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Christmas Calendar Parent Gift

Need a fun and unique gift idea that's quick and easy with no mess? Look no further! This would make the perfect gift for Christmas! Includes calendar pages all the way through December 2017! 




Okay, y'all let's face it, December is a cuh-razy month and the thought of painting 22 hands x 12 times each to do a handprint calendar gives me a serious eye twitch!  These calendar gifts are so much easier!  Here's a peek at one of the calendars we made last year! It turned out SO cute and I know her parents LOVED it!



 

  

    





 This calendar is available to purchase in my TPT Store. Click on the image below!





Let's Talk Turkey!


 


The week before Thanksgiving is a great time to learn about turkeys!  We pair fiction and nonfiction texts to keep the kids engaged so that the pre-holiday crazies don't trot in.  :) 

To get started we had the kids record their schema on the Turkey Trouble recording sheet.
Then, we read the nonfiction book about turkeys from our November Guiding Readers unit.  
We recorded the new information we learned on our Let's Talk Turkey chart. 

We snipped the top off of a paper bag to make our adorable turkey fact holders.  They wrote the facts that they learned on index cards and "stuffed" them inside their turkeys.  Did you see what I did there? Get it? Stuffed turkeys.  I crack myself up.  ha!


These are the recording sheets they used to record their schema and one new thing that they learned.

 



 

A close up of our adorable stuffed turkeys.
 

Their turkey facts.  They drew a picture on one side and wrote the sentence on the other.


 

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Leonardo the Terrible Monster is one of my very favorite books to read at Halloween time! The kids love it and it's so much fun compare and contrast the characteristics of Leonardo from the beginning and end of the story. 



Here's a peek at some of the work we do in class! All of these printables are included in the Guiding Readers pack for November (2nd Edition)

Over the course of a 5 day lesson plan, we look closely at the text. In this way, we can dive deeper into the text and move beyond the superficial understanding of the story.


 


    


  


 


Here's some of the character work we do. I love to turn it into a bulletin board display. These Leonardo craftivities turn out so cute!



 


And here's another creativity we do to show our learning! It includes retelling cards to help students work on summarizing.

 

As time goes by, you will notice that your students will incorporate these comprehension strategies with every book they read and every book that is read to them! It is infectious! Soon your students will retell a story with ease. And you won't be surprised when they are making predictions and connections like a pro! Your students will love revisiting this text again and again!



All of our Guiding Readers units are wonderful because this resource will save you hours of work because EVERYTHING is all planned out in easy to follow lesson plans and the materials are included for you! Just PRINT and TEACH!
Each week focuses on one book and takes you through a variety of lessons to get your kids reading like never before. 


If you'd like the lessons and activities for Leonardo the Terrible Monster, plus the resources for 3 other stories to use during the month of October, you can read more here!






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