Plant Freebies, Cinquain Poetry, & Dirty Word Work

As promised, here are a few plant themed literacy & math activities for you!  Sorry I didn’t post them last night…I fell asleep…fully clothed!!!!…at 8:30 and didn’t get out of bed to change into my jammies until sometime around 2 a.m.!  All those late, sleepless nights caught up to me!!! Click on the pics for the downloads :)

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Graphics courtesy of Scrappin Doodles

I don’t have too many station activities because I’ve been using everything from Kelly & Diane’s Plenty of Plants Unit!  I was in a pinch on Sunday night…I spent the whole weekend celebrating my just turned 3-year-old and didn’t devote much time to planning! Yikes!  I quickly clicked “buy” and can I just tell y’all…saved.my.LIFE!!!!!   Ohmiword…a definite MUST.HAVE if you’re studying plants!  Love it all!!!  My kids are loving it all, too!

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Since we’re studying plants AND the oi/oy spelling pattern, I decided it would be fun to do some dirty word work this week, too!  I stole took some soil from Mr. Spouse and filled up a few different baking sheets with it and had the kids practice writing their “oi” words in SOIL :)  They loved getting dirty!!!

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We’re also using our fake COINS to practice writing “oi” words, too!

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We’re still LOVING poetry and this week I decided to introduce cinquain poems. {Speaking of which…how do y’all say that?!  sin-KWAYNE or sin-CANE???}  Anywho…we read several kid created cinquains and then learned all about how they’re created.  The same day I introduced the soil for word work, we made a cinquain about soil, too.  We brainstormed adjectives, action {‘ing’} words, and how it made us feel.  It was great for practice!  They really loved brainstorming together, so I thought it would be fun for them to make one of their own.  Cinquains are pretty tricky for first graders, so I knew they needed a planning sheet where they could write out their thoughts and create a rough draft BEFORE giving me a final product. This really made them think about the differences between adjectives and verbs and helped them organize their thinking.  After I helped them proofread and edit, we created these little cuties…

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Our topic was “plants”.  I let them choose the type of plant they wanted to describe & write about.  Our little version of a first grade cinquain!  They did pretty darn good, too!  Click the pic to download the planning sheets & cinquain template.

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Some fonts by http://misstiina.com

Clipart courtesy of Scrappin’ Doodles

I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting, but I can hear my boys wrestling in bed right now, so I’m gonna head out and make sure they don’t break anything…or each other!  HA!!!!

76 comments:

  1. WOW...thanks for all the freebies!

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  2. Um, WOW.

    You are AMAZING! These are some seriously fantastic freebies that I cannot WAIT to use in my classroom. Thank you SO much for sharing them, and especially for free! I'm a new teacher and free stuff just makes me so happy! Thank you!!!

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  3. Thanks for the great freebies!!

    heathernnance@yahoo.com

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  4. Everything is adorable! Thanks for the lovely freebies. :)

    teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

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  5. Wonderful freebies - thank you oodles!

    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  6. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love your creations! Thanks for sharing these. You are such an inspiration!
    Lisa

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  7. Loving the freebies! Thanks :) I think we'll use the cinquain goodies for poems about animals!

    Melissa
    Todayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  8. Love the freebies! Thank you so much :)

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  9. Wow......thanks for the freebies! You are great! Do you use Word to create your stuff or do you use a different program? YOur things are lovely.

    Lori @
    bee-the-change.blogspot.com

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  10. Thank you for the great freebies! Love them! I'll be spending this weekend celebrating my son's 2nd birthday-so you saved me some planning time for next week! ;) THANKS!!! :)

    Angie
    Rulin' the Roost

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  11. Love, love, love these!!! Thank you!

    Amy
    Krazy About Kiddos

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  12. L.O.V.E!!! You are so sweet to share!

