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Spy in the Huddle

Penguins, Science

I’ve said it before — I just love studying penguins with first graders!  I share our unit study ideas here, but in this post, I’d like to share an add-on activity that I’ve done with my class the past three years.  I received Spy in the Huddle as a gift for Christmas.  It’s long, but if you break it up into snippets, it’s doable.  I’ve identified “stops” for each of the three episodes.  We stop the video every once in…

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Parade of Penguins

Penguins, Science, Theme

  When we come back from Winter Break we dive right into our largest unit of study:  PENGUINS!  It is by far my favorite unit of study.  As usual, our unit studies center on rich informational texts with a sprinkling of fiction texts as well.  Check out the pictures below, as well as the downloads available that help support us during this unit study. It’s the perfect time to focus on Nonfiction Text Features!  We scour the books and create…

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States of Matter and Water

Science, States of Matter, Theme, Water Cycle

Before starting our unit on Plant Growth, we spend a few days discovering the states of matter as well as learning about the water cycle.  Students have come to love the water cycle song that we learn!  As usual, our unit studies center on rich informational texts with a sprinkling of fiction texts as well.  Check out the pictures below, as well as the downloads available that help support us during this unit study. We draw the water cycle and…

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Animal Groups

Animal Groups, Science, Theme

After a quick study of Habitats, we study six animal groups:  Birds, Fish, Insects, Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles.  As usual, our unit studies center on rich informational texts with a sprinkling of fiction texts as well.  Check out the pictures below, as well as the downloads available that help support us during this unit study. Above:  The SMARTboard file keeps us on track with mentor texts, online resources, and video links.  These resources guide us on our journey of discovery.  …

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