Friday, June 24, 2016

Tying Up Comprehension (Main Idea)

Helloooo sweet summertime! I don't know about y'all, but I have been soaking up this whole stay up late and sleeping in thing! Both of my kiddos have been awesome sleepers since day one. They could sleep all day if I'd let them. 

Anywho, I have been spending my late nights marking some things off my to-do list. One thing I have been wanting to get done is comprehension packs for my team and I to use next year. We hit the ground running with main idea and it was the first on my list! I will eventually have a pack for each 1st grade comprehension skill. Character Traits is already in the works! 

I wanted to give you a look at my Tying Up Comprehension: Main Idea pack! Let's get started! There are 7 activities included. Students will get to become surgeons, chefs, and meteorologist with 3 of the activities. These might just be my favorites. 

They will also get up and moving with finding details and main idea with making puzzles, spinners, and ice cream sundaes.

There are also 4 read aloud craftivities with sorts included. 

Let's take a closer look at the 7 activities that I mentioned above. 

I am a huge believer in engaging your students and making learning as hands on as possible. Main Idea can be somewhat of a *not so fun* skill to teach so telling your students that they will become surgeons is sure to get them excited! Throughout this activity, students will read their patient's file (both beginning and advanced reader cards are included). Afterwards, they will look at their patient's x-ray and fix their broken bones. Bring in surgery hats, gloves, etc! The X-ray includes details and 2 main ideas from their patient's file. They will have to decide which main idea is correct. 

Pizza! Yum! Throughout this activity, students will become chefs by reading recipes that include details and main idea. Students will then create a delicious pizza by sorting the details and main idea! 

This activity, Flooded with Details, is about focusing on the important details. Students will become meteorologist by reading their weather map and decided which details are needed for the main idea. Students can then present their forecast to the class as an extension activity. 

For this activity, each student will get a piece of the puzzle. There are different puzzles included. They will walk around the room to find friends that have cards with details that fit their main idea. We did this last year and my kiddos begged to do it more. You can read more about it here

On the Move is fun because it gets your students up and moving as well. Their are several different main ideas included. You can put different cards in a bag or give each child a card. Students have to find the main idea chart in the room that matches their main idea. You can see this activity here

This is perfect for guided reading, stations, or group work. Students simply spin the spinner and write sentences for their details. Afterwards, they write a main idea sentence. 

I must have had food on my mind when I created this pack! #alwaysthinkingaboutfood 
For this activity, each student will get a topping (detail). They have to find partners that have details that goes along with theirs. Afterwards, they build a sundae and write the main idea on the bowl.

Now let's look at the read alouds! There are 4 included. 

I love this story! If you do not own the book, you can listen to it for free on Storyline Online. It always makes the kids laugh! After reading, students will sort the detail and main idea cards, can have your students write the details and main idea. 

This is a tear jerker! You can find it read aloud on You Tube if you do not own the book. Students will sort the details and main idea

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann can be used for so many comprehension skills! I decided it would be a great way to start the year off when learning about main idea and details because we can incorporate learning safety rules into it. 

This activity is an oldie but goodie that we have done for a few years now when learning main idea and details. Students will sort the details and main idea after listening to Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey. You can actually download this activity for free here or get all the activities mentioned above by clicking here or on the picture below!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Suiting up for Summer!!!

Well, I don't know about y'all, but the official countdown has started in our room! I cannot believe summer is right around the corner! We have had lots of conversations about how we are "suited" up and ready for summer AND 2nd grade! 
 Today, we made a list on the board of all the things we have done this year to prepare ourselves for the next grade. Afterwards, each student chose one thing that they really felt like helped them "suit" up for 2nd grade.

After they completed their writing, they decorated their suits! 

They thought these suits were too funny! I always love how they turn out. 
You can find the suit craftivity here. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Prefix freebies and Adverbs!

After wrapping up suffixes last week, this week was all about prefixes. We kept our focus just on prefixes un- and re-. 

I wanted to pop in real quick and share a few freebies with you all. 

Most of our activities were the same as the activities we did with suffixes. We started off by playing Match It. Each student got a base word card or a prefix card. They had to walk around the room to find their match. After finding their match, they added their new word to a pocket chart and described what their new word meant. Due to a major #picturefail on my part, you can read more about the game here.

Afterwards, we made these flip flap books ....
...and sorted base words by un- and re-. 

We also made these Pretty Prefix flowers by using the flower craft from my Addition and Subtraction Fun pack. 

After making their flowers, they had to choose two words and use them in a sentence. 

We also completed this Two in a Row sort. 
They had to circle the prefix and underline the base word. 

We also made these Flip Its. This activity is always such a favorite with my group of students!
Under each base word, they had to write the correct prefix. 

You can download this activity plus the sorts mentioned above here

And before I go, I wanted to share our adverb suns with you all. 
We do these every year,....and every year I think I love them more!

Happy weekend friends! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Suffix sorts with lots of freebies!

We have been working on suffixes over the past few weeks. Suffixes can be somewhat tricky for first graders, so having them apply the skills in as many hands on ways as possible....the better. 

I start our learning off with -ed and -ing. I introduce the rule with this flip anchor chart that was inspired by Amy Lemons a few years ago. 

After introducing the rules, I give each student a sticky note with a base word on it. The students read the word and sort them under the correct flip. This gets them up and moving. I also have them explain why they chose to put that word under that flap. 

You can read more about the chart here

Afterwards, we sort words into this flip flap book for independent practice. 

You can download the sort here

....and we make these Sunny Suffixes
You can download the suns here

For suffixes -er and -est, we made these flip books. 

We then switch over to suffixes -ful, -ly, and -y. We start off by discussing what these suffixes mean and match up base words to the correct suffixes. I gave each student a base word and suffix...they had to find their match. 

To get that independent practice in, we matched base words to the correct suffixes with these flip flap books

We also completed this Three in a Row journal activity. 

We also completed this Flip It activity. Students had to write the correct suffix under each flip. I love how this friend illustrated each word. This was not part of the directions, but I sure do love when they go above and beyond!

Now that we have wrapped up our suffix learning, we will start prefixes this week! 

Happy Sunday friends! 
I hope you all have a blessed week! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cause and Effect FREEBIE

Last week we reviewed cause and effect with the story The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. After listening to it, we listed the different causes and effects from the story and made these flip flaps. 

After making the flip flaps, we glued them down to construction paper. 

I had my students work in groups to complete the sorts, but each person in the group completed their own. I paired up a struggling reader with a higher reader. 

We did directed drawings to create the pigs. I love how they turned out!

You can download this quick and simple cause and effect freebie here.