Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Mitten, Mr. Groundhog and a FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Brrrrr!  It's so COLD outside!
I am so thankful that January is over.  The month actually kinda flew by but there is something about saying goodbye to January that I think I'm saying goodbye to the snow and cold weather (if only, right?).
All in all, January is actually one of my most favourite months at school (minus the freezing cold weather and all that indoor recess!).  We learned about snow (melting and freezing), clothes we wear/things we do in the various seasons, and this week we are wrapping up our book study on Jan Brett's The Mitten.
Here are some activities we worked on:
 
Practicing our beginning sounds - ALL of my students are so good at this.  Time to introduce some centres that focus on ending sounds!
 
Clapping and listening for how many syllables each word is.  My students make me use syllables for EVERYTHING!  They love it when I say "If your name has 2 syllables, line up at the door!"
 
I got this idea my first year teaching from my dear friend and former teaching partner, Ms. Alves (one of the BEST Kindergarten teachers I know!).  The students have to "sew" the mitten (like Baba in the story) and then they retell the story by inserting pictures of each animal into the mitten (there is an opening at the bottom of the mitten - hard to tell).  My students realized that "sewing" isn't so easy after all!
 
Here is what the finished "sewn" mitten looks like.  The students will be using the mitten this week with their reading buddies to retell the story.
 
You can never get enough practice with those sight words!  I mixed them all up and the students had to guess which words they were.  (I had a list of all the words posted nearby in case they needed to refer to that.)
 
We've been working on rhyming words so I created this little activity for my kinders.  I had the students find rhyming words (yes, they are colour coded to simplify it for my JKs).  You could easily adapt this and print the carrots on white instead of colour so that the students aren't just matching.
 
Here's our pocket chart story from last week.
 
And this is the worksheet that goes with it.
 
 
You can find these activities in my unit The Mitten and from my All Year Long Pocket Chart Fun pack.
 
Isn't this little snowman the cutest?  We made them based on a glyph from my friend and teaching partner, Ann-Marie Parisi's unit Winter Fun.
 
Here's what the glyph looked like.
 
We sorted pictures into the correct season.  You can download this activity, Season Sort, for FREE here.
 
Here's what's to come this week:
 
So it looks like Groudhog Day this year falls on a Saturday.  We will be celebrating Groudhog Day this week by making a cute little groundhog craft and using it to predict and graph if the groundhog will see his shadow or not.
 
I also like to read the book The Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller.  We choose our favourite substitute groundhog and graph our answers.  I also included a cute graphic organizer and writing activity for this book. 
This week we sure will be doing a lot of predicting and graphing!
 
 
You can check out these fun activities and LOTS more in my Happy Groundhog Day mini-unit.  It's only $4!  So if you are looking to do some fun activities and centres this week be sure to check it out.  All you have to do is click print and everything is ready to go!
 
***FLASH GIVEAWAY!***
I'll give it away to one lucky person first thing in the morning tomorrow.  So if you'd like a copy, leave me a comment below and don't forget your e-mail address!  I'll send it to a lucky winner at 7:30 am EST.
 
Have a wonderful week, friends!


59 comments:

  1. Oh probably not good to be the first to comment! LOL, but I would love to win this!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  2. Loving a the cute activities. I love teaching about Groundhog's Day! I would love to win! :)

    Amanda
    mrspauleyskindergarten@gmail.com
    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

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  3. We do the same sewing mitten activity every year! :) I LOVE groundhog day! Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed...
    -Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu
    cielobella@aol.com

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  4. This looks wonderful!! Would love to win!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  5. What a great giveaway! I love how excited the kids get about Groundhog's Day.
    Kari :)
    karianne1120@gmail.com

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  6. Looks like you've been having lots of fun! January is my favorite month too! So much fun to be had!

    Your new unit looks fantastic! Love it!

    thepolishedteacher@gmail.com
    ThePolishedTeacher

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  7. Fabulous as always!! :)

    thepolkadotowl@gmail.com

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  8. I would love to win a copy!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  9. Love your activities!
    kluxon@dist50.net
    Thanks:)

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  10. This looks like so much fun! I would love to use it with my Kindergarten intervention groups this week!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars
    readerstars@gmail.com

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  11. I'd LOVE to win!!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  12. This would be a lot of fun! Crossing my fingers and freezing toes!
    ilovekdgt@gmail.com
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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  13. I am in the middle of The Mitten story now!! I started following your blog when I started teaching Kindergarten this year. Thank you for the fabulous ideas. I'd love to win a copy of these activities!
    Thanks :)
    Denisecash@rogers.com

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  14. Looks great! suzun01@sbcglobal.net

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  15. I posted on FB but I'm thinking I need to post here. It looks great! I hope I win. juliesane@hotmail.com

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  16. Love your blog!
    Katiarobles99@gmail.com

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  17. I would love a copy of your Happy Groundhog mini-unit!
    Thank you :)
    rebeccaj@wcs.k12.va.us

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  18. I would love this! Thanks! :)
    Miranda
    mhoffmann@isd2397.org

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  19. Would love to win!
    Tammy
    tlclark925@hotmail.com

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  20. LOVE all your activities! Looks like you guys have been having fun! :) I especially like the mouse sight words, how cute!

