Thursday, April 12, 2012

Insect planner

Hey Friends! I hope you are having a fabulous week.  The good news is tomorrow is Friday!  Can I get an amen? We are right in the middle of our insect unit.  You can click on the mini-planner below to see how I plan it out.   This mini planner includes the activities we do during our whole group reading/science instruction.



For those of you who are waiting on the  Common Core Essential Questions for First Grade, I promise I am almost finished.  I am so sorry that it has taken me so long.  Here's my confession....

Yep!!!  I could not put this book down and then I couldn't put book 2 or 3 down either!  
Oh, my word y'all they are sooooo good!  I've finished all 3 books and I'm so sad that they are over.  Someone contact Suzanne Collins and ask her to please write another one!!  
It is easy to see why my friend Tracee Orman's unit  is such a HUGE seller on TPT.
My team is divided at school  most of us loved the books but a few aren't fans.
If you've read the books I would love to hear your thoughts!


60 comments:

  1. Love the books and I actually enjoyed the movie! Can't wait for another book or the next sequel!

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  2. After hearing all the praise this book was receiving without knowing the plot I was all gungho to read the series this summer. Now that I know the premise of the series I am not so sure I can handle it.

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    1. Tricia, I felt the same way you do which is why it took me so long to finally pick up the books and start reading. The books don't go into too much detail about the violence (thank the Lord, because I don't like violence). I think the theme of the book (at least for me) is that it is a story of hope and that one person CAN make a difference.

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  3. Hi Deanna, I had the same problem, I was so addicted to the book that I read the book in a day! I waited a bit before I got the 2nd book, but now that I have it I'm sure I'll be glued to it as well...

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  4. My daughter feels the same way...she SO wants another book!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  5. I did the same thing...read the 1st one & then immediately downloaded and read the other two! They are awesome!
    Jen

    www.jenskinderkids.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the mini planner! I have your insect unit and plan to use it next year. Thanks for sharing!
    Connie
    welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  7. I am also a HUGE fan of those book. I didn't sleep for three weeks because I was staying up so late to read them! I could not put them down. I'm begging my husband to read them so we can talk about them. :) I also just saw the movie and was pleasantly surprised. I thought I'd be disappointed but they did a great job with the movie. I have to know, were you team Gale or team Peeta?
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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    1. Sarah, I have to say Gale is such a cutie in the movie! But...I am team Peeta for sure. His love for her is just so sweet! You?

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    2. Oh my gosh, Team Peeta all the way!! :D

      By the way, thanks for the shout-out, Deanna! :) No other book has been able to get freshmen and sophomore boys begging to begin English class before the bell rings and groaning when the period is over! I just wish I could spend the entire year on it! LOL

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  8. Yay! The mini planner is just in time...I bought this unit yesterday and planning to start it soon! :)

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  9. LOVE the series! I read the first book in like literally 5 hours :) I just couldn't put it down! And I thought the movie was fantastic! I heard that they are about to start filming for Catching Fire...soo excited! Oh, and definitely Team Peeta...although the actor that played him in the movie threw me off a little...wasn't quite how I imagined him :)

    Natalie
    TeacheryTidbits

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  10. I whizzed through those books during the summer. I don't know how you got anything done at while you were reading them! I am really impressed.

    Team Peeta!
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

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  11. I saw the trailer for the movie first and didn't really like the look of it right away. Then I heard good things about the books, so thought I would give them a try... I was HOOKED! I read them over Christmas break in three days... I even spent some of New Year's Eve reading! I was the dork at the party with a book... Haha! I really loved them. I saw the movie the day it came out too. The movie is not as good as the book, but I still enjoyed it.

    I also agree with Erica above... I *heart* Peeta! :)

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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  12. I've read all 3 books...after I opened the first one I was addicted! :) I really enjoyed the first 2, but I was a little disappointed with the 3rd book. I felt like there were a lot of loose ends that were just thrown together. The movie was great too. I have to agree with another commenter and say that Peeta wasn't what I had pictured in my mind. I would love to see another book too!

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  13. LOVED the books...didn't care for the movie. But...I must admit, I was one of THOSE people that went to the midnight showing with...a bunch of other TEACHERS! Talk about exhausted on Friday as we all struggled to get through the day on only a few hours of sleep. The experience was a fun one though.

    I finally got my husband reading them too :0)

    Team PEETA all the way.

