Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I Think Mice are Nice


This post will share with you some of the lessons I recently taught this week connecting literacy and math. Last week we read the story Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh. This is a book we use at the beginning of the year too. When this story was introduced in the fall it connected with the counting jar which is an on going stations during math time. This week we used this story to create mice story problems. During Shared Reading Time we learned the poem I Think Mice Are Nice and made little mice to go on our poem chart. We added this poem to our Poetry binders. During word study time we recorded words with the ICE chunk.

Shared Reading
I Think Mice Are Nice
Ice House
Counting Jar
The jar changes with different objects each week. At this point in the year I have some students who this station is too easy for so I created a plus 5/plus 6 sheet. If there are 12 objects in the jar they add to the objects and make a number sentence. I still have many students who still need practice counting and recording, so those students use the counting only sheet. I added the numbers to these sheets because I have so many student struggling with double digit identification. You can download the counting jar sheet below and the counting jar sheet plus5/plus6. The Counting Jar is a simple stations!
Mice Story Problems
This week we added story problems to math workshop. We went back to Mouse Count and created mice problems. I made this easy chart so I can quickly use a dry erase marker and I wanted to use the number line to give my students another visual tool. You can download a problem solving sheet with or without the number line.

How many Mice in Jar Number Line Mice Jar Counting Jar jar plus 5

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rosemary Wells and Voice Thread

We made illustrations of the characters from Rosemary Wells Books.The kids loved that! If you click on the Voice Thread below we focused on problems and solutions in her stories. This is a very easy way to share some of the books we have read in class and some of the work we have been doing with retelling. Tomorrow the other half of the class will share a problem and solutions.
 














Sunday, January 29, 2012

100th Day

I saw this great idea on Pinterest for the 100th day! I love it!!!



My friend Jess who teaches across the hallway came up with the idea of creating a bunch of different boards for the bulletin boards in our hallway. On our 100th day we have all the K's and 1's get together and go to different stations in 6 classrooms. We have at least 23 stations. We have parent helpers take the kids around in small groups. These boards pass by all the classrooms. Here are some of the things we came up with. We laminated the sheets so we can use them next year. We plan on having students use  Post-Its and tape to record their answers.










Saturday, January 28, 2012

Story Maps

Some of the activities focusing around Rosemary Wells books.
Retelling the Characters, Setting, Problem and Solution
I took the idea of a Tree map and tried it out with story characters. We listed words to describe how the character was feeling during the story. I listed them at the easel and then typed up the words on labels.
We read Hazel's Amazing Mother on the second reading we talked about the word Fantasy and recorded things that happened and things that could not happen.
We read this story a few times. These are the WOW words I picked for the group to talk about. I like to show the class the words before I reread it, that way the group really zeros in on listening to where the WOW words are. We often talk about what the word means we sometimes act the word out. =
We have had lots of discussion on how we notice her main characters are animals but act like people. Her stories often have problems and solutions. We have been making many text to self connections and text to text connections. This week we focused on reading the books connected to Timothy and the students from Mrs. Jenkins class. We love reading books starring Yoko. Below are some of our problem and solutions from the story Yoko's World of Kindness, this is a chapter books that focuses each chapter on a different problems in the classroom.
Retelling Problem:Solution