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Integrated Themes

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When you take a look at my schedule, you’ll notice that there is not a specific time set aside for science or social studies.  That’s because we integrate thematic units throughout our day.  For example, during our Me on the Map unit, we are reading maps, creating maps, writing about our maps, and learning about maps through digital and traditional literature.  You can visit specific blog posts that feature pictures and detailed information about each thematic unit.  Check them out…

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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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