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February 28, 2011

Read Across America

In two days, teachers and students will celebrate Read Across America! This day falls on March 2nd which is Dr. Seuss' B-Day!

Check out this interactive webpage for several ideas!

Seussville Website

I plan to read one of my favorite books: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

I have copied books on different colored construction paper. The students are going to write "I can ___________ with my eyes open." Then the books will be placed around the room.

Happy Reading!

February 14, 2011

Friendship Theme

I read online somewhere that February is the month to celebrate friendship. With that in mind here are a few books to read and use to discuss friendship.

Day one: Make a list of character traits on chart paper that describe a good friend. Read aloud The Rainbow Fish and discuss how Rainbow Fish became a good friend. Use the chart to help guide the discussion.

Day two: I have students trace a huge heart and write their name in the middle. We then pass them around the classroom and each student writes a positive comment on the heart about why that person is a great friend. I have kids write on both sides and we hang them around the room for all to read.

*** I have only done this in 4th grade, so you may have to modify this idea for young kids! Maybe choose a student a day and write the comments on chart paper.

Day Three: Poetry Writing. Discuss what friends do together and make a huge list. Keep in the back of your mind the ideas and words that begin with the letters for your acrostic poem. Then, have students write an acrostic poem using the word 'friends' or 'friendship.' In the past I have put these poems on paper with a Rainbow Fish for the students to decorate.

More books to read and discuss:

Click below for one of my favorite websites that has some more books:

Teaching Heart

What do you do to encourage and teach friendship in the classroom?

Happy Reading !

February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day

Last year I had a busy February, so I never did post any Valentine's Ideas. Today is a snow day - WOO HOO! That means I have some time to share my favorite Valentine's Day Ideas!

Favorite picture books to share with those primary kidos:

Who doesn't love a mouse or an aardvark?

Favorite Writing Activity:

I have the students write "I love __________ because ________. " on pink and red hearts. They can do up to three different hearts. Then I put them on a bulletin board "Who do you love?" I have seen some really sweet responses when I had my own classroom.

Favorite Teacher Website (Just click below) :

Valentine's Day Printables from Teaching Heart

Favorite Activity:

This time of year, I would usually teach a huge unit on compound words. We would use them in word study, English, and writing. Then I would make a bunch of games with "Broken Hearts." The kids work with a partner to play a Go Fish version of matching up compound words.

The best part of broken hearts is there are so many other ideas and concepts to make games such as contractions, vocabulary words with a definition, synonyms, and antonyms.

What are your favorite Valentine's Day activities?