Sunday, January 6, 2013

Let it Snow!


No this post is not about how much I would love a snow day. Although, I wouldn't mind a snow day or two or three. Instead, this post is about my week ahead.  I know I've not been very good with the visual  plans. It's a LOT of work! My friend Deedee Wills pulls it off weekly. She's a rockstar. Me, not so much. So I've decided to just post my regular plans and include links.


If you click around on the plans a lot of the items are linked to their documents. I tried to color the links, but missed a few.  See, I told you I'm not Deedee

Included in my plans is a text talk lesson for the book Sneezy the Snowman.  I've decided to do a read aloud as part of my morning routine on Monday so I can use the book to hit some of the common core that I might neglect. One item being, direct vocabulary instruction.  Last post I showed you this guy:
Around him, will go 3 words per week from our read aloud.  I bought stars and my kiddos who use the word wizard words through out the week will get to add their name to a star.  

You will also see that during Interactive Writing we will be doing a "How To" writing.  Our usual interactive writing includes sharing the pen to write a sentence each day.  I have my kids write the words on their white boards as we write it together on the chart.  Instead, this week, I've created a mini book for my kiddos to write in as we write on the chart.  If you'd like this book, click the picture below.  
Our theme this week is snow.  We'll be doing a little properties of matter experiment with snow.  Here is the sheet my kiddos will fill out on Tuesday. 
We'll also be discussing schema this week and talking about making connections.  My lessons come from Debbie Miller's Reading with Meaning.  While reading in their book nooks, my students will be filling out schema and connection graphic organizers from this pack. 
My students will also be doing centers from this pack:
This is our last week of 2nd quarter, so our sight word center will be the good old, rainbow words. I just copy this front to back and students choose 8 words from the word wall to rainbow.  
For our poetry center, students will practice writing dialogue and using quotation marks.  
Well, I think, that is that, for this week.  Hope you have a great Monday! 

The documents above have been made with clipart and fonts by the following shops.










15 comments:

  1. YOU are a rockstar! Thank you so much for sharing! I love your "Sneezy" Text Talk lesson. I will be using it tomorrow!! Love it.
    ~Andi

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  2. AMAZING post!!!! Love the science experiment!!!

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  3. Oh boy I wish we wherein winter! We're still in summer here in Australia! I love reading your blogs and gaining heaps of ideas from them. Thank you so much, I also have brought items from your store and they are fantastic! I have just ventured into the blogging world and I'm loving it, after months of stalking I am finally giving it a go. I'm hoping to get to 20 followers by Friday and then I will be having a huge giveaway!!

    Sally

    Miss Peach's Class

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing these freebies. I love the how to make a snowman book. I'm from Ohio but I moved to Florida and many of my kiddos have never seen snow. I love that the pictures in the book are progressive, so they can use the pictures to help them understand how to make a snowman. I also love the science sheet. We do "Mad Scientist Mondays" in our room. Since we don't have real snow, we can try it with snow powder. Usually it "snows" in our every year on the first day back from Christmas vacation, but this year, we're doing a space theme instead. This science experiment will give me the chance to still get some snowy fun in!
    Teachin' First

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  5. You are still a rockstar!!! :)

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  6. LOVE "Sneezy"! Thanks for the great vocabulary activities!

    Sarah
    Learning is for Superstars

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your cute work! I so want to start creating my own, however I never seem to find the time. I SO appreciate bloggers who share their AWESOME resources and ideas!

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  8. Thank you for sharing. I have been wanting to do visual lesson plans but I just can't seem to get started!
    Sharon
    Buggy for First Grade

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  9. I love this blog! Thank you for taking the time to create, post, and share. I am also a first grade teacher, wife, and mom so I appreciate how busy you must be. Thank for for sharing your gifts and blessings!

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  10. I was just pondering how to make interactive lesson plans. These were perfect! Can I make them in Word or is Google drive better? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks so much.

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  11. Love that I came across your post! We just started how to writing and the snowman book is too perfect not to mention super cute! Also love the snow science activity. Thanks for sharing your hard work!

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  12. Love this post! We just started "how to writing" and your snowman book is too perfect not to mention super cute as well! Also love the snow science activity. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Love that I came across your post! We just started how to writing and the snowman book is too perfect not to mention super cute! Also love the snow science activity. Thanks for sharing your hard work!

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  14. Hey Michelle! Love your plans and all your snow units! Thanks for sharing! I was wanting to have another blogger meet up sometime soon and was hoping you would either want to attend or even help me organize it! See my page for more details! Thanks and hope you are doing well! :)
    Chelsea

    www.bloomingintofirst.blogspot.com

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  15. I enjoyed reading through your plans. It's so nice to see what other teachers are doing in their rooms, so thanks for sharing. Thanks for the great freebies too. I live in Ohio and I keep waiting for a good snowstorm. I think my area was the only one that didn't really get any..*fingers crossed* for a good snow day! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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