    Michelle

    Apples and ABC's

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  13. Love!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)


    Elisabeth

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  14. How generous of you to share all of these!!!! THANK YOU ( I am shouting)

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  15. Thanks for the freebies! Have to say your blog is one of my favorites. How are you using the flower center and petal to compose and decompose numbers?
    Thanks, Ruthanne
    rarace81@gmail.com

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  16. I LOVE the freebies! Plants will go perfect with my insects unit we are starting soon!

    Kaleigh's Klassroom

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  17. Goodness gracious, thank you for all the freebies! This all looks fantastic. You are so generous!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  18. Thank you for all the freebies! It all looks wonderful! Can't wait to use it with my firsties.

    First Grade Shenanigans

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  19. Thanks so much for the freebies!

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  20. You are so creative and generous! Thanks for sharing freebies! Love them all! Darling.

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  21. Thank you so much for the freebies!! We will be using them next week!!

    And cinquain is pronounced sin-cane...we just finished reading Junie B. First Grader: Cheater Pants and they learn how to write cinquain poems in the book..and give the pronunciation of it :)

    Thanks again for all of the fun freebies! :)

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  22. Really cute freebies! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. Thank you so much for the freebies. I can't wait to integrate them into my week!
    Little Priorities

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  24. Thanks so much for the freebies! I appreciate it!
    Ann
    thecaffeinatedclassroom

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  25. Love all the great ideas. Thanks for the poetry freebies!

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  26. Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas....plants are coming up soon for us!
    You're wonderful!
    Swamp Frog First Graders

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  27. Great freebies, thanks for sharing.
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

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  28. Thank you for the cute freebies. As always, they are exactly what I need. Also, the pronunciation is "sin-cane"

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  29. Wow Cara....THANKS so much for all the freebies!!! Can't wait to use them. I appreciate your generosity!!

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  30. WOW!!! Thanks so much for the freebies! We are working on plants now, so these are perfect!

    Also, I believe it is pronounced sin-cane. I read that somewhere...

    Natalie
    TeacheryTidbits

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  31. These are perfect for our plant unit study right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. Thank you!!! You just made my week with the freebies!!

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  33. Love all your great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Petersons-Pad

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  34. This is so great! Thank you so much for the awesome freebies!

    Shana
    Enchanted with Technology

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  35. You have created many wonderful resources! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  36. Thanks so much! I have the same question as above, how are you using the flower pattern with composing numbers? Your materials are wonderful!
    bhivegreen.blogspot.com

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  37. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I have been teaching for a few years now and just recently stumbled upon teacher blogs and pinterest this school year! It has revitalized my teaching. You are so generous to take the time to create these freebies and share them with us.

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  38. LOVE, love, Love the coin oi writing. I'm totally pinning it! Thanks for sharing.

    Emily
    Tangled with Teaching

    http://tangledwithteaching.blogspot.com/

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  39. Thank you for the freebies. They are wonderful! Your blog is a daily must read!
    :)
    Tamera

    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  40. Thank you so much! As always these are amazing! We are studying synonyms and plants now and my kids will love this!!!

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  41. this is great! Thanks so much for sharing this! I am new to the blogging world! Come check it out!

    tonyastreatsforteachers@blogspot.com

    ~Tonya

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  42. Thanks for the freebies! They will be perfect next week for my kids to do during their center time!

    Kristen
    socalteacherstuff.blogspot.com

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  43. Thanks for sharing and for the shout out Cara! Happy Friday tomorrow!!! Diane

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing! I actually teach second grade, but I LOVE your blog and try to use as much as I can with my second graders--so much of it meets my standards, too! Now that I've been teaching for a bit, and see the "big picture" a bit better, I'm really trying to tie all subject areas together and your blog has helped so much! I'm a little obsessed with your blog and the other second grade teachers from my school and I want to field trip to your classroom! Sadly, we're not sure the school would splurge for that from Omaha, NE! Thanks again for sharing so many awesome ideas! It's truly appreciated! -Elizabeth

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  45. You are awesome! I'm sitting here trying to come up with some center activities and ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom - got em! Thank you. You saved my teacher butt.

