Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Go FIRST GRADE, IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!

We're gonna party like it's your birthday...ok sorry I got carried away!


It's done. It's a pretty awesome printable unit that is allllllll about birthdays and a study of our months. It's called "Go First Grade" but really, second grade could do tons of this work as well!!


To take care of classroom birthdays...I use birthdays as a thematic unit for one week and we go to town with our birthday fun. I've got an allotted 25 mins. in my schedule to do thematic things- so this would happen during that part of my day. After this week, students' birthdays consist of "yaaaay, it's your birthday- here is your birthday bag we made during out birthday unit. enjoy!" (Only a little more enthusiastic! haha)


I'm very partial to tying my theme into the entire day via the other components of balanced literacy. That means my shared/interactive writing and read alouds will be themed (if I can help it). So I've included some prompts for shared writing (create a party invitation or shopping list for example) and I've also included some poems for shared reading that can be written on sentence strips and used all week. Please understand that all thematic activities happen OUTSIDE of my Reader's and Writer's Workshops. That time is protected at all costs to give children plenty of time to read, write, think and talk!

Here are some highlights from the unit...







and much more!!!OK. I want to GIVEAWAY a few of them. Here is all you have to do: 
*Follow me, and post the giveaway on your blog, facebook/twitter to tell them about the giveaway- and leave for each thing you do. Each comment is considered one entry. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have!  Then I'll get the random generator to pick three people! That's it! =) 

I'm going to give away three copies.  I'll be choosing three winners THIS SUNDAY, July 17th at 9pm-Just in time for True Blood, lol ! 
Oh and the FIRST person to comment on this post can have a free copy too. Because I'm cool like that. =) 
Be sure to leave your email address! 

180 comments:

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  85. I also follow your blog on email. I would love to win. Looks like so much fun for the kiddos.

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  106. Oh my gosh!!! What a fun way to celebrate birthdays! I would LOVE to do this in my classroom!

    PS...I follow your blog and am posting on facebook :o)

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  107. Happy Birthday! I would LOVE this unit! I am a follower of your blog!

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  108. What a cute unit! I follow your awesome blog!

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  114. I blogged about your contest :)


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  118. I am a follower of your blog! I sure do hope that I am one of the winners!!

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  119. I'm a follower of your blog & I would LOVE this unit because I need some birthday ideas!

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  120. Love the Happy Birthday unit! I would love to win! I am a follower..
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    Doodle Bugs Teaching
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  121. I tweeted about the giveaway @pinksmyink.


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  122. I blogged about the giveaway here:

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  123. What a great idea! I LOVE BIRTHDAYS! I follow your blog and I posted your give away on my blog! Happy Birthday to everybody!
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