Wednesday, August 31, 2011


For the month of September, I am thinking of focusing on Literacy Ideas.  I LOVE integrating subjects and tying everything together.  Sadly, it seems as though the only way to be able to fit art into my schedule (with a jammed pack core and list a mile long of things to fit it...including my reading program Treasures) is to integrate.  Besides, lessons like these are great to have on hand for substitutes and S-L-O-W days!  I have a crate on my back counter with stories & activities just waiting to share with my class this year!
Starting with a back to school book is Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
From Kinder Kraziness is a free "What's in a Name?" download (1 page) or a 13 page Chrysanthemum unit to print out.

Great ideas, including these name cards from Teaching Heart.
I really don't know where this idea originates from because I found it saved on my computer without a website.  If it's you, please let me know and I will leave a link, otherwise, I had it saved HERE.  Love the compare/contrast idea though!
Crazy For 1st Grade has this great little print out, including a letter to send home to the parents explaining what you are studying.  What a great introduction/get-to-know-you at the beginning of the school year!
First Grade and Fancy Free has a name graph available to print for FREE.  Great way to incorporate that math!
From The First Grade Parade, I L-O-V-E this idea!  Before reading the story, talk about how every student is different and unique and how they all have different names.  Hand a paper heart to one student, and as you read the story aloud to the class, have that students take turn crumpling the heart each time he/she hears and unkind thing being said.  By the end of the story, the heart will look pretty tattered.  Oh my...such a cute idea and great way to start off the year with anti-bullying.  Check out her blog for more instructions and details!
First Grade and Fabulous has a TERRIFIC unit on Chrysanthemum to download for FREE if you are interested.  It is a must have!


Laura Starnes said...

Thanks for the shout out! My kids had a great time with Chrysanthemum last week!

Mrs. Davis said...

I love this story. I posted a mini-unit/activities a few weeks ago. Feel free to check it out if you'd like. Thanks.

First Grade and Fabulous

Team Carroll said...
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Team Carroll said...

Love, love, LOVE many great teaching opportunities with this book!! Thanks for the sweet shout out! LOVE your blog :)

Cara :)
The First Grade Parade

Mrs. Davis said...

Here's my link to the Chrysanthemum activities. Sorry it took me so long to get it to you--I hope I haven't sent this to you already. It's been quite chaotic the past several weeks.

First Grade and Fabulous

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