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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Monday, March 9th, 2015

MMchap4Highland Drive Elementary is again participating in the One Book, One School project.  This year, we are reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.

I’ve been working to modify this book so that all of our learners can access it!  Click below for the modified version of each chapter.

You can also go to Mr. Wasil’s website for more about our One Book, One School project!

















Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit Plan

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

I’m working on a week long unit plan for the students in Room 5 to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. starting on Jan. 14th.  I believe this is important for our students to help them understand the concepts of long ago/now and of civil rights.

The following are materials that I may use that are available. I realize there are many others, but these are items we feel may be right for our unit and our understanding.

Book List:

Why Am I Different? by

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka

The Skin I’m In bypeace3

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette G. Ford

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kitson Jazynka

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man of Peace by Patricia and Freddrick McKissak

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography for Young Children by Carol Hilgartner Schlank and Barbara Metzger

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Trudi Strain Trueit

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

We March by Shane W. Evans

My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Ferris Watkins

Thank You Dr. King by Robin Reid

My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris

Martin Luther King, Jr. foldable book

Martin Luther King Jr. booklet on Reading A-Z (Level M, grade 2, also available in Levels P and S)









Long ago vs. now

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Jr. Vocabulary Cards



Bulletin Board or Craft Idea

Fine Motor Skills ActivityMLKanchor

Joining Hands activity

Martin Luther King Craft Quilt

I Have a Dream Handprints

MLK Jr. craft and writing

Water Color Handprint Craft



More ideas:

Martin Luther King, Jr. video on Brain Pop Jr.

Sequence MLK, Jr.’s life game on Brain Pop Jr.

MLK, Jr. activity on Brain Pop Jr.

I Have a Dream, A MLK, Jr. Mini Unit (Includes writing prompts, graphic organizers, and a poem)

The Spirit of Service lessons and materials on

Check out this Pinterest Board called Kids’ Martin Luther King Day Activities

MLK, Jr. Egg Activity

MLK- The King and His Dream video

MLK Lesson with Skitch: Our Big Words


Additional Family Activities from Brain Pop Jr.:

Further Research

Many books, films, and other child-friendly resources have been created about Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit the library with your child and check out resources to learn more about his life and work. Read and watch together and discuss. We recommend going on the Internet to look up his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and listen together. Pause during the speech and take time to discuss Dr. King’s words.

Five Things

Have your child trace his or her hand on a piece of paper. Then brainstorm five things your child can do or say to become a better citizen. Try to think of specific ways your child can treat people with respect, contribute to the community, or fulfill assigned responsibilities at home. For example, your child could give one compliment to a sibling or classmate everyday. To model good citizenship, you may want to write your own “Five Things”, too.


Winter Unit Plan Activities

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Collected in this post are some items that I plan to use for our unit on Winter.  We’ll start this work on Jan. 2nd and likely end sometime around Jan. 11th although we’ll continue to talk about Winter during calendar time.

Brain Pop Jr. video in the Science Notebook – “Winter”

Brain Pop Jr. game in the Science Notebook- “Drag and Drop”

Brain Pop Jr. activity in the Science Notebook- “Finish the drawings of Winter items.”

Snowman Graphic Organizer

Winter Sentences

I Have, Who Has Winter Vocabulary Game

My Snowman Counting Book

Design Your Own Hat page

Snowman Fact Families Addition and Subtraction

Snow is… Writing Page

Winter and the Five Senses Writing Page

Snowflakes fall… writing page

Winter Addition Page

Winter Vocabulary Cards



Snow by Uri Shulevitz

Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Berenstain Bears’ Winter Wonderland by Jan Berenstain

Winter Trees by Carole Gerber

Snowy Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka

Sam’s Winter Hat by Albert Lamb

Snow Puppy by Marcus Pfister

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Hat by Jan Brett

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Snow Balls by Lois Ehlert

Snowman at Night by

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Animals in Winter: Stage 1 by Henrietta Bancroft

A Chill in the Air: Poems for Fall and Winter by Ellen Hasbrouck

Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian

Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka

Curious George in the Snow by Margaret Rey

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer

Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons

Wolves by Gail Gibbons

Penguins by Gail Gibbons


More Cute Snowman and Winter Activities:

Check the website Growing Kinders.

Check out my Pinterest Page with more ideas.


