I have not blogged during our whole winter break, but today, I am double posting. I just have to. When I saw this linky, I did not want to miss out. The gals at PAWSitively and The Inspired Owl's Corner are geniuses. They knew we teachers are obsessed with Pinterest, and this is the perfect linky to highlight our favorite teaching ideas in a formal way. Plus, I've been working really hard to build up my themed boards for Thematic Thursdays. The tough part may be limiting to just three pins. I have so many!!
My first pins comes from my Winter and Snowy Fun board. One of my favorite books to use during the winter is Brave Irene. It is a great mentor text for writing about being brave, and I plan to use one of these two art ideas with my students bravery stories.
This is the writing unit I developed to go with Brave Irene. It includes comprehension work to use when we analyze the text, and a post reading writing set that my students do after.
For other Winter and Snowy Fun ideas, you can view my board below.
For my second pin, I'm going to my Penguin board. Oh my, there are so many amazingly cute penguin projects. It makes me want to teach in the primary grades so badly. After pinning all these penguin ideas, I decided to write a partner script about penguins. It's still in progress, but it should be available by Tuesday when we have our blog hop (hint! hint!). So, here are my favorite penguin ideas, but I'll be sharing a lot more when it comes time for Thematic Thursday. Maybe this will give you a little preview.
The first pin is to a product by Jen Runde. I love the little penguin, and I plan to have my students make them for our next tradebook project. They will write about the Story Problem, Rising Action, Climax, and Conclusion on the belly of each penguin. The second penguin may be a how-to writing project. Crafts work well for how-to writing, and I think each penguin may have a unique look. You can check out the other penguin pins below.
...only one pin left. Which one shall I choose?? I think I'll go with Mitten Fun. I blogged about Mittens before winter break, and you can check that post out [here] This is the perfect time of year for a mitten theme, and there are excellent book choices. My friend, Jennifer at Stories and Songs in Second focused [her post] today on mittens and shared quite a few great titles. She even featured my unit for The Mitten in her post which I really appreciated. So here are my mitten picks.
You can check out the other mitten themed pins I've collected below.
I hope you've found my pins Pinteresting. :-) Until Monday, rest up and have a great return to school (or make the best of it anyway!)