Thursday, September 18, 2014

October Games Galore

Last year, I started creating my Games Galore packets.  These monthly packets include 10 NO PREP partner games {5 language arts and 5 math} as well as two whole group games.  I love having them on hand when I have a few extra minutes.  I also use many of them during small group stations.  Students LOVE playing games and they don't really know they are learning and reviewing important skills ;)  It's a win-win!
I just finished up my October packet last night.
I am excited to use these with my firsties next month.  You can check out the packet by clicking on the picture above or the picture below.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apples, Apples, Everywhere!

I love apple season!  My husband and I took our girls to the apple orchard this past Saturday.  There is nothing like a fresh picked apple.  They are so much better than the ones you buy in the store. 

We started our Apple Unit at school as well this week.  On Monday, we read "A Day at the Apple Orchard" and then created a list of things you can make with apples.

Today, we had an apple taste test.  The students sampled a red, green, and yellow apple and we came up with adjectives to describe our apples.
 The students picked their favorite color of apple and wrote about it.  We will be finishing these tomorrow.
These ideas and many more can be found in my A Bushel of Apples unit.

Now, I am seriously craving some apple pie ;)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

All About Habitats

Brrr!  It is cold this morning here in Indiana. 45 degrees!  Now I LOVE fall, but we went from the 90's to the 40's within a week.  Now I just hope that fall sticks around for a long time and winter is not coming too quickly. 
Anyways, this last week, we have been learning all about the habitats.  1st graders absolutely love learning about animals!
We started off by learning the definition of a habitat.  Then, each day we learned about a different habitat.
We read about each new habitat and highlighted the important information to answer the questions.  This was their first introduction to using text evidence, so we did these completely together.  They were able to use highlighters, so that's always a bonus ;)
The students couldn't wait to see which habitat they would be learning about next!  They loved seeing the pictures of the animals from each habitat.

I am REALLY excited about this new packet!
This 100 page unit introduces the temperate deciduous forest, rainforest, desert, ocean, polar region, and wetlands habitat.  Each habitat includes an informational page along with comprehension questions that are perfect for using text evidence.  You will also find a full color animal sheet for each habitat and animal writing opportunities.  We wrapped up our unit on Friday by completing our Habitats booklet that is included in the packet as well.
If you head over to my TpT store, you can download a sample of the packet.
Now, I'm off to grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte (decaf, since I'm pregnant) and go apple picking with my family! 
Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Flashback to our Teddy Bear Day

Did you know that today was National Teddy Bear Day?  We had so much fun celebrating by bringing our teddy bears to school and completing activities from my A Teddy Bear Day packet. 
I'm flashing back to my post about our Teddy Bear Day last year.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Teddy Bear Day

Today was our Teddy Bear Day!  I had each of my students bring in their favorite teddy bear from home.  Some brought in different stuffed animals if they didn't have teddy bears. {I also brought some extras from home just in case any of them forgot.}
We began by making folders to hold all of our goodies for the day.  They cut out these labels and glued them onto folded construction paper for their folders.
Next, we wrote about our bears so we could introduce them to everyone.

We used measuring tape to measure our bears.

The students came up with adjectives to describe a bear.
All of them loved reading to their bears and having their bears join them at their desks all day.
We also completed plenty of math activities with our teddy bear theme.  The students had to make predictions for how many gummy bears were in the jar.  After we counted them together, the students found the difference between their predictions and the real answer.

We also used our gummy bears to complete some ten frames since we just started working on finding compliments of ten in math.
In another math activity, we used Honey and Chocolate Teddy Grahams to complete addition and subtraction problems.

You can find these activities and many more in my Teddy Bear Day Unit.

We had so much fun and it was nice to have a special day that was a change from the ordinary, but still full of learning!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school shopping: Walmart.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Short i and Short o

This week we are learning about short i.  I loved using my Short a Word Work packet last week, so I am just as excited to use my Short i packet this week. The best thing about it is my students are now familiar with the format and they are able to do many of the activities this week independently during centers.
You can check out my Short i Word Work packet by clicking on the pictures below.

I had quite a few people say that they were a week ahead of me in their phonics instruction and were ready for short o.  Thanks to the 3 day weekend, I was able to get my Short o Word Work packet finished as well.
I'm working on completing the Short e and Short u packets and hope to have them available soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What Does Calendar Time Look Like in Your Room?

Through my years of teaching, my Calendar time has evolved a little and I wanted to share some of the things I do during this time in our classroom.

I have a "Calendar Person" for each week.
He/she begins by changing the dates for us.  We read the date together and discuss any important information including birthdays, upcoming holidays, how many days left in the month, etc.
Next, the calendar person adds a coin to our money count to show the number of days we have been in school.
We count our money together as a class.  Then he/she adds a straw to review place value.
After this, the calendar person points to the number grid while we count by 10's to 200, 5's to 120, and 2's to 30, for now.  We will eventually go to 100.  Later in the year, we will begin counting by 10's starting with numbers other than 0. 
Next, the calendar person writes the number of our date on our Number Sentences whiteboard.  {Today is the 28th so 28 was on our board.}  He/she calls on 5-6 students in the class to write number sentences to get to that number.

Then it is chapter book time.  I LOVE Ready Freddy books.
I rotate between these and Junie B., but I have to say, Ready Freddy is my favorite ;)
After our time on the carpet at the calendar, the students return to their seats and I pass out their Calendar and Math Vocabulary binders.
For the first couple of weeks, we really walk through this together.  I do it with them using my document camera and projector.
We have only been doing this for a week and many of them are starting to become independent already.
We discuss our math vocabulary word.  This week it was "add."  Next week, we will be discussing the word "digit."
You can find the pages above by clicking on the picture below.
Next, the students pull out their math notebooks from the front of their binders.
I pass out their word problem for the day to glue into their notebooks.
I use these from Anna Brantley. 
We read it together and discuss how we should solve the problem.
The students must draw a picture, write a number sentence, and then use "I know____ because_____" to explain their thinking.

Again, this is something that is modeled, modeled, modeled, but they do eventually become very independent.
So, what does your calendar time look like?  I'm always looking for new and exciting things to add.

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