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This week we’ve been learning about holiday traditions and the differences between needs and wants during the holidays.  We started off by reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas and discussed how the Grinch learned that Christmas wasn’t about presents.  We made construction paper Grinchs and wrote how we would make the Grinch grin.

For social studies the next day, we watched a video on Brain Pop Jr about what a need is, what a want is, and their differences.  We sorted pictures into the two categories.  For art we made stockings, cut out pictures from magazines, and sorted them into needs and wants on the stockings.  You can get a Christmas Needs vs Wants freebie activity here.


Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by having a week full of Dr. Seuss related activities!  The first day we started by reading Cat in the Hat and Oh the Places You’ll Go.  We wrote about what we would do to get rid of the cat in the hat, and took pictures of ourselves and made them to look like the cat.  We also made and colored easy readers using the sight word “you”.

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We read one of my favorite Christmas stories to kick off our Christmas unit, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  We discussed the problem and solution of the story, created construction paper Grinches and wrote about how we would make the Grinch grin.

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Today was Arbor Day so we finished up our activities on sustainability and taking care of the environment.  We watched the modern version of The Lorax movie and wrote letters to mother earth.  We also made our own truffula trees out of tissue paper.

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To help celebrate Earth day we’ve been learning about recycling and how humans impact the environment this past week.  We read the story about the Lorax and how the Once-lers actions hurt the land and the animals around him.  We then also talked about the R’s of recycling, and sorted items based on whether they were trash or things to recycle.

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We also brainstormed ways that we could help take care of mother earth by making a list and then writing sentences.

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Today for Earth Day we took our list and made a poster as a class pledge to take better care of our earth.  Then we joined up with the 2nd/3rd grade class to do a Shaktoolik clean up!  Since it is still wintery and snowy out here in the arctic the clean up ended kind of short, but we still had fun!

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At the end of the day we made our own “mother earth” mascots that we will eventually hang up in the classroom once they are finished!

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We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas and discuss the problem and solution of the story.  Then we discussed the problem and solution.  Then we brainstormed ways to make the Grinch grin and wrote about our ideas on handmade Grinches.

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This post is a little late, been busy with lots of things around school with basketball and Spring Break.  At the beginning of this month we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday for a whole day of fun Seuss activities!

K-1 Class paired up with their 2nd and 3rd grade reading buddies and we made green eggs and created a whole graph illustrating whether we like green eggs or not.

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Then the whole school (Preschool – 12) met in the gym and older students read Dr. Seuss books to our younger students for Read Across America.

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Finally at the end of the day our K-1 class read the Lorax and made tissue paper Truffula trees and wrote about how we would speak for Mother Earth.  This is also a great Earth Day lesson but I decided to do it for Seuss Day this year because of his special birthday!

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As a whole group we read The Cat in the Hat as part of our year long Dr. Seuss unit that we are doing with the 2nd and 3rd graders.  As a whole group we discussed the rules that were broken in the book and how the kids weren’t supposed to have visitors while mom is out of the house.

We then broke up into our reading buddy groups and the students shared with each other rules they have at their house.  Then the students made their own houses out of construction paper and wrote a list of rules that moms and dads have at their house.

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Currently we are on the Who Am I, Where do I Go From Here in the Dr. Seuss school year plan.  This unit is about self discovery and celebration about individuality.  One of the books we read in our book list is “Oh the Thinks You Can Think”.  This book helps children feel confident to use their imagination and celebrate their ideas.  After we read the story we discuss some of the silly things we saw in the story.  Then students came up with their own silly animals that they could think of.

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Ok so if you’ve visited the Year Long Unit Plans page on my website; you will have noticed that we are doing a whole year long unit with Dr. Seuss’ Books.  The title of our unit is called “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”.  Well I found a whole section at Barnes and Nobles with “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” items.  Too bad I’m spending too much money right now trying to send my entire life up to Alaska.  I did however buy this:

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