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Well last week was a total DOOOZIE for me.  I have been horribly, horribly sick.  I didn't actually make it into school until Thursday, and then Friday was a professional day, so I only spent one day in the classroom this week.   So please forgive me, but I only have this little image to share with you about our math lesson this week.  We're using my unit Math with Playing Cards to work on number concept.  I wrote out all the spellings of number words for the kids and then demonstrated the worksheet on the SMART board.  Then the kids filled in their own worksheet.  separating the tens and ones was a bit of a challenge for them, so we'll be repeating this lesson on Monday.

Friday was a fun day!  As a staff we went up one of the local mountains to check out their educational programs.  I only live 10 minutes from the base of the mountain, so it was a super easy commute for me.  We did some snow shoeing, and then checked out the first nations program.  They have a HIWUS FEASTHOUSE which is a longhouse made from cedar trees.  We enjoyed stories from the local tribe members, and got to sample some local food.  I even got to dress up in  a cedar cape and headband which is what dancers wear.  We are planning to take our Grade 2 and 3 kids up here later in the school year, so stay tuned.

thanks so much for stopping by today!



So it's friday again.  Here's some highlights from my week.

We've been working on number concept.  Today we played blackout.  It's a game involving playing cards, bingo chips and 10 frames.  The kids really enjoyed it.  

Please ignore my ratty duct tape - it's in desperate need of replacing.

We did some research on Canadian Animals.  I was so pleased with how much effort these kids put into this.  I was very surprised at how motivated they were.  I'm going to need to try this activity again soon. 

And don't forget - tomorrow is the last day of the SWAP MEET giveaway.  Check out my last post for more information.

And thanks again for stopping by today!

Swap Meet Blog Hop


OH I am TOTALY excited today.  I have been taking part of an amazing Swap Meet organized by some of my TPT friends.  There are tons of great bloggers involved.  And in the end, there is a fantastic giveaway with an awesome prize pack.Read down and find out how this works!

First we were paired up with another Primary Teacher.  I was paired up with Amber from First Grade Diva Creations.   I just love her store.  She has tons of amazing products.  We were supposed to choose one to try out in our classrooms and then review for this Swap Meet.  Well, let me tell you, it was really hard for me to pick just one of Amber's products.  She really has a lot of great stuff.

Anyway, considering the season, I decided on her huge October Bundle called 

Halloween Activities~ Math, Writing, Science, & Research

This product is so comprehensive and enormous!

to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I was thrilled when Amber agreed to let me take a peek and review it!
I tried it out in my classroom.  There's a Haunted House Glyph, a Writing Activity, a Place Value Game, and some detailed writing and number activities as well.  There's really too much to list here.  I really wanted to try out the Pumpkin Writing Research part of this bundle.  And let me tell you it was a great resource.    

To start off my review, we had a visit from the pumpkin fairies at my school...

Well, actually the pumpkins were delivered from a local pumpkin farm, and the parents put them out in the park down the street.  Fortunately we had a perfect day weather wise, and the kids had a lot of fun picking out a pumpkin.   After hauling their pumpkin back to school, they were pretty attached, and thus pretty motivated to learn about pumpkins.

So we learned about the life cycle, and did some research about them - all part of Amber's great October Bundle.

The actual lesson I wanted to highlight, from this pack, was one about Text Features.  I though Amber had a brilliant little activity and it was not only super easy to prep, but I found the perfect book to go along with it.

First off, I found this great non-fiction book by Rebecca Felix.

In Amber's unit there is a page which she recommends that you print out and laminate.  The original version is color, and thus, much more impressive, but I decided to print it out and photocopy it so each child had their own to keep.  I plan to use these again in another lesson in the future.  Amber recommends that each child has this page, with the list of Text Features and key visuals.  As you read through the text, the children can "pinch" the word of the text feature they find.  So we read the book as a class and we stopped each time so the kids could stop and "pinch" the name of the text feature that was on the list.   I think this lesson would be great to repeat every time you read aloud a non-fiction book so that it really reinforces the concepts for the kids.

Some examples from the text that we found were...

 Table of Contents 


Bold Print

And an Index

Then the kids did an activity in which they pretend to be a Text Feature Detective.
There's a cut and paste worksheet where they can pick out four of the text features they found in the text.  Then they write a sentence to tell how it built their schema.

Now on to the fun stuff for you!
There are 16 products up for grabs.  To be a part of the giveaway you need to collect all the letters from each swap pair, figure out the message, and enter the rafflecopter giveaway.

or if that doesn't work

thanks for stopping by and playing today. 
I hope you enjoy the Swap Meet!



I'm afraid that I did not have time to take many photos at school this week.  I was really focused on our assembly for Remembrance Day and everything that entails.

These gorgeous Poppies were made by my next-door neighbour's class.  Click Here to check out her fantastic Art blog.  

These beautiful poppies were made by the Grade 5's.

And, like I said, I really didn't take many photos this week at school, so here are some shots of my daughter learning to ride a horse for the first time last weekend.


Everything you need to know about TURKEYS

I just realized that I have not announced the release of my latest unit here on my blog.   I am happy to say that it is doing really well on Teachers Pay Teachers, so I thought I'd give you all some details about what it includes.

to check it out on TPT.

I've gone back to my Critical Thinking Skills outline using the Knowledge Framework.  I just love using this technique.  There are lessons on describing and labelling turkeys, making choices, the life cycle of a turkey, evaluating learning, synthesizing information in a sequence, doing research, levelled readers and a large variety of language arts activities.  Scroll down to check out the images below.


Peek at Last Week

So I'm trying something new this week.  I've been working on using Instagram more and more.  So I'm going to share with you some highlights from my Instagram feed once a week.
If you want to check out my Instagram feed - click on the camera icon on my blog header above.

Here is my latest unit.  It is a Science and ELA unit about 
Turkeys which also focuses on Critical Thinking Skills.
if you would like to check it out.

This week we have been working on Remembrance Day (or Veteran's Day) activities.
These activities are included in the We Remember Unit in my store.
to check it out.

These fantastic poppies were made by the Grade One class across the hall from me.

These little Monsters are part of an activity I'm trying out called
Monsters In The Window.

And Finally, we are finishing up learning about pumpkins 
if you are interested in this unit.