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  46. Ditto about the Junie B. Jones Cheater Pants! I just finished reading that aloud to my firsties, and kind of wanted to try a cinquain with them. So now I can! You should read just that chapter to yours - it's awesome. Love you!

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  47. Thank YOU for the awesome freebies! :)

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  48. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for sharing. I enjoy your perspecive :)

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  49. Thank you for the freebies! I love the poetry idea!!

    Linda
    Down the Learning Road

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  50. I just want to let you know how much I LOVE your blog!! You have the best ideas and I have "borrowed" several to use in my classroom and my kids always love them! Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas!

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  51. Plant ideas! Fabulous!! My kinders aren't so much into poetry that isn't extremely rhymey but if Junie B. does it first, it'd be an easy persuasion. :) Thanks for sharing!!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  53. Let's try this again......



    :)

    I loooovvveee this!!!!! We are learning about plants in a few weeks!!! This is just what I needed!!! I heart you a lot!!!

    -Rachelle
    What The Teacher Wants

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  54. Thanks for the great things you posted today! I am beginning a unit on organisms and can't wait to use them!!!

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  56. Hi! I must say your blog is absolutely fantastic! You have so many great ideas. I just saw on TpT you posted a camping unit-- my class just had a camping day!! Check out some of the pictures here: http://adayinbcasfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/04/camping-day.html

    I'd be honored if you would visit and follow my blog.

    Have a blessed day!
    Kristen

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  57. Love the freebies! I TRY So hard to make my anchor charts as cute as yours, and I just don't have it :) You are amazing! My BEST ones come no where close to yours!

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  58. Thank you very much for sharing!

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  59. We finished reading Junie B. Jones Cheater Pants last week and my grade ones were eager to write their own cinquains. I think they did a pretty good job but wish I'd had your planning sheet before we started! We'll use it next time. I posted our cinquains on our classroom website. If you have a chance, check them out.
    http://schools.ccrsb.ednet.ns.ca/ud/wilbur/styled-3/styled-15/index.html

    Thanks for all your great ideas!
    Sue

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  60. Thanks for sharing the great freebies! I just finished putting up the bulletin board of spring cinquains yesterday. They turned out great and the kiddos loved them! Although our watercolor flowers weren't what I had hoped for-- they went home on Friday and we drew pictures yesterday:-)

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  61. thank you so much for the freebies!!! :)

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  62. I LOVE everything! We're actually making "synonym rolls" today! :) Just wondering if it's me or if the link for these freebies isn't working? Everytime I click, it gives me an error message:(

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  63. YAY! We are making "sing-Cane" poems and this is perfect...when I'm not sure how to pronounce something I go to dictionary.com and you can listen to the pronounciation! Thank you for all you EVER. SO. CUTE. STUFF!

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  64. Love these ideas! The soil and cookie sheet idea is precious!
    Thank you!
    Sandi
    Literacy Minute

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  65. Thank you for all the freebies! Perfect timing for my poetry unit!!

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  66. You have so many wonderful resources. Thank you for making them available to all of us. I am interested in purchasing your SCHEDULE cards, but I can't locate them on TeacherPayTeacher. I clicked the picture of the schedule cards and it loaded to a scrib website. Unfortunately, the cards are archived and I would need to have a membership to access the cards. Do you have them available elsewhere? Thank you!

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  67. Amazing of you to share!
    Thank you!

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  68. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! :) Wikipedia says that you have to pronounce cinquain like that:/ˈsɪŋkeɪn/. I've never heard of that before! In Germany we've got sth. called "Elfchen" (a minimisation of the number eleven). It goes like this: line 1 = 1 word, line 2 = 2 words, line 3 = 3 words, line 4 = 4 words and line 5 = 1 word...that makes eleven words. :)

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  69. Ditto all the admiration and thanks above! Great ideas! So appreciative that you share!

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  70. I just wanted to thank you for the great resource!! I am currently student teaching in a first grade classroom and we are working on poetry. Your planning sheets will come in handy! :)

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