Friday, May 10, 2013

Cinco de Mayo, Farms, Toy Show, Mother's Day Tea, Fairy Tales

This post is long and 
chock full of FUN!


1. Farms

When the students arrived at school, 
this is what greeted them.
I heard one little one say something
along the lines of Mrs. Short has gone
cuckoo...she has Halloween decorations up!
I insisted that I didn't do it!

We began our study of farms with
the movie Charlotte's Web.

( the spider web and word Read makes sense!)

We used Babbling Abby's
It All Started with a Pig,
(Charlotte's Web)

It All Started with a Pig! {Charlotte's Web}

Fiction and Nonfiction Pair
with farm animal story souvenirs.

Students  partnered up to
research a farm animal.
Each group had a different animal.
We researched pigs, horses,
cows, sheep and goats. 
They filled out a can, have, are
sheet that they made on a blank
paper.  They read the nonfiction book
together and found at least one item
for each.  We also put in 1 fun fact.

Students then wrote 4 sentences
about their farm animal and made 
the farm animal craft.  They were very
easy, cute (and FREE!) and 
came from Reagan.
The pig is a bobble head! 


These fiction books, Interrupting Chicken and the
Big Chicken series, are some of my favorites!
Interrupting Chicken is perfect to read because
it is a little chicken and she interrupts her dad as 
he tries to read fairy tales...connections across the subjects!  
LOVE when that works out!

This product goes with the Big Chickens book!
I love it! It has a graphing activity, a writing 
activity and craft!  I think I own every one of
Christie's craftivities!

"Big Chickens" Writing Craftivity

It is by Christie at First Grade Fever.
Click the picture to see it at TpT.

This chicken cracked me up so I had
to take a picture. When the girl finished it,
she sat it in the chair.


Nonfiction and Fiction Pair
with a pig eraser story souvenir

I didn't take pictures of our Chester the Worldly Pigs! 
We made giant construction paper pigs and used cutouts 
of each continent and glued them onto our pigs.


Forgot pics!

Horses, Sheep & Ducks

Forgot pics here too!

Petting Zoo

Our high school ag class
put together a petting zoo for the 
students.  Worked perfectly with
our farm theme!

2. Toy Show

We are studying -oi and -oy this week.
To end the week we had a Toy Show.
This gave the students the opportunity
to show and tell, which they do not get
to do unless they are the Star of the Week
or purchase a show and tell ticket.

All week we used the fun activities
 from this packet by Leslie Ann.
Click the picture to check it out!

Toys! Literacy Activities for /oi/ and /oy/

They took the following note home with 
the 1st sheet to fill out and return.  They
completed the other sheet at school and
used these during their speeches to keep 
them on track.

Click here to get the freebie!

3. Cinco de Mayo

We looked at examples of Mexican products.

We listened to some festive music.

We read stories....
yes fiction and nonfiction!

We ate! 
Chips and salsa and cookies from Mexico.

4. Mother's Day Tea

Performing our poems and songs!

Giving our mothers our gifts!
We presented our moms with a DVD of 
our 3 movies we made and a handmade card.

Here's the insert I made for the DVD cases.

5. Fairy Tales

We began our unit last week with the
Fairy Tale Inference Investigation.

Fairy Tale Inference Investigation
This week we used my Common Core 
Activities that go along with the
 fractured fairy tales shown on the cover.

Point of View and Other Common Core Activities Using Fairy Tales

The kiddos went nuts this morning over the giant 
cookies and the fact our beanstalk was gone!

We wrote informative, opinion
and narrative stories.

Fairy Tale Writing Prompts for the Common Core

We used our investigative
skills to determine setting,
characters and important details
using this product. It models
a newspaper!

Story Elements For Fairy Tales Common Core

Click any of the pictures to check
them out in my TpT store!

Random Pictures

The old lady who had so many
children she didn't know what to do 
lives in our state!

We went to a track meet for my middle
daughter and my youngest fell in love with
this playhouse that was on their playground! 
To be honest....I did too!
I want it for our school!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Looks like a busy time, but so much fun!

  2. Your kids look like they are having so much fun! I just found your blog, love the design! I'm your newest follower!

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  3. Enjoyed reading about your week! Looks like it was a busy one... The Mothers' Day Tea is a wonderful idea!

    Have a great week,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers