Cause and Effect

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Maybe someday it will stop snowing, and we can actually go to school and learn something. ;)  Don't get me wrong.  I love being off, but I just keep thinking of everything we need to cover before end of year assessments.  I just finished up a new cause and effect unit to supplement our reading curriculum.  If you are familiar with any of my other comprehension units, you will have an idea of how I structure my comprehension lessons.  I wanted to give another breakdown though of a typical week in the comprehension component of reading.  

I always have these little mini-posters for students to refer to, along with an anchor chart we make on day one.  We also watch a BrainPop Jr. or a YouTube video to introduce us to the skill for the week.  

For this unit, I give my students these little name badges to wear so they feel super important!  ;)  They fit in standard name badge holders or you can just paperclip them to their shirt collars.

On day one, I do lots of modeling and we pretty much do everything whole group.  For this particular unit, I start off reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.  There are tons of cause and effect relationships to point out and add to your anchor chart while reading.  Students will have this little graphic organizer on their clipboards while I am reading.  They choose three to record as we are reading.  Then, we make these simple little pigs to add to our graphic organizer.

The following day, I start releasing a little more independence.  We, of course, repeat over and over what the terms cause and effect mean using whole brain strategies.  We do another story and craftivity and then they participate in a cooperative group activity.  If time is an issue for you, you could have them do this during small group instruction or even during centers.  It would also be a great early finisher activity students could easily grab and work on.

I create 3 or 4 case files like the one below and fill each with graphic organizers and a book or passage.  



Students read the book or passage inside and complete the graphic organizer together.  The first time I do this unit, I like to use all picture books.  When I do this unit again, I might vary it with books and passages.  You can find lots of great passages on Teachers Pay Teachers and on Read Works.

We also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and make this sweet caterpillar you see here.  This is my example for students to follow.  They alternate recording cause and effect relationships throughout the story.

Since I do No, David! at the beginning of the year, we read David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon.  Then, we complete this little flap book to go with our David.

I have included everything you need for the cooperative group activity, an interactive notebook template, a mini-book, a flap book, name badges, mini-posters, book suggestions, four exit tickets, and three craftivities with printables.  You can click the pic below to pick up a copy if you need some cause and effect activities.  It's on sale through tomorrow!

I am working on a blog post explaining how I organize my centers next.  I hope you will check back in!  Have a great rest of the week!

Peek at My Week!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I am playing catch-up on my visual plans.  I am actually posting two weeks worth of visual plans.  Last week, we were out of school for the whole week because of an ice storm.  {Yay for snow days!  Boo for ice!}   We will start with this week's plans.

My students this year are still having a bit of a hard time with main ideas and details, and this is a concept they HAVE to master!  So, we are trying Abby's Main Idea and Details unit.  It looks really great, so I am super excited about it!

We will also be incorporating activities from my unit that supplements the reading series.

We covered triple-digit subtraction with regrouping before we got our snow and ice vacation.  So, we will be reviewing it this week, as well as moving on to graphing and probability.  You can see links to the different activities we will be doing on my Math Pinterest board.

Our interactive math journals will be all about dental health this week.  You can check that out below.


These are my visual plans from the last week we were in school.

We did all of our President's Day learning that week.  I loved using Stephanie Stewart's President's Day unit.  It was so easy to implement and plan for!

Resources for math:


I didn't include centers in my plans, be we are currently using these below, as well as iPads, computers, and a fluency tub.

I will be working on the March Interactive Math Journal and get it posted this week.  

I am linking up with Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten, so be sure to drop by to check out some more visual plans!  Have a great week!

Homographs with Amelia Bedelia

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Amelia Bedelia is one of my favorite girls!  When we read her books, I just love how the kids crack up.  They get so excited in anticipation of what she's about to do next.  She is always mixing up the meaning of those multiple meaning words, much like our little ones can be prone to do.  So, it's always fun to put a humorous spin on the concept.

I always use Amelia Bedelia to teach the various multiple meaning words, such as homophones, homographs, and homonyms.    I always tell my students not to be an Amelia Bedelia, which they take to heart!  We covered homographs a couple of weeks ago and read an Amelia Bedelia book each day to get us warmed up.  We hunted through the text each day for multiple meaning words and especially for homographs.  Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but have different meanings.

Each day, we also had a fun little activity to go along with homographs after we read the story and went on our text hunt.

We had a variety of flap books.  They got to illustrate the two different meanings of each homograph inside the flaps, which they got really into.  I also had a blank one for them to choose their own homographs.  I displayed a list of homographs on the SMART board for them to refer to.  You could also have them write sentences using the words if you wanted.

We actually read the room first and then looked through books for more homographs another day.  This got them up and moving and generated some great conversation.

Anything involving a spinner is also fun!  Plus it included sentence dictation, which is always 

Finally, we played this board game with our table groups.  I forgot to take a picture of the puzzles they completed, too.  They cut apart puzzle pieces and gave them to a partner to put together.  Then, they checked each other's puzzles.

I displayed this visual reminder on the SMART board while they were working each day.  This and all of the above activities can be found in my mini homograph pack below.  

If you need some other grammar packs, check out the ones below that I have made so far.  I am currently working on more.  I like them because I include 5 activities per pack that can easily be incorporated into a weekly unit.  Plus, they require absolutely no prep!  I am all about easy print and go!



Penguins, Owls, and Rockets {Valentine's Day Craftivities}

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valentine's Day is almost here!  We are about to get a head start on our valentines for parents.  I went ahead and made some models for my students to refer to during our craftivities.  They got so excited when they saw them.  They were all about these fun rockets!  Even the boys!  

I used a combination of construction and scrapbook paper for these.  I think pretty much any color would look great on the rockets.  I have included four options for messages that will actually go on the back of the rockets.  

My classroom has an owl theme.  Plus, my girls are owl CRAZY!  So, I had no choice but to include some owl valentines.  They'll be a great addition to a classroom door, too.


Finally, since they went wild over the penguins last week, we are going to mix winter with Valentine's Day with these cute little penguins.

You can click on any of the products above if you need a valentine craftivity for your little ones.  You can also see the valentine messages that go on the back.

Now, back to watching my favorite show, Fixer Upper.  I am obsessed!  If you don't watch, you have to start now!  It's on HGTV.  You can thank me later!  ;)