Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Penguins {Nonfiction & Fiction}

It's back to the real world tomorrow!  I know tomorrow morning is going to be ROUGH.  I have been sleeping in until at least 7:30 and tomorrow, the alarm clock will be set again for 5:00 am.  Going back after a break is always sooooooooo hard.  I will actually have to get out of my pj's before sunrise and I won't be able to go and get my almost daily white peppermint mocha's from Starbucks.  On a good note, cabinet installation on our kitchen is suppose to start tomorrow.  Wahoo! 
So, since it's a 3 day week, we aren't going to start a new week in our reading series.  Instead, we will be doing lots of review and getting back into the swing of things.  I decided that we would be using Penguins as our theme this week.  We will be learning about penguins and doing tons of nonfiction reading activities.  You can download those for FREE by clicking on the picture below.
Since we are going to be learning about penguins, I decided to use Tacky the Penguin books to do some "fiction" activities as well. 
I created this Fun with Fiction {Penguins} unit to help us review our comprehension skills.
Many of these graphic organizers can be used for any penguin themed nonfiction book, but some of them are geared towards Tacky the Penguin.

 

 
I really enjoy teaching about penguins so I'm hoping that these units will help us transition back into the school year with ease.
Do you head back tomorrow or are you off for the rest of the week?
 
 

20 comments:

Rachel Seymour said...

Thanks for the cute penguin freebie!

We're off till Monday! :)

Rachel
A-B-Seymour

Reagan Tunstall said...

Looks fabulous!!

Mrs. McHaffie said...

cute, cute!

Jess said...

I just added your penguin unit to my wish list. I'm not yet thinking about going back to school. I have until January 7th. Good luck tomorrow!
Rambling About Reading

Faith Wheeler said...

Thanks for the cute penguin freebie. We report back tomorrow and our kiddos come back Thursday. White chocolate mocha is one of my favorites! I may have to make time now to grab one tomorrow morning :)

Success in First said...

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for the cute penguin freebie. We start back on Thursday, January 3rd. Hope your first day back is great!!

Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

Tacky-my favorite odd bird! THANKS for sharing!

Chrissy said...

Your penguin packets look great! They're on my wishlist. We don't go back till the 14th (furlough days) but we'll be starting penguins then. Have a happy new year!
Chrissy
First Grade Found Me

Ms.M from Teachingisagift said...

I feel for you having to go back! I identify with the almost once a day peppermint lattes.... I don't go back until Monday but I already said to my husband "Let's go for coffee everyday, because I won't be able to do that once I go back to school!" I love your penguins and I think they are great for back to school this time of year...I would like to invite you to come and link up at the New Year Linky Party I am hosting on my blog at http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca/2012/12/2013-new-year-linky-party.html! There are lots of great ideas you can download and while you are there you might consider becoming one of my newest followers...I am trying soooo very hard to get to 100 before school starts next week...and things get super hectic again! Regardless, please come and join us!
Happy New Year!

Kristy said...

Thank you for sharing this penguin freebie!
Teachin' First

Shelly Sitz said...

Your penguin unit looks adorable!

Shelly
Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

Le@rning Out Loud said...

Very cute! Love the unit - thank you for sharing!

Diana :)-(
Le@rning Out Loud

Becky said...

Thanks for the cute penguin freebie!

I had to go back today. It was rough to wake up early again since I have been sick and wanting to rest, but the kiddos were actually really great today, so it was a good day.

I hope you had a good first day back!

Becky
Compassionate Teacher
http://compassionate-teacher.blogspot.com/

Jennifer said...

I go back next week. No half week for us. :-( Have fun and good luck waking up at 5:00 AM. I will be in the same boat next week. :-/

Jennifer
Darling Little Learners

shamraiz said...

How do you make your own fonts??? I'm a newer blogger and trying to get on this awesome creativity train with everyone!!
Plastic card Printing

Jennifer @ Simply Kinder said...

Thanks for the great freebie! I am going to share with my readers!

Jen from Simply Kinder

Ms. Kerri said...

Thanks for sharing the freebie. Love it! I love your stuff.
Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Klass

Linda P said...

Thank you for the freebie! So cute! I am in 2nd, but know I can still use this cute unit! We went back this week - looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!

Laura Ado said...

Thanks for the freebie! So jealous of you teachers who go back tomorrow! :) We went back Wednesday and had indoor recess all week! Kids were bouncing off the walls!

Laura

Sue said...

I can't imagine going back last week, ..ugh! So glad to recharge the batteries for full two week and go back tomorrow. Love your penguin unit. I have always used the TACKY series of books and the kids enjoy them so much. Have a great week and year, love your stuff! Sue at betwixthomeandschool.blogspot.com

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