Monday, February 23, 2015

Continents and Oceans Interactive Notebook

We have accumulated and created so many things for our Continents and Oceans theme, it was time to condense some things and make it a bit more "kid-friendly".  Instead of making our Continents and Oceans lessons a "writing/paper/pencil" activity, we thought it would be good to just have the kids focus on one key fact about each of the continents and oceans.  Using this format, student would just be building the one key fact we would like them to remember about each of the continents or oceans.

The lesson sequence I plan to use for each continent and ocean lesson:

  • Gather students on carpet for read-aloud
  • Continent Mini-Books or Ocean Mini-Books (you can find them in my TPT store)
  • Continent or Oceans song (you can find them in my TPT store HERE)
  • View PPT slides on each to learn facts
  • Brainstorm facts about each of the continents using the mimio for recall of details
  • Build the cut-apart sentence in interactive notebook

How to Use this Interactive Notebook:  You can purchase it HERE.
  • After reading your favorite read aloud book about each of the continents/oceans, watching videos, and brainstorming facts they remember, have your students piece together the fact for each continent or ocean. Then have them color the black line illustrations.

How to Assemble:
  • Copy single sided or double sided and staple on the left hand size. 
  • Copy the words that will be glued in the book separately. There are three on each page. Only hand out the sentence your students need.

Cut-Apart Sentences Included for Interactive Notebook:

  • Australia: Australia is called the Land Down Under.
  • Antarctica: People cannot live in Antarctica because it is too cold.
  • Asia: Asia is the biggest continent in the whole world.
  • North America: North America is made up of mostly three countries.
  • South America: There are rain forests in South America.
  • Africa: The Sahara Desert is in Africa.
  • Europe: Europe is the smallest continent, and it is made up of many small countries.
  • Southern Ocean: The Southern Ocean is around Antarctica.
  • Arctic Ocean: The Arctic Ocean is by the North Pole.
  • Indian Ocean: The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean.
  • Pacific Ocean: The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean.
  • Atlantic Ocean: The Atlantic Ocean was the first ocean to be crossed by ship.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Space and Planets Interactive Notebook

Going on a few years of doing our Space and Planets theme and it seems like we revamp it every year to make things go a bit smoother.  This year we are going to try doing an interactive notebook where students have to assemble one fact for each of the planets after we learn about it and brainstorm facts they remember.  We are hoping this will help learning one main fact about each planet a little easier for first graders to remember as they do the final project at the end of the unit (where they match the fact to the planet as they put together a Solar System display).

If you are interested in this interactive notebook, you can find it HERE at my TPT store.

How to Use this Book:After reading your favorite read aloud book about space, stars, the sun, each planet, watching videos about space concepts, and brainstorming facts they remember, have your students piece together the fact for each space word. Then have them color the black line illustrations to match the colors of each of the planets and other pictures. The sentences included in this interactive notebook are the exact sentences that are used with my Space and Planets Cut Apart Sentences.  So if you liked those sentences, but you wanted it put together as a book, here is your thing!  I have also included optional pages on how many planets there are.  Some people like to still teach that Pluto is a "planet", but a dwarf planet.  And other people like to just say there are only 8 planets.

How to Assemble:Copy single sided or double sided and staple on the left hand size. Copy the words that will be glued in the book separately. There are three on each page. Only hand out the sentence your students need.

Answer Key:Solar System: There are nine planets in the solar system.
Solar System: There are eight planets in the solar system.
Sun: The nine planets orbit around the sun.
Sun: The eightplanets orbit around the sun.
Star: A constellation is a group of stars that make a shape.
Mercury: Mercury is the closest planet to the sun.
Venus: Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.
Earth: Earth is the only planet that animals can live.
Mars: Mars is called the red planet.
Jupiter: Jupiter has a giant red spot that is a storm.
Saturn: Saturn’s rings are made of rock and ice.
Uranus: Uranus spins around on its side.
Neptune: Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun.
Pluto: Pluto is called a dwarf planet.
Earth’s Moon: An astronaut has been to the moon.
Comet: A comet is made of ice, dust, and rock.
Astronaut: An astronaut wears a special suit to travel in space.
Asteroid: Asteroids are rocks that orbit the sun.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Las Posadas and Diwali Vocabulary Books

Just finished putting together two vocabulary books to use with our Holidays Around the World unit in December.  Last year I created Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and this year we added Diwali and Las Posadas to the unit.