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  14. Team Peeta!
    I have to admit I read the books over parent conference week. I know crazy. I didn't think I would get so hooked! I was a school late and then up to 2 or 3 reading the books because I couldn't put them down. My student teacher was half a book behind me and we talked about them all the time. Loved the movie! Can't wait for the next one.
    On another note, thanks for the insect unit. We are even raising butterflies.
    Michelle
    Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

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  15. I loved the first two but wasn't happy with the third one. It didn't go how I expected it too. And I really hated that she killed off some of the characters she did.

    On another note, me and two other kinder teachers from my school are coming to the I teach k conference this summer! We signed up for some of your classes and are so excited about hearing you!

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  16. I loved The Hunger Games series and was also sad to finish them. However, one of my friends recommended Divergent by Veronica Roth another series about a disutopian society. It is already in the works to become a movie and the second book in the series Insurgent comes out May 1st. After reading Divergent I actually prefer it over The Hunger Games. Check it out!

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    1. Oh I also preferred Divergent!

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    2. Oh I also preferred Divergent!

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    3. I like Divergent, just not as well. Maybe when she has the entire trilogy written I will like it better. I can't wait for Insurgent! I pre-ordered it.

      Have you read Delirium by Lauren Oliver? It is also a dystopian trilogy. book 2 is out (Pandemonium) but I haven't read it because I heard the ending is another cliffhanger like Catching Fire, and after waiting a year for Mockingjay, I decided to wait to read it closer to book 3.

      Matched by Allie Condie is pretty good, as well. The second book leaves you hanging, of course. What is with all these trilogies? They are killing me! LOL

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  17. I read (and loved!) books 1 and 2.. I've heard mixed things about 3, but I'll prob read it anyway!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. You must read all three! That's just my opinion of course, but you must read all three!

      Ashley
      Live2Learn

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  18. I enjoyed her other series better. Gregor the Overlander....a boy adventure through an underground world. They are not as fast paced, but the story is fabulous.

    Laurie
    ChickadeeJubilee.blogspot.com

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  19. I am in love with The Hunger Games! I took forever to "cave" in and read the series. I wish I had so much earlier. I love this conversation you got started I now have one new books to check out!

    Brittany
    Sweet Seconds

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  20. Wow all three! Holy Moley!

    Do you relate everything to the plot/story/characters in real life after being so submersed in the books? I think about it all the time and when I have only one of something and my two kids are looking at me...I just think...We could settle this in the arena!

    I keep saving my reading for my bedtime and then I wake up face down in my book an hour later. I am still on book 2. I fight so hard to stay awake and read it but school is wearing me right out! I am enjoying stretching the fabulous-ness out though!!!

    Haven't seen the movie and plan to wait until I have read them all.

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  21. Oh girl! I read them during spring break myself because a friend of mine recommended them to me (I really didn't want to see the movie because of the idea behind it!) By oh.my.word! I bought the first one and read it in one day. Then bought 2 and 3. Stayed up on Friday night until 2:00 in the morning to finish and book 3 I was up until 3:00 the next morning. I just HAD to find out how they would finish! Best books I've read in a really LONG time. And then it was even better because I went to see the movie on opening night! Movie did it justice!! I just love the idea of a girl who has the guts to stand up to the Capital for what she believes in and isn't afraid of the consequences because it's the right thing to do. And I love that she is totally unaware of how her actions have unified people around the Districts to stand up for how the government has mistreated them. I could go on forever, but I will stop there!

    You should check out 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth or 'Matched' and 'Crossed' by Allie Conde if you liked The Hunger Games that much. They are two other series of post-apocalyptic fiction I couldn't put down when I started reading!

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  22. I am a huge fan of those books! LOVE LOVE LOVE Hunger Games....and I was really pleased with the movie. It wasn't perfect but I felt like they did a great job. I am also Team Peeta...I just don't understand anyone who is Team Gale. ;-)

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    1. Oh my gosh - I completely agree with your Gale comment! How could they?? Peeta is soooo....Peeta! I just love him! I have a daily argument with one of my 17-year old students who is 100% team Gale. I'm trying to convert her and she's just infatuated with his looks. One day she'll see the light. LOL

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  23. Love those books! I read them before the movie and so did not picture the characters they have in the movie (especially Peeta). I am so Team Peeta! Book 3 was so hard for me, but I ended up LOVING it! The best series! I could so see a follow up! :)
    Thanks for the planner! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  24. Go Team Peeta!!! I read the books during spring break. I agree, I couldn't put the books away! I wasn't crazy about the movie but did enjoy it:) I am looking at your insect unit. Too cute! I used your dinosaur unit and I have never seen kids enjoy anything in their lives. Their Paleontologists were so adorable!
    Thanks for creating such awesome resources!
    Mrs. Sheehan

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  25. I've read the first book and seen the movie...I'm trying SO hard to get my hands on the second book, I just can't break down and spend $15 to buy it! Everyone tells me the second book is the best one!

