. They swear they see him running in the halls, outside at recess, in the classroom. The kids write letters to him to try to persuade him to come back. Finally, at the end of our gingerbread unit someone finds him. Sometimes it's the principal, or an assistant, or another teacher. They ALWAYS find him doing something sneaky. They catch him and bring him back to our classroom with a story of what they found him doing!

As I'm thinking ahead to what we'll be doing in a few weeks (and watching it snow, which is really getting me excited to teach our christmas/winter themed units), I went ahead and made a gingerbread sight word color sheet.
There's 2 different sheets- one has 1st grade sight words and the other has our corporations 2nd grade sight words. If you would like to grab them for FREE, head on over to my teacherspayteachers store.

Please leave feedback. The more feedback I receive, the more freebies I will post!