Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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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