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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kindergarten Opinion Writing: If I Had Animal Teeth




I have been working hard with my Kinders on their writing skills. We have been focusing on writing in complete sentences, proper use of capitalization and punctuation, phonetic spelling and above all organizing and expanding our ideas. This is seriously HARD work for 5-6 year olds! 

I LOVE "Opinion Writing" because my students have LOTS of opinions that they are always ready to share. Seriously, once you start a topic - they can go on and on.  The hard part is explaining why they feel the way they do. That's what we've been working on. 

Our recent foray into Opinion Writing was inspired by the awesome book What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle. 




We read the book as part of our Dental Health Unit and it easily led to discussion about which animal's teeth we wished we could have. 

From Beavers

and bats,

to snakes,

sharks

and elephants tusks too. 

Didn't those turn out adorable? 
YES, they did!

After a bit of brainstorming together and sharing our initial ideas within small groups, my students started writing. Our first drafts are always in our completed in our writing journals. It's a great way to save all our work and see how the students' writing progresses throughout the year.

I gave my students a basic framework (see below) to use but they are always free to adapt it and write the story their own way as long as it meets our objective. 

If I Had _______ Teeth
I wish I had _____ teeth.
I think having ______ teeth would be _____  because _______ . 
I would ___________ with my teeth.
My teeth would be ____________ . 
It would be fun to have _________ teeth. 

Providing a framework like the one above helps my Kindergarteners organize their ideas. We are working on moving from writing sentences to telling a story with our sentences. It's been hard to get them to move away from writing things like "because I like it" or "because it's cool" to really explaining why they like it. It's all about the details. Boy, do I ever use that word a lot when we are writing. My students know I LOVE details. 

Here are a few examples of some of our completed opinion writings:





Have fun Opinion Writing!
Bern

Sunday, February 22, 2015

#DisneySide Villain Party Finger Foods

We had such a wonderful #DisneySide Villains PartyThe Lil Divas and I had so much fun prepping together. We wanted something that was easy to prep but also foods that our guests would enjoy. We came up with some fun villain themed snacks that were easy to prep and tasty to eat. 


Here's a closer look:

Cruella's Mini (Hot) Dogs
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls & Hillshire Farms Turkey Lit'l Smokies


Maleficent's Spinning Wheel Spears
Toothpick spears w/salami, cheedar sheese & black olives


The StepSisters Wicked Chips & Dip
Simply Balanced Blue Corn Organic Tortilla Chips & salsa


The Evil Queen's (Non) Poisonous Red Apples


Jafar's Mini (Cheese) Spears
Cheetos - the crunchy ones would make awesome staffs 
due to their shape but the Lil Divas preferred these.


Mother Gothel's (Chocolate) Kisses
Dark Chocolate & Milk Chocolate Hershey's Kisses


Ursula's Purple Ink Punch
Grape juice & 7-Up (equal parts mixed)




It was all a BIG hit &
super easy for us to put together.


Stay tuned for our #DisneySide Villain Party post
& be sure to check out our Party Box reveal.

How do you show your #DisneySide?
Bern

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. Thank you to Disney Parks and MomSelect for this opportunity. This is not a paid sponsorship. All ideas shared and opinions expressed are my own. 

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We're Hosting a #DisneySide Home Celebration!

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. Thank you to Disney Parks and MomSelect for this opportunity. This is not a paid sponsorship. All ideas shared and opinions expressed are my own.

Woohoo! 
This Disney-loving family 
is super excited to announce that
we're hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration!



Here's a little SNEAK PEEK into our box of goodies -


Want to know our Party theme? 
It's a Disney Villains Tween Party!

We're going a bit WICKED and showing our 
Disney DARK Side!

Our Villains Party box included the following:


The Lil Divas & I are so excited about our upcoming party.

Let's be honest, 
there are two sides to every story
& every good fairytale needs a villain.

Disney's villains are kind of hard not to like (at least a little)
so it's going to be lots of fun taking a walk on the wicked side
& exploring the Dark Side of our #DisneySide.

Be sure to STAY TUNED for our upcoming party post!

Sometimes it's just more fun to be wicked!
Bern


Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. Thank you to Disney Parks and MomSelect for this opportunity. This is not a paid sponsorship. All ideas shared and opinions expressed are my own. 

* This post contains Amazon affiliate links to some of the products received.