Thematic Thursday - Reindeer Theme


It's Thematic Thursday. Today's theme is reindeer. I'm going to share some of my favorite books, ideas and activities and links to fun sites.


1. Books

One of my favorite books by Jan Brett is "Wild Christmas Reindeer". Teeka is chosen by Santa to round up the reindeer for Christmas Eve. Through working with out of control reindeer, she soon learns how to be patient and gentle to get them to mind. I love the illustrations that Jan Brett has in her books.



Another beautiful book is called Reindeer Christmas byMark Kimball Mouton and Karen Hillard Good. This book is about two young children and their grandmother finding a weak deer in the forest.   After caring for the poor deer back to health, the deer disapppears before sunrise Christmas morning. An extra gift awaits for them under the tree. I just purchased this book for my granddaughter.


2. Ideas and Activities

I have another reindeer product that has an informational text PowerPoint about reindeer and lots of activities to go with it. Drop by Michael's to purchase foam reindeer for your students to decorate and hang in the classroom. And, don't forget your reindeer food and reindeer nose and antlers. Take a picture of your students with their red nose and antlers on. Students can even write about their favorite reindeer. 



Click on the image below to get your free reindeer food directions and labels.


3. Links

To learn about reindeer visit the San Diego Zoo website.

And, make sure to visit Santa's Reindeer Cam.

You can follow me on Bloglovin for more ideas and resources.


Now, link back to Carla at Comprehension Connection.


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Thematic Thursday - Gingerbread Theme


It's Thematic Thursday and the theme is Gingerbread. I love the smell of gingerbread. I've tried making my own gingerbread cookies and making gingerbread houses but I always end up purchasing the cookies and the kits to make the houses. I've joined Carla with Comprehension Connections to share books, ideas, activities and links about gingerbread.





1. Best Books

I chose two precious books that have a gingerbread theme. Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy is part of the series by Tim Bugbird and Lara Ede. I chose this book because I have a personal connection with the series: 1. My grandmother's name was Georgia and we called her Georgie. 2. I have a chihuahua named Lola and 3. My daughter's name is Katy. Take a look at the books by Bugbird and Ede and you'll see the connection. The other book is The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires.  I chose this book because I live in Texas and it goes along with the original book The Gingerbread Man.

2. Activities and Ideas

I love having simple crafts for the students to give to loved ones during the holidays. The cinnamon gingerbread ornaments are so simple to make and they smell wonderful on the tree. The instructions actually come from the McCormick website. Just purchase lots of cinnamon, ribbon, applesauce and cookie cutters. There is also a no-bake recipe for those who do not want to bake them. 

3. Links

My Christmas (holiday) lap book has a gingerbread house and gingerbread man. It's filled with templates and QR codes to websites and a YouTube video story.
 

And, enjoy free gingerbread activities.


Now, on to Comprehension Connection learn more about gingerbread.


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The Gift of Reading


Welcome to Sweet Integrations! I've joined 15 fabulous bloggers to share our Gifts of Reading. I'm sharing a wonderful Christmas book by Jan Brett called The Wild Christmas Reindeer. Jan Brett writes beautifully illustrated Christmas books that students love. I purchase one each year for my granddaughter to enjoy. 

In The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Teeka is given the task of rounding up Santa's reindeer for Christmas Eve. Teeka is new to this job and a bit nervous so she handles the reindeer in the wrong way. Then, she learns how kindness and patience works with the out-of-control reindeer.

Click on the image below for your FREE product. 

Enter my raffle to receive a great addition to The Wild Christmas Reindeer. After reading the book, students can learn more facts about reindeer or caribou and enjoy fun holiday activities.




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Thematic Thursday - Thanksgiving


It's Thematic Thursday. Today I'm linking with Comprehension Connection  to share books, activities and links about Thanksgiving.


BEST BOOKS:
There are several Thanksgiving books that caught my eye.
- 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey - Dav adapts the Christmas poem as children visit a turkey farm. The children learn that a turkey is going to be killed for Thanksgiving dinner so they decide to save the turkeys. 
- Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper - This turkey fears he's going to be the main dish at Thanksgiving so he decides to disguise himself as other animals. This book is a great read aloud. The students can follow-up with a cute activity in disguising a turkey.
- Thanksgiving by Gail Gibbons - All of her informational text books are beautifully written and informative.

ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS:

This Thanksgiving Harvest Blessing Mix is so easy to put together. Each ingredient in the snack mix symbolizes something associated with the Harvest Season.

Click here for free labels for your Thanksgiving snacks.
- Bugles Corn Snacks - represents the Cornucopia, the horn of plenty
- Twisted Pretzels - arms folded in thanks and prayer
- Corn Nuts or Candy Corn - the sacrifice of the Pilgrims during the first winter. They were allotted 5 kernels of corn each day.
- Dried fruit or Candy Fruit (Craisins) - Harvest gifts, Thanksgiving
- Sunflower Seeds or Peanuts - Promise of the future harvest
- M&M's - Memories of those who came before us; forefathers

Activities:


There are so many activities you can do with your students during the Thanksgiving season. Students can conduct surveys for their favorite foods, use spreadsheets to purchase food within a budget. Another activity I really like to do with my students is reading labels on cans of food. This is a great math activity in reading nutritional labels. It includes addition and subtraction and comparing numbers. This helps students become more aware of calories, fat content and more. 


