Saturday, November 9, 2013

All Set for "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie"! {mini giveaway}

Hello friends! I just got back from working in my classroom to get set for next week. Sadly, we are testing most of the week. We have to give the benchmarks from our Central Office for Math and ELA. They have made these in such a way that they have to be given one on one. It takes FOREVER! On top of that our interims go out on Thursday (again, one on one testing). We don't have them yet (which is stressing me out a little bit). So I'll have to get that in somewhere too. Their thinking with interims is that if we test as we go, we shouldn't have to test before we fill them out, just copy our previous assessments onto the interim. However, MY thinking is that I want to send home the most up to date information to these parents to prevent many unnecessary emails and parent notes.  Ok, rant over, I promise. 

Anyway, I'm hoping to squeeze in some Thanksgiving activities. I'm going to start with "There Was an Old Lady to Swallow a Pie". I adore these books! 

We will use this sequencing circle to retell the story. I have pocket chart cards so we can do it whole group as well. They also love it when I put these cards in a station for them to do on their own. 

 This is my absolute favorite writing from the pack. On this one they get to pick their favorite thing she swallowed and write about it. 

 We have been working on syllables kind of informally. Most of it has been during our morning circle time. So I feel it's about time to do it "for real". We will be sorting based on syllables with the pocket chart cards. Then students will get their own pictures to cut and paste to sort the syllables.

 I'm sorry trees, but I love using emergent readers. I know not all of my little ones have many books at home. They do such an awesome job reading this little books and always get excited about taking them home. 

I'll have these on my focus wall for students to use in their writing. It helps tremendously! 

Now if you have stuck with me this long, I have a funny...
While working in my room today, I was getting things ready to start running records next week. As I was reaching for one of my notebooks, a big ol huge spider darted across my books! Here is a Google image similar to the one in my room.
I'll be honest, I screamed. I will never casually grab anything from that shelf again!

I'm going to be giving 3 of my "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie" units away.
Leave a comment (with your email) about what you have been  up to in your classroom.
I'll use to pick the 3 winners tonight before I go to bed!


  1. I am working as a long term sub in Kindergarten. This past week we studied nocturnal animals. I did a science lesson on echolocation that the kids really enjoyed. I blindfolded one of them (the bat) and put the rest in a circle around them. I then gave a student in the circle a squeak toy (the bug). The bat would beep and the bug would reply with a squeak. Using "echolocation", the bat would find the bug. They loved it! Jump Start has a catchy Echolocation Song on YouTube that I used with the lesson.

    I would love to win this unit to use with my class this month. It looks great!

    1. Danielle - you are one of the winners! I need your email so I can send it to you. :)

  2. So adorable!! (not the Spider).

    We've been working on Fall themed activities - I've been waiting not-so-patiently for me to crack open my Thanksgiving tubs! This would be the PERFECT addition :)

    Mindful Rambles

  3. We just finished a unit on the Little Old Lady who swallowed some leaves. :) Our letter of the week is Letter O this week -- working on writing it, the sounds letter O makes, and words that start with letter O. We will be making an Ostrich craft, and eating O snacks. We are also learning about things that are same/different. And of course...Veteran's Day. Next two weeks will be Thanksgiving fun! :) Love your mini unit! Would be perfect for my Thanksgiving theme! Thanks! :)

  4. We just started our fall theme...we are in south Florida, so I can get away with waiting until November! Last week we did apples (in September we learn about community helpers, so I save apples for our fall theme). We painted with apples, did some sensory play with applesauce, counted apples, did a categories sort with apple week we are all about leaves :) So excited to make leaf men again this year, they turned out so cute with my students last year!
    You have also helped me come to the realization that this is the "Old Lady" book that I am missing! I have Leaves, but no Pie! Must correct this immediately! :)

  5. How ironic about the spider...we just finished a science unit on spiders and had a visit from a friend's tarantula! The kids loved it, and I know spiders are creepy, but I kinda like them, lol. (I don't want them in my bed or anything though, lol) Anyway, this would be perfect for our Thanksgiving unit starting this week! It looks fabulous!


  6. Goodness! I would probably not go near that area of the room casually again... I do not get along with spiders. We just finished up talking about Native Americans this week.. next two weeks are pilgrims and turkeys. My kids love thematic anything so we've been using Thanksgiving things since Nov. 1st!


  7. I HATE spiders! That would have scared me silly!!! Your pack looks amazing. We just finished up our nursery rhyme unit and will begin our native american/pilgrim unit next week. This time of year is one of my favorites to teach! Thanks for offering your pack as a freebie to a few of us. I hope I'm one of them!!

    Shifting Teacher K-2

  8. We are focusing on Thanksgiving and traditions. I am also having to get sub plans ready for December- February. CRAZY!

  9. Oh, man, I hate spiders. A few years ago I had a Huntsman spider who took up residence on my classroom roof and refused to leave (the kids named it Sparkles, and I had to try not to scream every time I caught sight of it).

    This week in my classroom we're starting a unit on poetry, which I'm looking forward to doing with my K/1s. We've also got the firefighters coming out, and the kids are very excited about getting to squirt the fire hose. And, because we've only got six weeks left until our Summer holidays we'll be kicking off our Alphabet Countdown to Summer on Friday, which is really exciting.

    Miss Galvin Learns

  10. I would scream too! We ave been working on the Food Chain, Veterans Day, and all things Common Core!

  11. Would love to win this! We're in conference mode right now so I have also been assessing to show parents where their child is at this point. Can't wait to try and fit in some of the 'fun' yet still educational 'stuff'. ;)
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

  12. My students are working on writing about their family, being able to sound out words, and numbers 10-20.

  13. i Loved reading your funny about the spider... I actually shivered when you described it walk across your hand. YUCK! LOL, I'm not your newest follower!

    Kelly, from
    Kelly's Classroom


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