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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Making Predictions

I cannot believe we are at the end of October already! To celebrate 45 days complete in the school year..I am having a sale at Teacher's Notebook! Everything in my shop is 20% off...including my new mini-unit on making predictions.

Over the next 2 weeks, my students will be learning about making predictions. I have found with this particular bunch of students, the more pre-reading thinking and writing they do, the more concrete it becomes for them. They really struggle with comprehension. Is it just my class or do we have a whole generation of students who cannot think without guidance? They seem to want every answer given to them and if by chance they actually have a thought...they give me this pleading look of "I'm not really sure...but can you tell me if it's the RIGHT answer?" While they are as sweet as can be, I have a loooooonnnnnngggggg way to go with creating thinkers in my class.

Here is a sample from the Making Predictions mini-unit, which is 20% off in my Teacher's Notebook store!

Predictions Sample

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Hi there! I had forgotten how much time it takes to plan for the holidays. My teaching buddy and I were busy late last night putting together a bat unit from all the great resources on your blogs!

Today I am working on a spider unit. I thought I'd post what I gotten with some of the great activities other bloggers shared!

My kids will be doing making words using the arachnids activity from Swimming into Second.
Click the picture to get her cute making words form.
There is also a cute spider themed writing page.
We are going to create a spider can, have, are anchor chart. The students will create their own as well to use as a prewriting activity.
I also made some anchor chart labels to match!
I found some really cute ideas on Today in First Grade. I will be incorporating those too!

For math, we will be graphing whether or not we are afraid of spiders.
I am still working on other activities.
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