Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Are You Kidding Me!!!

I have read all the books on how to create the perfect reading center.  I thought I had done an amazing job.  I have a variety of books for the children to pick from.  

All my baskets are labeled and neatly arranged.  I have pillows, chairs and tables for the children to read at.  

I even have two separate areas so the children can spread out and read with their friends.  I put a lamp in the center to make it look warm and cozy.  

At the beginning of the year I spent several weeks teaching the children how to find good books and helping them learn to take care of the center.  The children help me change out the books each month so they are aware of all the new books in the center.

Today we had a STOP, DROP and READ day and look were my class was excited to read.  

REALLY…..under their desks!

I guess this proves you don't need a fancy reading center to get your students excited about reading!  Just good books and time!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowmen in First Grade

This week we made these adorable snow people in first grade. I love how I gave all the students the same materials and each one turned out unique and special.   We read lots of wonderful stories about snowmen and now we are writing our own stories during writing workshop.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I Love Penguins!

This is one of my all-time favorite art projects.  I have been doing this project for several years now and the children just smile when they see the penguins go on the sunsets.  

And our favorite penguin books this year.......

Friday, January 15, 2016


National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is Feb. 10th, apparently my school wanted to get a jump start.  The committee wanted the cards this week.  So this year I went with something cute I found on Pinterest.  I had several of my students who finish everything first help me make them.  We tried using sticky tape but it would not stick to the card stock.  Then we put book tape on top of the sticky tape and that seemed to help.  I found some candy canes in the teacher's lounge and taped those to the back.  Finally the students signed their names on the back.  Cute. Simple and Sweet!  The best kind of project.   

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

This week in first grade is all about SNOW and Cold!  We started the week learning about what is snow...
I purchased the book, The Story of Snow, however my partner teacher found it on Tumblebooks.  So we watched it on Tumblebooks.  It was a bit long and lots of information but the kids enjoyed and learning some facts from it.  

Then I read, SnowFlake Bentley to them.  The book had a lot of information in it as well.  The first time I read it to them we focused on the story then later in the day we went back through some of the facts.  We are waiting for another snowy day to collect our own snowflakes.  Right now it is too cold to go outside for recess, -11 degrees today.  

During Shared Reading we read Snowflakes Fall, this is just a cute story.  I love the illustrations.  
Next we make our own snowflakes in science class.  The idea is from dellacreates that I found on while searching on Pinterest. We used different colored pipe cleaners so our snowflakes are fun colors.   Finally we hung up our snowflakes on some sticks with lights in the classroom. (My class wanted the sticks to have lights, luckily I found something in my basement.) 

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