Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Animals in Winter

It's 10:30 am on a Wednesday and I'm sitting at home on my couch listening to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in the background.  Why, you ask?  We have a snow day today.  Actually, it's a COLD day because of the -20˚ wind chill outside.  It's funny because the weather is actually beautiful - well, at least from my view from the couch.  There's blue skies and sunshine.  I can hear the sound of birds in the air my furnace on overload.  Ok, so maybe I'll continue enjoying the view from INSIDE my nice, warm house.  It almost makes me wish I had a sunroom or morning room so I could pretend it was warmer outside by letting the sun pour in through the windows.  I'll have to add sunroom to my long list of "Things to find on Pinterest that will probably never happen". 

So, because today is a snow day I thought it was a good time to show you what I've been working on (for longer than I'd like to admit).  Winter is in the air -- well for me at least.  So here is a glimpse into my new Animals in Winter non-fiction unit.  I'm kinda in love with it right now.  I just finished it the other day and then had a quick giveaway on my Facebook page and a little sale the day after.  What's that?  You don't follow me on Facebook or get a notice from TpT when I post new products.  I hope you'll fix that problem and head over to those places so you can be in the know next time.  =)

 First up in this unit is an Informational Mini-Book for shared reading.  There is a color copy for you to use as the teacher and a black and white copy to make for students to have their own.  I packed in a ton of important information in this book so your kiddos will be learning a lot.  Good time for an impromptu observation by your principal.  
Speaking of being observed. . . I'm sure your principals like to see the Common Core standards in action. So I included a bunch of practice to hit those reading for information standards.  You're welcome!

Included in those standards is learning new vocabulary, so that's in there too.  There's pieces to use when teaching the vocabulary and then a student book to fill in.  


Next up - writing.
There's papers for your students to write about what they learned and make their own book.  There's also templates for a class book about what kind of animal your kids would want to be in the winter and why.  


I also wrote a little fact filled song called Winter's Here.  

Finally, I included some center activities and printables to complete this thematic unit.   


Did I mention I can't wait to use this unit in the next couple weeks?  Sorry to keep bringing it up, but like I said, winter is all around us here and we might as well have some fun with it.  Even if you are not in the middle of a polar vortex in your neck of the woods, I hope you will find this a useful unit too.  Click on the cover below to check it out on TpT.  


And because I don't want to punish you for not following me on Facebook or TpT and I DO want to thank you for visiting my little blog --- I will do a Pin it to Win it giveaway for those of you who keep coming back to visit me here.  I truly am so thankful for your time and support!!

So go ahead and pin any image from this post and then leave me a comment with the pin URL and your email.  And because I LOVE reading your comments - let me know what winter is like where you live right now: Are you freezing in the vortex or wondering what this polar vortex thing is?  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

11 comments:

  1. Hi - this looks amazing! Here is my Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/423056958718141832/
    I am stuck home for a second day in a row. Yesterday for the snow and today for the cold ~ just dreaming of warm, sunny days. My entire curriculum this year is based around animals. I love how you included all the subject areas and the standards! Perfect! Maria
    firstgradecarousel@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much Maria! I'm with you dreaming about warmer days. =)

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  2. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/213287732326622558/
    Tried pinning from this page and couldn't so I went to the TPT store and got it from there. We had Monday off as a holiday and then Tuesday and Wednesday off for teacher workdays......so glad to have been out of school! I would love this unit! I really need to add to my science and this would be great! rwrench64@yahoo.com

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    2. Thanks for letting me know about pinning. I just added a floating pinterest button to my blog, so hopefully it will be easier in the future. Sorry it wasn't working for you, but thanks for being persistent :)

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  3. Today was a snow day and we are off tomorrow for snow melt/ice over and cold day. I am new to this area and apparently when it is in the single digits it is too cold for school...which is fine for me as I just moved from Las Vegas, NV and it does not get too cold there. hehehe Here is my url: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/57772807693692596/ kspra123@hotmail.com

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    1. Crazy how cold it is this year! I'm sure Las Vegas was a little bit different than single digits =) Thanks for the pin!

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  4. SNOW DAY!! It's beautifully brutal here lol. It's lovely to look at, but terrible if you have to be outside in it. We had a high of a whopping 7 degrees today. :-)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/256423772507846722/

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    1. I like that - beautifully brutal! Thanks for stopping by and entering =)

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  5. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/245657354648424847/
    You know I'm right there in that polar vortex with you! Unlike you, though, I was not very productive today, haha. It's only 9pm… I still have a few hours left to get something done!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

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    1. Colleen - You are a night owl like me if it's 9 pm and you still have a few hours left in you. I was only slightly productive today. I did clean and organize, but as for report cards . . . eh, there's always tomorrow =)

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