Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cat in The Hat

A very easy, fun, DIY  Cat in the Hat treat!  

DIY Dr. Seuss Themed Treat!

First, make red frosting!

DIY Classroom Treat!

Then take mini-vanilla wafers and put frosting in-between each cookie.

DIY Cat in the Hat Birthday Treat

Add it to a frosted regular size vanilla wafer.  Voila--a hat.  I love how you can even get the curve and slope of the hat by using the wafers and frosting.  Love this activity.  I did it with my second graders and it was easy and super, duper fun!

Cat in the Hat Treat!

Love this hat!  

And just to add a little education to the fun craft:  here is a Cat in the Hat is---has--can chart!  Enjoy!

The Cat in the Hat Graphic Organizer

You can get my graphic organizer from Google Drive!  Enjoy!

Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Dr. Seuss's Birthday is on Saturday.  What are you doing to celebrate?  I think we are going to make some Oobleck, and read one of my favorite Seuss books!  I have been crazy busy--so I'm not going to get the packet together before Seuss's birthday--but here is a little freebie: a fun character trait graphic organizer.  My son drew it for me--I am thrilled with the illustration!

Bartholomew and the Oobleck, by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Character Traits
 The Illustration is by Joshua--son of A Teacher Without A Class!   You can find this fun chart at my TPT store.  

Character Traits Anchor Chart

I've posted this before--but if you want the anchor chart you can go to my google drive.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Did you ever want a penguin for a pet?

For the last of the penguins, I'm linking up at

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
This family ends up taking care of 365 penguins.  
365 Penguins, by Jean-Luc Fromental
365 penguins is just too many, but wouldn't it be fun to have one penguin for a pet?  But how could I possibly convince my mom to have a penguin!  What about writing a persuasive friendly letter, just like Alex wrote a persuasive friendly letter in I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman.

I Wanna Iguana, by Karen Kaufman

For a step by step lesson plan you can go here.

I did make a friendly letter template.  
Persuasive Writing
You can find that at by google drive.

Finally,  Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad, found this awesome video on Youtube to share with her class when she wanted them to write about having a penguin for a pet.  Her entire post is wonderful!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Writing About Penguins: Diary of a Emperor Chick

Emperor Penguin Chick
I love the emperor chick.  They are so beautiful--why not write about them!!!  Start by giving the students some background information.  I have a lot of great recommendations for penguin books here.

  These are some wonderful books about the baby chick.  
Penguin Chick, by Betty Tatham

March of the Penguins
You can also show them two Youtube videos of the chicks being fed, and the babies first steps!

Finally, there are many different ways students could organize their writing.  I love using Diary of a ...by Doreen Cronin as a model text.  The students could write a diary of a baby penguin chick.

Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin

Now that the background work is completed--the students can start the writing process.  First, they can gather everything they know about penguin chicks.  This can be done small group, whole group, or independently.  I love using writing webs as a way to discuss what they have learned about the penguin chicks!
Penguin Writing Web

After the web is completed, they can start mapping out what they want to have happen each day of the diary.  This graphic organizer can help the students decide and organize what they want each day.

Diary of a Penguin: Graphic Organizer

Finally, the students will want to publish their writing.  After the draft has been approved by a teacher, they can use this writing paper for a final copy of their work.  What a fun way to display their work and knowledge of penguins! 

Penguin Writing Paper

I promise the writing paper is much better in person--rather than a scanned copy!  

This little project meets many of the common core objectives across grades and curriculum.

This helps the students to write narrative, research the subject, and work towards producing and publishing the writing.

Common Core Writing Standards:
2.W.3, 2.W.5, 2.W.6, 2.W.7
3.W.3, 3.W.4, 3.W.5, 3.W..6, 3.W.7
4.W.3, 4.W.4, 4.W.5, 4.W.6. 4.W.7, 4.W.10

You can find all these at my TPT store.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Linky Party
Corkboard Connections

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Suzuki Saturday--February Practice Chart

February Practice Chart
I made the practice chart--you can download it on my Google Drive  .  There are also many practice charts at The Practice Shop.  Enjoy!!!