Thursday, April 26, 2012

Got a poem in your pocket?

Today we had a "poetry picnic."  This was the culminating activity for our poetry unit of study, and the students and families had a wonderful time!  There's nothing like a picnic lunch on a nice spring day with some good poetry. . .

Keep a poem in your pocket

and a picture in your head
and you'll never feel lonely
at night when you're in bed
The little poem will sing to you
the little picture bring to you
a dozen dreams to dance to you
at night when you're in bed
keep a picture in your pocket
and a poem in your head
and you'll never feel lonely
at night when you're in bed.
-Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Click here for a copy of the onomatopoeia page.

Click here for the alliteration page.  

These poetry pockets turned out pretty cute!  All of the kids' poetry were tucked inside!  

These are just a few examples of alliteration.  My kids really enjoyed learning about onomatopoeia, rhythm, and shape poems as well!  The parents absolutely loved this, and many of my students discovered that they were "poets" and they "didn't even know it!"  This became a compliment in our room during our study of poetry. . . best of all the weather was perfect {you never know what you're gonna get in Texas}!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Little of This. . .A Little of That!

We've been learning about "fantasy" and "reality."  Since we were all about "Earth Day" and "earthworms," last week, the students created their own book title. . . can you tell which ones are fantasy and which ones are reality?  

Before we created the books, we read two great books. . .

We've also been learning a lot about alliteration and place value. . .so since I'm completing end of year testing (down to 26 days-yipee!!!!) I combined the two to make this activity take a little longer!

Last week our phonics skill was {oo}.  Here are some fun activities that we enjoyed!

We made some {lookout glasses} to use for a read the room activity. . .then the kids practiced their spelling words with cereal. . . they had to decide whether it was a

or a


I hope you're having a great week so far. . .I have some BIG news to share later this week. . .stay tuned!

One more thing. . . my little Sol's party was SO much fun. .  .he had the most adorable cake (sorry the pics are so blurry. . .I was using my phone-which usually takes o.k. pictures, but I should have been using our family camera)!  Everything was edible, and it tasted just as delicious as it looks!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Sale!

Solomon is officially two years old!  In honor of this very hungry cutie. . .
from now until 2:00 this afternoon, everything in my TPT shop is $2.00 or less!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

{ar} and {or}

Today we read "My Daddy Snores."  The kids absolutely loved it!  I highly recommend it as well.  We used the book to review {or}, make predictions, and practice retelling/sequencing.  

 I made a little recording page for part of the writing connections, but we used handwriting paper instead.

Cure for Snoring

I also like to read this book or "The Enormous Watermelon" to review {or}.  We've been studying plants and working in our school garden so they're perfect connections to science.

 Here are some of my favorite {ar} books. . .

ar_or word sort

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

teaching and reviewing {ou} and {ow}

Today we reviewed {ou} and {ow}.  
Here are some of my favorite activities. . .

Literature Connections for "ow"

We made an "ow" sunflower with "ow" words on each petal.   There is a template below.

To review "ou" we also read several books. . .

One of my favorite poetry books. . . perfect for the month of April!

Literature connections for "ou". . .

We wrote stories about our "owies". . .and then we had a "sour" taste test {which was the favorite activity of course}!  We tasted sour worms, sour patch kids, and "cry baby" gum.  The students wrote about things that taste sour and their favorite "sour" item from the taste test.

Some of my kids were pretty tough and the "sour stuff" didn't phase them at all!

Others had some pretty cute facial expressions!

Ou:Ow Review Activities
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