30 November 2015

Grinch Party

Last year the kids and I had "Grinch Party" where we watched the original cartoon, and had some grinchy snacks. This year I'd like to expand it to a "Grinch Day" and include more fun activities! So, I've been looking around and here are some great ideas that I've found to include in our "Grinch Day!"

Of course you start with the book and watch the movie at some point during the day!
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Grinch Kabobs - This is one we did last year and the kids loved it! You can have all the ingredients ready, and let the kids assemble their own Grinch kabobs on a toothpick. 

Lots of fun Grinch party ideas for Christmas!

Of course you have to have a drink! You can use a lemon-lime soda (or koolaid) and add green food coloring, or you can throw in some lime sherbet for a little more of a sweet treat!

Christmas Grinch Lime Sherbet Punch Recipe. Great for the holidays: Christmas, New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's day, or a baby shower!


Pin the Heart on the Grinch Game
http://www.twindragonflydesigns.com/pin-heart-grinch-activity-free-printable/


Grinch Dust - Students can also make their own Grinch dust by shaking up some sugar and green food coloring in a Ziploc bag. Then add the directions (found online) to the top!

Grinch Dust - great alternative to Reindeer Food! I love this! :) I am going to have to do this with my class after reading the Grinch!:


Play Doh Challenge - Divide the class into groups and give each group a set of materials (playdoh, buttons, cotton, string, etc.) and have each group make their best representation of the Grinch. Then have all the students vote on the best one!
http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/2014/12/01/15-ways-celebrate-grinch-day/

And finally, to incorporate some writing into your day, you can do this cute craftivity where the students write about a way they would make the Grinch grin! What a cute bulletin board display.

{I only found this picture as an image online, so I apologize for not giving a link or credit to anyone!}




23 November 2015

Gingerbread Man Free Activities

Today I'm sharing with you 7 FREE activities in this fun Gingerbread Man Activity Pack. Included are an emergent reader, color by code pictures, math practice and more!

Click the pictures below to download!

These are taken from my larger Gingerbread Man Pack which you can find HERE!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dsPzSlPOCeNkNKYUlSUGgtVzg/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dsPzSlPOCeNkNKYUlSUGgtVzg/view?usp=sharing


These pages are great to work on after reading a gingerbread story. Here are some of our favorites:


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19 November 2015

Thanksgiving Activities: Turkey Time!

This week was all about turkeys! We started off by reading Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. Such a cute book! Then we spent the week doing all kinds of fun turkey activities incorporating math, language arts, science, and art!

We summarized the story using this freebie from Rowdy in Room 300.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9UlJnYD3dZGLWd5eFMwQWVRWWs/view?usp=sharing

and did this free sequencing activity  from Kimberly Miner.



I made up 5 sentences about the story, then cut them up and paper clipped each sentence together with a number on it. Then I recorded myself reading the sentence correctly onto my phone, and the kids listened to the recording while putting the sentence together in the pocket chart.



You can get your own copy of this cute book here:



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Of course we had to disguise our own turkeys! This is the first year we tried it and I love how they turned out. 



We made a Can-Have-Are chart to learn about real turkeys. I just cut the head and feathers from construction paper and glued them on the back. 


For some math fun, we did some color by addition pages, and also this activity from Miss Kindergarten called My Turkey Family. We practiced drawing turkeys and got some practice skip counting as well!



Something I love doing with the kids is directed drawing. We've only done a few, mostly because I keep forgetting, but we got one in this week. They are great for kids to practice listening, following directions, and learning some basic art skills. Here is one for a cartoon turkey from Art Projects for Kids. Click the picture to visit her blog and get a free pdf tutorial. 


http://artprojectsforkids.org/portfolio/cartoon-turkey/

Here is how ours turned out!


I love how festive our wall looks now with all our turkey stuff!

12 November 2015

Thanksgiving Close Reading Freebies

Just a quick post to share with you my newest free resource! I've compiled a Thanksgiving Close Reading Pack!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dsPzSlPOCea0loMS0zNHd2bFE/view?usp=sharing

The sample includes 4 different levels of a fiction Thanksgiving story. Students will read the passage, answer the questions using text evidence, and make inferences and text-to-self connections! There is something for everyone! CLICK HERE to grab it now and let your students give it a try!

Check out some of our favorite Thanksgiving books!

 
                

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07 November 2015

Schoolroom, Surgery, and Baby!

Wow, it has been a crazy last couple of months for our family! You may know we moved overseas back in August, and were living in a small apartment until we could get our visas and find a house to rent. We finally found a great house and moved in about a month ago.

My favorite part of the house is that I have an entire room dedicated for homeschool!! I am so grateful for this space that we have, and we finally have it all set up. Pretty much every piece of furniture came from IKEA.

 
Since it's technically a bedroom, there are built in closets, giving me lots of storage space! And to be honest, it's nice that I can hide stuff away and not worry about it all being super organized and cute :-) I also got a pocket chart for the first time! I love using it with my kindergartener. There are so many activities we can do with it.
 
 
 
In addition to moving, I was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and had an emergency appendectomy two weeks ago. It's a fairly common procedure, but I am also 24 weeks pregnant with little treasure #5, so that made things a little more complicated. Thankfully, everything went well and I have pretty much fully recovered already.
 
We had to take a few days off of school during my surgery and recovery, but we always make time to read books! My kids love "A Pie Went By" by Carolyn Dunn. It's a silly story, but great for rhyming, repetition, and sequencing. There is a recipe for King Bing's cherry pie in the book, so we made that one night. Anything for those text to self connections :)