Friday, June 15, 2018

Another novel study- The Hundred Dresses

I didn't know this until I started selling on TPT, but when you put a product out there that you've been working on... like really working on, it's a little like putting your kid on the school bus for the first time.  


I was that mom that followed the bus the first day- just in case there was an accident.  Just saying.   Bee went to the zoo, accident-free. 




I've got my next Novel Study ready to go!  It's another unit that I've used parts of in class with my third graders for a few years, but all cleaned up in a tidy package ready to go- and ready to share with others.  Putting my kid on the bus here.


The Hundred Dresses is a classic story- it's sweet and fun with a strong message about bullying and teasing.  Despite the title and the fact that the three leads are girls, it's not a girly story.  I've always found that boys really hang on the bullying and teasing theme in the story and are happy to read past the reason that the girls tease poor Wanda.  




So, this novel study, like my Charlotte's Web Novel Study, guides you and your students through the reading of the story.  It has lesson plans for two weeks, and guided pages to work through the story elements. 

  • Characters: Listing Character Traits, Mind Map, Prompted Journal Entries, Guided Reading Response
  • Plot: Storyboard Illustrations, Note Taking Sheets, Chapter Questions (2-3 questions per chapter), 
  • Condensed Chapter Questions (2-3 questions per 2 chapters)
  • Word Choice: Vocabulary, Word Maps
  • Setting: Setting Sketch, Setting Map 
  • Mentor Sentences: One per week
  • Weekly Assessments and Cumulative Activities: Weekly Vocabulary Assessments, Weekly Written Response Assessment, Differentiated Choice Project


                                           Find it here in my TPT store, From The Hive




I like to compile the pages I want to use (there's more in my units than I can use in the allotted time- but more is better right!) number them and assemble them in pronged folders.  That way nothing falls out and the kids can find the right page when needed.  I love working through a novel with my kiddos!


I also have a freebie sample piece, a Differentiated Cumulative Project.  There are six choices for the final project sure to engage even the most reluctant learner. 




Also exciting for my shop, it's on Instagram now! 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Charlotte's Web Novel Study

I say it like a dozen times during the year, but this is my favorite thing we do all year.  I love reading Charlotte's Web with my third graders.  I love it because even though they've seen the movie, most haven't read the book.  Even those that have still enjoy another read. There are some sweet and funny parts and I love Templeton's lines- he's the best.  For the past several years we've been using random pieces from various sources and piecemealed our study together.  I decided to create my own resource that contains everything I wanted to use for our novel study.  It's ready and I've been using it and I'm ready to share it in my shop. 


I sorted the items into Plot:


Characters:


Setting:


Word Choice:


Mentor Text:


 Assessment pieces:


and Cumulative Activites:


 I'm super excited that it's done, happy to have a complete (and tidy and rigorous) resource for my kiddos and for my team.  I'm also really excited because next year when it's time for this, I'll be giving this to my student teacher!  I can't say how excited I am to have a student teacher.  We met this week and she is fan-tas-tic! 

I'm breaking this big novel study up into chunks to also list small pieces.  Right now, I have listed the whole inclusive novel study.





Saturday, May 5, 2018

catching up- Winter

Yikes, here's some old photos I'm just catching up on. Winter.  Geesh. 


Daddy and Lou at basketball.  So much basketball. 


The kid's got rid of the pumpkins for us! 


Staff Christmas Party.  I gave the best white elephant gift this year.  I saved up all the gift cards I had gotten in the past year (some with a bit of money, most with none) and gave them away as a bunch.  The family that got them said they spent a happy afternoon calling the number on each card and found a total of $8.50 on the cards! 


Bee went to a Christmas Activity at school.  Take note it was NOT a dance, it was an activity.  


She said I could not go as a chaperone... but I had friends chaperoning and several sent me pictures.  (She absolutely has a tank top on under the dress, it's ivory.)


Turns out there was dancing. 


