Winter So. Cal Blog Hop & Giveaway

I am so excited to be joining a fabulous group of bloggers from sunny Southern California to bring you....

I love winter in Southern California! The weather is usually cool and crisp, but NOT too cold that you can't be outside playing some baseball (yes, we play it year round here) or enjoying the outdoors. 

Hikes in the nearby mountains are always a family favorite!

Although we love our So. Cal winters, it is sometimes fun to visit other cities. This winter we took a family trip to the amazing city of Chicago! My kids got to experience snow falling and daily temperatures below 32 degrees. It was an incredible trip and a wonderful experience for my kids.

With the New Year upon us, it is always a time to reflect and carve a path for this coming year. 
I hope I can help you start your New Year off right with this little FREEBIE! These pages are a great compliment to my Math Interactive Notebooks and Word Problem Math Task Cards.

After you grab your free goodies and enter our fabulous Rafflecopter giveaway, continue the hop by heading over to visit my fellow blogging buddy, Shelly, at Smiling and Shining in 2nd Grade!

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MLK Activities and a FREEBIE

It's hard to believe it is 2016 and we are already half way through January! I just went back to work this week. We had an incredible three week vacation and now reality has set in. My teacher planning wheels are in full gear. 

We jumped in with both feet and started learning about Martin Luther King Jr. I was able to get some of the activities done that I had planned, but our learning is going to continue for several weeks. Tolerance and acceptance of others is not a one month lesson! 

I started off the week by reading this book about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. It was just the right amount of informational text for my kiddos. I hooked them, but didn't lose their interest! Win-win!

Then I used the vocabulary cards from my Martin Luther King Jr. packet to help with comprehension and understanding. We followed up with a vocabulary review page that we used in our ELA interactive notebooks.

As we were reading different books about MLK's life, we created this classroom timeline. It is a great visual reference for my students. I have seen several of them getting up and checking the timeline while they are working on follow up activities. A teacher's dream! 

We also started working on a paper bag interactive books about MLK's life. Oh, how the kids L-O-V-E-D this activity. It was engaging and meaningful because they were in the process of learning about MLK's life. I prepped and stapled the paper bags ahead of time for the kids. They colored and cut each of the parts. Then, as a class, we assembled the books, so there was little room for error.

All these activities can be found in my Martin Luther King Jr. packet

And now it's time for a FREEBIE. Here is a True and False Flap Book to kick start or add to your Martin Luther King Jr. activities. It can be completed whole group, in partners, or independently depending on your group of students. Use the link above or click on the picture to download your copy.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend!