Monday, March 5, 2012

Book Groups and a St. Patrick's Day Freebie

I LOVE book groups, but have never found a "good" template or job roles, etc. that has ever completely met my needs, nor has been very primary grade friendly.  Now that I have started making my own things, I decided to work on this so that I can finally put them back into my classroom.  I am SO happy to say that I have completed it and am actually very proud of what I created that I am the only one that ever uses them, I'm okay with that!  I just posted it on TpT tonight.  I created different roles related to animals and have recording sheets that I feel my students will do well with.  We are in the early stages of completing them together with a book that I would read aloud to the class, just so they get used to the recording sheets.  I have already had my students read a book together in a group, without jobs over the course of the past few weeks, when all were present.  I have decided that all of this work will be done in class, as we now have a homework policy for our firsties that is only 10 minutes of work a night.  I can't expect my kiddos to read a chapter/book AND complete his/her "role" for the next day or 2 days at home.  Next week we will go full steam ahead with the groups and I'll see how it goes by only doing it in class....  I'm hoping for the best!  Click on the picture to go to my TpT store to read a detailed description of what I created.  I didn't want to bore you and have it here too.  :)

With St. Patrick's Day coming up, I created a quick game for students to play with partners.  There are 2 versions, of course :)  Version one--students will roll 2 dice and add ten.  They will find that number and cover it.  They need 5 in a row to win.  (They can decide what happens if the number they need is no longer available--lose a turn, roll again, etc...)  The second version is for THREE dice.  Same rules, just adding 3 numbers.  (Covers yet another Common Core Standard!) ;)

Click on the picture to grab your copy!

(I have Common Core Aligned Math games and Literacy games/stations on TpT if you are in need!)

Hope you have a wonderful week!  We are still finishing up Dr. Seuss stuff!  AND OH.MY.GOODNESS!  Have you seen the Lorax?!?!?!?!?  They did such a fantastic job with that movie!  My son and I saw it this weekend (while the hubs stayed home with the almost 2 year old, who is definitely already hitting the "terrible twos") :)  If you haven't seen it------you definitely need to!!!!  If you did see it, what did you think?!

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  1. Thank you for the adorable game! I am going to purchase your literature circle packet too for my higher kiddos to do!!! Your things are so creative!!! Thanks a lot!!!
    Amy Burton

  2. aww. Thank you SO much for your comment :) It made my day! :) (and I had a rough night last night with the older kiddo.....) Go back and re-download the game, as I forgot to change some numbers for the 3 dice roll.... I stopped at 23, but forgot the rest! oops!!!! :)

  3. I liked the Lorax, but was a little overwhelmed by some of the musical numbers. Cute characters, amazing idea, and Seusstastical graffics. Thanks for the freebie.
    Life with Mrs. L

  4. Hi Angie - cute blog and fun ideas! So glad I found you. I'm your newest follower. :o)
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. Thanks for the freebie! This will be a great game for some of my students to work on next week!

    Down Under Teacher

  6. Cute, cute, cute! Thank you for sharing your awesome creativity with us! =)

    Heather's Heart


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