Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day fun and a GIVEAWAY!

Our sneaky little leprechaun friends came to visit us last night! He must have popped over on his break from making Fairy shoes to spread his love of green ALL OVER our room! We were finding streamer remnants all day long! :) He rearranged some furniture in our room, threw streamers everywhere, erased a few things we had written on the board the day before, he even HID our morning work! We had to look for his secret hiding spot- he was so sneaky!

Although he was a little mischievous, he also left us presents!!!!!!! We each got a green mustache, a fun new Word Family game, AND he changed the numbers to brand new ones on our calendar! It was awesome! They LOVED the word family game! :)

These mustaches were hilarious and so much fun! I have to give props to men who have a mustache- I don't know how they do it! My nose was so itchy I kept having to take mustache breaks throughout the day! Haha!

We practiced our Word Family with our picture sort and our -or Hunk and Chunk by decoding words and reading them within a sentence!
Today we read a favorite, The Luckiest Leprechaun!

They loved the story line and our story elements organizer!

We discussed the character in the story, Professor Chester. We thought about and inferred what the Professor would do if he caught Mackenzie O'Shamrock in the story. Then we wrote about what we would do if we caught a leprechaun! Their responses were hilarious!


We also practiced identifying initial, medial, and final consonants using this fun activity! Each Who got a clip and a card. They placed the clip on the letter sound that was missing in the word. Next, we shared our responses and checked our work.

We completed our daily Math journal and read our poem this week! Today we practiced highlighting the sight words we know using highlighting tape. I'm a little obsessed with highlighting tape! I use at least 5 rolls each year! The possibilities are limitless and it is a simple tool the kids LOVE to use! It really helps to keep them engaged and sell the sizzle of learning!

We used another cheap, simple tool today in one of my Book Club groups- Bingo daubers! I get these at the dollar store and they last me at least the whole year, if not longer. We use these to highlight all sorts of things- letters, phonics sounds, word family words, numbers, math problems, sight words, attribute on shapes, another "the possibilities are endless" tool!

I would love to GIVE AWAY a set of 6 bingo markers and a roll of highlighting tape! All you need to do to enter is follow me on Bloglovin' (click the button above) and leave me a comment with your favorite simple tool to use when engaging students! I'll pick a winner tomorrow night!

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