Monday, December 21, 2015

All About Reindeer Lessons 7-12



Well, I'm sitting in the airport right now getting ready to fly to South Africa!  I thought I would try to get a quick post in on how we finished our All About Reindeer books.  Last week, we spent a lot of time on our books because I wanted to get them finished before Christmas Break.  So, I am also cramming in a lot of lessons into this one post!

After we finished our main facts pages, then we focused on finishing the other parts of our book.  

We did our Reindeer Diagram...

Then our Glossary...


Then our About the Author page... I took a school picture of each student and they glued it onto their page.

We also did our Table of Contents page but I must have forgotten to take a picture of it... oops...
Lastly, we did our Title Page.  They got to choose a picture that they wanted for their cover.  Then they colored in the title.


We had a little celebration with our Kindergarten Reading Buddies and they LOVED sharing their books!  This is always one of their favorites!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

All About Reindeer Lesson 6- Reindeer Life



We are getting there!  Today we wrote about Reindeer Life.  We discussed what we knew about their size, migration, and what they eat.  If you missed the previous lessons, you can check them out here!



They don't show up that great on my SMART Board... sorry...



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Monday, December 14, 2015

All About Reindeer Lesson 5- Reindeer Babies



Today we wrote about Reindeer Babies.  I'm not going to get into much detail because it was similar to Lesson 4... to check out the previous lessons, you can click below.


Here is our planning page...


Here is what we wrote...


This is one of my students who struggles a little more than others... I was so proud of him!


All of these lessons are included in my All About Reindeer Unit!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

All About Reindeer Lesson 4- Reindeer Bodies


We are on lesson 4 and we are ready to start putting our important information that we have been learning about Reindeer into our book.  If you missed Lessons 1-3, you can go to them here:  Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3.  The All About Reindeer book has a total of 8 pages.  I keep all of the pages separate and I collect them each day and put them together at the end.  I want them to stay nice.  If I let the kids have the whole book, you can only imagine what they look like in the end.

First I showed them what the book was going to look like when it is all finished.  I showed them the Title Page
Table of Contents
3 Pages of Facts
Diagram
Glossary
About the Author

I explained that we would be starting with our Facts first and then we would work on the other sections.  So, today we focused on Reindeer Bodies.

We had a graphic organizer to brainstorm some of the things that we have learned about Reindeer Bodies.  We focused on 3 things:  antlers, hooves, and hair.  Here is what we came up with.


Then we wrote our first page together.  We did a heading (Reindeer Bodies) and then traced over it with our black crayon to make it bold.  After writing our facts, we also made the word "hooves" bold and we will later put that word into our glossary.

Here is my sample:  


Here are some of the samples:



OH YEAH, and don't you just love the reindeer?  We did a step by step how to draw a reindeer sample.  You can find that here.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

All About Reindeer Lesson 3- Gathering Facts Day 2

Have you ever been delayed or closed for FOG??  In Northwest Ohio this happens quite often- only not usually in December.  It's going to be 60 degrees in December this weekend- this is pretty much unheard of.  But- we were closed last week and delayed twice this week due to FOG- not SNOW.  With that said, I didn't get all of the writing lessons finished that I wanted too because of the crazy week!



With that said, here is what we did for Lesson 3 on our All About Reindeer books.  You can see the first two lessons here:  Lesson 1, Lesson 2

First we reviewed what we have learned so far by reading a non-fiction book by Simply Kinder. 


Then we played a game on the Smart Board.  I forgot to take a picture but here is what the game board looks like...


In the product, there are question cards included.  I had the boys sit with the boys and the girls with the girls.  I would draw a girl name stick and then give the girls a question.  They would discuss it together and girl whose name stick I chose would report their final answer.  If they were correct, they would roll the die and move their marker.  Then the boys would go.  They LOVED this!!  This was a shorter lesson today, it only lasted about 1/2 hour but it was a great review before we start writing our book in the next lesson!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

All About Reindeer: Lesson 2- Gathering Facts


Today, we talked about how we have to know a lot about a topic to be able to write an All About Book about it.  So, we started our research on Reindeer.  We discussed where and how we can find facts.  We read a book about Reindeer and then watched a fun You Tube video.  Then we found a couple of websites to explore.





Lastly, I split the class into 4 different groups where we read some informational text about Reindeer. I put some of my high readers in charge of reading the material to the other students in their group.  After they were finished, we re-grouped and shared some of the facts that we learned.



Here are some of the supplemental materials that I purchased on TPT so that I had material that the students could read.



If you would like to join me, here is my 12 lesson unit.  It has detailed lesson plans as well as Notebook Files to use on your Smart Board!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

All About Reindeer: Lesson 1 Fiction vs. Non-Fiction


We have started our All About Reindeer Writing Unit!  I LOVE this unit and so do the kids!  

If you've been on the lookout for an "All About" unit to write - this is it!! The unit talks specifically about reindeer, so it's perfect to use in December - but then you can use the format and templates included to write about ANY animal the rest of the year!!

This resource is great to be used during writing workshop - as a modeled lesson or as individual writing. 

So now let me share a a bit more about our reindeer writing. 


Today, we did Lesson 1: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. Here's a little about how it went...

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

We started by talking a little bit about Fiction/Non-Fiction (or informational text, if that's the term you prefer).  Then, we watched a Brain Pop Video called Reading Non-Fiction.  It love it- it's short and sweet and gives a lot of information in about 5 minutes.

After the video we used the Notebook File (for the Smart Board) to record some things that we know about Fiction/Non-Fiction.

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

 Then, we discussed non-fiction text features and I showed several examples in books.  My new Dinosaur book I got at the Book Fair was a HUGE hit during this time!

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}


When were finished discussing, I gave each Table Group a pile of Fiction/Non-Fiction books and had them work together and sort the books.  Then, they could look through the Non-Fiction and look for different Non-Fiction Text Features.

If you click through to purchase this All About Reindeer writing unit, you'll receive a connection, mini lesson, and student engagement and sharing activities! Remember - these can be used while you do your all about reindeer writing, but then you can also use them over and over again as your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students write their own project!

As an added bonus, you can use the Notebook files for this lesson on your SMARTboard!!

Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

Lesson 1 is in the books... now onto Lesson 2 tomorrow!

Other All About Reindeer blog posts:
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lessons 7-12

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Your 1st and 2nd grade classroom or homeschool students will become pros at reindeer with this reindeer writing activity! Then you can use this resource to branch off to other animals! This resource is great to use during the month of December as a guided writing OR independent writing project. Then - once they've gotten the hang of it - your students will be able to write more "All About Animals" reports later in the year. Click through to check it out today! {first & second grader}

I sincerely hope you and your students enjoy working on your reindeer writing! 
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