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This is a; collection of ideas on how we celebrate Holidays/Events at Chets Creek!
Fall Festival/Literacy Pumpkin Parade
A blog describing the
Literacy Pumpkin displays
A blog in pictures of the
tissue paper |candy corns
Monster/ ghoul bags
candy corn magnet
spider paper plate treat bag
blog full of Halloween ideas
Another blog of Halloween ideas
A blog describing some Thanksgiving projects:
Times for Pilgrims and Hand Puppets
A blog with a
There was An Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie
Cute book to make with your class
A blog about a giving project for
our four-legged friends
A blog about
A blog about the
Shared Reading: //Rudolf//
Show students this
ABC Christmas Book
on the Elmo. Then invite students to make their own ABC Holiday Book. Before they start you can brainstorm words that might go with each letter. Then provide a template with two letters on each page and let them choose their own words and draw their own pictures.
Take a Christmas activity - making gingerbread houses - and
use it to teach writing details
Materials for Making the Gingerbread Houses
Amazing parents sent in decorating candy such as M&M's, candy corn, and marshmallows
We collected and washed school lunch milk cartons (1 per child)
Cut about 6 by 6 inch squares of cardboard for the base of the house (1 per child)
White frosting, Graham crackers, Plastic knives
Descriptive Writing Mini-lesson
Focus of mini-lesson: help students add more details to their writing just like they do with their pictures. I first asked my students to tell a partner what they are going to write about their gingerbread house. Many of the students shared a simple sentence about their house, such as, it was cool or that they liked their house. After sharing these ideas, I took out a very sadly decorated gingerbread house with just one lonely piece of candy on it.
I proceeded to act as if it was a beautiful gingerbread house. The students argued back that it wasn't. When I gave them a surprised look asking what was wrong with my gingerbread house, they told me it wasn't finished. They said I needed to decorate it more. When I explained that it was decorated, they argued that there was only one piece of candy on it and that gingerbread houses are supposed to be full of lots of candy.
The discussion continued and I explained how they are usually just writing one sentence without much detail (my gingerbread house) and that they need to be adding all the wonderful details just like they did for their gingerbread houses. After they understood this connection I had them tell a partner about their gingerbread houses again and then write about it. This time they all added a lot more details about their house such as describing the candy they used, the steps to make the house, and even who lives inside it!
To help my students remember this valuable lesson after the holiday break, I took a picture of my sadly decorated gingerbread house and of a student's fully decorated house. We are going to post them in our room and re-look at this when needed to remind students to add more details to their writing.
Happy Birthday, Chets Creek!
Back to school Snowman-style
: blog about a
asks for retelling
A video of people from 1 to 100
to use on the 100th Day shared reading
Check out this
wiki space for 100th day ideas
"I Can Count to 100"
100 Bingo dabber dots to make a
Share the pen to write a class chart for shared reading: "The Best Things About the First 100 Days" or "We Wish We had 100..."
CCE letter to send home to
make your own Valentine boxes
Valentine Day activities
and student writing
"ThingsI Love" activity
Lip and moustache lollipops!
Step-by-step directions to draw
St. Patrick's Day
Cute Mask and More
Tying Skills Block to St. Patrick's Day -
song for fluency and a Readers' Theatre
Some Lucky Math Links:
Lucky Charms Graph
A blog about
and celebrations including Easter Egg Hunts.
Easter craft links
Kid-friendly tie-dyed Easter Eggs
Dying Easter Eggs with Kool-aid
Before I was a Mom
to read to moms
with directions for planting seeds in time for Mother's Day and a handprint poem
Mall-ards' 2010 Mother's Day Celebration
cute Mother's Day gift
help on how to format text
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