What I'm Doing in ELA Next Week :)

I have my language arts planned out for next week, so I wanted to share some activities that I prepared with you!

We are going to be doing a very brief study (more like an introduction) on Author's Purpose.  Here's the plan:  On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will read "Where the Wild Things Are" and focus on writing to entertain.  We are going to make this little wild thing paper topper and write about how the book entertained us.  We will also take a comprehension test over the story.

On Thursday, we will read "I Wanna Iguana" and focus on writing to persuade.  After reading the book, and discussing how the little boy tries to persuade his mom to let him have the iguana, we will make these little speech bubbles.  The students will try to persuade their parents to do something for them!  Then, we'll put it all together like this...

I actually adapted this activity from the Kindergals!   They have some really great ideas for persuasive writing!  Look {HERE} {HERE} and {HERE}
We will also take a short comprehension test over this book!  Gotta get those reading grades in, right?!

You can get the templates and comprehension tests for Where the Wild Things Are and I Wanna Iguana {HERE} for Free!


 Since we have already started studying nonfiction books, on Friday we are going to do something very simple to focus on writing to inform.  We are going to complete a nonfiction reading passage.  And, we don't have school on Monday, so it's a short week for us!  In English, we are focusing on all things NOUNS!  I have some FREE noun activities that you can find {HERE} and a Parts of Speech unit that you can find {HERE}!  

And, I'm hoping we have time to make these adorable little guys from Deanna Jump's unit:

I shared this picture on my facebook yesterday, but wanted to leave you with this just in case you missed it!  In Math, we are comparing numbers.  Yesterday, I gave each student 2 popsicle sticks and asked them to make a greater than/less than symbol in their math spiral.  After we glued the sticks down and wrote, "Always eat the BIG number!" I let the kids make their symbol into an animal or monster.  I was amazed at their creativity!  We've also been using some activities from my Number Knowledge unit this week, and so far they've been a HUGE hit!
 I hope you all are having a great week so far!  Kinda hard to believe that it's ONLY Tuesday, but here's to hoping the week goes by speedy fast (Mostly because I will be done with grading for this 6 weeks and reading levels... geesh those two things are enough to put me out!)!!!


Across the Hall said...

Thanks for the freebies! What great stories to use for author's purpose.

Thanks for sharing! You rock!

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Shanyn said...

You are so creative! Thanks for the fabulous freebies!

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Kimberly Santana said...

The number muncher is adorable!
Thanks for the freebies Amy!!!

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FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Love the muncher! And Deanna's unit is FAB!
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Mrs Poultney said...

Love that number muncher! Thanks for sharing the freebies.
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Lory said...

I love Where the Wild THings ARe.... thanks so much for sharing your talents again. Hope you are feeling better!!!

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Liliris said...

Thanks for sharing such amazing freebies! You are extremely talented!

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diditeach said...

I love Max and the wild things.....great ideas, thanks so much for sharing ! hope you are feeling well, think about you often.......

Gina said...

When you do activities like this, do you have class sets of these books or do you do them as a read aloud? We don't have class sets of books so I often have a hard time doing things like this because I really need my students to ALL be reading. If you do it as a read aloud, what do you do for your students to read?

Amy J said...

Love the Wild Things!! Thank you for the comprehension tests. I'm glad someone else is crazy enough to make/remake every single comprehension thing. I hate, hate, hate the ones in our reading series that try to "trick" my babies! Ugh!

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Mrs. Lynes said...

Love everything about this post!

amy.lemons said...

Gina... I actually do have access to a class set of Where the Wild Things Are. Sometimes I will email my campus to see if anyone has a copy of the book I am working with. But, I do have access to quite a few sets of books. So, I do a mix of the kids reading and me reading to them. For the I Wanna Iguana, it is actually read aloud on Youtube, so I will show that one because the kids can read along with it :)

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

LOVE!! I'm definitely doing this.

Kelli Ann said...

I am a Texas teacher, we too are doing Author's Purpose next week... However, I'm thinking about scrapping my plans and going with yours now! :) Super cute and great ideas! We are incorporating Media into our Author's Purpose lessons next week and are using 90's commercials! It will be a great flash back!

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Rhonda said...

Thanks for the great freebie, Amy. You always have such great ideas.
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kristin potamis said...

Great ideas! Thank you!!

Alicia said...

Oh, I love the Wild Thing peeking over the paper. Too cute! Thanks so much for the freebies; I'm filing them away for a future lesson.

Alicia @ Today's Objective

Gina said...

Thanks Amy! I am going to just do these ideas as read aloud activities and start working with chapter books with them. So I can do the skill activities with read alouds and then everyone can read their chapter books together because those I do have class sets of.

Amy said...

Hey Amy! Love your "wild things" stuff! I have a unit full of Wild Thing literacy centers and activities! Check out my blog here:

Thanks for the freebies!

Mary Lirette said...

LOVE the page topper for Where the Wild Things Are! Thanks, Amy! :)

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luckeyfrog said...

Thanks for sharing! These will be great.

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Kady@TeacherTrap said...

Love this activity! How cute. Your blog and posts make me so happy. I love the pictures of you and your beautiful little girl and I love all the creative activities you post. I've just starting blogging and I'm inspired by your openness to share your life, both teaching and personal! :)