Owls, Plants, and Last Week's Plans

20 April 2013

I just finished a big 84 page Owl themed Literacy and Math Packet.  It has editable pages and is Common Core Aligned!  I am trying this new thing where I put the standards on the worksheets.  Let me know what you think of that.  My teammates suggested it and I thought it was a good idea.  The reason my visual plans were not done last week is because I started by making a little Search/Read/Write the Room and then it just snowballed!   Owls are just so cute!   My students learned about "ow" and "ou" diphthongs and I thought owls tied in well.   I ordered this book and I hope it is good, I not get to read it yet.  Do you have any favorite owl themed books?

 The art center above is included in the packet.

I made these posters probably 10 or 9 years ago!  I have plans to make a packet of these and word family houses to sell...it is just on my never ending "To Do List." 

On to plants!
I love Brain Pop Jr. and my kids love it, too.  They love the music and they love how they always end with Moby doing something funny.   We watched Parts of a Plant on Friday and Plant Life Cycle.  Great, quick, and educational! 

Here are a few read alouds utilized during the week.

Here are the plant packets I am using for my plant unit.  I loved seeing the predictions my students had for the seeds they planted.  A nice variety of predictions!  We even joked around about how we definitely could not grow a bird or ladybug.  The book How a Seed Grows says that it takes at least three days for a bean plant to grow.  Three days past and no sprouts, so some kids deduced that we did not plant bean plants!  I love when they make connections! 

The unit on the left is by my friend, Lindsey, The Teacher Wife.  My unit is on the right.  

Here is a little freebie that I made.  I like to hold all of the students' work for a theme unit in one folder.  It just makes it easier to find and for them to catch up on work if they are pulled for services or absent.  Also, if they finish work early they can decorate their folders.  Click the image to download the page along with my plans for the week.  

Here are my plans for last week!  Sorry they are so late.

*This plan book format is called "Erica."  Click here to check it out in Ms. M's A Teacher's Plan Store.
**My visual plans are inspired by DeeDee Wills' visual plans.  I am linking up with her again this week. 


  1. I love the owl pack! I added it to my wishlist and am hoping I can fit it in this year.:) I have also really loved your read the room activities. Give my kiddos clipboards and they are happy!:)

    1. Amber, send me your email! Comment number two wins it! I like to randomly give some packets away to people who take the time to comment.

    2. Yay! Thanks. Alanda7256@comcast.net. I can't wait to put it to use. You do such great stuff!:)

  2. Jonathan Allen has some super cute owl books ... I'm Not Cute! I'm Not Ready! I'm Not Scared! I'm Not Reading! I'm Not Sleepy! Fuzzy little owl ... he's adorable.
    I think Little Owl's Night might be on WeGiveBooks.org. It's by Divya Srinivasam. LOVE the eyes.

  3. I love your ideas! Do you have a spot where I could download all of your visual lesson plans? I would love to take some time this summer finding some new ideas for next year. Thanks for your hard work and for sharing!!

    1. Thank you and you are welcome! If you click on the tab for visual plans it will lead you to all the posts.


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