I have this feeling as Schedulin' Sunday wears on that I am forgetting something. I feel like there is this event I need to attend...something about a ballroom, 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th...oh well, onto lesson plans and glittery fun for the week!
Well, it's that time again. Another weekend has come and gone. And for teachers everywhere, that means lesson plans. Lesson plans means Pinterest. Pinterest means procrastination. And before you know it, we're all up til midnight planning for the week. For those of us teachers who "don't work to educate our children" this sure is a lot of time and effort (Um and money!) to not teach! Right?!
This is a special week at the Circle K (my affectionate nickname for my school!) because we're celebrating Read For The Record this week! Read For The Record is Thursday, October 4th and this year the featured book is Ladybug Girl and The Bug Squad! The goal is to get kids excited about reading and set a world record! If you sign up and read the book on Thursday, you can help set the world record! In order to celebrate reading, we turn our celebration into a week long extravaganza! Have you ever known me to not find a reason for an extravaganza? (Or at least use the word...In my warped reality, everything is an extravaganza...maybe not to those who don't live in my altered reality! But I enjoy my altered reality!) Our week includes read aloud contests (My class has won every year but one and that year we lost by 3 books. WON'T. HAPPEN. AGAIN. Anyone want to Skype in and read to us?!), door decorating contests and dress up days! That's right, we get to dress up! Read on to find out more about our dress up days! And of course we're learning about bugs and insects! So, without anymore of me going off on a tangent, here is our week!
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We kick off our week with the story "The Very Lonely Firefly" by Eric Carle! One of our favorite authors for sure! After reading the story we will create a character map about the firefly! We are also learning the letter N this week so we will do a picture sort (I AM THE KING OF PICTURE SORTS!) and make our famous hats! This week the hat is a nest! Nest for N! So excited! I know you're beside yourself waiting to see my with nest on my head! In math we are continuing our shape adventure! My students scored 100% mastery on the shape assessments last week so we can move on to composing larger shapes with smaller shapes (How do my monsters learn things since I am not working to educate them?!)! Today's activity will be Shape Monsters! My students will create a circle monster, square monster, oval monster, rectangle monster, or hexagon monster! I just copy the shapes on colored paper and let them get creative (OOOO colored paper!!) You can download my FREE (and while you're there, feel free to make a purchase or 25) monster shape pack by clicking on the picture!
The monsters will begin their firefly buzz by using aluminum foil, neon paint and hand-prints to make fireflies! I found the aluminum foil idea on Pinterest!
Just wait until you see my mismatch outfit! Be sure to come back tomorrow (if you can stand my ramblings!) to see how the monsters and I mis-match it up!
We continue gettin' buggy with it by reading The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and creating a character map of the beetle. We will also talk about how this book was the same and different than The Very Lonely Firefly. We will also make our "see" sight word watch so we know that every time someone asks us what time it is, we can say "see!" We will do another picture sort for the letter N (picture. sort. love.) and for writing we will make a tree map of what fireflies can, do, what they are! In math we continue shaping it up by using shape pieces to create a firefly! We will also create a bug hat to wear for hat day (in case we forget to wear our hats!)!
And of course, no day in Monsters, Inc. is complete without a craftivity! And this one involves GLITTER! You know I love all things glittery! I also found this on Pinterest! SHOCKER, right?!
Wednesday-DRESS LIKE A BUG DAY!
Today we are "gettin' buggy with it" using the book The Very Busy Spider! We will read and discus the story and complete a character map about the spider. Yes, we will compare and contrast this story with the other books we've read this week! We will use our tree map ideas from Tuesday to complete a predictable chart about fireflies and we will continue to learn the letter N (but we will not, I repeat, focus on the letter N and the sound of N. Doesn't happen!)! In math, we will be working on shapes using the book Mouse Shapes! After reading the story and discussing how the shapes were used to compose the pictures, the monsters will use the shapes to create their own mice!
Our craftivity for the day (you know I MUST do one daily or my day is a failure!) is a cute firefly made from circles! Guess where I found the idea?! I think we might even hang these from the ceilings! HMMMM
Just wait until you see me dressed like a bug!
This is where my week ends! I have a sub Thursday and Friday is a planning day for teachers. Why do you ask???
IT'S MY WEDDING WEEK AND I AM THE GROOM!
With that being said, here are few other things we will be doing this week!
We will be using our fingers (or Q Tips) to count fireflies! Click the picture for your freebie!
We will be reading this cute emergent reader! Click the picture for your freebie!
And since my monsters know I am getting married (and they are so excited for me! It's so awesome to get to share this momentous day with them in small ways!) I want them to get in on the action! I created this little wedding pack for them to use while my sub is there! I cannot wait to see what they create! Also on Thursday, my parents are arriving for THE WEDDING and we are going to surprise the monsters with a pizza party! Click on the picture to get your free copy of the wedding pack (and buy buy buy!) I would also love to hear your thoughts on including my students in my special day!! Leave me some comments and let me know your feelings! Just be gentle. It is my wedding week and I am the groom and I am emotional.
I also hope to get to do this fun little art project with my kiddos!
Check out this great freebie I created using the Friendly Ghost Clipart from From The Pond Graphics!
Now, I want you to go visit my friends TPT stores because they're awesome and they have awesome stuff! And they're my friends. And I am the groom. And it is my wedding week. Do I need to have my first groom-zilla moment?!