Fall Fact and Opinions! (Part 1)

by becky on November 1, 2015

Happy Fall! I can’t believe it’s already November. I feel like I say that all the time. I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like August-December are always so busy with one thing after another, that as soon as school starts in August, I’m virtually MIA until Winter Break. I’m really making an effort to balance my school life with real life this year and it’s helping me get through the stress of teaching.

#realtalk— I started a different position this year in a new building. I’m now a 3rd Grade general education teacher. In a nutshell, I love it. I love third grade, I love the vibe of my new building, and I love my kiddos. It’s definitely the most emotionally charged position I’ve had. The students in this building are low poverty and many have very sad childhood experiences. I do feel like I’m making a big difference in their lives and it’s honestly my whole reason for becoming a teacher 13 years ago. But, teaching is teaching, and like everyone else in the profession, I’m doing what I can to survive all the changes and new expectations. #thestruggleisreal

I wanted to share a picture of my bulletin board back in September. Our school theme is Superheroes and I shrank the adorable templates Deanna Jump has in her store. Students then completed a back to school getting to know you/goals form and I attached them underneath. It looked super cute and parents loved them.

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Well, unlike past school years, I did NOT change my hallway displays until just this past week. Totally not how I usually do things. But, when you are in a new school, with a new grade, different expectations, and 26 little friends demanding all your attention and energy, hallway work gets put on the back burner.

However, I decided to plan three main hallway projects in the past few weeks. Today I’m going to talk about the Fall Fact and Opinions research and projects my kiddos completed this week.

For some reason, the skill of identifying Facts from Opinions has been an extremely difficult concept for them to grasp. I decided to combine Reading, Science, and Writing into the following lesson.

I always like to start with the end in mind. I decided I wanted to assign students a Fall themed topic to have them research and learn about. They would list different facts they learned about the topic, create opinions on the same topic, and finally make a cute project to hang above their learning. Then, came the task of deciding which topics to focus on. I have a student who doesn’t celebrate holidays so I made sure to choose topics that were generic to the season. I finally decided on Pumpkins, Apples, Spiders, and Bats. I’ll be honest, the next thing I did was look up projects to make. Here’s what I came up with— the best part is that most of them are posted as freebies. Check them out below.

appleThis cutie was posted by Michelle from Smitten With First and can be downloaded here

 

batI’m sure you’ve seen this adorable bat from A Cupcake for the Teacher, but if not, go download this freebie here

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This freebie was made by Susan Jones and can be found here

I only used one set of the included eyes (just an fyi)

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Finally, this pumpkin is part of Jennifer’s “Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere” file. I actually tweaked this one and used the same eyes, stem, and leaves from the Apple Craft above. I do love how it turned out. Click here for Jennifer’s (First Grade Blue Skies) file.

Tomorrow I’ll be back to explain the scope and sequence of the lesson plans. Hopefully, you found some cute craft ideas you can use with your class. I’ll tell you this much–they¬†turned out great!

Til then, have a great day!

Becky

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