Saturday, April 13, 2013

Seasonal Saturday: Earth Day Ideas!

{Happy Saturday!}

Today, I am so, so pleased to feature two fabulous teacher-authors and their creative literacy resources for celebrating Earth Day!
 Earth and Nature

First up is Christina from Krazy in Love With Kindergarten.  She along with teacher-friend Kathy, make up this dynamic duo who have over forty years of teaching experience! Both of them teach kindergarten but also have experience in grades K-3.  After you are finished hanging out here, pop on over to their cutie-patootie blog.

 Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 and if you're looking for a fun and relevant activity, check out Christina's Earth Day Sentence Puzzles!  
Highlights from this literacy packet include~
  •  Fourteen page packet for grades kindergarten to grade 3
  • Includes a total of (6) sentences in puzzle form for students to put together.
  • All sentences are about taking care of our Earth!
  • Includes recording sheets, follow-up practice pages, and (4) writing sheets.
  • A great hands-on activity that has kids writing, illustrating, cutting, and gluing!
This packet looks ideal for use in a literacy center or for small group instruction.  I would love to use this in my reading intervention groups!  You can check out the complete listing by clicking here.  
 Big Tree
Next is Jenn from the Teacher's Pay Teachers store 2nd Grade Snickerdoodles which offers over (60) resources for all elementary content areas for, well, 2nd grade!!  Jenn has a flair for creating book units and this week she submitted a resource for the book Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel and David Catrow.
One of the things I enjoy about Seasonal Saturdays is that I not only get to meet new friends, but I learn about new ideas and books.  I have not read this book, which by the way, looks like an excellent choice for Earth Day, but it is now on my wish list!!  It appears to be a more serious story about a beloved tree and also teaches readers about experiencing a loss.
 Highlights from this literacy packet include~
  • (32) pages of very thorough activities for grades first, second, and third.
  • Aligned to second grade CCSS
  • Promotes critical thinking skills
  • Includes printables for comprehension strategies such as inferring, predicting, questioning, and cause-effect.
  • The inferring chart included in the packet is a favorite of mine.  I love how Jenn includes quotes from the story and has students link their own thinking to make an inference.
  • Opinion writing
...and more!!! Click here to see the complete listing and to view the preview pages.
Want to learn more about this beautiful, tender story?  Click the pic below to view the book on Amazon.

I hope you enjoyed today's features as much as I did!  Have a beautiful weekend and I'll see you back here tomorrow where I will have a little FREEBIE just for you!
   **If you are interested in submitting a literacy or picture book seasonal item for me to feature, please complete the form here on Google Drive. I am now accepting submissions for April, spring, Arbor Day, Earth Day,National Library Week, May Day, Mother's Day, Children's Book Week, and Memorial Day.

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