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It’s October!

It’s officially my favorite month!  I love October…the weather, pumpkins, the changing leaves, Halloween decorations, and the fact that my first graders always seem to get into the groove of things by October.  I always tell myself that they will be first graders in October.  Until then, they are still Kindergarteners. 
Today we started learning about bats.  We created this chart to discuss our schema.
After reading a nonfiction book about bats, we added misconceptions and new learning to our chart.
We discussed that some types of bats eat mosquitoes and that they can eat up to 600 in one hour.  I put my students into 6 groups.  They cut out mosquitoes and glued them onto paper plates.  This is one of my favorite activities.  It is such a great {and disgusting} visual.

You can find some freebies from my post last year by clicking here.
We also started our October Fluency passages today.
These are the same ones I have had available, I just updated the cover.  Here are some samples of my fluency passages.


I hope you’re as excited about October as I am.

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  1. Hi Jodi,

    I found your blog through Paul's post on the TpT sellers forum. I'm so glad I did!

    I always make a point of discussing misconceptions with my students (especially in science) but never thought of making it a part of my displays – what a great idea! One of my all time favourite science misconceptions came from one of my 6 year olds in Spain. She thought that we could hear because tiny people lived inside our ears listening to everything and then whispered it into our brains.

    I also love the idea of making the mosquito visuals as numbers like 600 really don't hold meaning for early learners.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Best wishes,

    One, Two, Three: Math Time

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