Oviparous Animals

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This part of the year has flown by!  I feel like I barely got to know my class and they are leaving soon.

We have been having a blast this month.  First with Easter and now moving onto oviparous animals.  I'm trying to teach frog life cycles, reptiles, birds and anything else I can squeeze in right now without confusing them.

I spent a couple of days last week on frog life cycles and quickly moved on to turtles and guess what?? Some of their writings said that "first a turtle hatches out of an egg, then it grows two legs and then two more legs and it's tail disappears" :( Oh no!! Note to self: don't teach frogs and turtles in the same morning or this is what happens.

So after we clarified the difference between frog and turtle life cycles we read a Scholastic magazine about turtles.  This issue was for the month of March but I wanted to wait to use it when teaching oviparous animals.  The issue was pretty good!  Kids loved it and it's easy to read.  Great vocabulary and photos too. We then did a craftivity created by Amy Lemons.  You can get the copies here and she even included the writing paper for this one.  She is awesome!

Here are some pictures of some of the activities my kids did.


I love how this student said that turtles have to run for their life:)

To start the month off we died eggs in class.  Many of my kids had never done this at home.  We then wrote directions for dying eggs. 

We also did our egg ordering project.  This project comes from the Evan Moore April book.  I highly recommend it for grades 1-3.  Sometimes I get their books and they aren't great.  This one was packed with useful resources.

I will be back with some frog activities we have been doing:) 
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Behavior Chart

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I think I'm the last one on the behavior chart train, but I just found out about it from my BFF (happens to teach next door to me) and when I saw it I had to give it a try.

I started using it after spring break and WOW! It has made a huge difference in my classroom.  The kids take so much more responsibility for their actions and they strive to reach the top to the "Fabulous Falcon" mark.  I used "Fabulous Falcon" because our mascot is the falcon and our principal always says fabulous.  It went together really well.

Here is my chart:

I cut it out using my Cricut with a couple of different shapes.  The shapes were then laminated for protection and I attached the whole thing using different colors of twine.  Never hurts to have cute and useful things in the room:) The clothespins are from Walmart, only for $2.  Each time that they reach the Fabulous Falcon level they receive a little gem on their clip.  If they go above this level I say that they are "off the chart!" and they get to pick where to put their clip.  I got this idea from THIS post :)

Each day the students record the color that they end the day on.  I use this form to communicate with parents.  You can download it by clicking on the image below. I copy it onto half sheets to save on paper.


A Little Magic
**Update**
I was creating these clip charts for teachers a couple of years ago, but due to my schedule I'm no longer able to do so.  I have created several clip charts that you can print at home to create a chart similar to mine.  This is what they look like:

I have a few other designs in my store :)  Please click HERE to view them all.

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