We decorated our doors for Christmas at school.  My goal was quick, easy, but cute.  I printed out a large picture of the Elf and invited people to take a selfie with an elf.  Even people in the building for tours stopped by to get their selfie taken. 


Our favorite December activity- the food drop at our church.  We take the Thanksgiving week's offering and use it all to buy wholesale food.  It arrives via semi trucks. 



Hundreds of volunteers offload the trucks. 



Then we fill orders from the local food pantries. 



Then we deliver the food to fill the empty shelves



Ok, let's move on to warmer weather. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Prefixes

I took this linguistic class in college that was the hardest class I ever took.  It was part of my reading specialist certificate (a title they shortly later got rid of).  I worked harder than I had in any other class and really learned a lot (and I still mess up more than I should!).  I don't think I earned higher than a B in there, but it was well earned.  I made pretty good grades in college, but I think I was more proud of that B than other better grades.  Isn't that funny about hard work, how rewarding it is? 

Maybe it started in that linguistic class, but I really love working with prefixes with my kiddos. 

I was making up some prefix stuff for my kiddos this year and thought I'd stick them in the shop.  Apparently, other teachers are working on the same skills because they're doing pretty well.


Each set has an introduction activity where you can present these prefixes and delve into the way they change words. 



Then each set has an application activity sheet.  This can be used dozens of ways.  It can be an in-class piece, a daily five tool, or an assessment sheet. 


I have a freebie so you can see what they're like and try it out without risk:


Prefixes that Mean Not  mis, un, dis, im, in



The other sets are available separately and in a bundle:








-or- Save over $3.00 with the prefix bundle!


Did you know that you can earn 5% back in TPT credits when you leave feedback!  I just got caught up on leaving feedback and now have $3.00 ready to go towards my next purchase!  Sellers love feedback (especially the good kind).  That's a win-win!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

artifact investigation- hands on primary sources activity


We did one of my favorite social studies projects at school.  My third graders love this.  They are old enough to come up with good, thoughtful idea, but not so old that they figure out all of my artifacts too quickly.  



This is super fun and easy and you can bring it to your classroom too!

After learning about artifacts being a primary source in your social studies curriculum (we use McGraw Hill in my 3rd grade classroom) students are ready to become archaeologist. They will explore one of your collected ‘artifacts,’ record information and details about it, and make a guess for the item’s intended use.

                                      

I usually group my students in partners for this. Each does their own paper, but they share an artifact and talk about their ideas together. I love to listen as they talk it out. 

                                                     

You will need to do a little digging and collecting to find some items to use as artifacts. Keep an eye out at garage sales, search your kitchen drawers, sewing box, garage, yard barn, craft room, tool box, etc. I found most of my items during an initial search and have added a few new pieces slowly over the past few years. 

Here are the items in my artifact box:  
                  

One of my students’ favorite parts is when I tell them what the item really is after they present their ideas.  You can sure create the items you need for this project on your own, but I've got everything you need all put together in a product in my shop, From The Hive.    





You find the artifacts and I've got the rest covered.  I've included detailed teacher's notes, an informational piece about artifacts as primary sources, and a recording sheet.




catching up- thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is brought to you in picture and caption form only.  Cause basically it's April.  





It was time for family games again.  




My brother took the kids for motorcycle rides on my dad's bike.  The Bible says we can't live in fear, right?  This mama was watching closely though!






Nephew love.  Oh my, I could eat this little dude up with a spoon. 




My dad won chess against Lou, but was impressed with some of Lou's new strategies he's picked up at chess club.  





Hubby and I had to hand off the trophy to my sister and her hubby.  




We went to an escape room, which is like my favorite thing to do ever.  We were so close.  I blame a slight error in the room!


Meeting my littlest sister's new guy was a highlight.  I pretty much interviewed him the first chance I got!  Don't tell him, but we like him tons.  We'll keep him!  It's good for him to sweat a little though. 


We went to see my grandma. 


Puzzles, dinner, good company, a sweet toddler- a wonderful time was had. 




 
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