Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a great time last night and a great start to your new year!  I just wanted to stop in for a minute and let you know I posted the word work for The Alvin Ailey Kids.  This word work unit focuses on consonant digraphs.  I had trouble uploading the preview file on TPT so you can look below to see what it includes.

Before Christmas break, we had the story Meet Super Croc in our reading series.  I am not crazy about this one.  {It's a little boring!}  So, I decided to revamp the week's activities.  We still read the story, but  I also went to our school library and checked out tons of books about dinosaurs.

Our skill for the week was summarizing a story.  We worked on that a ton!  There are some helpful printables for fiction and nonfiction text in my packet.  

I also inorporated a research component.  Each student was assigned a dinosaur and went on a web quest to find out information about their dinosaurs.  We then wrote a research paper about it.  I made sure to provide lots of scaffolding since this was something totally new to them.  

We also had a vocabulary study and made mini books.  

The unit includes literacy centers, as well.  I couldn't get this preview to upload either, so here it is.  :(  Click the pic below to check it out.

Now off to eat leftover NYE snacks and drink punch!  One more day off and I need to work on my classroom tomorrow.  I'll leave you with a picture of my classroom door we decorated before break. 

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