Best and Most Linky Party

I am linking up with Christina Bainbridge over at Bunting, Books and Bainbridge for her Best and Most Linky Party!snowflake bentley framed

My first product is my Teacher’s Pet.  Every teacher has a pet and my pet product is my Snowflake Bentley Literature Guide.  This is one of the first products I made at Teachers Pay Teachers and it is still my baby.  Snowflake Bentley was such an amazing guy and boy was he ever persistent!  He spent his entire life studying and photographing snow crystals.   In fact, he was the first person to ever successfully photograph snow crystals using a process  called photomicrography.  This  unit includes activities for vocabulary and language arts skills, great comprehension questions, science activities, and so much  more! Just click on the picture to go to these products on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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My next product is my Most Likely to Help Students Succeed which happens to be one of my newest products.  This is my Analogy Safari product which teaches students how to do beginning analogies.  This product is just toooo cute!  All of the analogies on the task cards are animal analogies and they are so much fun!  The product also includes a PowerPoint  show which introduces the students to what an analogy is and how to solve them and an animal analogy game.  If you want to improve your students’ critical thinking, then this is the product for you!  Analogies are one of the instructional strategies you use to teach similarities and  differences.  According to Robert Marzano, teaching similarities and differences can increase student achievement over 40%!

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My third and last is Best Couple.  These are two of my products that work best together.  I love teaching kids about time, and my two favorite time products are  my Watch Me Tell Time for 2nd grade and  my Rock Around the Clock product.  Both of these products focus on  teaching time to 5 minute intervals and they work so well together!  They are two of the best sellers in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  The individual students watches the  kids wear in the Watch Me Tell Time unit are just too cute!  I use Velcro to attach them around the kiddo’s wrists, and they can be used over and over year after year.  There are tons of games and activities in the packet to do with the students wearing the watches.  Of course, if you want a new take on the traditional Bingo, you’ve got to have your kiddos play Rock Around the Clock!  Instead of a traditional Bingo card, everyone has an  individual Rock Around the Clock card.  Just look at the picture to see how cute they are!  I love the guitar handles as the hands of the clock on the board.  There are three different games you can play using these boards and they can be used with the whole group, or with small groups in  a center.  How great is that!  Both of these products work well together to reinforce telling time to 5 minute intervals, so they are my pick for the Best Couple in my store!

I hope you had fun seeing my Best and Most!

Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Snow Globes

It’s amazing how you just finish a unit and you find a perfect activity to use with it! I think this has happened with almost every unit I have ever taught. I have decided that it is because the topic is on my mind so I am more aware of things relating to it. Anyway, tonight I was looking at Pinterest and I saw the cutest blog posting about making snow globes with clear plastic plates! You must check out Molly’s post at Lessons With Laughter. It is too cool!

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I love that she took the kids’ pictures and had them in the snow globe and then she had them write about their day inside a snowglobe to tie it all together. Be sure to check out Molly’s blog which is filled with other great ideas.

Remember to always. Keep ’em Thinking!. – Susan

Snowflake Bentley Literature Guide

To me Wilson Bentley, better known as Snowflake Bentley, was a fascinating guy and should be such an inspiration and role model for persistence. This book touches my heart every time I share it with students. Here is a guy who spent his entire life studying snowflakes and even developed a method for photographing them using a microscope with a camera attached to it. Now that might not sound too impressive to you, but considering that he did this in the late 1800’s is pretty remarkable. The kids have always found his life pretty interesting, and are very sad when they read that he caught pneumonia walking home in a snowstorm and died two weeks later, but even with the sad ending, they say it’s one of their favorite books.

I decided to create a literature guide to go along with the book which I think many of you will enjoy. It is geared to grades 2-5, but could easily be used as a read aloud for first graders. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Snowflake-Bentley-A-Winter-Themed-Unit-Integrating-Literature-and-Science ; It’s a pretty good deal at $8.00 for 116 pages.

The purpose of this unit is to help students develop the skills of advanced readers in analyzing and interpreting literature. The questions promote big ideas, themes, and concepts, and provide opportunities for students to question the author, analyze the author’s and illustrator’s craft, and make connections to self and the real world. Questions can also be used for journaling and require responses that go beyond the literal meanings or the answers found in the text as they invite analysis of character, events, and interactions; synthesis of ideas; and evaluation of relationships, actions, consequences, and alternatives.

Extension activities address multiple intelligences and learning styles, provide multiple paths to learning and opportunities to develop higher level thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, and research through choice in the creation of products and/or performances. The Common Core Language Arts Standards are embedded throughout the guide in the questions and extension activities.

Teachers may decide how many questions students need to answer and how many activities the students must complete. It is important to note that teachers should allow students some choice in the selection of questions to respond to and activities to complete. Providing students with choice increases student interest, engagement and learning. Students should not be required to complete all the extension activities. Rubrics and checklists should be used to evaluate the student products.

Activities in this unit include:

Comprehension Question Cards

Summarization – Someone Wanted But So

Character traits anchor chart

Snowflake Bentley Character Analysis

Cause and Effect activity

Snowflake Bentley Fortunately/Unfortunately story

Theme Anchor Chart

Understanding the theme worksheet

Similes activity sheet

I am Snowflake Bentley activity

Snowflake Acrostic Poem activity

The Important Thing About Snowflakes activity

Snowflake facts mini book activity

Poem in Two Voices – comparing Snowflake Bentley to John James Audubon

I am Unique writing activity

Persuasive Writing Activity

My Gift to the World writing activity

Book Review writing activity

Book about the life cycle of snowflakes

Interview the author activity

Classifying snowflakes activity

Looking Closer activity

Vocabulary Cards with matching definition cards

Word Map

Synonym and antonym game

Syllables matching cards and game

Parts of speech sorting activity

Making words from the letters in snowflake

Making OW words

Analogies activity sheet

Growing Borax crystals science investigation

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I hope you and your students enjoy learnning about Snowflake Bentley. Remember to always Keep ’em Thinking! – Susan Morrow

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