    Love the insect resource! We are starting them later in April and any knd of craft I can associate with our learning is a winner in my kiddos eyes!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah
    www.thefabulousfirstgrade-sarah.blogspot.com

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    1. You can buy the book for the Kindle version for $7.70...I just downloaded it. I must wait until tomorrow night to begin reading or my kiddos may be teaching class tomorrow!! :)

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  26. This is my favorite book series of all time (and I LOVE to read!) I was all for Peeta while reading the books but I am afraid the actor they picked for the movie won't do it for me. He grows on you in the book too so I am still hopeful!
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  27. Hello Deanna, Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas!
    On the Hunger Games-my 3 daughters have told me over and over that I needed to read them, but I was not sure I would like them because of the violence and the idea of killing children. Well I have had it on my ipad since summer and over spring break my husband and I made a quick trip to Amarillo TX to see our daughters play softball. It was 6 1/2 hours there and 6 1/2 hours back and I read it outloud to him the whole way there and back. We finished at 3 in the morning! It kept us awake and we couldn't put it down! Good thing it was spring break because my voice was shot! He says he is ready for me to read book 2 to him! Now we are trying to decide if we want to see the movie or not. My daughters went and each of them had different reviews of it.
    I am giving you an AMEN for Friday-but we have Inservice-Yippee! Have a great weekend! Diane

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  28. I LOVED the first book. At first, the premise seemed so "not me" but ended up enjoying it a lot! The second book was good too, but not as good as the first. I did not care for the final book. Too much violence and not enough character development. I am still having nightmares about the lizard things... shudder.
    Katie
    Kindergarten Simplicity

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  29. I couldn't put the first book down either. I am getting ready to download the other 2 books. I only wish I had read the book before the hype of the movie...I like to create the characters in my mind. When I read the first book, I already knew how the characters looked and it ruined my creations. Weird I know. Now I need to watch the movie!!!
    Kiley
    Kindergarten in Indiana

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  30. I love The Hunger Games books! I am so glad I didn't discover the trilogy until all of them were available. I don't know what I would of done if I had to wait to read them! I have yet to see the movie, but I am dying to! As far as Team Peeta or Team Gale, I want to say I am Team Gale. However, I am not sure if that is because the actor who plays him the movie is such a cutie or not!

    Ashley
    Live2Learn

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  31. Read them all last year and loved them. Still trying to decide on the movie :)
    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

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  33. Deanna- Thanks for starting this post. Now I have some new books to add to my reading list. I read the Hunger Game Trilogy last year and could not put it down. My husband read the first one and we went to see the movie. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the movie followed the storyline of the book. However, like the other comments, Peeta is not what I visualized as I read the books. He grew on me in the movie though. Can't wait for the next one to come out.

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    1. He isn't what I visualized either but he definitely grew on me! I think that if you really think about his character in the book though you will realize that the movie character is actually perfect! Since Peeta was too shy to approach her all those years and just loved her from a distance then we know that he isn't going to be as gorgeous and confident as Gale.

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  34. Yikes! I am feeling behind the times. Shhhhhh don't tell anyone...I have only read the first book. Yikes! Call me crazy but for some reason I have a habit of only reading the first book of series. I only read the first Twilight, the first Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. Ok, I know it sounds bad I need to break this first book habit! I blame it on being a kinder teacher. The only series I read all the way through are Fancy Nancy, Splat The Cat, and Miss Bindergarten.

    Love your posts! I want to learn about praying mantises!

