Friday, September 30, 2016

Five For Friday -- September 30

Wow I just do not where all the time goes each week.  I can not believe another week is over, in fact September is over.  I have been incredible busy.  

1.  My husband and I had a date night.  Really a date night during the school year.  We went to dinner and a play...Man of La Mancha at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  It was really good.  It was our first time in the Repertory Theater and what a nice setting to see a play.  We were up close to the stage we felt like we were  in the play.  
2.  I got these apple erasers from Oriental Trading and I have used them every day this week helping the four year olds count.  They love counting them. They beg me to bring them out to count.   

Another easy thing I have been working on the four year olds is color memory.  I quickly made the game out of scrap colored paper and index cards.  The kids love to play the game with me.  

3.  The first graders made these beautiful tissue leaves from Oriental Trading as well.  It adds some color to the room.  

4.  I finished and posted my October Challenge Pack this week.  I have even cut out all the activities and organized them for the two first grade teachers at my school.   
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5.  I put together this beautiful bulletin board for the main hallway at school.

Thanks Kacey from Doodle Bugs for hosting the linky party.    

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

October Challenge Work

It has taken me all month but I finally finished my October Challenge Pack.  The first graders absolutely loved the September Pack and so do the other first grade teachers.  My challenge activities are for those students who finish all there work and are asking me..."What do I do now?"  The kids have been busy all month working on the activities.  

However a new month is here and it is time to change up the activities in the challenge drawers.  Of course I did everything around the Fall and Pumpkin theme.  I have some amazing and fun activities for the children.  

Challenge #1  Sight Word Bingo
I always like to work on the sight words so of course I have a sight word bingo game.  It is building on the sight words I used in my September Pack.   I feel it is so important to practice practice practice those words!

Challenge #2    Pumpkin Patch Base Ten Blocks Match
During September the First Grade Math Unit was all about Base Ten Blocks and Ten Frames.  So I have a quick review in here which they should be able to do easy peasy.  

Challenge #3  Scarecrows Number Order
This is another September Math skill, put the numbers in order from greatest to least and then from least to greatest.  This was a hard concept for the first graders so I want them to review this again in October.  

Challenge #4   Creepy Crawly Mixed-Up Spider Sentences
These sentences are super easy because I am introducing them to the idea of mixed-up sentences.  My first grades always love mixed-up sentences, they giggle and laugh the whole time they are working on them.  

Challenge #5  Pumpkin Time Poem
Here I found an easy poem for my first graders to read.  After they are done reading they work on the short a sound and rhyming skills. Next they draw a picture to match the words in the poem.  

Challenge #6  Counting Money Cards
In September the first graders counted pennies, now they will count just dimes.  I know money is not part of common core however I feel it is important for them to have some exposure to money before second grade.  So I like to have one easy money activity each month.    

Challenge #7  Batty Math
I'm not gonna lie about this one, some kids get it and some do not. I put hundreds charts in the challenge bin and demonstrate over and over and over and over how to find 10 less and 10 more.  The first graders can not practice this concept enough.    

Challenge #8  Count and Compare
I created my own I Spy the Halloween pictures page and then have the students count them.  Next they compare the numbers with greater than and less than signs.  Again this is review from our regular math lessons.  

Challenge #9  Halloween Reading
This is similar to our daily classroom reading except they must read all Halloween stories.  I made some QR codes for the listening center as well.  

 Challenge #10  Pumpkin Shake and Roll A Word
During spelling the first graders are working on short a and e, so I found this cute idea on Pinterest and made it in Halloween colors.  I know the kids will LOVE it.  

Challenge #11  Tens Frames in the Pumpkin Patch
We have more math review but this time with ten frames.    

Challenge #12  Halloween ABC Order
I was introducing ABC order with making words last month and I thought this would be a great follow up.  I added picture clues next to the Halloween/Fall words to make it easy for the kids to read.  

Challenge #13  Sight Word Stick Bang
There are so many versions of this game on Pinterest, over the past three years my students have loved the stick activities from Reagan Tunstall so I also included one of those as well.  I highly recommend this activity. My class begs to play this game over and over.  

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Free Halloween Gifts From Oriental Trading

I received this box of Halloween items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a write up about how I would use these items at school with the different classes I teach.   

Thank you so much to Oriental Trading for these items, the children at my school are enjoying the items and activities.  

The first item I picked were these smiley apple erasers.  I love using erasers in estimation jars.  I did this project with the first graders I work with.  I had them make predictions on the recording sheets I made.
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Then I had the students lay out the apples and count them.  This was important because here I noticed one of the first graders struggles with one-to-one counting.  

 It was B week in the K4 room so I took the plastic bats in there.  Wow you would have thought I had a pot of gold.  They were so excited for the bats.  I am working with one little guy on almost every skill.  So we started by sorting them by color.  Then we counted each color and then all the bats together.  Next, we made patterns with the bats.  The children did not want me to take the bats with me so I left the bats so they could play with them.
 This week it will be the letter C in K4 so I am taking each class a set of Candy Corn pointers. I hot glued them to the large popsicle sticks. I also made a set for the K5 classes as well.  I thought the K4's could search the room for the letter C. The K5's can use them for reading sticks.  
 I am also going to use the foam stickers I got in the K4 and K5 rooms.  I thought we could sort them by color and size.  Then make patterns with them.  I know the kids will love these.  
 I think the K5 students will be reading Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf this week and I thought this leaf art project will be perfect for them.  

The plastic spiders are for the first graders next week.  They will be learning about spiders.  I put together this estimation jar for them and a guessing sheet.  
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When they are finished with guessing and counting the spiders I thought it would be fun to make this art project I found on Pinterest.  

The last thing that I received I am saving for the Halloween party in K5.  We will be making Halloween pattern necklaces.  I thought we could use smiley candy corn necklace to go with that project.  

Thank you again to Oriental Trading for providing the resources used in this post for the students at my school.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five for Friday -- Sept. 23

1. The highlight of my week was watching my little grand daughter crawl up the steps with ease.  She is working so hard at PT to learn how to walk and become mobile and each time she makes it over a hurdle we can't help but shout it out!   

2. I love the term "Whole Body Listening" and have been using this with all the groups I am working with.  I have also shared this information with all the teachers at my school.  

3.  Another thing I did for all the teachers at my school was to find some Kevin Henkes resources for them.  

4.  The Best Part of Me is an awesome writing lesson.  It is a must in your writing workshop repertoire. One of our are first grade teachers did this lesson all week in class and it was amazing. It is a great lesson for teaching adjectives and adding more details in writing. Below are some links I found that will help you put together an amazing lesson.

5. Finally, I read the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society.  It was an interesting format to read.  It was written in letter form which makes it easy to read and find breaking points.  I would give it 3 stars.  

Thanks Kacey from Doodle Bugs for hosting this linky party.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Author of the Month -- The Best Kevin Henkes ideas

 Kevin Henkes in the Author of the Month in First Grade right now and I thought I would share the top ten ideas I found on Pinterest. 

1.  First find all your books by Kevin Henkes and look for more at the library.   
2.  These are my favorite author posters..and this packet has a Kevin Henkes Poster.
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3.  This is cute Kevin Henkes art project by The Educators Spin on it....
4.  After I read Chrysanthemum I love to have the kids draw a portrait and make rainbow names.  

5.  This is by far my favorite anchor chart at the beginning of the school year.  
It helps set the tone for the whole school year as we talk about how to get along with all our new friends. 

6.  On my CKPRIMARY teaching site I added some links to stories on youtube by Kevin Henkes.  They are great for snack time.  I will be updating this site as the year goes on.  

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