A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

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Who doesn’t love a good camping story? Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee go on a thrilling camping trip they won’t soon forget!

Tip: Review the vocabulary words from the story with your  class before reading it. You can even make up motions that the kids can do when they hear these fancy story words!

 You can also have students listen out for the many rhyming pairs they are sure to pick up on during this charming tale.

Vocabulary Words: Knolls, embers, dozy, hitch, shimmying, flowed, rapids, stranded, lo and behold, snatched, & rank

xo
Mrs. O’Brien

The Laughter Club

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Book clubs are a something my students absolutely love! It’s so fun to see them get together to discuss literature and nonfiction text in this setting. The students always read their book club promise to each other and know that they need to be responsible and helpful to the other book club members. This particular day the students read The Laughter Club and used Post-It notes to jot down their thoughts, questions, and anything that confused them. Sometimes the students just fill out an interactive book journal to help them organize their thinking. I just created a little fold-able booklet that allows them to write down questions, their favorite part, confusing parts, interesting parts, and tricky vocabulary words. After that, they held a discussion about the book. They used some discussion cards I created in order to keep the discussion going. Our book clubs meet once a week. They help promote independence and a deeper comprehension of the text in a fun way! Keep rocking!

xo
Mrs. O’Brien

Happy Veterans Day!

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Image by Micha Player

To all the brave men and women that have risked everything to protect a dream so much bigger than any of us.

xo
Mrs. O’Brien

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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I treated my students’ parents to a sweet snack for parent-teacher conferences this week. It’s so amazing to have so much support, and know that together we can come up with a plan to help their kids be successful in school and in life. It was great to chat with some parents I already know, meet some parents I’d never met, and get to know some parents I didn’t know that well. Parents that couldn’t make it in because of busy schedules, made time to talk on the phone to show their support for the children. Teamwork really does make the dream work, and no child would make it far without loving, supporting parents that care about their future. I am looking forward to the rest of the school year and collaborating even more with my rock star parents!
Thank you parents for all that you do at home to help your students get their homework completed, getting them dressed, fed, off to school on time, and meeting/talking with me when we need to resolve tough issues. I see your effort and I truly appreciate you! Some parents have even made stuff at home for us, sent in snacks for us, and donated prizes to our treasure box. I forget to ask for things, because they are always one step ahead of me!
I am new to my school this year and my students and parents have made me feel right at home.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
xo
Mrs. O’Brien

 

Rock Stars At Work!

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Veteran’s Day Activity

We  used A Cupcake for the Teacher’s veteran’s day activity to write letter to soldiers that came to an assembly at our school!

We are forever reading. The more you read, the more you know.
xo
Mrs. O’Brien