Monday, April 6, 2015

April Challenge Activities

This week is Easter Vacation for me, so like most teachers I am hoping to get lots of things organized at home and for school.  One of the big projects I am working on for school is my April Challenge Folders.  Each month I put together 16 reading and math activities that the students work on independently after they complete their class work.   I try to find a variety of activities some hands on, puzzles, games and partner activities.  If I don't have to make it myself, that's awesome!
This month I found some wonderful free activities on Pinterest that will be perfect:

I looked through some of the units I already purchased and I found a couple of activities that would be great challenge activities:

#3  Stick Bang
From Tunstals Teachings (This is a favorite game in my classroom.)  Sight Word Sticks

#7 Count/Tally/Add
from Renee Dooly, Find, Tally and Graph

#10  What is my Number?
from Doodle Bugs Teaching, Mystery Numbers

#11  True/False 
from Kristen Smith's unit, Spring is all Around

I could not find a good hands on activity for telling tell time so I had to make my own. 
 I created 16 activity cards with graphics from Graphics from the Pond and KPM Doodles and they turned out so cute.
 I made an easy recording sheet for the students to fill out as they work.

If you are interested in my activity check out my store.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Plant Life Cycle

This week in my busy classroom we are learning about the plant life cycle.  Here are some of the wonderful books I will read my students.

Every year I am looking for my books.  I have them everywhere:  in my black file cabinets, in the class library, or in my home library.  I have decided that any book that I use in a unit or lesson I am going to put a special label on and keep in a special file folder.  Hopefully this will keep me organized.  

This is the label I created for my plant life cycle.  I used a graphic from Graphics from the Pond.  
If you would like to have a copy of my label click here for your freebie.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Challenge Activity 1 - Lucky 4

Lucky 4 Freebie
This is going to be my first activity for my Challenge folders.  
Now I know that money is not part of first grade Common Core....however I notice that my students do not know how to identify money at all.  Every time there is a bake sale the kids are asking me for help.  So I decided we are going to work on identifying and counting basic coins.  I want my first graders to be prepared for second grade.   So this is something we are going to work on.  I had seen something similar to this on Pinterest but I wanted all my activities to be March oriented.  So I changed it up a bit.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In My Heart

I found this wonderful book at Target.  It is a beautiful book about feelings.  My class enjoyed it so much.  They loved looking at the hearts.  

Each holiday my students make cards for the elderly.  It is hard coming up with new ideas.  When I saw this book I knew right away what I wanted to do this year.
After I read the story to the children I showed them how to create the hearts by starting with a small heart and making it bigger each time.  

My partner teacher found these wonderful bible verses on Pinterest.  You can find them at Bible Story Printables.  I had the children pick the verse they wanted to put inside their cards.  

The  cards turned out cute.  Each child made two cards.  One for his/her parents and another one for the elderly.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

101 Day Follow Up

This is our puppy bulletin board.
  I wanted the children to do a writing about dogs however I was out sick part of last week so I ran out of time.

I washed out the doggie treat container and put in some Scooby snacks that I received from one of my students.  I put 24 treats in a baggie to give to the speciality teachers to pass out if the puppies were good in class.  The kids and the teachers loved this.  
Here are my little puppies.  They were so excited to come to school in spots.  When we watched the movie 101 Dalmatians,  I was surprised how many children had not seen the movie yet.

At the end of the day, I had the children work in pairs.   Each pair was given a piece of string that was 101 centimeters long.  The children searched around the room looking for things greater/less than 101 centimeters.  

Throughout the rest of the day the children worked in their 101 day booklet.  
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