Division, Prepositions, and Robert Munsch!

Not that I'm counting the days or anything but it seems that we have 16 days left... 1 is Field Day, 1 is the Field Trip, and 3 are half days (with awards, parties, etc).  That means we have 11 instructional days left.  That, my friends, is absolutely CRAZY!  For those of you that get out before me... I just can't talk to you right now because the jealousy is a little out of control.

This week has been nothing short of busy.  As we near the end of the year, I am trying to make sure that my students are constantly working.  Any downtime will result in behavior problems, and I just don't want to deal with all that... if ya know what I mean!  I feel like we have barely had time to breathe these days because there's just so much to do!!

In Math we have been working on dividing objects into equal groups.  I am using lots of the activities from my Dishing Out Division unit.  Thankfully my kiddos LOVE multiplication and division because they feel like big stuff.  It helps keep them motivated and engaged!

If you know anything about me, you know I LOVE Pocket-Books.  I love even more that my students can whip them together in no time because we have done so many this year!  
For Grammar, we have been working on prepositions.  We've been sorting, making sentences, and identifying prepositions like crazy.  You can get these freebies HERE.
As I was reading Joelle her bedtime story last night, I noticed a lot of prepositions.  We bought the book The Adventures of Gary and Harry in Hawaii last year and I must say, it's a family favorite.  Anytime we can mentally take ourselves back to Hawaii is a good time!  So, I brought the book to school today and pulled out my turtle craftivity to use with prepositions.  You can get that freebie HERE.  My students wrote any kind of story about turtles... their only rule was to use at least 6 prepositions in their story.
You can get the writing paper HERE.
 We've been having such a good time during Reading because it's Robert Munsch week!  I can't even tell you how much my students love Mr. Munsch.  If you don't carve out a week to read his books, you must!  We listen to all of the stories using his website, and just follow along with my books.

After we read Smelly Socks (which always gets tons of laughs!) we wrote letters to the main character, Tina, to give her some advice.  My students also designed her new socks so that she would have a few more in her sock rotation :)  These templates are in my Robert Munsch unit.

 We crack up at Aaron's Hair, too!  They are all just too much!
 Today we read The Paper Bag Princess... it's actually my first year to read this one during our Robert Munsch week.  I will definitely do it year after year from now on because my students loved this one also!  My teammate came up with this cute craft, so we incorporated it right away!  My students made the Paper Bag Princess and wrote the summary of the story on a notecard.

As always, I absolutely love seeing the creativity of my students come out.  We may be working a lot, but we are having tons of fun also!!

10 comments:

Molly Stahl said...

Your Robert Munsch unit and his website got me through the end of the year with my wild, crazy 2nd graders and no AC last year. He is just the BEST!

Mrs. Ibarra said...

These are so cute!!! You are so creative :)

Elizabeth DiBauda and Amber Blum said...

I used your RM unit last year and it was great! I love that you have such creative ideas, but also that you are willing to offer tons of them for free. It is why you are one of my first stops at TpT!

graciegirl said...

I LOVE Robert Munsch, maybe because I'm slightly partial {as he's a fellow Torontonian}.... :). I'm putting your Munsch unit on my TpT wishlist. Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks!

Sharon Dudley said...

Amy, there's so much I love about this post, even as a kindergarten teacher! Paper Bag Princess has always been a big hit with my students. I also love giving my students creative opportunities to write, especially writing letters to characters like you did - that's so motivating for them! I just discovered your blog today and can't wait to read more.

Your latest follower,

Sharon Dudley, NBCT
Teaching with Sight

Pixie Anne said...

Loads of great ideas here - thank you! Love the Paper Bag Princesses especially. Think the girls in my class would love to make these and get writing!

Growing Little Learners

Allison said...

The Paper Bag Princess is certainly one of the most stand out books for boys and girls! The craft is so clever and just makes sense! It always makes me smile to see what you and your class are up to! Keep going! You'll make it before you know it!


Allison
2ndcupofcampers.blogspot.com

Allison said...

The Paper Bag Princess is certainly one of the most stand out books for boys and girls! The craft is so clever and just makes sense! It always makes me smile to see what you and your class are up to! Keep going! You'll make it before you know it!


Allison
2ndcupofcampers.blogspot.com

Beth said...

I adore the paperback princess. Two things: 1. Robert Munsch reads it aloud on his site 2. PBS had a cartoon of it on you tube. It's great to compare/contrast.

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