Monday, September 30, 2013

Apples & Farm Freebie

Fall is here and that means some of our favorite units!! We had apple week last week! SO fun!
Here are a few pictures of some things we did! 
We labeled and cut open an apple to learn it's parts! 
Everyone brought an apple and we made a pie graph to show what colors we brought!
We used this with Julie Lee's Apple Investigation which you can get for here on her TPT!!
This week we are doing lots of farm fun! I'm working on a unit and will get it posted ASAP! But in the mean time enjoy the freebie color word practice!  I'm writing these on sentence strips for a pocket chart center this week. And would you please follow our blog and leave a comment if you download the freebie. We'd love to meet more teacher friends! Enjoy!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Magic Triad

Our school has implemented Great Expectations school wide. If you don't know about Great Expectations read about it here :) The Magic Triad is one of the big components or practices.
The Magic Triad represents a caring environment. It builds a climate of mutual respect. {These are their words not ours, but we totally agree!} The parts of the triad are a smile, kind words and soft touches. We spent a day on each part of the triad and did a little activity with each. When we were finished I put all of it together to make our classroom triad and each student is represented. 
We also made a chart to help us remember what kind words sounded like and what soft touches looked like. 
The kids made Popsicle stick triads to take home and share with their families. If you teach older ones you could have them write words on them. 
We made a few activity sheets to help your kids think more about the triad. There are several to choose from-some with writing components and some without. You can choose what works best for the needs of your kiddos. Just click the picture to download :)
And a little thank you to Great Expectations. It's wonderful being in a school with building wide implementation. If you don't know about Great Expectations or want to do some more reading on it, visit their website! It's a wealth of information!