ABC Order Scoot

ABC Order Shoot from Kat and SquirrelStudents will practice ABC order by playing a fun and active game. Alphabetical order is an essential skill for mastering the task of accessing reference material.

Goals:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.4e Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2g Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4d Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

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The Dugout Dilemma – Physical Science Unit for Second Grade

Dugout Dilemma - Physical Science Unit for Second GradeThis is an interactive story with pauses after each ‘chapter’ to allow students and teachers time to plan, investigate, research, test materials, record observations, and make conclusions.

All lessons are introduced by a continuing story about Kat and Squirrel’s goofy adventures while at baseball practice. The lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for second grade (see next page). And the lessons have been created by an experienced elementary teacher.

The timing will depend upon how long and how often you have science class, but would most likely take 2-3 weeks. This could also be integrated into the reading/language arts curriculum very easily with a few creative teacher additions.

Goals of the lesson

NGSS Aligned

2-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

2-PS1-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
[Clarification Statement: Observations could include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility. Patterns could include the similar properties that different materials share.]

2-PS1-2. Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.*
[Clarification Statement: Examples of properties could include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of quantitative measurements is limited to length.]

2-PS1-3. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object. [Clarification Statement: Examples of pieces could include blocks, building bricks, or other assorted small objects.]

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Camping Science – Sound and Light Unit for First Grade

Camping_ScienceKat and Squirrel Go Camping This is an interactive story with pauses after each ‘chapter’ to allow students and teachers time to research topics (nonfiction paired articles are included!), conduct experiments (teacher and student directions included!), do demonstrations (detailed instructions included!), discuss vocabulary (vocab. cards are included!), record observations and conclusions (recording sheets included!), and even play a fun game (rules and graphics included!). All lessons are introduced by a continuing story about Kat and Squirrel’s goofy adventures while on a camping trip. The lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for first grade. And the lessons have been created by an experienced first-grade teacher. The timing will depend upon how long and how often you have science class, but would most likely take 2-3 weeks. This could also be integrated into the reading/language arts curriculum very easily with a few creative teacher additions.
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Goals of the lesson

NGSS Aligned 1-PS4 Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer Students who demonstrate understanding can:

1-PS4-1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate. Clarification Statement: Examples of vibrating materials that make sound could include tuning forks and plucking a stretched string. Examples of how sound can make matter vibrate could include holding a piece of paper near a speaker making sound and holding an object near a vibrating tuning fork.

1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated. Clarification Statement: Examples of observations could include those made in a completely dark room, a pinhole box, and a video of a cave explorer with a flashlight. Illumination could be from an external light source or by an object giving off its own light.

1-PS4-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Clarification Statement: Examples of materials could include those that are transparent (such as clear plastic), translucent (such as wax paper), opaque (such as cardboard), and reflective (such as a mirror).

*Not included in this unit: (But wouldn’t this be a great time to do it?) You could have your students write another chapter to the story where Kat and Squirrel get separated and need to devise a way to find each other. Oooooh, the possibilities….

1-PS4-4. Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. Clarification Statement: Examples of devices could include a light source to send signals, paper cup and string “telephones,” and a pattern of drum beats.

Halloween Haunted House Party: Game – Art – Math, Reading and Vowel Lessons

Kat and Squirrel Halloween Haunted House PartyKat and Squirrel are on another adventure! Today they need to pick up the VIP guest for the Haunted House Halloween Party.

Make your Halloween Haunted House Party complete with:

The Game

The Math Lesson (Grades 1 & 2)

The Reading Lesson (Grades 1 & 2)

The Vowel Lesson (Grades 1 & 2)

The Halloween Artwork

(See details on each below)


The Game:

Kat and Squirrel PumpkinsTime for some Halloween Fun! OBJECT OF THE GAME Players must collect each of the six party guests by landing on each guest’s “home” space. The player must collect 15 pieces of candy. After completing both tasks, the player must proceed to the Haunted House at the middle of the game board to deliver the guests to the party.

Kat and Squirrel Haunted House Game


Kat and Squirrel GhostThe Math Lesson:

1st Grade Goals
Operations and Algebraic Thinking 1.OA
Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
Work with addition and subtraction equations.    
Measurement and Data 1.MD Represent and interpret data.
2nd Grade Goals
Operations and Algebraic Thinking 2.OA 
Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Add and subtract within 20.
Measurement and Data 2.MD    
Represent and interpret data.
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Kat and Squirrel VampireThe Reading Lesson:

1st Grade Goals
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonological Awareness Phonics and Word Recognition
2nd Grade Goals
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonics and Word Recognition

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Kat and Squirrel SpiderThe Vowel Lesson:

1st Grade Goals
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonological Awareness Phonics and Word Recognition
2nd Grade Goals
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonics and Word Recognition
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Kat and Squirrel WitchThe Artwork:

Halloween theme art for your classroom Includes: Haunted House, Pumpkin Patch, Mad Scientist’s Lab, Graveyard, Spider Web, Witches’ Wood, Vampire Cave, Pumpkins, Mad Scientist, Ghosts, Spiders, Witches, Bats, Vampires and the Grim Reaper.

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Stars Classroom Theme Artwork – Part 1

Star Classroom Theme ArtworkThis contains what you’ll need to set up your star-themed classroom:

  • 17 pages of original artwork that you can cut out to use on bulletin boards or work stations
  • 9 table tents each in a different color to label desk groups, work stations, or centers
  • 9 “Happy Birthday” cards, each in a different color
  • 9 pages of stationary with beautifully patterned backgrounds
  • 18 pages of framed letterhead (9 landscape, in 9 colors) (9 portrait, in 9 colors) to print your own message in the middle for wall signs, anchor charts, or notes home
  • 9 pages of smaller framed letterhead in 9 colors to print your own message in the middle
  • 8 colors of primary desk plates to label students’ desks with their names or print on magnetic paper for a name sorting activity
  • 8 colors of intermediate desk plates to label students’ desks with their names or print on magnetic paper for a name sorting activity
  • 8 bookmarks with original artwork
  • 5 classroom posters: “Shoot for the Moon”, “_________ All-Stars”, “Out of this World __________”, “What’s for Lunch?”, and ” Where Do We Go After School?”

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Bulletin Board – Wonder Wall

Wonder WallGoals for the Wall

A “Wonder Wall”, described in the book A Place to Wonder by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough, is a place where people can post thoughts that make them wonder.   It is a perfect place to get to know the gaps in your students’ background knowledge and a great way to gain insight into topics that are important to your students.  This is a springboard for authentic discussion and research.

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Lesson – What’s the big idea? (Literary Themes)

What's the Big Idea? Literary Themes Lesson (Star DesignConcepts to Be Covered
Literary Themes

Goals for the Lesson
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Kat and Squirrel are helping the librarian find book titles for her yearly literary theme party. Kat and Squirrel soon realize that they haven’t read nearly enough books! Please help them find some book titles for each theme. Write down the evidence in case the librarian asks why each book was chosen. This party will be a blast if only they can find enough books.

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