    Sheila

    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

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  35. I love The Hunger Games also. I am a huge Suzanne Collins fan and I read these books as she wrote them. It was horrible having to wait for the next one.
    You might want to read her Gregor the Overlander series. These are appropriate for elementary school age children, so I recommend them for all my young friends who want to read The Hunger Games, but are alittle too young.
    If you haven't read Unwind by Schulster...you might want to. It is just as gripping as The Hunger Games. Not for the faint of heart.
    Cindy
    kindergartenlovesme@blogspot.com
    kindergartenloves@gmail.com

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  36. Oh oh oh the Hunger Games. I read the books a few months ago...all 3 in the matter of 2 weeks or so! I saw the movie and cried right there IN the theatre. {hubs wasn't even surprised. he knew it would happen.} I totally forgive your tardiness. ;) lol

    Looking forward to your insect ideas. We'll be exploring crawly things soon!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  37. Hi Deanna,

    I have a question about your insect unit. How long do you spend each day on your lesson? I love the lesson plans you wrote above but it seems like the lesson for one day would take lots of time. Just trying to see how I could fit this in my schedule in two weeks time.

    Thanks!

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    2. Hi There, The planner shows what I do for my Whole Group Reading and science time which is a one hour block. It also includes Writer's Workshop (that's when the kids do their writing about the insects) and that's a 35 minute block of time.

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  38. I LOVE the HUNGER GAMES SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

    I LOVED THE BOOKS AND I LOVED THE MOVIE!!!


    P.S. I {heart} you too!
    -Rachelle
    What The Teacher Wants

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  39. I felt the exact same way with the Twighlight series...the books were great!!


    Michelle
    3amteacher@gmail.com

    The 3AM Teacher

    Visit The 3AM Teacher FB Page

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  40. I am in the middle of the second book, and I like it better than the first. My 18 yr old daughter read the series when it first came out, and she is a complete fan,and she has finally convinced me to read them. She has seen the movie 3 times. Love your insect unit!!

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  41. Reading a good book should always trump blogging! :-)

    Thanks for sharing your plans. this weekend, I'm attempting to nail down the fine details for the remaining five weeks of school. Wish me luck!
    ReadWriteSing

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  42. I read all three--finished them 3 weeks ago. I loved the first one---incredibly intense, so well written, and so many things made me think. I was so glad to have the second one in hand as soon as I finished the first one---so much happened in the last 2 chapters, I needed to be able to start the second one immediately. Then I hsd to wait a few days before I got the third one (a friend of mine was loaning me all three, but had to wait till another friend was finished with the last one)---couldn't believe it after the last sentence in the second book! And YES, Deanna, the books have 'stayed with me' and SO many things make me flash back to the books as if it was an experience I lived through rather than a book I read. Especially the news. And although I didn't love the last book the way I did the first one, I felt as if the author chose the most realistic way to end it as possible.

    Unbelievable.

    Thank you again for your posts--it does make me feel so much like we would be kindred spirits if we met (an Anne of Green Gables reference), but for now, I consider you a 'blogging friend'. (and speaking of blogging...since I finished the books before spring break, at least I was able to use a day to add a page or two to my neglected blog baby :) ).

    Have a joyful Sunday!
    Liesl
    beachliesl@yahoo.com
    http://wildworldofkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  43. Love all your ideas for incests! Fireflies are my favorite and we don't have them in Nevada. My mom is an author and she wrote Firefly Mountain (based on a true experience we had in Smokey Mountain National park). When she has book signings she always takes a craft. For fireflies we use glow in the dark paint on the tail of a wooden spoon (or tagboard cut out) and wax paper for wings. They turn out so cute!

    Terri Izatt
    tizatt@ecsdnv.net

    PS forgot to say my mom is Patricia Thomas (she also wrote Stand Back Said the Elephant I'm Going to Sneeze and Nature's Paintbox and others).

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  44. I just finished the 3rd book myself! Good stuff.

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  45. Thanks for the insect planner Deanna. I can't wait to start reading The Hunger Games. I haven't read any of them. I am finishing up my National Boards renewal by the end of this month and then I'm going to take time for just me and read those books. About your Common Core Essential Questions...Have you already posted the ones for Kindergarten or are you just doing first grade? Thanks for all you do!

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  46. I also read all 3 books in about a week. I couldn't put it down and just last week my 17 year old daughter and I went to the movies together for the first time in years (she's too cool to be with mom). We loved every minute of the movie.
    Lisa

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  47. I also loved the books. I read them within 3 days and pulled an all nighter on one of them because I could not put it down. Lucky for me it was my Spring Break. My husband and daughter had been trying to get me to read them but I waited until the movie came out and then we got to see the movie.
    Rosa

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