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1
    jfredrickson88x@gmail.com

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  21. Cute groundhog unit! Renetowens@sbcglobal.net

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  22. This looks great! I would love to use this in my classroom.
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  23. Looks cute! :)
    aconnolly1216@gmail.com

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  24. So super cute!
    Jana
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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  25. I just blogged about....The Mitten...too! I just love that story! Check it out! Kindergarten Rocks BLog I am from Wisconsin and this winter weather has been crazy! warm....freezing...raining...snowing...etc. Enjoy your week! Amber 5krocksblog@gmail.com

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  26. Cute, cute!!

    Katie
    katiesspence@hotmail.com

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  27. Love reading your posts and all of the cute activities you share.

    Trish
    prschipper@hotmail.com

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  28. This is adorable! I love all of the stuff you make- it's such great quality and my students enjoy it. I would love to win this!!

    warnerem@hotmail.com

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  29. Looks fantastic!
    Trinh
    trinh.tran75@yahoo.com

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  30. This looks like so much fun! My kids would love this unit!

    Rachel
    Truelovernr1122@yahoo.com

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  31. Great giveaway! rachaelaschauer@gmail.com

    Rae
    Mindful Rambles

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  32. This looks so cute!!

    Jennifer
    jenniferlalsip(at)yahoo(dot)com
    The First Grade Dream

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  33. I would love the chance to win! Traci527@hotmail.com

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  34. I love your products!
    kcahcrim@comcast.net

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  35. Love it! I've also never heard of Substitute Groundhog...I'll have to check that out!

    primaryinspired@gmail.com
    Primary Inspired

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  36. I would LOVE to be a winner!!
    Dina
    dnhabc123@comcast.net

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  37. We've enjoyed The Mitten too this week. Your snowman activities are so cute. I would love to win your unit.

    Donna W.
    darryl40w@att.net

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  38. I love groundhog's day! Thanks for sharing! Cneumeyer11@hotmail.com

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  39. You always have the cutest stuff!! krmart1@hotmail.com

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  40. Love your Mitten activities! Your Groundhog Day pack looks great!!
    Jennifer
    laughinbrunette@hotmail.com
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  41. Your Groundhod pack looks so cute it makes me want to teach about it (I haven't before)!

    Karyn
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  42. I am going to have to go and find that Substitute Groundhog book!!! I don't usually do much for Groundhog Day but your pack makes me want to do more!
    lisa_sardinha@hotmail.com

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  43. Lovely little giveaway!

    Elizabeth
    epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca dot us

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  44. I am planning to use The Substitute Groundhog. What a neat Happy Groundhog Day mini-unit!

    lyons.cori@gmail.com

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  45. Would love to win!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  46. Your mini-unit is adorable! I love all of your graphics, where did you get them from? I'm a new follower of yours. missmelissaj.preschool@gmail.com
    I just recently started a blog, if you have time I'd love for you to stop by!

    junglelearners.blogspot.com

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  47. That groundhog unit is wonderful!
    Robyn
    robynsnewnest@gmail.com

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  48. I would love to have this!

    markeeta220@yahoo.com

    Markeeta

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  49. How fun!!!
    juliapstephenson@gmail.com

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  50. All the activities look great. I love January and February themes (but definitely not the cold weather for outdoor recess or lack of it). :)
    Jenn
    prlhrbr@yahoo.com

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  51. I love the groundhog...we always call it the Whistle Pig for fun! ammmyyy1@yahoo.com

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  52. Hmmmm, what time is it over there? :P
    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  53. I love groudhogs ! beebeetwins27@yahoo.com

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  54. Thanks for the season sort and for the chance to win this packet....great activities!
    Michelle
    Mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  55. I would love to win this for my class!! Kimberly kcjbtw@msn.com

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  56. Keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks, Karen

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  57. I love to read Substitute Groundhog to my students each year. I would love to see the rest of the unit.
    Mariann
    mariannbertocchi@gmail.com

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