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Friday, October 27, 2017


One more day of great ideas from Carolyn Kisloski.  I love how she can take 
those standards and turn them into irresistible fun for the children!

I just love Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson! It's great for inferrences and for seeing  fun features in writing.  The illustrations by Buket Erdogan are so detailed and sweet, and look like they are made with chalk.

Look at the fun text!
The children loved using their "eagle eyes" to infer what will happen on the next page!
We talked about lots of different ways to write fun text.  I wasn't going to put this anchor chart on the blog because it is kind of a mess, but then I kept looking at it as the day went on, and it sort of made me laugh.  Sometimes, some of the best anchor charts aren't the neatest.  Let's just leave it at that...   We had lots of laughs making it, and the kids had all sorts of ideas!
We practiced pointing to each word with spider rings this week as we read our own books.  My kids are really pretty good at pointing to their words.  The rings just made it so much more fun!
Oh, bat rings work just as great, by the way...
Isn't it funny how changing something just a tiny bit makes it new, different, and SO much more fun?
These pencils made writing about Halloween SO much better and SO much neater!  The kids could pick a favorite and take it home with their Halloween story.
And finally, apparently, reading with a partner under the table= the best thing ever.
We have so many ideas like this in our monthly Happies packets.  Feel free to check out the previews for our packets each month.  Our packets are FULL of ideas to bring happiness to your classroom.  You can find these at Dr. Jean’s website or at my TpT Store!