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IMG_5702My 2nd graders have been doing a unit of study on seeds, plants, and growing.  I read Leaves, Flowers, Roots, and Seeds by Vijaya Khisty Bodach (4 separate books) starting out our unit of study, which goes into more depth on each flowers, roots, IMG_5897seeds, and leaves.  From there my 2nd graders have been reading And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano and The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.  Both are fictional stories, but based around the premise of growing seeds.

After we read And Then It’s Spring I had the 2nd graders plant their own garden.  This was a lot of fun.  We have planted carrots and beans and been writing and tracking the process (impatiently, of course!)  We have a chart of growth and we are writing the date each time we see something change on the chart.

We also dissected flowers to find the different parts of the flowers and to find the seeds (which they insisted we plant as well–maybe we’ll have carnations at some point growing in there, too??)

The kiddos took a highlighter and had to trace/locate the veins in the leaves.  It was pretty incredible to hold the leaves up to the light and see all the tiny and intricate veins within the leaves.  “Oh my gosh!  There are way more veins than I thought IMG_5900there would be!” said one of the girls in group.

I’ve done these books before, but I’ve never grown the garden or dissected flowers with the kids before.  It has been a lot of fun for me.  It’s almost more fun, though, seeing how excited the kids get coming in each day to see how the plants have changed since we first started working on the garden.

I will post an update later on once the plants have reached maturity closer to Christmas time.



AWESOME BOOK: Forest Friends

IMG_0096I have to give a big shout-out to a book our Kindergarten team used they found on Teachers Pay Teachers from Ashley Watson called Forest Friends Go To School.  If you are a teacher then you have at some point had at least one book destroyed at home by one of your kiddos.  It’s frustrating and expensive and the kids always feel bad, but at the end of the day, it still is one more book you need to replace.

I used this book with my Reading Recovery kids before I sent a bag of books home with the kids.  The book goes over different “bad scenarios” of things that happen to the book–coloring on the pages, stickers on the pages, dirt/mud on the pages, juice and chocolate on the pages, ripped pages, and pencil on the pages.  And then has the kids think about how we should take care of books while they are using them.

My 1st graders were really upset that this book was ruined (BONUS: you get to be the one to ruin the book.  Mwahaha!) and came up with a lot of good ideas on how to care for the books.

Do I think I won’t have anymore lost or destroyed books?  No, I’m not naïve, but I certainly hope this book comes to mind of the kiddos when they go to read my books at home and take a little better care of them.

You can get the book for only $3.00 from Ashley!  Go buy it, it’s definitely worth the $3.00 plus you are supporting another teacher.


Jump Into A Good Book

IMG_5557I’m so proud to be a part of a staff that can make school FUN!  Each month the staff dress up for our PBIS STARS assembly for positive behavior.  This month we did jump into a good book with good behavior!  Staff were encouraged to dress up as book characters.  The Title 1/ELL/ELP IMG_5556dressed up as the characters from A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.  Here are some of our AWESOME staff photos.

Some of the staff dressed up as:

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish
  • Little Miss Spider
  • Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus
  • Pete the Cat
  • Arthur
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • Mother Goose
  • The Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon
  • Thing One and Thing Two (properly renamed as Year 1 and Year 2 for our 1st and 2nd year teachers) along with Cat in the Cat



Susan Ring

IMG_5180My kiddos came to group today with a fun surprise: author Susan Ring sent us one of her books!  Susan sent us one of her books, Where Should Turtle Be?, which is a Moonbeam award winning book!  We are SO excited to read this.  We read Susan’s book Please Pass The Maple Syrup and my kiddos absolutely loved it.  Susan reached out to us after we blogged about how much we loved her story.  Thanks for sending us another story to enjoy!

Choose Your Adventure

IMG_7907Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!  I am really excited to be back at Lowell again this year for my 5th year!!!  It was SO wonderful to see so many of my students/former students and other Lowell kiddos at back to school night last night and then again this morning.

This year I really hope to get students fired up about reading (even more than I usually hope to get students fired up)  This year I want students to be able to choose their adventure destination with books!

Please contact me if you need any support in helping your child with reading, with book recommendations, or if you have any concerns about your child’s reading progress this year.  I am here for YOU and your CHILD!  Let’s have a great year and get our “read on”!!!

Today my 1st graders did something slightly different than what we normally do since I had to shorten groups from 30 minutes each to 20 minutes each due to a meeting.  I read them Meanies’ Night Out by Joy Cowley and kids always love this story because the Meanies are so gross and naughty.

After I finished reading the story, each child had to decide what they would have the Meanies do on a night out.  The students had to attempt to write any of the words they didn’t know on the practice page and then I helped them with those words.

Enjoy some of the responses below!