A Modified Charlotte’s Web Unit

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

For the 2012 Global Read Aloud project, participants chose the chapter book Charlotte’s Web. I was disappointed at first.  How are we ever going to participate in this project with such a high level book with so few pictures?  Okay, I thought, I think we can do this.  After all, we’ve read Freckle Juice in the past, and at least half of Beezus and Ramona. And last year, we participated with Flat Stanley.

So, I decided, if I put in the extra time to make visuals, we can do this.

  Our students are mostly visual learners, so I knew we would need a notebook to keep all of our pictures for each chapter of the book. I started to create the Notebook and realized, there are 22 chapters in Charlotte’s Web!?!?!


I’ve gathered all the visuals I made and all the projects that our class created so that no one else would ever doubt that they could, in fact, read a chapter book with their class of students with special needs.

The following items are being shared, for free, because I don’t believe in web sites like “Teachers Pay Teachers.”  Please use, enjoy, and help your students succeed. (And maybe send me an email and let me know where you are located and how your project is going-

Charlotte’s Web Comprehension Notebook – This is a PDF file, contains pages for characters, setting, each chapter, problem-solution page, and the first page of characters in the story.

More characters – This page contains additional characters. The first set can be found on the last page of the Comprehension Notebook.

Charlotte graphic organizer – We used this page after meeting Charlotte in the book.  We wrote in details about Charlotte and about spiders.

Charlotte’s Web Settings – This file contains two settings. The last setting (the County Fair) is found in chapter 17.

Zuckerman’s Farm Graphic Organizer – Using describing words to talk about this setting.

Charlotte’s Web Problem/Solution page – We glued this page onto the Problem/Solution page in our Comprehension Notebooks after labeling it with the words “problem” and “solution.”

Visuals Per Chapter (via pictures found on Google Images)- We cut and glued these onto the pages in our Comprehension Notebooks each day after reading the chapter. The students reviewed these each night at home as their parents read the same chapter aloud for homework.

Chapters 1 and 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12 and 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapters 21 and 22

Additional Crafts, Projects, and Papers– We completed lots of activities centered around this project for the 5 weeks we worked on the Global Read Aloud project. The crafts were used for fine motor practice and to practice following directions.

We completed this pig craft that we found on Pinterest after reading the first several chapters.













We also found this Barn Craft on Pinterest and created these after Wilbur went to Zuckerman’s Farm.

We created these spiders (minus the hair bow and orange Halloween eyes) after meeting Charlotte in the book.










Good Friends graphic – Use this page to discuss the friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte

Charlotte’s Webs cookies – We used this “recipe” to create cookies with spider webs on top.  This was great for a following directions lesson.

Comprehension Quiz (Ch. 1-5) – We used this quick quiz after reading chapters 1-5 aloud at school and at home.

Charlotte’s Web Pin Wheel activity – To be honest, we ran out of time to use this one, but it’s a good resource for a pinwheel craft, Bingo Game, and other information.

We created webs with sidewalk chalk on black foam (you could use black construction paper) and put our names in the middle.

This is a ferris wheel craft we created after reading Chapter 20. We used popsicle sticks and construction paper.











This large 3D spider named Charlotte was made by our first graders in Art Class! So glad the Art teacher could integrate this for us!











This large 3D Wilbur was made by our second graders in Art Class!












CW Worksheet Activity Set – Pick and choose what you like here. Another participant in the Global Read Aloud sent this to me.

CW Writing Pages – As we were working to write complete sentences about a picture, we created these pages for writing.

Charlotte’s Web study guide – I sent this home the night before the Comprehension Quiz for chapters 1-22.

CW Comprehension Quiz chapters 1-22 – We took this quiz after reading the book, creating all the projects, and watching both versions of the movie.

Other Websites, video clips, etc.-

Charlotte’s Web 60th Anniversary Trailer

Chin Up

I Can Talk

Templeton at the Fair

Charlotte’s Web Fun and Games K-2

Charlotte’s Web Fun and Games 2-4

Charlotte’s Web Chapter Summaries

Second Grade Web Site with Other CW Links

The Global Read Aloud Project wiki – with links for Charlotte’s Web projects in 2012, The One and Only Ivan from 2012, Flat Stanley from 2011, and The Little Prince from 2010






Two Weeks of Eric Carle Books!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

In the last two weeks, we have been reading books written and illustrated by Eric Carle. We have focused on the fact that an “author writes the words in a book.”

