Friday, May 31, 2013

Insects Day 3: Buzzing Bumblebees and freebies!

Happy Friday Friends!  I am so happy you have returned for Day 3 of my Insects unit!  Today we are BUZZING with curiosity over our new insect...the Bumblebee!  
As luck would have it,
my handsome fiance  found this fantastic "show & tell" item the morning before!  
We made predictions.....
 Which led to-
 and then-
I then introduced our new class set of "Bees and Wasps" to the kiddos!
They were BUZZING with excitement!

I also created new question stems asking about key points in the text.  (To read more on how I grouped students for this activity, click here)

Time to get BEEsy!!!  
I mean, busy.  (All first grade teachers are laughing right now!!)  Everyone else, just smile and nod!!!

What amazed me most about these question stem responses is the collaborative effort happening in each group.  Every student had a responsibility and had to be able to verbalize and share their responses respectfully in each group!  I loved hearing "I wonder.... and, this reminds me when I got stung...... or, bees are hairy like my brother!"  (That last one is priceless!)

If you are interested in trying my Buzzing Bumble Bees question stems, click here!  
I'd love your feedback!

Special Thanks to Pink Cat Studio for the awesome insect clipart!  Bubble Frame by The Enlightened Elephant. Fun fonts by Kevin & Amanda and Kimberly G.

Enjoy this amazing Friday!
2 school days left to go!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Insects Day 2: Lovely Ladybugs and a freebie!

Welcome back friends for Day 2 of my Insects unit!
Our focus today is Lovely Ladybugs.
I am going to use the same grouping instructions as in yesterday's lesson. 
 Click here to read more on that.
We have a class set of 6 of these Vocabulary Readers.
Ladybug Life Cycle
I created these questioning stems to get students actively engaged with digging through a non-fiction text to find key details and information.  It is also a great activity to deepen students' understanding of the topic and have a great time working cooperatively in small groups!

If you are interested in trying my Lovely Ladybugs question stems, click here!  
I would loVe your feedback!
Special Thanks to Pink Cat Studio for the awesome insect clipart!  Bubble Frame by The Enlightened Elephant. Fun fonts by Kevin & Amanda and Kimberly G.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for Day 3: Buzzing Bumble Bees and more freebies!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Incredible Insects: Day 1 and some freebies!

I officially have 4 school days left and I am rigorously trying to "fit in" our final science unit of the year!  (insert laughter and painful tears here!)  What was I thinking, right?
What in the world can I do to keep them focused and engaged while I scurry to and fro like a little mouse chasing some cheese...or in this case, tearing down a massive-mess of a classroom!
I know what they like, and my kids LOVE some science learning!  Give them some non-fiction and time to chat about it, and they will be happy for an hour!
Here is my "pull and go" insects table this week!

If your doing Insects, 
I must recommend two very awesome freebies by 2 fabulous teachers!
Be sure to stop by and give a happy shout out to Mrs. Leeby for her "We're Going on a Bug Hunt" freebie!
The kids LOVE the graphing activities in this unit!
And Reagan has some incredibly fun activities ready to go in her "Gone Buggy" unit free on TPT!  
Insect Unit Gone Buggy!
I decided, due to time constraints, I would split all the favorites into 3 days.
Day 1: Incredible Insects
Day 2: Lovely Ladybugs
Day 3: Buzzing Bumblebees

Today's post will share our Day 1 highlights!
Scholastic Science Vocabulary Readers Set: Animal Groups
A few years back, our district science committee was awarded a few hundred dollars to purchase science materials.  First on our list was Scholastic's Science Vocabulary Readers.  I was lucky to get all 4 sets.  
The Incredible Insects set has 6 readers-
24 kids-
1 book per 4 kids!
So small groups it is!
I wanted to finish the year doing a bang up job on asking good questions when reading and digging in the text to find key words and new learning.
I got creative last night and whipped these question stems up-

Each group had a team leader and that leader was in charge of reading the book and handling it.  The other 3 team members picked up a question stem and together as a team, all 4 members had to help find the answers in the text.

I let the kids write their answers right on the posters.
I have such a fabulous group of learners this year!
Toot, Tooting the horn!
Read to Someone time pours out into AWESOME small group time as well!  LOVING how Daily 5 behaviors are working strong, even 4 days before break!
Believe it or not, this activity lasted almost an hour.  The groups were fascinated by all the new learning!  And that made for one happy teacher!

If you are sUpeR-eXcIteD to try my Incredible Insects question stems, do your happy dance then click here!  
I would LoVe your feedback!
Special Thanks to Pink Cat Studio for the awesome insect clipart!  Bubble Frame by The Enlightened Elephant. Fun fonts by Kevin & Amanda and Kimberly G.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for Day 2: Lovely Ladybugs and more freebies!
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