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Green Kangaroo, Learning Power Point, and Story Starters

It is more than nasty outside in the Dallas area right now!  It went from in the 70s this morning to being 47 degrees.  And that my friends, is not okay with me!  With that being said, we did somehow manage to get a little learning done today, regardless of the weather!
We finished reading “The One in the Middle is a Green Kangaroo,” and made this little writing craftivity.  My students wrote a summary of the book after they made their kangaroos.
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We wrote sentences about the main character, Freddy Dissel, and added them to this chart.  I’m totally not in love with how I drew his face, but my sweet babies still think I’m an artist, so I’ll just have to live with it, ha! f9ddc dsc04457
Yesterday, after reading Chapter 3, we made “Freddy’s Filmstrip” to sequence the events from the chapter.
You can find all of my Green Kangaroo ideas on TPT {HERE}!
In Computer Lab, we did a little integration of technology and a math lesson.
Since we have been studying shapes, we used Power Point to sort Polygons/Not Polygons.  First, we typed the definition of polygons, then we learned how to draw shapes, fill them up with color, and change out our backgrounds! 3e5d0 photo 6 565a3 photo 5
Then, for a little afternoon fun, we wrote a silly story together.  We used story starters from this:
Here’s what we chose:  Setting- in an airport, Character- caterpillar, Plot- gets a medal
So, as a class, we wrote a story about a caterpillar named Weirdo who lives in an airport, got sucked up into a vacuum, thrown into a trashcan, had to eat his way through french fries to get to a shiny medal, made a cocoon while holding the medal, and came out a golden butterfly.
I mean, if that isn’t an award-winning story, I just don’t know what is!  After we wrote the story as a class, I had the kids make illustrations for it in their journals.
I rewrote the story and added some illustrations after school so that it can be on display tomorrow!  I am just sure that the kids will be in LOVE with seeing their story hanging up in the room!
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Only 1 more day before Spring Break for me!  When is your Spring Break?  I’m anxiously awaiting ours, but know that I’ll be super jealous when my other bloggy friends are on their break in a few weeks!  Hope you have a fast Friday and a wonderful weekend!


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Hey, y’all! My name is Amy Lemons and I am passionate about providing students with both engaging and effective standards-based Math and ELA lessons.


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27 Responses

  1. I love your charts, you are an artiste !! Our break starts tomorrow ,yes !, and we are hopping in our car right after school to head to sunny Florida for a week(we always drive, hubby won't fly). Hope it warms up in Texas :)Enjoy your break !

  2. Its in the 30's in MI, I'd take 47 πŸ™‚

    My spring break is not until the 23rd! I'll be super jealous of you all next week!

    I dont know if you saw my most recent chart, but your drawings ROCK compared to mine! My kiddos were giggling the whole time I was trying to draw!


  3. Thanks for sharing! Too cute with the green kangaroo! Do you read this together as a class or in individual reading groups?

    Our Spring Break starts April 9, but we scheduled our field trip for the 6th, so it'll be nice to have the kids “active” that last day! πŸ™‚

  4. You have The Best ideas. You inspire me continually. Our Spring Break isn't until April 9th — Ugh!! Thanks for all you do. How's the adoption stuff coming along. Congrats on that!!

  5. It's our Spring Break now too! I'm actually headed down to Dallas for Monday and Tuesday to hang out while my husband has an interview. Enjoy your break!

  6. Hi Amy!

    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and resources!! You inspire me every day to be a better teacher and I thank you so much for that! I know how much you're loved by so many bloggers out there but I nominated you for one of my top 10 bloggers that I love to follow. If you have the chance please stop by to check it out!

    Teaching in Paradise

  7. Love the new layout and LOVE Project 3 designs! McKenna also did my blog too, she's great! Also, congratulations on the baby on the way! So exciting for you and the Mr.!

    Primary Punch

  8. I really like the new blog design. I wanted to say thank you so much for all of the wonderful ideas that you share. As a first year teacher, it is wonderful to have such great resources from such an inspirational teacher.


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