I want you to enjoy my Thanksgiving Freebie. This editable Thanksgiving (Mayflower) PowerPoint can be used during November. All you do is add your own questions and answers. Just click on the Mayflower to download your free Thanksgiving Product.

Click on the Mayflower for your free product.

LINKS:
Make sure to visit Scholastic's site The First Thanksgiving. Students can learn about the Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrims. Take a virtual field trip of Plimouth, and learn about the Mayflower. This is the best website for teaching about the First Thanksgiving.

Link back to Comprehension Connection for more posts on Thematic Thursday.

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Teaching With Interactive Lapbooks

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.

I started creating interactive notebooks and lapbooks last spring and I never knew I would have such  an overwhelming response by teachers.

Interactive lapbooks are similar to interactive notebooks but are used for specific units. They are so easy to create and the students love them. The unit can last one or two weeks. And, this is a great way to teach the research process to share what students have learned about the subject. It's also a perfect way to differentiate in the classroom. Students take pride in their work and truly extend their learning. They are proud of their products and love sharing their work.

One thing I try to do is provide resources for teachers and students in preparing for the creation of the lapbooks. It's important for the students to have the resources available for their research.


What materials do I need to create the lap books?

File folders - I use the regular size. I also like to use colored file folders. You can purchase a set of 100 at Office Depot for $10.00.

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.


Templates - You can find great templates online and purchase them through Teachers Pay Teachers. My favorite sellers are Graphics From the Pond and Candy Class. They have hundreds of styles and sizes to select from. http://www.homeschoolshare.com/lapbooking_resources.php (This site even includes videos.) You can also design your own templates. I love to see students designing their own.

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.

Scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils - Color the templates before cutting them out. Students may want to write their information before gluing to the folder.

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.

I used white paper on this lap book but you can always copy the templates on colored paper. I add graphics and text to my templates but students can add their own by drawing or cutting out photos. Images can be found through Creative Commons. The more you use lapbooks in your classroom, the more creative the students become.

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.

When cutting out the templates, students may need to cut out blank or lined background sheets. These are for writing their information. In my Thanksgiving lapbook, I used feathers for vocabulary, a pumpkin and Pilgrim hat. Use fun shapes according to your subject and time period. Lay the templates on the folder before gluing. Your students will have a big mess if they start gluing right away. Color the templates ahead of time to prevent further mistakes. You never know, your students may need to replace a template. I give instructions in folding and gluing in my product instructions. I provide extra templates in my products. I'm sure I leave headings out that you may want your students to include on their folders.

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.

My Thanksgiving Lapbook is my best seller. Click here to purchase this product.

I hope this gives you an idea of how lap books can be used in your classroom. Here's a freebie. See what your students can do with this Famous American Lapbook. Remember, these templates can be used in your interactive notebooks. There are no rules in using these.

Students love hands-on activities. They can use their creative skills with interactive lapbooks. I'm sharing tips in using lapbooks in the classroom.


If you want to see more lapbooks, visit my Pinterest board.

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Thematic Thursday - Animal Habitats


Today is Thematic Thursday and I'm happy to link up with Carla from Comprehension Connection. Because many of my units are informational text, I provide many animal units which include information about their habitats.

In teaching about animal habitats, it's important for students to know what they can do as conservationists. So many natural habits are being destroyed by climate change, pollution, deforestation and human habitation.

I have several animals I would like to share with you. With Austin as one of the largest colonies of Mexican Free-tailed bats, I've included information about nocturnal animals. This unit also includes activities about reading informational text and information about several nocturnal animals.


Books:


I love the book The Moonflower by Peter Loewer.  "When the sun sets, the night comes alive.
When the sun sets and the moon shimmers down, the night comes alive. Bats swoop, hawkmoths flit, owls hunt, and the moonflower unfurls for its one night in the moonlight. In this lyrical yet accurate account of nature at night, you'll learn how moths drink, how bats "see," how bumblebees sleep, how vines climb, and even how to plant your own moonflower." - Amazon

Activities and Ideas:
In my unit about Nocturnal Animals, I've included a PowerPoint about nocturnal animals, a flip book posters with different nocturnal animals and activities in reading informational text. 




I also have units on bats and owls at my store.

Take a look at this free activity I found at TPT.
Links:
I've created a Google Site which focuses on nocturnal animals.

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Monsters in the Classroom


I love the Monster books by Ed Emberly. They are so much fun to read in the classroom. I use these books during October in teaching shapes and drawing on the computer. I begin the activity by reading Go Away Big Green Monster. I created a PowerPoint that goes through the book, too. Students learn all of the different tools in the toolbar as they draw their monsters. 

After reading Glad Monster, Sad Monster students draw monsters and explain their feelings. They monster may feel happy, sad, hungry, embarrassed, etc. We also discuss feelings as part of the lesson. 

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

I love the new book by Rebecca Emberly, If You're a Monster and You Know It. It's written like the song If You're Happy and You Know It. It is so cute. There are so many lessons you can create with this book.

Take a look at my activities about monsters. I've included math, literacy and writing activities.

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.

And, if you're really into monsters, join other schools in the Monster Exchange Project. This is a great writing (procedural text) and drawing project that students love.

Rebecca Emberly has written several precious Monster books. These activities go along with the monster theme.




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