Happy Fall!!!! I just love Fall…..although we have yet to experience it this year in Texas there is hope it will be coming soon! 

When you think of Fall…..PUMPKINS are always one of the first things that come to mind.  What could be more fun than mixing PUMPKINS and literacy?

Sequencing is one of the many skills that helps increase a student’s ability to comprehend what they are reading.  Sequencing is the ability to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story, and also the ability to retell the events of the text in the order in which they occurred.  As students develop their ability to understand and place the details of a text in the correct order, they need to master the use of transition words. 

Little Boo is the perfect book for October.  It tells the story of a pumpkin seed that just can’t wait to grow up and become scary.  It is a great fictional text that describes the life cycle of a pumpkin.  The illustrations in the book are wonderfully done.  

After reading the book, the kids work on completing this graphic organizer showing the steps in the life cycle of the pumpkin.  You can grab a copy of this graphic organizer by clicking HERE or on the image above.

Once the students have their graphic organizer completed, they use it to assist them with their writing.  This is a fun way to work on using transition words to show correct sequence in their writing.  The pumpkin mini-book includes a list of transition words that the kids can use as a reference.  Since it is still early in the year, I like to have my students highlight the transition words they use to illustrate how transitional words improve the overall flow of the writing.

You can grab a copy of this mini-book for FREE to use in your classroom by clicking on the image above or HERE.

My literacy block is based around a theme each week.  Little Boo fits in nicely during my pumpkin week.

In addition to working perfectly for sequencing and as a supplement to any unit on pumpkins, this book also conveys the importance of patience.  Through this book, children see that sometimes it is necessary to wait a bit for what they want or for a dream to come true.

Did you catch my mystery word?  If not, it is PUMPKINS. Now it’s time to hop to the next stop. Thanks for visiting my blog today and I would love for you to stop back by sometime!

Looking for other great literacy ideas for October? Be sure to check out these other suggestions….let us do some of your planning for you!

 

 

 

Upper Elementary
(3rd – 6th Grades)
Blog Hop
Vocabulary from Gay
Imagery from Erin
Inference from Jessica
Characterization from Michelle
Sequencing from Lisa
Inference from Sandy
Vocabulary from Melissa
Summarizing from Andrea
Compare & Contrast from Tara
Transitional Phrases from Chrissy
Character Traits from Selma
Author's Craft from Carla

 

 

 

Christopher Columbus has become somewhat of a controversial topic for elementary teachers. However, the exploration of Columbus was somewhat of a turning point in American and World History and worth discussing, in my opinion.  For the first time, people living in very different regions of the world were interacting with each other.   

Unfortunately, books about Christopher Columbus for elementary students are somewhat limited. 


Here is a look at the books I share with my class during our study of Christopher Columbus.

Integration is a life saver in my classroom because it is the only way I have found to expose my kids to all the topics that I need to cover. 

 I have confessed before that I am not a big fan of the one-size-fits-all basal story of the week.  I want the reading we focus on during the week to be meaningful  for the students and guide them to becoming thinkers as they read.  During our study of Columbus, we use a nonfiction passage to answer comprehension questions with text evidence.  We also work on summarizing the main idea of paragraphs using the same passage.  The student also have a chance to document their learning in a variety of different forms.

This animated clip is just under five minutes and is fairly historically accurate for an animated version.

This short video discusses how Columbus used courage to pursue his dream….a very valuable lesson for today’s kids.

A short video produced by the History Channel.

Looking for a fun FREEBIE to add to your Columbus Day lessons?

Check out this FREEBIE Word Search!

I would love to hear from you…..how do you integrate teach about Columbus in your classroom?


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Fire Prevention Week is observed the first full week of October.  According to the United States Fire Administration, children set more than 100,000 fires each year.  It is even more disturbing that about 40 percent of fires that kill children under the age of 5 are set by children playing around with fire.  

Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to review basic fire safety tips with your students.  I have put together a collection of activities that I use in my classroom that will hopefully help you as you plan to engage students in fire safety activities that may one day save their lives.

I always begin planning a unit with quality literature.  

I just love the level of engagement that can come from reading a picture book aloud.

Here is a look at the books I will make available to my students as we are talking about Fire Safety.

Integration is a life saver in my classroom because it is the only way I have found to expose my kids to all the topics that I need to cover.  

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the basal reader in my class.  I want the reading we focus on during the week to be meaningful  for the students and guide them to becoming thinkers as they read.  During fire safety week, we use a nonfiction passage to answer comprehension questions with text evidence.  We also work on summarizing the main idea of paragraphs using the same passage.  The student also have a chance to document their learning in a variety of different forms.

These fun videos are a great way to help children learn how to stay safe around fire.

In this video, Sparky the Fire Dog shares with kids how to use their senses to stay fire safe!

This video takes kids inside a fire station to learn important fire safety tips.  There is also a very catchy fire safety song that the kids will be singing all day!

This Chip and Dale Fire Safety Video is a bit dated, but the information is presented in a very kid friendly way and my class loved it!

Here are some of the sites that I let my kids explore during our fire safety unit.

This website is hosted by Smoky the Bear and has games and other interactive activities. 

This website hosted by Fire Safe Kids is full of helpful information for students and teachers.  

This is definitely a kid favorite.  There are a ton of engaging activities on this website hosted by Sparky.

Looking for a fun FREEBIE to use with your class during Fire Prevention Week?

Check out this FREEBIE Word Search.

I would love to hear from you…..how do you integrate fire safety in your classroom?


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