We Love Pigeon! Mo Willems Author Study

We have been learning alllllllll about Mo Willems this week and what author study would be complete without Pigeon?!

We started the author study on Monday learning a little bit about Mo Willems and then throughout the week we read *almost* all of the Pigeon books (Pigeon Needs a Bath is still en route via Scholastic Book Clubs)!

We completed a bunch of activities to help us dig a little deeper into Mo's funnier than funny books. I snapped a few pics:

The kids were pretty darn good at coming up with things Pigeon was thinking in "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!"

Then we summarized "Pigeon Wants a Puppy!" ^I just loved this little one's illustrations!

and in "Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog" we thought of some adjectives to describe Pigeon and provided evidence from the text to support our answers.


Today I thought it would be fun to make our cute little pigeon crafts!


Next week we will be diving into Elephant and Piggie and Knuffle Bunny with more fun!

All of the fun we did above is from my Mo Willems Author Study that I uploaded a few weeks ago:


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Close Reading in 1st Grade - Summer Edition

This teacher has a BIG smile on her face for lots of reasons.

First and foremost, THIS:

Parker and I found out last Tuesday that we were having a BOY!! Our sweet little Theo will be arriving in early October and I literally have not stopped smiling since we found out.
:) :) :)

The second reason I just plain giddy these days is because my students took their end of the year diagnostic tests online and the vast majority of them did AH-MAZING! I am so proud of them. This year I teach in a high poverty, title one school and it was quite the learning curve for me coming from a very affluent, high-performing school in Las Vegas. Many of the skills and standards I taught at the beginning of the year were geared towards early Kindergarten, but these kids have just blown me away with what they were able to accomplish in just 8 short months.

Okay, short bragging session over, but I am sure you other 1st grade teachers can relate to that proud, proud feeling that you get as you see your kiddos get ready for 2nd grade. It is truly remarkable!

Onto what this post was supposed to be about... CLOSE READING! I had been hoping to get my Summer pack out earlier, but just couldn't get around to finishing it/uploading it until last night, so I apologize for the delay. My kids have been working on a few different passages the past two weeks.

For non-fiction we went with parrots:

and for fiction I chose a story that had a "cliff-hanger" ending:

My highest two groups are just pros at this skill by now and I just sat back and snapped a few photos as they read and re-read their passages with their pencils and highlighters in hand:

As always, we went over some vocabulary and used evidence from the text to answer questions about our non-fiction parrots text:

Our fiction story was a little trickier this week as we had to make a big prediction and put our inferencing skills to the test:

While we probably won't complete ALL of the stories in this summer-themed pack, I will be sending home quite a few of them for the summer! The kids are well-trained in how to respond to the questions, so I am hoping a little practice with these skills over the summer will keep them sharp!


Nonfiction texts included:
- Parrots
- Dolphins
- The Sun
- Ice Cream
- Independence Day

Fiction texts included:
The Sandcastle Contest - a story about a boy who enters a sandcastle contest and eagerly awaits the announcement of who wins
Look What I Caught! - a story about a boy who finds a big, red crab at the beach and doesn't understand why his mom and sisters aren't as excited as he is
Learning to Swim - a story about a boy who gets scared in the middle of his swim lessons and makes him mom very proud
My Summer Vacation - a story about a girl who overcomes her fear of flying to vacation in Hawaii
Pool Party - a story about a girl who is about to throw a big pool party when all of a sudden a storm threatens to ruin it

For those of you who have tried my close reading passages, I hope you and your students have enjoyed them! My students have shown so much growth and I hope yours have too!

If you want to grab all the passages for the whole year, check out below:

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The End is Near!!

It is that time of year people...

the sun is shining, schools in the south and west have only a few short weeks left and we have a couple more weeks after that!

It is THE END OF THE YEAR!

I get giddy around this time.

I can feel the summer right around the corner, I become nostalgic about this year, I look at the growth of my students and get excited for them to be second graders, and I get stressed about my littles who haven't made as much growth as I would've preferred.  Overall, it is a joyous time of year!

One of my good friends, Michelle,  from Vegas shared this picture with me last week that brightened up my day:


One of the first grade teachers did these little "end of the year experts" with her kids and they came out SO CUTE!!! I was so excited. My class will be completing this in a couple more weeks and I can't wait to see what they are proud of!

These cute little guys n gals come from my Writing Through the Seasons (Summer) pack. It has the perfect amount of writing prompts and activities to get your students writing through the end of the year and into the summer!

I also want to remind those who don't know that there is a biiiiiiiiig sale on TPT starting tomorrow! It is the Teacher Appreciation Sale and it lasts all Tuesday and Wednesday! Everything in my store will be 20% off and if you use the TPT discount code, you will get another 10% off!

Just click the adorable link below to visit my store:
^Thank you, Amy, for the button!^

Last, but not least, I am working my hardest to finish this by Wednesday, but it might not happen until the weekend, so be on the lookout:

Enjoy the week!
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