We’ve read these books by Eric Carle aloud: The Mixed Up Chameleon, The Grouchy Ladybug, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Little Cloud, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Students had access to other books written by Eric Carle and looked through them regularly throughout these two weeks.

When reading The Mixed Up Chameleon, we colored, cut, and glued our very own chameleons.

After reading The Grouchy Ladybug, we completed a literacy activity by listening to a word, and gluing a dot on the ladybug on the left if the /g/ sound was at the beginning of the word OR gluing the dot on the right if the /g/ sound was at the end of the word.

When reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, we colored a picture of each animal in the book. Then, we cut them out and glued them in the order we saw them in the book as a sequencing activity.

For Little Cloud, we got to use cotton balls and make our own clouds!  First, we used our fine motor skills to pull the cotton balls apart, then we squeezed glue bottles, then put the cotton into the shapes of a rabbit, a stop sign, a tree, and a hat.

Lastly, after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we painted beautiful butterflies!



Father’s Day Booklist and Activities

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Here are some posts and books that you might want to check out for the weekend. 🙂

Dads, Books, and Father’s Day

Father’s Day Crafts and Activities from Enchanted Learning

Father’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make

Disney’s Family Fun Father’s Day Crafts

And Books!

My Daddy Snores by Nancy Rothstein

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin, Bryan Langdo

Me and My Dad! by Alison Ritchie, Alison Edgson

Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad by Mercer Mayer

Tyrannosaurus DAD by Liz Rosenberg, Matthew Myers

My Dad by Anthony Browne

My Tattooed Dad by Daniel Nesquens, Magicomora, Elisa Amado, Sergio Mora

Me and My Dad by Stuart E. Hample

The Trouble with Dogs… Said Dad by Bob Graham

I Love My Dad by Caroline Bell

My Amazing Dad by Ross Collins

I”m Glad You’re My Dad by Marianne R. Richmond

Hometown Dad by Merrillee Whren

Clifford’s Day with Dad by Norman Bridwell

Thanks Mom and Dad! by Jeanine Le Ny, John Grogan

Dad by Helen Exley

Love You Dad! A Book of Thanks by Melina Gerosa Bellows

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr

The Little Big Book for Dads by Timothy Shaner

What If There Were No Dads?: A Gift Book for Dads and Those Who Wish to Celebrate Them by Caron Chandler Loveless

Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements, R. W. Alley

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesleá Newman, Carol Thompson

I Love You, Daddy by Edie Evans

Let’s Have a Daddy Day by Karen Kingsbury, Dan Andreasen



Great Book Lists by Big Universe!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Unit Plan on Police Officer, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergencies

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A Work in Progress…..

Police, Fire, Paramedics, and Emergencies Unit

Police Officer Social Story

Firefighter Social Story

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

And since one of our students is a BIG FAN of all things Seuss-y, we’ll be celebrating in Room 5.

When we went searching for ideas, we found a few of these…

We’ve collected them here as an easy reference for ourselves, but we’re happy to share…

Check out Seussville!

Brain Pop Jr. Video on “Dr. Seuss”

Dr. Seuss Interactive Word Search

Dr. Seuss Doorknob Hanger (PDF)

The Cat in the Hat -at words

Cat in the Hat Connect the Dots

My Many Colored Days Bookmark

Cybraryman1’s Dr. Seuss Page!

Make a Cat in the Hat hat

Green Eggs and Ham Placemat

Dr. Seuss’s Who’s Whoses

NEA’s Read Across America on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

World of Seuss Word Search

Cats in Hats Poem

1 cat on a sunny day put on his hat and went out to play
2 cats when the sky was blue put on their hats and went to the zoo
3 cats on a rainy day put on their hats, but had to stay
4 cats when the snow came down put on their hats and went to town

5 hats on a windy day put on their hats and blew away

The Cat in the Hat
Tune: The Addam’s Family

The cat in the hat (snap fingers) snap! snap!
The cat in the hat snap! snap!
The cat in the hat
The cat in the hat
The cat in the hat snap! snap!

He causes so much fun
But when the fun is done
You will be the one
To send that cat AWAY!

Repeat chorus

15 “Must Have” Books for Autism Educators

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

15 “Must Have” Books for Autism Educators