All About Diwali words:
India, Diwali, pray, lamps, bonfires, fireworks, luck

All About Las Posadas words:
Las Posadas, Mexico, poinsettia, Mary, Joseph, piƱata, hot chocolate, midnight

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

They books go right along with these other Las Posadas and Diwali items I have put together:

  • Las Posadas and Diwali Word Wall Cards
  • Las Posadas and Diwali Mini Books
  • Las Posadas and Diwali Riddles

Friday, November 28, 2014

Turkey Disguises Doodles

Last year just before doing our annual Turkey Disguises activity I whipped up some clip art for turkey clothing stencils to use with my first graders.  I printed, cut out and laminated the clothing pieces for them to use for stencils as they "disguise" their turkeys.  It helped them add their turkey costumes with construction paper.  I used them again this year. (Wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it was something better than what we've done in the past.)

But then one day this week, I was without my mimio (AHHHH!) and couldn't do what I had planned (we were playing a Roll-A-Dice Draw a Turkey game), so I had the kids do a step by step on how to draw a turkey on the white board with them doing the same on their white boards.  Well, that was SOOOOO much fun for my class.  They loved it.  They learned about adding details and how to fit the parts together.  Great!

Here's a picture of the turkey I drew with my first graders on the white board:

Well....That led to me drawing it on my iPad that night, which also led me to revamping my turkey clothing clip art.  So I guess I will have a bit more pieces for next years Turkey Disguises activity.

You can find this Turkey Disguises Doodles HERE at my TPT store.  Or HERE at my Teacher's Notebook shop.

Turkey Disguises Doodles clip art set includes Line Art, BW, and Color PNG images.

Turkey with Tail Feathers
Turkey with no Tail Feathers
FB TShirt
FB Pants
FB Helmet
BB Cap
Cheer TShirt
Cheer Skirt
Tennis Shoes
Pom Poms
Pink Flower Dress
Pink Tennies Shoes
Brown Wig
Blong Wig
Black and Gray Top Hat

These outline images to use as stencils for dressing up your turkey:
Wig Stencil
Shoes Stencil
Top Hat Stencil
BB Cap Stencil
Shirt Stencil
Pants Stencil
Dress Stencil
Helmet Stencil

There is also an additional outline turkey not included in the preview, as well as pants, shirt, and shoes that match and fit with that turkey.

Additional Turkey Images included in this file:  

All images may be used for person, classroom, or commercial use, but need to be flattened in your product (PDF or JPG).  A simple credit back to me is all that's needed:  

Clip Art by Carrie
or a link to my TPT or TN store

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Las Posadas and Diwali Riddles

Thanksgiving 2014 unit...done.  On to Holiday Traditions Around the World starting next week. Last year we did Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.  This year we are adding Las Posadas and Diwali as well as Christmas in Australia, England, France, and a few other countries.

I created these Las Posadas and Diwali Riddles cards to use.  My first graders love them, they are a GREAT review, and its a super activity for listening and participating in a game.

There are riddles for:

  • Las Posadas
  • poinssettia
  • Mary and Joseph
  • pinata
  • singing and celebrating
  • midnight (going to midnight service)
  • Mexico
  • Diwali
  • praying
  • fireworks
  • clay lamps
  • gold jewelry
  • India
  • 5 (5 days of Diwali)

You can find them HERE at my TPT store.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holidays Around the World Review Packet

Here is something I whipped up tonight while watching TV--A Holidays Around the World Review Packet.

Holidays Writing Retell Sheets
3 options available:

  • Students write sentences to match the pictures (2nd and above)
  • Students write the missing holiday name in the shape box font. (1st grade)
  • Student traces the holiday name within the sentence. (Kindergarten)

Holiday Around the World Fact Cards: BW and Color Options

  • Print, laminate, and cut out to use as pocket chart cards or review for learning facts about each holiday.
  • Use the black and white version to create a mini-book.

Holiday Around the World Word Wall Cards:

  • Print, laminate, cut and place in your word wall or hang on bulletin board.

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

Clip Art Sources:
Clip Art by Carrie
Melonheadz Illustrating

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Las Posadas and Diwali Word Wall Cards

Getting stuff put together for little additions to a unit takes a lot of prep...but so much fun!  Sometimes I think we add to our own stress by updating, adding, and changing things to make it better.  But I guess that's being reflective and always trying to do better, right?

Here's a word wall card set for Las Posadas and Diwali that you can use with your little people.  Most of the clip art is from EduClips, one of my new favorite clip artists found on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Lots of cool sets that work great for making items for your classroom.  The page border that I used for the preview is from another one of my favorites:  Creative Clips by Krista Wallden.  These two ladies are SO talented.

Words included in this set are:

clay lamp
candle tray

Las Posadas
Mexican boy
Mexican girl

Ideas for using these cards:
  • Hang them in a pocket chart to introduce vocabulary during your study of Las Posadas and Diwali.
  • Display them to help student think of ideas around Las Posadas and Diwali
  • Let students use these word wall cards to correct their spelling after they've tried spelling these words on their own.  They can easily pull them from the pocket chart and take them to their seats.

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.

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