Book Character Day!

 

Happy fall!

Happy fall!

 

The puppies have been enjoying the fall weather, as well as our break the past few days. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time to eat, relax, and maybe even do some school work fun activities!

Book Character Day

A couple of weeks ago, it was National Reading week. We did a lot of fun things at our school to celebrate, like our Fall Reading & Family night. It was a blast! Families came back to school and rotated through different stations, which included story time, fall games, and even a guest singer who led the crowd in reading songs!

Another way we celebrated was our Book Character dress-up day. Our entire school picked their favorite character from a book. On our special day, everyone came to school dressed up as that character!

Book Character Day!

Book Character Day!

Here are some of the first grade teachers (myself included!) dressed as someone you might recognize 🙂

Emily Elizabeth!

Emily Elizabeth!

Here’s a second grade teacher as Emily Elizabeth from Clifford- isn’t it just perfect!?

The kids came to school as a character they got to choose themselves. They all looked SO AWESOME and we had so much fun.

We had some Elsa’s….

Frozen

Frozen

some Pete the Cat’s…..

Pete!

Pete!

a Rudolph, Woody, Darth Vader, a Ninja Turtle, a vampire, a Minion, and another Cat in the Hat!

Characters!

Characters!

Plus, some Tin men {from Wizard of Oz!}- which we just finished reading!

Tin men (and woman!)

Tin men (and woman!)

It was a really fun day, filled with lots of reading activities.

Book Mapping

Book Mapping

Since I was the Cat in the Hat, we read that story and worked in partners to map it. The kids drew the characters, the setting, the problem, and solution of the story.

Mapping

Mapping

We also worked on rhyming words, using lots that we found in the story. The kids used their iPads and the Doceri app to write words that rhymed with a given word.

Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words

During writing time, the kids wrote about who they were. Since we’ve been working on describing things using details and adjectives, this fit right in! The kids drew themselves as their character and told all about themselves!

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Speaking of adjectives, the kids also got to do a fun activity in grammar. We started by drawing ourselves in the middle of a bubble map. Then, the kids used adjectives, or describing words, to tell more about themselves (or really, about their character)

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Next, we used our iPads and the Popplet app to take this and digitalize it! Basically, we made the exact same map, just on our iPads. But this time, we took a selfie and used that as the middle picture!

My example

My example

You can see my example above. It always amazes me how quickly the kids learn new apps. This was probably only the second or third time we’ve used this app, but the kids were already pro’s!

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

By the way, you didn’t think our class pet Spot would miss out on the fun, did you? Of course he was Thing 2, matching with my Cat in the Hat theme 🙂

Spot!

Spot!

It was such a fun day! Thanks for checking in to our adventure!

All Smiles

All Smiles

Quizizz

Quizizz….. it’s a fun word to say. It’s also a fun way to quiz your kiddos!

Quizizz

Quizizz

It’s a fun, engaging way for kids to review. The multi-player format allows kids to play together and you have the option for kids to play against each other for points. Your kids can take the quiz on a computer, an iPad, or any device that connects to the internet. The multiple choice format makes for quick, fun, and easy quizzes!

Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz

It’s really simple to do {and to set up, from a teacher’s standpoint}. When you login, you can create your own quizzes by writing questions and answers. You can use a picture as a question, write your own question, or select pre-made questions/quizzes.

Quizizz

Quizizz

Like you see in the above picture, it’s simple! You just type a question, type answers, and select which answer is the correct one. You can add as many questions as you’d like.

Once the quiz is made, you simply select the “Play Live” option.

There are tons of settings you can pick from, allowing kids to play against each other, set timers, add funny Memes, and jumbling the questions.

Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz

When you select the options you want and the quiz is ready to be played, it gives you a code for the kids to enter so they can join.

Quizizz

Quizizz

The kids just have to go to join.quizizz.com and enter the code for the quiz. {NOTE: The above code is simply for a quiz I found online. It’s just there for a visual reference) 🙂

For me, I put the link to “join.quizizz.com” on our Google Classroom page. The way, the kids just have to click on the link which takes them to the joining page and enter the code. It’s so quick and the kids LOVE it!

Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz

Quizizz

When the kids put in their code and first names, it gives them a “character”. This makes their day! When the teachers ready, they just press go and the quiz starts for all the kids on their devices. And let me tell you- THEY. LOVE. THIS.

It’s seriously the best quiz tool I’ve found that the kids just love. They have so much fun when we take these quizzes and love playing against each other.

I love that they have fun, but what I love more is this….

Quizizz

Quizizz

When they finish, you can see all the questions the kids got right and wrong. In this way, you can tell the questions your kids are struggling with and the ones they understand. You can pinpoint the specific students who need more help and the ones you need to enrich. It’s really a wonderful tool that the kids love!

Check it out in your room and see how it goes! Thanks for checking in to our adventure!

Text Features

Smiles!

Smiles!

I have such a wonderful group of kids this year, and really by extension, such a wonderful group of families! Earlier this week, a boy gave me this awesome present. It was so sweet of him and I just loved it. His explanation was perfect too-

Student: “Do you know why I gave this to you today and not a few days ago?”

Me: “No, tell me why.”

Student: “Because it took a really long time to make.”

🙂 Well that explains it!

Honestly, getting something like this just makes me remember why I do what I do. Being shown this kind of sweet appreciation is just so kind and made me smile all day!

Text Features

We are reading informational/non-fiction text and working on summarizing. This means, we are learning how to find the topic of the text, as well as supporting details. All of this ties into the idea of text features, those special parts that informational text have.

When planning this unit, we came across this organizer for a text feature hunt.

Organizer

Organizer

We knew that text features were something we totally needed to cover for this unit.

But…. it’s also REALLY hard and LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of information for our little kiddlets. There are so many aspects to text features, not to mention all the various ways the kids see them. Take for example a table of contents. Sometimes in a book it’s called “Table of Contents”, sometimes just “contents”, and sometimes there isn’t a title to it or there isn’t one at all. That alone takes lots of explanation!

Well, the only way to tackle all of this new information is to do little by little.

So, we took one of our Scholastic New magazines….

Scholastic

Scholastic

and began the hunt!

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching

Searching

Searching

Searching

First, we talked about some of the features informational text has, such as bold words, headings, titles, and captions. After going over all of this, we looked for examples in the Scholastic Magazine.

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

I think this was a great way for the kids to see text features in a real way. Sometimes we talk about things, but they don’t get to see them in a practical example. But, this was a super fun way for the kids to explore and discover! Plus, it helped clear misconceptions about what makes titles and headings different, as well as captions.

Searching for text features

Searching for text features

They turned out really cute and the kids loved them!

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Text feature hunt

Thanks for checking in to our adventure! We are also on the hunt for text features and so happy to see you here looking at our “hunts”!