Monday, October 17, 2016

Contraction Magic!

Happy Monday blog friends! This week we are learning all about contractions in room 4. I made our lesson come to life today by dressing up as a magician. The kids LOVED it! Isn't learning soooo much fun?? :)

I got the cape, wand, and mustaches at the Dollar Tree and the hat at Party City.
After discussing what contractions are watching a Flocabulary video and Brainpop, Jr video. We dived into the lesson. I had some special helpers come up and read two words to the class. They then dropped them into my magician hat, borrowed my magic wand, and let the magic happen!
My helper then went to the board and wrote what the contraction for the two words was and turned and told the class what they wrote. 


Then they got to try it out by making these Contraction Magic books. Their pencils became magic wands to help them with this little task! ;)


And we finished up with a little craftivity! Students were given two words and they put them (pasted) them in their hats, took the magic wand, and poof! We had a contraction just like that! 

These activities are in a new little pack of mine called Contraction Magic! If your interested you can click the pic below to find out all about this fun little pack.






Have a fun, magical week blog friends! :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We love Flocabulary!! Plus a BIG GIVEAWAY!!

Happy fall break friends! I'm popping in today to share with you about a wonderful resource that I started using last winter called Flocabulary. My firsties love Flocabulary and I think you and your students would too!



What is Flocabulary?

  • Flocabulary is a web-based learning program for all grades and subjects that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement.
  • Teachers in more than 60,000 schools have used Flocabulary’s standards-based videos, instructional activities and formative assessments to develop core literacy skills and supplement instruction across the curriculum.
  • Flocabulary offers more than 750 instructional units to support instruction in math, science, social studies, ELA, vocabulary, current events and life skills, with new content every week.
  • Flocabulary offers a deep instructional sequence that teaches standards-aligned skills and content while helping students develop literacy skills across the academic curriculum. Flocabulary support teachers in all content areas and help teach and assess reading and writing skills through the recently-released instructional tools we offer like Read & Respond and Lyric Lab.
  • Engagement has long been the “bread and butter” of Flocabulary—their roots are in catchy and accurate educational hip-hop videos. Flocabulary’s videos create authentic engagement, their complementary instructional tools provide new opportunities for learning, and their rhyme writing tool and Lyric Lab empowers students to get the creative juices flowing with their own educational raps.

Flocabulary has added lots of new content recently. One of my most favorite new additions is the contractions video for grades K-3. Next week we will be learning all about contractions and I plan to use this video and the activities on the Flocabulary site that go with it to introduce our contractions unit.

In this video featuring a funny magician and an emcee who’s a grammar whiz, students learn to identify and form common contractions. The video explains how to form contractions with “not,” “will,” “am,” “are,” “is,” “have,” “has,” “had” and “would” by replacing letters with an apostrophe. Watch it now.

This video, as well as the others on the site has a printable activity perfect for an exit ticket, quick review and fill in the blanks activity that can be projected on your smartboard. There are also lyric notes and the new lyric lab where students can create their own rhyme about contractions.

I plan on making these Contraction Magic hats with my firsties next week after we watch the Flocabulary video. These will tie in perfectly with the theme! :) 
For more Contraction Magic fun check out my newest little unit in my tpt store.

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