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Animal Habitats Sorting Mats

FREE printable sorting mats for preschoolers and kindergarten kids to learn about animals and their habitats. Great science and nature activity that kids will love! Includes rainforest, ocean, desert, polar, woodland and wetland habitats.

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Another week...

Just when we thought it would never get here! Umm...hello peeps! It's the Friday before a long weekend! Can I get a woot?! Woot! Since it's Friday- it's also time for ... Five for Friday is a weekly linky party run by Doodlebugs Here's a snapshot of this past week in my first grade classroom: We are continuing to learn about habitats. This week, we watched a Brainpop,Jr. video on rainforests. We also read and discussed some nonfiction books about habitats. We then used these books, and the information we learned from various texts and class discussions on habitats, to do some informational writing. I modeled how to write an informative writing piece with a good topic sentence, at least two details and a closing sentence. We talked about some good topic sentences, details, and closing sentences that we could use in our writing. Student volunteers identified the topic sentence in my writing example by underlining it with a purple marker. We also underlined my details in blue, and my closing sentence in red. I have learned that modeling your expectations for student writing makes all the difference! We have also been enjoying using my habitats unit I love this time of year because the kiddos' writing is showing so much growth and progress! One of our favorite writing activities is sticker stories. Students choose a sticker, create a scene that would be appropriate for the sticker, and then write about it. I love the creativity! 'Tis the season for assessments. We have been working hard so we have been using lots of brain breaks! It is great bribery positive reinforcement! We start each day with 3 brain breaks (unless we lose one for poor behavior). Do you use Go Noodle? I think every teacher I know loves it! We sure do! We use Everyday Math and we finished up our math curriculum this week so I began supplementing with interactive math notebooks. Ya'll let me me just tell you....these kiddos are loving it! All I heard this morning was "I like this math so much better than the other math!" "Can we do this everyday?" "This is the most funnest work I have ever done!" Seriously....I will never end my school year with anything else! They were having so much fun they didn't even know they were learning! You can find these interactive math notebooks by Blair Turner here on Teachers Pay Teachers. Last but certainly not least....we got a dog this week. I have been wanting a dog for like....forever and ever and my husband finally relented agreed. Meet Bentley. We rescued him from an animal shelter and I am absolutely nuts over this little guy. Well...look at this face. How could you not be? Some blogging buddies and I are sponsoring a rafflecopter for a chance to win $100 Visa gift card. Wouldn't that be a nice way to start the summer with a little extra spending cash?

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Animal Habitat Mini Sensory Tubs - The Imagination Tree

Create some mini sensory tubs with animal habitat themes to pull out for playtime at a moments notice. Easy to store and a great way to learn about animals!

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Animal Research Projects!

I was first introduced to the idea of creating Animal Dioramas when my son (who was a first grader at the time), brought home a shoebox and a basic instruction sheet from his teacher to create a diorama of any animal and its natural habitat. Being a mom, I was so excited about the opportunity to help my son create something he was so excited about! Being a teacher, I knew that I had to do a project like this with my own students, but I had no idea where to start. I shared the idea with my second grade colleagues, and they all loved it! We worked together to create a basic letter to send home to parents, but struggled to find just the right way to show students exactly what the project is and how to do it. (I don't know about your class, but I have to break everything into very small steps for most of my kiddos!) So, I decided to create a unit that would have everything you could ever need for doing a project like this. Trust me, if you want to do this project with your class - this unit will save you SO much time and make your life so much easier! To start off, our science focus for the entire month is ANIMALS! We spent time reading about animals and life cycles in our science books, and this week we are learning all about animal habitats. I found some really amazing videos on habitats on our district portal, but you can also find some really cute and informative videos here (around 3-5 minutes each): Animals and their Habitats Habitats Home Sweet Habitat Earlier this week, I sent home a letter to parents to let them know that we will be starting our dioramas soon! I also asked parents to send shoe boxes to school with their child, if possible. You may want to send home your parent letter 1-2 weeks before you intend to send home the assignment. I like to send everything home with the student on a Friday, so they have the weekend to start gathering supplies and begin working on their project. I usually give students 3-4 weeks to complete the project at home. My student dioramas are due on May 6th, which gives me plenty of time to have them present their projects and have them on display for our Open House the following week! After that, I'll be happy to send them home with the students. This is what I sent home with the students to kick off our Animal Diorama and Research Report Project! (Of course I stapled them together so the pages didn't go flying all over the place when they went outside, but for the purpose of this photo - I laid them out so you can see them!) That's it! Easy-peasy! Just send the directions for the project, the animal research report poster, the student grading rubric, and the presentation outline home and have your students work on their projects on their own time. My second grade team and I decided to have one day where we all will keep our classrooms open or an hour or so after school so students can come in and work on their projects, use classroom supplies, get help with research, etc. We will be doing the majority of the research in the classroom, and will be writing the research reports as well. I just prefer to do that part with the students, so I can guide them through the writing process. The majority of our research will be done on the internet during our computer lab time. I've found these websites to be VERY helpful and easy for kids to find the information they need for their reports! A-Z Animals Kids National Geographic - Animals San Diego Zoo: Animals A-Z While we are in the computer lab, I had the students record their research information on this sheet: Once the students had recorded all of their information, we spent the next day taking their key ideas and putting them into complete sentences about their animals. I also have a simpler version if that works better for your class! From there, the students would write their final draft on a separate sheet of paper (also included in the unit). You can find all of these pages, grading rubrics, parent letters, as well as a how-to instructional presentation to show your students how to do the project HERE! Now, the only question is... what will your students create?

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Interactive Lapbooks for the School Year - Mrs. Jones Creation Station

I love using interactive lapbooks in the classroom. They are fun to create, engaging and can be used throughout the year to review skills taught.

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FREE Printable Animal Habitat Game – Exploring Biomes for Kids

Kids will have fun exploring animal habitats with this FREE printable science game for kids of all ages to learn about biomes!

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