11 April 2012

Happy Earth Day, Birthday to You! (And a Freebie to celebrate!)

Phew! What a busy/crazy week! I figure I must be excited about our school Carnival today because it is my morning to sleep in past five a.m., and I'm already up thinking of kinds of things that I could be doing! At least I'm getting caught up on my blog reading!

Next week is going to be a hodge-podge learning week in my class as we are finishing up and starting new units in math and science, conducting benchmark assessments, and going on a field trip to a local farm--I might be more excited than the kiddos for this week! We'll be introducing money, making Ice Cream for science, using Fruit Loops for phonics, and we may even make Dirt and Worms for Earth Day (like the ones I found on pinterest, below)! I was planning on making a cute how-to writing craftivity for the Dirt and Worms, and was super-excited to see this morning that Mrs. Lemons took the work out of it for me! Can't wait to use her Dirt Puddin' Writing Craftivity Kit instead of making my own!


In case you're out shopping this weekend, I thought I'd share a super-cute, brand-spankin', new book I found for Earth Day--I cannot wait to read it to my kiddos! The book is called Earth Day, Birthday! by Maureen Wright, and it is adorable! The monkey and all of his jungle friends celebrate his Earth Day, Birthday by performing lots of planet-friendly tasks such as planting trees and recycling plastic bags. I just thought it was too cute to pass up!

If you pick up a copy of the book for this year or next, you may want to check out the mini-unit I made to go along with it. It includes a story sequencing Snip, Flip, and Fold 3-D Graphic Organizer, an Earth Day Tree Map, a cute (if I do say so myself) Birthday Monkey Writing Craftivity, and more! It is only $3.50 on TPT!




Also, since some of my friends(the little ones, of course) are having some trouble with r-controlled vowels, I made this Earth Day-themed word sort to use this week.  You can grab it for FREE by clicking the picture below! Enjoy and have a great weekend!


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