Catching Up on Penguins and Snowman Visual Plans!

Before I get started with the visual plans for the week, let me catch you up on last week's fun!

Well, we got a present in the mail from our pen pals from Japan!!

With the letters that we always get, they sent a present!!
You don't even KNOW how hard it was for me to wait for my kids to come back from activity before I opened it - ha!! It was so cool!! They sent a book about Tokyo friends, and as you read the book, you can see the English word, the Japanese word, AND their symbol for it - so cool!!
Thank you Suzy!!


Last week was FILLED with some serious PENGUIN fun!!

We read TONS of books - 

Penguin (See How They Grow)National Geographic Readers: Penguins!

The Emperor's Egg: Read and Wonder  
We filled out our All About Penguins sheet as we learned about them throughout the week

Tacky the Penguin[THREE CHEERS FOR TACKY] BY Lester, Helen (Author) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (publisher) Paperback

We did a LOT of compare and contrast - this is just ONE of the venn-diagrams that we did.


THEN, for their reading test for the week, they had to compare and contrast Tacky the Penguin, to a real penguin, giving at least two way they are similar and different.

(awesome rubric from Sarah's Reading Response Rubric pack!)

For writing, we've started our planning sheet for our nonfiction book that's in my penguin pack
They are super excited to start that!!
AND, we did one of the things that they LOVE doing the most - blubber!!
I mean, LOOK at this face - she's so happy about it! lol 
They were putting their hands in 34 degree water....without the blubbler glove

And one in the blubber glove- 

How do you make a blubber glove?? You need 2 gallon bags, and a canister of shortening. and voila! You have a blubbler glove!
My tip from me to you??? TAKE OFF YOUR RINGS when you're scooping the shortening into the bag - haaha!
Here's one of my fave teammates trying it out - what a good sport! 

This is also where I introduced temperature - being able to read a thermometer
Another favorite thing they did was learn how to waddle like a penguin. hehehe
The put a nerf football in their legs, and tried to waddle - it was so funny!

And they did their own diagram - with my guided drawing in the pack to help them.

So - that was the penguin stuff - whew!!

And we started our states of matter books too - this week we'll be finishing them up.

check out my matter pack

NOW, here are this week's visual plans: the picture of the plans (or click HERE), and it'll take you to a PDF document to download...when you download the PDF, you can click on all the pictures and links to take you where you can find all the activities (TpT, blogposts, websites, or Freebies!)

You saw last week's plans with all kinds of penguins and matter and money activities - and some freebies too!! Go check it out if you missed it.

 This week's stories are the Snowmen stories...

Snowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8)Snowmen All Year

I'm going to use activities from Lori’s “Snowmen at” pack throughout the week in whole group and centers - since we're doing the Snowmen at Night and Snowmen All Year books this week.

Before I forget - one of the new things I found on TpT is Lisa's seasonal reading graphic organizers - I'm officially OBSESSED!! I'm doing her winter ones this week in my centers - and I can't wait for the next's month's set - every month! ha!

Which is actually great timing because we're doing cause and effect, so I wanted a little writing activity that showed a cause and effect that went with our story - click the pic to download.

which is why I'm using Miss T's Melted Snowman pack - it's perfect for cause and effect AND states of matter!! woop woop! hitting so many birds with only one stone!

Also - don't forget, I posted yesterday about my new Money pack!

and there's a freebie!

It's actually the spelling center I'm doing this week.

last week we already did one of the activities in the pack.
I wanted to see if they actually knew the coins, so I made them all the same size, so they couldn't just see the smallest  one - they had to know which person or "thing" was on it. 

There are just a few more hours to get it 1/2 off!! Sale ends later today with the pack.

Go check it out!

Hope y'all have a relaxing Sunday!


Halle said...

I always get jealous of your visual plans because you get to incorporate so much TpT yuminess!!

I have your Penguin Unit on my wishlist, for when we get to habitats later in the year...looks like so much fun!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

I hope they have fun doing their melted snowmen!
Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Mrs. Lynes said...

We are doing our penguin unit in a couple weeks! We will totally be trying the blubber glove :)

Sarah Eager said...

Your visual plans are amazing!! What a nice way to share great products from TPT.

The Eager Teacher
The Eager Weekend

Jenna Frederick said...

I LOVE the Story Comparison Rubric that you used on the comparing and contrasting Tacky the Penguin. Is this something you purchased on TPT or something you created. I would LOVE something like this to use with my kiddos! Such a great post with lots of pictures :)


Jen R said...

Hi Jenna!!
No, that's not mine- I found it on TpT and that's how I grade them on their reading tests! :)
It's from Snippets by Sarah
and she has a writing pack too!

Jenna Frederick said...

Perfect! Just added two new items to my shopping cart! I hope you are enjoying this Super Bowl Sunday shopping day. I am on my second cart full :) do you shrink the rubrics to fit four to a page? I look forward to using these. Do you use them once a week to assess your students?

Jen R said...

I have DEFinitely had a few full carts :)
Yes, I shrink them. I actually print two on a page (to save paper), and I will use them whenever I feel like my kids are ready to be tested on a skill. Usually within a week or two. I don't use our reading series, so I use these as my "test." It really just depends on our skills that we've been teaching :)

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