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Case of the Missing Cookies: A Cookie Detective Unit

I am happy to report that I just started my second week of school with students and I have the cutest group of kids to love on each day. It's so great to be back in the classroom this year! I will share more about my new classroom later, but today I wanted to share the fun unit that I did with my students last week.

As you probably know, student engagement is very important to me. In today's world, getting students excited about learning is the key to success and motivation in the classroom. I am happy to say that I have teamed up with Holly from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection to bring you a series of engaging lessons that we have named: Set the Stage to Engage. 

Last week, Holly and I were both able to put our Cookie Detective unit to good use. We transformed our classrooms into Detective Agency Headquarters and prepared for a full day of activities and learning for our students. 

Very Bright Students (VBS) Detective Agency Headquarters

Who took the cookies from the cookie jar? It looks like they left behind a finger print! Join our Very Bright Student Detective Agency as we solve the case! 

Our student detectives found math problems written on balloons. Once they solved the problems, the balloon was popped and clues were found inside! We discovered that our three suspects were Mr. Dingess, Mrs. Claire, and Dr. Royal!

We learned that there are three types of finger prints; whorl, arch, and loop. The finger print we found on our jar is a whorl print.

Students analyzed the finger print found on our jar. They then compared it to finger prints taken from our three suspects. We discovered that Dr. Royal's finger print matched the one we found on the cookie jar!

Our Very Bright Student Detectives used their math and phonics skills as they worked through our detective agency cases.

We confronted Dr. Royal with our evidence. He admitted that he took our cookies, but only because we left the lid off and he thought they were stale! He explained that it is never okay to steal and brought us brand new cookies! 

If you're interested in trying this out with your own students, we have everything you'll need to get started in our Case of the Missing Cookies unit. You can find it in my TPT store.

Here's a peek at all that's included with this unit:

*The Case of the Missing Cookies 
Set Up, Directions & Materials
*Solving the Mystery Activity #1: 
*Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar Class Game & “Who Took the Cookies?” Poem
*Solving the Mystery Activity #2: 
Search for the Great Cookie Thief – Following the Clues!
*Solving the Mystery Activity #3:
Balloon Blasters/Finding the Suspects
*Solving the Mystery Activity #4:
Fingerprint Science & Solving the Mystery
*Writing Template to draw & write about the learning fun
*Cookie Poem in three different formats pocket chart version, single page version, and poetry journal version
*Cookie Detective Craft with patterns and directions
*Literacy & Math Centers for kindergarten and first grade.  
Color and black and white versions available

This unit is super fun, filled with learning and it's engaging!


Back to School Bash GRAND PRIZE!

The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

Back to School Bash 2016 Prize

Hey Friends,
Well, friends, the time has come!  It's time to HOP HOP HOP around to 24 blogs for your chance to win some major giveaways!!!  We've teamed up to bring a little fun and excitement to this crazy time of year for teachers.  Our bash baskets are sure to bring some style to your wardrobe, materials to your classroom, and a smile to your face!

Here's how it works...  You'll have a couple of days to hop around blogs and enter the giveaways using a Rafflecopter.  At the bottom of each post, there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway!  The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning :)))

 If you have followed my blog for very long, you know that I LOVE books.  I'd rather buy books than a pair of new shoes or an outfit.  Children's books are especially my weakness!  If you love books even half as much as I do, then this prize is for you!!

I'm giving one lucky winner a $100.00 Amazon gift card to use toward the purchase of some of your favorite books.  All you have to do is follow me on Facebook to enter.

After you've entered, make sure you click on the image below to hop on over to my friend, Erica's post!  Good Luck and have a GREAT school year!

OOPS!  I almost forgot!  Be sure and check me out on Instagram at mrsjumpsclass on Wednesday to hear all about how to enter for the GRAND PRIZE.  

Planning Your Instruction

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Can you imagine if I were to jump in my car and decide to drive to California? I point my car west and drive... no map, no GPS, just a general direction.  I would probably get there, but it would not be the most effective method.

That is the same idea behind a curriculum map.  It helps you find your way.  It helps you to know you are on the right track.  Can you take detours?  Absolutely!  But you HAVE to know where you are going BEFORE you start the car!

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Start with a Curriculum Map

We have included the "Big Ideas" for word study, reading, writing, and math.   That was easy!
Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Read Aloud Suggestions

Whether you are following our Guiding Readers Series or not, you can still use these text suggestions to have meaningful and deep discussions in your classroom.  It just takes some planning, but starting with a great book helps!  If you don't have the time to invest in the planning, don't worry!  We have done it for you.  You can see these units HERE.

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Writer's Workshop Mentor Text Suggestions

We believe that authors learn about writing by studying the work of other authors.  Deedee Wills and I have compiled a list of books that work perfectly as mentor texts for kindergarten and first grade. We spell out how to use these books in our writer's workshop units if you need some support.
Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Other Goodies in this FREE resource

  • Information on our math tool kits with binder resources.
Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade
  • And our goal setting chart.  This is such an important part of developing writers who monitor their own writing goals. 
Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

There you have it... we have combined all of our FREE curriculum resources into one big download... and it is still free!  You can find it at the bottom of this post..

Before you go, we wanted to mention that we have completed this little guy!  Deedee and I have created activities that compliment the books we have selected for our Guiding Readers series.  We would love to know what you think! You can find this HERE.

Happy planning!
Curriculum Map for Kindergarten and First Grade

Back to School Bash 2016

Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!

See you August 7th!


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