Graphing Fun with a Game of BUNCO

Have you ever played BUNCO with your girlfriends? I was in a BUNCO group with 12 of my friends and we met once a month...each of us picking one time to host. The best part was being with my friends (and the food, duh), but we also had fun actually playing the game. It's a great tally graphing game and so I adapted it to play with my students!

The students play in partners and I have my 1st graders play with 2 dice (it's usually played with 3).
Round 1: Player one rolls and gets one point for every 1 they roll. If they don't roll at least 1, player two gets to roll. Each time they roll a 1 (because we are in round 1) they make a tally mark in the round 1 box.  If they roll both dice showing a 2, they get 2 tally points and yell out BUNCO. Get it?  

Round 2: The students are now trying to roll 2's. and get one point for every 2 they get. 

Round 3-6: Same thing but the number they are rolling for changes.

Make the rounds as long or as short as you want!  There are lots of variations for BUNCO if you google them. ;)

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All About Water!

Teach your students about the water cycle, sink and float, bodies of water, bubbles, and more!
This is one of my FAVORITE thematic units to teach at the end of the year.  Just as you are about to get burned out... the Water Unit comes and saves the day (plus you end the week with a Bubble Day)!
This unit is PERFECT at the end of the year.  It's warm outside, the classroom is muggy and you're just about ready to be finished... it's the perfect time for a unit all about water. Not only is this unit fun, but it is the perfect integration of science, language arts, and even a little math.

This Includes:
Water Cycle Headband Craft
Water Cycle Map
Water Cycle Fill In
Precipitation Posters
Solid, Liquid, Gas Demonstration (with recording sheet)
Bodies of Water Passage (rivers, lakes, oceans, ponds-with vocab cards)
Ice Experiment (with recording sheet)
Water Smelling Experiment (with recording sheet)
Boat-Sink or Float (with recording sheet)
Favorite Water Activity (graph, data analysis, and opinion writing)
How to Have a Water Fight (writing)
Bubble Day Note
Bubble Day Homemade Bubble Recipe
Homemade Bubble Science Experiment (with recording sheet)
Bubble Factory (narrative writing)
Bubbles Cinquain Poem (planning sheet and writing page)
Bubble Art Directions
Bubble Poetry Walk (with original poem)
Double Bubble (math game with doubles facts)

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Here's one of my favorite activities from the pack:

And add the new GoNoodle video from Blazer Fresh on the Water Cycle! SO FUN!

Writing Poetry in the Upper Grades

Teaching poetry in the upper grades can seem like a difficult task, but this poetry unit will walk your students through 11 forms of poetry and and 8 elements of poetry. The end product is a complete book of original poems! 

I'm very excited to announce that this Poetry Pack unit has been completely updated!

I first came out with my "Poetry Pack" on TPT back in April of 2012 and it quickly became my best seller. I've gotten really great feedback on this product over the years as I know it was a big time saver for teachers looking to teach a poetry writing unit to their students. However, over the years the old design quickly became outdated. It is new, improved, and better than ever! I took a 20 page project and turned it into 50 pages!

Here's a look at the newly revised unit: 

Each poster teaches about the form of poetry and it includes a poetry example. (All the poems were written by me!)

If you look closely at my Ode example, you might notice that I dedicated my Ode to Rachelle! Isn't her Melonheadz graphic absolutely perfect?!

One thing I'm really excited about is that you now have two options for your student poetry books. You can choose the blank pages or the guided interaction pages. I've always used the blank pages because then students have more creative freedom to do what they want, but the guided instruction pages walk students through writing each poem. I feel it is a great option for students who need extra help or just as an easier way for students to write their poems!

As some extra bonus features, I have a Teacher Information Page, Table of Contents with teaching tips, a grading rubric, an extra page for Concrete Poetry that includes shapes for extra practice, and bulletin board headers in case you want to turn your poetry posters or student examples into a beautiful bulletin board to display in your classroom or hall. I hope all of these will make your job easier!

Here's everything you need to know:

Want to teach a unit about poetry, but don't have the resources to do so? This "Poetry Pack" will be perfect for you! It's everything you need to teach a 3 week unit about Poetry! This is perfect for grades 3-5, but could easily be adapted for younger grades too!

*This Poetry Pack includes 11 forms of poetry posters and 7 elements of poetry posters. Each poster includes a description of the poem/elements and a poem to use as an example. (All poems are original - written by me.)

*This pack includes a blank book of poems for your students to create their own published book of poetry. 

*I have also included guided instruction pages that you could use if you feel your students need a little more guidance during the writing process. Use these instead of the blank pages.

*Bulletin board headers: Want to turn these posters into a beautiful bulletin board display? I have included letters you can cut out and use to create a poetry bulletin board.

* A grading rubric is included to make grading these projects easier for you!

Alphabet Alliteration
Creature Alliteration
5 Senses
About the Author

Figurative Language (Simile and Metaphor)

This unit should last about 3 weeks. Teach one poem each day and have students work on their own original rough draft of the poem. (11 days total.) Save some extra days at the end so that all students can create their own published book of poems. 

If you already own this product, please do and re-download this from your My Purchases page on TeachersPayTeachers for no additional charge. You get all the new features for free!

If you are interested in buying this product, it is available in my TeachersPayTeacher Store here!

Thank you and Happy Poetry Month, everyone!!

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